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In accordance with the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented students, Harmony Public Schools will begin taking referrals for all interested students in grades K-12 for Gifted and Talented (G/T) screening. 

 

Anyone interested in the educational welfare of these students may nominate them for assessment. Students in grades 2 & up who were tested in Fall 2020 are not eligible to test in Spring 2021. Referral forms are available at the front office and on the school’s website.

 

Referral Form (English): Parent GT Referral Form in English

Referral Form (Spanish): Parent GT Referral Form in Spanish

 

The referral forms must be returned to the front office by Monday, February 8, 2021. The Spring GT testing window is set by the campus in February or March. Campuses may elect to use NWEA MAP scores as a prescreening criterion for GT Testing.

 

For more information about the screening and identification process, parents may contact the school’s GT Coach/teacher. 

 

Educación para estudiantes dotados/talentosos (GATE) Anuncio

 

De acuerdo con el Plan Estatal de Texas para la Educación de Estudiantes Dotados / Talentosos, Harmony Public Schools comenzará a tomar referencias para todos los estudiantes interesados en los grados K-12 para la evaluación de estudiantes dotados y talentosos.

 

Cualquier persona interesada en el bienestar educativo de estos estudiantes puede nominarlos para dicha evaluación. Los estudiantes en los grados 2 y superiores que fueron evaluados en el otoño de 2020 no son elegibles para la prueba en la primavera de 2021. Los formularios de referencia están disponibles en la oficina y en el sitio web de la escuela.

 

Forma de nominación: Parent GT Referral Form in Spanish

 

Los formularios de referencia deben devolverse a la oficina de la escuela antes del lunes 8 de febrero del 2021. 

 

Para obtener más información sobre el proceso de selección e identificación, los padres pueden comunicarse con el entrenador / maestro de GT de la escuela.

 On the first school day after important federal workplace safeguards expired for millions of Americans,  Harmony Public Schools’ Executive Board voted to independently provide the much-needed benefits to its 4,000+ employees.

 

The benefits previously were part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), a federal program which provided American workers a number of workplace safeguards related to COVID-19. Primarily, the benefits included up to 10 Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL) days if an employee was unable to work due to COVID-19 diagnosis, symptoms, possible exposure, or required quarantine for themselves, a family member, or child care provider. 

Those federal benefits expired December 31, 2020. However, The Harmony Public Schools’ Executive Board voted at an emergency meeting Monday night, January 4, to independently extend the same benefits to employees throughout the remainder of the 2020-21 school year.

 

“The Harmony board felt this action was not only an important thing to do, but the right thing to do for our staff and their families,” Harmony CEO Fatih Ay said in a letter to employees  Tuesday. “By offering these benefits, our team members can know that their jobs and livelihoods will not be impacted if they need to seek treatment for COVID-19 or stay home with possible symptoms. Additionally, our student families also can know that Harmony is doing all it can to take care of the team members who take care of their students, and reduce potential COVID-19 exposure on campus.”

On the first school day after important federal workplace safeguards expired for millions of Americans, Harmony Public Schools’ Executive Board voted to independently provide the much-needed benefits to its 4,000+ employees.

Harmony Public Schools is a Texas-born, Texas-wide public charter school system with campuses serving PreK-12 students in 23 cities across the state, including Greater Houston, DFW, San Antonio, Austin, El Paso, Waco, Lubbock, Odessa, Bryan, Beaumont, and the Rio Grande Valley. Harmony’s curriculum places a heavy focus on STEM skills, Character Education, project-based learning, and college readiness. 

 

The school system has committed to offering both in-person and remote learning options for students throughout the 2020-2021 school year, and is now accepting applications for new students for the 2021-22 school year.

 

About Harmony Public Schools

 

Harmony Public Schools are 58 high performing PreK-12 college preparatory charter schools throughout Texas. Harmony blends the highest standards and expectations, with a rigorous math- and science-centered curriculum and dedicated and engaged teachers and families to cultivate excellence and prepare students to succeed in college, careers and life. At Harmony Public Schools, we believe every child can succeed, and we are committed to helping them realize their full potential. To learn more about Harmony Public Schools and our 58 campuses across Texas, please visit: www.harmonytx.org, and follow us on Twitter at @HarmonyEdu and ‘Like’ us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/HarmonyTexas.

The 2019–20 School Report Cards (SRCs) are now available on the Texas Education Agency’s website. The purpose of the SRC is to inform parents and guardians about a campus’ individual characteristics and its academic performance. Due to COVID-19, all campuses and districts received a label of Not Rated: Declared State of Disaster for the 2019–20 school year. Therefore, several data points have not been updated, including STAAR® and academic growth data.
 
If you are unable to access the report electronically and would like a paper copy of the report, please contact your school and ask for a paper copy of the 2019-2020 School Report Card.

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Beginning November 2nd, Harmony Public Schools will offer free meals for all children ages 18 and  under. Students under 21 who are currently enrolled in a school and are identified as mentally or  physically disabled are also eligible. Free breakfast and lunch will be available daily for students  attending classes at the school. For distance learners, meal boxes will be available for pick up at  HSA Euless 6th-12th grade building on Mondays 9am-10am and Fridays 3pm-4pm. Meal distribution is open to our  students, their siblings, and the community.

Parents wishing to pick up a meal box without children present will need to present one of the following  to verify guardianship:

∙ Individual student report cards

∙ Attendance record from parent portal of a school website

∙ Birth certificate

∙ Official letter/email from facility or school listing children enrolled

∙ Other official ID cards (for example, IDs issued by a child care facility)

If you have any questions, please contact the campus Business Manager, Araceli Ortiz, araceli.ortiz@harmonytx.org,  817-554-2800

(TEXAS) – On the eve of National Principals Month, the U.S. Department of Education has awarded a $27.8 million Teacher and School Leader Incentive grant to Harmony Public Schools to train, equip, and retain top-level school leaders at its campuses across the state.

This project will strengthen and evolve Harmony’s existing Human Capital Management System, developed through a previous Department of Education grant project (Teacher Incentive Fund, 2016), to more explicitly focus on strengthening instructional leadership by better positioning and supporting current and rising principals and instructional leadership teams to excel and remain in their roles—especially in high-need schools. Harmony has 50 schools designated as high-needs throughout the state.

The project design draws on proven research showing that strong instructional leadership improves educator effectiveness, which, in turn, accelerates growth in student outcomes.

“Great schools require great leadership,” said Harmony CEO Fatih Ay. “That’s why one of our highest priorities at Harmony Public Schools is to equip our principals and other school leaders with the tools they need to build cultures of achievement, character, and community at their campuses.”

Harmony was one of only 13 school systems in the country to receive the DOE grant and the largest of three Texas recipients.

“Great teachers deserve to be treated as the professionals they are and to be compensated accordingly,” U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said in a statement Wednesday, September 1. “All too often, though, they lack access to relevant professional development courses and are compensated on a step-scale ladder that treats them like cogs in a machine instead of as individuals with unique talents and interests. We’ve challenged today’s awardees to rethink all of that, and they have risen to the challenge.”

The new funding brings the total amount awarded to Harmony by the Department of Education within the past few years to $92.5 million. 

  • In 2012, the DOE awarded Harmony a $30 million Race to the Top grant to support locally developed plans to personalize and deepen student learning, directly improve student achievement and educator effectiveness, close achievement gaps, and prepare every student to succeed in college and their careers.
  • In 2016, the DOE awarded Harmony a $26.7 million Teacher Incentive Fund grant to develop a merit-based system for rewarding its highest-performing teachers. (The system, known as H-STEP, was foundational in Harmony being named to the Texas Education Agency’s inaugural class of Teacher Incentive Allotment districts in Fall 2020.)
  • In 2018, the DOE awarded Harmony an $8 million Education Innovation Research grant to  build upon Harmony’s project-based learning STEM model for Grade 6-12 students by introducing similar curricula to students in Grade K-5, and by creating a system of support and professional development for elementary school teachers.

“Great principals and school leaders, given their unique talents and devotion to their teachers and students, should receive the support they need to continue to be successful,” said U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education for Elementary and Secondary Education Frank Brogan. “Under the Teacher and School Leader Incentive Program, the U.S. Department of Education provides assistance to school districts that are rethinking how to strengthen instructional leadership to make sure principals and leadership teams are well equipped to support their teachers and students. I look forward to seeing how the grant funds are utilized by Harmony Public Schools.”

Harmony Public Schools is a Texas-born, Texas-wide public charter school system with campuses serving PreK-Grade 12 students in 23 cities across the state, including Greater Houston, DFW, San Antonio, Austin, El Paso, Waco, Lubbock, Odessa, Bryan, Beaumont, and the Rio Grande Valley. Harmony’s curriculum places a heavy focus on STEM skills, Character Education, project-based learning, and college readiness. In 2020, Harmony hadall 23 high school campuses named among the Best High Schools in America by U.S. News and World Report, 13 named to the Best STEM High Schools in America by Newsweek, and earned two National School of Character recognitions from Character.org.

Harmony Public Schools is currently accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year for both students and team members.

 

About Harmony Public Schools

Harmony Public Schools are 58 high performing PreK-12 college preparatory charter schools throughout Texas. Harmony blends the highest standards and expectations, with a rigorous math- and science-centered curriculum and dedicated and engaged teachers and families to cultivate excellence and prepare students to succeed in college, careers and life. At Harmony Public Schools, we believe every child can succeed, and we are committed to helping them realize their full potential. To learn more about Harmony Public Schools and our 58 campuses across Texas, please visit: www.harmonytx.org, and follow us on Twitter at @HarmonyEdu and ‘Like’ us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/HarmonyTexas.

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Reading skills are foundational to educational success for all students.

Encouraging students to read more improves their skills and promotes a love of reading they can continue throughout their educational years and into adulthood.

That’s why Harmony Public Schools is hosting a fall Reading Challenge for all students in all campuses.

Join your classmates from across your campus and across the state from Monday, October 5, 2020 though Sunday, January 3, 2021 as together we show our love for reading and discover new and exciting ideas, authors, and stories through our favorite books.

Along the way, we’ll recognize our top readers and campuses each month, share favorite book picks, and ask for your reviews on some of your favorite reads.

The reading challenges by grade are:

Kindergarten – Grade 2
20 Books

Grade 3-5
10 Novels
3 Fiction
3 Nonfiction
1 Poetry
3 Student Choice

Grade 6-8
11 Novels
4 Fiction
4 Nonfiction
1 Poetry
2 Student Choice

Grade 9-12
12 Novels
4 Fiction
4 Nonfiction
1 Poetry
3 Student Choice

Share your favorite reads on social media by tagging Harmony and using the hashtag #HarmonyReads.

Dear Harmony Families,

Creating a safe and academically-focused learning environment for our students and staff members is the top priority at Harmony Public Schools. After careful consideration, today we are announcing an extension of remote learning for your campus.
This extension will extend through at least Monday, September 14, and perhaps longer, as Harmony
continues to weigh guidelines from the Texas Education Agency and guidance from local and state health officials.
During this extension, campus and district leaders will continue to further evaluate the current and potential future impact of COVID-19 in our communities, as well as make final campus preparations based upon needs determined during our Learning Location selection period, which took place the past two weeks.
We understand that this extension may be a hardship for some families who opted to return to campus
when possible. We assure you our campus and district staff are working tirelessly to make sure our
campuses are ready for students as soon as in-person learning can safely and responsibly begin.
As a reminder, once students and staff return to campus, they will find a number of improvements and new wellness protocols designed to increase student and staff safety while retaining a fun, collaborative, and academically-focused campus culture.

Among these safety enhancements are:

  • Temperature screenings for students and staff.
  • Requiring all students and employees to wear a mask when on campus or in other group settings.
    (Students may bring their own mask, or the school will provide them.)
  • Limiting average class sizes to allow for social distancing. (Exact class size will be dependent on
    number of students attending in-person versus online-only.)
  • Spacing desks at least six feet apart to maintain proper social distancing and/or installing partitions
    where students cannot be kept six feet apart.
  • Severely limiting classroom rotations/switches to prevent the spread of germs across campus and to limit person-to-person exchanges.
  • Staggered drop off and pickup times to limit person-to-person exchanges.
  • Modified drop off and pickup procedures (ex. Students going directly to class after drop off and/or
    waiting in classroom at the end of the day until parent arrives for pickup).
  • Requesting all students wash hands frequently.
  • Detailed nightly cleaning by contracted company.
  • Required Coronavirus Awareness & Prevention training for all employees.

Additional details on these and other safety protocols can be found in Harmony Public Schools Back to
School Playbook.
We are excited to open our doors to our students and staff hopefully very soon. Thank you for your ongoing support and feedback throughout the reopening process.

Sincerely,

Mr. Harun Karan
DFW District Superintendent

Note: This document is intended as a simplified version of our “Harmony Public Schools Back to School Playbook.” For further information or clarification on any topic, please refer to the Playbook.

 

When is the first day of school?

The first day of school for all Harmony campuses is Monday, August 17. It will be held online-only.

 

When will campuses re-open?

As of August 1, 2020, campuses are scheduled to open Monday, September 14 for in-person learning to those students who wish to attend in person. Families may also elect to continue learning in a virtual setting from home. 

 

Could the campus reopening date change?

Possibly. Harmony Public Schools is closely following guidance from the Texas Education Agency, public health officials, and others in determining when to reopen our campuses. Our top priority is ensuring the safety of our students, team members, and communities while preserving academic continuity for our learners.

 

Is anything different about online learning this year?

Yes, quite a bit. Harmony has upgraded its online learning by switching to a new system called Schoology. Through Schoology, students will be able to interact and engage with their teachers and peers in real-time throughout the school day to provide and more advanced and enriching school experience. Families will also have full access to grades, progress reports, assignments, classroom learning materials, calendars, and more from within the Schoology platform, providing a simple one-stop-shop for all things related to their student’s learning experience. Students and families will receive more instruction on accessing and logging into Schoology as classes begin.

 

What safety measures will be in place when campuses open?

Harmony is instituting a wide variety of health protocols, which are described in detail in the Harmony “Back to School Playbook 2020-2021.” Among the new measures are:

  • Temperature screenings for students and staff.
  • Requiring all students and employees to wear a mask when on campus or in other group settings. (Students may bring their own mask, or the school will provide them.)
  • Limiting average class sizes to allow for social distancing. (Exact class size will be dependent on number of students attending in-person versus online-only.)
  • Spacing desks at least six feet apart to maintain proper social distancing and/or installing partitions where students cannot be kept six feet apart.
  • Severely limiting classroom rotations/switches to prevent the spread of germs across campus and to limit person-to-person exchanges.
  • Staggered drop off and pickup times to limit person-to-person exchanges.
  • Modified drop off and pickup procedures (ex. Students going directly to class after drop off and/or waiting in classroom at the end of the day until parent arrives for pickup).
  • Requesting all students wash hands frequently.
  • Detailed nightly cleaning by contracted company.
  • Required Coronavirus Awareness & Prevention trainings for all employees.
  • Remaining flexible regarding student and team member absences due to COVID-19, as allowed by TEA guidelines and applicable employment laws.

 

How do I inform my campus that I would like to continue learning from home or return to campus to learn once campuses re-open?

Parents will be sent a survey in Skyward the first week of school asking them to inform the campus of their choice.

 

Once campuses reopen, how do I switch between online and on-campus learning later in the school, if needed?

Parents should notify their campuses in advance through Skyward of their decisions to change learning environments. Failure to notify campuses could result in a student to be marked as absent.

 

What hours of the day will online classes be taught?

Your campus will announce the specific schedule for your student, but generally speaking, classes will be taught online in real-time by their teachers during normal school hours (instructional minutes may vary by grade, according to Texas Education Agency requirements). This is called “synchronous learning.” Students needing to learn outside this timeframe can choose to learn independently. This is called “asynchronous learning.”

 

How will absences and attendance be counted for online learning?

Students who are logged in and learning alongside their teacher and classmates during normal school hours (synchronous learning) will be counted in attendance when they lo in to learn. 

 

Student who learn independently through self-guided instruction (asynchronous learning) will be counted in attendance when they meet daily learning benchmarks and/or turn in daily assignments by no later than 11:59 p.m. on the given schoolday.

 

What will my child need to complete their schoolwork from home? 

At-home learners will need consistent access to a computer and the internet (see next question for more information). Headphones, especially noise-canceling headphones, may be helpful for online learning, but are not required. 

 

Do I still need to buy school supplies from the campus school supply list?

Yes. All students regardless of learning location (i.e. home or campus) will be completing assignments alongside their peers using the supplies listed by their campus.

 

What happens if my child doesn’t have a computer to do their schoolwork on while learning from home?

Harmony will supply a computer device and/or internet access for the purpose of completing schoolwork to any student that does not have consistent access at home. These will be provided beginning the first week of August and distributed by drive-through pickups at your nearby Harmony campus.

 

Will my child have to wear a Harmony uniform for online learning?

Students may choose to wear a uniform if they would like to when learning online, however they are not required to. Instead, they are required to follow the dress code guidelines set forth for “Free Dress Days” set forth in the Student & Parent Handbook. This states:

 

“Garments must be free of holes, tears, inappropriate wording, logos, messages or advertising. No short, skin tight, or legging dresses, or skirts may be worn. All dresses must have sleeves. Students may not wear low cut, midriff-baring, or backless blouses. Students may wear jeans, but they cannot be tight pants including jeggings, tights or skinny style pants. Clothing items must not depict images of violence.”

 

In accordance with the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented students, Harmony Public Schools will begin taking referrals for kindergarten and newly- enrolled students in grades 1-12 for gifted and talented screening.  Anyone interested in the educational welfare of these students may refer them for assessment. Referral forms are available on the school’s website. Read more

Kinder School Supply List

2 boxes of Ticonderoga #2 pencils
Clipboard
16 glue sticks
2 box of baby wipes
2 container of Clorox wipes
2 boxes of tissues
1 pair of round tip scissors
2-24 count box of crayons
1 plastic pencil box
1 subject primary composition notebooks
3-4 count packs of dry erase markers
1 box gallon size ziploc bags
1 pack of 8.5X11 white copy paper
1 pack of 8.5X11 white card stock
1 pack of Play-doh
counters (snap cubes)
1 mini white board
Boys Only:
                 1 package each of 9×12 manila and colored paper
Girls Only:
                1 box of quart size ziploc bags
Wants:
                Post-its
                Extra glue sticks

 

First Grade School Supply List

2 “12 count #2 presharpened pencils”
24 Elmers glue sticks
1 pkg Clorox wipes
3 boxes tissue
1 pair round tip scissors
2 “24 count crayolas”
1 box colored pencils
1 pencil box
1 pack index cards
2 marble wide ruled composition books
2 marble story composition book (primary)
2 marble composition book w/ dotted lines (primary)
1 pkg dry erase markers
1 “1 inch 3 ring binder”
1 pkg sheet protectors
2 pocket folders w/ brads (green, yellow)
Girls Only:
                  1 pkg 12 x 18 manilla paper
                  1 pkg 12 x 18 color paper
                  1 box of ziplock quart bags
                  1 package of baby wipes
                  1 pkg 8.5 x 11 colored card stock
Boys Only:
                1 “8.5 x 11 white copy paper”
                1 “9 x 12 manilla paper”
                1 “9 x 12 color paper”
                1 box of ziplock gallon bag
                1 bottle of hand sanitizer

 

2nd Grade School Supply List

2 boxes of #2 pencils (20 ct)
8 glue sticks
1 box of baby wipes
2 containers of clorox wipes
2 boxes of tissues
4 pink erasers
1 pair of round tip scissors
1 pkg washable markers
2 “24 count crayons”
1 box of colored pencils
1 plastic pencil box
1 pkg wide ruled notebook paper
3 Primary composition notebooks
1 pkg dry erase markers
1 “1 inch 3 ring binder”
2 large bottle hand sanitizer
1 pkg of 5 pocket dividers
1 highlighter
Boys only:
                1 package each of 9×12 manila and colored paper
                1 pack 8.5×11 colored or white card stock
                1 box gallon zip lock bags
Girls only:
                1 pkg each 12×18 manila and colored paper
                1 pkg copy paper (8.5 x 11)
                1 pkg quart size zip lock bags
                1 pkg post it notes

 

3rd Grade School Supply List

File folder (accordion folder, with a zipper)
1 packages of 3×5 note cards
7 composition notebooks (please no glitter covers)
3 pkgs #2 pencils
1 box of dry erase markers
1 box each of thin and bold markers
1 box of colored pencils
1 box of crayons
1 pair of scissors
1 package of highlighters
8 packages of glue sticks
4 packages of cap erasers
2 package of Pink Pearl erasers
4 boxes of Kleenex
1 package of multiplication flash cards
1 package of large manila paper
1 package of small manila paper
1 package of white lined paper
Girls Only:
                1 can of Clorox wipes
                1 box of quart-sized Ziploc bags
                1 container of wet wipes
Boys Only:
                1 bottle of hand sanitizer
                1 box of gallon-sized Ziploc bags
                1 package of color construction paper
Wants (optional/extra)
               Lined sticky notes
               Plastic spoons or forks
               Clorox Wipes

 

4th Grade School Supply List

1 Plastic Magazine Holder
1 “2 or 3 inch. Zipper binder with carrying strap (5-Star)”
2 Index cards 3”x 5” ruled 100 pk.
1 “1 ½” black 3 Ring binder (clear view)”
1 package of construction paper
8 Composition note books 100 sheets
2 “24 pack #2 pencils”
2 “Packs of 0.5 Mechanical pencils”
2 Markers, Dry Erase, Chisel, Low Odor, Asst. 4/Pk
2 Markers Washable, Classic Colors,
1 Art Pencils, Colored 12/Set
2 Scissors, 5″
2 Filler Paper, wide ruled, 120/Pk
6 Highlighters, Chisel Tip
8 Glue Sticks, Washable, (Elmer’s if possible)
2 Pencil Cap package Erasers, Latex Free, 12/Pk
2 White high polymer eraser or pink erasers
1 pack of 5 tab dividers with pockets.
1 pack of sheet protector
1 ORM-D-Hand Sanitizer, Antibacterial, Gel, pump top, 30 oz.
4 Facial Tissue, Hypoallergenic, 200 Ct.
Girls Only:
                2 Package of Clorox wipes.
                1 Storage Bags, Economy Zip, Gallon
                1 Manila Drawing Paper, 9″ x 11″, 50/Pk
Boys Only:
               1 Manila Drawing Paper, 12″ x 18″, 50/Pk
               2 pack of baby wipes.
              1 Storage Bags, Quart Size

 

5th Grade School Supply List

3 composition notebooks
1 “2 inch binder”
2 pkg of 100 sheet college ruled notebook paper
8 tab divider
4 pkg #2 Pencil
1 pkg pencil sharpener
1 pkg Red pen
1 pkg color pens (optional)
1 pkg of pink block erasers
2 pkg 4 count dry erase marker
1 pair of headphones/earbuds
2 pkg colored pencils
1 pkg of 24 count markers
1 pkg 24 count crayons
1 pkg of pink block erasers
1 pkg glue sticks, or 1 liquid glue
1 flexible ruler not wooden
2 pkg of 100 count index cards 3*5
1 pair of scissors
1 pkg of color construction paper
2 pkg large size Manilla construction paper 11×17
1 Pkg 50 count cardstock
2 pkg Post Its
1 box of sandwich ziplock bags
1 pkg Baby wipes
4 multicolored highlighters
2 bottles of Clorox wipes, spray
3 boxes of facial tissues
3 rolls of paper towels
3 bottles of Hand sanitizer
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