(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.

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.

(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.

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.

What have you been doing to pass the time during quarantine? 

I have been studying for the SAT, playing the Sims 4, and practicing for All-State

What are you doing to make the best out of your senior year? 

Try and talk to my friends throughout the day to keep in touch and at least have some sense of normalcy.

How are you staying in touch with your classmates? 

Usually through lunch time zoom calls or group chat texts

How has virtual learning changed the way you study? 

I have been studying more because there is more of a definite time line of everything and I can do everything on my own pace.

How have you prepared for the challenges you are facing this school year? 

I have prepared by making sure I have a decent workplace so I can concentrate and have my own space to do school work.

Describe your workplace at home. 

I have my desk next to my window for lighting for zoom calls. I have laptop on top of my desk and I have my iPad on the side, next to my laptop to do math homework and also draw for art class. I have a small bookshelf next to me with all of my supplies, close enough to not get out of frame for anything.

What song has kept you motivated throughout quarantine? Why? 

TOOTIMETOOTIMETOOTIME by The 1975 because it is an upbeat song and having upbeat songs to listen to gets me motivated to do things, rather than just sit down all day.

What are your hopes for after you graduate from high school? 

I hope to go to a four-year college, hopefully either in Texas or California. I plan to go into either biology or mathematics/physics.

What advice would you give to incoming freshmen? 

One piece of advice that I would give to the incoming freshmen is “dont slack off”. Having slacked off in freshmen year really affected my rank and GPA, so knowing what I know now, slacking off is not the best thing to do, and that advice would carry into college.

What are your top three university choices? 

My first two universities are tied. They are either the University of Texas at El Paso or the California State University at Fullerton. My third choice would be Texas Tech in Lubbock.

 

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Schoology Parent Access


Parents,
We will be having our HSI Kinder – 12th Grade Book Distribution Drive Thru on our campus on the below dates and times. The drive thru station will be set up on the West Side of the Building facing Rushing. All students must complete the Book Agreement that will be available on the school website before picking up your child’s books.

We're Hiring

Math Teacher (El Paso, TX)

Job Duties:
Prepare appropriate curriculum and annual plan to submit to the administration for approval. Teach
secondary school students in the subject of Mathematics; apply the curriculum as prepared and
approved; keep attendance records; assign lessons; administer tests to evaluate students’ progress; and
maintain discipline in the classroom. Create lesson plans, correct homework, and evaluate teacher-made
tests. Prepare tests to evaluate students’ progress, record the results, and issue reports to inform
parents of progress. Contact parents to offer positive reinforcement regarding social and academic
achievements the students make.

Requirements:
Bachelor’s degree in Math or Math Education and 1 year of experience as Math Teacher at middle or
high school level. Teaching experience must be full-time as a teacher of record (not substitute) at
general education setting (not special population).

How to Apply:
Mail resumes to:
Refer to Ad#AF
Attn: HR Dept
Harmony Public Schools
9321 W Sam Houston Pkwy S
Houston, TX 77099

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.

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, September 21, 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
12 Novels
4 Fiction
4 Nonfiction
1 Poetry
3 Student Choice

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

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

What have you been doing to pass the time during quarantine? 

I’ve enjoyed getting back into reading, specifically starting and finishing the Harry Potter series for the first time. I also went hiking quite a bit to stay active and find acceptable ways to leave the house.

What are you doing to make the best out of your senior year? 

I’m trying to look at the positives and acknowledge that online learning is what’s best and safest for everyone at the moment. It gives me the opportunity to sleep in quite a bit which I appreciate, eat more frugally during class, and hang out with my dogs during the breaks.

How has virtual learning changed the way you study? 

Having to do everything online has forced me to not do my assignments in the bed but actually sit at a desk, which leads me to be more productive.

How have you prepared for the challenges you are facing this school year? 

I’ve started working out at home which puts me in a good mood because I feel i’m doing something for myself and my mental health, which improves my motivation and drive at school.

Describe your workplace at home. 

I have a desk in my room and downstairs so I can move locations when I feel I need a change of scenery or am feeling claustrophobic.

What song has kept you motivated throughout quarantine? Why? 

Golden by Harry Styles is everything I love in a song and keeps me going on a daily basis.

What are your hopes for after you graduate from high school? 

I hope to receive my bachelors degree in something related to the medical field/sciences, but at the moment am unsure of specifically what. I am planning on staying in Texas and applying for UT Austin, Baylor University, and UT El Paso.

What advice would you give to incoming freshmen? 

Work your absolute hardest, join as many clubs and organizations as possible, because at the end it all pays off if higher education is your goal. Also, don’t forget to make lifelong friends, have fun, laugh, and make the absolute most out of your high school experience.

What are your top three university choices? 

Baylor University, UT Austin, UT El Paso

 

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K-3 drop off-pick up procedure

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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 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

Stage 2 Clarification
Clarificacion de Etapa 2


HSI September 8 Parent Update Regarding Reopening


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 trainings 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,

Harmony Public Schools

Please see message below from our meal service provider Revolution Foods.

Hello – we’re Revolution Foods, and we are the meal provider for your child this school year. Our entire team is proud to be working hard with your school and community organizations to ensure your child is well-nourished with the food they love during these challenging times.

Read on for more information about our meals and take-home distribution programs.

revolution foods

Attention Parents and Students:
Schedules are now viewable in Skyward. See the attachment for details regarding student schedules. Please continue to check for updates as we are finalizing all student placements.

Student Schedule Announcement


Please view the attachment to see the Bell Schedule and Scheduling Guidelines. Please note that we will include additional guidance if/when we open our campus for in person instruction.


2020-2021 Academic Calendar


Bell Schedule and Scheduling Guidelines

 


 

For Parents

Recommended Video For Parents for Claiming Harmony Portal (Anyone on the internet can reach this and download)

https://drive.google.com/file/d/13whWKql0c7Xrk2XiKilbW9ZPfns3uy7s/view?usp=sharing

For Schools

Principal Delegation documentation to reset students password

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1lM0ouJ2DJzB1j0cZKB5WMYTeMFP3oFUP/view?usp=sharing

Student Can Access My harmony portal but not Skyward why?

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1HJkNQzEH9C_cPJsTSsaqRsx_v5VoZroH/view?usp=sharing

Schoology Common technical Issues

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1VkE4B2ZC2I4POMFC4s594MEpWH7NbQUt/view?usp=sharing

It spot is a good place to refresh knowledge on Educational software, IT, and etc

https://www.theitspot.harmonytx.org/

My Harmony Portal School Documents on The IT Spot

https://www.theitspot.harmonytx.org/myharmonyportal

Credential for Schools

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1QIDCD6RU6BF3_8fPbz16CohD0zf14ISEvxVz3RsgeZo/edit