Harmony Public Schools will allow each family to choose whether to continue learning from home or return to campus for in-person learning for the 2020-2021 school year, based on each family’s unique needs. Families can also switch between the two as local COVID-19 conditions or family situation changes.
The flexible learning plan was announced by Harmony CEO Fatih Ay in a letter to families.
“The best choice for Harmony in 2020-2021 is the choice that’s best for your family,” Fatih said. “While this flexible plan may be an uncommon approach, we firmly believe it is the right approach for families during these uncommon times.”
Families that choose at-home learning will have access to the same rigorous, academic environment that they have come to expect from their neighborhood Harmony campus, taught by teachers trained for educating and engaging students in a virtual environment.
Families who choose to send their students for in-person learning will find a safe and organized learning environment that they can feel comfortable sending their child to each day. This includes enhanced health and sanitary protocols, as well as possible adjustments to daily routines to help keep all of our students and team members as safe as possible.
All students will continue to receive the same full academic and support services from their teachers, counselors, and school leaders that they would receive on-campus, including our English-language learners and students receiving Special Education services.
Helping to keep families connected regardless of their learning location is Harmony’s new, all-in-one learning management system Schoology. Through Schoology, students and families will have full access to instructional materials, assignments, grading, calendars, and parent messaging in one platform that follows them seamlessly from at-home to in-person learning and back, if needed.
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.
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.
Harmony School of Innovation is considering offering a 2-week virtual summer school from July 6th – July 17th. We want to get your feedback to determine if there is interest from our families. It will be decided by the campus if the school will or will not be able to offer summer school for certain grade levels since this is only a survey to determine the interest of our families. The deadline to submit this survey is June 28th. Thank you for your feedback.
Good day, Harmony Family!
We hope this letter finds you and your family doing well. The end of school year is here and it is now time to turn in any school owned items, specifically Chromebook computers.
Please see the schedule below for turning in school items. This event will occur on a drive through basis and you will not need to get out of your vehicle. The drive through will be entering from Rushing, passing by the Middle/High School exit, then proceeding out towards Fairbanks.
When you turn in items, please have Chromebooks charged, open and on so that HSI Staff can verify the Chromebook works and has no damage. If the Chromebook is not in this state, you will be asked to pull over to a designated spot so that the Chromebook can be plugged in and checked.
Any other items, such as books belonging to the school, may be turned in at the same time and location.
|Day / Date||Time||Last Name|
Date: May 22, 2020
Start: 4 PM
End: 5 PM
Location: HSI ( Please SEE the Attached Map)
• Students are to remain in vehicles the entire time.
• Students are not allowed to enter the buildings or congregate in the parking lot.
• Students are encouraged to follow proper social distancing guidelines such as wearing a face mask and avoiding all physical contact.
• Students are to drive 5 MPH inside the parking lot and should try to maintain a safe distance from the other vehicles in the parade.
• Students are to decorate vehicles prior to the event, absolutely no profanity.
• Students are allowed to enter the parade and circle three times.
• Students are allowed to honk and play school appropriate music.
• Students will collect their gifts as they participate in the parade.
• Students will arrive by no later than 4 PM and will line up in front of MS/HS drop off facing North until the parade begins. See diagram.
• Students may invite parents to ride along in the same vehicle.
• Students should have their names on the car windshield.
Harmony Public Schools has been honored with the National “Above and Beyond” Award for service to students and the community during this pandemic.
As part of efforts to celebrate National Charter Schools Week (NCSW), today, Harmony Public Schools joins a select group of 10 schools you may not have heard about from across America being recognized by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (National Alliance) as Above and Beyond Award honorees. At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Harmony Public Schools assessed the needs of students, their families, and the community, and quickly mobilized. The Above and Beyond Award was earned by schools that took the extra step to serve not only their own students, but also the broader community—during the coronavirus pandemic, despite all the challenges that came with transitioning to online learning.
Specifically, staff at Harmony Public Schools in Texas are producing face shields and medical supplies for local health-care workers and first responders on the front lines in the fight against COVID-19.
The school gave the team carte blanche to manufacture protective medical gear and equipment. Within a couple days, 100 Harmony staff members volunteered and got trained about how to make face shields using 3-D printers and they’ve since donated more than 3000 face shields in coordination with county and health officials across the state of Texas. Each face shield takes roughly five hours to manufacture and costs around $1 to make.
Additionally, Harmony Public Schools staff members have served more than 350,000 meals to children in their communities.
“When schools nationwide transitioned to distance learning, it became clear to us that charter schools were setting a model for the rest of the nation on what it looked like to step up and care for their communities in the face of a global pandemic,” said Nina Rees, president and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. “There are many public schools that served their students well in the face of COVID-19, but the exceptional work of our Above and Beyond Award winners embodies compassion and caring for people outside their school community who also needed help. Their work is a model of servant leadership for the rest of the nation,” she added.
National Charter School week celebrates charter school achievements May 10- May 16. For information on the national charter school movement, please visit the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools website at www.publiccharters.org.
Attention all 5th-7th grade parents and students. Please view the attachment to find out information about qualifying for middle school Pre-AP classes.
Welcome to our Open House that will be held on Friday, May 1st. The open house for K-5 grades will be at 1 pm and 6-12 grade will be at 2 pm. Please complete your registration for the open house by completing the form at the link below. We will email back you the link for the Zoom meeting. Thank you!
Good day, Harmony Families,
|We hope this finds you and your family doing well. As you all know, we are going through this pandemic and dealing with the inconveniences created the best we can. Since our students did not have a chance to take their belongings from their lockers, we created a schedule for this to occur.
This schedule is for 6th – 12th grade students. If you have any questions concerning the belongings of Kinder – 5th grade students, please contact Ms. Glovier via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Social distancing must be adhered to. Student locker clean out will be according to the following schedule, alphabetized BY FIRST NAME. To ensure social distancing, this schedule will be strictly followed.
PLEASE KEEP IN MIND:
*Only one person will be allowed to enter the building for each student, whether it be the student or their parent/guardian
*Siblings in the same household may enter together at the scheduled time of either student. Other than this, no exceptions to the schedule will be made.
*Remain in your vehicle until the scheduled time begins so that we do not have a congregation at the front of the building. 20 minutes will be plenty of time to remove all belongings.
ALL PERSONS ENTERING THE BUILDING MUST:
|*Wear a face mask covering nose and mouth (even if it is a bandana or shirt)|
|*Not touch anything except their own locker and belongings
*Remain six feet away from all others at all times
|*Be in and out of the building during the allotted 20 minute time frame|
|*Not report early and/or wait in front of the building – Please stay in your vehicle (or off the property if you walk) until your allotted time begins|
|*Proceed directly to the locker and then back outside to your vehicle(or leave the property) No restroom, water fountain or visiting with anybody
*Leave the property as soon as your business is finished
|Please be sure to know when you will enter the school according to this schedule, alphabetically by FIRST NAME. No Exceptions will be made.|
For any additional questions, please email Mr. Beam at email@example.com
|Date / Day||Time||First Name|
|Monday 4/27||9:00 – 9:20||Aa – Ad|
|Monday 4/27||9:30 – 9:50||Ai – Alexander|
|Monday 4/27||10:00 – 10:20||Alexandra – Alo|
|Monday 4/27||10:30 – 10:50||Aly – Andres|
|Monday 4/27||11:00 – 11:20||Andrew – Ans|
|Monday 4/27||11:30 – 11:50||Ant – Ash|
|Monday 4/27||12:00 – 12:20||Ath – Bla|
|Monday 4/27||12:30 – 12:50||Bra – Cal|
|Date / Day||Time||First Name|
|Tuesday 4/28||9:00 – 9:20||Cam – Cha|
|Tuesday 4/28||9:30 – 9:50||Chr – Cyr|
|Tuesday 4/28||10:00 – 10:20||Da – Daniel|
|Tuesday 4/28||10:30 – 10:50||Daniela – Den|
|Tuesday 4/28||11:00 – 11:20||Der – Die|
|Tuesday 4/28||11:30 – 11:50||Dil – Ed|
|Tuesday 4/28||12:00 – 12:20||Ei – Em|
|Tuesday 4/28||12:30 – 12:50||Ep – Eu|
|Date / Day||Time||First Name|
|Wednesday 4/29||9:00 – 9:20||Ev – Gae|
|Wednesday 4/29||9:30 – 9:50||Gav – Hal|
|Wednesday 4/29||10:00 – 10:20||Han – Ir|
|Wednesday 4/29||10:30 – 10:50||Is – Jac|
|Wednesday 4/29||11:00 – 11:20||Jad – Jasm|
|Wednesday 4/29||11:30 – 11:50||Jaso – Jes|
|Wednesday 4/29||12:00 – 12:20||Jew – Jon|
|Wednesday 4/29||12:30 – 12:50||Jor – Josh|
|Date / Day||Time||First Name|
|Thursday 4/30||9:00 – 9:20||Josi – Jul|
|Thursday 4/30||9:30 – 9:50||Ka – Ke|
|Thursday 4/30||10:00 – 10:20||Kh – Li|
|Thursday 4/30||10:30 – 10:50||Lo – Mal|
|Thursday 4/30||11:00 – 11:20||Mar – Mel|
|Thursday 4/30||11:30 – 11:50||Mia – Mit|
|Thursday 4/30||12:00 – 12:20||Mo – Nat|
|Thursday 4/30||12:30 – 12:50||Nay – Olg|
|Date / Day||Time||First Name|
|Friday 5/1||9:00 – 9:20||Oli – Qui|
|Friday 5/1||9:30 – 9:50||Ra – Rob|
|Friday 5/1||10:00 – 10:20||Rod – San|
|Friday 5/1||10:30 – 10:50||Sar – Ste|
|Friday 5/1||11:00 – 11:20||Sur – Van|
|Friday 5/1||11:30 – 11:50||Vic – Wil|
|Friday 5/1||12:00 – 12:20||Xa – Zy|
Harmony School of Innovation – El Paso teacher, Henry Salgado, is one of only 28 high school science teachers that has been selected by the SETI institute as a 2020 NASA Airborne Astronomy Ambassador (AAA) and will fly on NASA‘s SOFIA. The teachers selected represent 13 states with only four teachers from Texas and Mr. Salgado is the only teacher selected from El Paso, Tx.
AAA is a professional development program for high school science teachers designed to improve science teaching and increase student learning and STEM engagement. Training includes a week-long immersion experience at NASA‘s Armstrong Flight Research Center Hangar with participation in research flights on NASA‘s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA). The program culminates in classroom delivery of a SOFIA science-oriented curriculum module.
Starting Monday, April 6 we will move into phase II of distance learning; digital learning. Our dedicated teachers are ready to start the digital learning journey with you. Chromebooks have been distributed and Google Classrooms have been created to engage our students in continuing their academic excellence.
For your convenience, we have created a helpful video to guide you with Google Classroom. For English please visit https://bit.ly/34akJb9 or for Spanish please visit https://bit.ly/3dQv0xz
- Media & Public Relations
Harmony Public Schools (“Harmony”) is committed to making the information on its website accessible to individuals with disabilities in compliance with the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader, eye tracking device, voice recognition software, etc.) and have difficulty accessing information on the Harmony website, please contact HPS Webmaster by email at firstname.lastname@example.org . Please include the following when communicating with Harmony regarding accessibility issues:
A description of your accessibility concern.
The format in which you prefer to receive the materials.
The web page address of the requested material(s).
The best way to contact you (email address or phone number, or both).
Harmony will make appropriate accommodations to facilitate access to any website content.
Complaints regarding website accessibility may be submitted through the Public Complaint process outlined in Board Policy PG-1.12 (Public Complaints).
Please note that some pages on the Harmony website contain links to third-party sites, which are not within Harmony’s control. If you notify Harmony of problems with accessing a third-party site that is necessary to participate in one of Harmony’s programs or activities, we will make the material or information available in an accessible format.
If you are experiencing a problem with bullying at Harmony, or have other discipline-related concerns regarding one of our schools, please fill out the form at the link below for the Dean of Students.
HPS Child Find Policy
It is the policy of the Harmony Public Schools to ensure that
- All children with disabilities enrolled in the charter school regardless of the severity of their disability, and who are in need of special education and related services, are identified, located, and evaluated; and
- A practical method is developed and implemented to determine which children are currently receiving needed special education and related services.
These requirements apply to:
- Homeless children;
- Children who are wards of the state;
- Highly mobile children (including migrant children); and
- Children who are suspected of being in need of special education but who are advancing from grade to grade.
20 U.S.C. 1412(a)(3)(A); 34 CFR 300.111(a)(1)(i), (c).
Non-discrimination Statement as Part of the School's Admission Policy
It is the policy of HPS not to discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, age, or disability in its programs, services, or activities as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, please contact Section 504/ADA Coordinator at (713) 343-3333 located at 9321 W. Sam Houston Pkwy S. Houston, TX 77099.
Non-discrimination Statement in Career and Technical Education Programs
HARMONY PUBLIC SCHOOLS offers support to school district for career and technical education programs in Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources; Architecture and Construction; Arts, Audio/Video Technology, and Communications; Business Management and Administration; Education and Training; Finance; Government and Public Administration; Health Science; Hospitality and Tourism; Human Services; Information Technology; Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security; Manufacturing; Marketing; Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics; Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics. Admission to these programs is based on enrollment in HARMONY PUBLIC SCHOOLS secondary schools.
It is the policy of HARMONY PUBLIC SCHOOLS not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex or handicap in its CTE programs, services or activities as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.
It is the policy of HARMONY PUBLIC SCHOOLS not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, handicap, or age in its employment practices as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended; and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.
HARMONY PUBLIC SCHOOLS will take steps to assure that lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation in all educational and CTE programs.
For information about your rights or grievance procedures, contact the Title IX Coordinator, CHARLES LAMBERT, and/or the Section 504 Coordinator, IHSAN KARA, at 9321 W. Sam Houston Pkwy S. Houston, TX 77099, Phone: (713) 343-3333.
Aviso de No discriminación en los Programas de Educación Profesional y
Las Escuelas Públicas Harmony ofrecen programas vocacionales en Agricultura, Alimentación y Recursos Naturales; Arquitectura y Construcción; Artes, Tecnología de Audio / Video y Comunicaciones; Administración de Negocios y Administración; Educación y Entrenamiento; Finanzas; Gobierno y Administración Pública; Ciencias de la salud; Hospitalidad y Turismo; Recursos Humanos; Tecnología de la Información; Derecho; Seguridad Pública, Correccionales y Seguridad; Manufactura; Mercadeo; Ciencias, Tecnología, Ingeniería y Matemáticas; Transporte, Distribución y Logística. La admisión a estos programas se basa en el número de estudiantes de secundaria registrados en las Escuelas Públicas Harmony.
Es norma de las Escuelas Públicas Harmony no discriminar por motivos de raza, color, origen nacional, sexo o impedimento, en sus programas, servicios o actividades de CTE, tal como lo requieren el Título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964, según enmienda; el Título IX de las Enmiendas en la Educación, de 1972, y la Sección 504 de la Ley de Rehabilitación de 1973, según enmienda.
Es norma de las Escuelas Públicas Harmony no discriminar por motivos de raza, color, origen nacional, sexo, impedimento o edad, en sus procedimientos de empleo, tal como lo requieren el Título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964, según enmienda; el Título IX de las Enmiendas en la Educación, de 1972, la ley de Discriminación por Edad, de 1975, según enmienda, y la Sección 504 de la Ley de Rehabilitación de 1973, según enmienda.
Las Escuelas Públicas Harmony tomarán las medidas necesarias para asegurar que la falta de habilidad en el uso del inglés no sea un obstáculo para la admisión y participación en todos los programas educativos y CTE.
Para información sobre sus derechos o procedimientos para quejas, comuníquese con el Coordinador del Título IX, CHARLES LAMBERT, y/o el Coordinador de la Sección 504, IHSAN KARA, a la siguiente dirección: 9321 W. Sam Houston Pkwy S. Houston, TX 77099, Teléfono: (713) 343-3333.
TX Transition and Employment Guide
The Texas Transition and Employment Guide provides youth, young adults, parents and professionals with secondary transition resources to facilitate a young person’s progress towards post-secondary goals to education, employment, and community living.
Access the guide — in English and Spanish — at the Texas Transition Website.