You are Cordially Invited to Attend Harmony School of Technology

2020-21 CIP Meeting

The purpose of the meeting is to identify campus needs, revise and develop goals, objectives, and strategies for the upcoming year. The meeting is open to our parents.

If you are planning to attend these meeting contact Mrs. Piralla at mpiralla@harmonytx.org.

CIP                                                                                   

DATE: April 21, 2021

TIME: 4:15 pm

ZOOM LINK  

 

Harmony Public Schools is excited to announce a new partnership with Texas’ favorite designer jewelry brand Kendra Scott.
As part of the brand’s “Shop for Good” community initiative, Kendra Scott will be donating 20 percent of all sales during a two-day event in May to Harmony’s COVID-19 Gap Fund, which supports teachers and student families struggling with financial uncertainty due to COVID-19.

To participate, simply purchase any item from select Kendra Scott stores from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, May 4 or online at KendraScott.com anytime May 4 & 5, and have 20% of your purchase automatically donated to the HPS COVID-19 Gap Fund when you use promo code “GIVEBACK-1D9P” at checkout.

To learn more or RSVP in order to receive reminders, visit https://www.HarmonyTX.org/KendraScott.
Participating Texas store locations include (5-7 p.m. May 4 only):

AUSTIN
• The Domain: 11506 Century Oaks Terrace, Austin, TX
• Lamar: 3800 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX
• South Congress: 1701 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX

DFW
• ClearFork: 5217 Marathon Ave, Fort Worth, TX
• Preston Center: 8383 Preston Center, Dallas, TX
• Highland Village: 1500 Cottonwood Creek, Highland Village, TX
• Plano: 5800 Legacy Dr, Plano, TX

EL PASO
• La Villita: 6801 North Mesa Street, El Paso, TX

HOUSTON
• Bay Brook: 700 Baybrook Mall, Friendswood, TX
• City Centre: 806 Town & Country, Houston, TX
• Cypress: 9945 Barker Cypress, Cypress, TX
• Highland Village: 2701 A Drexel Dr Houston, TX
• Katy: 23501 Cinco Ranch, Katy, TX
• Sugar Land: 16535 Southwest Fwy, Sugar Land, TX

ODESSA
• Commons at North Park: 2900 Loop 250 Frontage Road, Midland, TX

SAN ANTONIO
• The Quarry: 310 E Basse Rd, San Antonio, TX
• La Cantera: 15900 La Cantera Pkwy, San Antonio, TX

SHOP ONLINE USING PROMO CODE GIVEBACK-1D9P (May 4 & 5):
https://www.KendraScott.com

About Kendra Scott
Kendra Scott is a leading jewelry brand named for its founder Kendra Scott, a single mom from Texas who created a fashion empire by making and selling jewelry from her home. The brand now has store locations in almost every state and three countries (though their headquarters are still right here in Texas). Their founder is also well known for her frequent appearances as an investor on TV’s “Shark Tank.”

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.

 

SPRING BREAK VACATION IS MARCH 15TH THROUGH MARCH 19TH 2021. DISTANCE LEARNING INSTRUCTION WILL RESUME MONDAY MARCH 22ND.

HAVE A SAFE AND HEALTHY SPRING BREAK. RELAX, REFRESH AND RENEW

The purpose of this announcement is to inform our HPS communities about changes to the Student Success Initiative (SSI) promotion/retention and retesting requirements for the 2020–2021 school year. In light of past and anticipated impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Commissioner of Education has waived grade promotion requirements for students in fifth and eighth grade for the 2020–2021 school year. Notwithstanding anything the contrary in prior policy or procedure, Harmony Public Schools will comply with the Commissioner’s waiver of SSI requirements for this school year.

For additional information, please click on this link to review TEA’s correspondence in regards to the matter: Waiver of the Student Success Initiative (SSI) Promotion Requirements)

Morning Announcements MARCH 8 – 12, 2021

Friday before School Breakfast Week – March 5

Next week is School Breakfast Week 2021 and this year’s theme is Blast Off with a Healthy School Breakfast. We will explore the Gourmet Galaxy with Gravity Grains, Eclipse Egg, Meteor Milk, Martian Melons, and Galactic Greens. Eating breakfast every day is out of this world when it has milk, fruits, vegetables, whole grains or lean protein from Texas. Each day next week, after you stand for the pledge of allegiance, we will shine the light on Texas foods that taste great for breakfast.

Monday – March 8

Good Monday morning! Today kicks off School Breakfast Week. The theme is Blast Off with a Healthy School Breakfast. You can take a ride on the grain spaceship with healthy products like whole grains in bread, waffles and tortillas or whole oats in oatmeal. In the Grains Galaxy, Texas is one of the top producers of wheat. Texas can even boast about having its own toast. Texas Toast tastes great when it’s whole-grain rich. Taking time for breakfast fuels us to follow the 3E’s of Healthy Living — Education, Exercise and Eating Right.

Tuesday – March 9

We are celebrating School Breakfast Week as we Blast Off with a Healthy School Breakfast. Today we are going to meet Eclipse Egg. During a solar eclipse, the moon blocks the sun’s light. Texas overshadows many states in the number of eggs produced. An egg is a lean protein. Your body puts protein to work for everything from giving you energy to growing your hair and nails. Eat a breakfast with a lean protein today.

Wednesday, March 10

School Breakfast Week keeps blasting along with Meteor Milk. By drinking Meteor Milk with your breakfast, you can become a bright star in your school. Did you know that when you take a walk in the same day you drink milk you build better bones? It is easy to get Texas milk for a healthy Texas breakfast. Make milk part of your breakfast and have a “Dairy” nice day!

Thursday, March 11

If you have six bags of Martian Melons and there are three Martian Melons in each bag, how many melons do you have? With the help a healthy school breakfast that has fruit, you might have been one of the first to know you’d have 18 melons. Whether it is citrus fruit, apples, strawberries or watermelon, it is easy to eat a colorful breakfast with Texas fruit. Just wash it and eat it whole or cut it or peel it and eat it. Blast off with a Healthy School Breakfast – it’s a smart way to start your day!

Friday – March 12

This week we learned how to Blast Off with a Healthy School Breakfast. At the end of School Breakfast Week we are exploring Galactic Greens. You can add greens like spinach to many breakfast dishes including eggs, burritos, and even smoothies. Other vegetables grown in Texas include colorful carrots, outstanding onions premier potatoes and top tomatoes. Vegetables are great for breakfast. There are tomatoes and other vegetables in the salsa you put on a breakfast burrito. A good breakfast provides you with enough fuel to Blast Off. That is what we learned during School Breakfast Week 2021.

School Breakfast Week 2021 Morning Announcements-Spanish and English

Dear HST Parent/Guardians, Students, and Staff,

All Harmony Houston North Schools and the District will remain closed on Monday-Tuesday, February 22-23. From Wednesday, February 24 through Friday, February 26, students will work asynchronously at home. Teachers can work from home during this time. School admin and essential workers report to the campuses as needed.

Weather UPDATE:

All Harmony schools in the North District will remain closed on Friday, February 19. There will be no virtual or in-person instruction, and employees will not report to work.

We're Hiring

Harmony Public Schools is recruiting talented, compassionate bilingual teachers dedicated to helping every student succeed. Harmony offers a competitive salary, excellent benefits and a commitment to excellence in the classroom.

Interested applicants may apply online by clicking here.

Teachers and other staff members of Harmony Public Schools will receive a major upgrade to their employer-paid benefits package after the Harmony Public Schools Executive Board unanimously approved a sweeping new benefits expansion.

 

The package will go into effect later this spring with the start of Harmony’s annual benefits enrollment period, and includes new employer-paid benefits related to health care, retirement, and life insurance.

 

“The past year, the world has seen the true value of our teachers and team members in a way they never have before,” Harmony Public Schools CEO Fatih Ay said. “These professionals who take such good care of our students deserve to know that they are being taken care of, as well – both their immediate needs and their long-term needs. So we are excited to be able to offer them an additional set of benefits that saves them money on their health care costs each month, while also helping them prepare for their retirement down the road.”

 

The new benefits include:

 

MATCHING RETIREMENT CONTRIBUTIONS: Exempt employees can receive 100% matching contribution to employee 403(b) and/or 457(b) plan, up to $1,500 annually depending on tenure of service. This is in addition to employee’s TRS Retirement System Benefits.

 

  • Previously: No employer matching contribution. 

 

FREE VISION: Free vision care for employees.

 

  • Previously: Employee-paid supplemental benefit.

 

FREE DENTAL: Free dental care for employees. 

  • Previously: Employee-paid supplemental benefit.

INCREASED FREE LIFE INSURANCE POLICY: Free $100,000 life insurance policy for all Exempt employees.

 

  • Previously: Free $20,000 life insurance policy.

 

The package amounts to a roughly $2.4 million estimated increase in annual expenditure on employer-paid benefits for the Texas-based school system. However, Harmony Public Schools CEO Fatih Ay said the investment was worth it because of the positive impact on employee quality of life, work-life balance, and workplace satisfaction.

 

“The investments with the best returns are always the investment made in people,” Ay said. “We’ll continue to make these kinds of investments on behalf of our employees as often as we can.” 

 

The expansion was the fourth major announcement related to employee benefits made by Harmony in the past year. The school system also announced two employee bonuses last year, as well as a promise to continue independently offering the now-expired federal COVID-19 leave benefits for impacted employees.

 

For a full list of Harmony Public Schools employer-paid and supplemental benefits, please visit https://www.harmonytx.org/benefits.

 

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. 

 

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.

 

No School Reminder
 
School will be closed on Monday, January 18, 2021 in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday. School will resume on regular schedule on Tuesday, January 19, 2021.

Dear HST Parents and Students,

 

We are excited to offer the following clubs to HST students for the Spring semester. Please choose the clubs you want to sign up for. Please make your selections in a way so that you do not have any scheduling conflicts. Selecting a club does not guarantee that you will be able to join that club since each club/organization has limited spots available. Once all spots are filled, no one else will be allowed to join that club. If you would like to apply for more than one club, you need to submit a new form for each club.

Please review the after school clubs’ details for the Spring Semester, 2020-2021 school year, and slides below and click on the registration form to sign up.

  • One student can join up to a maximum of 3 clubs.
  • All after school clubs will begin on Tuesday, January 19, 2021
  • All after school clubs are free of charge for all HST students.

Please contact the listed club advisor for detailed club information.

If you have any other questions, please send an email to aysetas@harmonytx.org.

PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR SPRING CLUB REGISTRATION 

There will be no school for students tomorrow, Friday, January 15, 2021 as it is a teacher workday. There will also be no school on Monday due to Martin Luther King Jr. day.

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.
Current Harmony Public Schools families can be guarantee enrollment for the 2021-22 school year by submitting their re-enrollment form in Skyward from January 4-22, 2021. The re-enrollment is a simple 4 steps. Just head to http://www.harmonytx.org/ReEnroll2021 to begin!
      Deadline: January 22
It just takes about 5 minutes.
Step 1
Log Into Skyward
Step 2
Select Re-Enrollment Form
Step 3
Complete & Submit
Step 4
Verify Your Residence
Please watch the video  for re-enrollment steps

HST 2019-2020 School Report Card

Technology S.E.C Assembly Series

Please virtually join us for your grade level’s
Social Emotional Culture Assembly

Episode 1: “Woosa”. Dealing with Stress in 2020

6th gr—December 15th
7th gr– December 16th
8th gr– December 17th

Speaker: Mrs. Tuck, District Behavioral Counselor

Time: 8:15am (L0)

https://harmonytx.zoom.us/j/7582765271?pwd=NHBmeU5mdStSNXRGV0IwL21LT000dz09

Meeting ID: 758 276 5271 * Passcode: 079051

 

TRAVEL SAFETY NOTIFICATION

 

Dear Harmony Students, Families, and Staff:

Soon, our schools will close for our annual winter break. In a typical year, the break would mean a time of gathering together with loved ones, and perhaps travel. However, this year, local and national health officials are strongly discouraging all citizens from traveling or meeting in groups outside their immediate households in order to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 in our community. Regardless of winter break plans or activities, the following details outline the health protocols which will be followed after the winter break for students who may have been exposed to COVID-19 while away from school.

Please be aware that, due to CDC travel guidelines, students and families who have traveled to locations that are marked as a coronavirus risk by the CDC must quarantine for 14 days before returning to campus. Any additional absence will require further documentation from the parents or doctor. For a list of countries with COVID-19 travel advisories, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

Currently these countries include, but are not limited to:

Afghanistan, the Bahamas, Brazil, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, France, Germany, Honduras, India, Israel (including the West Bank and Gaza), Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Pakistan, Puerto Rico (U.S.), Russia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Venezuela, etc.

Please keep the following CDC recommendations in mind:

Testing before and after travel can reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. Testing does not eliminate all risk, but when paired with a period of staying at home and precautions like wearing masks and social distancing, it can make travel safer by reducing spread on planes, in airports, and at travelers’ destinations.

The following are some activities that the CDC indicates puts you at higher risk for COVID-19:

  • Travel from a country or U.S. territory with a Level 2, Level 3, or Level 4 Travel Health Notice.
  • Going to a large social gathering like a wedding, funeral, or party.
  • Attending a mass gathering like a sporting event, concert, or parade.
  • Being in crowds like in restaurants, bars, fitness centers, or movie theaters.
  • Taking public transportation like trains or buses or being in transportation hubs like airports. • Traveling on a cruise ship or river boat.

If you participated in higher-risk activities during your international travel, you should quarantine for 14 days AND do the following after travel:

  • Get tested 3-5 days after travel
  • Please note that on campus testing is not available for those returning from travel.
  • If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.

Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness (Diabetes, Obesity, Asthma, Elderly, etc) for 14 days, whether you get tested or not.

Sincerely,

Mr. Basol

Principal at Harmony School of Technology

Spread some holiday cheer as we have some fun throughout next week!
All HST students are being encouraged to show their spirit by dressing according to spirit days’ themes each day next week.
Holiday spirit weekdays are as follows:
  • Monday is Holiday Ties and Scarves day.
  • Tuesday is Holiday Hat and Hair day.
  • Wednesday is Holiday Accessories day.
  • Thursday is Holiday Socks day.
  • Friday is Ugly Sweater/Jeans day.
Be sure to snap a picture of yourself in spirit wear and post it on our school Facebook.

Greetings HPS Family and Friends,

As we look forward to a wonderful holiday break, we wanted to inform you regarding meal distribution plan for Winter Break. In addition to regular Monday distribution, we will distribute 7-day meals include breakfast, lunch and milk for Winter Break on Friday, December 18th 2020 from 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM at the below location;

· Harmony School of Advancement
3171 North Sam Houston Pkwy W.
Houston, TX 77038

Meal distribution will resume on Tuesday, January 5th, 2021 at Harmony School of Advancement from 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM.

Meal distribution will continue every Monday (8:30 AM – 10:00 AM) thereafter for the month of January unless noted below due to student & staff holiday.

SSO is a free meals program for all children ages 18 and under. Students 21 and under who are currently enrolled in a school and are identified as mentally or physically disabled are also eligible. 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)

 

While our goal is to be able to provide meal boxes to all families requesting one for each of their children, please note that meal boxes are on a first come, first serve basis.

For additional resources and locations to mobile pantries in your area, please visit: Houston Food BankYMCA of Greater Houston, or Boys & Girls Club of Greater Houston

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Julianne Srirama, HSTechnology Child Nutrition Assistant, at jsrirama@harmonytx.org

*Alternate meal distribution dates due to student & staff holidays in January:

– Tuesday, January 19th, 8:30 AM -10:00 AM (the meals provided on Monday, January 11th will be for 6 days)