Dear parents,
Your input is important to us as we work to continuously improve your student’s learning environment. As part of this effort, we would appreciate you taking 5 minutes to complete this brief survey about our school culture and climate. Please let us know if you have any questions. Thank you, Principal Basol

Celebrate Thanksgiving by helping others in our community.

November 16-20

This week only!

Donations go to Northwest Assistance Ministries

 

Dear HST Parents/Guardians, Staff and Students,

Veteran’s Day, November 11th, is an important day set aside to thank and honor those who have served in the military. Honoring our veterans is important to us at Harmony School of Technology and therefore we will have the following activities at HST to honor our veterans:

  • Wall of Honor
  • Veteran’s Day Advisory Lesson

Faculty, Staff and community, please join us in celebrating Veteran’s Day through the various activities taking place on campus.

We are inviting you to share a picture of family members or friends that have served in the military. We will make a bulletin board in the hallway to celebrate the Veterans of our community who have honorably served our country. We will be featuring this Wall of Honor for the month of November on our website, Facebook, and Twitter pages.

If you would like to honor a veteran, please complete this form by the end of today.

If you would like to honor a Veteran: You can click here to complete the electronic form by the end of today or submit information and copy of a picture to the front office tomorrow morning.

Be sure to include the following information:

  • Student’s Name
  • Name of Veteran
  • Relationship to student
  • Branch of Service
  • Served in War/Served
  • Accomplishment/Rewards

Calling all burrito lovers,

Foil your dinner plans and stop by the Chipotle at 7600 Cypress Creek Pkwy in Houston for our fundraiser on Saturday, November 07 from 4:00pm – 8:00pm. We’re raising money to support Harmony School of Technology PTO, so just download a flyer from the link below or mention the fundraiser at checkout and they’ll donate 33% of the proceeds to the cause!

NEW! ORDER ONLINE FOR PICKUP

Use code 2Q3MWVN in ‘promo’ field before checkout. Orders placed online or through the Chipotle app for pickup using this unique code will be counted. Remember, delivery orders or orders placed at a different time/location than the scheduled fundraiser will not count.

Click here for more details.

Can’t wait to see you!

Dear parents,
If you haven’t had a chance yet to fill out the form, please do so now. In order to better serve your children, the school district would like to identify families and out-of-school youth who may qualify to receive additional educational services from our community partners. The information provided will be kept confidential. Please answer the following questions by Friday, November 13,2020. This is required for all students. Use one form per family, but include each of your children enrolled at a Harmony Campus.

Please click here to take the Family Survey

Estimados padres,
Si aún no ha tenido la oportunidad de completar el formulario, hágalo ahora. Con el fin de servir mejor a sus hijos, el distrito escolar desea identificar a las familias y los jóvenes que no asisten a la escuela que puedan calificar para recibir servicios educativos adicionales de nuestros socios comunitarios. La información proporcionada se mantendrá confidencial. Responda las siguientes preguntas antes del viernes 13 de noviembre de 2020. Esto es obligatorio para todos los estudiantes. Utilice un formulario por familia, pero incluya a cada uno de sus hijos inscritos en un campus Harmony.

Dear HST Parents/Guardians and Students!

Please be advised that next Tuesday, November 3rd, is Election Day. There will be no in-school or remote instruction on Tuesday, November 3rd, for parent-teacher conferences. Students (onsite and virtual) will not attend school on the 3rd during the parent-teacher conference day. Parent-teacher meetings will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. using Google Meet video conferencing.

Teachers will send their conference information to all of our families, so please check your emails if you don’t want to miss this opportunity to meet with your child’s teachers. Can’t schedule something for the 3rd? No worries! Contact your child’s teacher(s) to set something up for an alternative date.

There will be no virtual after-school clubs on that day.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us at any time. Thank you for your continued support

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 Harmony School of Advancement, 3171 N. Sam Houston Pkwy W., Houston, TX 77038 on Mondays from 8:30 AM until 10 AM. 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 Mrs. Julianne Srirama, jsrirama@harmonytx.org, 281-444-1555 extension 501.

 

Click here to read in Spanish

Red Ribbon Week Themed Dress Up Days October 26-30
This week is RED RIBBON WEEK at HST! We will be having a different theme/dress up for each day. Be an example and say NO to drugs, Tigers!

Please Click Here to See  This Week’s TIGER NEWS

Dear HST Family,

 

At HST, we value every aspect of education. We believe that a student’s education goes far beyond just teaching them reading, math, and science, but is also about teaching them how to be helpful and productive citizens in an ever changing world. We do this by embedding social-emotional learning and character education into every classroom and experience at school. 

 

Over the past few years, we developed and began using the acronym ROAR (Respect, Organized, Achieve, Ready to Learn) to help reinforce the values and expectations on campus. Those that are attending school on campus will see this acronym (like the image below) in the classrooms, hallways, and cafeteria. Those that are attending school virtually will see the acronym displayed in their schoology courses and possibly as part of their teacher’s virtual classroom.

In order to better serve our students, we would like to understand what each word in the ROAR acronym represents to all the people that make up our school community. For this reason, we are asking all parents, students, and teachers to fill out this survey to give us feedback on what Respect, Organized, Achieve, and Ready to Learn means to them. The survey is only five questions and should take less than ten minutes to fill out. 

 

Thank you for helping us to improve every student’s educational experience at HST.

 

HST Admin Team 

Migrant survey
In order to better serve your children, the school district would like to identify families and
out-of-school youth who are agricultural or fishing workers and who may qualify to receive
additional educational services.
Please complete the survey as soon as possible.

Dear Parent or Guardian: We are in the process of conducting an evaluation of our parental involvement program, and we would like to know what you think.
Thank you for taking your time to complete this survey. Your input is greatly appreciated. The responses will be used to improve next year’s parental involvement program.
If you have questions about the survey or need assistance completing it, please contact Maria Piralla at mpiralla@harmonytx.org

Dear Parents and Students,

Please fill out this MANDATORY google form in order to sign up for the PSAT.

PSAT will be taken in-person. NO REMOTE TESTING AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME.

8th-grade students will test ON CAMPUS, the schedule will be shared soon by your testing coordinator.

Safety measurements will be taken to ensure social distancing among students and proctors.

*A High PSAT Score Can Lead to a National Merit Scholarship.

*Your PSAT Score Can Indicate Future SAT Performance.

*Doing Well on the PSAT Can Give You a Confidence Boost.

For further information please contact the head counselor or the campus testing coordinator.

msevinc@harmonytx.org

Deadline to submit your form: 10/25/2020

Please click her to register

Everything you need to now about PSAT please click here

(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.

Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year. Our PTO organization forms a community for the parents, the staff of Harmony School of Technology, and students to work together to obtain common goals. We encourage all parents and staff at Harmony School of Technology to join. Membership dues are only $10 (CASH ONLY) per family and are used to support our school. Please complete the form below.

HST PTO Membership Form/ Formulario de Membresía de HST PTO

Bienvenidos al año escolar 2020-2021. Nuestra organización PTO forma una comunidad para que los padres, el personal de la Escuela de Tecnología Harmony y los estudiantes trabajen juntos para obtener metas comunes. Alentamos a todos los padres y al personal de la Escuela de Tecnología Harmony a unirse. Las cuotas de membresía son solo $ 10 (SOLO EN EFECTIVO) por familia y se utilizan para apoyar a nuestra escuela. Complete el siguiente formulario

PTO GENERAL MEETING

Please Join Us by Zoom
ZOOM LINK 

Meeting ID: 996 4799 4985
Passcode: 342477

 

TOP REASONS TO JOIN THE PTO

It’s Good for Your Child
When parents get plugged in at school, their children do better.

You’ll Get Connected
PTO is a great way to learn what is going on at school, get to know the teachers and administrators and hear first hand about important decisions.

You’ll be Part of a Network
Meet other parents who share a common goal.

You’ll be a Role Model
You’ll show your children that not only are they important to you, but their education is as well.

It’s for Every Parent
Your voice and opinion matter! It can make a difference when you speak up. Your voice and ideas can help improve the quality of education.

It’s Important to the School
PTO provides support to teachers and administrators and creates a caring supportive atmosphere at school.

Please Join Us by Zoom!

 

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Thursday 1, October 1, 2020

Harmony School of Technology

Zoom link

 

Meeting ID 915 0478 5909

DEAR PARENTS:

You are Cordially Invited to Attend

Harmony School of Technology

Title I Parent and Family Engagement Meeting

October 1, 2020 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Zoom link: https://harmonytx.zoom.us/j/2388066365

Goal/Purpose: Review, evaluate and update/develop Written

Parent and Family Engagement (PFE) Policy and the School-Parent Compact

Agenda Items:

I. Title I Program Presentation

II. Review and evaluate last year’s PFE Policy and School-Parent Compact

III. Jointly develop PFE Policy and Compact for current year

IV. School’s Curriculum, Academic Performance

V. Comments, Q&A

INCLEMENT WEATHER UPDATE!
HST Virtual Learning will continue online today, as normal. However, the campus will be close to employees. students and visitors. Stay safe!

Dear Parents and Students,

 

Please choose the clubs you want to get in for the 2020-2021 school year. Please make your selections based clubs dates do not have a scheduling conflict. Selecting clubs on this list doesn’t mean a guarantee that you will be in those clubs. If you 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 Fall 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 Monday, September 21, 2020
  • All after school clubs are free of charge for all HST students.

Each club/organization has limited spots available. Once all spots are filled, no one else will be allowed to join that club.

Contact listed club advisor for detailed club information

If you have any questions, e-mail at aysetas@harmonytx.org

 

Please click here for the Club Manual and the registration Form

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.

 

CLICK HERE TO SEE THIS WEEK’S TIGER NEWS

NWEA MAP testing will take place remotely the week of September 14th through 17th. Your child’s schedule will look very different during testing week . Your child will be assigned a specific testing time by their homeroom teacher. During testing week, testing could take place as early as 9:00 AM am. Please see the attached parent letter and watch the informational video to learn how MAP testing will work. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s homeroom teacher or the campus testing coordinator, Mr. Sevinc at msevinc@harmonytx.org

PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR THE HST FALL 2020 MAP TESTING TEACHER’S ZOOM LINK

PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR THE MAP Family Toolkit – Resources for parents

Parent Information for Fall 2020 NWEA MAP Administration

Dear HST Students, Parents and Teachers;

When the COVID-19 pandemic first began in our state last spring, we promised our Harmony community that our response to the pandemic would always be focused on keeping our entire Harmony community safe, and our students focused on learning. As a school system that places a heavy emphasis on science and math, we also promised that all of our decisions would be based on the best science and data available.

Today, we wanted to share with you an important update about the reopening of your child’s school. Just as importantly, though, we wanted to share with you more detailed information about how that determination was made and what specifics steps toward reopening will happen next.

From the beginning of the pandemic, Harmony has looked at a specific group of informed and reliable data sources to determine the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic in our local community. These sources are the Harvard University Data Center, the Texas Education Agency, the Texas Department of State Health Services, our city and county health agencies, and information from our neighboring school systems.

From this data, Harmony Public Schools has developed a four-stage reopening plan for its 58 campuses across Texas that allows the specific COVID-10 conditions in each community to determine each school’s individual reopening plan.

Our campus is currently Stage #1 and will begin Stage #4 on October 12th, 2020.
In short, Stage #1 means; Campuses must remain closed for both students and staff for the time being due to a high presence of COVID-19 in our community. However, in the next stage, Stage 2, it may be safe to host a limited number of students in Harmony Learning Centers. In these Learning Centers, students would complete their daily classwork remotely from a Harmony facility in a supervised, day-long “study hall”-like setting.

Stage #4 means; Campuses are open for in-person learning for all students whose parents opted for on-campus learning. Students and staff members would be required to follow all safety protocols outlined in the Harmony Public Schools Back to School Playbook, as well as any others deemed necessary for safe, productive learning.
Our ultimate goal is to reopen our campus for all students who opted into in-person learning (Stage 4) as soon as conditions are favorable.
Our goal for Stage 4 is October 12th, dependent on local COVID-19 conditions and TEA guidelines.

– Stage 2 starts on September 14th, 2020. Mostly distance learning with limited in-person students in a learning center setting
– Stage 3 starts on October 5th, 2020. In-Person instruction with targeted groups (students who have chronic absenteeism and staff kids)
Staff returns on October 5th, 2020
– Stage 4 starts on October 12th,2020. Students who chose in person learning will start to come to campus.
Thank you for your support during these unprecedented times, and for helping keep our students safe and focused on learning.
We will continue to keep you updated as new developments take place.
If you have any further questions, please contact Celil Basol at cbasol@harmonytx.org

Sincerely,
Celil Basol
Principal

Dear HST Parents and Guardians,

A reminder that there is no school on Monday, September 7th due to the Labor Day holiday. Classes resume Tuesday, September 8.