Celebrate Thanksgiving by helping others in our community.
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
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.
Can’t wait to see you!
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.
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, email@example.com, 281-444-1555 extension 501.
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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
out-of-school youth who are agricultural or fishing workers and who may qualify to receive
additional educational services.
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.
Deadline to submit your form: 10/25/2020
(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.
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.
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
Meeting ID: 996 4799 4985
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
Meeting ID 915 0478 5909
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
3 Student Choice
3 Student Choice
4 Student Choice
Share your favorite reads on social media by tagging Harmony and using the hashtag #HarmonyReads.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
- 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 email@example.com . 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).
As required by Title IX, Harmony Public Schools does not (and is required not to) discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs or activities. This non-discrimination requirement applies to admission to and employment with Harmony Public Schools. Inquiries into issues related to Title IX may be referred to Harmony’s Title IX Coordinator(s) (identified below), to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights of the Department of Education, or both.
Title IX training presentation link
Harmony’s Title IX Coordinators:
Director of Internal Investigations
HPS Central Office
713-343-3333 x1104 Employee and applicant matters
Kelly Ann Hebeler
Director of Employee Relations
HPS Central Office
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.