If your student is struggling in a subject, or just has a question about tonight’s homework assignment, Harmony Public Schools has a solution.

Harmony is proud to now offer free tutoring 24/7 with TutorMe.

Through TutorMe, students in Grades 3-12 have free, 24/7 online access to verified experts in more than 300 fields.

Check out the video below to learn more, or look for the TutorMe option inside Clever in your family’s MyHarmony Portal account.

SchoolStore Fundraiser
HST is holding a new type of Fundraiser. It is called SchoolStore.com. If your child takes this information home, what you need to do is sign up by sending out emails to your family and friends. They in turn will shop online at more than 500 sites and our school will get a percentage of the purchase. Your child will return the empty envelope with a prize code written on it and gets a free Fitness Band! More prizes will be given if the emails result in sales. It takes a few minutes of your time and maybe a purchase online to participate. Thank you in advance and happy shopping!

https://schoolstore.com/video/VideoBoth.html

DEAR PARENTS AND STAKEHOLDERS:

You are Cordially Invited to Attend

HARMONY SCHOOL OF TECHNOLOGY

Campus Continuous Improvement Plan  – CIP Formative Review Meeting

Wednesday, 11/10/2021, 3:00 pm

Agenda: 

 

 

  • Welcome by Mr. Topcu
  • Introduction of Facilitators and structure of the meeting
  • Discuss goals of Campus Improvement Plan
  • Review Strategy’s Expected Result/Impact and Evidence of Progress for each goal.
  • Debrief

One of the questions we hear most from prospective parents interested in applying to Harmony Public Schools is “I’ve been looking at schools near me, but I don’t understand – what is the difference between a charter school and an ISD public school?” 

Public charter schools have grown exponentially in the past 25 years – both in Texas, and around the country – but we understand why many parents who grew up in a traditional independent school district setting themselves may still have questions.

That’s OK. We’ve got the answers to all of your biggest questions about charter schools.

So, what exactly is a charter school?

A charter school is a public school, and in many ways very similar to a traditional ISD school as you might think of one.

  • Charter schools do not charge tuition or application fees.
  • Charter schools accept every student who applies, as long as the school or grade level has not reached its enrollment capacity.
  • Charter school students take the same core classes and state tests (ex. STAAR) as ISD students. 
  • Charter schools are held to strict standards of financial and overall accountability by the Texas Education Agency.
  • Charter schools offer a full range of special services, including special education, English as a Second Language (ESL), Dyslexia, and 504. 

However, what makes charter schools different is what we believe makes them special. In a word, that difference is “choice.”

Way back in 1995, the Texas State Legislature decided that even though there were a lot of great schools in Texas, a one-size-fits-all approach to education might not work for all families. Each child is unique: some with special gifts, others with special challenges, and all with special dreams for their futures.

To help better serve every Texas student, the Texas public charter school system was created to allow independent, education-based nonprofit organizations called Charter Management Organizations (CMOs) to open and operate free public schools for Texas students with the promise that they would provide a new school choice in education for local Texas families.

For some charter schools, that new choice might be a curriculum that focuses on dual-language learning. For others, it might be helping students who have dropped out of the traditional school setting reclaim their path to graduation.

At Harmony Public Schools, we specialize in hands-on, project-based learning with a heavy emphasis on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), as well as advanced college preparedness and character education.


DID YOU KNOW?

Of the roughly 100 schools in Texas certified as official Texas STEM Academies be the Texas Education Agency, 23 are Harmony Public Schools high schools – more than any other school system in Texas!

Thirteen Harmony high schools have also been named among the Best STEM High Schools in the U.S. by Newsweek.


 

Who can attend a charter school?

As long as a student lives within its geographic boundaries of the school, any child can attend a Texas public charter school. However, unlike traditional ISD schools where students usually must attend whichever nearby campus they are “zoned” to, public charter school geographic boundaries are generally very large – often covering multiple communities or counties. These large geographic boundaries are another way Texas public charter schools offer Texas families a choice in their student’s education, and are unique from traditional ISDs. For example, rather than sending their child to an ISD campus near their home address, a parent may prefer for their child to attend a school near a grandparent’s home, or the parent’s place of work. Or they may prefer to send their child to a campus that specializes in a specific curriculum, like STEM, or with a higher TEA accountability rating than their neighborhood ISD school. All of these are options with Texas public charter schools.

Do public charter schools charge tuition?

Texas public charter schools are free to attend. Applying to a Texas public charter school is also free.

How do charter schools choose who gets to attend?

They don’t. Charter school students are never “cherry picked” from an applicant pool. Any student who applies to attend a charter school will be accepted, so long as they meet three basic criteria:

  1. They live within the schools geographic boundaries;
  2. They are applying to a grade taught by that specific school;
  3. Available seats are open in the grade-level to which the family is applying. At Harmony, if more students apply than there are available openings, the campus will hold a “blind” lottery to ensure fair an equal opportunity for enrollment to all new applicants.

RELATED: Learn more about Harmony Public School’s application, enrollment and lottery processes

When and how can a student apply to a charter school?

A student can apply to a charter school at any time during the school year and be accepted if space is available. However, most Texas public charter schools also offer an open enrollment period each year specifically for prospective new students. During this time, families can learn more about their charter school options and enter their name for the enrollment lottery, which is held in the event there are more applicants than available seats. For Harmony Public Schools, open enrollment runs each November 1 through February 10. 

MORE INFO: Learn more about how to apply to Harmony Public Schools.

How is a charter school funded?

As opposed to a traditional ISD school, which receives its funding primarily from the taxes local homeowners pay each year combined with additional funding from the state, charter schools receive their primary funding from the state and federal governments. Additionally, charters often receive both public and private grants to fund many of their innovative academic programs. For example, in recent years Harmony Public Schools has received grants of varying amounts from the U.S. Department of Education, the Texas Education Agency, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, and the Elon Musk Foundation, among others.

Are Texas public charter schools for-profit?

No. By law, Texas public charter schools must be nonprofit entities. All funds received are used in the service of our students and school teams.

Do charter schools require uniforms?

That’s a decision that’s up to each charter school. At Harmony Public Schools, we do have a uniform policy. (Our students do get regular “free dress” days, though.)

Do charter schools offer the same types of programs and extracurricular activities as ISD schools?

Charter schools offer almost all of the same programs and extracurricular activities as ISD schools, though just like at an ISD school, the exact selection of extracurricular opportunities varies from campus-to-campus. Traditionally, charter schools specialize in offering a wide variety of academic-focused extracurriculars. For example, at Harmony Public Schools, some of our most popular extracurricular activities are our groundbreaking eSports clubs, LEGO robotics, rocketry, computer coding, and biomedicine. Our schools also compete in a wide variety of sports, including basketball, volleyball, soccer, and football. 

What level accountability do charter schools have to maintain?

Just like traditional ISDs, Texas charter schools must remain in good academic and financial accountability with the Texas Education Agency. That includes annual inclusion in the TEA’s Financial Integrity System of Texas (FIRST) and Overall Accountability ratings. Charter schools that do not meet these standards face closure by the TEA. Finally, to help families easily understand how their charter school is performing, the TEA has created a Charter School Performance Framework (CSPF), which grades charter districts on overall academic performance and closing achievement gaps.

What other differences are there between charter schools and traditional ISD schools?

There are a few other differences between Texas public charter schools and ISDs, but most don’t impact the day-to-day campus life of our students. For example, charter school boards consist of appointed volunteers with a unique interest in education, rather than private individuals who have chosen to run for election. However, charter school board meetings are still open to the public to attend and participate.

What about …?

We couldn’t possibly share all the things that make charter schools a unique and important part of the Texas educational environment in just one article. So if you have more questions, we’d love the opportunity to tell you more. Just tell us what you want to know in our Let’s Talk family communication platform, and we’ll reach out with an answer soon!


Red Ribbon Week(October 25-29) is the nation’s oldest and largest drug prevention awareness program. To represent our pledge to live drug-free and honor the sacrifice of all who have lost their lives in the fight against drugs, HST will celebrate Red Ribbon Week with special dress-up days.

Monday: Proud to Be Drug-Free! Wear Red to Help Kickoff Red Ribbon Week

Tuesday: Team Up Against Bullying and Using Drugs! Wear Your Favorite Team Shirt or Jersey with jeans.

Wednesday: Twin Day. Double Up and Say No to Drugs

Thursday: Scare Drugs Away! Wear Crazy Socks and Crazy Hair with Uniforms.

Friday: Think Pink Day! In Honor of October Being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Wear As Much Pink as Possible.

 

Please make sure to follow the Harmony school free dress code rules.

  • Jeans must be free of holes, tears, or tight pants
  • Clothing must not have any inappropriate wording, logos, messages, or advertising
  • No shorts, skin-tight, or legging dresses, or skirts may be worn
  • All dresses must have sleeves and be knee-length
  • No low cut or midriff-baring, or backless blouses.
  • No jeggings, tights, or skinny style pants

 

Failure to follow the dress code will result in parents being called to bring a change of clothes or pick up a child if they violate the dress code.

If you need any additional information regarding rules for free dress please reference page 25 of the student handbook.

DEAR PARENTS:

You are Cordially Invited to Attend

Harmony School of Technology

Title I Parent and Family Engagement Meeting

October 21, 2021, 5:30 pm

ZOOM LINK

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 the current year

IV. School’s Curriculum, Academic Performance

V. Comments, Q & A

COMING SOON! Open Enrollment is just THREE weeks away for the 2022-2023 school year at Harmony Public Schools

Application for open enrollment for the 2022-23 school year is just three weeks away for new students and students wishing to change campuses!

October 23rd, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Harmony School of Technology
Contact us at maria.gonzalez@harmonytx.org or nadia.reyes@harmonytx.org

WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT! NECESITAMOS SU APOYO!

We will be celebrating our Hispanic Heritage and sharing our culture and traditions with the rest of the Harmony Family.
Estaremos celebrando nuestra herencia hispana y compartiendo nuestra cultura y tradiciones con el resto de la familia Harmony.

We would like to set up stands or booths to represent as many Hispanic countries as possible. Every stand or booth needs to be hosted by at least one family. More than one family can host a booth.
Nos gustaria representar tantos paises hispanos como sea posible. Cada pais necesita tener una familia anfitriona. Puede haber mas de una familia anfitirona por pais.

Please sign up for as many items as possible. Even if you are not available to attend, you may cooperate by donating some of the items needed for the event.
Por favor, apuntese como voluntario para todo lo que le sea posible. Aun si no le es posible asistir, puede participar donando algunos de los articulos que estamos necesitando o platillos.

We would love to have a DJ or some sort of live music or entertainment. If you or someone you know can help, please let us know.
Nos encantaria tener un DJ o musica/entretenimiento en vivo. Si usted o alguien que conozca puede colaborar con esto, por favor, avisenos.

Thanks in advance for your great support!
Gracias de antemano por su apoyo!

Direct communications to/ Comuniquese con maria.gonzalez@harmonytx.org or nadia.reyes@harmonytx.org

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration Sign up form

This year every child at Harmony Public Schools is eligible to receive free lunch and breakfast each day from our child nutrition team.
However, Harmony would like to remind parents of the need to still submit one of our critical Harmony forms instead of the application normally associated with qualifying for Free & Reduced Price Meal Programs.
Each year, Harmony Public Schools is required to collect and report the socioeconomic status of each student to the Texas Education Agency for purposes of the annual state accountability ratings and for federal reporting. The data collected is used by educational agencies to determine funding which may be used for a variety of programs and educational opportunities.
Today, we are asking parents to please complete the online form “Household Income Information” in Skyward. Upon login to Skyward, this form is accessible from the main screen. If you have any questions, please contact the Child Nutrition Assistant at your child’s school.
Cheer Tryouts Rescheduled
 
After the weather-related cancelations, HST cheer tryouts will now be held on Friday, September 17, 2021. Please contact Mrs. Guidry for more information.

 

Last week, Gov. Greg Abbott officially signed into law a new education funding bill that will allow public schools like ours to offer full virtual learning to up to 10 percent of our student body enrolled in Grades K-12.

 

Under the law, to be eligible to participate and remain in virtual learning, students must meet all of the following criteria:

 

  • Students must have passed the most recent STAAR exams (if applicable to grade level). If student did not take STAAR, NWEA grade-level proficiency is required, AND;
  • Students must have earned a “C” grade of higher in “foundation curriculum” courses taken virtually or remotely in the previous school year (ex. Math, reading), AND;
  • Students must have no more than 10% unexcused absences during the previous school year, and maintain less than 10 unexcused absences in a six-month period.

 

Recently, we asked families to log into Skyward to let us know if they prefer for their child to attend virtual learning or continue in-person learning on campus. The deadline to make your selection is Wednesday September 15, 2021. For those who select “Virtual Learning,” we will cross-checking their student records to determine their eligibility status. Those selected will be notified by their home campus soon and given further directions on how to begin online learning.

 

For those not selected for virtual learning or who wish to remain in-person learning from campus, Harmony will continue to offer its “remote conferencing” option on an as-needed basis. Under this program, students can learn from home for up to 20 instructional days if they have a pre-existing medical condition, or are forced to quarantine due to positive COVID-19 diagnosis or exposure. Additional days may be granted upon TEA approval with required documentation.

 

Harmony thanks you for your ongoing support and patience as the situation regarding virtual learning unfolded these past few weeks. Whether your student is attending virtual or in-person, we look forward to a great school year with you and your family.

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La semana pasada, el gobernador Greg Abbott promulgó oficialmente una nueva ley de financiación de la educación que permitirá a las escuelas públicas como la nuestra ofrecer aprendizaje virtual completo para hasta el 10 por ciento de nuestros estudiantes.

 

En consecuencia, Harmony Public Schools se complace en anunciar que comenzará a ofrecer una opción de aprendizaje virtual a partir del lunes 4 de octubre para los estudiantes elegibles, según lo permitan los límites de inscripción.

 

Según la ley, para ser elegible para participar y permanecer en el aprendizaje virtual, los estudiantes deben cumplir con todos los siguientes criterios:

 

 

  • Los estudiantes deben haber aprobado los exámenes STAAR más recientes (si corresponde al nivel de grado). Si el estudiante no hizo STAAR, se requiere competencia de nivel de grado de NWEA, Y;

 

  • Los estudiantes deben haber obtenido una calificación “C” o superior en los cursos del “plan de estudios básico” hechos de forma virtual o remota en el año escolar anterior (por ejemplo, matemáticas, lectura), Y;

 

  • Los estudiantes no deben tener más del 10% de ausencias injustificadas durante el año escolar anterior y mantener menos de 10 ausencias injustificadas en un período de seis meses.

 

Recientemente, les pedimos a las familias que inicien sesión en Skyward para informarnos si prefieren que su hijo asista al aprendizaje virtual o que continúe con el aprendizaje presencial en el campus. La fecha límite para hacer su selección es el miércoles 15 de septiembre de 2021. Para aquellos que seleccionen “Aprendizaje virtual”, verificaremos sus registros de estudiantes para determinar su estado de elegibilidad. Los seleccionados serán notificados por su campus de origen pronto y se les dará más instrucciones sobre cómo comenzar el aprendizaje en línea. 

 

Para aquellos que no hayan sido seleccionados para el aprendizaje virtual o que deseen seguir aprendiendo de manera presencial desde el campus, Harmony continuará ofreciendo su opción de “conferencias remotas” según sea necesario. Bajo este programa, los estudiantes pueden aprender desde casa durante hasta 20 días de instrucción si tienen una afección médica preexistente o si se ven obligados a ponerse en cuarentena debido a un diagnóstico positivo o exposición a la COVID-19. Se pueden otorgar días adicionales con la aprobación de la TEA con la documentación requerida.

 

Gracias por su continuo apoyo y paciencia mientras se desarrolló el aprendizaje virtual estas últimas semanas. Ya sea que su estudiante asista virtual o presencialmente, esperamos tener un gran año escolar con usted y su familia.

 

Due to inclement weather with Tropical Storm Nicholas, all after-school clubs and extracurricular activities are canceled today, Monday, Sept 13. In addition, in-person and virtual classes are canceled on Tuesday, September 14. All Harmony Houston North offices and schools will be closed on Tuesday, September 14.

Afterschool Activities Cancelled Due to Inclement Weather

 Dear HST parents, students, and staff!

All afterschool activities — including clubs, sports, and practices — are canceled today, September 13th2021, due to the inclement weather.

ESL PARENT EVENING

Tuesday, September 14

5:30 PM to 6:30 PM

Please join us by ZOOM

Dear students and guardians,

 

As you may already know, Friday, September 10, was the last day for students to sign up for after-school programs. Unfortunately, due to a lack of registration, some clubs were unable to make it and therefore have been canceled. Those clubs are the Russian club, Turkish club, Spanish spelling bee, PEP Squad, Music and Dance club. If your student had signed up for any of these clubs, then please contact Mrs. Didic at sdidic@harmonytx.org to reimburse your club fees. I know that club registration has already ended but, if your student is interested in any other clubs other than those that have already been filled up, let me know. I will check with the club sponsors to see if they will accept students. If your student was unable to register for a club that they were interested in this semester, I hope that they will be able to do so next semester.

 

Note: Some of our clubs require try-outs or teacher selection such as First Lego Robotics, Volleyball, Cheerleading, and Yearbook. Before you sign-up or pay for these clubs, you should be selected after tryouts or have completed an assignment to be accepted in that club, such as Yearbook. FBLA, cheerleading, and CRLP clubs will continue accepting students until next Friday. Cheerleading will have tryouts on September 14, 2021, around 3:30 PM. FBLA has no requirements and you can regularly register for it.

Thank you all for your understanding on this matter.

Club Registration Form

Club Payment Link(REVTRAK)

Join our Team and become an HST Cheerleader. TRYOUTS  Tuesday 9/14/2021. YOU’RE INVITED!

 

Dear Enrichment, Technology, and Advancement Families,

Due to the challenges that we faced during arrival and dismissal, we are making a significant change to the traffic patterns for the Enrichment, Technology, and Advancement property.
Advancement and Enrichment will now enter the property from the first exit, south of the campuses.  Both of these campuses will then exit from the driveway closest to the Advancement campus.
Technology will continue to enter and exit from the driveway closest to Technology.
There are many changes that are resulting from the change in traffic patterns.  Please review the map in careful detail, paying special attention to the directions as they apply to families with students at multiple campuses.
We will post an FAQ within the coming days to further assist learning the new procedures.
Due to the complex nature of arrival and dismissal on the property, the procedures will be strictly enforced and exceptions will not be made.
Once you’ve reviewed the maps, please reach out to your campus administration if you have any questions.
Thank you,
Enrichment, Technology, and Advancement Administrative Teams

ARRIVAL & DISMISSAL MAPS

Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Announcement!

In accordance with the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented students, Harmony Public Schools will begin taking referrals for kindergarten and currently enrolled students in grades 1-12 for gifted and talented screening. 

Anyone interested in the educational welfare of these students may refer them for assessment. Referral forms are available at the front office and on the school’s website.

 

Parent GT Referral Form in English

Parent GT Referral Form in Spanish

 

The deadline for GATE referral is September 30, 2021, and G/T assessment period will take place in October. For more information about the screening and identification process, parents may contact the school’s G/T coordinator or G/T coach/teacher.

GATE (Educación para estudiantes dotados/talentosos) Anuncio

De acuerdo con el Plan Estatal de Texas para la Educación de Estudiantes Dotados / Talentosos, las Escuelas Públicas de Harmony comenzarán a recibir referencias para kindergarten y estudiantes actualmente inscritos en los grados 1-12 para la evaluación de estudiantes dotados y talentosos.

Cualquier persona interesada en el bienestar educativo de estos estudiantes puede nominarlos para dicha evaluación. Los formularios de referencia están disponibles en la oficina y en el sitio web de la escuela.

 

Forma de nominación

 

La fecha límite de referencia de GATE es el 30 de septiembre de 2021 y el período de evaluación de G / T se llevará a cabo en octubre.

Para obtener más información sobre el proceso de selección e identificación, los padres pueden comunicarse con el entrenador / maestro de GT de la escuela.

PICTURE DAY IS COMING!

Dear HST Parents and Students,

Inter-State Studios will be at HST to take your child’s ID photo and class group picture this Thursday, September 2nd. Students are strictly required to come to school with their proper uniforms. All students will be photographed for school ID and Yearbook. If you want to order your child’s picture, you can order online with the school code(60203DB). Ordering online is easy. Visit inter-state.com/order and enter your order code provided on the inside of your order flyer to continue the ordering process. Online ordering allows parents to choose between more options and styles to further personalize a child’s portrait. Your child has already received the picture day flyers, and it shows how to pay online.

 Unfortunately, there will be no re-take and Spring pictures opportunity this year.

  • Note: Pictures will be taken in the GYM
  • Students must be in masks
  • Photo staff will remain in masks at all times, and students may remove them for photos.
  • Picture day flyers are coming home today- be sure to check your child’s backpack! If you haven’t ordered, it’s not too late.

Thank you

Dear Harmony Families,

Today, we would like to share some important news regarding a potential virtual learning option at your child’s school.

This weekend, a new bill to fund virtual learning in Texas public schools like Harmony cleared a major hurdle in the Texas Legislature. In its current form, schools such as Harmony Public Schools would be allowed to provide virtual learning for up to 10 percent of its student body throughout the remainder of the school year.

While the bill has not received final approval and specific details may change before being signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott, it now appears very likely that schools like ours will be able to offer virtual learning in some form to students in the near future and we are looking forward to offering comprehensive virtual learning to our student population during 2021-2022 school year.

Currently, in your child’s Skyward account is a form asking your family’s interest in virtual learning. We ask that you please complete this virtual learning application form as soon as you are able. While we may not be able to accommodate every request due to potential new legal restrictions on the number of students who can participate, by understanding your preference we will be able to more quickly assign students to virtual learning should it become an option.

We will continue to share important updates with you as new information becomes available.

Thank you.

 

 

Estimadas familias de Harmony,

Hoy, no nos gustaría compartie algunas noticias importantes sobre una posible opción de aprendizaje virtual en la escuela de sus hijos. Este fin de semana, un nuevo proyecto de ley para financiar el aprendizaje virtual en escuelas públicas de Texas como Harmony eliminó un obstáculo importante en la Legislatura de Texas. En su forma actual, las Escuelas Públicas de Harmony podrían proporcionar aprendizaje virtual para hasta el 10 por ciento de su cuerpo estudiantil durante el resto del año escolar.

Aunque el proyecto no ha recibido la aprobación final y unos detalles específicos pueden cambiar antes de set convertida en lay por en gobernador, Greg Abbott, ahora parece muy probable que las escuelas como la nuestra puedan ofrecer aprendizaje virtual de alguna forma a los estudiantes en un futuro cercano y esperamos ofrecer un aprendizaje virtual integral a nuestra población estudiantil durante la escuela 2021-2022 año.

Actualmente, en la cuenta de Skyward de si hijo o hija hay un formulario que pregunta el interés de su familia en el aprendizaje virtual. Le pedimos que complete este formulario de solicitud de aprendizaje virtual tan pronto como pueda. Si bien es posible que no podamos atender todas las solicitudes debido a posibles nuevas restricciones legales sobre la cantidad de estudiantes que pueden participar, al comprender su preferencia, podremos asignar estudiantes más rápidamente al aprendizaje virtual si se convierte en una opción.

Continuaremos compartiendo actualizaciones importantes con usted a medida que haya nueva información disponible.

Gracias.

On Saturday, the HPS executive board approved a recommendation allowing all regular employees 10 additional days of paid leave should they test positive for COVID-19 or be asked to quarantine due to  close contact with another COVID-19 positive individual.

 

The benefit is available retroactively to August 2 (first day of 2021-22 school year), and extends through December 31, 2021. 

 

Employees with additional questions or who need to request leave for any purpose should contact leave@harmonytx.org.

On Saturday, the HPS executive board approved a recommendation allowing all regular employees 10 additional days of paid leave should they test positive for COVID-19 or be asked to quarantine due to  close contact with another COVID-19 positive individual.

 

The benefit is available retroactively to August 2 (first day of 2021-22 school year), and extends through December 31, 2021. 

 

Employees with additional questions or who need to request leave for any purpose should contact leave@harmonytx.org.

Dear Harmony Families,

From its beginning, Harmony Public Schools has held onto two strong beliefs.

First, that by focusing on STEM, we could help our students better understand their connection to the world around them, and prepare them to help tackle the challenges of our collective future.

Second, that schools work best when parents, teachers, and school leaders are all working together to do what’s best for our students.

Few issues have put those two core beliefs – following science, and doing what’s best for kids – into sharper focus than the issue of protective face masks at our schools.

At Harmony, we firmly believe the preponderance of credible medical evidence proves that masks are a simple and effective way to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our schools, communities, and homes.  This is why we frequently and publicly advocate for their use by students and team members – because it’s good science, and it’s what is best for kids.

Today, we would like to share a new Harmony Public Schools mask policy that we believe is strongly based on science and student safety, while also taking into account the legitimate reasons some families may prefer for their child not to wear a mask. We also believe this policy can remain consistent regardless of the outcome of current legal decisions related to mask “mandates” in schools.

Harmony Student Mask Policy

(Effective DATE)

  1. All Harmony staff members are asked to wear a mask on campus, unless there are medical, religious or other specific reasons that is not possible.
  2. All Harmony Public Schools students are asked to wear masks on campus. If a student does not have a mask, one will be provided.
  3. The parents of children who are unable to wear a mask due to medical or other specific issues, including difficulty breathing while wearing a mask, may submit a formal exemption request on Skyward. (This is consistent with our long-standing student Dress Code exemption policy, which can be found on page 22 of the HPS Student & Parent Handbook).
  4. We are asking that all employees, students, parents and visitors voluntarily comply with this mask policy.

 

When it comes to masks, there may be no perfect policy for all families. Masks have become one of the more hotly debated issues of our time. The one thing we can all agree on, though, is that we all look forward to a day when no one needs to wear a mask.

In the late spring and early summer, many of us believed that day was close. Unfortunately, it’s not quite here, yet.  But by working together, we will get there – hopefully soon.

For now, we’re asking for Harmony to mask up.

It’s good science, and it’s what is best for kids.

Thank you.

Dear Harmony Community Members;

From its beginning, Harmony Public Schools has held onto two strong beliefs.

First, by focusing on STEM, we could help our students better understand their connection to the world around them, and prepare them to help tackle the challenges of our collective future.

Second, that schools work best when parents, teachers, and school leaders are all working together to do what’s best for our students.

Few issues have put those two core beliefs – following science, and doing what’s best for kids – into sharper focus than the issue of protective face masks at our schools.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to strongly recommend masks for teachers, staff, students, and visitors to K-12 schools regardless of vaccination status.

At Harmony, we support the CDC’s guidance and firmly believe the preponderance of credible medical evidence proves that masks are a simple and effective way to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our schools, communities, and homes. This is why we frequently and publicly advocate for their use by students and team members – because it’s good science, and it’s what is best for kids.

Today, we would like to share a new Harmony Public Schools mask policy that we believe is strongly based on science and student safety, while also taking into account the legitimate reasons some families may prefer for their child not to wear a mask. We also believe this policy can remain consistent regardless of the outcome of current legal decisions related to mask “mandates” in schools.

 

Harmony Mask Policy

(Effective Immediately)

  1. Masks will be required for all persons inside Harmony Public Schools buildings and transportation services (ex. buses). If an individual does not have a mask, one will be provided.
  2. For students and staff members who are unable to wear a mask, a mask exception form is available in each student and staff member’s Skyward account.

When it comes to masks, there may be no perfect policy for all families. Masks have become one of the more hotly debated issues of our time. The one thing we can all agree on, though, is that we all look forward to a day when no one needs to wear a mask.

 

Estimados miembros de la comunidad de Harmony;

Desde sus inicios, las Escuelas Públicas de Harmony se han aferrado a dos creencias sólidas.

Primero, que al enfocarnos en STEM, podríamos ayudar a nuestros estudiantes a comprender mejor su conexión con el mundo que los rodea y prepararlos para ayudar a enfrentar los desafíos de nuestro futuro colectivo.

En segundo lugar, las escuelas funcionan mejor cuando los padres, maestros y líderes escolares trabajan juntos para hacer lo mejor para nuestros estudiantes.

Pocos temas han puesto esas dos creencias fundamentales – seguir la ciencia y hacer lo mejor para los niños – en un enfoque más nítido que el tema de los cubrebocas en nuestras escuelas.

Los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC) continúan recomendando cubrebocas para los maestros, el personal, los estudiantes y los visitantes de las escuelas K-12, independientemente del estado de vacunación.

En Harmony, apoyamos la guía de los CDC y creemos firmemente que la preponderancia de evidencia médica creíble demuestra que los cubrebocas son una forma simple y efectiva de detener la propagación de COVID-19 en nuestras escuelas, comunidades y hogares. Es por eso que defendemos pública y frecuentemente su uso por parte de los estudiantes y los miembros del equipo, porque es buena ciencia y es lo mejor para los niños.

Hoy, nos gustaría compartir una nueva política del uso de cubrebocas de las Escuelas Públicas de Harmony que creemos que está fuertemente basada en la ciencia y la seguridad de los estudiantes, al mismo tiempo que toma en cuenta las razones legítimas que algunas familias pueden preferir que sus hijos no usen un cubrebocas. También creemos que esta política puede permanecer consistente independientemente del resultado de las decisiones legales actuales relacionadas con los “mandatos” de cubrebocas en las escuelas.

Política del uso de cubrebocas en Harmony

(Efectivo el 25 de agosto de 2021)

  1. Se requerirán cubrebocas para todas las personas dentro de los edificios y servicios de transporte de las Escuelas Públicas de Harmony (por ejemplo, autobuses). Si una persona no tiene un cubrebocas, se le proporcionará uno.
  2. Para los estudiantes que no pueden usar cubrebocas, hay un formulario de excepción de cubrebocas disponible en la cuenta de Skyward de cada estudiante y miembro del personal.

Dear Parents and Guardians:

Today, we would like to inform you of important education option for your family if you believe your student may have experienced significant academic losses during the 2020-2021 school year.

This summer, the 87th Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill (SB) 1697, which allows parents and guardians to elect for a student to repeat a grade or retake a high school course.

This gives parents or guardians the right to opt for their child to:

  • repeat pre-kindergarten or enroll in pre-kindergarten if the child was eligible to enroll in pre-kindergarten in the previous school year and has not yet enrolled in kindergarten;
  • repeat kindergarten; or enroll in kindergarten if the child would have enrolled in kindergarten in the previous school year and has not yet enrolled in first grade; and
  • for grades one through three, repeat the grade the student was enrolled in during the previous school year.

For the 2021-2022 school year only, parents or guardians have the right to opt for their child:

  • for grades four through eight, repeat the grade the student was enrolled in during the 2020-2021 school year; and
  • for courses taken for high school credit, repeat any course in which the student was enrolled during the 2020-2021 school year.

When determining whether these options may be right for your student, here are some things which may be helpful to consider:

  • For children in grades 1-8, repeating may be right for your child if he/she struggled learning while remaining virtual most of the year.
  • For students who took high school courses, repeating one or more courses may be right for your child if he/she struggled in a foundational course (e.g. Algebra I or computer science) and is worried about being successful in higher-level courses.
  • If a high school student received a passing grade for the course they are requesting to repeat, they will keep their original grade on their transcript.
  • For children interested in high school interscholastic competition, parents and guardians should review eligibility rulesbased on student age.

According to the new law, parents or guardians are required to notify the district in writing (letter or email to school principal) if they elect for their child to retake a grade level or course.

By law, if a district disagrees, the district must convene a retention committee and meet with the parent or guardian to discuss the proposed retention.

After the parent/ guardian has participated in the retention committee meeting, the parent or guardian will decide if the student will be retained.

For more information or to request retention for your student, please contact your campus administration.

Thank you.

  • Harmony Public Schools

 

Additional information is available at: https://tea.texas.gov/repeatgrade and https://tea.texas.gov/restartkinder