Picture Retakes

Picture Retakes

Picture retakes will take place on Wednesday, November 10th.  Students will wear their uniform.

To order online, visit https://my.lifetouch.com/mylifetouch/#/ and enter our picture day ID EVTDKHRSJ.

Lobos Family Night

Lobos Family Night

Dear HSI Families,

We invite you to join us for our Lobos Family Night on Monday, November 15th, from 4:00 – 5:00 pm. Please use the link below to RSVP by 2:00 pm on Friday, November 12th.

Here are just a few things you can look forward to during the evening:

*Pizza
*Door prizes
*Free dress for scholars whose families attend
*Hear from our leadership scholars about our school creed & their personal leadership on campus
*Learn about our character school efforts & what scholars are learning about in SEL class
*Get assistance from teachers about games, software and strategies that can be used at home to help with overall academics as well as foundational skills

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you then!

RSVP Link:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeXYq56ElbFmz3z13kmrocKwcG5wPJSVRQgezhOkbA0q5Rs8A/viewform?usp=sf_link

Parent Academy

Parent Academy

CPS Energy is excited to bring to the Harmony School of Innovation’s teachers, leaders and families awareness of the available residential assistance programs through CPS Energy.  They will have a virtual evening presentation on Thursday, November 4th, at 5:30 by Paula Torres to discuss the program details, benefits and application requirements for anyone to be able to participate in our residential programs.

The Zoom link will be shared on Class Dojo and through email.  Should you have any questions, please contact Julia Martinez at 210.353.2300.

Charter Schools and ISD Schools - Understanding how they're similar and how they're different.

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?” 

Texas 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 makes us special. In a word, that difference is “choice.”

Way back in 1995, the Texas State Legislature decided that even though there are a lot of great schools in Texas, a one-size-fits-all approach to education wasn’t working 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 one 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.

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 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.


Food Drive

Food Drive

Join us for our Food Drive from October 15th through November 5th which takes place during National Food Bank Week.  Scholars may start bringing in their items to their homeroom teacher on October 15th.  The gift of giving is a heart-warming gesture — to show our appreciation, we would like to give back by throwing an ice cream float party for the homeroom that has the most donations on November 9th during the last period of the day.
Requested Items From SA Food Bank: 
Peanut Butter/Cereal
Chili/Soups
Tuna/Canned Lunch Meats
Canned Foods W/ Pop Top Lid
Beans/Rice
Mac N Cheese
Baby Food
Pet Food
Drive-Thru Trunk or Treat

Drive-Thru Trunk or Treat

Our Trunk-Or-Treat is coming soon!  Join us Friday, October 29th from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.  We will be accepting candy and small pumpkin donations for this event. Donations may be left at the front office.

There will be music, activities, food and a costume contest!  Tickets may be purchased now with debit/credit card (link below) and will be available for pickup the day of the event.  We will not accept cash before or on the day of the event.   The pricing for the concession and pumpkin painting is listed on the site and tickets are $1 dollar each.

For children who wish to participate in the costume contest, it will be held in the gym at 6:30 p.m. We will grant prizes to the top 3 costumes of the night.

Please share this with your family and friends. This event is open to the community and we will even have some community partners/businesses joining us:
TruFit Walzem
Kids N More Dentist
Small Town Nutrition
Bexar County ESD #10
Walmart Neighborhood Market – Converse
Windcrest Fire Department
CPS Energy
Jon Wayne

We are THRILLED and can’t wait to see everyone there!

Link To Purchase Tickets:
https://harmonytx.revtrak.net/gr-san-antonio/harmony-school-of-innovation-san-antonio/trunk-or-treat-snack-sale/#/v/trunk-or-treat-snack-sale-

Storybook Parade

Storybook Parade

You are invited to our Storybook Parade that will be held on Friday, October 29th, at 8:30 AM.

Parents do not need to check-in at the front office — you may line up outside along the cars in the parking lot on both sides to see the parade (from cafeteria to gym).

The main gates will be closed or blocked off at 8:05.  Parents will need to find other parking at that time.

Costume restrictions (Costumes may not):
Be a horror-themed costume
Have a mask
Have blood or gore
Have a weapon of any kind (gun, sword, sceptre, pitchfork, trident, knife, bat, bow and arrow, stick, club, slingshot, axe, etc)
Have a hoodie
Have holey leggings or pants
Have open-toed or high heeled shoes (including platform styled)

Costumes requirements (Costumes must):
Be a storybook character
Have the book present during the parade
Be knee length or longer
May use light makeup
May have leggings underneath (without holes)
Have shoes

Thank you and we look forward to having you attend!

Veterans Day Celebration

Veterans Day Celebration

Calling all Harmony Family Veterans:

We would like to invite you to be part of our Veterans day celebration that will take place on Thursday, November 11th. The celebration will begin with a parade of our Harmony Veterans at 8:30 am, followed by breakfast for our Veterans in the 3rd-floor cafeteria. Our couple of our 8th-grade students will escort you in this parade as you walk the hallways and are honored by our students and staff. Please arrive no later than 8:15 am to sign in with the front office with your driver’s license.

Harmony Family Veterans — Please click on the link below to RSVP.
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd6gdbXWh2r_See-T5_6r-IcISmo80ijCf2eRjMjrO-P_1LnQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

Students may dress in red, white and blue on this day (blue jeans are fine).

Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week

Join us in celebrating being a Drug Free Campus!  We invite you to participate with us in our spirit dress days October 25-29.  This year’s theme is Drug Free Looks Like Me™. 

MONDAY (Oct 25) – Wear red to kick off drug free week (jeans okay)

TUESDAY (Oct 26) – “Support Each Other To Be Drug Free” – Twin day (coordinate with a friend/peer and dress alike)

WEDNESDAY (Oct 27)- “Lei Off Drugs” Wear lei’s and Hawaiian clothing

THURSDAY (Oct 28)- “Peace Out To Drugs” – Wear tie dye shirts (jeans okay)

FRIDAY (Oct 29)- Dress up as your favorite Book Character.  Students must bring a book or cover page that goes along with the book character costume.

Costume restrictions (Costumes may not):
Be a horror-themed costume
Have a mask
Have blood or gore
Have a weapon of any kind (gun, sword, sceptre, pitchfork, trident, knife, bat, bow and arrow, stick, club, slingshot, axe, etc)
Have a hoodie
Have holey leggings or pants
Have open-toed or high heeled shoes (including platform styled)

Costumes requirements (Costumes must):
Be a storybook character
Have the book present during the parade
Be knee length or longer
May use light makeup
May have leggings underneath (without holes)
Have shoes

Thank you and we look forward to having you attend!

Wear It Pink Day

Wear It Pink Day

Friday, October 22nd, is Wear It Pink Day.  Students and staff may come dressed in pink from “Head To Toe” To Support Breast Cancer (jeans are okay).

Books Bring Us Adventure #ScholasticBookFairs

 

Books Bring Us Adventure #ScholasticBookFairs

Our Fall Book Fair will be held October 18th – 22nd in the 2nd floor Library.  You can click on the link below to visit the online Book Fair Home Page to view hours, add money to your child’s E-Wallet and shop online from October 10th – 23rd.  Thank you and we look forward to seeing you then!

Book Fair Home Page