After giving across-the-board pay raises to full-time teachers and campus staff earlier this school year, Harmony Public Schools will now be giving pay raises to all levels of substitute teachers.
The daily rate increase goes into effect February 14. The increase was approved unanimously by the Harmony Public Schools Board of Directors on January 29. Under the rate increase, substitute teachers will earn an extra $20-30 per day on top of the already-competitive Harmony rate.
For a teacher only working a few days per week, the increase will mean a few hundred dollars each month on top of the compensation they already earn. For certified teachers and long-term substitutes, the rate increase could mean up to $600 per month in increased pay (see chart above for rates for each position).
“Each day, substitute teachers are making a major impact on our schools by keeping our students on-track and learning when their regular teachers are unable to attend school,” Harmony CEO Fatih Ay said. “These professionals are important members of our school community, and we want to show our thanks.”
Harmony currently has substitute teaching opportunities at all of its campuses statewide.
Earlier this school year, Harmony also announced $4,000-$7,500 in additional annual compensation for teachers and other school staff.
The increase was the third occasion in the past two school years in which Harmony announced a major improvement to employee compensation and benefits.
In January 2021, Harmony announced a sweeping upgrade of its employer-paid benefits that provided free vision and dental plans to all full-time employees, introduced matching retirement plan contributions for 403(b) and (457(b) participants, and increased life insurance payouts from $20,000 to $100,000.
In Summer 2019, Harmony also announced statewide base pay increases for employees ranging from $3,500-$5,000, as well as additional stipends for teachers working in hard-to-staff subjects.
Harmony Public Schools is a Texas-born, Texas-wide public charter school system with campuses serving PreK-Grade 12 students in 23 cities across the state, including Greater Houston, DFW, San Antonio, Austin, El Paso, Waco, Lubbock, Odessa, Bryan, Beaumont, and the Rio Grande Valley. Harmony’s curriculum places a heavy focus on STEM skills, Character Education, project-based learning, and college readiness.
Harmony Public Schools is currently accepting applications for the 2022-2023 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.
National School Choice Week

National School Choice Week

We will be celebrating National School Choice Week January 24 – 28 with special dress days which are listed below:
Jan 24 (Mon)Yellow Day (To Kick Off The Week) – wear yellow (jeans okay – no holes or distressed jeans)
Jan 25 (Tues): We Are Crazy About HSI (Crazy Everything Day) – come to school with crazy hair and clothes
Jan 26 (Wed): It’s Never Too Late And You Are Never Too Old To Become Better (100th Day Of School) – dress like you are 100 years old
Jan 27 (Thurs)You Are Much Stronger Than You Think (Retro Workout Day) – wear sweats, leg warmers, sweat bands
Jan 28 (Fri): HSI Is Out Of This World! (Out Of This World Day) – space themed shirt (jeans okay – no holes or distressed jeans)

Harmony Science & Engineering Fair (H-SEF) is an annual science fair that brings together middle and high school students across the Harmony network who have engaged in advanced research projects all year long. Majority of H-SEF finalists are award winners in their regional science fairs within their local communities. H-SEF aims to promote STEM through advanced research among secondary students and increase their interest and motivation to pursue STEM careers. 

H-SEF 2022 will be in person at the Harmony Public Schools Central Office in Houston and it is open to all Harmony middle and high school students.  

Below you will find H-SEF rules and guidelines along with the event timeline.

H-SEF 2022 Information

H-SEF RULES & GUIDELINES

H-SEF 2022 Registration Link

H-SEF 2022 (In Person)

January 2022 – H-SEF announcement and flyers shared with HPS schools

January 17, 2022 – Application process begins

March 4, 2022 – Student registration deadline.

March  7-31 2022 – Review process begins and Pre-qualification decisions made

March  28 2022 – April 1 2022 – Qualification Emails sent to students

April 23, 2022 –H-SEF 2022 Judging and Award Ceremony (In Person)

For questions reach out to your campus science fair coordinator or principal.

Fundraiser January 20 4:30-6:30 Peter Piper Pizza Foster Road

Fundraiser January 20 4:30-6:30 Peter Piper Pizza Foster Road

Our Peter Piper Family Night Fundraiser that was scheduled for January 20th has been postponed. The safety of our families and staff members is important. We plan to gather at a better time so please stay tuned for a new date for our fun event!

 

Join us for a night of fun at Peter Piper Pizza located on N Foster Rd on January 20th from 4:30-6:30. All are invited – including current families and anyone who is interested in learning more about Harmony.

Come out and meet our wonderful teachers and staff, eat pizza, and have an opportunity to get some cool Harmony gear too! This is a fundraiser night and 15% of proceeds will be donated to the campus.

The Time Is Always Right To Do What Is Right. - Martin Luther King Jr.

The Time Is Always Right To Do What Is Right. - Martin Luther King Jr.

Monday, January 17th, is a staff and student holiday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  Classes will resume on Tuesday, January 18th.

1st Annual 5K MLK Walk/Run

1st Annual 5K MLK Walk/Run

Dear HSI Families,
You are invited to our 1st Annual MLK 5K Walk/Run which will be held on Monday, January 17th, from 9-10 am in the school parking lot (RSVP by January 7th). **Please note that scholars must be accompanied by an adult at the event.
There will be music, food, drinks and prizes for three categories (18 & up, 11-17, 10 & under).  Kids N More Dentist will be at the event passing out water and a healthy snack.  Small Town Nutrition will be at the event as well.  You may use the link emailed and posted on Class Dojo to RSVP by January 7th.
1st place/$20 card
2nd place/$10 card
3rd place/$5 card
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at the event.
In accordance with the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented students, Harmony Public Schools will begin taking referrals for all interested students in grades K-12 for Gifted and Talented (G/T) screening.
Anyone interested in the educational welfare of these students may nominate them for assessment. Students in grades 1 & up who were tested in Fall 2021 are not eligible to test in Spring 2022. Referral forms are available at the front office and on the school’s website (see below).
The referral forms must be returned or emailed to the front office by January 31, 2022. The Spring GT testing window is set by the campus in February or March. Campuses may elect to use NWEA MAP scores as a prescreening criterion for GT Testing.
For more information about the screening and identification process, parents may contact the school’s GT Coach/teacher.
De acuerdo con el Plan Estatal de Texas para la Educación de Estudiantes Dotados / Talentosos, Harmony Public Schools comenzará a tomar referencias para todos los estudiantes interesados en los grados K-12 para la evaluación de estudiantes dotados y talentosos.
Cualquier persona interesada en el bienestar educativo de estos estudiantes puede nominarlos para dicha evaluación. Los estudiantes en los grados 2 y superiores que fueron evaluados en el otoño de 2020 no son elegibles para la prueba en la primavera de 2021. Los formularios de referencia están disponibles en la oficina y en el sitio web de la escuela.
Los formularios de referencia deben devolverse a la oficina de la escuela antes del lunes 31 de enero del 2022.
Para obtener más información sobre el proceso de selección e identificación, los padres pueden comunicarse con el entrenador / maestro de GT de la escuela.