I Light The Night As A Supporter The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

I Light The Night As A Supporter The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Our school is participating in The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Light The Night Campaign, a service-learning program that helps raise critical funds for blood cancer patients, January 31st – February 18th, 2022

To help support this effort, classrooms in our school are forming teams to raise money online – our school goal is $2,000 and our online fundraising page is https://pages.lls.org/ltn/stx/SAntonio21/harmonyschoolinnovsanantonio.  For more information on this fundraiser, please click on one of the letters below.

Parent Letter (English & Spanish)

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)
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.
Winter Break Student Holiday

Winter Break Student Holiday

Winter break is December 20th through January 3rd (Jan. 4th is a Student Holiday and Campus PD).  Classes will resume on January 5th.  We hope that everyone has a restful and safe break!

Re-Enrollment for current Harmony families who plan to return next school year is January 4-28, 2022.

Re-Enrollment for the 2022-2023 school year for Harmony families begins soon.

During this time of year each January, we ask families to complete a simple, online Re-Enrollment process, letting us know they’ll be joining us for another great year of learning and fun next school year, which starts in August 2022.

This simple step allows us to make sure each current student’s spot at Harmony is reserved for the following school year, and assess how many new student seats we have available for other applicants.

Re-Enrollment at Harmony Public Schools runs January 4-28, 2022. Look for more details in your email inbox, via Skyward, or on our Facebook page soon.

In the meantime, check out these 6 things families need to know about Re-Enrollment at Harmony Public Schools.

#1 – When is Re-Enrollment season?

For the 2022-2023 school year, re-enrollment will be January 4-28, 2022.

#2 – How do I apply for Re-Enrollment?

The preferred method for re-enrollment is through the student’s online Skyward account. (A link to Skyward can be found at the top of your campus homepage or you can simply click here.). Parents without internet and/or Skyward access may also request a paper re-enrollment option from their child’s campus.

#3 – What is the difference between Re-Enrollment and Open Enrollment?

Re-enrollment is intended for current Harmony students planning to stay at their current campus the following school year, or who will naturally feed upward to a new campus (e. from elementary to nearby middle school). Open Enrollment is for new students, or current students who wish to change Harmony campuses for personal reasons (ex. transferring to a campus closer to home).

#4 – If a student plans to stay at the same school next year, are they automatically guaranteed re-enrollment if they complete the re-enrollment process before the deadline?

Yes, so long as their family completes the re-enrollment process.

#5 – What happens if a parent does not submit their re-enrollment information before the deadline?

If a parent misses the deadline to complete the re-enrollment process, then the student will lose his/her reserved space for next school year and must apply during Open Enrollment, held November 1-February 10 each school year. To apply, visit www.HarmonyTX.org/Apply.

#6 – What does a Harmony parent need to do if they would like to stay with Harmony, but transfer to a different campus for the next school year?

If a parent would like to change Harmony campuses for the following school year, they must submit an application for the desired school at www.HarmonyTX.org/Apply.

Music Performance! You Should Come! December 15th at 6:30 pm

Music Performance! You Should Come! December 15th at 6:30 pm

Mark your calendars for a special performance by Ms. Denton’s Musical Performance Club on December 15th at 6:30 pm in the 4th-floor Intervention Room.  More information to come…
Winter Spirit Days

Winter Spirit Days

We would like to invite our HSI students and staff to participate in our Winter Spirit Days with us on December 13-17.  The days are as follows:

Dec 13 (Mon): I’m Dreaming Of A White Christmas – Wear white (jeans okay – no holes or distressed jeans)

Dec 14 (Tues): ‘Rockn’ Around The Christmas Tree – Rock your favorite holiday shirt with holiday socks and jeans (no holes or distressed jeans)

Dec 15 (Wed): Mad About Plaid – Wear your favorite plaid/flannel with jeans (no holes or distressed jeans)

Dec 16 (Thurs): Ugly Sweater Day – Wear your ugly or festive holiday sweater with jeans (no holes or distressed jeans)

Dec 17 (Fri):  – Wear your festive pajamas (no onesies or slippers, dresses and shorts should come to the knees, shoulders should be covered)

Lobo Movie Night

Lobo Movie Night

Hello HSI Families,
Come out and join us on December 10th for a night under the stars to watch a holiday classic!
The movie will be broadcasted near the soccer field. Bring your lawn chair(s), pillows or blankets. Be sure to dress according to the weather.
We will have popcorn and drinks for sale. You are more than welcome to bring snacks as well.
Program Schedule:
Find a place to sit – 5:30 p.m.
Concession Open – 5:45 p.m.
Film Start – 6:00 p.m.
*Our concession stand will be open until the last 15 minutes of the movie.
**Please do your part in keeping our campus beautiful. Multiple trash cans will be located around the lawn area.
Holiday Toy Drive @HSI-SA Campus - Drop Off To: Your Child's Teacher

 

Holiday Toy Drive @HSI-SA Campus - Drop Off To: Your Child's Teacher

HSI Families and Staff,
We invite you to participate in our Toys For Tots toy drive event this November and December.  Scholars may bring in new, unwrapped toys to their homeroom class from November 29th through December 10th.  Staff may also participate.  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.   Thank you for participating in this event and helping make a child’s holiday a little more special.

 

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.

HSI-SA School And Parent Compact 2021-2022

HSI-SA School And Parent Compact 2021-2022

Dear HSI Families,

Please see the links below to view our 2021-2022 School And Parent Compact.

English Version

Spanish Version

 

Thanksgiving Break

Thanksgiving Break

Friday, November 19th, will be a student holiday and district staff training.  The following week (Nov. 22-26) will be Thanksgiving break.  Enjoy your break and we will see you back in class on November 29th.

Wear red, white and blue on Veterans Day November 11

Wear red, white and blue on Veterans Day November 11

Scholars and staff may wear red, white and blue (jeans okay – no holes or fake holes) on November 11th in honor of Veterans Day.

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!