Every Campus Received a “Met Standard” Rating!
The Seven Harmony Districts Received six “A”s and one “B” Rating:
Wear your best rodeo/western attire from head to toe.
Wear one of the following colored shirts with jeans on Thursday, February 4th.
Multi-colored: All cancers
Lavender: All cancers
Pink: Breast cancer
Amber: Appendix cancer
Grey: Brain cancer
Gold: Childhood cancer
Dark Blue: Colon cancer
Orange: Kidney cancer/Leukemia
Purple: Pancreatic cancer
Teal: Ovarian cancer
Light Blue: Prostate cancer
White: Lung cancer/Cervical cancer
Violet: Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
Emerald: Liver cancer
Black: Melanoma cancer
Yellow: Bone Cancer
Purple: Bladder cancer
Our school is proud to announce that we will be participating in The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) Hero Squad Program again this year. This fundraiser will kick off on February 3rd and go through February 22nd.
Please click on the link to the parent letter below for more information about the program. You may visit the school fundraising link at https://events.lls.org/pages/stx/Harmony-School-Innov-San-Antonio-2021. On that page you can access your students’ class to give a donation or follow the directions under the parent letter to create their own account. Thank you for your support!
Parent Letter Link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1pIwQHu6XA8SkG-9w6EZAzUuJTLhqcGDQws4YJSlj_ko/edit?usp=sharing
Here is also a link to a virtual assembly that teachers will be sharing with students — https://youtu.be/lKzBv55J4_s
Please join us for our virtual PTO meeting on February 9th at 6:00pm. A Zoom link will be shared with all families and staff that are already part of PTO.
Want to join the meeting and the PTO group? It’s as easy as sending an email to PTO at email@example.com — and there are no membership fees this year.
Dear HSI families,
Please mark your calendars for our next Parent Academy that will be hosted by Ms. Cammy L. Hazim, South and Southeast Texas Area Director of American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and our wonderful Medical Assistant, Mr. Lockert.
This session will take place on January 28th at 5:00pm via Zoom. Ms. Hazim will go over Mental Health & COVID, what you can do to help protect yourselves and loved ones from stress associated with it, along with suicide prevention warning signs.
The link was shared on Class Dojo and through School Messenger.
Monday, January 18th, is a staff and student holiday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
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 2 & up who were tested in Fall 2020 are not eligible to test in Spring 2021. Referral forms are available at the front office and on the school’s website.
Referral Form (English): Parent GT Referral Form in English
Referral Form (Spanish): Parent GT Referral Form in Spanish
The referral forms must be returned to the front office by Monday, February 8, 2021. 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.
Educación para estudiantes dotados/talentosos (GATE) Anuncio
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.
Forma de nominación: Parent GT Referral Form in Spanish
Los formularios de referencia deben devolverse a la oficina de la escuela antes del lunes 8 de febrero del 2021.
Para obtener más información sobre el proceso de selección e identificación, los padres pueden comunicarse con el entrenador / maestro de GT de la escuela.
On the first school day after important federal workplace safeguards expired for millions of Americans, Harmony Public Schools’ Executive Board voted to independently provide the much-needed benefits to its 4,000+ employees.
The benefits previously were part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), a federal program which provided American workers a number of workplace safeguards related to COVID-19. Primarily, the benefits included up to 10 Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL) days if an employee was unable to work due to COVID-19 diagnosis, symptoms, possible exposure, or required quarantine for themselves, a family member, or child care provider.
Those federal benefits expired December 31, 2020. However, The Harmony Public Schools’ Executive Board voted at an emergency meeting Monday night, January 4, to independently extend the same benefits to employees throughout the remainder of the 2020-21 school year.
“The Harmony board felt this action was not only an important thing to do, but the right thing to do for our staff and their families,” Harmony CEO Fatih Ay said in a letter to employees Tuesday. “By offering these benefits, our team members can know that their jobs and livelihoods will not be impacted if they need to seek treatment for COVID-19 or stay home with possible symptoms. Additionally, our student families also can know that Harmony is doing all it can to take care of the team members who take care of their students, and reduce potential COVID-19 exposure on campus.”
Harmony Public Schools is a Texas-born, Texas-wide public charter school system with campuses serving PreK-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.
The school system has committed to offering both in-person and remote learning options for students throughout the 2020-2021 school year, and is now accepting applications for new students for the 2021-22 school year.
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.
Dear Harmony Families,
It’s almost that time again! Re-enrollment will begin January 4th through January 22nd. If you wish to re-enroll your scholar for the 21-22 school year then please mark your calendar!
Here is the awesome part! If you complete your scholars re-enrollment form, INCLUDING uploading your proof of residency, you will receive a free uniform shirt. MORE AWESOME NEWS!!! If your scholar is on campus they will receive free dress for the week of January 11th-15th.
Please keep in mind, if you will not re-enroll for the new school year we still need you to complete the form. There is an option for you to select, will not re-enroll.
**8th grade parents: You will not need to complete re-enrollment because your scholars will be exiting out to high school. Unfortunately, these scholars would not qualify for free dress.
The re-enrollment form will be available on Skyward beginning January 4th. If you need instructions to guide through accessing the form or do not have access to Skyward, please email Ms. Dykes at firstname.lastname@example.org. Instructions are available in both English and Spanish.
Our awesome, talented scholars have made their submissions, and now we need your help! Just like in America’s Got Talent, we need some VOTES from the crowd! The link below is your voting ballot to decide the winners of this year’s talent show!
You can view each video by clicking on the link under each picture! The video that ends up getting chosen the most times will come in 1st place (the video chosen the 2nd most times will come in 2nd place…and so forth). Voting will take place now through January 12th.
Good luck to all our very talented scholars!
Please keep the following things in mind when making your selection:
Does the student –
*Have good video presence?
*Have a creative video?
Winter break is December 18th through January 1st (Jan. 4th and 5th is a student holiday). Classes will resume on January 6th. We hope that everyone has a restful and safe break!
We are happy to announce that we will have a virtual talent show this year via social media! The submission date has been extended to Tuesday, December 15th, by 4:00pm.
Here is a little information about it and then the flyer link below gives more details.
**It is open to all students
**Videos can be submitted to me by email now until Dec. 15th @4:00
**Any videos submitted after that day/time will not be accepted
**Videos must be school appropriate (proper clothing, no bad words, clean moves, etc.)
**Videos will be reviewed by a panel on Dec. 4th and then posted on the school Facebook page
**The video with the most likes will be the winner – so the best thing to do is to promote the video to get more likes
**Please note that any video sent is giving the school permission to post it on the school FB page
There will be a district safety committee meeting on Thursday, December 10th, from 9:30-10:00am. For meeting information, please contact Mr. Zengin at email@example.com — thank you.
Friday, November 20th, will be a student holiday and district staff training. The following week (Nov. 23-27) will be Thanksgiving break. Enjoy your break and we will see you back on November 30th.
We will have special dress days November 30th – December 4th. Scholars and staff may participate in the following themed dress days. Please share your pictures with us in the comments of each days school Facebook post.
|Monday (Nov 30)||Holiday hat day –
Wear a holiday hat or headband with school uniform
|Tuesday (Dec 1)||Flannel shirt day –
Wear a flannel shirt with jeans
|Wednesday (Dec 2)||Pajama Day –
Wear pajamas (No onesies. Nightgowns should go to the knees and have shorts underneath. Please follow regular dress code rules.)
|Thursday (Dec 3)||Ugly or holiday sweater and jeans|
|Friday (Dec 4)||National Sock Day – Wear Rare/Crazy/Cool Socks With Jeans. Students will still wear their uniform or school spirit shirt.|
Dear HSI families & staff,
The online book fair will take place October 26th through November 8th. All purchases benefit our school.
You’ll love the NEW option to shop for Book Fair exclusives directly from the interactive booklist and enjoy these special online shopping features:
· Over 6,000 items – new releases, best sellers, & value packs
· All orders ship direct to home
· FREE shipping on book-only orders over $25*
· All purchases support our school and earn 25% in rewards
Visit our Book Fair Homepage October 26th – November 8th and click “Shop Now” to get started:
Check out what books are at the book fair with the virtual magazine (link below)
New book videos (link below)
*Free standard shipping is available on book-only orders of $25 or more, after all discounts are applied. Free standard shipping (books) must be selected during checkout. Orders containing products other than books are not eligible for this shipping promotion.
Dear HSI Families and Staff,
We will be hosting a Drive-Thru Trunk or Treat on October 30th from 4:30-5:30. Please join us for an afternoon filled with candy and fun — it will be a safe and socially distanced event for you, friends, and family to enjoy! A few of our community partners/businesses will be joining us too:
Families are welcome to decorate their car for this event and make it a Halloween parade. We also need your help in judging staff vehicles. As you drive through collecting your candy, we invite you to pick the three best decorated staff cars. The three staff with the most votes will win a prize basket.
See attached flyer below for where to enter:
Join us in being a Drug Free Campus! We invite you to participate with us in our spirit dress days October 26-30. Please share your pictures with us in the comments of each day’s Facebook post.
Be Happy. Be Brave. Be Drug Free. Celebrate #RedRibbonWeek with us October 26-30. #BeHappyBeBraveBeDrugFree
MONDAY (Oct 26) – “Wake Up Drug Free” Wear pajamas (please still follow normal dress code rules in handbook — no onesies, slippers, spaghetti straps)
TUESDAY (Oct 27) – “Team Up Against Drugs” Wear sports jersey and jeans
WEDNESDAY (Oct 28)- “Too Bright For Drugs” Wear bright/neon clothes and sunglasses
THURSDAY (Oct 29)- “Don’t Get Mixed Up On Drugs” Wear your clothes inside out or backwards
FRIDAY (Oct 30)- Dress up as your favorite Book Character. Students must bring a book or cover page that goes along with the book character costume (no masks, weapons, no scary costume, no accessories, no wands). Students can wear light makeup and capes that go on their backs.
Picture day for individual pictures will be held on Wednesday, November 5th – Students will wear their uniform. Please stay tuned for more information in regards to how this day will be run.
Dear HSI Students, Families and Staff,
Please join us for our flu shot clinic that will be held on Friday, October 23rd, from 2:00-6:00 at the CVS on Walzem and Montgomery (ages 7 and up).
Ms. Dykes and Ms. Flores will be on site at CVS from 3:45-4:45 to greet all of our HSI families that come and pass out candy to participants during that hour timeframe.
Please make sure to bring your insurance card. Anyone without insurance can still participate but the fee will be around $25 – $30. Thank you and we hope to see you there.
Dear Middle School Families,
Middle school students (6th-8th) will be joining a presentation hosted by Dr. Doshie Piper and the Eastpoint Promise Prevention Coalition on Tuesday, October 20th, during the day. The presentation is titled “Truth About Drugs” and will cover substance abuse among youth. If you do NOT want your student to take part in this presentation then please fill out the “Opt Out” form link below. If you do want them to participate then no further action is required. Thank you
Friday, October 16th, is Wear It Pink Day. Students and staff may come dressed in pink from “Head To Toe” To Support Breast Cancer (jeans are okay).
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org . 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.