Greetings HPS Family and Friends,

As we look forward to the three day weekend, we wanted to make you aware of some changes regarding meal distribution for Tuesday, January 19, 2021.

Meal distribution will be changed to Tuesday, January 19, 2021, from 7:30 to 9:00 am due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on January 18. Meal distribution will continue every Monday (7:30-9:00 am) and Friday (3:00-4:00 pm) thereafter for the month of January. All meal distribution dates beyond January will be communicated on a monthly basis.

SSO is a free meal program for all children ages 18 and under. Students 21 and under who are currently enrolled in a school and are identified as mentally or physically disabled are also eligible. Meal distribution is open to our students, their siblings, and the community.

Parents wishing to pick up a meal box without children present will need to present one of the following to verify guardianship:

Individual student report cards

Attendance record from parent portal of a school website1-13-2021 January Meal Distribution Email for Odessa and Lubbock

Birth certificate

Official letter/email from facility or school listing children enrolled

Other official ID cards (for example, IDs issued by a child care facility)

 

While our goal is to be able to provide meals to all families for each of their children, please note that meal boxes are on a first-come, first-serve basis.

 

Thank you! Have a wonderful day and stay safe!

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.”

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.

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.

The 2019–20 School Report Cards (SRCs) are now available on the Texas Education Agency’s website. The purpose of the SRC is to inform parents and guardians about a campus’ individual characteristics and its academic performance. Due to COVID-19, all campuses and districts received a label of Not Rated: Declared State of Disaster for the 2019–20 school year. Therefore, several data points have not been updated, including STAAR® and academic growth data.
 
If you are unable to access the report electronically and would like a paper copy of the report, please contact your school and ask for a paper copy of the 2019-2020 School Report Card.

Mark your calendar! It is that time again.

Re-Enrollment begins January 4th, 2021          

All you need to complete your re-enrollment is your parent skyward login and upload a current proof of residence document. This is to ensure your child’s spot for the 2021-2022 school year. 

Deadline to submit your form through Skyward is January 22, 2021.

Examples of Proof of Residency Documents may include:

    • A recently paid rent receipt
    • A current lease agreement
    • The most recent property tax receipt indicating home ownership
    • A current utility bill indicating the address and name of the resident 
    • *Reminder
      •  P.O. Box address cannot be listed as an address (Bill must be within the last 60 days)

Questions About Re-Enrollment?

Why do I need to re-enroll?

By letting us know your student will be coming back to Harmony in 2021-2022, you’ll skip the lottery process and automatically guarantee your child’s spot for next school year!

Who should submit a re-enrollment notice?

The parent/guardian of any current Harmony student who plans to stay at the same campus next school year or who will advance to a “feeder” campus in the new school year (ex. advancing from elementary campus to nearest middle school campus). Students wishing to change to a new, non-feeder campus for other reasons (ex. closer to home) in 2021-2022 should apply through our open enrollment website before February 10.

How do I re-enroll?

Families can submit their re-enrollment notification January 4-22 through the Skyward link at the top of their campus website or by clicking the link in this email. Families without internet or Skyward access should contact their campus for assistance in re-enrolling.

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 must apply during Open Enrollment (Nov. 1, 2020 through Feb. 10, 2021) at HarmonyTX.org/Apply.

 

La reinscripción comienza el 4 de enero del 2021          

Todo lo que necesita para completar su reinscripción es su inicio de sesión de padres y comprobante de residencia. Esto es para asegurar el lugar de su hijo/a para el año escolar 2021-2022. 

La fecha límite para enviar su formulario a través 

de Skyward es el 22 de enero del 2021.

Algunos ejemplos de documentos de prueba de residencia pueden incluir:

    • Recibo de alquiler recientemente pagado.
    • Contrato de arrendamiento actual.
    • Recibo de impuesto de propiedad más reciente que indica la propiedad de la vivienda.
    • Factura de servicios públicos actual que indica la dirección y el nombre de los ocupantes de residencia.
  • *Recordatorio
    • La dirección de la casilla de correo postal no puede aparecer como dirección física
    • La factura debe estar dentro de los últimos 60 días

 

Preguntas sobre ¿Reinscripción?

 

¿Por qué debo volver a inscribirme?

Si nos hace saber que su hijo/a regresará a Harmony en 2021-2022, se saltará el proceso de lotería y garantizará automáticamente el lugar de su hijo/a para el próximo año escolar.

¿Quién debe enviar un aviso de reinscripción?

El padre / tutor de cualquier estudiante actual de Harmony que planea permanecer en la misma escuela el próximo año escolar o que avanzará a un campus “alimentador” en el nuevo año escolar (por ejemplo, avanzando desde el campus de primaria hasta el campus de secundaria más cercano). Los estudiantes que deseen cambiarse a un campus nuevo, no alimentado por otras razones (por ejemplo, más cerca de casa) en 2021-2022 deben presentar su solicitud a través de nuestro sitio web de inscripción abierta antes de 10 del febrero.

¿Cómo me reinscribo?

Las familias pueden enviar su notificación de reinscripción del 4 al 22 del enero a través del Skyward enlace en la parte superior del sitio web de su campus o haciendo clic en el enlace de este correo electrónico. Las familias sin acceso a Internet o Skyward deben comunicarse con su campus para recibir ayuda para volver a inscribirse.

¿Qué sucede si un padre no envía su información de reinscripción antes de la fecha límite?

Si un padre no cumple con la fecha límite para completar el proceso de reinscripción, entonces el estudiante debe presentar la solicitud durante la Inscripción Abierta (del 1 de noviembre del 2020 al 10 de febrero del 2021) en HarmonyTX.org/Apply.