Dear Parents/Guardians:

School Cafe applications are available from August 1st – June 15th. If you would like to complete an eligibility application for the 2020-2021 school year, please log in to your account after August 1st. Contact the school’s Child Nutrition Assistant if you have any questions.

Child Nutrition is pleased to offer parents comprehensive access to lunch balances, payments, eligibility application, and even more through School Café.To create a parent account, click on the link below and read the instructions to set up an account. Instructions are also attached to this email.

Student Eligibility for Free or Reduced Price Meals
Applications for free and reduced-price meals may be submitted online through School Café. This can be accessed through a personal computer, computer available at the school for this use, or by downloading the School CaSchoolCafe Instructionsfé app for iPhone or Android devices. Paper applications are also available in the school office.Once an application is submitted, please allow up to 10 operating days to process the application. During this time the household is responsible for paying for meals until an eligibility determination has been made.When completing an application, remember to include the names and ID#’s of ALL students who attend Harmony schools.

Meal Distributions Schedule for Virtual Learning

Meals will be distributed on Mondays and Thursdays from 4pm to 5pm. These meals will include breakfast and lunch for each day of the week.
Distribution is curbside pick up in front of the school. We ask that you remain in your vehicle. Please enter through Brentwood and line up in front of the school

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Thank you,

Dear Harmony Science Academy Families,
We hope you are enjoying the remaining days of summer break as the start of a new school year quickly approaches.  It is with great excitement that we “welcome” our new students and “welcome back” our returning Harmony students and families. We welcome you all to the 2020-2021 school year!
The 2020-2021 school opening plan was altered due to constantly changing restrictions and guidelines. The first official day of school is Monday, August 17, 2020.  It has been determined that all Harmony students will begin school through virtual learning.
We are inviting parents to attend a first-time Parent-Admin Orientation on Friday, August 7, 2020. The orientation will be offered virtually through the Zoom application. Then you can simply click on the zoom link below and participate in the orientation according to your child’s designated time.  New information about our academic and safety plans for our campus will be shared. A question and answer session will be held at the end of the orientation. We encourage our Harmony parents to attend this orientation.
You will also have an opportunity to “Meet the Teachers” virtually on Thursday, August 13, 2020. We will send a separate email for this invitation. Please continue checking your emails for campus communication and plans due to COVID -19. Harmony Science Academy appreciates your patience and flexibility during these unprecedented times. We look forward to a successful school year!
Parent /Admin Orientation – Friday, August 7, 2020:
 
K-2nd Parents between 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
Join Zoom Meeting –  Simply click on the zoom link below
https://harmonytx.zoom.us/j/98276430766
Meeting ID: 982 7643 0766
One tap mobile: Dial the  phone number below  and enter Meeting ID to join the meeting via your cell phone
+13462487799, 98276430766# US (Houston)
 
 
3rd-5th Parents between  2:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Join Zoom Meeting –  Simply click on the zoom link below
https://harmonytx.zoom.us/j/93936164066
Meeting ID: 939 3616 4066
One tap mobile: Dial the  phone number below  and enter Meeting ID to join the meeting via your cell phone
+13462487799, 93936164066# US (Houston)
6th-8th Parents between  6:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. 
Join Zoom Meeting –  Simply click on the zoom link below
https://harmonytx.zoom.us/j/93652111571
Meeting ID: 936 5211 1571
One tap mobile: Dial the  phone number below  and enter Meeting ID to join the meeting via your cell phone
+13462487799, 93652111571# US (Houston)

We will be distributing Chromebook by grade levels. K-3rd parents are scheduled on Friday, August 7th, and 4th-8th parents are scheduled on Monday, August 10th between 9 AM – 6 PM. Siblings can pick up both Chromebooks when they come to the campus.

We ask parents to use the Brentwood entrance. Stay in your car and line up in front of the building. School staff will meet you at your vehicle with instruction. Please wear a mask and maintain social distancing. Safety is our number one priority

Note: This document is intended as a simplified version of our Harmony Public Schools “Back to School Playbook 2020-2021.” For further information or clarification on any topic, please refer to the Playbook.

 

What do I need to learn from home?

Students will need access to a computer device and the internet to complete schoolwork from home. Students without consistent access to either may receive them from their Harmony campus. Campuses will begin distributing them via drive-through pick-ups starting the first week of August. Additionally, students may find that headphones, especially noise-canceling headphones, are helpful for online learning, however they are not required.

 

Will I need to shop for school supplies?

Yes. All students regardless of learning location (i.e. home or campus) will be completing assignments alongside their peers using the supplies listed by their campus.

 

Is anything different about online learning this year?

Yes, quite a bit. Harmony has upgraded its online learning by switching to a new system called Schoology. Through Schoology, students will be able to interact and engage with their teachers and peers in real-time throughout the school day to provide and more advanced and enriching school experience. Families will also have full access to grades, progress reports, assignments, classroom learning materials, calendars, and more from within the Schoology platform, providing a simple one-stop-shop for all things related to their student’s learning experience. Students and families will receive more instruction on accessing and logging into Schoology as classes begin.

 

Will online learners be taught differently than on-campus learners?

No. All students will be taught using the same material and at the same pace by the same Harmony teacher. In most cases, online learners will be taught simultaneously alongside their on-campus peers, unless the student is taking part in asynchronous learning (i.e independent learning outside normal school hours).

 

How will grades be calculated?

Grades will be counted on the traditional 0-100 scale. The “pass/fail” grading system that was implemented out of necessity during the Spring 2020 semester will not be used.

 

What hours of the day will online classes be taught?

Your campus will announce the specific schedule for your student, but generally speaking, classes will be taught online in real-time by their teachers during normal school hours (instructional minutes may vary by grade, according to Texas Education Agency requirements). This is called “synchronous learning.” A sample schedule can be found in the Harmony “Back to School Playbook 2020-2021.” Students needing to learn outside this timeframe can choose to learn independently. This is called “asynchronous learning.”

 

What rules or expectations are there for online learners?

Synchronous online learners will be asked to comply with the following rules:

  • Student’s camera must be on during class time.
  • Student should maintain school-appropriate behavior.
  • Student should be dressed appropriately. (shirt, school shirt, jeans or khakis are OK).
  • Only the student may be visible (no friends or siblings).
  • Student’s microphone should be off unless instructed by a teacher (this prevents background noise).
  • Students are expected to interact through the Zoom chat function.
  • Students must show up on time.
  • Students must use appropriate and respectful language at all times.
  • Students are asked to use tools such as “raising your hand” (available in Zoom) and the chat feature if you have a question or want to answer a question.
  • Student should remove distractions, such as going where there’s less background noise and turning off your phone.
  • Student should use headphones, if possible, for increased privacy and better speaker and microphone quality.
  • Students should have all required materials for class (books, paper, markers, etc..) nearby before the session begins.
  • Students should be prepared to be called on to answer a question or participate in a discussion or activity at any time.

 

How will absences and attendance be counted for online learning?

Students who are logged in and learning alongside their teacher and classmates during normal school hours (synchronous learning) will be counted in attendance when they lo in to learn. 

 

Student who learn independently through self-guided instruction (asynchronous learning) will be counted in attendance when they meet daily learning benchmarks and/or turn in daily assignments by no later than 11:59 p.m. on the given schoolday.

 

What happens if my child doesn’t have a computer to do their schoolwork on while learning from home?

Harmony will supply a computer device and/or internet access for the purpose of completing schoolwork to any student that does not have consistent access at home. These will be provided beginning the first week of August and distributed by drive-through pickups at your nearby Harmony campus.

 

Will my child have to wear a Harmony uniform for online learning?

Students may choose to wear a uniform if they would like to when learning online, however they are not required to. Instead, they are required to follow the dress code guidelines set forth for “Free Dress Days” set forth in the Student & Parent Handbook. This states:

 

“Garments must be free of holes, tears, inappropriate wording, logos, messages or advertising. No short, skin tight, or legging dresses, or skirts may be worn. All dresses must have sleeves. Students may not wear low cut, midriff-baring, or backless blouses. Students may wear jeans, but they cannot be tight pants including jeggings, tights or skinny style pants. Clothing items must not depict images of violence.”

 

Dear Parents and Guardians,
In order to continue to meet the academic needs of our students, we are gathering information about their ability to continue learning at home using online materials and/or a virtual classroom in the event of an extended school closure.

Please complete the following survey to help us understand the availability of the internet and devices in your home. This will allow us to determine what supports we can provide our students to support continued learning at home.

Thank you,

Click here to fill out the form

Dear Parents,

We are so excited for the new academic school year. We wish you best and success for the upcoming year.

You can find the school supply list below provided by your student’s classroom teacher for Kinder through 8th grade.

Please remember yellow highlighted items can be priority purchased for online learning.

Harmony Science Academy Odessa Supply List 2020-2021

Families have enough to concentrate on these days without having to worry if their child has the tools they need to complete their schoolwork.

If your child doesn’t have consistent access to a computer device or the internet to complete schoolwork during virtual learning, Harmony Public Schools is here to help.

Beginning the first week of August, Harmony campuses across the state will be offering drive-by technology pickup days where families can pick up free computer devices and internet access solutions (ex. WiFi hot spot) for students to use to complete virtual learning during the 2020-2021 school year.

Last spring, about 4,000 Harmony students took advantage of our device-lending program, or about 1-in-every-8 students.

Through these devices, students and families will be able to access Harmony’s new learning management program Schoology. Through Schoology, students will be able to interact with both teachers and peers in a more in-depth, interactive learning experience that includes both live and on-demand classes, academic tutoring, interventions services, parent-teacher conferencing, and even extracurricular activities.

Families will also have full access to grading, assignments, schedules, progress reports, and messaging with Schoology, placing all a family’s educational tools in one easy-to-use program.

Best of all, when the time to return to campus comes, the student’s Schoology account will follow them back to campus, easing the transition for students, families, and teachers.

To find out when your campus will host its technology pickup day, follow them on Facebook.

To learn more about Harmony’s 2020-2021 reopening plan, visit https://www.HarmonyTX.org/ReOpening.

 Harmony Public Schools will allow each family to choose whether to continue learning from home or return to campus for in-person learning for the 2020-2021 school year, based on each family’s unique needs. Families can also switch between the two as local COVID-19 conditions or family situation changes.

The flexible learning plan was announced by Harmony CEO Fatih Ay in a letter to families.

“The best choice for Harmony in 2020-2021 is the choice that’s best for your family,” Fatih said. “While this flexible plan may be an uncommon approach, we firmly believe it is the right approach for families during these uncommon times.”

Families that choose at-home learning will have access to the same rigorous, academic environment that they have come to expect from their neighborhood Harmony campus, taught by teachers trained for educating and engaging students in a virtual environment.

Families who choose to send their students for in-person learning will find a safe and organized learning environment that they can feel comfortable sending their child to each day. This includes enhanced health  and sanitary protocols, as well as possible adjustments to daily routines to help keep all of our students and team members as safe as possible.

All students will continue to receive the same full academic and support services from their teachers, counselors, and school leaders that they would receive on-campus, including our English-language learners and students receiving Special Education services.

Helping to keep families connected regardless of their learning location is Harmony’s new, all-in-one learning management system Schoology. Through Schoology, students and families will have full access to instructional materials, assignments, grading, calendars, and parent messaging in one platform that follows them seamlessly from at-home to in-person learning and back, if needed.

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 2020-2021 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.

Dear Parents,
Harmony Science Academy-El Paso district is considering offering a 2-week virtual summer school from July 6th – July 17th. We want to get your feedback to determine if there is interest from our families. It will be decided by the schools if schools will or will not be able to offer summer school for certain grade levels since this is only a survey to determine the interest of our families. The deadline to submit this survey is June 28th. Thank you for your feedback.

Harmony Public Schools has been honored with the National “Above and Beyond” Award for service to students and the community during this pandemic.

As part of efforts to celebrate National Charter Schools Week (NCSW), today, Harmony Public Schools joins a select group of 10 schools you may not have heard about from across America being recognized by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (National Alliance) as Above and Beyond Award honorees. At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Harmony Public Schools assessed the needs of students, their families, and the community, and quickly mobilized. The Above and Beyond Award was earned by schools that took the extra step to serve not only their own students, but also the broader community—during the coronavirus pandemic, despite all the challenges that came with transitioning to online learning.

Specifically, staff at Harmony Public Schools in Texas are producing face shields and medical supplies for local health-care workers and first responders on the front lines in the fight against COVID-19.

The school gave the team carte blanche to manufacture protective medical gear and equipment. Within a couple days, 100 Harmony staff members volunteered and got trained about how to make face shields using 3-D printers and they’ve since donated more than 3000 face shields in coordination with county and health officials across the state of Texas. Each face shield takes roughly five hours to manufacture and costs around $1 to make.

Additionally, Harmony Public Schools staff members have served more than 350,000 meals to children in their communities.

“When schools nationwide transitioned to distance learning, it became clear to us that charter schools were setting a model for the rest of the nation on what it looked like to step up and care for their communities in the face of a global pandemic,” said Nina Rees, president and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. “There are many public schools that served their students well in the face of COVID-19, but the exceptional work of our Above and Beyond Award winners embodies compassion and caring for people outside their school community who also needed help. Their work is a model of servant leadership for the rest of the nation,” she added.

National Charter School week celebrates charter school achievements May 10- May 16.  For information on the national charter school movement, please visit the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools website at www.publiccharters.org.

Dear Harmony Families and Team Members,
Earlier today, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced that all Texas school campuses will remain closed through the remainder of the current school year.
Accordingly, Harmony Public Schools will remain online-only. During this time, we will continue to provide free meal services, as well as chromebook access to those students who need them.
Information about ongoing coursework, grading procedures, end-of-year advancement, student counseling services, and documentation and resources for families with special education needs can continue to be found at HarmonyTX.org/AtHome. We will share more information about graduation for seniors as more information becomes available, and as the Texas Education Agency continues to offer its guidance.
Thank you.
Harmony Public Schools
Need to talk we are here
Dear Harmony Families,
During this time of uncertainty we want you to know that we are still here for your student. If your student is experiencing anxiety or feels that they need someone to talk to, our counselors are available to help.
To learn more about the support your Harmony counselors can provide, schedule a teleconference with a counselor, or learn more about other support resources in your community, please visit the Healthy Minds section of your campus website (look for it under the Parents menu), or visit HarmonyTX.org/HealthyMinds. (Please note: Permission for Counseling can only be granted by a parent/guardian.)
We look forward to continuing to serve your student and their unique, individual needs.
Thank you.
Harmony Public Schools
*If you have an urgent need, you can call the COVID-19 mental health hotline supported by your local Education Service Center for assistance at 833-986-1919.
**If you have a medical emergency please call 911.
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Estimadas familias,
Durante estos momentos de incertidumbre queremos que sepa que seguimos aquí para continuar ayudando a sus estudiantes. Si su estudiante está experimentando ansiedad o siente que necesita hablar con alguien, nuestros consejeros están disponibles para ayudarlos.
Si desea saber más sobre la ayuda que puede recibir de su consejero Harmony, programe una teleconferencia con un consejero, o infórmese más sobre otros recursos de asistencia en su comunidad, ingresando a la sección Heathy Minds (Mentes Saludables) en el sitio web del campus (la sección se encuentra debajo de la opción Parents (Padres)), o ingrese a HarmonyTX.org/HealthyMinds. (Aclaración: por favor tenga en cuenta que los únicos autorizados para otorgar el Permiso para recibir Servicios de Consejería son los padres de familia o tutores).
Esperamos continuar atendiendo a sus estudiantes y sus necesidades individuales y específicas.
Gracias
Escuelas Públicas Harmony
*Si tiene una solicitud urgente, puede solicitar asistencia al 833-986-1919, línea directa de salud mental COVID-19, respaldada por su Centro de Servicio Educativos local.
**Si tiene una emergencia médica, llame al 911.

Dear Parent/Guardians,

This past Monday, we moved into phase II of our distance learning. For your convenience, we have created a helpful video to guide you with Google Classroom. For English please visit https://bit.ly/34akJb9 or for Spanish please visit https://bit.ly/3dQv0xz