Dear Parents/Guardians,

Please see the PDF attached in regards to lunch applications and household income verification forms.

Lunch Application and Household Income Verification FAQ sheet 2020


Buenos Días Padre/Tutor de Harmony,

Por favor, vea el PDF adjunto con respecto a las solicitudes de almuerzo y los formularios de verificación de ingresos del hogar.

Gracias y que tengas un día maravilloso!

Lunch Application and Household Income Verification FAQ sheet 2020 Spanish

 


Helpful Guides

Creating your School Cafe Account.pdf

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Instructions on how parents complete Household form.pdf

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Dear Parents/Guardians and Students,
Below is a video that shows how to create a Schoology Parent Account and communicate with teachers through the Schoology Message Center.
PSAT Testing Sign up Due Friday, October 16th.
Sign up ONLY if you are willing to come to face-to-face testing.
8th Grade PSAT Sign up form: https://forms.gle/EGUywsfgKm6wP4vq6

(TEXAS) – On the eve of National Principals Month, the U.S. Department of Education has awarded a $27.8 million Teacher and School Leader Incentive grant to Harmony Public Schools to train, equip, and retain top-level school leaders at its campuses across the state.

This project will strengthen and evolve Harmony’s existing Human Capital Management System, developed through a previous Department of Education grant project (Teacher Incentive Fund, 2016), to more explicitly focus on strengthening instructional leadership by better positioning and supporting current and rising principals and instructional leadership teams to excel and remain in their roles—especially in high-need schools. Harmony has 50 schools designated as high-needs throughout the state.

The project design draws on proven research showing that strong instructional leadership improves educator effectiveness, which, in turn, accelerates growth in student outcomes.

“Great schools require great leadership,” said Harmony CEO Fatih Ay. “That’s why one of our highest priorities at Harmony Public Schools is to equip our principals and other school leaders with the tools they need to build cultures of achievement, character, and community at their campuses.”

Harmony was one of only 13 school systems in the country to receive the DOE grant and the largest of three Texas recipients.

“Great teachers deserve to be treated as the professionals they are and to be compensated accordingly,” U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said in a statement Wednesday, September 1. “All too often, though, they lack access to relevant professional development courses and are compensated on a step-scale ladder that treats them like cogs in a machine instead of as individuals with unique talents and interests. We’ve challenged today’s awardees to rethink all of that, and they have risen to the challenge.”

The new funding brings the total amount awarded to Harmony by the Department of Education within the past few years to $92.5 million. 

  • In 2012, the DOE awarded Harmony a $30 million Race to the Top grant to support locally developed plans to personalize and deepen student learning, directly improve student achievement and educator effectiveness, close achievement gaps, and prepare every student to succeed in college and their careers.
  • In 2016, the DOE awarded Harmony a $26.7 million Teacher Incentive Fund grant to develop a merit-based system for rewarding its highest-performing teachers. (The system, known as H-STEP, was foundational in Harmony being named to the Texas Education Agency’s inaugural class of Teacher Incentive Allotment districts in Fall 2020.)
  • In 2018, the DOE awarded Harmony an $8 million Education Innovation Research grant to  build upon Harmony’s project-based learning STEM model for Grade 6-12 students by introducing similar curricula to students in Grade K-5, and by creating a system of support and professional development for elementary school teachers.

“Great principals and school leaders, given their unique talents and devotion to their teachers and students, should receive the support they need to continue to be successful,” said U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education for Elementary and Secondary Education Frank Brogan. “Under the Teacher and School Leader Incentive Program, the U.S. Department of Education provides assistance to school districts that are rethinking how to strengthen instructional leadership to make sure principals and leadership teams are well equipped to support their teachers and students. I look forward to seeing how the grant funds are utilized by Harmony Public Schools.”

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. In 2020, Harmony hadall 23 high school campuses named among the Best High Schools in America by U.S. News and World Report, 13 named to the Best STEM High Schools in America by Newsweek, and earned two National School of Character recognitions from Character.org.

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.

Please join us for our Annual Title I and Family Engagement Meeting on September 24, 2020, at 5:00 pm.

This meeting will explain what it means to be a Title I school and the rights you have as a parent. We will discuss the Parent Compact. If you are interested in attending this meeting please fill out the form in the link below and the Zoom link will be emailed to you.

If you have any question please email Ms. Bernal at cbernal@harmonytx.org

Parent Title I and Family Engagement Meeting Form

Dear Parents/Guardians
Please fill out the form below if you would like to nominate your child and have her/him tested as part of the screening and identification process for the Harmony Public Schools Gifted and Talented Program.
Fill out a separate form for each child to be nominated. Your electronic signature at the end of this form indicates that you are aware that nomination and permission do NOT ensure placement into the program. Testing will be done during the first semester of the 2020-2021 school year.
Nominations will be accepted by 10/1/2020.

English Link: https://forms.gle/huAC6LNh7PjWBNwY6

For questions contact your campus Gifted and Talented Coach Michael E. Taskin at etaskin@harmonytx.org

Dear Parents and Guardians,

 

When the COVID-19 pandemic first began in our state last spring, we promised our Harmony community that our response to the pandemic would always be focused on keeping our entire Harmony community safe, and our students focused on learning. As a school system that places a heavy emphasis on science and math, we also promised that all of our decisions would be based on the best science and data available.

Today, we wanted to share with you an important update about the reopening of your child’s school. Just as importantly, though, we wanted to share with you more detailed information about how that determination was made and what specific steps toward reopening will happen next.

From the beginning of the pandemic, Harmony has looked at a specific group of informed and reliable data sources to determine the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic in our local community. These sources are the Harvard University Data Center, the Texas Education Agency, the Texas Department of State Health Services, our city and county health agencies, and information from our neighboring school systems.

From this data, Harmony Public Schools has developed a four-stage reopening plan for its 58 campuses across Texas that allows the specific COVID-19 conditions in each community to determine each school’s individual reopening plan.

Those stages are:

In short, Stage 3 means campuses will open only for specific groups of high-need students such as in the primary grades and some of the SPED students.  Additionally, it will be safe to host a limited number of students in Harmony classrooms. Students and staff members will be required to follow all safety protocols outlined in the Harmony Public Schools Back to School Playbook, as well as any others deemed necessary for safe, productive learning.

 

 For Harmony Science Academy Odessa Campus students who opted into in-person learning will be able to report to school in phases according to following schedule:

Phase 1- September 14th,2020:   K-3 Grade Levels + All Self Contained and Life Skill students who opted in-person learning.

Phase 2- September 28th, 2020:  4-8 Grade Levels- who opted in-person learning.

For those of you who opted to remain virtual please continue to follow your schedules.

Please continue watching out your mail and email for more information for in-person learning students and parents.

Thank you for your support during these unprecedented times, and for helping keep our students safe and focused on learning.

We will continue to keep you updated as new developments take place.

If you have any further questions, please contact

 

Yuksel Kocak

Sincerely,

Principal

hodessa@harmonytx.org

(432) 363-6000

In accordance with the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented students, Harmony Public Schools will begin taking referrals for kindergarten and newly- enrolled students in grades 1-12 for gifted and talented screening.  Anyone interested in the educational welfare of these students may refer them for assessment. Referral forms are available on the school’s website. Read more

Dear Harmony Families,

Creating a safe and academically-focused learning environment for our students and staff members is the top priority at Harmony Public Schools. After careful consideration, today we are announcing an extension of remote learning for your campus.

This extension will extend through at least Monday, September 14 and perhaps longer as Harmony continues to weigh guidelines from the Texas Education Agency and guidance from local and state health officials.

During this extension, campus and district leaders will continue to further evaluate the current and potential future impact of COVID-19 in our communities, as well as make final campus preparations based upon needs determined during our Learning Location selection period, which took place the past two weeks.

We understand that this extension may be a hardship for some families who opted to return to campus when possible. We assure you our campus and district staff are working tirelessly to make sure our campuses are ready for students as soon as in-person learning can safely and responsibly begin.

As a reminder, once students and staff return to campus, they will find a number of improvements and new wellness protocols designed to increase student and staff safety while retaining a fun, collaborative, and academically-focused campus culture.

Among these safety enhancements are:

  • Temperature screenings for students and staff.
  • Requiring all students and employees to wear a mask when on campus or in other group settings. (Students may bring their own mask, or the school will provide them.)
  • Limiting average class sizes to allow for social distancing. (Exact class size will be dependent on number of students attending in-person versus online-only.)
  • Spacing desks at least six feet apart to maintain proper social distancing and/or installing partitions where students cannot be kept six feet apart.
  • Severely limiting classroom rotations/switches to prevent the spread of germs across campus and to limit person-to-person exchanges.
  • Staggered drop off and pickup times to limit person-to-person exchanges.
  • Modified drop off and pickup procedures (ex. Students going directly to class after drop off and/or waiting in classroom at the end of the day until parent arrives for pickup).
  • Requesting all students wash hands frequently.
  • Detailed nightly cleaning by contracted company.
  • Required Coronavirus Awareness & Prevention trainings for all employees.

 

Additional details on these and other safety protocols can be found in Harmony Public Schools Back to School Playbook.

We are excited to open our doors to our students and staff hopefully very soon. Thank you for your ongoing support and feedback throughout the reopening process.

Sincerely,

Harmony Public Schools

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Schoology parent access codes are now available to PARENTS through their Skyward account. Just click on any of the links highlighted below, and it will take you to the second screen where they can see their codes: both skyward student number and Schoology parent access code. This is also available under the STUDENT’s Skyward account as well.

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

Click for Instructions

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