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

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Harmony Public Schools will continue to provide breakfast and lunch for pick up by parents at designated locations throughout the district.  The Texas Department of Agriculture no longer provides funding for Saturday and Sunday meals, so these meals will not be available, beginning the week of Monday April 6th.

Meals will continue to be served “drive-up” style and will be distributed curbside at designated locations on the following days.

Harmony Science Academy – Odessa

Monday and Thursday

11am -12 pm

 

Parents now have the option of picking up meals for their children without them being present in the vehicle.  One meal bag will be issued for each child 18 and under.  However, eligibility must still be verified.  There are three options when picking up meals:

  1. If children are present in the vehicle, no additional documentation is required.
  2. If a parent/guardian requests meals for children enrolled in Harmony Public Schools (not present in the vehicle), no additional documentation is needed since we already have record of eligibility by enrollment.
  3. If a parent/guardian requests meals for children not enrolled in Harmony Public Schools, they must present one of the following documents at the time of pick up.
  • Official letter/email/electronic school application from school listing children enrolled.
  • Individual student report cards
  • Attendance record from parent portal of the school website, printed or electronic, that includes the children names
  • Birth certificate for children not in school
  • Student ID cards

If you have any questions, please contact us.

Harmony Public Schools is encouraging our families to take a few moments to complete the 2020 U.S. Census online, by phone, or mail.

The 2020 Census is a count of everyone who lives in the United States and its territories. The 2020 Census questionnaire asks a few simple questions like the age, sex, and the number of people living in your home.  Individual responses are confidential and cannot be used against you by any court or government agency.

When it comes to schools, the 2020 Census will determine funding for special education, teacher training, technology, school lunch assistance, Head Start and after-school programs. The census will also help determine funding for other important programs for families, such as maternal and child health programs, and housing, heating and food assistance.

People should count all children who live in their homes, including newborns and others too young for school. That’s important because responses to the census help schools plan for the resources they will need when the new generation of children is ready for school.

To begin, click here or call one of the numbers below, or look for the Census form in your mail.

CENSUS BY PHONE:

  • English: 844-330-2020
  • Spanish: 844-468-2020
  • Chinese (Mandarin): 844-391-2020
  • Chinese (Cantonese): 844-398-2020
  • Vietnamese: 844-461-2020
  • Korean: 844-392-2020
  • Russian: 844-417-2020
  • Arabic: 844-416-2020
  • Tagalog: 844-478-2020
  • Polish: 844-479-2020
  • French: 844-494-2020
  • Haitian Creole: 844-477-2020
  • Portuguese: 844-474-2020
  • Japanese: 844-460-2020
  • English (for Puerto Rico residents): 844-418-2020
  • Spanish (for Puerto Rico residents): 844-426-2020
  • TDD (Telephone Display Device): 844-467-2020

Dear Harmony Families & Team Members,

For the past 20 years, Harmony Public Schools has established an educational model built strongly on the foundations of science-based learning and responsible citizenship in our communities.

Currently, all available science from community health experts continues to tell us that the best way to be responsible members of our communities is to have our students and staff remain at home.

This is why we have determined that it is in the best interest of our students, team members, and communities to discontinue in-person schooling at our campuses and administrative offices statewide until further notice.

While these facilities remain closed, instruction and learning at Harmony schools will continue. Our classes are operating online through our established digital learning tools, taking advantage of many of the technology tools and blended learning methods already practiced in Harmony’s  physical classrooms. Because our teachers and school leaders will remain available to guide our students each school day, we anticipate instructional continuity during these unusual and difficult times. To request access to a Chromebook and/or for questions regarding internet access, please contact your child’s campus.

(For more information on our at-home learning program, visit HarmonyTX.org/AtHome . To request access to a Chromebook or internet access, contact your child’s campus.)

We will also continue to offer free meal services to children in our communities, as local and state safety guidelines allow.

We thank you for your support and understanding in making this critical decision. We also are profoundly grateful for the extreme determination and Harmony pride shown by both our students and team members these past several weeks. Time and again you have proven why Harmony Public Schools is an institution where excellence is the standard.

We will continue to provide timely updates as new, relevant information comes available, and inform you immediately if our campuses reopen prior to the end of the school year.

Thank you and be well,

 

Fatih Ay

CEO | Harmony Public Schools

Harmony at home learning

Dear Students/Parents,

This week, we are completing the first phase of our distance learning program, the learning packets. The next phase begins on Monday, March 30, 2020. Students and teachers will go online for a comprehensive digital learning experience that includes elements of independent learning, video-based lessons, and a variety of online software, including Google Classroom.

ACCESS to TECHNOLOGY

Students will sign in to my.harmonytx portal to reach integrated software and google classrooms on chromebooks or other devices. Students without computers or access to the internet at home should contact their school. For further details on accessing technology, you may visit https://www.parent.harmonytx.org/athomelearning and Free Internet access for 60 days.)

 

GOOGLE CLASSROOM

HPS will utilize Google G-Suite platform to provide learning plans for students. Students will log in to their My Harmony accounts to join the google classrooms by using the codes provided by their teachers. Teachers will use the platform to communicate, provide feedback, and assess the learning progress of their students. Harmony students have already been using blended learning software in their classrooms; software will be integrated into learning plans.

Throughout the next phases, our teachers will be available via email and other digital platforms to provide structure, guidance, and feedback. Once, our teachers set up their google classroom, they will contact you to start the online learning experience. Information regarding grading and high school credits will be shared later.

Please visit, https://harmonytx.org/athome for a comprehensive plan and a sample daily schedule you can follow.

STUDENTS with SPECIAL NEEDS

For students in special education and 504 programs, accommodations and/or modifications will be implemented to the extent appropriate and possible by our teachers in google classrooms (technology may have some limitations).  For students in pullout programs, our special education teachers will create google classrooms, provide resources and support virtually to the extent appropriate and possible (technology may have some limitations). We are still working on a plan regarding provision of speech therapy and related services, ARDs, 504 meetings, and FIEs. For all of these matters, we are following guidelines from the State of Texas and the Department of Education, which is still forthcoming and additional changes may be made as we receive further instruction. Your patience is appreciated as we work to ensure student needs are met.

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Queridos estudiantes/padres,

Esta semana estamos terminando la primera etapa de nuestro programa de enseñanza a distancia, utilizando los paquetes de aprendizaje. La siguienteetapa empieza el lunes 30 de marzo de 2020. Los estudiantes y los profesores
ingresarán a la red para tener una experiencia de aprendizaje en línea que incluye elementos de aprendizaje independiente, lecciones basadas en videos, y una variedad de softwares digitales, incluyendo el aula virtual Google Classroom.

ACCESO A INTERNET
Los estudiantes ingresarán al portal myharmonytx para conectarse al software integrado y la plataforma del aula virtual, google classrooms, desde ordenadores portátiles como chromebooks y otros dispositivos. Los estudiantes que no tengan acceso a una computadora o internet en casa, deberán ponerse en contacto con
su escuela. Para mayor información sobre cómo acceder a internet, ingrese a https://www.parent.harmonytx.org/athomelearning  y Free Internet access for 60 days.)

AULA VIRTUAL GOOGLE CLASSROOM

HPS utilizará la herramienta G-Suite de Google para brindar planes de aprendizaje para los estudiantes. Los estudiantes ingresarán a sus cuentas Myharmony para unirse al aula virtual google classrooms utilizando los códigos brindados por sus profesores. Los profesores utilizarán la plataforma para comunicarse, brindar apoyo, y evaluar el
avance en el aprendizaje de sus estudiantes. Los estudiantes de Harmony ya han utilizado el software de enseñanza combinada en sus aulas; el software será integrado en los planes de aprendizaje.

Durante las siguientes etapas, nuestros profesores estarán disponibles a través del correo electrónico y otras plataformas virtuales para organizar, orientar y ofrecer apoyo. Una vez que los profesores hayan configurado su aula virtual, google classroom, se pondrán en contacto con ustedes para empezar la experiencia de aprendizaje en línea.
Más adelante se brindará información sobre el sistema de calificación y los créditos académicos.

ESTUDIANTES con NECESIDADES ESPECIALES

En el caso de estudiantes de educación especial y programas del plan 504, los profesores implementarán ajustes y/o modificaciones, en la medida que sea posible, en el aula virtual, google classrooms, ya que la tecnología puede tener algunas limitaciones. En el caso de estudiantes en programas especiales, los profesores de educación especial crearán el aula virtual, google classroom, brindarán los recursos y el apoyo virtual necesario, dentro de lo que sea posible, considerando que la tecnología puede tener sus limitaciones. Aún estamos trabajando en un plan sobre servicios de terapia de lenguaje y otros servicios relacionados, Síndrome de Dificultad Respiratoria Aguda (ARD en inglés), reuniones del plan 504, y Evaluaciones Individualizadas Completas (FIE en inglés). En relación a estos temas, estamos siguiendo los lineamientos del Estado de Texas y el Departamento de Educación. Igualmente, se
pueden generar cambios adicionales a medida que recibimos nuevas instrucciones. Agradecemos su coperacion mientras trabajamos para garantizar que las necesidades de nuestros estudiantes sean atendidas.

Dear Students and Parents,

If wireless internet is not available at home, various internet service providers provide 60 days free Internet service. Visit these web sites for details www.internetessentials.com (After 60 days cost is $9.95/month) https://www.spectrum.com

You can see some useful link on the document attached below.

Free internet service for 60 days

For free hotspot device and cheap internet service, you can check this link; Single Hotspot Donation for Mobile Beacon’s 4G LTE Internet Service for Schools

Grab and go meal service

UPDATE TO OUR “GRAB-&-GO” MEAL SERVICE:

Now that our schools are closed through at least April 6 and our communities are being asked to “stay home, work safe,” Harmony is making an adjustment to our meal service pick-up options.

Beginning this Monday, March 30, we will offer twice-a-week meal pickup—on Monday & Thursdays—in which families can pick up meals for an entire week. Monday’s pickup will be for lunch and breakfast Mon-Wed and Thursday’s pickup will be for lunch and breakfast for the remainder of the week (to include the weekend).

Meals will continue to be served from 11am – 12 pm drive-up style and will be available for all car passengers under age 18, regardless of enrollment status.

We look forward to continuing to serve you, and stay well!

Dear Parents and Students,

It is important to check your emails daily since emails are our essentials communication tool right now. Please check your emails daily, and answers teachers’ and school admins’ emails as requested. Turn on your email notifications and make sure those emails don’t go to your junk mail, spam or trash folder.

Students, please make sure you login to your google classroom along with your school email, and join classes if you added to a new class by your teachers and check stream of each class you have.

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,
Yuksel Kocak, Principal

Click here to fill out the form

Dear Families,

 

Our schools may be closed, but our meal services for students are still open for business.

 

Harmony Public Schools is committed to meeting the food and nutritional requirements of every child in our communities while our campus is in closure for the COVID-19 outbreak. Each weekday, we will offer free lunch and breakfast pickup options for any child  — regardless of enrollment status — in need of a nutritious meal.

 

Meals will be served drive-up style and will be available for all car passengers under age 18, regardless of enrollment status. The meal pickup location for our campus will be located at Harmony Science Academy 2755 North Grandview Ave, Odessa, TX 79762 and open each weekday from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.  During this time, children can pick up a sack lunch for the day, as well as a sack breakfast for the following morning. 

 

We look forward to serving you soon!

 

Harmony Public Schools

 

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Estimada familias:

 

Nuestras escuelas pueden estar cerradas, pero nuestros servicios de comidas para estudiantes aún están abiertos para los negocios.

 

Las Escuelas Públicas de Harmony se comprometen a cumplir con los requisitos alimenticios y nutricionales de cada niño en nuestras comunidades mientras nuestro campus está cerrado por el brote de COVID-19. De lunes a viernes, ofreceremos opciones de recolección de almuerzo y desayuno gratis para cualquier niño, independientemente del estado de inscripción, que necesite una comida nutritiva.

 

Las comidas se servirán al estilo de conducción y estarán disponibles para todos los pasajeros de automóviles menores de 18 años, independientemente del estado de inscripción. La ubicación de recogida de comidas para nuestro campus estará ubicada en Harmony Science Academy 2755 North Grandview Ave, Odessa, TX 79762 y estará abierta todos los días de la semana de 11 a.m. a aproximadamente 12 p.m. Durante este tiempo, los niños pueden recoger un almuerzo para el día, así como un desayuno para la mañana siguiente.

 

Esperamos servirle pronto!

 

Harmony Public Schools

 

The safety of our students and staff is our top priority at Harmony Public Schools. As new developments continue to unfold regarding the COVID-19 situation, we wanted to provide you an important update regarding the potential impact of the virus on our schools.

While there have been no cases of COVID-19 reported on our campuses or within our school family at this time, out of an abundance of caution we are announcing a temporary closure of all Harmony Public Schools campuses through Monday, April 6. All school activities, field trips, athletics events, and competitions have also been cancelled during this time.

At this time, we are anticipating classes will be able to resume for students on Tuesday, April 7. Staff will return for a work-day on Monday, April 6.

This decision was made after discussions with, and upon the recommendations of, local health officials.  We strongly believe it is the best decision for helping to keep our students, staff, and communities safe at this time.

During this closure, our Harmony team members will continue to work remotely to finalize the details of distance-learning plan to make sure students continue to receive educational services with minimal  interruption.You will receive regular updates how this plan will be implemented.

Additionally, all full-time, non-exempt and exempt employees will continue to be paid according to their normal rate and schedule.

We continue to urge families and team members to stay informed of current Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines related to the prevention of the spreading of viruses, including limiting out of town travel, “social distancing,” and self-quarantine for those who have recently traveled to impacted areas.

We recognize this is a rapidly evolving situation and will continue to aggressively monitor new developments and respond with appropriate actions based on the best interests of our Harmony families and the guidance of local health officials. Throughout this process, we will continue to communicate with you new information as soon as possible. We anticipate further updates no later than the week of March 23-27.

Thank you for your support during these unusual circumstances. With your continued collaboration, together we can provide a healthy learning environment for our students and staff.