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Dear Harmony Families,

It is incredible to see how quickly this year is coming to an end.  We have completed the first quarter of the school year and well into the second quarter. We have faced successes and challenges in the past months however, we have continued to work to provide a positive, safe learning environment for our students. 

In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, our campus will be closed from Monday, November 23, 2020, through Friday, November 27, 2020. Students will return to school on Monday, November 30, 2020. 

During this time of thanks and reflection, I would like to thank our Harmony families for all your patience and support. We are thankful for our hardworking faculty and staff who have shown a  commitment to student learning.

We hope you take this time to relax and enjoy your family. Please stay safe and immediately inform our campus if your child has been exposed to someone who has COVID or tested positive during Thanksgiving break. If this is the case, please keep your child(ren) at home for 14 days for quarantine purposes and continue online education with the regular schedule. 

I would like to wish all of you and your families a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday break!

Sincerely, 

Yuksel Koçak

Principal

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Friday November 20th, meal distribution will be extended from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. You will receive your student meals for the Thanksgiving Break. 

Parents wishing to pick up a meals 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 website
  • 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)

Harmony Public Schools is thankful for you! Happy Thanksgiving! We hope you have a wonderful break and stay safe. See you again on Monday, November 30th.

 

Comidas para el descanso de Acción de Gracias

Viernes 20 de noviembre, la distribución de comidas se extenderá de 3:00 a 5:00 pm. Recibirás sus comidas para estudiantes para el descanso de Acción de Gracias.

Los padres que deseen recoger comidas sin niños presentes deberán presentar uno de los siguientes para verificar la tutela:

  • Individuale boletas de calificaciones de los estudiantes
  • Registro de asistencia del portal de padres de un sitio web de la escuela
  • Acta de nacimiento
  • Carta oficial/correo electrónico de la instalación o la escuela que enumera los niños inscritos
  • Otro tarjetas de identificación oficiales (por ejemplo, identificaciones emitidas por un centro de cuidado infantil)

Harmony Public Schools estamos agradecidos por usted. ¡Feliz Acción de Gracias! Esperamos que tenga un descanso maravilloso y manténgase seguro. Nos vemos el lunes 30 de noviembre.

A partir del 3 de noviembre, las Escuelas Públicas de Harmony ofrecerán comidas gratuitas para todos los niños menores de 18 años. Los estudiantes menores de 21 años que están actualmente inscritos en una escuela y están identificados como discapacitados mental o físicamente también son elegibles. El desayuno y el almuerzo gratuitos estarán disponibles todos los días para los estudiantes que asisten a clases en la escuela. 

Para los estudiantes a distancia, habrá cajas de comida disponibles para recoger en

Harmony Science Academy- Odessa 2755 N. Grandview Ave. los:

  • lunes por la mañana de 7:30 a 9:00 am
  • Viernes por la tarde de 3:00 a 4:00 pm

Distribución de comidas está abierto a nuestros estudiantes, sus hermanos y la comunidad.

Los padres que deseen recoger una caja de comida sin niños presentes deberán presentar uno de los siguientes para verificar la tutela:

  • Individuale boletas de calificaciones de los estudiantes
  • Registro de asistencia del portal de padres de un sitio web de la escuela
  • Acta de nacimiento
  • Carta oficial/correo electrónico de la instalación o la escuela que enumera los niños inscritos
  • Otro tarjetas de identificación oficiales (por ejemplo, identificaciones emitidas por un centro de cuidado infantil)

Si tiene alguna pregunta, comuníquese con Molly Castillo

molly.castillo@harmonytx.org o 432-363-6000.

Los estudiantes a distancia pueden recoger una caja de comida en Harmony Science Academy- Odessa 2755 N. Grandview Ave. los lunes por la mañana de 7:30 a 9:00 am y los viernes por la tarde de 3:00 a 4:00 pm. 

Attention Parents and Guardians:
Due to hazardous weather and road conditions predicted for tomorrow, Harmony Science Academy Odessa is canceling In-person and virtual classes tomorrow Tuesday, October 27th.

The building will be closed. There will be no virtual classes.

If you have a student who was scheduled to attend in-person learning tomorrow, please bring them on Wednesday, October 28th.
Thank you and stay safe.

Good Afternoon Harmony Parent/Guardian,

Our child nutrition assistants will be available next week to assist you one on one with completing lunch applications. Join any time that is convenient for you on Monday, October 26th through Friday, October 30th from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.  Please check your email for the zoom link.

Please see the attached PDF below that includes: 

  • Information to better understand the importance of submitting a lunch application

  • How to complete the lunch application in SchoolCafe

  • As well as a hard copy of the paper application

Thank you and have a wonderful day!


Buenas tardes, padre / tutor de Harmony,

Nuestros asistentes de nutrición infantil estarán disponibles la próxima semana para ayudarlo individualmente a completar las solicitudes de almuerzo. Únase en cualquier momento que le resulte conveniente del lunes 26 de octubre al viernes 30 de octubre de 8:00 am a 5:00 pm.  Vea el enlace de zoom en su correo electronico.

Consulte el PDF adjunto a continuación que incluye: 

  • Información para comprender mejor la importancia de enviar una solicitud de almuerzo

  • Cómo completar la solicitud de almuerzo en SchoolCafe

  • Copia de la solicitud de almuerzo en papel

Gracias y tiene ¡Un maravilloso día!


Helpful Guides/Guías útiles

  • Why is it important to complete your lunch application

Lunch application FAQ sheet 2020.pdf 

Lunch applications FAQ sheet 2020 Spanish.pdf

  • Completing your application on SchoolCafe

Creating your School Cafe Account.pdf

SchoolCafeApplicationguideEnglish.pdf

SchoolCafeApplicationguideSpanish.pdf

  • Paper Applications

2020_2021_NSLP Eligibility Application.pdf

2020-2021 Spanish NSLP app.pdf

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

SchoolCafeApplicationguideEnglish.pdf

SchoolCafeApplicationguideSpanish.pdf

Instructions on how parents complete Household form.pdf

Illness Notification Non-Covid or Unconfirmed. Please read.

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