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Harmony Public Schools is recruiting talented, compassionate bilingual teachers dedicated to helping every student succeed. Harmony offers a competitive salary, excellent benefits and a commitment to excellence in the classroom.

Interested applicants may read the job description, or apply online.

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

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.