At Harmony Public Schools, our top priorities are the health and safety of our students and staff, as well as the academic and developmental growth of our scholars.

In response to the continued spread of COVID-19 in the communities which we proudly serve, Harmony Public Schools is announcing the following revised plan for the start of the 2020-21 school year.

 

THE BASICS

Students at all HPS campuses statewide will start the academic year on Monday, August 17 in an online-only setting. Classes will continue online-only until at least Tuesday, September 8. During these three weeks, you will receive a survey asking your family to choose the option of either continuing classes online only, or returning to campus for in-person learning after Labor Day, if possible. Harmony will announce no later than the first week of September whether there is a need to extend online-only learning further, or if families who have opted for on-campus learning may return for in-person instruction. Students who opted for at-home learning will continue to learn remotely throughout the remainder of the school year, unless they notify their campus of a change request through Skyward.

All HPS staff will continue to work remotely while campuses are closed, unless a specific and essential job function requires their presence on campus or at an administrative office.

HARMONY SCHOOL START PLAN for 2020-'21

REASON FOR CHANGE

The primary purpose of these changes is to provide a safe educational environment for both our students and staff members, as well as to comply with local ordinances in many of our Harmony communities which specifically prohibit in-person schooling until after Labor Day.

SUPERIOR NEW ONLINE LEARNING SYSTEM, FEATURING ENHANCED STUDENT ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

Accelerating your child’s education – even when learning from home – is one of our core missions. That’s why we’ve spent the summer completely revamping our online learning system to create a more interactive learning environment that’s easier to use for families, better connects students to their teachers and classmates, and – most importantly – promotes academic growth even while our campuses are closed.

 

With our new Schoology learning management system, students attending classes online will experience a robust academic experience with more one-to-one engagement with teachers through live classroom sessions, regular online office hours, as well as academic tutorial sessions, and intervention services for students who need them.

 

Students also will enjoy options for at-home, online extracurricular activities — including club activities, and both e-sports and academic competitions — that will allow them to stay connected with their classmates online, even if they can’t be together in person.

 

Parents will have full access to instructional materials, assignments, grading, calendars, student progress updates, and parent messaging in one simple platform.

 

Best of all, when it’s time for your student to return to campus, the Schoology system will follow them seamlessly back to campus, making the transition easier for both your student and your family.

 

Harmony teachers have spent their summers learning the intricacies of Schoology and will be prepared to incorporate it into their learning beginning on the first day of class.

 

 

 

 

STUDENTS NEEDING COMPUTER DEVICE OR INTERNET ACCESS

For the purpose of completing schoolwork, Harmony Public Schools will provide computer devices and/or internet access by request to those students without access at home. Each campus will have a drive-by pickup option for computer and WiFi access in early August. For more information, please contact your Harmony campus.

 

MEAL SERVICES
Free meal services will continue to be provided beginning the first day of school. Please contact your campus or follow them on Facebook to learn more about meal pickup dates, times, and locations.

 

 

ATTENDANCE FOR AT-HOME LEARNERS

A daily digital attendance record will be taken for all students learning from home, according to Texas Education Agency guidelines and requirements. Those at-home learners not in attendance will be marked “Absent,” as they would if learning on campus.

 

ENHANCED ON-CAMPUS SAFETY PROTOCOLS

To make sure our on-campus learning experience is as safe as possible for HPS students and staff members, Harmony will institute a broad spectrum of campus safety protocols once on-campus instruction resumes.  Some of the new safety protocols include:

  • 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.
  • Remaining flexible regarding student and team member absences due to COVID-19, as allowed by TEA guidelines and applicable employment laws.

 

 

HANDLING OF COVID-19 SYMPTOMS

Whether screened at school or self-screened at home, the following conditions are considered symptomatic of COVID-19 by the Centers for Disease Control and could lead to a required leave from campus:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Diarrhea
  • Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Known close contact with a person who is lab confirmed to have COVID-19

 

RETURNING TO CAMPUS AFTER COVID DIAGNOSIS OR SYMPTOMS

Anyone displaying the signs or symptoms of COVID-19 should follow below self-quarantine policy:

Exposure (confirmed or unconfirmed) or Illness with Positive Testing

The following criteria must be met in FULL:

  • at least three days (72 hours) have passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications);

  • the individual has improvement in symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and

  • at least 14 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

  1. Exposure (confirmed or unconfirmed) or Illness with Negative Testing or MD Note

If an individual has symptoms of COVID-19 and wants to return to campus before completing the above stay at home period, the following criteria must be met in FULL:

  • Either obtain a medical professional’s note clearing the individual for return based on an alternative diagnosis OR obtain a negative COVID-19 test AND

  • at least three days (72 hours) have passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications).

Exposure (confirmed or unconfirmed) or Illness with No Testing and No U.S. Based Medical Provider’s Note

The following criteria must be met in FULL:

  • at least three days (72 hours) have passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications);

  • the individual has improvement in symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and

  • at least 14 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

Readmittance will be granted when the following has been completed:
  1. Proof of negative COVID tests or U.S. based medical provider’s alternative diagnosis delivered to campus health staff or registrar if no health staff is available OR

  2. when all three of the following criteria are met:

  • At least three days (72 hours) have passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications);

  • The individual has improvement in symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and

  • At least 14 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

FAMILIES NEEDING ADDITIONAL ASSISTANCE

We look forward to partnering with your family this school year to help your child continue to grow academically. We understand that any adjustments to the normal school environment or calendar may create unexpected challenges for some families. If you would like to discuss specific needs for your student or family that are not addressed above, please contact your local Harmony campus or contact us via our Let’s Talk online platform.

 

 

 

AVISO DE CAMBIO EN EL PLAN DE REAPERTURA DE LAS ESCUELAS PÚBLICAS DE HARMONY

 

En las Escuelas Públicas de Harmony, nuestras prioridades son la salud y la seguridad de nuestros estudiantes y nuestro personal, así como el crecimiento académico y de desarrollo de nuestros estudiantes.

En respuesta a la continua propagación del COVID-19 en las comunidades a las que orgullosamente servimos, las Escuelas Públicas de Harmony anuncian el siguiente plan revisado para el inicio del año escolar 2020-21.

 

ASPECTOS BÁSICOS

Los estudiantes de todos los campus de HPS en todo el estado comenzarán el año académico el lunes 17 de agosto en un entorno solo en línea. Las clases continuarán solo en línea hasta al menos el martes, 8 de septiembre. Durante estas tres semanas, usted recibirá una encuesta en la que se le pedirá a su familia que elija la opción de continuar las clases solo en línea o regresar al campus para el aprendizaje presencial después del Día del Trabajo, si fuese posible. Harmony anunciará, a más tardar en la primera semana de septiembre, si es necesario extender más el aprendizaje solo en línea, o si las familias que han optado por el aprendizaje en el campus pueden regresar para la instrucción presencial. Los estudiantes que optaron por el aprendizaje en casa continuarán aprendiendo a distancia durante el resto del año escolar, a menos que notifiquen a su campus una solicitud de cambio a través de Skyward.

Todo el personal de HPS continuará trabajando a distancia mientras los campus estén cerrados, a menos que una función de trabajo específica y esencial requiera su presencia en el campus o en una oficina administrativa.

MOTIVO DEL CAMBIO

El propósito principal de estos cambios es proporcionar un entorno educativo seguro tanto para nuestros estudiantes como para los miembros del personal, así como para cumplir con las ordenanzas locales en muchas de nuestras comunidades de Harmony que prohíben específicamente la escolarización presencial hasta después del Día del Trabajo.

NUEVO SISTEMA SUPERIOR DE APRENDIZAJE EN LÍNEA, CON MEJORES OPORTUNIDADES DE PARTICIPACIÓN DE LOS ESTUDIANTES Y ACTIVIDADES EXTRACURRICULARES

Acelerar la educación de su hijo, incluso cuando aprende en casa, es una de nuestras misiones principales. Por eso hemos pasado el verano renovando completamente nuestro sistema de aprendizaje en línea para crear un entorno de aprendizaje más interactivo que sea más fácil de usar para las familias, que conecte mejor a los estudiantes con sus maestros y compañeros de clase y, lo que es más importante, que promueva el crecimiento académico incluso cuando nuestros campus estén cerrados.

 

Con nuestro nuevo sistema de gestión del aprendizaje Schoology, los estudiantes que asistan a clases en línea experimentarán una sólida experiencia académica con un mayor compromiso individual con los maestros a través de sesiones de clase en vivo, horarios de oficina regulares en línea, así como sesiones de tutoría académica y servicios de intervención para los estudiantes que los necesiten.

 

Los estudiantes también disfrutarán de opciones de actividades extracurriculares en línea en casa -incluyendo actividades de club y competiciones académicas y de deportes electrónicos- que les permitirán estar conectados con sus compañeros de clase en línea, incluso si no pueden estar juntos en persona.

 

Los padres tendrán acceso completo a los materiales de instrucción, tareas, calificaciones, calendarios, actualizaciones del progreso de los estudiantes y mensajes para los padres en una plataforma sencilla.

 

Lo mejor de todo es que cuando sea el momento de que su estudiante regrese al campus, el sistema Schoology lo seguirá de forma constante de regreso al campus, haciendo la transición más fácil tanto para su estudiante como para su familia.

 

Los maestros de Harmony han pasado sus veranos aprendiendo las complejidades de Schoology y estarán preparados para incorporarlo a su aprendizaje a partir del primer día de clase.

 

 

ESTUDIANTES QUE NECESITAN COMPUTADORA O ACCESO A INTERNET

Con el fin de completar las tareas escolares, las Escuelas Públicas de Harmony proporcionarán computadoras y/o acceso a Internet, previa solicitud, a aquellos estudiantes que no tengan acceso en su casa. Para solicitar un dispositivo o acceso a Internet, comuníquese con su campus de Harmony.

 

SERVICIOS DE COMIDA
Se seguirán ofreciendo servicios de comida gratuitos desde el primer día de clases. Comuníquese con su campus o sígalos en Facebook para obtener más información sobre las fechas, horarios y lugares de retiro de las comidas.

 

ASISTENCIA PARA LOS ESTUDIANTES EN CASA

Se llevará un registro digital de asistencia diaria para todos los estudiantes que aprendan desde casa, de acuerdo con las directrices y los requisitos de la Agencia de Educación de Texas. Aquellos estudiantes en casa que no asistan serán marcados como “Ausentes”, como si estuvieran aprendiendo en el campus.

 

PROTOCOLOS DE SEGURIDAD MEJORADOS EN EL CAMPUS

Para asegurarnos de que nuestra experiencia de aprendizaje en el campus sea lo más segura posible para los estudiantes y miembros del personal de HPS, Harmony instituirá un amplio espectro de protocolos de seguridad en el campus una vez que se retome la instrucción en el campus. Algunos de los nuevos protocolos de seguridad incluyen:

  • Controles de temperatura para los estudiantes y el personal.
  • Exigir que todos los estudiantes y empleados usen mascarilla cuando estén en el campus o en otros ambientes de grupo. (Los estudiantes pueden traer su propia mascarilla, o la escuela se la proporcionará).
  • Limitar el tamaño promedio de las clases para permitir el distanciamiento social. (El tamaño exacto de la clase dependerá del número de estudiantes que asistan de forma presencial o solo en línea).
  • Espaciar los pupitres al menos seis pies de distancia para mantener un distanciamiento social adecuado y/o instalar separaciones donde los estudiantes no puedan mantenerse a seis pies de distancia.
  • Limitar severamente las rotaciones/los intercambios de clase para prevenir la propagación de gérmenes en el campus y limitar los intercambios de persona a persona.
  • Escalonar los horarios de entrada y salida para limitar los intercambios de persona a persona.
  • Modificar los procedimientos de entrada y salida (por ej., los estudiantes van directamente a clase después de la entrada y/o esperan en el aula al final del día hasta que los padres llegan a buscarlos).
  • Pedir a todos los estudiantes que se laven las manos con frecuencia.
  • Limpieza nocturna minuciosa por la empresa contratada.
  • Requerir capacitaciones de Concientización y Prevención del Coronavirus para todos los empleados.
  • Permanecer flexible en cuanto a las ausencias de los estudiantes y miembros del equipo debido a COVID-19, como lo permiten las directrices de TEA y las leyes laborales correspondientes.

 

 

MANEJO DE LOS SÍNTOMAS DE COVID-19

Ya sea que se examinen en la escuela o que se autoexaminen en casa, los Centros para el Control de Enfermedades consideran que las siguientes condiciones son sintomáticas de COVID-19 y podrían implicar un abandono obligatorio del campus:

  • Tos
  • Falta de aire o dificultad para respirar
  • Escalofríos
  • Temblores repetidos con escalofríos
  • Dolor muscular
  • Dolor de cabeza
  • Dolor de garganta
  • Pérdida del gusto u olfato
  • Diarrea
  • Sentirse afiebrado o una temperatura medida mayor o igual a 100 grados Fahrenheit
  • Contacto cercano conocido con una persona con COVID-19 confirmado por un laboratorio

 

REGRESO AL CAMPUS DESPUÉS DE UN DIAGNÓSTICO O SÍNTOMAS DE COVID

Después de un diagnóstico de COVID-19 o de la aparición de síntomas, los estudiantes y el personal deben estar sin síntomas durante al menos 72 horas antes de regresar al campus, incluyendo una temperatura de menos de 100 grados sin el uso de medicamentos antifebriles. Aquellos diagnosticados con COVID-19 también deben tener una nota del médico que permita el regreso.

 

 

FAMILIAS QUE NECESITAN APOYO EXTRA

Esperamos asociarnos con su familia este año escolar para ayudar a su hijo a seguir creciendo académicamente. Entendemos que cualquier ajuste en el entorno o calendario escolar normal puede crear desafíos inesperados para algunas familias. Si desea hablar sobre las necesidades específicas de su estudiante o familia que no se han tratado anteriormente, comuníquese con su campus local de Harmony o comuníquese con nosotros a través de nuestra plataforma en línea Let’s Talk.

 

 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.

Summer Assignment

Dear Harmony School of Advancement families,

Although this school year has taken an unexpected turn of events, we appreciate your patience and willingness to work with us during Distance Learning.  We appreciate all you have done to help your students succeed during the 4th quarter.  We will start locker clean up the week of May 26th.  Please see the table below for your child’s specified time slot to obtain their belongings.  

In order to maintain social-distancing requirements, all students will be required to wear masks and gloves during locker clean-up.  We are asking all parents to stay in their cars while their child empties ther locker.  Please also bring a plastic bag or bookbag for your child’s belongings.  Students will be required to maintain a 6 ft distance from all other students and staff.  We will have 6 ft markings around the building as a safety precaution. 

Students will return all textbooks to the Student Center on the 3rd floor.  Chromebooks can be returned on the first floor, if not needed during the summer. 

If you have multiple children at our school, we can make accommodations to have both students pick up their belongings at the same time.  If you are unable to come during your child’s assigned time, please email johnisha.smith@Harmonytx.org to make arrangements.  

Thank you again for your patience and support!

Johnisha Smith – Dean of Students

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May 26 12th Grade
Time Start Time End Last Names – First Initial
9:00 AM 9:20 AM A, B
9:25 AM 9:45 AM C, D, E
9:50 AM 10:10 AM F, G
10:15 AM 10:35 AM H, I, J, K, L
10:40 AM 11:00 AM M, N, O, P, Q, R
11:05 AM 11:25 AM S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z
May 27 11th Grade
Time Start Time End Last Names
9:00 AM 9:20 AM A, B
9:25 AM 9:45 AM C, D, E, F
9:50 AM 10:10 AM G, H
10:15 AM 10:35 AM I, J, K, L
10:40 AM 11:00 AM M
11:05 AM 11:25 AM N, O, P
11:30 AM 11:50 AM Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z
May 28 10th Grade
Time Start Time End Last Names
9:00 AM 9:20 AM A, B
9:25 AM 9:45 AM C, D
9:50 AM 10:10 AM E, F, G
10:15 AM 10:35 AM H, I, J, K
10:40 AM 11:00 AM L
11:05 AM 11:25 AM M
11:30 AM 11:50 AM N, O, P
11:55 AM 12:15 PM Q, R
12:20 PM 12:40 PM S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z
May 29 9th Grade
Time Start Time End Last Names
9:00 AM 9:20 AM A
9:25 AM 9:45 AM B
9:50 AM 10:10 AM C
10:15 AM 10:35 AM D, E, F
10:40 AM 11:00 AM G, H
11:05 AM 11:25 AM I, J, K, L
11:30 AM 11:50 AM M
11:55 AM 12:15 PM N, O, P, Q
12:20 PM 12:40 PM R
12:45 PM 12:55 PM S, T
12:00 PM 1:20 PM U, V, W, X, Y, Z

Estimadas familias de Harmony School of Advancement,

 Aunque este año escolar ha dado un giro inesperado a los eventos, apreciamos su paciencia y disposición para trabajar con nosotros durante el aprendizaje a distancia. Apreciamos todo lo que ha hecho para ayudar a sus estudiantes a tener éxito durante el cuarto trimestre. Comenzaremos a limpiar los lockers la semana del 26 de mayo. Consulte la tabla a continuación para ver el horario de tiempo asignado de su hijo para obtener sus pertenencias.

 Para mantener los requisitos de distanciamiento social, todos los estudiantes deberán usar máscaras y guantes durante la limpieza del casillero. Les pedimos a todos los padres que se queden en sus autos mientras su hijo vacía el locker. También traiga una bolsa de plástico o una mochila para las pertenencias de su hijo. Los estudiantes deberán mantener una distancia de 6 pies de todos los demás estudiantes y el personal. Tendremos marcas de 6 pies alrededor del edificio como medida de seguridad.

 Los estudiantes devolverán todos los libros de texto al Centro de Estudiantes en el 3er piso. Los Chromebooks se pueden devolver en el primer piso, si no son necesarios durante el verano.

 Si tiene varios hijos en nuestra escuela, podemos hacer adaptaciones para que ambos estudiantes recojan sus pertenencias al mismo tiempo. Si no puede venir durante el tiempo asignado de su hijo, envíe un correo electrónico a johnisha.smith@harmonytx.org para hacer los arreglos.

 ¡Gracias nuevamente por su paciencia y apoyo! 

Johnisha Smith- Directora de Estudiantes

 

Mayo 26 12th Grado
Inicio Termina Apellido – Primera Inicial
9:00 AM 9:20 AM A, B
9:25 AM 9:45 AM C, D, E
9:50 AM 10:10 AM F, G
10:15 AM 10:35 AM H, I, J, K, L
10:40 AM 11:00 AM M, N, O, P, Q, R
11:05 AM 11:25 AM S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z
Mayo 27 11th Grado
Inicio Termina Apellido
9:00 AM 9:20 AM A, B
9:25 AM 9:45 AM C, D, E, F
9:50 AM 10:10 AM G, H
10:15 AM 10:35 AM I, J, K, L
10:40 AM 11:00 AM M
11:05 AM 11:25 AM N, O, P
11:30 AM 11:50 AM Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z
Mayo 28 10th Grado
Inicio Termina Apellido
9:00 AM 9:20 AM A, B
9:25 AM 9:45 AM C, D
9:50 AM 10:10 AM E, F, G
10:15 AM 10:35 AM H, I, J, K
10:40 AM 11:00 AM L
11:05 AM 11:25 AM M
11:30 AM 11:50 AM N, O, P
11:55 AM 12:15 PM Q, R
12:20 PM 12:40 PM S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z
Mayo 29 9th Grado
Inicio Termina Apellido
9:00 AM 9:20 AM A
9:25 AM 9:45 AM B
9:50 AM 10:10 AM C
10:15 AM 10:35 AM D, E, F
10:40 AM 11:00 AM G, H
11:05 AM 11:25 AM I, J, K, L
11:30 AM 11:50 AM M
11:55 AM 12:15 PM N, O, P, Q
12:20 PM 12:40 PM R
12:45 PM 12:55 PM S, T
12:00 PM 1:20 PM U, V, W, X, Y, Z

Dear Senior Students and Families:

After much consideration and careful review of the survey feedback from the seniors, it is with a heavy heart that we inform you of our decision to cancel Prom 2020. However, in response to your feedback, we have elected to hold an in-person Graduation Ceremony for the Class of 2020 once it is deemed safe for large groups to gather. Graduation will be completely free of charge to the seniors and their families. Any student that paid a graduation fee will be automatically reimbursed by August 30th. Information regarding the date of the Graduation Ceremony will be announced over the summer.
In addition, we plan to prepare a virtual graduation tribute to the seniors for you to share with your friends and family. Please look to our website for further updates as they become available. We grieve the loss of this milestone event for the Class of 2020 but must prioritize the health and safety of our staff, students, and their families.
Thank you for your understanding as we navigate this unprecedented global event.

HPS Distance Learning Grading Guidelines 

Dear Students and Parents,

We hope this e-mail finds you and your family in the best of health. This guideline includes details of the grading practices Harmony will implement during at-home learning. Harmony’s main focus during these historic times is on the continuance of the learning process for our students, not on the grading of assignments. Best formative practices are promoted to include timely feedback, multiple opportunities, and additional time to ensure mastery of the concepts. Our administrators, teachers, and specialists are well-prepared to provide support and direction more than ever during this phase of distance learning.

Below you can find the details of grading for PreK-Kindergarten, grades 1-8, and high school.

Pre K – Kindergarten 

PK and Kindergarten teachers will provide assignments in Google Classrooms. Just like regular school time, they will continue grading in Skyward on academic indicators based on student progress in distance learning. Progress reports will be provided every three weeks.  

GRADES 1 – 8

Core Courses: Students will be assigned weekly assignments in core courses (Math, science, social studies, and language arts). Students are expected to return their assignments in various ways (Google Classroom, other integrated platforms, a picture taken). Math and ELA labs will be graded under the main course.

Electives/Specials: Teachers will assign optional weekly experiences in electives, technology applications, PE, and Fine Arts courses. No submission is required in those classrooms. 

Grading on Google Classroom: Progress Monitoring

  • Grades will not be assigned until April 13, 2020, so that students and families can adjust to the routines of distance learning. 
  • Starting April 13, numerical grades will be assigned by teachers in Google Classroom gradebook. 
  • We ask our teacher to provide multiple opportunities to complete assignments. Retest and flexible deadlines are promoted. 

Skyward Gradebook: Official Grading

  • No numerical grades will be assigned in Skyward during distance learning time (4th Quarter). Students will receive one of the performance indicators (PI) below at the end of a week based on their progress on Google Classrooms. 
    • E-Excellent
    • S-Satisfactory
    • N-Needs Improvement
    • I-Incomplete
  • Overall Quarter4 PI:  Teachers will enter an overall PASS/FAIL/ or INCOMPLETE indicator for 4th quarter grade by the end of distance learning time. For electives and specials, teachers will enter X-Not Assessed indicator as Q4 grade.

Final Student Failure/Promotion Decisions: School Promotion Committee

  • Student failure decisions will occur after the closure of distance learning. The school promotion committee should factor in both three-quarter performance and performance indicators during digital learning time.

*** High school guidelines apply to high school credit courses in middle school such as Algebra-1 & LOTE-I. 

HIGH SCHOOLS 

Core Courses: Students will be assigned weekly assignments in core courses (Math, science, social studies, language arts, and AP courses). Students are expected to return their assignments in various ways (Google Classroom, other integrated platforms, picture taken).  Students will be taking weekly assessments. 

Electives/Specials/CTE: Teachers will assign weekly experiences in technology applications, PE, CTE, Fine Arts, and other electives. Students will submit their assignments. No weekly assessment is promoted in those classrooms. 

AP Courses/ Dual Credit / On Ramps Courses: Weekly expectations may vary for AP/Dual credit courses based on approved syllabi by the college board and local community colleges. 

Local Credit Courses (Math Lab, ELA Lab, SAT/TSI Prep): Local campuses will decide on the level of support in those classrooms. Assignments will be optional and no submission is required. On the other hand, teachers may assign work from lab resources and grade it under the main class. 

Grading on Google Classroom: Progress Monitoring

  • Grades will not be assigned until April 13, 2020, so that students and families can adjust to the routines of distance learning. 
  • Starting April 13, numerical grades will be assigned by teachers in Google Classroom gradebook. 
  • We ask our teacher to provide multiple opportunities to complete assignments. Retest and flexible deadlines are promoted. 

Skyward Gradebook: Official Grading

  • No numerical grades will be assigned in Skyward during distance learning time (4th Quarter). Students will receive one of the performance indicators(PI) below at the end of a week based on their progress on Google Classrooms. 
    • E-Excellent
    • S-Satisfactory
    • N-Needs Improvement
    • I-Incomplete

 

  • Overall Quarter4 PI:  Teachers will enter an overall PASS/FAIL/ or INCOMPLETE indicator for 4th quarter grade by the end of distance learning time. For electives and specials, teachers will enter X – Not Assessed indicator as Q4 grade.

Final Credit Awarding: School Graduation Committee  

  • Credit awarding decisions will occur after the closure of distance learning. The committee should factor in both three-quarter performance and performance indicators during digital learning time.

Progression Plan During Distance Learning Time

  • A student who did not receive a half credit for the fall semester (semester average less than 70) in a course may still receive full credit by factoring in the performance in the third quarter and distance learning time. If the average of the first three quarters is higher than 70 and receives an overall PASS indicator for the 4th quarter, the student should be awarded the full credit. 
  • If the average of the first three quarters is below 70, the student may still earn a full credit based on distance learning performance and the school committee decision.

GPA/Senior Class Ranking 

  • Credits earned from both regular courses and weighted courses (Honors, AP, Dual, PLTWY) in the spring semester (third quarter plus distance learning time) will not be counted towards GPA. 
  • Final senior class ranking for the class of 2020 will be calculated based on GPA calculation at the end of the Fall 2019 semester. 

Credit Recovery Options 

  • Our campuses are encouraged to provide distance learning options for those students in June/July to receive their missing credits. 

Valedictorian, Salutatorian

 

  • The GPA and Class Rank as of the end of the first semester in the 2019-2020 school year will be used to determine Valedictorian and Salutatorian honors.

 

* All these guidelines are subject to change based on the most updated TEA guidelines. 

You are Cordially Invited to Attend Harmony School of Advancement

2020-21

                                                         Campus Improvement Plan –CIP    Meeting

The purpose of the meeting is to review 2019-2020 CIP  and 2020-21 CNA, identify campus needs, revise and develop goals, objectives, and strategies for the upcoming year. The meeting is open to our parents.

CIP

Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Time: 3:00 pm

Note: This meeting is an online meeting and parents will receive a meeting link by e-mail.

If you are planning to attend these meeting contact Mr. Ersoy at iersoy@harmonytx.org

Agenda

  1. Purpose of CIP
  2. Review 2019-2020 Campus Comprehensive Needs Assessment (CNA) and Campus Improvement Plan –CIP
  3. Review of Data
  4. Areas for Improvement and Priority of Needs
  5. Revise and Develop Goals, Objectives, and Strategies for the new CNA and CIP
  6. Comments, Q&A

 

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Parents and Guardians! You can take advantage of our Text Messaging Service Our school utilizes the SchoolMessenger system to deliver text messages, straight to your mobile phone with important information about events, school closings, safety alerts and more.

You can participate in this free service* just by sending a text message of “Y” or “Yes” to our school’s short code number, 67587.

You can also opt-out of these messages at any time by simply replying to one of our messages with “Stop”.

 

Padres y Tutores Ustedes pueden aprovechar nuestro Servicio de Mensajes de Texto Nuestra escuela utiliza el sistema de SchoolMessenger para entregar mensajes de texto, directamente a su teléfono móvil con información importante sobre eventos, cierres de escuelas, alertas de seguridad y mucho más.

Usted puede participar en este servicio gratis* con sólo enviar un mensaje de texto de “Y” o “Yes” al número de código corto de nuestra escuela, 67587.

También puede optar por no recibir estos mensajes en cualquier momento simplemente respondiendo a uno de nuestros mensajes con “Stop”.

 

Harmony at home

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Dear Families,

In order to best support you and your students during this difficult time, we are seeking feedback on how online learning is going in your household. Please complete the following survey so we can adjust our classrooms to better support our students. Thank you.

 

Dear Parents/Guardians,

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.

Meals may be picked up at designated locations on Mondays & Thursdays:

Harmony School of Endeavor at 5668 W Little York Rd, Houston, TX 77091.

Harmony School of Technology at 3203 North Sam Houston Pkwy W, Houston, TX 77038.

Harmony School of Discovery at 6270 Barker Cypress Rd, Houston, TX 77084

Harmony Science Academy – Bryan at 2031 S Texas Ave, Bryan, TX 77802.

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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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

Check the website of your child’s school for more information on times and locations.  If you have any questions, please contact your child’s school.

Sincerely,

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

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