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.

We will be offering registration assistance and answering any questions from 8am-10:30am Saturday June 27th at our new campus.  We will have scanners on hand for any documents you may need to turn in.  This is also a great opportunity for you to meet the principal.  Hope to see you there!

Entrance for the Harmony School of Science Curbside Registration will be on Addison Street, next door to the Tire Club.

We will be offering registration assistance and answering any questions from 5pm-7pm Thursday June 18th at our new campus.  We will have scanners on hand for any documents you may need to turn in.  This is also a great opportunity for you to meet the principal.  Hope to see you there!

 

Entrance for the Harmony School of Science Curbside Registration will be on Addison Street, next door to the Tire Club.

HARMONY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Summer 2020 Reading and Writing Assignments

 

Incoming Grades 6

 

What does my teacher want to see when I come back to school in August?:

Your teacher will be thrilled to hear about all the exciting books you read over the summer, and your picks could be the next great book for one or more of your classmates.

❖      Read at least FOUR (4) texts over the summer.  You will choose a project to complete for one (1) of the books you read.  For three (3) more books, you will write a book review.

❖      Finish before the school year begins, so you don’t have to worry about completing them along with your school work.

❖      Your book reviews and projects may be displayed in your English class to help other students find books they want to read for their independent reading.  These may also be used for book chats and other reading culture activities.

 

Wow, I am really busy in the summer! How can I find time to read FOUR books?

❖      Reading before bedtime is a great way to get in quality, daily reading time. It helps you relax and wind down from your busy summer day.

❖      Carry your books everywhere-read while you are at the carwash, running errands, waiting in line at a store, at the beach or pool, or waiting to get picked up or picking up a family member from dance class, taekwondo or summer day camp!

❖      Don’t RUSH to finish-take your time-read a little bit every day and ENJOY IT!

 

How do I do the book reviews?

❖      Use the Book Review Templateas the format for your reviews.  You can print the form out and fill it in, you can copy the format on a sheet of paper and fill it in, or you can type your own using the same format.

❖      Write a brief summary of the book, but don’t give away the ending.  Remember, the review will likely be seen by other students, so you don’t want to spoil the book for them.  You can see examples of book summaries on the book jacket/back of the book, on sites like barnesandnoble.com, amazon.com, and goodreads.com.  Remember, these examples are mentor texts for you to model your summary – do not copy these examples to use as yours.

❖      Finally, write your recommendation for the book.  Why did you like it?  Who else might like reading it?

 

Other people will be reading your reviews, make sure to write neatly!

 

What are my project choices?

❖      Summer Reading Project Choices

 

Review the list and choose one (1) project that you will complete for your chosen book.  Whatever you choose should demonstrate your comprehension of the book you read.  This will be a first impression of you as a student to your new teacher, so take your time and do your best work!

 

Here are some suggested book lists, but feel free to choose a book on our own:

Middle School Reading List

Summer vacation offers students opportunities to discover new books and the pleasure of reading.  Summer reading enables children to maintain the literacy skills they learned during the school year. There are many ways that parents can help their children continue the reading habit when school is not in session. We have provided links for summer reading activities and for summer book lists. We hope you find them useful in making reading an enjoyable family pastime.  Happy Summer Reading!

Harmony Public School
Summer Reading Activities & Articles:
●10 Weeks of Summer Reading Adventures for You and Your Kids
○ http://www.readingrockets.org/article/391/
● 8 ways to keep your child’s reading skills sharp this summer
○ http://www.greatschools.org/students/homework-help/67-summer-reading.gs
● Avoid the Summer Slide With These Fun Summer Reading Ideas
○ https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/blog-posts/meghan-everette/avoid-summer-slidethese-un-summer-reading-ideas/

● Summer Reading Camps/Reading Programs
○ Check out your local libraries. They usually have summer activities in which students
can participate
○ Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program- www.barnesandnoble.com/u/summerreading/379003570 this program allows students to earn a free book

Summer Reading Lists:
● http://www.readingrockets.org/books/summer
● http://www.scholastic.com/readingcampaign/downloads/src-book-list-all-ages.pdf
● http://imaginationsoup.net/2016/05/04/awesome-nonfiction-books-for-kids-2016/

Summer 2020
Online e-bookms/e-reading:
● http://www.storylineonline.net/
● http://uniteforliteracy.com/
● http://en.childrenslibrary.org/

Parent Tips for Promoting Summer Reading for Elementary Students K-2:
● Sign your child up for the library’s summer reading program (it’s free!) and attend special events offered
by the library.
● Set aside a family reading time of about 15-30 minutes each day.
● Listen to audio books (many are available through the library) while traveling or relaxing at home.
● Read aloud to your child from a high interest book that may be too difficult to read alone. Even children
who can read independently enjoy and benefit from read aloud time.
● Play word games like Hangman or crosswords or board games like Scrabble Flash, Blurt, Apples-toApples Junior, and Bananagrams.
● Have fun with reading by enjoying the comics together or checking our riddle or joke books from the
library. You can even try to come up with your own riddles or jokes to share

Dear Prospective Harmony School of Science Parents,
Hope you and your family are doing well and staying safe.  We are excited to announce that we will be hosting a summer sleepy-time story series.  Stories will be read by Ms. Sepesy every Monday at 7p.m., starting June 1st, on Facebook.  Then throughout the week, there will be different content-based educational activities posted each day to keep your child engaged in learning.  Let’s kick off the summer at the beach scuba diving, for our Under the Sea theme this week.
Follow us on facebook https://www.facebook.com/HSSElPaso/ for more information and to join in on the fun!