Reading skills are foundational to educational success for all students.

Encouraging students to read more improves their skills and promotes a love of reading they can continue throughout their educational years and into adulthood.

That’s why Harmony Public Schools is hosting a fall Reading Challenge for all students in all campuses.

Join your classmates from across your campus and across the state from Monday, September 21, 2020 though Sunday, January 3, 2021 as together we show our love for reading and discover new and exciting ideas, authors, and stories through our favorite books.

Along the way, we’ll recognize our top readers and campuses each month, share favorite book picks, and ask for your reviews on some of your favorite reads.

The reading challenges by grade are:

Kindergarten – Grade 2
20 Books

Grade 3-5
10 Novels
3 Fiction
3 Nonfiction
1 Poetry
3 Student Choice

Grade 6-8
12 Novels
4 Fiction
4 Nonfiction
1 Poetry
3 Student Choice

Grade 9-12
14 Novels
5 Fiction
4 Nonfiction
1 Poetry
4 Student Choice

Share your favorite reads on social media by tagging Harmony and using the hashtag #HarmonyReads.

Reading skills are foundational to educational success for all students.

Encouraging students to read more improves their skills and promotes a love of reading they can continue throughout their educational years and into adulthood.

That’s why Harmony Public Schools is hosting a fall Reading Challenge for all students in all campuses.

Join your classmates from across your campus and across the state from Monday, September 21, 2020 though Sunday, January 3, 2021 as together we show our love for reading and discover new and exciting ideas, authors, and stories through our favorite books.

Along the way, we’ll recognize our top readers and campuses each month, share favorite book picks, and ask for your reviews on some of your favorite reads.

The reading challenges by grade are:

Kindergarten – Grade 2
20 Books

Grade 3-5
10 Novels
3 Fiction
3 Nonfiction
1 Poetry
3 Student Choice

Grade 6-8
12 Novels
4 Fiction
4 Nonfiction
1 Poetry
3 Student Choice

Grade 9-12
14 Novels
5 Fiction
4 Nonfiction
1 Poetry
4 Student Choice

Share your favorite reads on social media by tagging Harmony and using the hashtag #HarmonyReads.

Please see attachment below for an update regarding campus reopening.

HSS September 8 Parent Update Regarding Reopening

Hello HSS Parents,
We will be providing a Q & A session on our student learning platforms; Zoom, Schoology, Nearpod, and EdPuzzle. If you have any questions or need a quick overview of the programs in order to better support your student, please join this meeting.
When:  Thursday, September 3, 2020 at 4 p.m.
Where: Zoom link provided through email and Schoology courses
Please come prepared to ask questions and learn about our exciting technology resources.
Thank you,
HSS Admin Team

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 web site.

Please note that Campus G/T coordinators will email parents electronic referral forms in google form format.

Parent GT Referral Form in English

Parent GT Referral Form in Spanish

The deadline for GATE referral is September 30, 2020 and G/T assessment period will take place in October. For more information about the screening and identification process, parents may contact the school's G/T coordinator or G/T coach/teacher.

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

Please see message below from our meal service provider Revolution Foods.

Hello – we’re Revolution Foods, and we are the meal provider for your child this school year. Our entire team is proud to be working hard with your school and community organizations to ensure your child is well-nourished with the food they love during these challenging times.

Read on for more information about our meals and take-home distribution programs.

revolution foods

Dear Harmony Families,

Hope you have had an enjoyable and restful summer.  We are very excited for the opening of our fourth Harmony campus in El Paso for the 2002-2021 school year.   As you know, initially this school was slated to be a pre-k -2nd and 6th grade campus for its inaugural year.  However, we have received several inquiries to add an additional grade level and are thrilled to announce that we have listened to your requests.  We have just received approval to open up 5th grade at Harmony School of Science.  Enrollment is now open and available at harmonytx.org/apply.

We look forward to the start of the new school year and seeing you soon!

Harmony School of Science

 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Child Nutrition is pleased to offer parents comprehensive access to lunch balances, payments, eligibility application, and more through Schoolcafe.  Parents are encouraged to submit an eligibility application.

 school cafe logo

To create a parent account, click on the school cafe logo and follow the steps in the link below.

SchoolCafeSteps 2019-2020 hss

 

The first day of meal distribution will be from 4pm-5pm Friday, August 14th for students enrolled in virtual learning as part of the School Breakfast Program and National School Lunch Program. The following meal distribution will be Thursday, August 20th from 4pm-5pm. Meal distribution will be every Monday and Thursday from 4pm-5pm thereafter.
Only those students enrolled as Harmony students will be eligible to participate. Students will be charged for meals according to individual eligibility. Returning students begin the year on a 30-day grace period which carries over last year’s eligibility.

This video presentation will give you a basic overview of  our new learning management system, Schoology.  Please note: access to Schoology will be through your child’s My Harmony Portal Dashboard.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1hJXu4FvJ-wYZNkrrhRwRJJ2-YckUUebQ/view?usp=sharing

 

Parent Support

  1. Connect to your students in Schoology.  Make sure you have your child’s unique 12-digit code Parent Access Code available to set up your account.  You only need to do this one time for each child. You can request this code from one of the teachers of your child or from the school admins.How to Create a Parent Account:
  1. Setup Your Notifications to customize your Schoology experience and receive updates about your child’s grades and activity in Schoology. Don’t forget to add your phone number to receive customized push notifications.
  2. Get the Schoology App on your device: Schoology also has a convenient mobile app that can be downloaded and used on mobile phones, tablets, and iPads! This app can be found in the iTunes and Google Play stores.    Video Directions     Written Instructions


  3. Have Your Schoology Account? Watch these short videos to create the best user experience.
  4. How to use Schoology?  Video Link 1     Video Link 2   Written Instructions
  5. Do you want to explore More?  Parent Guide Written Instructions
  6. Schoology Basics for Students:    English   Spanish

What Should I Expect in Schoology? 

  • Access to digital assignment submissions in Schoology directly through the grade book.
    • Note Google Docs, Google Slides, Google Sheets, etc. are not viewable to parents because Google access is restricted to students and teachers)
  • The learning experience delivered through the platform.
  • Your child’s activity in the course, including but not limited to:
    • Submitted and missing assignments
    • Posts (text and media) your child created
  • Classroom communication such as announcements about assignments and classroom updates

 

Parent FAQ

  • How do I see my child’s Live Session Zoom Links and Schedule?
    • You can see your child’s schedules from Skyward. Zoom Links will be shared from Schoology.

 

  • When submitting assignments, what file types does Schoology support?
    • While there is no limit to the number of files you can attach to materials in Schoology, you must upload each file individually. Schoology has a size limit of 512 MB per file.

Supported file types:

Images

*.jpg, *.gif, *.png, *.jpeg

Media (audio and/or video)

*.flv, *.mp4, *.mp3, *.mov, *.m4v, *.m4a, *.3gp, *.3g2, *m2v, *.avi, *.mpg, *.asf, *.wma, *.wmv, *.wm, *.swf, *.rm, *.caf

Files

*.doc *.docx, *.pdf, *.ppt, *.xls

Mac OS/iOS Users: Apple Pages (*.pages) files are not currently supported. Please export Apple Pages documents as PDF to ensure your assignments are accessible to your teacher.

Chromebook distribution will be held Saturday August 15th.

Saturday, August 15, 2020
Last Name

A-F

Last Name

G-L

Last Name

M-Q

Last Name

R-U

Last Name

V-Z

8:00 – 9:30 9:30 – 11:00 11:00 – 12:30 1:30 – 3:00 3:30 – 4:30
Please see link below for Chromebook Pickup Instructions:

Meet the Teacher will be August 13.  A Zoom link will be sent to parents by the classroom teachers.

Meet the Teacher Schedule

Pre K:  1pm-2pm

Kinder: 2pm-3pm

1st: 3pm-4pm

2nd: 4pm-5pm

6th: 5pm-6pm

We will be offering four live parent orientations via zoom. Please note: Parent Orientations will be first come, first serve. Only 100 participants per meeting.
Date Time
8/5 4pm-5pm
8/7 4pm-5pm
8/10* Spanish 2pm-3pm
8/13 12pm-1pm
*Orientation will be in Spanish
Zoom Link:

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.”