Chromebook distribution will be held Saturday August 15th.

Saturday, August 15, 2020
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A-F

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M-Q

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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.”

 

******6th GRADE STUDENTS ONLY*******
Please choose the preferred foreign language class that your scholar would like to have scheduled for the 2020-2021 school year. Please fill this out by 5:00 p.m. July 31, 2020. This is first come, first serve. Please know that if you do not choose an option, your scholar will be placed in an available LOTE class.
Please complete the technology survey, link below, to help us understand the availability of internet and laptop, desktop, Chromebook devices in your home. This will allow us to determine which students need a Chromebook and/or hotspot device so we can provide our students support while learning at home.

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.

Please see supply lists for both online and onsite learning for all grade levels.

2020-2021 Pre- Kinder supply list virtual and f2f

2020-2021 Kinder supply list virtual and f2f

2020-2021 Pre- Kinder supply list virtual and f2f

2020-2021 1st grade supply list virtual and f2f

2020-2021 2nd grade supply list virtual and f2f

2020-2021 6th grade supply list virtual and f2f

 

 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!