Dear Parents/Guardians and Students,
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10/12/2020

Dear Harmony Parents and Guardians,

At Harmony Public Schools, providing our students and staff a safe and academically-focused learning environment is our highest priority.

As you are likely aware, COVID-19 continues to remain a strong and steady presence in our El Paso community. Earlier today, the City of El Paso announced that the number of active cases in our city has reached an all-time high following a steady upward trend throughout last week.  Therefore, due to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases in El Paso, and based upon recommendations from the City of El Paso Department of Public Health, we have requested a waiver from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) allowing an extension of remote-only learning until Wednesday, October 28th, with a phased in return to campus.  Therefore, campuses will not fully re-open on Tuesday, October 13th as previously stated.

The phase-in plan to allow students to safely return to campus is listed below.  Please note: campuses will inform parents regarding which grade levels will be allowed to return in each phase.

October 28– 25% of students that selected In-Person Learning will return to campus

November 2– 50% of students that selected In-Person Learning will return to campus

November 4– 75% of students that selected In-Person Learning will return to campus

November 6– 100% of students that selected In-Person Learning will return to campus

 

While our campuses won’t be fully re-opened until this date, we still have limited availability at each of our four campus learning centers.  As a reminder, the learning centers, are a supervised “study hall” like setting where students complete their daily classwork remotely from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.  If interested, please contact your campus for learning center availability.

Thank you for your continued 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.

 

Sincerely,

Harmony Public Schools – El Paso

 

 

10/12/2020

Estimados padres y tutores de Harmony:

En las Escuelas Públicas de Harmony, nuestra máxima prioridad es proporcionar a nuestros estudiantes y personal un entorno de aprendizaje seguro y centrado en lo académico.

Como probablemente sepa, COVID-19 continúa siendo una presencia fuerte y constante en nuestra comunidad de El Paso. Hoy temprano, la Ciudad de El Paso anunció que el número de casos activos en nuestra ciudad ha alcanzado un máximo histórico siguiendo una tendencia ascendente constante durante la semana pasada. Por lo tanto, debido al reciente aumento de casos de COVID-19 en El Paso, y según las recomendaciones del Departamento de Salud Pública de la Ciudad de El Paso, hemos solicitado una exención de la Agencia de Educación de Texas (TEA) que permite una extensión de solo aprendizaje hasta el miércoles 28 de octubre, con un regreso gradual al campus. Por lo tanto, los campus no volverán a abrir completamente el martes 13 de octubre como se indicó anteriormente.

El plan de incorporación para permitir que los estudiantes regresen con seguridad al campus se enumera a continuación. Tenga en cuenta: los campus informarán a los padres sobre qué niveles de grado se les permitirá regresar en cada fase.

28 de octubre: el 25% de los estudiantes que seleccionaron el aprendizaje en persona regresarán al campus

2 de noviembre El 50% de los estudiantes que seleccionaron el aprendizaje en persona regresarán al campus

4 de noviembre, el 75% de los estudiantes que seleccionaron el aprendizaje en persona regresarán al campus

6 de noviembre El 100% de los estudiantes que seleccionaron el aprendizaje en persona regresarán al campus

Si bien nuestros campus no se reabrirán por completo hasta esta fecha, todavía tenemos disponibilidad limitada en cada uno de nuestros cuatro centros de aprendizaje del campus. Como recordatorio, los centros de aprendizaje son un entorno supervisado como una “sala de estudio” donde los estudiantes completan su trabajo diario de clase de forma remota de 8 a.m. a 3 p.m. Si está interesado, comuníquese con su campus para conocer la disponibilidad del centro de aprendizaje.

Gracias por su continuo apoyo durante estos tiempos sin precedentes y por ayudar a mantener a nuestros estudiantes seguros y enfocados en el aprendizaje. Continuaremos manteniéndolo actualizado a medida que se produzcan nuevos desarrollos.

 

Sinceramente,

Escuelas Públicas Harmony – El Paso

10/12/2020

Dear Harmony Parents and Guardians,

At Harmony Public Schools, providing our students and staff a safe and academically-focused learning environment is our highest priority.

As you are likely aware, COVID-19 continues to remain a strong and steady presence in our El Paso community. Earlier today, the City of El Paso announced that the number of active cases in our city has reached an all-time high following a steady upward trend throughout last week.  Therefore, due to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases in El Paso, and based upon recommendations from the City of El Paso Department of Public Health, we have requested a waiver from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) allowing an extension of remote-only learning until Wednesday, October 28th, with a phased in return to campus.  Therefore, campuses will not fully re-open on Tuesday, October 13th as previously stated.

The phase-in plan to allow students to safely return to campus is listed below.  Please note: campuses will inform parents regarding which grade levels will be allowed to return in each phase.

October 28– 25% of students that selected In-Person Learning will return to campus

November 2– 50% of students that selected In-Person Learning will return to campus

November 4– 75% of students that selected In-Person Learning will return to campus

November 6– 100% of students that selected In-Person Learning will return to campus

 

While our campuses won’t be fully re-opened until this date, we still have limited availability at each of our four campus learning centers.  As a reminder, the learning centers, are a supervised “study hall” like setting where students complete their daily classwork remotely from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.  If interested, please contact your campus for learning center availability.

Thank you for your continued 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.

 

Sincerely,

Harmony Public Schools – El Paso

 

 

10/12/2020

Estimados padres y tutores de Harmony:

En las Escuelas Públicas de Harmony, nuestra máxima prioridad es proporcionar a nuestros estudiantes y personal un entorno de aprendizaje seguro y centrado en lo académico.

Como probablemente sepa, COVID-19 continúa siendo una presencia fuerte y constante en nuestra comunidad de El Paso. Hoy temprano, la Ciudad de El Paso anunció que el número de casos activos en nuestra ciudad ha alcanzado un máximo histórico siguiendo una tendencia ascendente constante durante la semana pasada. Por lo tanto, debido al reciente aumento de casos de COVID-19 en El Paso, y según las recomendaciones del Departamento de Salud Pública de la Ciudad de El Paso, hemos solicitado una exención de la Agencia de Educación de Texas (TEA) que permite una extensión de solo aprendizaje hasta el miércoles 28 de octubre, con un regreso gradual al campus. Por lo tanto, los campus no volverán a abrir completamente el martes 13 de octubre como se indicó anteriormente.

El plan de incorporación para permitir que los estudiantes regresen con seguridad al campus se enumera a continuación. Tenga en cuenta: los campus informarán a los padres sobre qué niveles de grado se les permitirá regresar en cada fase.

28 de octubre: el 25% de los estudiantes que seleccionaron el aprendizaje en persona regresarán al campus

2 de noviembre El 50% de los estudiantes que seleccionaron el aprendizaje en persona regresarán al campus

4 de noviembre, el 75% de los estudiantes que seleccionaron el aprendizaje en persona regresarán al campus

6 de noviembre El 100% de los estudiantes que seleccionaron el aprendizaje en persona regresarán al campus

Si bien nuestros campus no se reabrirán por completo hasta esta fecha, todavía tenemos disponibilidad limitada en cada uno de nuestros cuatro centros de aprendizaje del campus. Como recordatorio, los centros de aprendizaje son un entorno supervisado como una “sala de estudio” donde los estudiantes completan su trabajo diario de clase de forma remota de 8 a.m. a 3 p.m. Si está interesado, comuníquese con su campus para conocer la disponibilidad del centro de aprendizaje.

Gracias por su continuo apoyo durante estos tiempos sin precedentes y por ayudar a mantener a nuestros estudiantes seguros y enfocados en el aprendizaje. Continuaremos manteniéndolo actualizado a medida que se produzcan nuevos desarrollos.

 

Sinceramente,

Escuelas Públicas Harmony – El Paso

(TEXAS) – On the eve of National Principals Month, the U.S. Department of Education has awarded a $27.8 million Teacher and School Leader Incentive grant to Harmony Public Schools to train, equip, and retain top-level school leaders at its campuses across the state.

This project will strengthen and evolve Harmony’s existing Human Capital Management System, developed through a previous Department of Education grant project (Teacher Incentive Fund, 2016), to more explicitly focus on strengthening instructional leadership by better positioning and supporting current and rising principals and instructional leadership teams to excel and remain in their roles—especially in high-need schools. Harmony has 50 schools designated as high-needs throughout the state.

The project design draws on proven research showing that strong instructional leadership improves educator effectiveness, which, in turn, accelerates growth in student outcomes.

“Great schools require great leadership,” said Harmony CEO Fatih Ay. “That’s why one of our highest priorities at Harmony Public Schools is to equip our principals and other school leaders with the tools they need to build cultures of achievement, character, and community at their campuses.”

Harmony was one of only 13 school systems in the country to receive the DOE grant and the largest of three Texas recipients.

“Great teachers deserve to be treated as the professionals they are and to be compensated accordingly,” U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said in a statement Wednesday, September 1. “All too often, though, they lack access to relevant professional development courses and are compensated on a step-scale ladder that treats them like cogs in a machine instead of as individuals with unique talents and interests. We’ve challenged today’s awardees to rethink all of that, and they have risen to the challenge.”

The new funding brings the total amount awarded to Harmony by the Department of Education within the past few years to $92.5 million. 

  • In 2012, the DOE awarded Harmony a $30 million Race to the Top grant to support locally developed plans to personalize and deepen student learning, directly improve student achievement and educator effectiveness, close achievement gaps, and prepare every student to succeed in college and their careers.
  • In 2016, the DOE awarded Harmony a $26.7 million Teacher Incentive Fund grant to develop a merit-based system for rewarding its highest-performing teachers. (The system, known as H-STEP, was foundational in Harmony being named to the Texas Education Agency’s inaugural class of Teacher Incentive Allotment districts in Fall 2020.)
  • In 2018, the DOE awarded Harmony an $8 million Education Innovation Research grant to  build upon Harmony’s project-based learning STEM model for Grade 6-12 students by introducing similar curricula to students in Grade K-5, and by creating a system of support and professional development for elementary school teachers.

“Great principals and school leaders, given their unique talents and devotion to their teachers and students, should receive the support they need to continue to be successful,” said U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education for Elementary and Secondary Education Frank Brogan. “Under the Teacher and School Leader Incentive Program, the U.S. Department of Education provides assistance to school districts that are rethinking how to strengthen instructional leadership to make sure principals and leadership teams are well equipped to support their teachers and students. I look forward to seeing how the grant funds are utilized by Harmony Public Schools.”

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. In 2020, Harmony hadall 23 high school campuses named among the Best High Schools in America by U.S. News and World Report, 13 named to the Best STEM High Schools in America by Newsweek, and earned two National School of Character recognitions from Character.org.

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.

Win a Tablet!!
Students must submit a lunch application for a chance to have their name selected at random in a raffle. Every student who submits a lunch application will be entered in the raffle.
  • 1st place winner will receive a tablet.
  • 2nd place winner will receive a pizza party for the student and family.
Everybody that submits an application will receive a coupon for a soft serve cone from Peter Piper Pizza.
 
The deadline to participate in the raffle will be Friday October 2, 2020. A winner will be announced October 29, 2020.
Good Luck!
Dear Parents,
We have dates for the Book Distribution drive through. Students have some kind of book to be picked up. Please fill out a Book Agreement form before picking up your child’s books and use the map below for drive through directions.  Parents with multiple students can come during one of their time slots and get all their books at the same time.
Book Distribution Dates and Times: 

Thursday, September 24th from 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Kindergarten and 5th Grades

Friday, September 25th from 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. 1st and 6th Grades

Monday, September 28th from 4 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 2nd Grade

 

Book Agreement Form: Book Agreement Form

 

Buenos Dias Familia Harmony,

Tenemos las fechas de la distribucion de libros.  Cada estudiante tendra un libro que recoger.  Por favor llene  el  acuerdo antes de recoger los libros de su hijo(a) y  seguir el mapa de acuerdo a las indicaciones de trafico.  Padres con multiples  estudiantes podran recoger los libros escogiendo un solo dia.

Book Distribution Dates and Times: 

Jueves, Septiembre 24 de 4 p. m.- 5:30 p.m.  Kinder y 5 grado

Viernes, Septiembre 25 de 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.  1ro y 6to grado

Lunes, Septiembre 28 de 4 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.  2do grado

 

Acuerdo: https://forms.gle/imXVdvGDD9nSkaRC9       

 

 

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, October 5, 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
11 Novels
4 Fiction
4 Nonfiction
1 Poetry
2 Student Choice

Grade 9-12
12 Novels
4 Fiction
4 Nonfiction
1 Poetry
3 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

https://forms.gle/KcRrRvzgG76oT9Mm9

Parent GT Referral Form in Spanish

https://forms.gle/47csMf64a6LScPEVA

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