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Teachers and other staff members of Harmony Public Schools will receive a major upgrade to their employer-paid benefits package after the Harmony Public Schools Executive Board unanimously approved a sweeping new benefits expansion.

 

The package will go into effect later this spring with the start of Harmony’s annual benefits enrollment period, and includes new employer-paid benefits related to health care, retirement, and life insurance.

 

“The past year, the world has seen the true value of our teachers and team members in a way they never have before,” Harmony Public Schools CEO Fatih Ay said. “These professionals who take such good care of our students deserve to know that they are being taken care of, as well – both their immediate needs and their long-term needs. So we are excited to be able to offer them an additional set of benefits that saves them money on their health care costs each month, while also helping them prepare for their retirement down the road.”

 

The new benefits include:

 

MATCHING RETIREMENT CONTRIBUTIONS: Exempt employees can receive 100% matching contribution to employee 403(b) and/or 457(b) plan, up to $1,500 annually depending on tenure of service. This is in addition to employee’s TRS Retirement System Benefits.

 

  • Previously: No employer matching contribution. 

 

FREE VISION: Free vision care for employees.

 

  • Previously: Employee-paid supplemental benefit.

 

FREE DENTAL: Free dental care for employees. 

  • Previously: Employee-paid supplemental benefit.

INCREASED FREE LIFE INSURANCE POLICY: Free $100,000 life insurance policy for all Exempt employees.

 

  • Previously: Free $20,000 life insurance policy.

 

The package amounts to a roughly $2.4 million estimated increase in annual expenditure on employer-paid benefits for the Texas-based school system. However, Harmony Public Schools CEO Fatih Ay said the investment was worth it because of the positive impact on employee quality of life, work-life balance, and workplace satisfaction.

 

“The investments with the best returns are always the investment made in people,” Ay said. “We’ll continue to make these kinds of investments on behalf of our employees as often as we can.” 

 

The expansion was the fourth major announcement related to employee benefits made by Harmony in the past year. The school system also announced two employee bonuses last year, as well as a promise to continue independently offering the now-expired federal COVID-19 leave benefits for impacted employees.

 

For a full list of Harmony Public Schools employer-paid and supplemental benefits, please visit https://www.harmonytx.org/benefits.

 

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.

 

In accordance with the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented students, Harmony Public Schools will begin taking referrals for all interested students in grades K-12 for Gifted and Talented (G/T) screening. 

 

Anyone interested in the educational welfare of these students may nominate them for assessment. Students in grades 2 & up who were tested in Fall 2020 are not eligible to test in Spring 2021. Referral forms are available at the front office and on the school’s website.

 

Referral Form (English): Parent GT Referral Form in English

Referral Form (Spanish): Parent GT Referral Form in Spanish

 

The referral forms must be returned to the front office by Monday, February 8, 2021. The Spring GT testing window is set by the campus in February or March. Campuses may elect to use NWEA MAP scores as a prescreening criterion for GT Testing.

 

For more information about the screening and identification process, parents may contact the school’s GT Coach/teacher. 

 

Educación para estudiantes dotados/talentosos (GATE) Anuncio

 

De acuerdo con el Plan Estatal de Texas para la Educación de Estudiantes Dotados / Talentosos, Harmony Public Schools comenzará a tomar referencias para todos los estudiantes interesados en los grados K-12 para la evaluación de estudiantes dotados y talentosos.

 

Cualquier persona interesada en el bienestar educativo de estos estudiantes puede nominarlos para dicha evaluación. Los estudiantes en los grados 2 y superiores que fueron evaluados en el otoño de 2020 no son elegibles para la prueba en la primavera de 2021. Los formularios de referencia están disponibles en la oficina y en el sitio web de la escuela.

 

Forma de nominación: Parent GT Referral Form in Spanish

 

Los formularios de referencia deben devolverse a la oficina de la escuela antes del lunes 8 de febrero del 2021. 

 

Para obtener más información sobre el proceso de selección e identificación, los padres pueden comunicarse con el entrenador / maestro de GT de la escuela.

 On the first school day after important federal workplace safeguards expired for millions of Americans,  Harmony Public Schools’ Executive Board voted to independently provide the much-needed benefits to its 4,000+ employees.

 

The benefits previously were part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), a federal program which provided American workers a number of workplace safeguards related to COVID-19. Primarily, the benefits included up to 10 Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL) days if an employee was unable to work due to COVID-19 diagnosis, symptoms, possible exposure, or required quarantine for themselves, a family member, or child care provider. 

Those federal benefits expired December 31, 2020. However, The Harmony Public Schools’ Executive Board voted at an emergency meeting Monday night, January 4, to independently extend the same benefits to employees throughout the remainder of the 2020-21 school year.

 

“The Harmony board felt this action was not only an important thing to do, but the right thing to do for our staff and their families,” Harmony CEO Fatih Ay said in a letter to employees  Tuesday. “By offering these benefits, our team members can know that their jobs and livelihoods will not be impacted if they need to seek treatment for COVID-19 or stay home with possible symptoms. Additionally, our student families also can know that Harmony is doing all it can to take care of the team members who take care of their students, and reduce potential COVID-19 exposure on campus.”

On the first school day after important federal workplace safeguards expired for millions of Americans, Harmony Public Schools’ Executive Board voted to independently provide the much-needed benefits to its 4,000+ employees.

Harmony Public Schools is a Texas-born, Texas-wide public charter school system with campuses serving PreK-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. 

 

The school system has committed to offering both in-person and remote learning options for students throughout the 2020-2021 school year, and is now accepting applications for new students for the 2021-22 school year.

 

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.

The 2019–20 School Report Cards (SRCs) are now available on the Texas Education Agency’s website. The purpose of the SRC is to inform parents and guardians about a campus’ individual characteristics and its academic performance. Due to COVID-19, all campuses and districts received a label of Not Rated: Declared State of Disaster for the 2019–20 school year. Therefore, several data points have not been updated, including STAAR® and academic growth data.
 
If you are unable to access the report electronically and would like a paper copy of the report, please contact your school and ask for a paper copy of the 2019-2020 School Report Card.

Beginning November 2nd, Harmony Public Schools will offer free meals for all children ages 18 and under. Students under 21 who are currently enrolled in a school and are identified as mentally or physically disabled are also eligible. Free breakfast and lunch will be available daily for students attending classes at the school. For distance learners, meal boxes will be available for pick up at Harmony School of Discovery @ 6270 Barker Cypress Rd. Houston, TX 77084 on Monday from 8:30 am – 10:00 am. Meal distribution is open to our students, their siblings, and the community. 

Parents wishing to pick up a meal box without children present will need to present one of the following to verify guardianship: 

Individual student report cards 

Attendance record from parent portal of a school website 

Birth certificate 

Official letter/email from facility or school listing children enrolled 

Other official ID cards (for example, IDs issued by a child care facility)  

If you have any questions, please contact Alma Avdic at 281-861-5105 or email aavdic@harmonytx.org. 

 

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Chemistry Teacher (Houston, TX)

Job Duties:
Prepare appropriate curriculum and annual plan to submit to the administration for approval. Teach
secondary school students in the subject of Chemistry; apply the curriculum as prepared and approved;
keep attendance records; assign lessons; administer tests to evaluate students’ progress; and maintain
discipline in the classroom. Create lesson plans, correct homework, and evaluate teacher-made tests.
Prepare tests to evaluate students’ progress, record the results, and issue reports to inform parents of
progress. Contact parents to offer positive reinforcement regarding social and academic achievements
the students make.

Requirements:
Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, Chemistry Education, or Chemical Engineering and 1 year of experience
as Chemistry Teacher at secondary school level. Teaching experience must be full-time as a teacher of
record (not substitute) at general education setting (not special population).

How to Apply:
Mail resumes to:
Attn: HR Dept, Harmony Public Schools
9321 W Sam Houston Pkwy S Houston, TX 77099
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(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.

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.

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.

September 18th, 2020

Dear Parents, Teachers and Staff,

In accordance with the 40 CFR Part 763 (enacted by Congress in 1986) of the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA). Section 763.93 pertaining to the Asbestos in School Identification and Notification Rule, Harmony School of Discovery -Houston hereby notifies all parties of the Asbestos Management Plan availability.

The Asbestos Management Plan is available for review at the administrative office during regular campus operating hours.

We would like to inform you that there are currently no asbestos-containing building materials at our campus.

For additional information about AHERA or any specific questions regarding the Asbestos Management Plan, you may contact the campus business manager, Mrs. Saliha Avdic at savdic@harmonytx.org

Harmony School of Discovery – Houston

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 website. Read more

Dear Parent or Guardian,

During the school closure last spring and over the summer months, Harmony offered meals to all children ages 18 and under in the community.  Meals were distributed at select schools at no charge.  The last distribution day will be the week of August 10th and will include meals through August 16th.

Online school begins on August 17th, and with the start of a new school year begins meal service under the National School Lunch Program.  Just as if meals were served on site, all students will be charged for meals according to their eligibility of free, reduced, or paid.  For students of paid eligibility, breakfast cost $1.75 and  lunch is $3.30.  For students of reduced price eligibility, breakfast cost $0.30 and lunch is $0.40.  Parents are encouraged to submit an application for free or reduced price meals by going to www.schoolcafe.com and setting up a parent account.  Paper applications may also be picked up from the school on meal distribution days.  Once a student is approved for free or reduced price meals, they will remain that eligibility for the rest of the school year and the first 30 days of the next.  Parents are encouraged to reapply whenever there is a loss of income or new participation in SNAP/TANF.

Your child’s school will distribute meals on Monday between 8:00 am – 1:00 am. Meals will only be provided to students who are enrolled at that school.  If you have children enrolled in multiple Harmony schools, you will need to visit each campus to pick up meals.  For every day in the distribution cycle, your child may choose which days they would like a breakfast and/or lunch meal.  A choice of milk is available, but they are not required to take it.  If your child has special dietary needs, visit the school website to download the Special Dietary Accommodations form and have it completed and signed by a licensed medical authority.

Listed below are the meal distribution procedures.  If you have any questions, contact the Child Nutrition Assistant: Alma Avdic, 281-861-5105, aavdic@harmonytx.org

MEAL DISTRIBUTION PROCEDURES

Parents or guardians may only pick up meals for children in their guardianship.

  • At the designated date and time, parents will approach the pickup zone and wait for cafeteria staff to approach the driver side window. Students are not required to be in the vehicle.
  • If parents/students walk to the distribution site, follow school staff instructions to pick up meals at the designated table.  Please maintain 6 foot social distance from others in line and school staff.  Masks must be worn at all times.
  • When a parent or guardian arrives to pick up a meal without a child, they will need to present one of the following items:
    • Official Letter/email from school listing children enrolled at the campus
    • Student ID number
    • Student ID cards
  • The parent will roll down their window (masks are required), or approach the table when called, and cafeteria staff will maintain appropriate social distance. The parent will tell the cafeteria staff the their child’s ID number, show the ID card, or show the official letter/email for each child who attends that school.
  • Once enrollment is verified, the student or parent may select their meals.  Only one breakfast and one lunch may be selected from each day offered.  Each meal will be charged to the students meal account based on eligibility.
  • The student/parent may select one milk for each meal purchased.  Selections include white milk, chocolate milk, or no milk.  Milks will be placed in a bag and tied closed.
  • The parent will open their trunk and the bags of meals and milk will be placed in their trunk.
  • If they have walked to the distribution site, they will approach the table when called and pick up their meals.  Tables will be sanitized between uses.

If you have any questions regarding meal distribution, please contact Alma Avdic, 281-861-5105, aavdic@harmonytx.org.

Harmony School of Discovery

Administration

Estimado padres de familia y tutores,

Durante el cierre de la escuela, la primavera pasada y durante los meses de verano, Harmony ofreció comidas a todos los niños menores de 18 años en la comunidad. Las comidas se distribuyeron sin costo, en escuelas seleccionadas.  El ultimo día de distribución será durante la semana del 10 de agosto e incluirá comidas hasta el 16 de agosto.

La escuela en línea comienza el 17 de agosto y con el inicio de un nuevo año escolar comienza el servicio de comidas bajo el Programa Nacional de Almuerzos Escolares. Al igual que si las comidas se sirvieran en la escuela, a todos los estudiantes se les cobrará de acuerdo con su elegibilidad, ya sea gratis, precio reducido o pago.  Para los estudiantes con elegibilidad pago, el costo del desayuno es $1.75  y el del almuerzo es $3.30. Para estudiantes con elegibilidad de precio reducido, el costo del desayuno es $0.30 y el del almuerzo es $0.40. Se anima a los padres a llenar una solicitud para recibir comidas gratis o a precio reducido en www.schoolcafe.com y configurar una cuenta para padres. Las solicitudes impresas también se pueden recoger en la escuela los días de distribución de comidas. Una vez que se aprueba a un estudiante para recibir comidas gratis o a precio reducido, seguirá siendo elegible durante el resto del año escolar y los primeros 30 días del siguiente. Se le anima a los padres a volver a presenter una solicitud cada vez que haya una pérdida ingresos o una nueva participación en SNAP/TANF (por sus siglas en inglés).

Harmony School of Discovery distribuirá comidas Lunes entre 8:00 am – 11:00 am.  Las comidas solo se proporcionarán a los estudiantes que estén inscritos en esta escuela.  Si tiene niños inscritos en varias escuelas de Harmony, deberá visitar cada escuela para recoger la comida. Para cada día en el ciclo de distribución, su hijo puede elegir qué días le gustaría un desayuno y / o almuerzo. Hay una variedad de leche disponible, pero no es necesario que la tomen. Si su hijo tiene necesidades dietéticas especiales, visite el sitio web de la escuela para descargar el formulario Adaptaciones dietéticas especiales y que una autoridad médica autorizada lo complete y firme.
A continuación se enumeran los procedimientos de distribución de comidas. Si tiene alguna pregunta, comuníquese con el / la Asistente de nutrición infantil Alma Avdic, 281-861-5105, aavdic@harmonytx.org

PROCEDIMIENTOS DE DISTRIBUICION DE COMIDA

Los padres o tutores solo pueden recoger comida para los niños bajo su tutela.

  • En la fecha y hora designadas, los padres se acercarán a la zona de recogida y esperarán a que el personal de la cafetería se acerque a la ventana del lado del conductor. No se requiere que los estudiantes estén en el vehículo..
  • Si los padres / estudiantes caminan al sitio de distribución, siga las instrucciones del personal de la escuela para recoger las comidas en la mesa designada. Por favor mantenga una distancia social de 6 pies de otros en la fila y del personal de la escuela. Deben usarse máscaras en todo momento.
  • Cuando un padre o tutor llega a recoger una comida sin un niño, deberá presentar uno de los siguientes artículos:
    • Carta / correo electrónico oficial de la escuela que enumera a los niños inscritos en la escuela.
    • Número de identificación estudiantil
    • Credencial de estudiante
  • Los padres bajarán la ventana (se requieren máscaras) o se acercarán a la mesa cuando se les llame, y el personal de la cafetería mantendrá una distancia social adecuada. El padre le dirá al personal de la cafetería el número de identificación de su hijo, mostrará la tarjeta de identificación o mostrará la carta / correo electrónico oficial de cada niño que asista a esa escuela.
  • Una vez que se verifica la inscripción, el estudiante o los padres pueden seleccionar sus comidas. Solo se puede seleccionar un desayuno y un almuerzo de cada día ofrecido. Cada comida se cargará a la cuenta de comidas de los estudiantes según la elegibilidad.
  • El estudiante / padre puede seleccionar una leche para cada comida comprada. Las selecciones incluyen leche blanca, leche con chocolate o sin leche. Las leches se colocarán en una bolsa y se cerrarán.
  • El padre abrirá su baúl y las bolsas de comida y leche se colocarán en su baúl.
  • Si han caminado hasta el lugar de distribución, se acercarán a la mesa cuando los llamen y recogerán sus comidas. Las mesas se desinfectarán entre usos.

Si tiene alguna pregunta sobre la distribución de comidas, comuníquese con Alma Avdic, 281-861-5105, aavdic@harmonytx.org.

Harmony School of Discovery
Administración

 

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