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.

Dear Parent/Guardian:
The purpose of this letter is to inform you of immunization requirements that will
impact rising 7th grade students. Students entering 7th grade are required to have
one dose of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccine and one dose of
meningococcal conjugate vaccine for individuals who have not already received
those vaccines.
*Tdap Booster
*Meningococcal (MCV4, Menactra)
Please contact your health care provider or local health department if your child
needs these vaccines. For additional information on immunization requirements
please visit The Department of State Health Services website at
www.ImmunizeTexas.com
All immunizations should be completed by the first day of school. However, you
will have 30 calendar days from the first day of school to provide the required
up-to-date immunization record for your child. If, at the end of the 30-day period,
a student has not received a subsequent dose of vaccine, the student is not in
compliance and the school shall exclude the student from school attendance until
the required dose is administered. Please contact the school for any questions or
concerns.
Sincerely,
HSD Health Aide

Dear AP Students and Parents;

As you all know, the AP testing window starts by May 11. Here are a few steps you should take to make sure that you are prepared for the test. Your AP Instructors will be posting some information at your Google classrooms as well. I highly recommend you check the documents and read all message below.

Now

Please read the 2020 AP Testing Guide (.pdf/10.37 MB) and watch the overview video. The comprehensive guide will help you walk through exam preparation, and the video gives a high-level overview of this year’s exams.

I would like to encourage you to practice with the exam demoThe students now have access to an exam demo. Students should use the demo to practice the different ways to submit exam responses. World language students will be able to practice with the AP World Languages Exam App beginning the week of May 11.

Here is the required and recommended resource list for the students. This is crucial to make sure you know what resources you can use during your exams and how you can access them.

Two Days Before Each Exam

Please confirm your e-ticket. Two days before each exam, students will receive an email with their unique exam e-ticket that includes their AP ID. On exam day, students will use their e-ticket to access the exam. If a student hasn’t received their exam e-ticket by email, they can access it through their student account on My AP. E-tickets are non transferable and shouldn’t be shared with anyone. Students who haven’t been receiving College Board emails still have time to confirm their contact information.

I would like to remind the students to complete the AP Exam Day Checklist (.pdf/513.39 KB) for each exam they’re taking. Students should complete this checklist and keep a printed or handwritten copy with them for reference during testing. Completing the checklist will help students feel confident they’re set up for success.

On Exam Day

Please click your e-ticket to check in 30 minutes before exam start time. Students should allot 80 minutes for each exam—30 minutes to enter their AP ID, name, and other information, and 50 minutes to draft and submit their responses. Make sure you know their local testing time, since each subject’s exam will be taken simultaneously worldwide.

Please ensure to know what to do if something goes wrong. If a student accidentally closes the browser, their device crashes, or they temporarily lose internet access, they can quickly click their exam e-ticket again to return to the exam. They should continue the exam, and if they feel at the end of the exam that the temporary disruption negatively impacted their performance, they can request approval to take the makeup exam at cb.org/requestmakeup. Students can also request a makeup exam if they’ve lost too much time due to a technical problem, can’t connect to their exam, or experienced some other serious disruption.

Parent meeting video record

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2vIWeLx6kk

 

Dear Harmony Students and Parents,
We hope this e-mail finds you and your family in the best of health. This guideline includes details of the grading practices Harmony will implement during at-home learning.
Harmony’s main focus during these historic times is on the continuance of the learning process for our students, not on the grading of assignments. Best formative practices are promoted to include timely feedback, multiple opportunities, and additional time to ensure mastery of the concepts. Our administrators, teachers, and specialists are well-prepared to provide support and direction more than ever during this phase of distance learning.
Below you can find the details of grading for Perks-Kindergarten, Grades 1-8, and high school.
Pre K – Kindergarten
PK and Kindergarten teachers will provide assignments in Google Classrooms. Just like regular school time, they will continue grading in Skyward on academic indicators based on student progress in distance learning. Progress reports will be provided every three weeks.
GRADES 1 – 8
Core Courses: Students will be assigned weekly assignments in core courses (Math, science, social studies, and language arts). Students are expected to return their assignments in various ways (Google Classroom, other integrated platforms, a picture taken). Math and ELA labs will be graded under the main course.
Electives/Specials: Teachers will assign optional weekly experiences in electives, technology applications, PE, and Fine Arts courses. No submission is required in those classrooms.
Grading on Google Classroom: Progress Monitoring
○     Grades will not be assigned until April 13, 2020 so that students and families can adjust to the routines of distance learning.
○     Starting April 13, numerical grades will be assigned by teachers in Google Classroom gradebook.
○     We ask our teacher to provide multiple opportunities to complete assignments. Retest and flexible deadlines are promoted.
Skyward Gradebook: Official Grading
○     No numerical grades will be assigned in Skyward during distance learning time (4th Quarter). Students will receive one of the performance indicators (PI) below at the end of a week based on their progress on Google Classrooms.
■     E-Excellent
■     S-Satisfactory
■     N-Needs Improvement
■     I-Incomplete
○     Overall Quarter4 PI:  Teachers will enter an overall PASS/FAIL/ or INCOMPLETE indicator for 4th quarter grade by the end of distance learning time. For electives and specials, teachers will enter X-Not Assessed indicator as Q4 grade.
Final Student Failure/Promotion Decisions: School Promotion Committee
●     Student failure decisions will occur after the closure of distance learning. The school promotion committee should factor in both three-quarter performance and performance indicators during digital learning time.
*** High school guidelines apply to high school credit courses in middle school such as Algebra-1 & LOTE-I.
HIGH SCHOOLS
Core Courses: Students will be assigned weekly assignments in core courses (Math, science, social studies, language arts, and AP courses). Students are expected to return their assignments in various ways (Google Classroom, other integrated platforms, picture taken). Students will be taking weekly assessments.
Electives/Specials/CTE: Teachers will assign weekly experiences in technology applications, PE, CTE, Fine Arts, and other electives. Students will submit their assignments. No weekly assessment is promoted in those classrooms.
AP Courses/ Dual Credit / On Ramps Courses: Weekly expectations may vary for AP/Dual credit courses based on approved syllabi by college board and local community colleges.
Local Credit Courses (Math Lab, ELA Lab, SAT/TSI Prep): Local campuses will decide on the level of support in those classrooms. Assignments will be optional and no submission is required. On the other hand, teachers may assign work from lab resources and grade it under the main class.
Grading on Google Classroom: Progress Monitoring
○     Grades will not be assigned until April 13, 2020 so that students and families can adjust to the routines of distance learning.
○     Starting April 13, numerical grades will be assigned by teachers in Google Classroom gradebook.
○     We ask our teacher to provide multiple opportunities to complete assignments. Retest and flexible deadlines are promoted.
Skyward Gradebook: Official Grading
○     No numerical grades will be assigned in Skyward during distance learning time (4th Quarter). Students will receive one of the performance indicators(PI) below at the end of a week based on their progress on Google Classrooms.
■     E-Excellent
■     S-Satisfactory
■     N-Needs Improvement
■     I-Incomplete
○     Overall Quarter4 PI:  Teachers will enter an overall PASS/FAIL/ or INCOMPLETE indicator for 4th quarter grade by the end of distance learning time. For electives and specials, teachers will enter X-Not Assessed indicator as Q4 grade.
Final Credit Awarding: School Graduation Committee
●     Credit awarding decisions will occur after the closure of distance learning. The committee should factor in both three quarter performance and performance indicators during digital learning time.
Progression Plan During Distance Learning Time
●     A student who did not receive a half credit for fall semester (semester average less than 70) in a course may still receive a full credit by factoring in the performance in third quarter and distance learning time. If the average of the first three quarters is higher than 70 and receives an overall PASS indicator for the 4th quarter, the student should be awarded the full credit.
●     If the average of the first three quarters is below 70, the student may still earn a full credit based on distance learning performance and the school committee decision.
GPA/Senior Class Ranking
●     Credits earned from both regular courses and weighted courses (Honors, AP, Dual, PLTWY) in the spring semester (third quarter plus distance learning time) will not be counted towards GPA.
●     Final senior class ranking for class of 2020 will be calculated based on GPA calculation at the end of Fall 2019 semester.
Credit Recovery Options
●     Our campuses are encouraged to provide distance learning options for those students in June/July to receive their missing credits.
Valedictorian, Salutatorian
●     The GPA and Class Rank as of the end of the first semester in the 2019-2020 school year will be used to determine Valedictorian and Salutatorian honors.
* All these guidelines are subject to change based on most updated TEA guidelines.
Directrices para la calificación de la enseñanza a distancia de HPS
Estimados estudiantes y padres:
Esperamos que este correo electrónico te encuentre a ti y a tu familia con la mejor salud. Esta guía incluye detalles de las prácticas de calificación que Harmony implementará durante el aprendizaje en el hogar.
El enfoque principal de Harmony durante estos tiempos históricos es la continuidad del proceso de aprendizaje para nuestros estudiantes, no la calificación de las tareas. Las mejores prácticas formativas se promueven para incluir una devolución oportuna, múltiples oportunidades y tiempo adicional para asegurar el dominio de los conceptos. Nuestros administradores, maestros y especialistas están bien preparados para proporcionar apoyo y dirección más que nunca durante esta fase de aprendizaje a distancia.
A continuación encontrarás detalles de la calificación para Perks-Jardín de infantes, Grados 1-8, y la escuela secundaria.
Pre K – Jardín de infantes
Los maestros de PK y de jardín de infantes proporcionarán tareas en Google Classrooms. Al igual que en la época escolar regular, continuarán calificando en Skyward en indicadores académicos basados en el progreso de los estudiantes en el aprendizaje a distancia. Los informes de progreso serán proporcionados cada tres semanas.
GRADOS 1 – 8
Cursos centrales: A los estudiantes se les asignarán tareas semanales en los cursos centrales (Matemáticas, Ciencias, Estudios Sociales y Artes del Lenguaje). Se espera que los estudiantes entreguen sus tareas de varias maneras (Google Classroom, otras plataformas integradas, toma de fotografía). Los laboratorios de matemáticas y ELA serán calificados en el curso principal.
Electivas/Especiales: Los maestros asignarán experiencias semanales opcionales en materias electivas, aplicaciones tecnológicas, Educ. Física y cursos de Bellas Artes. No se requiere presentación en esas clases.
Calificación en Google Classroom: Control del progreso
○     Las calificaciones no se asignarán hasta el 13 de abril de 2020 para que los estudiantes y las familias puedan adaptarse a las rutinas del aprendizaje a distancia.
○     A partir del 13 de abril, los maestros asignarán calificaciones numéricas en el libro de calificaciones de Google Classroom.
○     Pedimos a nuestros maestros que proporcionen múltiples oportunidades para completar las tareas. Se promueve la repetición de exámenes y los plazos flexibles.
Libro de calificaciones Skyward: Calificación oficial
○     No se asignarán calificaciones numéricas en Skyward durante el tiempo de aprendizaje a distancia (4º trimestre). Los estudiantes recibirán uno de los indicadores de rendimiento (PI) debajo al final de una semana según su progreso en Google Classrooms.
■     E-Excelente
■     S-Satisfactorio
■     N-Debe mejorar
■     I-Incompleto
○     PI general del 4º trimestre: Los maestros introducirán un indicador general de APROBADO/DESAPROBADO o INCOMPLETO para el 4º trimestre al final del tiempo de aprendizaje a distancia. Para las clases electivas y especiales, los maestros ingresarán el indicador X-No Evaluado como calificación del 4º trimestre.
Decisiones finales de reprobación/promoción del estudiante: Comité de promoción escolar
●     Las decisiones de reprobación de los estudiantes se tomarán después del cierre del aprendizaje a distancia. El comité de promoción escolar debe tener en cuenta tanto el rendimiento en los tres trimestres como los indicadores de rendimiento durante el tiempo de aprendizaje digital.
*** Las directrices de la escuela secundaria se aplican a los cursos de créditos de la escuela secundaria en la escuela media tales como Álgebra-1 y LOTE-I.
ESCUELAS SECUNDARIAS
Cursos centrales: A los estudiantes se les asignarán tareas semanales en los cursos centrales (Matemáticas, Ciencias, Estudios Sociales y Artes del Lenguaje, y Cursos AP). Se espera que los estudiantes entreguen sus tareas de varias maneras (Google Classroom, otras plataformas integradas, toma de fotografía). Los estudiantes deberán realizar evaluaciones semanales.
Electivas/Especiales/CTE: Los maestros asignarán experiencias semanales en aplicaciones tecnológicas, PE, CTE, Bellas Artes, y otras electivas. Los estudiantes entregarán sus tareas. No se promueve ninguna evaluación semanal en esas clases.
Cursos AP/Crédito doble/On Ramps: Las expectativas semanales pueden variar para los cursos de AP/ Crédito Doble basados en los planes de estudio aprobados por la junta universitaria y las universidades comunitarias locales.
Cursos de crédito local (Laboratorio de Matemáticas, Laboratorio de ELA, Preparación para SAT/TSI): Los campus locales decidirán el nivel de apoyo en esas clases. Las tareas serán opcionales y no es necesario presentarlas. Por otro lado, los maestros pueden asignar trabajos de los recursos del laboratorio y calificarlos bajo la clase principal.
Calificación en Google Classroom: Control del progreso
○     Las calificaciones no se asignarán hasta el 13 de abril de 2020 para que los estudiantes y las familias puedan adaptarse a las rutinas del aprendizaje a distancia.
○     A partir del 13 de abril, los maestros asignarán calificaciones numéricas en el libro de calificaciones de Google Classroom.
○     Pedimos a nuestros maestros que proporcionen múltiples oportunidades para completar las tareas. Se promueve la repetición de exámenes y los plazos flexibles.
Libro de calificaciones Skyward: Calificación oficial
○     No se asignarán calificaciones numéricas en Skyward durante el tiempo de aprendizaje a distancia (4º trimestre). Los estudiantes recibirán uno de los indicadores de rendimiento (PI) debajo al final de una semana según su progreso en Google Classrooms.
■     E-Excelente
■     S-Satisfactorio
■     N-Debe mejorar
■     I-Incompleto
○     PI general del 4º trimestre: Los maestros introducirán un indicador general de APROBADO/DESAPROBADO o INCOMPLETO para el 4º trimestre al final del tiempo de aprendizaje a distancia. Para las clases electivas y especiales, los maestros ingresarán el indicador X-No Evaluado como calificación del 4º trimestre.
Otorgamiento de crédito final: Comité de graduación escolar
●     Las decisiones de otorgamiento de créditos se tomarán después del cierre del aprendizaje a distancia. El comité debe tener en cuenta tanto el rendimiento en los tres trimestres como los indicadores de rendimiento durante el tiempo de aprendizaje digital.
Plan de progresión durante el tiempo de aprendizaje a distancia
●     Un estudiante que no haya recibido medio crédito para el semestre de otoño (promedio semestral inferior a 70) en un curso igualmente puede recibir un crédito completo si se tiene en cuenta el rendimiento en el tercer trimestre y el tiempo de aprendizaje a distancia. Si el promedio de los tres primeros trimestres es superior a 70 y recibe un indicador general de APROBADO para el cuarto trimestre, el estudiante debe recibir el crédito completo.
●     Si el promedio de los tres primeros trimestres es inferior a 70, el estudiante igualmente aún puede obtener un crédito completo basado en el rendimiento del aprendizaje a distancia y la decisión del comité escolar.
Promedio GPA/Rango en la clase de 12º grado
●     Los créditos obtenidos tanto de los cursos regulares como de los cursos ponderados (Honores, AP, Dual, PLTWY) en el semestre de primavera (tercer trimestre más el tiempo de aprendizaje a distancia) no se computarán para el promedio GPA.
●     El rango final en la clase de 12º grado para la promoción 2020 se calculará en base al cálculo del GPA al final del semestre de otoño de 2019.
Opciones de recuperación de créditos
●     Se anima a nuestros campus a ofrecer opciones de aprendizaje a distancia para que los estudiantes de junio/julio reciban los créditos que les faltan.
Valedictorian, Salutatorian
●     El GPA y el rango en la clase al final del primer semestre del año escolar 2019-2020 se usarán para determinar los honores de Valedictorian y Salutatorian.
* Todas estas directrices están sujetas a cambios según las últimas directrices de TEA.

Harmony Public Schools is encouraging our families to take a few moments to complete the 2020 U.S. Census online, by phone, or mail.

The 2020 Census is a count of everyone who lives in the United States and its territories. The 2020 Census questionnaire asks a few simple questions like the age, sex, and the number of people living in your home.  Individual responses are confidential and cannot be used against you by any court or government agency.

When it comes to schools, the 2020 Census will determine funding for special education, teacher training, technology, school lunch assistance, Head Start and after-school programs. The census will also help determine funding for other important programs for families, such as maternal and child health programs, and housing, heating and food assistance.

People should count all children who live in their homes, including newborns and others too young for school. That’s important because responses to the census help schools plan for the resources they will need when the new generation of children is ready for school.

To begin, click here or call one of the numbers below, or look for the Census form in your mail.

CENSUS BY PHONE:

  • English: 844-330-2020
  • Spanish: 844-468-2020
  • Chinese (Mandarin): 844-391-2020
  • Chinese (Cantonese): 844-398-2020
  • Vietnamese: 844-461-2020
  • Korean: 844-392-2020
  • Russian: 844-417-2020
  • Arabic: 844-416-2020
  • Tagalog: 844-478-2020
  • Polish: 844-479-2020
  • French: 844-494-2020
  • Haitian Creole: 844-477-2020
  • Portuguese: 844-474-2020
  • Japanese: 844-460-2020
  • English (for Puerto Rico residents): 844-418-2020
  • Spanish (for Puerto Rico residents): 844-426-2020
  • TDD (Telephone Display Device): 844-467-2020

Dear All;

I hope you are all doing well. While our school remains closed, our staff works remotely to transition into online learning. As part of our Distance Learning program, students and teachers will utilize Google Classroom platform for online learning. Students will access learning materials and assignments via their Gmail account and communicate with their instructors through email and online conferencing tools.

Students are expected to login to their account by Monday, March 30th 2020 (and at least once every week day), and follow the instructions to continue learning. Students should communicate with their teachers and/or counselors in case of any questions or need for assistance. Please know that our staff work from their homes as our school building will remain closed until further notice and they are available to assist you remotely during regular work hours on weekdays.

PLEASE USE THE LINKS BELOW TO ASSIST WITH ONGOING STUDIES.Please check all links to make sure that you stay updated. (If you would like to request the alternative learning package due to lack of technology, please make sure that you communicate with the teachers.) 

HARMONY AT-HOME LEARNING & SAMPLE DAILY SCHEDULE

VIDEO TUTORIAL ON HOW TO ACCESS MY.HARMONYTX.ORG

CLASS INFORMATION

INSTRUCTIONS

VIRTUAL TEACHER OFFICE HOURS

FREE INTERNET FOR 60 DAYS

GOOGLE CLASSROOM: TUTORIAL FOR PARENT ACCESS

SKYWARD ACCESS TUTORIAL

Thank you and Stay Safe!

Dear Harmony Families & Team Members,

For the past 20 years, Harmony Public Schools has established an educational model built strongly on the foundations of science-based learning and responsible citizenship in our communities.

Currently, all available science from community health experts continues to tell us that the best way to be responsible members of our communities is to have our students and staff remain at home.

This is why we have determined that it is in the best interest of our students, team members, and communities to discontinue in-person schooling at our campuses and administrative offices statewide until further notice.

While these facilities remain closed, instruction and learning at Harmony schools will continue. Our classes are operating online through our established digital learning tools, taking advantage of many of the technology tools and blended learning methods already practiced in Harmony’s  physical classrooms. Because our teachers and school leaders will remain available to guide our students each school day, we anticipate instructional continuity during these unusual and difficult times. To request access to a Chromebook and/or for questions regarding internet access, please contact your child’s campus.

(For more information on our at-home learning program, visit HarmonyTX.org/AtHome . To request access to a Chromebook or internet access, contact your child’s campus.)

We will also continue to offer free meal services to children in our communities, as local and state safety guidelines allow.

We thank you for your support and understanding in making this critical decision. We also are profoundly grateful for the extreme determination and Harmony pride shown by both our students and team members these past several weeks. Time and again you have proven why Harmony Public Schools is an institution where excellence is the standard.

We will continue to provide timely updates as new, relevant information comes available, and inform you immediately if our campuses reopen prior to the end of the school year.

Thank you and be well,

 

Fatih Ay

CEO | Harmony Public Schools

Dear Families,

In an effort to continue to meet the food and nutritional requirements of every student while our campus is in closure for the COVID-19 outbreak while also observing recommended practices for containment, we are changing our meal distribution procedures effective tomorrow, Monday, March 23, 2020.

We will now distribute multiple days’ worth of meals twice weekly:

  • Mondays from 11am – 1pm: breakfast, lunch and milk will be distributed for each student to have nutritious meals for Monday lunch – Thursday breakfast.
  • Thursdays from 11am-1pm: breakfast, lunch and milk will be distributed for each student to have nutritious meals for Thursday lunch – Monday breakfast.

While the meal pickup location for our campus will remain the same, in order to maintain the safety of school personnel, vendor servers, and parents/guardians, the distribution process will change as follows:

  • All individuals will maintain a 6 feet social distance during meal distribution.
  • Tables will be set-up with the meal sacks on them.  Parents should drive up, step out of the car, approach the table, and take the number of bags per children 18 and under in the vehicle.

We look forward to serving you soon.

Harmony Public Schools

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Queridas familias,

En un esfuerzo por continuar cumpliendo con los requisitos alimenticios y nutricionales de cada estudiante mientras nuestro campus está cerrado por el brote de COVID-19 y al mismo tiempo observar las prácticas recomendadas para la contención, estamos cambiando nuestros procedimientos de distribución de comidas a partir de mañana, lunes 23 de marzo, 2020.

Ahora distribuiremos comidas de varios días dos veces por semana:

  • Lunes de 11am a 1pm: se distribuirá desayuno, almuerzo y leche para que cada estudiante tenga comidas nutritivas para el almuerzo de lunes a jueves.
  • Jueves de 11 am a 1 pm: el desayuno, el almuerzo y la leche se distribuirán para que cada estudiante tenga comidas nutritivas para el almuerzo del jueves y el desayuno del lunes.

Si bien la ubicación de recogida de comidas para nuestro campus seguirá siendo la misma, para mantener la seguridad del personal escolar, los servidores de los proveedores y los padres / tutores, el proceso de distribución cambiará de la siguiente manera:

  • Todos los individuos mantendrán una distancia social de 6 pies durante la distribución de comidas.
  • Se colocarán mesas con los sacos de comida en ellas. Los padres deben conducir, salir del auto, acercarse a la mesa y llevar el número de bolsas por niño de 18 años o menos en el vehículo.

Esperamos servirte pronto.

Escuelas públicas de la armonía

Dear Students/Parents,

 

This week, we are completing the first phase of our distance learning program, the learning packets. Remember to complete your learning packets and return once classes resume. The next phase begins on Monday, March 30, 2020. Students and teachers will go online for a comprehensive digital learning experience that includes elements of independent learning, video-based lessons, and a variety of online software, including Google Classroom.

 

ACCESS to TECHNOLOGY

Students will sign in to my.harmonytx portal to reach integrated software and google classrooms on chromebooks or other devices. Students without computers or access to the internet at home should contact us. For further details on accessing technology, you may visit https://www.parent.harmonytx.org/athomelearning and Free Internet access for 60 days.)

 

GOOGLE CLASSROOM

 

HPS will utilize Google G-Suite platform to provide learning plans for students. Students will log in to their My Harmony accounts to join the google classrooms by using the codes provided by their teachers. Teachers will use the platform to communicate, provide feedback, and assess the learning progress of their students. Harmony students have already been using blended learning software in their classrooms; software will be integrated into learning plans.

 

Throughout the next phases, our teachers will be available via email and other digital platforms to provide structure, guidance, and feedback. Once, our teachers set up their google classroom, they will contact you to start the online learning experience. Information regarding grading and high school credits will be shared later.

 

Below, you will find the comprehensive plan and a sample daily schedule you can follow.

 

STUDENTS with SPECIAL NEEDS

 

For students in special education and 504 programs, accommodations and/or modifications will be implemented to the extent appropriate and possible by our teachers in google classrooms (technology may have some limitations).  For students in pullout programs, our special education teachers will create google classrooms, provide resources and support virtually to the extent appropriate and possible (technology may have some limitations). We are still working on a plan regarding provision of speech therapy and related services, ARDs, 504 meetings, and FIEs. For all of these matters, we are following guidelines from the State of Texas and Department of Education, which is still forthcoming and additional changes may be made as we receive further instruction. Your patience is appreciated as we work to ensure student needs are met.

 

DISTANCE LEARNING COMPREHENSIVE PLAN (The plans includes minimum goals, please check details with your teachers` google classrooms.)

 

Middle  Schools 

Content Area Learning Platform  Integrated Online Resources  Software Goals  Useful Information
Mathematics Google Classroom my.hrw.com , ALEKS Practice assignments on my.hrw.com

 

If available, ALEKS Formative Assessment

or

15 ALEKS topics per week

Students are expected to follow the procedures provided in the  self-learning plans through Google Classroom.

 

Students are assigned weekly assessments either through ALEKS or Google Classroom.

ELAR Google Classroom MyOn, NoRedInk 15-30 m. weekly (NoRedInk) Daily Reading (20 m.) + Weekly Reading Response

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Daily Writing (x4 / week)

Science Google Classroom STEMScopes 30 min. daily Students may need to first login to Stemscopes for a Stemscopes link to work.
Social Studies Google Classroom Exploros

(8th only)

1 Experience per week

(8th only)

2 tasks per week:

·        1 reading based (content)

·        1 writing based

(skills) 

Tech. Applications Google Classroom Learning.com Each teacher will  assign the assignments and instructional materials through Learning.com for each class
ESL Google Classroom N/A N/A ESL will have sample Google classrooms in grades 6-12 prepared according to their language levels as beginner, intermediate and advanced. This will provide them with opportunities to practice their language skills.
Art, Music, PE, Electives Google Classroom Various N/A Activities will be recommended. No assignment or assessment will be given.

 

 

High Schools 

Content Area Learning Platform  Integrated Online Resources  Software Goals  Useful Information
Mathematics ·        Google Classroom ·        Alg 1: Pearson Realize, ALEKS,

 

·        Geo, Alg2: Pearson Realize

Practice assignments on Pearson Realize

 

AND

 

If available, ALEKS Formative Assessment or 15 ALEKS topics per week

Students are expected to follow the procedures provided in the self-learning plans through Google Classroom.

 

Students are assigned weekly assessments either through ALEKS or Google Classroom.

Mathematics ·        Pearson MyMathLab Pre-Cal, Alg Reasoning, AP Cal, AP Stats: Pearson, MyMathLab   Students are expected to complete the practice and assessment tasks assigned by the teachers on Pearson MyMathLab
ELAR Google Classroom MyOn, NoRedInk, 15-30 m. weekly (NoRedInk) Daily Reading (20 m.) + Weekly Reading Response

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Daily Writing (x4 / week)

Biology/PreAP-Biology Google Classroom STEMScopes, POGIL, CK-12 Amoeba Sisters Channel, Bozeman Science Videos N/A Use STEMscopepedia as an online textbook option.
Chemistry Google Classroom cK12, PhET, POGIL, Parlay N/A Assignments will be posted in Google Classroom, but students will need to login to their Harmony Portal to access their cK12 and Parlay accounts. Learning packets that correlate to the online lessons will also be available for students without the internet at their individual campuses / teachers.
Physics Google Classroom www.physicsclassroom.com, CK-12, PhET OpenStax( Online Textbook)
Social Studies Google Classroom N/A N/A 2 tasks per week:

·        1 reading based (content)

·        1 writing based

(skills) 

ESL Google Classroom N/A N/A High school ESOL courses will have SCL materials
Dual Credit Courses Google Classroom  

Content provided by local community colleges

AP Courses Google Classroom College Board Online System  

Local campuses will communicate more information.

Electives/CTE/ Counseling Services Google Classroom  

Local campuses will communicate more information.

SAMPLE DAILY SCHEDULE

Activity Estimated Time Platform
ELA 40-45 min Google Classroom
Math 40-45 min. Google Classroom
Science/SS 40-45 min. Google Classroom

Lunch/Break

Independent Reading/Writing Practice 30-40 min MyON, RazKids, No Red Ink,or hard-copy books
Math Lab 30-40 min Dreambox, ALEKS, Math XL
Specials/Electives 30-40 min Google Classroom

Everyday Routines

·        DO THE FIVE 

·        Wash Your Hands 

Physical Activity 30 min.
Bedtime Reading 15-20 min.

 

To access the Harmony At-Home Learning Program online, click here.

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Dear Parents and Students;

I just want to share update about remote testing for TSI until we can get back to the campus. When the summer and fall Dual credit course registration start, you may need to take the test.Since the school close, we can`t make the testing on site. However there is an opportunity with the remote testing from your home through Examity. We as HSD still pay the TSI testing fee.Unfortunately, the challenge is there is a remote testing fee which is $25 which you will pay Examity.

If you would like to take the TSI during this time, you will need to follow the following steps.

Step 1: Fill out this google form completely.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScvap_dev1A-Pv1SqzNGH32HtsHxuywIj3Kqt9ILdGmFbAevg/viewform

Step 2: Once your request is fulfilled, you will receive an email from ACCUPLACER with your voucher code. This voucher code will allow you to schedule and take your exam.
Step 3: Click the Examity link to register. Enter your first name, last name, email, and select your institution.
Step 4: You will receive a confirmation email from Examity with login credentials.

Step 5: Click the Examity link and login with the User ID and Password provided to you.At this point you will create your profile using your student ID and schedule your exam. On your exam day, you will log back in to Examity and click on “start exam” and then “connect to proctor”. Once you connect with your test proctor they will verify it is you and will allow you to start the exam.

HSD and you will receive your results when you complete the exam.

Please stay safe and healthy.

The safety of our students and staff is our top priority at Harmony Public Schools. As new developments continue to unfold regarding the COVID-19 situation, we wanted to provide you an important update regarding the potential impact of the virus on our schools.

While there have been no cases of COVID-19 reported on our campuses or within our school family at this time, out of an abundance of caution we are announcing a temporary closure of all Harmony Public Schools campuses through Monday, April 6. All school activities, field trips, athletics events, and competitions have also been cancelled during this time.

At this time, we are anticipating classes will be able to resume for students on Tuesday, April 7. Staff will return for a work-day on Monday, April 6.

This decision was made after discussions with, and upon the recommendations of, local health officials.  We strongly believe it is the best decision for helping to keep our students, staff, and communities safe at this time.

During this closure, our Harmony team members will continue to work remotely to finalize the details of distance-learning plan to make sure students continue to receive educational services with minimal  interruption.You will receive regular updates how this plan will be implemented.

Additionally, all full-time, non-exempt and exempt employees will continue to be paid according to their normal rate and schedule.

We continue to urge families and team members to stay informed of current Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines related to the prevention of the spreading of viruses, including limiting out of town travel, “social distancing,” and self-quarantine for those who have recently traveled to impacted areas.

We recognize this is a rapidly evolving situation and will continue to aggressively monitor new developments and respond with appropriate actions based on the best interests of our Harmony families and the guidance of local health officials. Throughout this process, we will continue to communicate with you new information as soon as possible. We anticipate further updates no later than the week of March 23-27.

Thank you for your support during these unusual circumstances. With your continued collaboration, together we can provide a healthy learning environment for our students and staff.

As students return from spring break, we would like to ask the Harmony community for your renewed diligence in helping our schools maintain the best-practices for clean campuses established before break.

That of course includes the normal requests regarding washing hands, covering your mouth when coughing, and staying home when sick. However, we also need your help keeping viruses and germs contained by asking your student to immediately report to their campus health office if their experience any of the following symptoms while at school:

  • Suspected fever: Student is flushed, student unusually pale, complaints of body aches/pains student is lethargic or unusually tired, student statements of having had a fever or taken medication at home to make them feel better.
  • Respiratory symptoms: Dry cough with or without nasal drainage, difficulty breathing (visibly difficult breathing includes using abdominal muscles to breathe, inability to speak more than a couple of words at a time, flaring nostrils when breathing) or statements of feeling short of breath, chest or lung pain, wheezing or grunting with breathing.

Additionally, families should be aware that any student returning from a travel area on the CDC list of at-risk countries for COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) MUST see their medical provider before returning to campus. Students will have 48 hours to submit a clearance letter from their doctor before returning to campus. After this, student absences will not be excused. A student cannot return until they have clearance from their doctor or have finished quarantine if medically recommended.

With your continued support and collaboration, together we can provide a healthy learning environment for our students and staff.

Thank you.

P.S. … For more information about COVID-19 and our school system’s response, including additional resources for families, visit https://www.HarmonyTX.org/coronavirus.

 

As students return from spring break, we would like to ask the Harmony community for your renewed diligence in helping our schools maintain the best-practices for clean campuses established before break.

That of course includes the normal requests regarding washing hands, covering your mouth when coughing, and staying home when sick. However, we also need your help keeping viruses and germs contained by asking your student to immediately report to their campus health office if their experience any of the following symptoms while at school:

  • Suspected fever: Student is flushed, student unusually pale, complaints of body aches/pains student is lethargic or unusually tired, student statements of having had a fever or taken medication at home to make them feel better.
  • Respiratory symptoms: Dry cough with or without nasal drainage, difficulty breathing (visibly difficult breathing includes using abdominal muscles to breathe, inability to speak more than a couple of words at a time, flaring nostrils when breathing) or statements of feeling short of breath, chest or lung pain, wheezing or grunting with breathing.

Additionally, families should be aware that any student returning from a travel are on the CDC list of at-risk countries fro COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) MUST see their medical provider before returning to campus. Students will have 48 hours to submit a clearance letter from their doctor before returning to campus. After this, student absences will not be excused. A student cannot return until they have clearance from their doctor or have finished quarantine if medically recommended.

With your continued support and collaboration, together we can provide a healthy learning environment for our students and staff.

Thank you.

P.S. … For more information about COVID-19 and our school system’s response, including additional resources for families, visit https://www.HarmonyTX.org/coronavirus.

 

Spring Break is almost here for our students and staff members across the state.  We sincerely hope everyone in our Harmony community has a fun and relaxing break before together we begin the final stretch toward the end of the school year.

We understand that many of you will be traveling this spring break. With concerns about the Coronavirus in the minds of many, we want to share a few tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about staying healthy when traveling, as well as provide more info about a few Harmony policies related to returning to school after visiting certain risk-prone destinations.

Tips for Healthy Travel

In general, the same advice for fighting germs and bacteria  applies when traveling as it does when staying home:

  • Wash hands frequently and/or use hand sanitizer;
  • Do not touch eyes, nose or mouth;
  • Cover mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing, use a paper tissue, throw it away and then wash hands;
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick;
  • When greeting others, consider an alternative to hugs or handshakes, such as an elbow bump.

Additionally, here are a few additional tips related specifically to those traveling:

  • Be aware of your surroundings (including people who are sick) and try to distance yourself as appropriate;
  • Avoid areas that you feel might make your more likely to be exposed;
  • Know how to get reliable local information about any possible changes to the situation;
  • Avoid public transportation, if possible. Confined spaces such as buses, trains, subways, and airplanes may put you at a higher risk of infection;
  • When eating animal-based products, make sure they are thoroughly cooked before eating.

Returning to School After Visiting Risk-Prone Areas

Due to CDC travel guidelines, students and families that have traveled to locations that are marked as a Coronavirus risk by the CDC must have a letter of clearance from their medical provider before returning to campus. Failure to provide a clearance letter will result in the student being dismissed home. Students will have 48 hours to provide proof of doctor’s clearance. Any additional absence will require further documentation from the parents or doctor. For a list of countries with COVID-19 travel advisories, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html.

Currently these countries include: 

  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • Iran
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • South Korea

Additionally, please be aware that families travelling to China’s Hubei province or mainland China may face a mandatory quarantine and be monitored by public health officials. Any health department guidelines should be followed by any affected families and absences will be waived upon return to school with provision of proof of quarantine. 

At Harmony Public Schools, we take the health and safety of our students and staff members seriously. Harmony is closely tracking all new developments regarding the Coronavirus and will continue to share timely, relevant updates, as needed.

If you have any questions or concerns, please refer to your campus health staff. 

We appreciate your help in supporting healthy and happy learning environments for our Harmony community.