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Harmony Public Schools is recruiting talented, compassionate bilingual teachers dedicated to helping every student succeed. Harmony offers a competitive salary, excellent benefits and a commitment to excellence in the classroom.

Interested applicants may read the job description, or apply online.

DISTRICT WELLNESS PLAN MEETING INFORMATION:
HPS DFW/WACO DISTRICT WELLNESS PLAN COMMITTEE MEETING & TRIENNIAL ASSESSMENT
We invite all parents, students, staff and other community stakeholders to attend Harmony Public Schools-DFW/Waco District Wellness Plan Committee meeting and triennial assessment. The meeting will be held virtually on May 12th from 4:00pm-5:30pm. We will review our current District Wellness Plan (located on the website of each campus) in regards to nutrition education, Smart Snack Guidelines, fundraisers, exemption days, classroom parties, etc. as well as complete our triennial assessment as to how well the policies indicated in the wellness plan were implemented. If you are interested in joining, please register at the link below. We look forward to your attendance. For questions or additional information, please contact Linda Moore at LMoore@harmonytx.org.
Register in advance for this meeting:
https://harmonytx.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEkf-mgqj4sE9Jn2jfOfiUvKIxu_eRGE4uu
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

STAAR Information

I hope you are doing well! This bulletin is to inform you that our 3rd-5th graders are scheduled to take the Math STAAR on Tuesday, May 11, and the Reading STAAR on Wednesday, May 12. Our 5th graders are scheduled to take the Science STAAR on Thursday, May 13. The attached letter has more information. All students must test in person. Please have your student at the school by 7:30 AM for drop-off on the testing date. You will follow regular traffic flow and drop-off procedures. Students need to wear a mask and will have their temperature taken when they arrive. Your student does not need to wear a school uniform if they do not have one, but please make sure they are in school appropriate clothes (no sandals, no shorts, no sleeveless shirts, etc.).

They should bring a jacket, book to read, a refillable water bottle, and a snack/lunch (if they are not going to have a school lunch). Parents can pick their student up at 1:30 PM; however, if the student starts their test late or has extra time, they may not be done testing at 1:30 PM. Parents will be able to wait in the parking lot.

Students will be provided sanitized Chromebooks and headphones to use for testing. They do not need to bring their own.

If they are not available to come on May 11, there will be make-up testing offered until June 11, 2021. More information will be shared with parents on scheduling makeups if needed.

Please complete this survey in order to let us know that you are bringing your student:

Parent Survey for STAAR Testing

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to myself or Mr. Jeremy White, our testing coordinator, at jwhite@harmonytx.org or 972-269-6181.

¡Espero que lo estás haciendo bien! Este correo electrónico es para informarle que nuestros estudiantes de 3rd a 5th grado están programados para tomar el STAAR de matemáticas el martes 11 de mayo y el STAAR de lectura el miércoles 12 de mayo. Nuestros estudiantes de 5th grado deben tomar el examen STAAR de ciencias el jueves 13 de mayo. La carta adjunta tiene más información. Todos los estudiantes deben realizar la prueba en persona. Por favor, lleve a su hijo a la escuela antes de las 7:30 AM. Para que lo dejen en la fecha del examen. Seguirá los procedimientos habituales de flujo de tráfico y de bajada. Los estudiantes deben usar una máscara y se les tomará la temperatura cuando lleguen. Su estudiante no necesita usar uniforme escolar si no tiene uno, pero asegúrese de que esté con ropa apropiada para la escuela (no sandalias, pantalones cortos, camisetas sin mangas, etc.).

Deben traer una chaqueta, un libro para leer, una botella de agua recargable y un refrigerio / almuerzo (si no van a tener un almuerzo escolar). Los padres pueden recoger a sus hijos a la 1:30 PM; sin embargo, si el estudiante comienza su examen tarde o tiene tiempo adicional, es posible que no termine el examen a la 1:30 PM. Los padres podrán esperar en el estacionamiento.

A los estudiantes se les proporcionarán Chromebooks y audífonos desinfectados para usar en las pruebas. No es necesario que traigan los suyos.

Si no están disponibles para venir el 11 de mayo, se ofrecerán pruebas de recuperación hasta el 11 de junio de 2021. Se compartirá más información con los padres sobre la programación de las recuperaciones si es necesario.

Por favor complete esta encuesta para hacernos saber que traerá a su estudiante:

Encuesta para padres para las pruebas STAAR

Si tiene alguna pregunta, no dude en comunicarse conmigo o con el Sr. Jeremy White, nuestro coordinador de pruebas, en jwhite@harmonytx.org o en el 972-269-6181.

Thank you!
Stephanie

 

Harmony Public Schools is excited to announce a new partnership with Texas’ favorite designer jewelry brand Kendra Scott.
As part of the brand’s “Shop for Good” community initiative, Kendra Scott will be donating 20 percent of all sales during a two-day event in May to Harmony’s COVID-19 Gap Fund, which supports teachers and student families struggling with financial uncertainty due to COVID-19.

To participate, simply purchase any item from select Kendra Scott stores from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, May 4 or online at KendraScott.com anytime May 4 & 5, and have 20% of your purchase automatically donated to the HPS COVID-19 Gap Fund when you use promo code “GIVEBACK-1D9P” at checkout.

To learn more or RSVP in order to receive reminders, visit https://www.HarmonyTX.org/KendraScott.
Participating Texas store locations include (5-7 p.m. May 4 only):

AUSTIN
• The Domain: 11506 Century Oaks Terrace, Austin, TX
• Lamar: 3800 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX
• South Congress: 1701 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX

DFW
• ClearFork: 5217 Marathon Ave, Fort Worth, TX
• Preston Center: 8383 Preston Center, Dallas, TX
• Highland Village: 1500 Cottonwood Creek, Highland Village, TX
• Plano: 5800 Legacy Dr, Plano, TX

EL PASO
• La Villita: 6801 North Mesa Street, El Paso, TX

HOUSTON
• Bay Brook: 700 Baybrook Mall, Friendswood, TX
• City Centre: 806 Town & Country, Houston, TX
• Cypress: 9945 Barker Cypress, Cypress, TX
• Highland Village: 2701 A Drexel Dr Houston, TX
• Katy: 23501 Cinco Ranch, Katy, TX
• Sugar Land: 16535 Southwest Fwy, Sugar Land, TX

ODESSA
• Commons at North Park: 2900 Loop 250 Frontage Road, Midland, TX

SAN ANTONIO
• The Quarry: 310 E Basse Rd, San Antonio, TX
• La Cantera: 15900 La Cantera Pkwy, San Antonio, TX

SHOP ONLINE USING PROMO CODE GIVEBACK-1D9P (May 4 & 5):
https://www.KendraScott.com

About Kendra Scott
Kendra Scott is a leading jewelry brand named for its founder Kendra Scott, a single mom from Texas who created a fashion empire by making and selling jewelry from her home. The brand now has store locations in almost every state and three countries (though their headquarters are still right here in Texas). Their founder is also well known for her frequent appearances as an investor on TV’s “Shark Tank.”

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 purpose of this announcement is to inform our HPS communities about changes to the Student Success Initiative (SSI) promotion/retention and retesting requirements for the 2020–2021 school year. In light of past and anticipated impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Commissioner of Education has waived grade promotion requirements for students in fifth and eighth grade for the 2020–2021 school year. Notwithstanding anything the contrary in prior policy or procedure, Harmony Public Schools will comply with the Commissioner’s waiver of SSI requirements for this school year.

For additional information, please click on this link to review TEA’s correspondence in regards to the matter: Waiver of the Student Success Initiative (SSI) Promotion Requirements)

With many in our Harmony community still experiencing the aftermath of last week’s winter storms, and with our District wanting to ensure our schools are safe and operational before welcoming in-person and virtual learners back to class, all Harmony DFW and Waco schools, as well as the District Office, will remain closed Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 22 and 23. No virtual learning will take place.
Asynchronous virtual learning only will resume on Wednesday, Feb. 24, and will continue on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 25 and 26. With asynchronous virtual learning, there will be no live, in-person classes; however, students will receive their lessons online and will work at their own pace on the day’s lessons. We plan to re-open our schools on Monday, March 1, for in-person learners, as well as resume live/real-time, virtual learning for our online learners.
We appreciate your understanding as we work toward a safe return to school for our students and staff.
Dear families,
Monday’s meal distribution will be at HSI-Grand Prairie located at 1441 Fish Creek Rd 75052 from 9am-10am. Pick-up will be at the rear of the building at the gate between the two playgrounds.
We're Hiring

Harmony Public Schools is recruiting talented, compassionate bilingual teachers dedicated to helping every student succeed. Harmony offers a competitive salary, excellent benefits and a commitment to excellence in the classroom.

Interested applicants may apply online by clicking here.

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.

 

TIME IS FLYING rE-Re-Enrollment Flyer

Parent Information on NWEA MAP testing

Janaury Meal Distribution Letter

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.