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 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. Parent guide to access my.harmonytx portal and Google classrooms can be seen in the Parent Guide English and Spanish presentations. Live and recorded parent webinars will be hosted in the following days and webinar information will be available on the campus website and Facebook pages. Students without computers or access to the internet at home should contact their school.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

Elementary Schools

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Middle Schools

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DISTANCE LEARNING COMPREHENSIVE PLAN

SAMPLE DAILY SCHEDULE

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2020 HPS Houston SW Parents' Guide to Google Classroom

2020 HPS Houston SW Parents' Guide to Google Classroom-Spanish

Free internet service for 60 days

Useful Links

 

Dear Students and Parents,

In response to recent school closures, we are gathering information about the ability of our students to continue learning at home using online materials and/or a virtual classroom. Please complete the following survey to help us understand the availability of the internet and devices in your home. This will allow us to determine what supports we can provide our students to support continued learning at home.

Harmony School of Innovation Sugar Land

https://forms.gle/z8qhQmeSjGPUpWDn7

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.

Dear Students and Parents,

 

Harmony Public Schools campuses are closed until March 31st.

Our goal is to maximize learning during this time and keep our students engaged. Our curriculum directors have prepared two-week self-study modules for our students. Students are asked to complete the work and submit to their teachers when they return to campus.

Harmony School of Innovation Sugar Land will have Learning Packets available for parent pick-up from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 18 and Thursday, March 19. If you’d prefer to print the packets yourself, please see the links below.

High School:

ELAR

Math

Science

Social Studies

Access STEMscopes Online

Electives

 

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.

 

We are very happy to announce that Mariam D. (12th Grade), and Ha-Vy L. (11th Grade)  have achieved The Congressional Award Gold Medal! Both students were the high school girls under Ms. Kavas’s College Readiness and Leadership Program. Ha-Vy L. continued her journey with another teacher for this year.
The Congressional Award is the United State Congress award for young Americans and known as one of the “Best Youth Award.” Students in Ms. Kavas’s College Readiness and Leadership Program (CRLP) have been diligently working to reach their individual goals in four areas (Voluntary Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness, and Expedition/Exploration) on their journey of achieving The Congressional Award Gold Medal.
Their accomplishments in earning The Congressional Award will be recognized at the Annual Gold Medal Ceremony in Washington D.C.in Summer 2020.
Congratulations to Mariam and Ha-Vy for their dedication and success!

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. 

 

To Our Harmony Community,

Wednesday night, Health Department officials in Fort Bend County announced the first presumptive case of COVID-19 — better better known as Coronavirus — in the Greater Houston area. The patient, a man in his 70s who had recently traveled overseas to a high-risk country, is in stable condition.

While no cases of Coronavirus have been reported in our schools, Harmony Public Schools is continuing to proactively monitor each new development in the Coronavirus outbreak and working closely with local officials to make sure any and all measures are followed to keep our students and staff safe.

At this time, HPS will continue to hold classes as normal. However we will continue to seek direction from health officials and reassess, if necessary. We urge families to continue best practices for the prevention of spreading germs — wash hands frequently, cover mouth when coughing, avoid touching your face — and to please seek medical attention, if needed.

We appreciate your collaboration in keeping your campus a healthy learning environment for our students and team members.

Sincerely,

Harmony Public Schools

 

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students,

We would like to inform you that; EOC Boot Camp ’20 has been cancelled due to the current situation of Covid-19.
Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information.

Thanks

Sincerely,

TSI testing is scheduled for Saturday, March 28, 2020, from 9 AM – 2 PM.  Below is the link to the online registration form.  The deadline to register for this testing date is 3:00 PM Wednesday, March 25, 2020.  For more information about TSI testing in general, please see you, counselor.  If you have specific questions about this TSI testing session, please see Ms. Gerard in room 206.

 

TSI Registration Form – March 28, 2020

Last Saturday (2/29/2020), 11 of our students entered the Visual Arts Scholastic Event. It is with great pride that I announce that 8 of our 11 students received medals recognizing their abilities against other students in Houston Region 4 North in their respective divisions.

Division 1 – Rahime C. and Jeanne T.

Division 2 – Zukhruf K., Hanife I., and Anna N.

Division 4 – Fiona R., Fiza S., and Olivia H.

These students were recognized as the best in Region 4 North this year.

Congratulations to our students and all who have supported them!

This spring, Harmony is challenging our students to participate in a friendly reading competition across classrooms and other campuses.

Beginning March 3, students are challenged to read books and advance through pre-determined advancement levels in order to earn rewards at each stage.

With Spring Break coming up, we urge parents to help encourage their children to take advantage of this time to read books they are excited about.

You can find challenges for each grade level by clicking the link to our Spring Reading Challenge PDF below.

HPS Spring Reading Challenge

Course Changes & Dual Credit Enrollment by THIS FRIDAY

Updates & Changes

Dear Students & Parents/Guardians,

I would like to update you on our recent changes and upcoming important deadlines. Please take them into consideration when you want to change some of your course (s).

We recently made some changes on the course catalog for next year as follows. You may also find more information on our website as well.

Updates & Changes for 2020-2021

 

 

IMPORTANT DEADLINES & DUAL CREDIT APPLICATIONS

HSI-Sugar Land College & Career Counseling Website

I just wanted to remind you about our course selection process and IMPORTANT DEADLINES for your references as follows:

  • All students MUST complete the course selection meetings with their assigned counselor by March 6th, 2020 at 4:00 pm. Failure to meet counselors to complete a course selection process will result in your classes being selected for you by your counselor. Here are the links to schedule meetings below:

 

HELPFUL LINKS:

 

NOTE:

  1. All applications and registrations will be through online forms posted on our HSI-Sugar Land College & Career Counseling Website. Please do NOT send any documents via email. The requests that are sent by emails or handed to any school staff will NOT be accepted.
  2. No submissions will be accepted AFTER the deadlines. It is the students’/ parents/guardians` responsibility to ensure that all required information is provided and the request forms are completed on time.
  3. Please submit the DUAL CREDIT registration forms COMPLETELY including required test scores in pdf or png format, a copy of an unofficial transcript (if needed), course subject, catalog #, high school course, contact information, LSC or HCC student ID #, contact information, parent, student, and counselor signatures, etc. Please note that incomplete or late submissions will not be accepted.
  4. Please note that failure to meet counselors to complete a course selection process will result in your classes being selected for you by your counselor.

Please let your assigned counselor know if you have any questions or need any assistance.

Best,

Mr. Alper Ciftci, M.Ed

Campus Head Counselor | Harmony School of Innovation-Sugar Land

Address: 13522 W. Airport Blvd. Sugarland, TX 77478

Phone: 2813026445 Ext: 323 | Fax: 2813026745 | Website: https://hsisl.harmonytx.org/

Dear HPS Parents and Family,

Harmony is challenging for our students to participate in friendly competition across classrooms and campuses by reading books advancing through pre-determined challenge levels. Rewards are available to students as they advance through these levels! Your child’s campus will be communicating level-specific rewards in the upcoming week.

With Spring Break coming up, we urge parents to help encourage their children to take advantage of this time to read books they are excited about!

You can find the grade level challenge labels below. Your kids can start the challenge on March 2!

https://harmonypublicschools.network/hshigh/wp-content/uploads/sites/130/2020/02/HPS-Spring-Reading-Challenge.pdf

This is a friendly reminder that there is NO SCHOOL on Friday, November 15th for the students. There will be District PD for the staff.