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 13522 W Airport Blvd, Sugar Land, TX, 77478 on Monday’s from 9:00 – 10:00 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 Shima Alawi at 281-302-6445 ext.102 or Salawi@harmonytx.org

You are Cordially Invited to Attend

Houston West

District Title I Parent and Family Engagement Meeting

Monday, November 2, 2020

Time: 5:00PM – 5:30 PM

Virtual online Meeting

Please: RSVP

Goal/Purpose: Review, evaluate and update/develop Written Parent and Family

Engagement (PFE) Policy and the School-Parent Compact

Agenda Items:

  1. Title I Program Presentation
  2. Review and evaluate last year’s PFE Policy and School-Parent Compact

III. Jointly develop PFE Policy and Compact for current year

  1. School’s Curriculum, Academic Performance
  2. Comments, Q&A

2020 FALL- WEST District PFE Meeting Parent Invitation- (1)

 

Queridos padres:
Están cordialmente invitados a asistir a la reunión de participación de padres y familias del Título I del distrito Houston West.
Cuándo: Lunes 2 de Noviembre del 2020
Hora: 5:00 PM – 5:30 PM
La junta será virtual.
Por favor confirmen su asistencia por medio del link para que se les envíe invitación a Zoom.
Meta/Propósito: Revisar, evaluar y actualizar / desarrollar la Política escrita de participación de los padres y la familia (PFE) y el Acuerdo entre la escuela y los padres
Temas en la agenda:
I. Presentación del programa Título I
II. Revisar y evaluar la política de PFE del año pasado y el acuerdo entre la escuela y los padres.
III. Juntos desarrollaremos la política de PFE y acuerdo para este año.
IV. El currículo de la escuela y desempeño académico
V. Comentarios, Preguntas y Respuestas

Zoom Meeting Link

 

Dual Credit Courses Registration for SPRING 2021

How to Register Dual Credit Classes for Spring 2021

 

Dear Students & Parents/Guardians

Submission DEADLINE: Friday, November 13, 2020 at 4:00 pm.

Dual credit course Registration for Spring 2021 opens on October 19th, 2020 – November 13th, 2020for ONLY the students continuing with dual credit classes listed below:

  • AP/Dual English Language (By Lone Star College)
  • AP/Dual English Literature (By Lone Star College)
  • Dual Anatomy & Physiology (By Lone Star College)
  • Dual Economics (By Houston Community College)
  • Dual Pre-Calculus (By Lone Star College)

Students who are already placed in these courses listed above in Skyward for Spring 2021 semester MUST submit the required documents signed by parents/guardians and assigned counselors through the online submission forms provided below:

LONE STAR COLLEGE

HOUSTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE

 

NOTES:

  1. Any application form submitted without parent /guardian and counselor signature will NOT be considered. Please make sure to have them before submission.
  2. Please do not turn in any form to either your course teacher, front office staff members, or your counselor. We will ONLY ACCEPT online submissions via online submission forms provided above.
  3. Unfortunately, we will not be able to accept any new application. We will consider ONLY submissions by students who are already placed in dual courses in Skyward during the course selection period.

Please contact your assigned counselor if you need any further help.

Have a wonderful day!!!

 

Best,

Mr. Walter Morgan (As known as Mr. Ciftci), M.Ed

Dean of College & Career | Harmony School of Innovation-Sugar Land
Address: 13522 W. Airport Blvd. Sugar Land, TX 77478Phone: 2813026445 Ext: 323 | Fax: 2813026745 | Website: https://hsisl.harmonytx.org/

Fall Reading Challenge – Grades 9 – 12

October 5, 2020 – January 3, 2021

 

This challenge is based on The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller. Reading skills are foundational to educational success for all students.  Reading is a skill that students will continue to rely on as they move into their adult lives, and a love of reading is one of the best gifts we can impart to our students.  Pushing students to read more and discover more about who they are as readers is what this challenge is all about.  

 

So, what’s the challenge?

 

Donalyn Miller’s challenge is for students to read 40 books in a school year.  For the inaugural year of this challenge here at Harmony, we are going to start out a little slower, and instead of an entire school year, we are starting with the fall semester.  For the fall, we are asking every 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th-grade  student to challenge themselves to read at least 12 novels. It is not a class grade, but teachers should make this a part of their class with regular updates on progress, celebrations of achievements, and book chats on what everyone is reading. 

 

As a way to explore who we are as readers and push those self-imposed boundaries, we are asking students to explore a variety of reading genres as noted below:

 

Fiction –  1 historical fiction, 1 realistic fiction, 1 graphic novel, 1 book recommended by a parent or family member, and 1 of student choice 4
Nonfiction – 1 nonfiction book on topic of choice, 1 autobiography/biography, 1 book recommended by a classmate, and 1 of student choice 4
Poetry – 1 novel in verse or book of poems 1
Student Choice – 1 of the 4 may be a re-read of a book previously read 3

Note:  Books over 300 pages will count as 2 books.

Students will —

  1. Read a book from one of the categories listed above. 
  2. When finished reading the book, record their progress on the Reading Challenge Progress Form (This is a sample Google Form.  Teachers, make a copy of this form, revise your copy as needed, then add the link to your form to this document).

3. To help classmates find books they want to read, students will do a review on at least 5 of the books they have read.  Add reviews to the  Book Reviews form. (Teachers, make a copy of this form, revise the title, then link your document here.)   Students have a choice of how to review their books – a written review in a Google doc, a video, or a drawing or picture that symbolizes the book.

On Tuesday, November 3, students in grades 10-12 will have the unique opportunity to take the ASVAB Career Exploration Exam and participate in the follow up career seminar on Tuesday, November 17.  Please read the attached letter for more information about the program and exam.  The deadline to register for the exam is Wednesday, October 28.

ASVAB CEP Registration Form

 

2020 ASVAB CEP Informational Letter

Following are a few reminders for the seniors who signed up for the SAT on Wed., Oct. 14 and sophomores who signed up for the PSAT on Sat., Oct. 17.
  • Arrive/Check in is at 8:30 AM. Students need to enter school through the back and go to the West Cafeteria. Do not enter through the front doors of the school.
  • Students must wear a mask for the duration of the test and practice proper social distancing.
  • The school will provide calculators & pencils but we recommend students bring their own if they are able to.
  • We also recommend for students to bring a snack to eat during the breaks since the test does not stop for lunch.
  • SAT – Oct. 14
    • End time will be approx. 1:45 pm for standard test takers.
    • Students with 50% extended time on all sections of the test including the Essay will test over 2 days (Oct. 14-15). Day 1 the end time is approx. 12:45 pm, and Day 2 the end time is approx. 12:00 pm.
    • Students with 50% extended time on all sections of the test without the Essay will test on one day ending approx. 2:00 pm.
  • PSAT – Oct. 17
    • End time will be approx. 12:45-1:00 pm for standard test takers
    • Students with 50% extended time on all sections of the test will end approx. 2-2:15 pm (test is 1 day only)
  • Students who have signed up for in person learning will eat lunch after the test and then go to their assigned classrooms for the remainder of the school day.
  • Remote learning students and Saturday test takers must go home immediately after the test is over.
  • Dismissal will be done using the student pick up app (HOP).
The school has taken measures to create a safe testing environment. However, it is not possible to entirely remove the risk of covid-19 exposure. By entering the testing room, students are accepting that risk.

Dawn Gerard | Testing & Federal Programs Coordinator | Harmony School of Innovation, Sugar Land

(281) 302-6445 x206 | 13522 West Airport Blvd, Sugar Land, TX 77498

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Harmony Public Schools is a Texas-born, Texas-wide public charter school system with campuses serving PreK-Grade 12 students in 23 cities across the state, including Greater Houston, DFW, San Antonio, Austin, El Paso, Waco, Lubbock, Odessa, Bryan, Beaumont, and the Rio Grande Valley. Harmony’s curriculum places a heavy focus on STEM skills, Character Education, project-based learning, and college readiness. In 2020, Harmony hadall 23 high school campuses named among the Best High Schools in America by U.S. News and World Report, 13 named to the Best STEM High Schools in America by Newsweek, and earned two National School of Character recognitions from Character.org.

Harmony Public Schools is currently accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year for both students and team members.

 

About Harmony Public Schools

Harmony Public Schools are 58 high performing PreK-12 college preparatory charter schools throughout Texas. Harmony blends the highest standards and expectations, with a rigorous math- and science-centered curriculum and dedicated and engaged teachers and families to cultivate excellence and prepare students to succeed in college, careers and life. At Harmony Public Schools, we believe every child can succeed, and we are committed to helping them realize their full potential. To learn more about Harmony Public Schools and our 58 campuses across Texas, please visit: www.harmonytx.org, and follow us on Twitter at @HarmonyEdu and ‘Like’ us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/HarmonyTexas.