Harmony Public Schools is the first public charter school to win the prestigious Award of Excellence in Financial Management by the Texas Association of School Business Officials (TASBO), the organization has announced.
The award is given to Texas school districts, open-enrollment charter schools, and education services centers that demonstrate professional standards, best practices, and innovations in the area of financial management and reporting.
The criteria to qualify for the Award of Excellence in Financial Management is stringent, based on financial accounting and reporting guidelines identified by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) Financial Accountability System Resource Guide (FASRG). Applicants must submit documents across 11 key areas, which are reviewed by a TASBO accounting subcommittee.
“Making sure that each of our financial decisions is efficient, effective, and, most importantly, ethical is among our greatest operational priorities,” Harmony CEO Fatih Ay said. “In doing so, we are able to maximize our resources and provide our students with the most robust educational experience that can be offered.
“We are extraordinarily pleased to be honored with this award,” Ay said, “and are grateful to our finance team for putting our schools in a prime position to succeed.”
Harmony also was awarded its second Award of Merit for Purchasing Operations by TASBO. The Award of Merit was established in 2009 to recognize Texas school districts, open-enrollment charter schools, and education services centers that are committed to following professional standards in the acquisition of goods and services. Harmony remains the only charter school system to earn the award.
“These organizations have gone above and beyond to demonstrate transparency by meticulously documenting their districts’ policies and procedures,” said Tracy Ginsburg, TASBO Executive Director. “Not only have they showcased the ways they monitor spending, improve budgeting, implement controls, and enhance financial reporting, but they have shared their best practices with colleagues throughout Texas, helping even more educational organizations to better utilize taxpayer dollars.”
Members of the district’s finance team will be honored at an awards reception sponsored by Frontline Education in San Antonio, Texas, on February 15 during the 2023 TASBO annual conference.
Led by Chief Financial Officer Ebru Akyildiz, Harmony’s finance department includes 30 team members specializing in six separate subdepartments: purchasing, payroll, grants, budgets, accounting and capital management.
The department has implemented a number of industry-leading best practices, including working with the Texas Education Agency, TASBO and independent, external auditors to ensure transparency and accountability in all financial operations.
For the department’s efforts, Harmony also was awarded seven “A” ratings by the TEA in its annual FIRST Financial Accountability Ratings during the most recent award cycle in 2022.
Harmony also was the first double-rated charter school system in the U.S. to be highly rated (“BBB”) by Moody’s and S&P Global with (“AAA”) long-term program rating that reflects Harmony’s qualification for the Texas Permanent School Fund (PSF) Bond Guarantee Program.
“We are one of the largest Texas charter management organizations, but we don’t want to just speak about our size – we want to be able to speak about our quality and the accuracy in our processes,” Akyildiz said.
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.
Harmony is now accepting applications for both students and team members for the 2023-24 school year.
Attn 9th Grade:
Summer Program opportunity for 9th grade high achieving students at UHD who are interested in engineering and science professions. The deadline to apply is April 2nd, 2023 using this link: https://www.uhd.edu/…/houston-prep/Pages/default.aspx

Are you interested in attending an summer program?

Dear Students,

Several summer program applications are now open. Attending a summer program not only looks amazing on your resume’, but it allows you to explore your career path that you are interested in pursuing. Through these programs you will get first-hand experience and get to learn the inside and outs before you apply to your universities in your senior year for your intended major. In addition, you gain leadership skills and team building with your peers. An experience that you will never forget.

You can find all summer programs list on our college and career website: https://hsisl-cc.harmonytx.org/ccs/summer-programs/. In addition, you can find summer program lists for each grade level and career path below:

If you have any questions on a specific summer program, please reach out to your counselor. You may also discuss it in your one-on-one meeting with your counselor. We are here to help.

 

Mr. Syed Hasan, M.Ed

Dean of College & Career | Harmony School of Innovation-Sugar Land

Address: 13738 Old Richmond Rd. Sugar Land, Texas 77498 Phone: 281-302-6445| Fax: 281-302-6745 | Website: https://hsisl.harmonytx.org/

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 1 & up who were tested in Fall 2022 are not eligible to test in Spring 2023. Referral forms are available at the front office and on the school’s website (see below).
The referral forms must be returned or emailed to the front office by January 31, 2023. 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 Coordinator/Teacher.

Parent GT Referral Form in English

ANUNCIO DE EDUCACIÓN PARA DOTADOS Y TALENTOSOS (GATE) 
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 1 y superiores que fueron evaluados en el otoño de 2022 no son elegibles para la prueba en la primavera de 2023. Los formularios de referencia están disponibles en la oficina y en el sitio web de la escuela.
Los formularios de referencia deben devolverse a la oficina de la escuela antes del lunes 31 de enero del 2023. Los campus pueden optar por utilizar las puntuaciones de NWEA MAP como criterios de preselección para las pruebas de GT.
Para obtener más información sobre el proceso de selección e identificación, los padres pueden comunicarse con el entrenador / maestro de GT de la escuela.

Parent GT Referral Form in Spanish

Please join us for our District Safety Meeting on Thursday, December 1, 2022, at 10:00 A.M. Link: http://ow.ly/Eea450LR6EH

 

Dear Parents/Guardians/Students: Please join us next Thursday, Dec. 8th from 5-6:30 PM for a brief overview of how to complete your course selection process. We have a lot of great new information to share with you and will be available for questions. See you soon!

Dear Parents/Guardians of the current 8th Grade Students,Harmony School of Innovation – Sugar Land is pleased to invite you to our 8th Grade Transition Parent/Guardian High School Info Night which will be held in IN-PERSON at our new High School campus on Thursday, December 01, 2022 at 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.

Join us for a great opportunity to learn about the programs including

  • Both high school academic and extracurricular programs,
  • College and Career Services,
  • AP/Dual Credit/Honors Courses,
  • High School Graduation requirements,
  • The 5 endorsements offered in HSI-Sugar Land and how those endorsements tie into their high school course work,
  • High School Course Selection Details, and more..

We will be looking forward to seeing you at the event.

Have a wonderful day!

Best,

Mr. Syed Hasan, M.Ed

Dean of College & Career | Harmony School of Innovation-Sugar Land
Address: 13738 Old Richmond Rd. Sugar Land, Texas 77498 Phone: 281-302-6445| Fax: 281-302-6745 Website: https://hsisl.harmonytx.org/

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  • Introductions – REMIND APP
  • Why a focus on transition to 9th Grade?
  • High School Elements
  • Endorsements (Pathways)
  • Why us?
  • AP/Dual Credit/PLTW Courses
  • Let`s Review 9th Grade Core Classes
  • College Counseling Services
  • Course Selection Process
  • Career Planning Support
  • Extracurricular Activities
  • Q&A Session
The NHS is running the Blood Drive!
NHS Is running the blood drive on December 1st, 2022 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. We are looking for generous donors that fit the eligibility criteria below. If you are 17 or older or 16 with a parental consent form, you can help others who await salvation at hospitals. If you want to be the hero of someone in need of your help, it is time to take action and donate blood. Please register soon to donate.
Age 16:120 lbs. Minimum
Male age 17-18:115 lbs. Minimum
Female age 17-18:120 lbs. Minimum

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Please join us for 

our upcoming District Annual Title I meeting.

During this meeting, we will review, evaluate, and develop a written Parent and Family Engagement Policy (PFE) for 2022-2023. 

Houston West District District Annual Title I Meeting  

Wednesday, November 16 for Houston West (12:30 am-1:30 pm)

For more details, please see the invitation attached. If you plan to attend, please RSVP using the link.

Thank you!

Queridos padres:
Están cordialmente invitados a asistir a la reunión de participación de padres y familias del Título I del distrito Houston West.
Cuándo: miércoles 16 de noviembre de 2022

Hora: 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

La junta será vi
rtual.
Por favor confirmen su asistencia por medio del link para que se les envíe invitación a Zoom.
La reunión será virtual.
Confirme su asist
encia a través del enlace para recibir una invitación a Zoom
Forma para RSVP
Meta / Propósito: Revisar, evaluar y actualizar / desarrollar la Política de Participación de los Padres y la Familia (PFE) escritaTemas de la agenda:
I. Presentación del programa Título I
II. Revisar y evaluar la política de PFE del año pasado.
III. Juntos desarrollaremos la política y el acuerdo de PFE para este año.
IV. El plan de estudios y el rendimiento académico de la escuela V. Comentarios, preguntas y respuestas

Dear All,

We would like to celebrate the Astros winning the World Series tomorrow. Students and staff may celebrate by wearing an Astros shirt or jersey with jeans.

Free dress should be according to the policy of the handbook.

Go Astros!!

The NHS is running the Blood Drive!

NHS Is running the blood drive on December 1st, 2022 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. We are looking for generous donors that fit the eligibility criteria below. If you are 17 or older or 16 with a parental consent form, you can help others who await salvation at hospitals. If you want to be the hero of someone in need of your help, it is time to take action and donate blood. Please register soon to donate.

Age 16:120 lbs. Minimum
Male age 17-18:115 lbs. Minimum
Female age 17-18:120 lbs. Minimum

We're Hiring

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.

October is in the United States. Let’s deepen our understanding of this language-based challenge and try to raise awareness in our community.

 Eight-year-old Evan is one of the brightest children in his third-grade class. He has a wonderful vocabulary and knows everything there is to know about baseball—he can even tell you who played in each of the last ten World Series games and who won. But when it comes to reading about baseball—or anything else—Evan has a lot of trouble. It takes him a long time to read each word, and even longer to read whole sentences. He often has to guess at how you say a word—and sometimes his guess is wrong. Reading out loud is especially stressful and embarrassing. His teacher recently told Evan’s parents that she thinks he might have dyslexia.

 Most people assume that part of being smart is being able to read well. About 100 years ago, though, doctors figured out that some people, even some very smart people who do really well at many other things, have trouble learning to read. This difficulty with reading is called dyslexia.

 Excerpt from: http://dyslexia.yale.edu/resources/dyslexic-kids-adults/on-being-dyslexic/

Useful Links:

What is Dyslexia? – Kelli Sandman-Hurley

https://improvingliteracy.org/brief/defining-dyslexia

https://www.understood.org/en/learning-attention-issues/child-learning-disabilities/dyslexia/videos-about-dyslexia

https://dyslexiaida.org/

https://dyslexiaida.org/fact-sheets/

http://www.dyslexia.yale.edu/resources/parents/

https://tea.texas.gov/sites/default/files/texas-dyslexia-handbook-2021.pdf

Recommended Movie:

Taare Zameen Par- Every Child is Special https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Z14uE7U0HY

Ishaan, a student who has dyslexia, cannot seem to get anything right at his boarding school. Soon, a new unconventional art teacher, Ram Shankar Nikumbh, helps him discover his hidden potential.

Dear Students,

On Saturday October 29th, we will be offering the TSI Test 2.0 at 9 am on campus in the cafeteria. This test offering is open to all grade levels. Students attending will need to report to campus by 8:30 am. You can RSVP for the TSI test below.

To RSVP for the October 29 TSI 2.0, please fill out the following google form: TSI Test October 29.

Students are required to complete a pre-assessment activity (PAA) prior to taking TSI for the first time. If this is your first time to take a TSI exam, go to TSI Pre-Assessment to complete the TSI Pre-Assessment activity. You will need to create an account and then select the Texas Success Initiative 2.0 Pre-Assessment Activity (TSIA2-PAA).

 

Please fill out the survey to RSVP: TSI Test October 29. Deadline to RSVP for the TSI test is Friday October 21st.

Students will not be accepted into the testing session, if they do not RSVP prior to the deadline.

Thank you

Dear Parents and Guardians:

SUBJECT: PSAT

On October 12, HSI-Sugar Land will offer the PSAT to students in grades 9-11. The 9th graders will be taking the PSAT8/9, and the 10th and 11th graders will be taking the PSAT/NMSQT. The scores from these assessments will be used to
help determine class placement for next year and help students track how they are doing with regard to college readiness.
Additionally, for 11th graders, their scores on the test will determine their eligibility for scholarships, including the National Merit Scholarship.

Links for the student guides are below in the chart. Student guides contain detailed information about the tests for parents
and students as well as sample questions. Additional practice tests are available online at College Board
(www.collegeboard.org/psatpractice) and online at Khan Academy (https://www.khanacademy.org/).

On testing day, students need to arrive on time to school and are expected to wear their uniforms in accordance with the
dress code policy. Students are encouraged to get a restful night’s sleep before the test and to eat a healthy breakfast on
the day of testing. Additionally, please remind your child not to bring his/her cell phone or other electronic devices into
the testing room. As per College Board rules, students caught with these prohibited devices will have their scores
canceled.

Lastly, on test day, HSI-Sugar Land will be closed to all visitors and parents, including lunch drop-offs, until testing is
complete. The estimated end time for testing is 1:30 pm.

Thank you for your continued support.

Harmony School of Innovation – Sugar Land

Dear Mustang Families,
We appreciate your patience with drop-off and dismissal in our school grounds, however we would like to address a pressing issue.
Our student’s safety is our utmost priority. It has come to our attention that many students are walking across the streets to be dropped off/picked up. It is understandable that the dismissal route may be overwhelming at the moment however we are pleading that you follow the given route. We want each student to reach school and back home safely. Currently, we see students walking across Old Richmond Rd. and Belknap Rd., cars making U-turns and drivers parking or dropping off/picking up in the nearby neighborhoods. All these practices; though may save a couple minutes at most, are putting lives at risk.
We have started our after school clubs, and are currently working with our construction team on student parking spaces, which should relieve some traffic for everyone. Police officers are posted on Belknap Road to help direct our traffic to and from our campus to the main streets.
As observed, our current dismissal plan is running rhythmically.
Again, we are grateful for all that you do for your students and will appreciate your support with enforcing the dismissal plan by dropping and picking your student on school grounds.
Sincerely,
HSI- Sugar Land Administration
Attn: Parents/Guardians,
School Cafe applications are open to all families who wish to apply, if you have any additional questions or need assistance please email childnutrition.houstonwest@harmonytx.org.
This is the link to our district’s schoolcafe: https://www.schoolcafe.com/harmonypshoustonwest
This is the link to a step-by-steps guide on creating an account:
Our campus will be awarding all students whose parents have applied by this Friday, September 23rd! ?

Dear Parents/Guardians,

The school will host its annual Title I parent and family engagement meeting on October 6, 2022. The meeting will be at 5:00 PM in the cafeteria. Please see the flyer for more details. Thank You

Annual Title I Meeting for Parents and Families

Get ready to say cheese!!! Picture day is coming up, all students must be in school uniform. ?

Mustangs!
We are pleased to announce the First Career Night of the 2022-23 academic year happening this month.
Sign up to hear excellent professionals from the medical field.
The Medical Career Night will take place on Tuesday, September 20th at 3:45 pm at the school cafeteria. You must stay in the cafeteria after dismissal. The deadline to sign up is Monday, September 19th, 2022.
See you there!