Harmony Public Schools South/West District will host its next District Safety Meeting on Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Zoom Link Here

9th and 10th grade students will be taking Reading and Math MAP tests on January 21 and 22.  Please read the attached parent letter for more information.

 

Parent Information for January 2021 NWEA MAP Administration

Harmony Public Schools administers the NWEA MAP Growth tests in the middle of the year to measure the growth of our scholars from the beginning of the year in reading and math.

Who

At the high school level, students in grades 9 and 10 (with limited exceptions) will take the NWEA MAP Growth Test. Please use the chart below to see which tests each grade will be administered.


 

 

 

 

The only students that are not required to test (but may if the campus would like) are STAAR Alt2 students.

Technology

Your scholar is scheduled to take these online assessments on January 21 and 22. We are asking each family to complete this technology check by Jan. 19 so that we may help you troubleshoot any issues that your family may experience before the testing window begins. To check if your device meets the minimum requirements, please click here .

Students that do not have a compatible device need to pick up a Chromebook from the school by January 19. Please complete the following forms:

https://hsisl.harmonytx.org/technology-survey-form/

https://hsisl.harmonytx.org/student-chromebook-request-form/

Log in

Each student will log on to the NWEA MAP testing platform from their MyHarmony student portal account. The student will click the “nwea student” icon.

 

If you receive an error message, check to see if you have a red error indicator in the address bar blocking pop-ups. If so, click on the icon and choose “Always allow…” and “Done” to fix it.

 

On the login screen, there will be an opportunity to take a practice test if your student is unfamiliar with this testing platform. The practice test is not scored in any way and will simply serve as a tool to help familiarize them with the platform and format of the assessments. Session name and password for practice are both grow.

How

All NWEA MAP Sessions will be proctored via Zoom by personnel from your scholar’s campus. Zoom testing session links will be emailed to your scholar’s school email address by Jan. 19. They can also be found listed in the MAP Zoom links document.

 

When

The Jan. 2021 NWEA MAP Administration is scheduled to be administered from January 19 – February 3. In this unique time of all online learning, we have developed a standardized schedule to administer MAP to make sure that it is done uniformly across the system. The administration window will be as follows. Testing will begin at 9:00 AM each day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Make-up testing may be completed after the student tests on the same day or into the next week at the guardian’s request. While these tests do not have a time limit, the average time spent by Harmony students in 2019 was just over one hour. We urge our families to monitor their scholar(s) closely when they are taking this assessment to make sure that their scholar is taking their time, using their testing strategies, and putting forward their best efforts to ensure that we receive the most accurate data about your student.

Test Security

During an in-person administration of this assessment, the test proctor is able to walk around the room to monitor each scholar and make sure that each scholar is taking their time and behaving responsibly. In this new virtual setting, we are asking for your assistance in making sure that your scholar’s test is secure and they are following testing expectations such as the following

● Make sure they have completed the technology check by January 19th.

● If your scholar is unfamiliar with the MAP testing platform, please have them complete the practice test by January 19th to help them become familiar with the platform.

● During the Zoom test administration, please monitor your scholar to make sure they are taking their time and using their testing strategies

● During the Zoom test administration, please do not allow your scholar to have any other windows open on their computer other than their MAP test and their Zoom.

● During the Zoom test administration, please do not allow your scholar to use any outside resources. Students are allowed to use dictionaries on the Reading test only.

● During the Zoom test administration, please make sure that your scholar does not have access to their cell phone.

Accessibility

For our scholars with documented supports needed for STAAR testing, we will implement those supports as much as possible for the corresponding MAP tests.

Troubleshooting and Additional Questions

For any troubleshooting or additional questions, please contact your Campus Testing Coordinator at dgerard@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 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.

The 2019–20 School Report Cards (SRCs) are now available on the Texas Education Agency’s website. The purpose of the SRC is to inform parents and guardians about a campus’ individual characteristics and its academic performance. Due to COVID-19, all campuses and districts received a label of Not Rated: Declared State of Disaster for the 2019–20 school year. Therefore, several data points have not been updated, including STAAR® and academic growth data.
 
If you are unable to access the report electronically and would like a paper copy of the report, please contact your school and ask for a paper copy of the 2019-2020 School Report Card.

Gifted and Talented Parent Night

10th, 11th and 12th grades

Gifted and Talented Parent Night

Please join us for the HSI-Sugar Land virtual GATE Parent Night on Thursday, December 17, 2020, between 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm at https://harmonytx.zoom.us/j/87270764166

Both parents and students are welcome to participate.

Please contact ms Zadeh at zzadeh@harmonytx.org should you have questions or concerns.

See you on Thursday!

Math Teacher (Sugar Land, TX)

 

Job Duties:

Prepare appropriate curriculum and annual plan to submit to the administration for approval. Teach secondary school students in the subject of Mathematics; apply the curriculum as prepared and approved; keep attendance records; assign lessons; administer tests to evaluate students’ progress; and maintain discipline in the classroom. Create lesson plans, correct homework, and evaluate teacher-made tests. Prepare tests to evaluate students’ progress, record the results, and issue reports to inform parents of progress. Contact parents to offer positive reinforcement regarding social and academic achievements the students make.

Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree in Math or Math Education and 1 year of experience as Math Teacher at middle or high school level. Teaching experience must be full-time as a teacher of record (not substitute) at general education setting (not special population).

How to Apply:

Mail resumes to: 

Attn: HR Dept, Harmony Public Schools

9321 W Sam Houston Pkwy S Houston, TX 77099

Refer to Ad#ST.

Semester 1 final exams will take place December 14-17. Please see the attached letter for more information.

Please click on the image below.

 

 Harmony Public Schools South/West District will host its next District Safety Meeting on Tuesday, December 8, 2020.

Zoom Link Here

HAPPY THANKSGIVING
Free Meal distribution from 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Friday, 11/20/2020
Location: 13522 W. Airport Blvd, Sugar Land, TX 77478

Dear 8th Grade Parent(s)/Guardian(s),

You can find the recorded session of 8th Grade Parent Night (11/17/2020) below for your reference.

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4XabQsaS5xo[/embedyt]

8th Grade Parent Night Video

English Policy 4-West District PFE Policy 11-2-2020 (101862) (Spanish Policy)-HPS West District PFE Policy 11-2-2020 (101862).. (1)

Dual Credit Courses Registration for SPRING 2021

 

Dear Students & Parents/Guardians,

Hopefully everyone is staying safe and staying well! We are now two weeks out from the beginning of Spring 2021 registration. We encourage uploading as many dual credit documents as possible before Friday, November 13, 2020. That will allow students’ accounts to be prepared ahead of time, maximizing the time available for troubleshooting any potential admissions and registration issues.

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 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/

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.

Dear Mustang Seniors & Parents/Guardians,
I would like to extend an invitation for you to participate in a financial aid information session/workshop. During this session, you and your Scholar will have an opportunity to review the financial aid process, participate in a demonstration for filling out necessary financial aid forms, and complete the Financial Aid Form for Student Application (FAFSA) with the help of a financial aid expert.
Financial aid is available to help students pay for college – and the first step to accessing those funds is to complete a FAFSA.
Event: Harmony School of Innovation – Sugar Land Financial Aid Night
Date: Thursday, October 1st, 2020
Time: 6:00 pm.
Location: Virtual Meeting through Zoom Meeting Time
In order to complete the FAFSA, the following documents are required:
  • Social Security Number of Student
  • Student`s alien registration or permanent resident card if not a U.S. citizen
  • Driver’s License of Student (if any)
  • Financial information from the previous year (ex. for the 2020-21 school year, students will need financial information from 2019)
  • Financial information includes the following:
    • W-2 Forms and other records of money earned in the previous year (if any) o Student`s Federal Income Tax Return from the previous year (if any)
    • Parents Federal Income Tax Return (if Students are considered a dependent)
    • Student`s untaxed income records—(i.e. worker’s compensation, child support received)
    • Student`s current bank statements (if any)
    • Student`s investment records (if any)
  • An FSA ID to sign electronically. (This can be created beforehand at fsaid.ed.gov, or at the time of application.) 
  • List of colleges you are considering.

Notes:

  • Parental information is required unless you are at least 24 years of age or meet the criteria for filing as an independent student as described on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®).  Refer to www.fafsa.gov.
  • Only parents who do not have a Social Security number can enter 000-00-0000 on the FAFSA.
  • You must report income and assets for yourself and for your parents (if you are a dependent student) or your spouse (if you are married).
  • If you haven’t done your taxes by the time you fill out your FAFSA, it’s okay to estimate the amounts. You might want to base your estimates on last year’s tax return. If your income changed drastically since last year’s tax return, you may click on “Income Estimator” when completing your FAFSA online at www.fafsa.gov. The Income Estimator will help you estimate adjusted gross income (AGI). After you file your taxes, you’ll need to log back into the FAFSA and correct any estimated information that was wrong.

Zoom meeting invitation;

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HSI-SL Counseling Team

Please Join our ESL Parent:

Back to School Event Friday 9/25/20 @ 4:00 pm

You are invited to join our virtual Back to School event for ESL Parents. We will share information regarding ESL programming, EOCs, TELPAS and how to support your child.

Please see the linked invite below. Hope to see you there!

https://www.smore.com/y46c8

We hope this message finds your families safe. All online instruction WILL continue today, Wednesday, September 23rd.

However, our campus will remain closed to students and visitors.

During the month of October, HSI-Sugar Land will offer the PSAT to students in grades 9-11 and the SAT to students in grade 12.   Please read the attached letter for more information.  Specific test dates and links to the sign-up forms are included in the letter.

PDF Version of The Letter

 

 

Harmony School of Innovation – Sugar Land

13522 W Airport Blvd, Sugar Land, TX 77478 | Tel: (281) 302- 6445

Friday, September 18, 2020

 

Dear Parents and Guardians:

SUBJECT: PSAT and SAT

In October, HSI – Sugar Land will offer the PSAT to students in grades 9-11 and SAT to students in grade 12. These assessments focus on the knowledge and skills evidence shows matters most for college and career readiness. Our counselors and teachers will be speaking with students about what to expect on the tests and tips to be successful. They will address the format of the tests, strategies for answering questions, and information about why they are important.

In order to adhere to social distancing guidelines, the test dates will be spread out over four testing dates, one date selected for each grade level. Remote testing is not available for the PSAT and SAT. Students must take the tests in person, on campus, on the designated test date. Due to the current circumstances in regards to COVID-19, the school understands that all students may not be comfortable testing on campus, and therefore it is not mandatory for students to take these tests on these dates. In order to get a better idea of how many students to prepare for, we are asking students to sign-up for the appropriate grade level test if they do plan on taking the test. Any student not planning on taking the test does not need to complete the form. Sign-up forms were emailed to students on September 17 and links to each form are included below in the chart.

Following is the testing information for teacher grade level:

 

Grade Level

Test

Date

(tentative start time is 8:00 am)

Sign-Up Form

Student/Parent Guides

9

PSAT 8/9

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

 PSAT 8/9 for 9th PSAT 8/9

10

PSAT/NMSQT

Saturday, October 17, 2020

PSAT for 10th PSAT/NMSQT

11

PSAT/NMSQT

Thursday, October 29, 2020

PSAT/NMSQT for 11th PSAT/NMSQT

12

SAT with Essay

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

SAT for 12th SAT

The 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 (wwww.collegeboard.org/psatpractice and online at Khan Academy (https://khanacademy.org/).

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Students who are testing need to arrive on time to school on their test day, bring #2 pencils, an approved calculator, and if desired, a quick snack to eat during the short break between test sections. 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 cancelled.

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 1:00 pm.

Thank you for your continued support. Harmony School of Innovation – Sugar Land

**Calculator Information:

There are two parts of the Math section on the PSAT and SAT. In the second part, the students have the option to use calculators. The school is not obligated to provide calculators to students, and all questions can be answered without the use of a calculator. We do encourage students to bring an approved calculator on the day of the test. It is best if they have had an opportunity to practice using their calculator at home, prior to the testing day.

Calculators permitted during testing include:

  • Most graphing calculators (see chart below)
  • All scientific calculators
  • All four-function calculators (not recommended)

 

Below is the list of College Board approved calculators: