Dear Parents and students,

Please enjoy the Husky Heartbeat newsletter. Catch up on the latest HSA-Carrollton news from the field. We wish you all the safest, healthiest, and happiest week!

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Reading skills are foundational to educational success for all students.

Encouraging students to read more improves their skills and promotes a love of reading they can continue throughout their educational years and into adulthood.

That’s why Harmony Public Schools is hosting a fall Reading Challenge for all students in all campuses.

Join your classmates from across your campus and across the state from Monday, October 5, 2020 though Sunday, January 3, 2021 as together we show our love for reading and discover new and exciting ideas, authors, and stories through our favorite books.

Along the way, we’ll recognize our top readers and campuses each month, share favorite book picks, and ask for your reviews on some of your favorite reads.

The reading challenges by grade are:

Kindergarten – Grade 2
20 Books

Grade 3-5
10 Novels
3 Fiction
3 Nonfiction
1 Poetry
3 Student Choice

Grade 6-8
11 Novels
4 Fiction
4 Nonfiction
1 Poetry
2 Student Choice

Grade 9-12
12 Novels
4 Fiction
4 Nonfiction
1 Poetry
3 Student Choice

Share your favorite reads on social media by tagging Harmony and using the hashtag #HarmonyReads.

 

09/09/2020

Dear Harmony Families,

When the COVID-19 pandemic first began in Spring, we promised our Harmony community that our response to the pandemic would always be focused on keeping our entire Harmony community safe and our students focused on learning. As a school system that places a heavy emphasis on science and math, we also promised that all of our decisions would be based on the best science and data available.

Today, we wanted to share with you an important update about the reopening of your child’s school. Just as importantly, though, we wanted to share with you more detailed information about how that determination was made and what specific steps toward reopening will happen next.

From the pandemic’s beginning, HPS has looked at a specific group of informed and reliable data sources to determine the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic in our local communities. These sources are the Harvard University Data Center, the Texas Education Agency, the Texas Department of State Health Services, our city and county health agencies, and information from our neighboring school systems.

From this data, Harmony Public Schools has developed a four-stage reopening plan for its 58 campuses across Texas that allows the specific COVID-19 conditions in each community to determine each school’s individual reopening plan.

Those stages are:

 

 

 

Our campus is currently in Stage 1, and, as approved by the HPS Board, we will begin Stage 3 on Monday, SEPTEMBER 14, 2020.  

 

Stage 3 (UPDATED as of 09/09/2020):

  • For the first phase, Monday, September 14, 2020, our Campus will open for targeted, in-person instruction only for Students in grades 6-8 and their High School siblings in grades 9-12 who are attending the same campus.  (This applies only to those students whose parents indicated on the Survey for in-person learning.)
  • Other HIGH SCHOOL students (whose parents indicated on the survey they would return to in-person learning) will be on campus on Monday, September 28, 2020. 
  • Students and staff will be required to follow all safety protocols outlined in the HPS Back to School Playbook, as well as any other protocols deemed necessary for safe and productive learning. 
  • Students will not move from room to room for their classes; they will join by Zoom session.  Students will be assigned classrooms to stay in for the full day.

 

All campus decisions are based on local COVID-19 conditions and guidelines from TEA and local agencies.  We will announce all changes and updates as soon as possible.

 

Timeline: 

Sept-10–Staff returns.

Sept-11–HSAC Reopening 2020-2021 document to be released to families 

Sept-14–In-person instruction starts for middle school students and their high school siblings

Sept-28–In-person instruction starts for high school students 

Thank you for your support during these unprecedented times and for helping keep our students safe and focused on learning.

We will continue to keep you updated as new developments take place.  If you have any further questions, please contact Mr. Harun Bozdag at hbozdag@harmonytx.org.  

 

Sincerely,

Harun Bozdag

Principal

Students in 6th to 10th grade will take MAP tests from September 9th to 11th. Students must be present in all assigned testing sessions. Please contact testing cordinator if your student can not take the tests on the the scheduled date and time. Teachers will email session schedule to the parents and students and Zoom links to the students by end of the day Friday. Since all teachers will be needed to administer the exams, there will be no live classes (except some dual credit) on MAP testing days. All students are required to log into their Schoology classes and complete independent study lessons when they are not testing. We will have practice MAP test on Tue, Sept 8th from 2:00 P.M to 4:00 P.M, the regular classes will run till1:50 P.M.
The following Dual Credit classes will not be affected by the testing schedule: English, Biology, US History, Economics and Spanish.
Please see the attached parent informational letter for more details about MAP testing. Contact testing cocordinator Mrs. Roy (mroy@harmonytx.org) with any questions.

English

Spanish

 

Help Desk for MAP:
If your student can not find the MAP test Zoom session link in their email, we will be available to assist via zoom.
Join Zoom Meeting
https://harmonytx.zoom.us/j/91424882194?pwd=U2tVY0NlMzdmMlA2SVhkRVdFRjZpUT09
Meeting ID: 914 2488 2194
Passcode: 402376

In accordance with the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented students, Harmony Public Schools will begin taking referrals for kindergarten and newly- enrolled students in grades 1-12 for gifted and talented screening.  Anyone interested in the educational welfare of these students may refer them for assessment. Referral forms are available on the school’s website. Read more