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, September 21, 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
12 Novels
4 Fiction
4 Nonfiction
1 Poetry
3 Student Choice

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

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

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, September 21, 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
12 Novels
4 Fiction
4 Nonfiction
1 Poetry
3 Student Choice

Grade 9-12
14 Novels
5 Fiction
4 Nonfiction
1 Poetry
4 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

Dear Harmony Parents, thank you for your help with the first two weeks so far. We are preparing NOW for the possible campus opening in early September. Please watch out for upcoming details over the next two weeks about opening, capacity, process, etc. Our focus is safety of our students and staff, and campus administration is working so hard to create the best plan for the school community.

Dear Harmony Parents,

Thank you so much for attending our virtual orientation nights. For those who did not have a chance to attend, please take a look at the attached presentation.

HSA Carrolton Virtual Orientation

Huskies!

Please find our bell schedule below for your classes. All classes are uploaded on Skyward.

Harmony Science Academy- Carrollton
MS & HS Bell Schedule 2020-2021 ( Mon – Fri)
Period Time Duration
L0 8:10 – 9:00 50 Minutes
L1 9:00- 9:50 50 Minutes
L2 10:00 – 10:50 50 Minutes
L3 11:00 – 11:50 50 Minutes
LT 12:00 – 12:50 50 Minutes
L4 1:00 – 1:50 50 Minutes
L5 2:00 – 2:50 50 Minutes
L6 3:00 – 3:50 50 Minutes
L7 (Clubs) 4:00- 4:50 50 Minutes

Dear Harmony Parents,

We are pleased to inform you that we are ready to start our club and student organization programs. All clubs will be offered at no charge.

Club registration deadline is  August 28, and all club activities will begin on September 8th. The clubs’ time period is from 4 PM to 5:00 PM.

For detailed instruction and registration please click here.

Please check out our website to learn more about our club program.

 

Dear Harmony Parents,

The first day of meal distribution will be from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13, for students enrolled in distance learning (which begins Monday, Aug. 17) as part of the School Breakfast Program and National School Lunch Program. Meal distribution will be every Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. thereafter. Only those students enrolled as Harmony students will be eligible to participate. Students will be charged for meals according to individual eligibility. Returning students begin the year on a 30-day grace period which carries over last year’s eligibility. However, parents are encouraged to submit an eligibility application through SchoolCafé https://www.schoolcafe.com/HARMONY%20PS%20WACO to establish eligibility for the 2020-2021 school year. Learn more in the HPS Back to School Playbook.

Dear Harmony Families,

Please find our ESL Newsletter below.

English Version:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1nqNqfsyFousToTTE9IA_qN3KeFETHDxO/view?usp=sharing

Spanish Version:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/10bxkeFT99COJ2hV9JHZMoBPENttLJ14Q/view?usp=sharing

 

Dear Harmony Families,

Please click here to see the 2020-2021 Welcome Back to School Parent Information Packet.

SAVE THE DATES!
Harmony Science Academy-Carrollton will host Parent Information Sessions for parents.  The Dates will be Monday 08/10/2020 (for MIDDLE school) and Tuesday 08/11/2020 (for HIGH school).  The times will be:
08/10/2020–>5:00 PM-to-6:00 PM for 6th grade
08/10/2020–>6:30 PM-7:30 PM for 7th-8th grades
08/11/2020–>6:00 PM-to-7:00 PM for 9th-12th grades.
*The presentation documents will be published on the HSAC website, in case parents cannot attend.  Parents will receive a ZOOM link by email on Monday morning 08/10/2020 for the virtual information sessions.
THE INFORMATION SESSIONS ARE THE SAME; PARENTS DO NOT NEED TO ATTEND MULTIPLE SESSIONS.

Please click here to sign up

 

Note: This document is intended as a simplified version of our “Harmony Public Schools Back to School Playbook.” For further information or clarification on any topic, please refer to the Playbook.

 

When is the first day of school?

The first day of school for all Harmony campuses is Monday, August 17. It will be held online-only.

 

When will campuses re-open?

As of August 1, 2020, campuses are scheduled to open Tuesday, September 8 for in-person learning to those students who wish to attend in person. Families may also elect to continue learning in a virtual setting from home. 

 

Could the campus reopening date change?

Possibly. Harmony Public Schools is closely following guidance from the Texas Education Agency, public health officials, and others in determining when to reopen our campuses. Our top priority is ensuring the safety of our students, team members, and communities while preserving academic continuity for our learners.

 

Is anything different about online learning this year?

Yes, quite a bit. Harmony has upgraded its online learning by switching to a new system called Schoology. Through Schoology, students will be able to interact and engage with their teachers and peers in real-time throughout the school day to provide and more advanced and enriching school experience. Families will also have full access to grades, progress reports, assignments, classroom learning materials, calendars, and more from within the Schoology platform, providing a simple one-stop-shop for all things related to their student’s learning experience. Students and families will receive more instruction on accessing and logging into Schoology as classes begin.

 

What safety measures will be in place when campuses open?

Harmony is instituting a wide variety of health protocols, which are described in detail in the Harmony “Back to School Playbook 2020-2021.” Among the new measures are:

  • Temperature screenings for students and staff.
  • Requiring all students and employees to wear a mask when on campus or in other group settings. (Students may bring their own mask, or the school will provide them.)
  • Limiting average class sizes to allow for social distancing. (Exact class size will be dependent on number of students attending in-person versus online-only.)
  • Spacing desks at least six feet apart to maintain proper social distancing and/or installing partitions where students cannot be kept six feet apart.
  • Severely limiting classroom rotations/switches to prevent the spread of germs across campus and to limit person-to-person exchanges.
  • Staggered drop off and pickup times to limit person-to-person exchanges.
  • Modified drop off and pickup procedures (ex. Students going directly to class after drop off and/or waiting in classroom at the end of the day until parent arrives for pickup).
  • Requesting all students wash hands frequently.
  • Detailed nightly cleaning by contracted company.
  • Required Coronavirus Awareness & Prevention trainings for all employees.
  • Remaining flexible regarding student and team member absences due to COVID-19, as allowed by TEA guidelines and applicable employment laws.

 

How do I inform my campus that I would like to continue learning from home or return to campus to learn once campuses re-open?

Parents will be sent a survey in Skyward the first week of school asking them to inform the campus of their choice.

 

Once campuses reopen, how do I switch between online and on-campus learning later in the school, if needed?

Parents should notify their campuses in advance through Skyward of their decisions to change learning environments. Failure to notify campuses could result in a student to be marked as absent.

 

What hours of the day will online classes be taught?

Your campus will announce the specific schedule for your student, but generally speaking, classes will be taught online in real-time by their teachers during normal school hours (instructional minutes may vary by grade, according to Texas Education Agency requirements). This is called “synchronous learning.” Students needing to learn outside this timeframe can choose to learn independently. This is called “asynchronous learning.”

 

How will absences and attendance be counted for online learning?

Students who are logged in and learning alongside their teacher and classmates during normal school hours (synchronous learning) will be counted in attendance when they lo in to learn. 

 

Student who learn independently through self-guided instruction (asynchronous learning) will be counted in attendance when they meet daily learning benchmarks and/or turn in daily assignments by no later than 11:59 p.m. on the given schoolday.

 

What will my child need to complete their schoolwork from home? 

At-home learners will need consistent access to a computer and the internet (see next question for more information). Headphones, especially noise-canceling headphones, may be helpful for online learning, but are not required. 

 

Do I still need to buy school supplies from the campus school supply list?

Yes. All students regardless of learning location (i.e. home or campus) will be completing assignments alongside their peers using the supplies listed by their campus.

 

What happens if my child doesn’t have a computer to do their schoolwork on while learning from home?

Harmony will supply a computer device and/or internet access for the purpose of completing schoolwork to any student that does not have consistent access at home. These will be provided beginning the first week of August and distributed by drive-through pickups at your nearby Harmony campus.

 

Will my child have to wear a Harmony uniform for online learning?

Students may choose to wear a uniform if they would like to when learning online, however they are not required to. Instead, they are required to follow the dress code guidelines set forth for “Free Dress Days” set forth in the Student & Parent Handbook. This states:

 

“Garments must be free of holes, tears, inappropriate wording, logos, messages or advertising. No short, skin tight, or legging dresses, or skirts may be worn. All dresses must have sleeves. Students may not wear low cut, midriff-baring, or backless blouses. Students may wear jeans, but they cannot be tight pants including jeggings, tights or skinny style pants. Clothing items must not depict images of violence.”