(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.

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 Parents and students,

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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

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