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Incoming 11th graders,

For your Summer Reader Project, you will read at least TWO (2) books over the summer.  You will illustrate a quote / passage for the first book you read.  For the second book you read, you will write a book review.  These projects will be due the first day of the 2021-2022 school year to your respective 11th grade English teacher.

If you have any questions or concerns about the following instructions or requirements, please email:

Book #1 – Illustrate the Text

Step 1: Choose, and read, one of the six American Literature books below.  We’ve included PDF links to each book for easy access.

Book Title Author Online Link The Scarlet Letter (1850) Nathaniel Hawthorne https://www.gutenberg.org/files/25344/25344-h/25344-h.htm The Awakening (1899) Kate Chopin https://www.gutenberg.org/files/160/160-h/160-h.htm The Great Gatsby (1925) F. Scott Fitzgerald https://www.planetebook.com/free-ebooks/the-great-gatsby.pdf The Sun Also Rises (1926) Ernest Hemingway https://gutenberg.ca/ebooks/hemingwaye-sunalsorises/hemingwaye-sunalsorises-00-h.html Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937) Zora Neale Hurston https://uniteyouthdublin.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/88253919-their-eyes-were-watching-god-by-zora-neale-hurston.pdf The House on Mango Street (1984) Sandra Cisneros https://4.files.edl.io/1714/03/25/19/023159-0e9c37e9-4122-43b2-a921-a28b42d4c71d.pdf

Step 2: Choose one favorite quote or passage from the book. Copy the quote/passage on your paper, then do your illustration.  You may illustrate on regular computer paper or a poster board.  You may paint or draw by hand.  You also have the option of using any computer design program to make your illustration.  Be as creative as possible!

Book #2 – Write a Book Review

Step 1: Read any book of your choosing, as long as it is appropriate for a school setting.  The book must range from 200 – 250 pages.

Step 2: Write an original review of the book you’ve read using the Book Review Template that is attached.  You can print the form out and fill it in, you can copy the format on a sheet of paper and fill it in, or you can type your own using the same format.

Things to keep in mind when writing your review:

  • Don’t give away the book’s ending when writing your summary!  The review will likely be seen by other students, so you don’t want to spoil the book for them.
  • You can see examples of book summaries on the book jacket/back of the book, on sites like barnesandnoble.com, amazon.com, and goodreads.com.  Remember, these examples are mentor texts for you to model your summary – do not copy these examples to use as yours.
  • Finally, write your recommendation for the book.  Why did you like it?  Who else might like reading it?
  • Other people will be reading your reviews, so make sure to write neatly!

My Book Review Table

For more information please click here

 

Join us for our ESL Night Acompáñenos a nuestra tarde de ESL Zoom Link: Zoom link will be shared with parents through email. Date/Fecha: Friday/Viernes, May 21, 2021 Time/Hora: 4:00 pm The ESL Department has planned an informative parent night to address the ESL program. El departamento de ESL ha planeado una tarde informativa para padres con el fin de discutir el programa de ESL.

Join us for our ESL Night Acompáñenos a nuestra tarde de ESL Zoom Link: Zoom link will be shared with parents through email. Date/Fecha: Friday/Viernes, May 21, 2021 Time/Hora: 4:00 pm The ESL Department has planned an informative parent night to address the ESL program. El departamento de ESL ha planeado una tarde informativa para padres con el fin de discutir el programa de ESL.

Join us for our ESL Night

Acompáñenos a nuestra tarde de ESL

Zoom Link: Zoom link will be shared with parents through email.

Date/Fecha: Friday/Viernes, May 21, 2021

Time/Hora: 4:00 pm

The ESL Department has planned an informative parent night to address the ESL program.

 

El departamento de ESL ha planeado una tarde informativa para padres con el fin de discutir el programa de ESL.

 

 

For more information please click here/ Para obtener más información, haga clic aquí.

Incoming 9th-graders, You're invited to attend the T-STEM Summer Bridge Program taking place this June!  Dates: June 1st-4th and June 7th (8:30 AM -12:30 PM) via Zoom Registration Deadline: Friday, May 28th, 2021 Register at: https://forms.gle/nqSyU1JVNkfQfSK36 Classes Include:  TSIA2 ELA and Math Workshops and Practice Tests Intro to T-STEM Program and Campus Expectations Nepris College and Career Exploration Sessions Workforce Solutions Career Exploration Sessions For more information, please contact Ms. A. Garcia at ashley.garcia@harmonytx.org  The deadline to register is May 28th! Limited slots are available. 

 

Incoming 9th-graders, You're invited to attend the T-STEM Summer Bridge Program taking place this June!   Dates: June 1st-4th and June 7th (8:30 AM -12:30 PM) via Zoom Registration Deadline: Friday, May 28th, 2021 Register at: https://forms.gle/nqSyU1JVNkfQfSK36     Classes Include:   TSIA2 ELA and Math Workshops and Practice Tests Intro to T-STEM Program and Campus Expectations Nepris College and Career Exploration Sessions Workforce Solutions Career Exploration Sessions  For more information, please contact Ms. A. Garcia at ashley.garcia@harmonytx.org      The deadline to register is May 28th! Limited slots are available. 

Incoming 9th-graders, You’re invited to attend the T-STEM Summer Bridge Program taking place this June! 

Dates: June 1st-4th and June 7th (8:30 AM -12:30 PM) via Zoom
Registration Deadline: Friday, May 28th, 2021
Register at: https://forms.gle/nqSyU1JVNkfQfSK36

 

Classes Include: 

  • TSIA2 ELA and Math Workshops and Practice Tests
  • Intro to T-STEM Program and Campus Expectations
  • Nepris College and Career Exploration Sessions
  • Workforce Solutions Career Exploration Sessions

For more information, please contact Ms. A. Garcia at ashley.garcia@harmonytx.org 

 

The deadline to register is May 28th! Limited slots are available. 

 

Please click here for more information

Dear parents, teachers, and staff, please join us for our first annual Harmony School of Excellence-Laredo Virtual GT Showcase! Parents, teachers, and staff are invited to come and celebrate the accomplishments of GT students who completed their problem-based learning project!  When: Thursday, May 20, 2021   Time: 5:00 PM - 6:15 PM Where: Zoom Link https://harmonytx.zoom.us/j/87361035355 For More Information:  Email or Call Ms. A. Garcia (GT Coordinator) at ashley.garcia@harmonytx.org or 956-508-2042

Dear parents, teachers, and staff, please join us for our first annual Harmony School of Excellence-Laredo Virtual GT Showcase! Parents, teachers, and staff are invited to come and celebrate the accomplishments of GT students who completed their problem-based learning project!  When: Thursday, May 20, 2021   Time: 5:00 PM - 6:15 PM Where: Zoom Link https://harmonytx.zoom.us/j/87361035355 For More Information:  Email or Call Ms. A. Garcia (GT Coordinator) at ashley.garcia@harmonytx.org or 956-508-2042Parents, teachers, and staff are invited to come and celebrate the accomplishments of GT students who completed their problem-based learning project!

When: Thursday, May 20, 2021

Time: 5:00 PM – 6:15 PM
Where: Zoom Link https://harmonytx.zoom.us/j/87361035355

For More Information:  Email or Call Ms. A. Garcia (GT Coordinator) at ashley.garcia@harmonytx.org or 956-508-2042
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Attention Esteemed ECHS Applicants,

 

I hope that you’re having a wonderful day!  Our school is excited to announce that we will host our Early College High School Lottery on Friday, May 14th, 2021, at 10:00AM, through this link. Use the following passcode to enter the meeting <Passcode: 357496>.  The meeting ID is <845 1559 5538>.

We are truly overjoyed to proceed with the process and are looking forward to welcoming our first cohort of ECHS scholars.  During the lottery, we will identify those who will be accepted into the program and those who will be placed on the waitlist.

 

Note that this event is open to the public and all who wish to join may do so through the link above.  Do not hesitate to contact our school at (956) 791-0007 in case you have any questions.  Have a great week, stay safe, and we look forward to seeing you on Friday!

 

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Esteemed Harmony Family,

First and foremost, I hope that you and your family are doing well!  We would like to inform you that HSE-Laredo will provide summer 2021 dual credit courses through Lone Star College (online) and Texas A&M International University (face to face and online).  Harmony will pay for the tuition of 1 online summer 2021 course through Lone Star College and or for the remaining balance of 1 Texas A&M International University course for which a scholarship was awarded.  Note that TAMIU requires scholars to have a 3.0+ overall GPA to qualify to take dual credit courses.  Please view the following important information:

 

1) Thoroughly read the HSE-Laredo dual credit action plan document and complete the communicated steps by Friday, May 14th, 2021.

a) Complete the steps on pages 3-6 starting from step 1.

 

2) Complete and submit the appropriate form(s) by Friday, May 14th, 2021.  

a) The forms can be found on the document attached above.

 

3) Our counseling department will assist you throughout this dual credit endeavor.  Therefore, please let us know how we can support you

a) 11th: I. Pala, ipala@harmonytx.org

b) 10th: B. Abastta-Santos, bsantos@harmonytx.org

c) 9th: L. Cantu, lcantu@harmonytx.org

 

Thank you so much for being part of our Harmony family.  Keep up the wonderful work and please contact us in case you have any questions about dual credit or the registration process; We’ll be more than happy to assist you!

 

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Attention Esteemed Hawks,

 

I hope that you’re having a wonderful day!  Our grand counseling team has recently contacted scholars regarding whether they are required to submit an AP Appeal Form for an AP class that they requested to take.  Please check your Harmony student e-mail to see if you might have received such a notification.

 

If you received such an e-mail and are still interested in challenging the AP course, you must submit the AP Appeal Form by Tuesday, May 18th, 2021.  The AP Appeal Form can be found by clicking here or accessing the e-mail shared by your academic counselor.  The AP Committee will review your appeal form afterwards and determine whether you are eligible to enroll in the class.  Scholars who are admitted into the course are required to complete and submit an AP Summer Assignment to remain enrolled.

 

Have a wonderful day, stay safe, and please contact your academic counselor if you have any questions regarding the scheduling process

Virtual Summer Coding & Biology Camp For 3rd-12th Grades June 7-11, 2021 July 12-16, 2021 $10 non-refundable fee per camp Register by May 19, 2021! harmonytx.org/UTDsignup Camp Course Details: harmonytx.org/UTDcamp21 Contact your campus student success & engagement coordinator for more information!

Virtual Summer Coding & Biology Camp For 3rd-12th Grades June 7-11, 2021 July 12-16, 2021 $10 non-refundable fee per camp Register by May 19, 2021! harmonytx.org/UTDsignup Camp Course Details: harmonytx.org/UTDcamp21 Contact your campus student success & engagement coordinator for more information!

Virtual Summer

Coding & Biology Camp

For 3rd-12th Grades

June 7-11, 2021

July 12-16, 2021

$10 non-refundable fee per camp

Register by May 19, 2021!

harmonytx.org/UTDsignup

Camp Course Details:

harmonytx.org/UTDcamp21

Contact your campus student success & engagement coordinator for more information!

Please click here for more information

 

 

Harmony Public Schools is excited to announce a new partnership with Texas’ favorite designer jewelry brand Kendra Scott.
As part of the brand’s “Shop for Good” community initiative, Kendra Scott will be donating 20 percent of all sales during a two-day event in May to Harmony’s COVID-19 Gap Fund, which supports teachers and student families struggling with financial uncertainty due to COVID-19.

To participate, simply purchase any item from select Kendra Scott stores from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, May 4 or online at KendraScott.com anytime May 4 & 5, and have 20% of your purchase automatically donated to the HPS COVID-19 Gap Fund when you use promo code “GIVEBACK-1D9P” at checkout.

To learn more or RSVP in order to receive reminders, visit https://www.HarmonyTX.org/KendraScott.
Participating Texas store locations include (5-7 p.m. May 4 only):

AUSTIN
• The Domain: 11506 Century Oaks Terrace, Austin, TX
• Lamar: 3800 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX
• South Congress: 1701 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX

DFW
• ClearFork: 5217 Marathon Ave, Fort Worth, TX
• Preston Center: 8383 Preston Center, Dallas, TX
• Highland Village: 1500 Cottonwood Creek, Highland Village, TX
• Plano: 5800 Legacy Dr, Plano, TX

EL PASO
• La Villita: 6801 North Mesa Street, El Paso, TX

HOUSTON
• Bay Brook: 700 Baybrook Mall, Friendswood, TX
• City Centre: 806 Town & Country, Houston, TX
• Cypress: 9945 Barker Cypress, Cypress, TX
• Highland Village: 2701 A Drexel Dr Houston, TX
• Katy: 23501 Cinco Ranch, Katy, TX
• Sugar Land: 16535 Southwest Fwy, Sugar Land, TX

ODESSA
• Commons at North Park: 2900 Loop 250 Frontage Road, Midland, TX

SAN ANTONIO
• The Quarry: 310 E Basse Rd, San Antonio, TX
• La Cantera: 15900 La Cantera Pkwy, San Antonio, TX

SHOP ONLINE USING PROMO CODE GIVEBACK-1D9P (May 4 & 5):
https://www.KendraScott.com

About Kendra Scott
Kendra Scott is a leading jewelry brand named for its founder Kendra Scott, a single mom from Texas who created a fashion empire by making and selling jewelry from her home. The brand now has store locations in almost every state and three countries (though their headquarters are still right here in Texas). Their founder is also well known for her frequent appearances as an investor on TV’s “Shark Tank.”

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: You are Cordially Invited to Attend Harmony School of Excellence-Laredo 2021-2022 Campus Improvement Plan Meeting 2020-2021 Program Evaluation April 15, 2021 5:00 p.m. Zoom: https://harmonytx.zoom.us/j/88928071973 Goal/Purpose: Review 2020-2021 CIP-Program Evaluation and develop 2021-2022 CIP Agenda I. Purpose of CIP II. Review Campus/District Comprehensive Needs Assessment (CNA) III. Program Evaluation 2020-2021 IV. Review of Data V. Areas for Improvement and Priority of Needs VI. Review previous year’s CIP VII. Revise and Develop Goals, Objectives and Strategies for the new CIP VIII. Comments, Q&A

 

DEAR PARENTS:  You are Cordially Invited to Attend  Harmony School of Excellence-Laredo  2021-2022 Campus Improvement Plan Meeting  2020-2021 Program Evaluation     April 15, 2021  5:00 p.m.  Zoom: https://harmonytx.zoom.us/j/88928071973     Goal/Purpose:  Review 2020-2021 CIP-Program Evaluation and develop 2021-2022 CIP     Agenda  Purpose of CIP Review Campus/District Comprehensive Needs Assessment (CNA) Program Evaluation 2020-2021 Review of Data Areas for Improvement and Priority of Needs Review previous year’s CIP Revise and Develop Goals, Objectives and Strategies for the new CIP Comments, Q&A

DEAR PARENTS:

You are Cordially Invited to Attend

Harmony School of Excellence-Laredo

2021-2022 Campus Improvement Plan Meeting

2020-2021 Program Evaluation

April 15, 2021

5:00 p.m.

Zoom: https://harmonytx.zoom.us/j/88928071973

 

Goal/Purpose:  Review 2020-2021 CIP-Program Evaluation and develop 2021-2022 CIP

Agenda

  • Purpose of CIP
  • Review Campus/District Comprehensive Needs Assessment (CNA)
  • Program Evaluation 2020-2021
  • Review of Data
  • Areas for Improvement and Priority of Needs
  • Review previous year’s CIP
  • Revise and Develop Goals, Objectives and Strategies for the new CIP
  • Comments, Q&A
Harmony School of Excellence - Laredo is taking the No Kid Hungry Pledge

Harmony School of Excellence - Laredo is taking the No Kid Hungry Pledge

 

Harmony School of Excellence – Laredo is taking the No Kid Hungry Pledge.

For more information please click here

Flyer that reads: The Thursday, April 8 District Spring Safety Committee Meeting will feature Police Officer Bryant of the San Antonio Police Department. Officer Bryant will discuss best practice safety measures for any school campus, when to involve your local police, and how to best collaborate and communicate with authorities to meet the ever-changing safety needs of your campus. Presentation and Q&A.

The Thursday, April 8 District Spring Safety Committee Meeting will feature Police Officer Bryant of the San Antonio Police Department. Officer Bryant will discuss best practice safety measures for any school campus, when to involve your local police, and how to best collaborate and communicate with authorities to meet the ever-changing safety needs of your campus. Presentation and Q&A.

Flyer that reads: The Thursday, April 8 District Spring Safety Committee Meeting will feature Police Officer Bryant of the San Antonio Police Department. Officer Bryant will discuss best practice safety measures for any school campus, when to involve your local police, and how to best collaborate and communicate with authorities to meet the ever-changing safety needs of your campus. Presentation and Q&A.

NOW IS THE TIME TO UNITE! EXPRESS YOUR VOICE! 2021 UNITED, WE CREATE! ART CONTEST Judging Categories K-2 3-5 6-8 9-12 NO ENTRANCE FEE A Perspective On Unity Submission Categories 2D- (drawings, paintings, mixed-media, digital) 3D- (sculpture, any medium) Performance Art-3-5 min. Video (music, dance, drama) SUBMIT ART BY MAY 3, 2021 Click the link to sign up Harmony Public Schools SA District Office 6812 Alamo Downs Parkway SA, TX 78238

NOW IS THE TIME TO UNITE! EXPRESS YOUR VOICE! 2021 UNITED, WE CREATE! ART CONTEST Judging Categories K-2 3-5 6-8 9-12 NO ENTRANCE FEE A Perspective On Unity Submission Categories 2D- (drawings, paintings, mixed-media, digital) 3D- (sculpture, any medium) Performance Art-3-5 min. Video (music, dance, drama) SUBMIT ART BY MAY 3, 2021 Click the link to sign up Harmony Public Schools SA District Office 6812 Alamo Downs Parkway SA, TX 78238

NOW IS THE TIME TO UNITE! EXPRESS YOUR VOICE!

2021 UNITED, WE CREATE!

ART CONTEST

Judging Categories

  • K-2

  • 3-5

  • 6-8

  • 9-12

NO ENTRANCE FEE

A Perspective On Unity

Submission Categories

2D- (drawings, paintings, mixed-media, digital)

3D- (sculpture, any medium)

Performance Art-3-5 min. Video (music, dance, drama)

SUBMIT ART BY MAY 3, 2021

Click the link to sign up

Harmony Public Schools SA District Office
6812 Alamo Downs Parkway SA, TX 78238

For More Information on District Art Competition Please Click Here

Harmony School of Excellence - Laredo

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Harmony Public Schools is committed to providing your child with the best possible education. To do that, we need to hear from them about our district, our schools, and the education we provide. That’s why we’re asking students to take our School Culture Survey.

The survey asks for feedback on student support, academic preparation, safety and behavior, school leadership, and family involvement. The results will help us determine our strengths, identify opportunities for improvement, and develop responsive action plans.

The survey is open March 23, 2021 – April 9, 2021. Students in grades 6-12 will have an opportunity to take the survey at school. Although they will use their student ID to access the survey, their responses will be strictly confidential.

We’re partnering with independent research and communications firm K12 Insight to administer the survey and compile the results. No one from the district or your child’s school will know how your child responds.

With your child’s candid feedback, I’m confident we can shape the right futures for the district and our schools. Thank you for being a part of the Harmony Public Schools family.

Sincerely,

Alan Chetin

Principal

For more information about the survey, please contact HSE front office at 956.791.0007

 

The purpose of this announcement is to inform our HPS communities about changes to the Student Success Initiative (SSI) promotion/retention and retesting requirements for the 2020–2021 school year. In light of past and anticipated impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Commissioner of Education has waived grade promotion requirements for students in fifth and eighth grade for the 2020–2021 school year. Notwithstanding anything the contrary in prior policy or procedure, Harmony Public Schools will comply with the Commissioner’s waiver of SSI requirements for this school year.

For additional information, please click on this link to review TEA’s correspondence in regards to the matter: Waiver of the Student Success Initiative (SSI) Promotion Requirements)

Dear Parents and Scholars, Harmony School of Excellence - Laredo, Harmony Science Academy - Laredo, and Harmony School of Innovation - Laredo are working together to give back to individuals in our community. With the support from our Harmony family (scholars, parents, and staff), we will serve our community with kindness by preparing and donating personal care packages to the Laredo Police Department and Sheriff Department which will be issued to community members in need. For any questions please call our front office at (956) 791-0007.

Dear Parents and Scholars, Harmony School of Excellence - Laredo, Harmony Science Academy - Laredo, and Harmony School of Innovation - Laredo are working together to give back to individuals in our community. With the support from our Harmony family (scholars, parents, and staff), we will serve our community with kindness by preparing and donating personal care packages to the Laredo Police Department and Sheriff Department which will be issued to community members in need. For any questions please call our front office at (956) 791-0007.

Dear Parents and Scholars,

Harmony School of Excellence – Laredo, Harmony Science Academy – Laredo, and Harmony School of Innovation – Laredo are working together to give back to individuals in our community.

With the support from our Harmony family (scholars, parents, and staff), we will serve our community with kindness by preparing and donating personal care packages to the Laredo Police Department and Sheriff Department which will be issued to community members in need.

For any questions please call our front office at (956) 791-0007.

Virtual Spring Break Coding & Biology Camp for 1st-12th Grades March 15-19, 2021 $10 non-refundable fee per camp Register by March 8, 2021! harmonytx.org/camp21 All campers can attend career and college guidance webinars & interact with industry professionals. Camp Course Details: harmonytx.org/UTDcamp Contact your campus engagement & support coordinator for more information!

Virtual Spring Break  Coding & Biology Camp for 1st-12th Grades March 15-19, 2021 $10 non-refundable fee per camp   Register by March 8, 2021!  harmonytx.org/camp21 All campers can attend career and college guidance webinars & interact with industry professionals. Camp Course Details: harmonytx.org/UTDcamp  Contact your campus engagement & support coordinator for more information!

Virtual Spring Break Coding & Biology Camp for 1st-12th Grades March 15-19, 2021

$10 non-refundable fee per camp

Register by March 8, 2021!

harmonytx.org/camp21

All campers can attend career and college guidance webinars & interact
with industry professionals.

Camp Course Details:

harmonytx.org/UTDcamp

Contact your campus engagement & support coordinator for more information!

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 by clicking here.

Teachers and other staff members of Harmony Public Schools will receive a major upgrade to their employer-paid benefits package after the Harmony Public Schools Executive Board unanimously approved a sweeping new benefits expansion.

 

The package will go into effect later this spring with the start of Harmony’s annual benefits enrollment period, and includes new employer-paid benefits related to health care, retirement, and life insurance.

 

“The past year, the world has seen the true value of our teachers and team members in a way they never have before,” Harmony Public Schools CEO Fatih Ay said. “These professionals who take such good care of our students deserve to know that they are being taken care of, as well – both their immediate needs and their long-term needs. So we are excited to be able to offer them an additional set of benefits that saves them money on their health care costs each month, while also helping them prepare for their retirement down the road.”

 

The new benefits include:

 

MATCHING RETIREMENT CONTRIBUTIONS: Exempt employees can receive 100% matching contribution to employee 403(b) and/or 457(b) plan, up to $1,500 annually depending on tenure of service. This is in addition to employee’s TRS Retirement System Benefits.

 

  • Previously: No employer matching contribution. 

 

FREE VISION: Free vision care for employees.

 

  • Previously: Employee-paid supplemental benefit.

 

FREE DENTAL: Free dental care for employees. 

  • Previously: Employee-paid supplemental benefit.

INCREASED FREE LIFE INSURANCE POLICY: Free $100,000 life insurance policy for all Exempt employees.

 

  • Previously: Free $20,000 life insurance policy.

 

The package amounts to a roughly $2.4 million estimated increase in annual expenditure on employer-paid benefits for the Texas-based school system. However, Harmony Public Schools CEO Fatih Ay said the investment was worth it because of the positive impact on employee quality of life, work-life balance, and workplace satisfaction.

 

“The investments with the best returns are always the investment made in people,” Ay said. “We’ll continue to make these kinds of investments on behalf of our employees as often as we can.” 

 

The expansion was the fourth major announcement related to employee benefits made by Harmony in the past year. The school system also announced two employee bonuses last year, as well as a promise to continue independently offering the now-expired federal COVID-19 leave benefits for impacted employees.

 

For a full list of Harmony Public Schools employer-paid and supplemental benefits, please visit https://www.harmonytx.org/benefits.

 

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. 

 

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.

 

Honesty Acceptance Wisdom Kindness Service

Dyslexia Open House

Date: January 26, 2021

Time: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Location: Zoom Meeting

Link Below:

https://harmonytx.zoom.us/

Honesty Acceptance Wisdom Kindness Service

Spring break for most DFW schools is either March 8-12 or March 15-19. So, we are running most camps in both weeks! # of camps have been greatly expanded (thanks to partnerships with Rex Academy & Wize Computing Academy): Minecraft, Kodu, Robotics, Cybersecurity, Virtual Reality & 3D modeling. UTD Biology department will offer a Biology camp as well. We have added two camps for 1st & 2nd graders too. Visit sites.google.com/view/utdsbcc21 for all the details and register here.

Hello parents,

Happy new year! Thanks to State Farm sponsorship, we are thrilled to offer FREE Saturday Coding Clubs for the community!! We will start on February 6 and these 1-hour sessions go on for 10 Saturdays. RSVP is not required. Visit Facebook or Meetup and select your club under Feb 6, find the webinar room link (MS Teams) there to join!

Hello parents,    Happy new year! Thanks to State Farm sponsorship, we are thrilled to offer FREE Saturday Coding Clubs for the community!! We will start on February 6 and these 1-hour sessions go on for 10 Saturdays. RSVP is not required. Visit Facebook or Meetup and select your club under Feb 6, find the webinar room link (MS Teams) there to join!

 

Spring break for most DFW schools is either March 8-12 or March 15-19. So, we are running most camps in both weeks! # of camps have been greatly expanded (thanks to partnerships with Rex Academy & Wize Computing Academy): Minecraft, Kodu, Robotics, Cybersecurity, Virtual Reality & 3D modeling. UTD Biology department will offer a Biology camp as well. We have added two camps for 1st & 2nd graders too. Visit sites.google.com/view/utdsbcc21 for all the details and register here.

Spring break for most DFW schools is either March 8-12 or March 15-19. So, we are running most camps in both weeks! # of camps have been greatly expanded (thanks to partnerships with Rex Academy & Wize Computing Academy): Minecraft, Kodu, Robotics, Cybersecurity, Virtual Reality & 3D modeling. UTD Biology department will offer a Biology camp as well. We have added two camps for 1st & 2nd graders too. Visit sites.google.com/view/utdsbcc21 for all the details and register here.

Our summer camp schedule will be posted in 2 weeks or so. Stay tuned!

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Esteemed Harmony Family,

 

I hope that you had an enjoyable winter break and are looking forward to an exceptional semester!  We are proud to announce that we plan to open an Early College High School (ECHS) program starting the 2021-2022 school year, free of cost.  The ECHS initiative provides students the opportunity to earn an associate’s degree or up to 60 college credit hours toward a bachelor’s degree while in high school.  Please note the following:

1) You may access our brochure for more details about the program. The brochure contains information on the initiative, the purpose, eligibility, benefits, expectations, and important dates.

2) The application is open to any interested 8th grade student from any school and can be accessed by clicking on this link. The application must be completed and submitted by February 5th, 2021.

3) Students interested in applying for the ECHS must also submit one of the following:

  1. a) The Reenrollment Form (scholars who currently attend HSA-Laredo)
  2. b) The school’s general application (students currently enrolled in a school other than Harmony)

 

We look forward to offering this new and exciting opportunity to our scholars– have an exceptional day and do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!

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. 

 

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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.
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2019–20 School Report Card

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.

 

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Dear Esteemed Harmony Parent,

Attached you will find a copy of the State of Texas 2019–20 School Report Card for Harmony School of Excellence-Laredo. This report is required by the Texas Legislature and prepared by the Texas Education Agency. It is to be sent to the parent or guardian of every child enrolled in a Texas public school. The report provides information concerning student performance on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®), as well as information on student enrollment, class size averages, and financial expenditures. Due to COVID-19, STAAR® assessments were cancelled for the 2019–20 school year. Therefore, several data points have not been updated, including STAAR® and academic growth data.

The information contained in the School Report Card is required by state law and is briefly described in the enclosed “2019–20 School Report Card Definitions.” The report for our school may or may not have all the information described because the information presented depends on whether the school is an elementary, middle, or high school.

State law requires that the School Report Card display information about the state, the district, and the school. Where possible, the information must be reported by race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status of the students and must include at least two years of results.

The School Report Cards can be found online at

https://tea.texas.gov/Student_Testing_and_Accountability/Accountability/State_Account ability/Performance_Reporting/School_Report_Cards

A more complete report about Harmony School of Excellence-Laredo, the Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR), is available by contacting my office or can be accessed online at

https://rptsvr1.tea.texas.gov/perfreport/tapr/index.html

Please contact me if you have any questions concerning this report card. Thank you for your continued support of Harmony School of Excellence-Laredo.

Sincerely,

Ahmet Cetin

Principal

For more information please click here

 

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Estimado Padre de Familia:

Adjunto a esta carta encontrará una copia del reporte de las Calificaciones Escolares del Estado de Texas 2019–20 para Harmony School of Excellence-Laredo. Estas Calificaciones Escolares son requeridas por la Legislatura del Estado de Texas y preparadas por el departamento de educación estatal. Este reporte debe ser mandado a los padres o al guardián/mentor de cada estudiante inscrito en una escuela pública. Estas calificaciones ofrecen información concerniente al progreso académico de los estudiantes y también información sobre el número de inscripciones estudiantiles, tamaño promedio del salón escolar, y gastos escolares.

La ley estatal requiere que la información en estas calificaciones sea diseminada. Usted encontrará una breve descripción en el adjunto “Definiciones de las Calificaciones Escolares 2019–20.” El reporte que ha recibido puede o no contener toda la información descrita en estas definiciones pues el reportaje de estos datos depende de si la escuela es una primaria, secundaria o preparatoria.

La ley estatal también requiere que la información sea provista a nivel del estado, del distrito escolar, y de nuestra escuela. Esta información debe ser reportada, en tanto sea posible, por grupo étnico/raza y estatus socioeconómico de los estudiantes y debe de incluir por lo menos dos años de resultados.

También puede encontrar estas calificaciones (school report card) en el internet bajo

https://tea.texas.gov/Student_Testing_and_Accountability/Accountability/State_Accountability/Performance_Reporting/School_Report_Cards

Usted puede obtener un reporte más completo sobre nuestra escuela en el informe del Reporte del Desempeño Académico de Texas (TAPR) ya sea que lo pida aquí en la escuela, o lo puede obtener en el internet bajo

https://rptsvr1.tea.texas.gov/perfreport/tapr/index.html

Por favor póngase en contacto con nosotros si tiene cualquier pregunta concerniente a este reporte de calificaciones escolares. Le agradezco su constante apoyo de nuestra escuela.

Sinceramente,

Ahmet Cetin

Director

 

 

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Harmony Family,

We hope you enjoy our first podcast created by our 12th grade scholars.

Have a wonderful winter break!

To view the update, click the link below:
http://harmonytx.schoology.com/school/2570237745/update/3439239996

THERE WILL BE NO CLASSES FOR SCHOLARS ON FRIDAY, DEC. 18 MAY ALL OUR SCHOLARS, AND THEIR PARENTS. HAVE A SAFE AND RESTFUL WINTER BREAK: DEC. 18-JAN. 5, 2021

THERE WILL BE NO CLASSES FOR SCHOLARS ON FRIDAY, DEC. 18 MAY	ALL OUR SCHOLARS, AND	THEIR PARENTS. HAVE A SAFE AND RESTFUL WINTER BREAK: DEC. 18-JAN. 5, 2021

 

MAY ALL OUR SCHOLARS,

AND THEIR PARENTS, HAVE

A SAFE AND RESTFUL

WINTER BREAK:

DEC. 18-JAN. 5, 2021

Univeristy of Texas at Dallas Department of Computer Science offers Virtual Winter Break Coding Camps for Harmony School Students! Monday-Thursday, December 28-31, 2020 (4 days) Level 0: 1st - 2nd graders 2-3pm Explore coding with code.org Level 1: 3rd-5th graders 10am-12pm Light up coding with Microbit Math & Scratch 2-4pm Animations with Scratch Level 2: 6th-8th graders 10am-1pm Enjoyable Coding with JavaScript Web page design 2-5pm 3D animations with Alice JavaScript with Microbit Level 3: 9th-12th graders 10am-1pm Introductory Coding in Python 2-5pm Introductory Coding in Java Windows PC / Mac / Chromebook is required (Alice camp requires Windows or Mac) $10 nonrefundable fee per camp OK for advanced students to attend next level Register by Dec 21st @ bit.ly/wbc-hs20 Camps will be on Microsoft Teams platform Camp descriptions at utdallas.edu/k12/desc

Univeristy of Texas at Dallas Department of Computer Science offers Virtual Winter Break Coding Camps for Harmony School Students! Monday-Thursday, December 28-31, 2020 (4 days)  Level 0: 1st - 2nd graders	2-3pm	Explore coding with code.org  Level 1: 3rd-5th graders	10am-12pm	Light up coding with Microbit Math & Scratch 	2-4pm	Animations with Scratch  Level 2: 6th-8th graders	10am-1pm	Enjoyable Coding with JavaScript Web page design 	2-5pm	3D animations with Alice JavaScript with Microbit Level 3: 9th-12th graders	10am-1pm	Introductory Coding in Python 	2-5pm	Introductory Coding in Java Windows PC / Mac / Chromebook is required (Alice camp requires Windows or Mac) $10 nonrefundable fee per camp OK for advanced students to attend next level Register by Dec 21st @ bit.ly/wbc-hs20 Camps will be on Microsoft Teams platform Camp descriptions at utdallas.edu/k12/desc

University of Texas at Dallas

Department of Computer Science offers

Virtual Winter Break Coding Camps for Harmony School Students!

Monday-Thursday, December 28-31, 2020 (4 days)

  • Level 0: 1st – 2nd graders 2-3pm Explore coding with code.org
  • Level 1: 3rd-5th graders 10am-12pm Light up coding with Microbit Math & Scratch 2-4pm Animations with Scratch
  • Level 2: 6th-8th graders 10am-1pm Enjoyable Coding with JavaScript Web page design 2-5pm 3D animations with Alice JavaScript with Microbit
  • Level 3: 9th-12th graders 10am-1pm Introductory Coding in Python 2-5pm Introductory Coding in Java

Windows PC / Mac / Chromebook is required (Alice camp requires Windows or Mac) $10 nonrefundable fee per camp OK for advanced students to attend next level Register by Dec 21st @ bit.ly/wbc-hs20 Camps will be on Microsoft Teams platform Camp descriptions at utdallas.edu/k12/desc

For more information please click here