August 19, 2022
PRINCIPAL WELCOME BACK LETTER TO HSA FAMILIES
Dear HSA Families,
As the principal of Harmony School of Advancement-Houston campus. On behalf of the staff at Harmony School of Advancement-Houston, I am happy to welcome you to the 2022-23 school year! We are all excited to have students back in our classrooms filling them with energy and enthusiasm for learning. Whatever we do, our students must know we are standing with them every step of the way. I am here, as a leader and a father of six children. We will succeed as one unified family, leaving no one behind. For our children’s sake, we must succeed. We strive to challenge each student to grow in his/her academic abilities. At HSA, we have great teachers who spend hours planning and creating classroom activities to engage our students in learning. The exciting addition of new staff, new families, and new programs will make our school better.
I have been in education for over 18 years. My experiences in education have prepared me well for this new role at HSA. In the Harmony system, I have served as a teacher, Department Chair, Assistant Principal, and Head Counselor. I hold a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Texas at Tyler and a doctoral degree in the same field from the American College of Education. I believe teamwork is the ultimate way a school can be successful in reaching the goal of helping a student attain his or her full potential.
As the HSA leadership team and staff, we believe that all of us – the school and the community – must work together in an extended family environment to ensure success for all our students. We believe it is everyone’s responsibility to empower children with the creative, intellectual, and decision-making skills necessary for them to become academically, socially, physically, and emotionally successful and responsible. With that in mind, you are invited to be an active participant at the HSA campus. Whether you are a classroom volunteer, a member of the PTO, a special event participant, or a member of one of our school communities, you are encouraged to be involved!
I am honored to serve as the principal of the HSA campus. It is truly a privilege to serve such a remarkable district’s students, parents, staff, and community. My goal is to ensure that all children are healthy, happy, and safe, so they may learn as much as they possible. I will work tirelessly to ensure all students have the best possible experience while at HSA. Supporting our kids to do well at school, and in their lives, is the center of our work. I am honored to have the opportunity to serve this community and will work hard to gain your trust and respect as your principal.
It is my desire to keep you informed of all that is taking place at school. Up-to-date and additional information will be sent to you periodically. I am a visible principal who believes that the best part of my job is visiting the students in all areas of the school and meeting parents periodically. I believe that keeping the school atmosphere positive is the key to success as well as keeping the lines of communication open among staff, students, and parents. I will conduct the Coffee with the Principal event on the first Thursday of every other month from 8:30 – 9:30 am. Please R.S.V.P by clicking this link if you will be able to make it.
I am looking forward to a productive partnership with you to ensure our children can achieve their highest potential. We recognize that in order to be successful in school, our children need support from both the home and school. We know a strong partnership with you will make a great difference in your child’s education. As partners, we share the responsibility for our children’s success and want you to know that we will do our very best to carry out our responsibilities.
I hope to have a wonderful school year for 2022-2023 and I look forward to working with all of you!
CONGRATULATIONS TO UNSH R.!
Unsh R., a senior at our school completed a summer internship with NASA under the SIP program. As part of this internship, Unsh developed a distributed application for remote control of robots over the internet as well as through radio protocols. The application will be used by the ARISS program to prepare students prior to their contact with the International Space Station (ISS).
Students can apply for the SIP program at https://intern.nasa.gov/, and apply to the intern program. This is a full-time paid internship and which can result in recommendations for college applications.
Registration is open for after-school clubs! We have a pretty fantastic spectrum of activities for students of all ages to participate in this spring!
Click here for the list of clubs and their descriptions:
Click here to register:
*Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis; completing this form does not guarantee acceptance into the club.
All registrations will be closed on Wednesday, August 31.
Contact listed club advisor for detailed club information
General questions about clubs can be sent to email@example.com.
HSA ARRIVAL & DISMISSAL PROCEDURES 2022-2023
Dear HSA Families,
I hope you have had a great start to the week. Please click HERE for the HSA Arrival & Dismissal Procedures 2022-2023.
Thanks and you have a great rest of your day.
Estimadas familias de HSA,
Espero que hayas tenido un gran comienzo de semana. Por favor haz click AQUÍ para los procedimientos de llegada y salida de HSA 2022-2023.
Gracias y que tengas un gran resto de tu día.
Schedule change requests will be accepted starting, August 17, 2022 and will be ending on, September 2, 2022.
Students will NOT be notified of schedule changes. It is the student's responsibility to check their Skyward account and email for a schedule change.
***Schedule changes based on teacher preference will not be honored. The administration reserves the right and has the responsibility to only make changes as necessary to meet graduation requirements, balance class sizes, correct administrative or clerical error, reflect changes in school personnel, or other educationally appropriate reasons.
Therefore you may only request schedule changes upon the reasons listed below:
1. Course needed for graduation requirement
2. Student completed a course credit during summer school and has provided proof to counselor
3. Student has already taken the course during regular school year
4. Student needs to drop advanced level course (PreAP/AP/DC) for on-level course
5. Student qualifies for upper level course (has completed prerequisite course with an 80+
average all year)
**A change will NOT be granted if it conflicts with graduation requirements or creates a class with more than 25 students**
Schedule Change Requests will NOT be accepted after, 4:00 P.M September 2nd.
Senior Early Release Information and Agreement
The following requirements apply to all students seeking for early release privilege:
● Must have 22 credits starting senior year- no exceptions.
● Passed the required STAAR EOC assessments in English I, English II, Algebra I, Biology and U.S. History; along with meeting applicable graduation requirements.
● Enrolled in at least one (1) Dual Credit course that is not taught on our campus
● Early release starts at 1:44 PM (Mon., Tues., Thurs. , Fri. ) and 1:05 PM (Wed.).
Students must adhere to the rules and guidelines for early release as outlined below:
● The student/Parent must sign and return an Early Release application form to his/her counselor. ● Students who have been released early cannot remain on school grounds beyond their sign-out time, unless under the direct supervision of a teacher or administrator.
● The student must notify his / her counselor if there is a change in his/her status.
● The student must get an early release pass from the front office.
● Participation to Early Release is not a right, but a privilege. HSA has the right to revoke the Early
Release program anytime if the following reasons occur:
o If the student fails to comply or is unable to complete the required class work,
o Excessive absenteeism and/or tardiness to school or class.
o If the student is suspended for serious offenses or commits excessive violations of the student Code of Conduct.
o Any other reason as deemed necessary by the school administration.
● Students must sign out at the front office each day or will receive disciplinary action will be taken against the student who leaves and returns to the campus without having written permission from administration.
I have read, understand, and agree to abide by all requirements listed above. I also understand that Early Release is NOT a right; it is a privilege that may be revoked by the school
Student Assistance Form
HPS HOME VISIT PATH PROGRAM
Harmony Public Schools implemented home visits over a decade ago now called the HPS PATH Program. We are proud to announce that all 6 districts and 60 campuses are active participants in the HPS PATH Program.
Home visits are intended to develop a positive and impactful relationship with families. This is an opportunity to get to know you and your child in the comfort of your own home. Time is taken to share your hopes and dreams for your student, academic expectations, and share school resources. Home visits are not parent/teacher conferences. They are meant to “get to know each other” and to build a viable relationship for the academic benefit of your child.
Studies show that this program has increased student achievement and improved parent engagement in schools. It has brought about closer together and created opportunities for better communications between home and school.
We are excited about the HPS PATH Program and look forward to meeting with you and your students. Schedule your home visit, either virtually or in person, with your child’s teacher today!
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Harmony Grow Your Own Educational Assistance Program Application
Harmony Public School's Grow Your Own Teacher Program (GYOT) is an innovative fellowship developed to prepare HPS's future educators and leaders. Our program provides a competitive financial opportunity – up to $20,000 for four years – for current HPS students and/or HPS graduates to pursue a bachelor's degree that leads to teacher certification.
In addition, GYOT participants will receive professional development from central office experts, one-on-one coaching from a highly qualified teacher mentor, and networking opportunities with student colleagues from across Texas. Participants will earn teacher's certification before returning to serve as an HPS classroom teacher.
Application Link: https://www.harmonytx.org/careers#gyot
Application Deadline: April 1, 2022.
GYOT Application Link