March 31 , 2021
IN THIS ISSUE
- Upcoming Events
- Good Friday
- The School Quality Survey For Parents
- March Student Led Newsletter
- April STAAR Test
- E-Sport Game
- Harmony Science & Engineering Fair
- The US Naval Academy Summer Programs
- Honors Enrollment Criteria
- Virtual Home Visits
- School Menus
- Character School
- HELPFUL LINKS FOR PARENTS AND STUDENTS
- SAF( Student Assistance Form)
- HST Admin & Coordinator Team
Reminder of the next Student & Staff holiday on Friday April 2nd. in observance of Good Friday.
The School Quality Survey For Parents
Everyone has a voice in Harmony Public Schools’ ongoing pursuit of educational excellence, and I am asking for candid feedback about your child's campus. We want to hear your thoughts on critical issues, including academics, student support, parent engagement, diversity, school operations, and the accessibility of school leaders.
This survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Your answers are strictly confidential, so please answer honestly. Reports will share only the overall results and will not identify individuals. No one in the district will know if you participated unless you identify yourself in the open-ended comments.
Engaging in ongoing, two-way dialogue is critical to providing your children with the best possible education. After the survey closes, we will share the findings and the steps we’re taking as a result of your feedback.
Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts.
Harmony Public Schools
APRIL STAAR TEST
-ALL STAAR tests will be taken IN-PERSON at campus.
-ALL MAP tests will be completed online. On-campus learners will be allowed to return to campus for MAP testing, all others will remain at home for MAP testing.
-Students should arrive on campus no later than 8AM on testing days.
-Dismissal is 1PM on testing days.
-Please remember to leave plenty of time in the morning for drop-off. We will be checking temperatures of all individuals in the drop-off vehicle, and this will result in drop-off taking more time than usual.
-ALL classes from May 6-21 will be asychronous. Grades and attendance will be taken as usual.
-All students who attend on campus will learn from home from May 6-18. They may return to campus May 19-26.
-Students on campus for testing days MUST follow all safety procedures, including wearing a mask at all times.
-Students do not have to be in uniform but must adhere to campus dress code policies.
APRIL STAAR TEST SCHEDULE
Light It Up With Kindness - World Autism Month
World Autism Awareness Day is internationally recognized on 2 April every year and is
aimed to shine a light on autism to increase awareness about people and especially
children who have autism. It was proposed by the United Nations representative from Qatar,
Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al-Missend, Consort, the Emir of the State of
Qatar to encourage all Member States of the United Nations to take measures to raise
awareness about people with autistic spectrum disorders including autism and Asperger
syndrome throughout the world. Autism affects both men and women of all races in all
countries. World Autism Awareness Day There is also hope to develop world knowledge
about autism and deliver information on how important it is to detect an early diagnosis. It
was designated by the United Nations General Assembly resolution (A/RES/62/139). World
Autism Awareness Day", passed in council on 1 November 2007, and adopted on 18
December 2007. This resolution was passed and adopted without a vote in the UN General
Assembly, mainly as a supplement to previous UN initiatives to improve human rights. The
establishment of the second day of April as World Autism Awareness Day officially began in
2008. World Autism Day is one of only seven official health-specific UN Days. The day itself
brings individual autism organizations together all around the world to aid in like research,
diagnoses, treatment, and acceptance for those with a developmental path affected by
autism. Invitation to Member States and other relevant organizations to the UN or the
international societal system, including non-governmental organizations and the private
sector, to create initiatives to raise public awareness of autism.
WE EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE THAT OUR FIRST LIVE STREAM ESPORTS GAME BETWEEN HARMONY PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY WILL TAKE PLACE ON FRIDAY, APRIL 16TH AT 6:00 PM. SAVE THE DATE! THIS EXHIBITION EVENT WILL BE BROADCASTED ON TWITCH.TV CHANNEL.
Harmony Science Engineering Fair
H-SEF 2021 Virtual Judging Procedure
Registration Deadline: April 5th 2021.
Online judging for H-SEF 2021 will take place in two rounds:
Round 0: Qualification round: All submissions will be reviewed by H-SEF coordinators and projects will qualify to compete in Round 1 if they meet project quality checklist.
Round 1 – April 23-May 3, 2021 – Online Asynchronous
All volunteer judges will participate in Round 1. Students will prepare and upload project materials (Project forms, Abstract, research plan, project presentation, project poster, and a video presentation), to our judging platform (RocketJudge).
Judges will access the platform to review their assigned projects asynchronously, post written questions to students, and assign scores. Judges will work in teams of three or four to review the same set of projects and the top 20% of the category projects will move up to round 2.
Round 2 – May 15, 2021 (Saturday) – Online Live Interviews
Only volunteers serving as lead judges or H-SEF coordinators will participate in Round 2. Students who advance to round 2 will present their work during live interviews with our lead judges using our online platform (RocketJudge). All interviews will be scheduled to take place on May 15th 2021 between 9:00 AM and 12:00 PM central time. Each interview will include student presenters and at least two lead judges and will last 15 minutes. Make up interviews resulting from technical difficulties for judges or students will be scheduled in the afternoon on Saturday, May 15th 2021. Once all projects are reviewed and scored, H-SEF coordinators will rank projects based on their scores to select place award winners.
Here is the competitor link: https://rocketjudge.com/register/C2OTHi0p
Registration Deadline for competitors: April 5th 2021.
The US Naval Academy Summer Programs
Summer STEM (https://www.usna.edu/Admissions/Programs/STEM.php) is for current 8th, 9th and 10th graders, while Summer Seminar (https://www.usna.edu/Admissions/Programs/NASS.php) is for current 11th graders.
Honors Enrollment Criteria
Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students,
Criteria to enroll in the Algebra-1 and Biology courses at 8th grade and Pre-AP Courses in 6th and 7th grade. Students should be at least 81 percentile in the NWEA Math and ELA test. Students should finish 90 percent of online programs (ALEKS, MyOn, and NoRedInk).
Have you scheduled your family's virtual home visit yet?!
Our Virtual Home Visits are a 30-minute scheduled video call between a teacher and a student’s family, from the teacher’s home or classroom to the family’s home help parents establish strong relationships with the school and teachers, even when they cannot meet face-to-face. During these unprecedented times, HST teachers and staff will continue to visit our families virtually until it is safe to return to campus.
Home visits has positive effects on student’s learning, and social and emotional improvement.
Benefits for students include:
- Students whose parents agree to home visits, have better behavior and conduct,
- Improved academic performance, student attendance
- A better ease at learning, and trust of their teacher,
- Forms a higher level of respect for teachers, themselves and others.
Benefits for parents include:
- Parents are secure knowing that teachers genuinely care for the welfare of their children.
- Creates a trusting bond between the teacher and parent.
- Parents feel confident that their child’s future is in the hands of teachers who go beyond the call of duty to guarantee each student’s prosperity.
- Allows parents to become a part of the school environment.
Harmony teachers visit more than 7,000 homes each year. We encourage you to contact your child's teachers to request your virtual home visit today!
Free Meals Available
Don't forget, Harmony Public Schools is offering free meals for all children ages 18 and under. Students under 21 who are currently enrolled in a school and are identified as mentally or physically disabled are also eligible. Free breakfast and lunch will be available daily for students attending classes at the school. For distance learners, meal boxes will be available for pick up at Harmony School of Advancement, 3171 N. Sam Houston Pkwy W., Houston, TX 77038 on Mondays from 8:30 AM until 10 AM. Meal distribution is open to our students, their siblings, and the community.
Parents wishing to pick up a meal box without children present will need to present one of the following to verify guardianship:
∙ Individual student report cards
∙ Attendance record from parent portal of a school website
∙ Birth certificate
∙ Official letter/email from facility or school listing children enrolled
∙ Other official ID cards (for example, IDs issued by a child care facility)
If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Julianne Srirama, firstname.lastname@example.org, 281-444-1555 extension 501.
HST continues its journey on becoming a National School of Character!
Dear HST Family,
We received the recognition of “2021 Emerging School of Character” and although we didn’t get the title of School of Character this is the reassurance that we needed to know we are headed in the right direction.
At HST, we value every aspect of education. We believe that a student's education goes far beyond just teaching them reading, math, and science, but is also about teaching them how to be helpful and productive citizens in an ever changing world. We do this by embedding social-emotional learning and character education into every classroom and experience at school.
Over the past few years, we developed and began using the acronym ROAR (Respect, Organized, Achieve, Ready to Learn) to help reinforce the values and expectations on campus. Those that are attending school on campus will see this acronym (like the image below) in the classrooms, hallways, and cafeteria. Those that are attending school virtually will see the acronym displayed in their schoology courses and possibly as part of their teacher’s virtual classroom.
In order to better serve our students, we would like to understand what each word in the ROAR acronym represents to all the people that make up our school community.
Thank you for helping us to improve every student’s educational experience at HST.
HST Admin Team
HELPFUL LINKS FOR PARENTS AND STUDENTS
TOPICS INCLUDE: Improvements to Virtual Learning Campus Safety Protocols Academic Calendars Daily Schedules Grading Procedures Dropoff/Pickup Students with Special Needs Visitor Policy Mask Policy & Much More
SAF( Student Assistance Form)
Some potential concerns that a SAF can be used for: Food, Social/Emotional/, School Supplies, Housing, Clothing/Uniforms, Suspected Abuse( after CPS report filed)
Harmony debuts new COVID-19 Dashboard to help families and schools work together to fight COVID-19
HST Admin & Coordinator Team
Please contact us if you have any questions, concerns or suggestions.
If you have any questions regarding our programs, please contact the correct coordinator.
- Principal – Celil Basol – email@example.com
- Assistant Principal(Director of Program) – Mehmet Cellik- firstname.lastname@example.org
- Assistant Principal ( Director of Student Culture) – Lynn Hagemier- email@example.com
- Principal Resident – Kaitlin McIntyre - kmcIntyre@harmonytx.org
- Instructional Coach- Cali Nguyen- firstname.lastname@example.org
- Business Manager - Samra Didic- email@example.com
- Engagement and Support Coordinator – Ayse Tas- firstname.lastname@example.org
- ESL and Federal Programs Coordinator – Maria Piralla- email@example.com
- Student Discipline Coordinator – Deirdre Johnson - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Special Education Coordinator – Mola Gayle email@example.com
- Testing and GT Coordinator-Mehmet Serdar Sevinc- firstname.lastname@example.org