We are hosting a STEM Expo & Open House on Thursday, March 12th from 4-5:30pm. This will be an exciting event as it will be led by our team of amazing students. There will be exhibits presented by our First Lego League Robotics Team, our Aviation & Drone Club and STEM presentations. There will also be an opportunity for newly enrolled or potential parents & students to visit for our Open House with a school tour provided. Please come and join us for this STEMulating event!
Archive for month: February, 2020
This spring, Harmony is challenging our students to participate in a friendly reading competition across classrooms and other campuses.
Beginning March 3, students are challenged to read books and advance through pre-determined advancement levels in order to earn rewards at each stage.
With Spring Break coming up, we urge parents to help encourage their children to take advantage of this time to read books they are excited about.
You can find challenges for each grade level by clicking the link to our Spring Reading Challenge PDF below.
HSS-Austin Parents, Harmony Education Foundation (HEF) is excited to announce a week full of fun and learning with their Spring Break Camp. HEF will be offering lots of outdoor, arts, and STEM activities to make this week an unforgettable experience for your child. Please see the attached flyer for further information. Looking forward to make some memories this spring break.
Register now to secure your spot as enrollment is limited.
The registration deadline is Saturday, March 7, 2020.
For more information please visit their website harmonyed.org
We are excited to announce that we will offer Pre-K for the 2020-2021 school year! We will hold a Lottery for Pre-K in mid-March. If you, a friend or family member is interested we encourage you to apply online as soon as possible. Please note that Pre-K placement is subject to the following requirements: PRK Qualifications.pdf
You may apply now at https://apply.harmonytx.org/.
Feel free to contact us at 512-821-1700 or email our registrar
Mrs. Johnson at: email@example.com if you have any questions.
In our efforts to pull together and raise funds for our campus to fund some of our events and activities for the remainder of the year, we are going to war! HSS-Austin is sponsoring a coin war in each class through March 6th. The classroom that earns the most points will win a pizza party on 3/12/2020 (the day before spring break).
Here’s how it works:
Teachers, students, parents or visitors may donate coins (or dollars) to a grade level classroom. Each classroom has their own donation container.. Each cent is worth 1 point. (a Penny = one point, a Nickle = 5 points, a Dime = 10 points, a Dollar = 100 points, etc.).
This is a fun way for our students to get involved in our fundraising efforts…so get your coins gathered and turn them in to your classroom Coin War container.
We are inviting all 5th Grade Parents to attend a very important meeting on Thursday, March 5th at 5pm. In our efforts to support our 5th graders in their success for the upcoming STAAR assessments as well as preparation for their transition to 6th grade, we need your help and support. We hope you are able to join us.
On Friday, February 28th, we will celebrate the accomplishments of many inspiring people that have paved the way for a meaningful way of life for equality and respect for all. We will have a special guest as well as student participation.
Everyone is invited to wear celebratory attire or the colors of The Pan-African Flag which is an emblem of pride. This includes: a red, green or black shirt (according to school free dress policy – no inappropriate or distracting images) with uniform bottoms or jeans. We look forward to celebrating such an honorable event.
* This event will be available for viewing via Livestream *
Kindergarten-2nd Grade: 1:20pm-2:00pm
3rd-5th Grade: 2:10-2:40pm
Our friends at Thinkery will join us once again as we host them for another fun & exciting Summer Camp. Harmony Pre-Sale is now available to get a jump on the Summer Camp spots.
Thinkery Camps provide a creative, safe and challenging environment for Pre-K to 5th grade campers to engage in playful, hands-on learning activities. Camps focus on science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM), with a variety of fun mental and physical challenges that activate campers’ creativity and stimulate their natural curiosity.
Please note: you will need to enter the promo code HARMONY on the ticketing site to activate your pre-sale. Register online: https://thinkeryaustin.org/camp-filter-by-location/
Camp themes and available dates vary by location. All camps will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis, and space is limited. We have also been provided a small number of scholarships for HSS-Austin students. All scholarship applications are due to the front office by Friday, February 21st. All other registration will be subject to Thinkery Summer Camp fees.
For registration questions, please call Thinkery Reservations Team at 512-469-6201.
It’s time for another exciting PTO sponsored Family Movie Night event! Join us on Friday, February 21st at 5:30pm for a fun family night. We will show Toy Story 4 in the Cafeteria and admission is FREE!
There will be concessions available also, so bring your blankets, pillows and lawn chairs (for parents if you don’t want to sit on the floor). Come out to enjoy this fun family event!
Next week is Mock STAAR Week. There will be a CLOSED CAMPUS-NO VISITORS next week on Tuesday, February 18th -Thursday, February 20th. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.
Tuesday, February 18th: 4th Grade Writing & 5th Grade Math
Wednesday, February 19th: 5th Grade Reading
Thursday, February 20th: 5th Grade Science
The following week is Mock STAAR Week for our 3rd & 4th Graders. There will be a CLOSED CAMPUS-NO VISITORS next week on Monday, February 24th & Tuesday, February 25th . We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.
Monday, February 24th: 3rd & 4th Grade Math
Tuesday, February 25th: 3rd & 4th Grade Reading
Monday, February 17th will be a student holiday and staff professional development day. There will not be school for students on this day.
HPS Austin is Now Hiring for Grades K-12
Join a school where you can thrive, and truly make a difference in today’s youth. Join us for our HPS Austin Teacher Job Fair!
SATURDAY, March 28th, 2020, 10am-2pm
HPS Austin District Office
13415 FM 620 N
Austin, Texas 78717
The deadline for application for open enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year at Harmony Public Schools is almost here. If you are a current Harmony family that would like to change campuses next year, or would like to apply to become a first-time Harmony student in 2020-2021 here’s s everything you need to know about how to apply for next year.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
Every child isn’t the same. So why should every school be?
Harmony Public Schools believes each student can achieve their own unique, full potential through a caring and collaborative academic environment that emphasizes personalized learning and innovative instructional methods.
WHAT MAKES HARMONY DIFFERENT
Engaging Education: Our project-based learning engages critical thinking skills and makes learning fun with hands-on activities that educate and excite.
Skills for Tomorrow: Our curriculum has been recognized by the TEA & others for providing students the STEM skills they need for the in-demand jobs of the future.
College Ready: Harmony has a 100% college acceptance rate, and almost two-thirds of our students are the first in their families ever to attend college.
COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Does Harmony Public Schools charge tuition to attend?
Absolutely not. Harmony is a tuition-free, Texas public charter school. We believe every student deserves the opportunity to attend a high-quality public school that fits their individual needs regardless of income.
Who is eligible to attend Harmony Public Schools?
All children residing in a Harmony school’s geographic boundary who meet registration requirements are eligible to attend. Unlike most other schools, though, Harmony’s geographic boundaries are much wider and generally include the entire community in which the school resides, meaning that all students in the area – regardless of neighborhood or family income level – have the same opportunity to attend a high-quality Harmony school.
What documents do I need to apply?
No documents are needed just to apply. However, if your child is selected for enrollment during the lottery process, you will need to provide a few basic documents that verify your child’s identity and home address.
I have a child in Harmony already, and would like to enroll their sibling for the first time. Do I still need to apply?
Yes. Siblings of current Harmony students still need to apply, but are given priority status if a campus lottery is needed.
DATES TO REMEMBER
Open Enrollment for 2020-2021 Application Deadline
Campus Lotteries Held (if needed)
Harmony Public Schools is now accepting applications for Open Enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year.
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Harmony Public Schools (“Harmony”) is committed to making the information on its website accessible to individuals with disabilities in compliance with the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader, eye tracking device, voice recognition software, etc.) and have difficulty accessing information on the Harmony website, please contact HPS Webmaster by email at firstname.lastname@example.org . Please include the following when communicating with Harmony regarding accessibility issues:
A description of your accessibility concern.
The format in which you prefer to receive the materials.
The web page address of the requested material(s).
The best way to contact you (email address or phone number, or both).
Harmony will make appropriate accommodations to facilitate access to any website content.
Complaints regarding website accessibility may be submitted through the Public Complaint process outlined in Board Policy PG-1.12 (Public Complaints).
Please note that some pages on the Harmony website contain links to third-party sites, which are not within Harmony’s control. If you notify Harmony of problems with accessing a third-party site that is necessary to participate in one of Harmony’s programs or activities, we will make the material or information available in an accessible format.
If you are experiencing a problem with bullying at Harmony, or have other discipline-related concerns regarding one of our schools, please fill out the form at the link below for the Dean of Students.
HPS Child Find Policy
It is the policy of the Harmony Public Schools to ensure that
- All children with disabilities enrolled in the charter school regardless of the severity of their disability, and who are in need of special education and related services, are identified, located, and evaluated; and
- A practical method is developed and implemented to determine which children are currently receiving needed special education and related services.
These requirements apply to:
- Homeless children;
- Children who are wards of the state;
- Highly mobile children (including migrant children); and
- Children who are suspected of being in need of special education but who are advancing from grade to grade.
20 U.S.C. 1412(a)(3)(A); 34 CFR 300.111(a)(1)(i), (c).
As required by Title IX, Harmony Public Schools does not (and is required not to) discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs or activities. This non-discrimination requirement applies to admission to and employment with Harmony Public Schools. Inquiries into issues related to Title IX may be referred to Harmony’s Title IX Coordinator(s) (identified below), to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights of the Department of Education, or both.
Title IX training presentation link
Harmony’s Title IX Coordinators:
Director of Internal Investigations
HPS Central Office
713-343-3333 x1104 Employee and applicant matters
Kelly Ann Hebeler
Director of Employee Relations
HPS Central Office
Non-discrimination Statement as Part of the School's Admission Policy
It is the policy of HPS not to discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, age, or disability in its programs, services, or activities as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, please contact Section 504/ADA Coordinator at (713) 343-3333 located at 9321 W. Sam Houston Pkwy S. Houston, TX 77099.
Non-discrimination Statement in Career and Technical Education Programs
HARMONY PUBLIC SCHOOLS offers support to school district for career and technical education programs in Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources; Architecture and Construction; Arts, Audio/Video Technology, and Communications; Business Management and Administration; Education and Training; Finance; Government and Public Administration; Health Science; Hospitality and Tourism; Human Services; Information Technology; Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security; Manufacturing; Marketing; Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics; Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics. Admission to these programs is based on enrollment in HARMONY PUBLIC SCHOOLS secondary schools.
It is the policy of HARMONY PUBLIC SCHOOLS not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex or handicap in its CTE programs, services or activities as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.
It is the policy of HARMONY PUBLIC SCHOOLS not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, handicap, or age in its employment practices as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended; and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.
HARMONY PUBLIC SCHOOLS will take steps to assure that lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation in all educational and CTE programs.
For information about your rights or grievance procedures, contact the Title IX Coordinator, CHARLES LAMBERT, and/or the Section 504 Coordinator, IHSAN KARA, at 9321 W. Sam Houston Pkwy S. Houston, TX 77099, Phone: (713) 343-3333.
Aviso de No discriminación en los Programas de Educación Profesional y
Las Escuelas Públicas Harmony ofrecen programas vocacionales en Agricultura, Alimentación y Recursos Naturales; Arquitectura y Construcción; Artes, Tecnología de Audio / Video y Comunicaciones; Administración de Negocios y Administración; Educación y Entrenamiento; Finanzas; Gobierno y Administración Pública; Ciencias de la salud; Hospitalidad y Turismo; Recursos Humanos; Tecnología de la Información; Derecho; Seguridad Pública, Correccionales y Seguridad; Manufactura; Mercadeo; Ciencias, Tecnología, Ingeniería y Matemáticas; Transporte, Distribución y Logística. La admisión a estos programas se basa en el número de estudiantes de secundaria registrados en las Escuelas Públicas Harmony.
Es norma de las Escuelas Públicas Harmony no discriminar por motivos de raza, color, origen nacional, sexo o impedimento, en sus programas, servicios o actividades de CTE, tal como lo requieren el Título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964, según enmienda; el Título IX de las Enmiendas en la Educación, de 1972, y la Sección 504 de la Ley de Rehabilitación de 1973, según enmienda.
Es norma de las Escuelas Públicas Harmony no discriminar por motivos de raza, color, origen nacional, sexo, impedimento o edad, en sus procedimientos de empleo, tal como lo requieren el Título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964, según enmienda; el Título IX de las Enmiendas en la Educación, de 1972, la ley de Discriminación por Edad, de 1975, según enmienda, y la Sección 504 de la Ley de Rehabilitación de 1973, según enmienda.
Las Escuelas Públicas Harmony tomarán las medidas necesarias para asegurar que la falta de habilidad en el uso del inglés no sea un obstáculo para la admisión y participación en todos los programas educativos y CTE.
Para información sobre sus derechos o procedimientos para quejas, comuníquese con el Coordinador del Título IX, CHARLES LAMBERT, y/o el Coordinador de la Sección 504, IHSAN KARA, a la siguiente dirección: 9321 W. Sam Houston Pkwy S. Houston, TX 77099, Teléfono: (713) 343-3333.
TX Transition and Employment Guide
The Texas Transition and Employment Guide provides youth, young adults, parents and professionals with secondary transition resources to facilitate a young person’s progress towards post-secondary goals to education, employment, and community living.