After giving across-the-board pay raises to full-time teachers and campus staff earlier this school year, Harmony Public Schools will now be giving pay raises to all levels of substitute teachers.
The daily rate increase goes into effect February 14. The increase was approved unanimously by the Harmony Public Schools Board of Directors on January 29. Under the rate increase, substitute teachers will earn an extra $20-30 per day on top of the already-competitive Harmony rate.
For a teacher only working a few days per week, the increase will mean a few hundred dollars each month on top of the compensation they already earn. For certified teachers and long-term substitutes, the rate increase could mean up to $600 per month in increased pay (see chart above for rates for each position).
“Each day, substitute teachers are making a major impact on our schools by keeping our students on-track and learning when their regular teachers are unable to attend school,” Harmony CEO Fatih Ay said. “These professionals are important members of our school community, and we want to show our thanks.”
Harmony currently has substitute teaching opportunities at all of its campuses statewide.
Earlier this school year, Harmony also announced $4,000-$7,500 in additional annual compensation for teachers and other school staff.
The increase was the third occasion in the past two school years in which Harmony announced a major improvement to employee compensation and benefits.
In January 2021, Harmony announced a sweeping upgrade of its employer-paid benefits that provided free vision and dental plans to all full-time employees, introduced matching retirement plan contributions for 403(b) and (457(b) participants, and increased life insurance payouts from $20,000 to $100,000.
In Summer 2019, Harmony also announced statewide base pay increases for employees ranging from $3,500-$5,000, as well as additional stipends for teachers working in hard-to-staff subjects.
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 2022-2023 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.

This week was super busy and full of exciting academic events. We started our Awards Assembly events in each classroom and we know you are so excited to view them. Please review your student’s grade level Awards Assembly per the buttons below. Pre-K and 3rd-5th Grade will be recorded next week and we hope to have them ready for the next edition of Tiger Talk.

 

Kindergarten Awards Assembly

First Grade Awards Assembly

Second Grade Awards Assembly

HSS-Austin will present its 2021-2022 Science Fair Awards Ceremony on Thursday, February 3rd. We look forward to revealing our top 3 students and taking a quick view of projects that our students have created this year. If you would like to see the amazing projects and support the participants, please join us.

Let’s be all about Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math for our STEAM Spirit Week!

Makerspace Monday – wear a creation you & your parents have designed for your shirt, hat, socks, hair, a full costume or anything you can imagine…get creative and build something amazing!

Technology Tuesday Nerd Day – show us how smart you are & wear your nerdiest outfit with glasses, suspenders, a tie or bow tie, a sweater vest or whatever will get you in a nerd kind of mood!

Wild About STEAM Wednesday – wear your favorite animal print shirt, hat, socks, face mask.

Totally Out of This World Thursday – wear your favorite space or computer type shirt or

We’re on 100…High Frequency Friday – it’s the 100th Day of School so wear something to represent 100 and/or mix it up and wear neon or bright colors, your favorite HSS Spirit shirt, a shirt with a tiger image and/or sunshades.

Join us for an informational meeting for all parents of our ESL students on Thursday, January 20th from 5:30-6:30pm.   The Zoom meeting link will be sent to parents from our ESL Coordinator, Mrs. Cox.

In observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday there will be a student and staff holiday on Monday, January 17th. Enjoy your long weekend.

We’re so excited to have our Spelling Bee on Friday, January 14th.  We have 37 participants this year who are studying very hard to do their best to compete.  The winner of our campus bee will have an opportunity to move on to compete in the Scripps Austin Regional event and beyond.  This event will be recorded via livestream on our Facebook page.

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 1 & up who were tested in Fall 2021 are not eligible to test in Spring 2022. Referral forms are available at the front office and on the school’s website (see below).
The referral forms must be returned or emailed to the front office by January 31, 2022. 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.
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.
Los formularios de referencia deben devolverse a la oficina de la escuela antes del lunes 31 de enero del 2022.
Para obtener más información sobre el proceso de selección e identificación, los padres pueden comunicarse con el entrenador / maestro de GT de la escuela.