Entries by John Boyd

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Important update regarding Virtual Learning at Harmony

Dear Harmony Families, Today, we would like to share some important news regarding a potential virtual learning option at your child’s school. This weekend, a new bill to fund virtual learning in Texas public schools like Harmony cleared a major hurdle in the Texas Legislature. In its current form, schools such as Harmony Public Schools […]

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Harmony expands COVID-19 leave benefits for all employees

On Saturday, the HPS executive board approved a recommendation allowing all regular employees 10 additional days of paid leave should they test positive for COVID-19 or be asked to quarantine due to  close contact with another COVID-19 positive individual.   The benefit is available retroactively to August 2 (first day of 2021-22 school year), and […]

Harmony Public Schools Mask Policy

Dear Harmony Families, From its beginning, Harmony Public Schools has held onto two strong beliefs. First, that by focusing on STEM, we could help our students better understand their connection to the world around them, and prepare them to help tackle the challenges of our collective future. Second, that schools work best when parents, teachers, […]

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Parents have option for student to repeat grade or retake course

Dear Parents and Guardians: Today, we would like to inform you of important education option for your family if you believe your student may have experienced significant academic losses during the 2020-2021 school year. This summer, the 87th Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill (SB) 1697, which allows parents and guardians to elect for a student to […]

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FAQ: Back to School 2021-22 at Harmony Public Schools

The following is a list of questions commonly asked by parents and students about the start of the 2021-22 school year at Harmony Public Schools. For more information, visit https://www.HarmonyTX.org/playbook. Harmony Public Schools Frequently Asked Questions Q:  Will Harmony Public Schools offer virtual learning this year? A:  No. Harmony will return to  face to face […]

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What to expect at Harmony Public Schools for Fall 2021

The following is a message from Harmony Public Schools CEO Fatih Ay for HPS students, families and team members. Hello … and happy summer vacation!   We hope you are having a fun and relaxing break. Here at Harmony, we’re already hard at work preparing for another exciting and engaging school year for our students […]

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Harmony Public Schools announces compensation increases for all teachers, team members

The Harmony Public Schools Executive Board unanimously approved a systemwide compensation increase for its 4,000+ teachers and team members across Texas. Harmony teachers and other education professionals will receive between $4,000-$7,500 per year in additional compensation beginning the 2021-22 school year for a total annual system investment of roughly $15 million. “The obstacles our schools […]

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Kendra Scott to donate 20 percent of jewelry sales to Harmony Public Schools ‘COVID-19 Gap Fund’

  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 […]

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Harmony Public Schools employees receive major benefits upgrade

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 […]

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Harmony extends expired federal COVID-19 benefits for all employees

 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 […]

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U.S. Department of Education awards Harmony $27.8 million grant

(TEXAS) – On the eve of National Principals Month, the U.S. Department of Education has awarded a $27.8 million Teacher and School Leader Incentive grant to Harmony Public Schools to train, equip, and retain top-level school leaders at its campuses across the state. This project will strengthen and evolve Harmony’s existing Human Capital Management System, […]

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Harmony Public Schools hosts HPS Reading Challenge

Reading skills are foundational to educational success for all students. Encouraging students to read more improves their skills and promotes a love of reading they can continue throughout their educational years and into adulthood. That’s why Harmony Public Schools is hosting a fall Reading Challenge for all students in all campuses. Join your classmates from […]

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Need a computer for virtual learning? Harmony can help

Families have enough to concentrate on these days without having to worry if their child has the tools they need to complete their schoolwork. If your child doesn’t have consistent access to a computer device or the internet to complete schoolwork during virtual learning, Harmony Public Schools is here to help. Beginning the first week […]

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Harmony Public Schools to allow each family to choose to return to school or continue at-home learning for 2020-21 school year

 Harmony Public Schools will allow each family to choose whether to continue learning from home or return to campus for in-person learning for the 2020-2021 school year, based on each family’s unique needs. Families can also switch between the two as local COVID-19 conditions or family situation changes. The flexible learning plan was announced by […]

Your family counts! Be sure to complete the 2020 U.S. Census

Harmony Public Schools is encouraging our families to take a few moments to complete the 2020 U.S. Census online, by phone, or mail. The 2020 Census is a count of everyone who lives in the United States and its territories. The 2020 Census questionnaire asks a few simple questions like the age, sex, and the […]

COVID-19 & ‘clean campus’ procedures for after spring break

As students return from spring break, we would like to ask the Harmony community for your renewed diligence in helping our schools maintain the best-practices for clean campuses established before break. That of course includes the normal requests regarding washing hands, covering your mouth when coughing, and staying home when sick. However, we also need […]

A note for families about Coronavirus & spring break travel

Spring Break is almost here for our students and staff members across the state.  We sincerely hope everyone in our Harmony community has a fun and relaxing break before together we begin the final stretch toward the end of the school year. We understand that many of you will be traveling this spring break. With […]