Harmony Public Schools Re-Enrollment for 2020-2021 is January 6-24

Re-Enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year for Harmony families begins soon.

During this time of year each January, we ask families to complete a simple, online Re-Enrollment process, letting us know they’ll be joining us for another great year of learning and fun next school year, which starts in August 2020.

This simple step allows us to make sure each current student’s spot at Harmony is reserved for the following school year, and assess how many new student seats we have available for other applicants.

Re-Enrollment at Harmony Public Schools runs January 6-24, 2020. Look for more details in your email inbox, via Skyward, or on our Facebook page soon. 

In the meantime, check out these 6 things families need to know about Re-Enrollment at Harmony Public Schools.

#1

What is the difference between Re-Enrollment and Open Enrollment?

Re-enrollment is intended for current Harmony students planning to stay at their current campus the following school year. Open Enrollment is for new students, or current students who wish to change Harmony campuses (ex. moving from elementary to middle school, transferring to a campus closer to home).

#2

When is Re-Enrollment season?

For the 2020-2021 school year, re-enrollment will be January 6-24, 2020.

#3

In what form will parents need to apply for Re-Enrollment?

The preferred method for re-enrollment is through the student’s online Skyward account. (A link to Skyward can be found at the top of your campus homepage or you can simply click here.). Parents without internet and/or Skyward access may also request a paper re-enrollment option from their child’s campus.

 #4

If a student plans to stay at the same school next year, are they automatically guaranteed re-enrollment if they complete the re-enrollment process before the deadline? 

Yes, so long as their family completes the re-enrollment process.

#5

What happens if a parent does not submit their re-enrollment information before the deadline?

If a parent misses the deadline to complete the re-enrollment process, then the student will lose his/her reserved space for next school year and must apply during Open Enrollment (Nov. 1, 2019 through Feb. 10, 2020) at HarmonyTX.org/Apply.

#6

What does a Harmony parent need to do if they would like to stay with Harmony, but transfer to a different campus for the next school year?

If a parent would like to change Harmony campuses for the following school year, they must submit an application for the desired school at HarmonyTX.org/Apply.

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On National STEM Day, educators across America celebrated the exciting opportunities made possible by science, technology, engineering, and math studies. Charter schools have been major contributors to making STEM education more widely available to students in every neighborhood and from every background.

One charter school network that’s leading the charge: Harmony Public Schools.

Harmony Public Schools was founded with a mission—to encourage students in underserved communities to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields. There’s a well-known gap in STEM education with African American, Hispanic, and low-income students taking AP science courses and majoring in sciences in college at much lower rates than White, Asian, and wealthier students. But Harmony’s founders and educators—many of whom hold advanced degrees in science and engineering fields—knew that these disparities were about access, not ability, so they leveraged the charter school model to build a different kind of school.

Based in Houston, Harmony places a heavy emphasis on STEM through its award-winning PreK-12 curriculum and helps students gain critical job skills and hands-on experience for the future. At Harmony campuses, it’s not unusual to see 2nd graders using a 3D printer to code and print their own toys or high schoolers creating 3D-printed prosthetic limbs for families in need. The end result is remarkable—58 percent of Harmony alumni choose STEM majors in college, more than double the national and Texas averages.

By exposing students to cutting-edge technology and hands-on experiences, Harmony is leveling the playing field for underrepresented groups and giving students the support they need to find their passion. Khalid, a Harmony School of Excellence alum, credited his school with helping him to discover his love of engineering and inspiring him to positively influence his community.

In addition, teachers like Theresa Gray (who was just awarded Teacher of the Year by the Texas Charter Schools Association) are given the flexibility to offer classes on Entrepreneurship and Social Media Marketing in order to prepare students for a 21st century workforce.

This dedication to personalized learning and innovative teaching approaches has paid off. Harmony has a 98 percent graduation rate, and 100 percent of those graduating seniors are accepted to college, a feat that is made even more impressive by the fact that 64 percent of Harmony alumni are the first in their family to attend college.

Harmony Public Schools have received glowing ratings from the Texas Education Agency. In 2019, the agency awarded five out of seven Harmony networks an overall “A” rating for their academics and gave all seven networks “A” ratings for financial accountability. National media have noticed, too. This year, all 23 Harmony high schools were on U.S. News & World Report’s list of best high schools.

Harmony’s CEO, Fatih Ay, says, “A solid foundation in STEM allows our students to better understand the world around them and connects them with the future careers and opportunities that can make that world a better place. That’s why STEM is at the heart of Harmony’s academic model.” Harmony schools are proving that no student should have their horizons limited by low expectations or lack of access to world-class teaching. By inspiring students to pursue some of the most innovative work in the world, Harmony is showing students that nothing is beyond their reach. 

This article was written by Starlee Coleman, CEO of the Texas Charter Schools Association. It originally appeared in a blog post for the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.

Apply Now for Open Enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year at https://www.HarmonyTX.org

La inscripción abierta para el año escolar 2020-2021 en las Escuelas Públicas de Harmony ha comenzado. Aquí encontrará todo lo que necesita saber para solicitar el próximo año.

Familias de las Escuelas Públicas actuales de Harmony Estudiantes que desean permanecer en el campus actual el próximo año

Espere a que llegue su formulario de reinscripción al comienzo del segundo semestre, luego envíelo entre el 6 y el 24 de enero para informarnos que volverá en 2020-2021

Familias de las Escuelas Públicas actuales de Harmony Estudiantes con la intención de mudarse de campus el próximo año

Visite HarmonyTX.org/Aplicar del 1 de noviembre al 1 de febrero. 10 para solicitar la inscripción en su nuevo campus de Harmony.

Familias de estudiantes potenciales de escuelas públicas de New Harmony

Visite HarmonyTX.org/Aplicar del 1 de noviembre al 1 de febrero. 10 para obtener más información sobre Harmony y solicitar la inscripción abierta.

LO QUE CREEMOS

No todos los niños son iguales. Entonces, ¿por qué debería ser cada escuela?

Las Escuelas Públicas de Harmony creen que cada estudiante puede lograr su propio potencial único y pleno a través de un entorno académico solidario y colaborativo que enfatiza el aprendizaje personalizado y los métodos de enseñanza innovadores.

QUE HACE DIFERENTE LA ARMONÍA

Educación atractiva: nuestro aprendizaje basado en proyectos involucra habilidades de pensamiento crítico y hace que el aprendizaje sea divertido con actividades prácticas que educan y entusiasman.

Habilidades para el mañana: Nuestro plan de estudios ha sido reconocido por TEA y otros por proporcionar a los estudiantes las habilidades STEM que necesitan para los trabajos demandados del futuro.

Preparado para la universidad: Harmony tiene una tasa de aceptación universitaria del 100%, y casi dos tercios de nuestros estudiantes son los primeros en sus familias en asistir a la universidad.

PREGUNTAS FRECUENTES

¿Las Escuelas Públicas de Harmony cobran matrícula para asistir?

Absolutamente no. Harmony es una escuela chárter pública gratuita de Texas. Creemos que cada estudiante merece la oportunidad de asistir a una escuela pública de alta calidad que se adapte a sus necesidades individuales, independientemente de sus ingresos.

¿Quién es elegible para asistir a las Escuelas Públicas de Harmony?

Todos los niños que residen en el límite geográfico de una escuela Harmony que cumplen con los requisitos de registro son elegibles para asistir. Sin embargo, a diferencia de la mayoría de las otras escuelas, los límites geográficos de Harmony son mucho más amplios y generalmente incluyen a toda la comunidad en la que reside la escuela, lo que significa que todos los estudiantes en el área, independientemente del nivel de ingresos del vecindario o la familia, tienen la misma oportunidad de asistir a un escuela de armonía de calidad.

¿Qué documentos necesito para solicitar?

No se necesitan documentos solo para aplicar. Sin embargo, si su hijo es seleccionado para la inscripción durante el proceso de lotería, deberá proporcionar algunos documentos básicos que verifiquen la identidad y el domicilio de su hijo.

Ya tengo un hijo en Harmony y me gustaría inscribir a su hermano por primera vez. ¿Todavía necesito solicitar?

Sí. Los hermanos de los estudiantes actuales de Harmony aún deben presentar una solicitud, pero se les da prioridad si se necesita una lotería en el campus.

 

FECHAS PARA RECORDAR

01 de noviembre

La inscripción abierta para 2020-2021 comienza para nuevos estudiantes

6-24 de enero

Período de reinscripción para estudiantes actuales

10 de febrero

Inscripción abierta para la fecha límite de solicitud 2020-2021

11-25 de febrero

Loterías del campus (si es necesario)

We're Hiring

Harmony Public Schools is recruiting talented, compassionate bilingual teachers dedicated to helping every student succeed. Harmony offers a competitive salary, excellent benefits and a commitment to excellence in the classroom.

Interested applicants may click here to apply online.

WEATHER ADVISORY: Harmony Public Schools – Austin will operate on a two-hour delay for Tuesday, November 12th, 2019, due to perceived inclement weather conditions. Classes will begin at 10 am, and buses will pick up two hours later than a regular school day.

CONSEJO DEL TIEMPO: Harmony Public Schools – Austin operará con un retraso de dos horas para el martes 12 de noviembre de 2019, debido a las inclemencias climáticas percibidas. Las clases comenzarán a las 10 am, y los autobuses recogerán dos horas más tarde que un día escolar regular.

Our Thanksgiving Holiday break is coming soon and there will be no school.  Please mark your calendars for the week of Monday, November 25th – Friday, November 29th and take the time to enjoy your families.

 

Veteran's Day

As a reminder, Monday, November 11th will be a student holiday in observance of Veteran’s Day.  This day will be a Staff Development day. Enjoy your long weekend!

 

Veteran's Day

Our campus is supporting the Central Texas Food Bank by hosting a Food Drive beginning Friday, November 1st-Friday, November 15th. Let’s participate in a Tiger Way by bringing in your food donations during this period. The HSS-Austin class with the most cans donated wins a popsicle party!

Why Should We Help? – Facts About Hunger in Central Texas:

  • 1 in 5 children is at risk of hunger
  • 40% of the clients we serve are children or older adults
  • We serve nearly 46,000 people every week
  • 93% of our clients are not homeless
  • The majority of our clients work, but have trouble making ends meet

Food Items Needed:

peanut butter – canned items: chicken breast or tuna, low sodium vegetables or fruit in its own juice ( no sugar added) – dry pinto or other types beans – brown rice – non-fat dry milk powder – 100% whole grain cereal

The Central Texas Food Bank is looking for healthy, non-perishable food items with intact, un-opened, non-breakable(no glass) packaging items with an expiration date.

 

Open enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year at Harmony Public Schools has begun. Here’s everything you need to know to apply for next year.

Families of Current Harmony Public Schools Students Intending to Stay at Current Campus Next Year

Wait for your re-enrollment form to arrive at the start of the second semester, then submit it between January 6-24 to let us know you’ll be coming back in 2020-2021

Families of Current Harmony Public Schools Students Intending to Move Campuses Next Year

Visit HarmonyTX.org/Apply from Nov. 1-Feb. 10 to apply for enrollment to your new intended Harmony campus.

Families of Potential New Harmony Public Schools Students

Visit HarmonyTX.org/Apply from Nov. 1-Feb. 10 to learn more about Harmony and apply for open enrollment.

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

November 1

Open Enrollment for 2020-2021 Begins for New Students

January 6-24

Re-Enrollment Period for Current Students

February 10

Open Enrollment for 2020-2021 Application Deadline

February 11-25

Campus Lotteries Held (if needed)

Apply Now!

 

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Open enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year at Harmony Public Schools has begun. Here’s everything you need to know to apply for next year.

Families of Current Harmony Public Schools Students Intending to Stay at Current Campus Next Year

Wait for your re-enrollment form to arrive at the start of the second semester, then submit it between January 6-24 to let us know you’ll be coming back in 2020-2021

Families of Current Harmony Public Schools Students Intending to Move Campuses Next Year

Visit HarmonyTX.org/Apply from Nov. 1-Feb. 10 to apply for enrollment to your new intended Harmony campus.

Families of Potential New Harmony Public Schools Students

Visit HarmonyTX.org/Apply from Nov. 1-Feb. 10 to learn more about Harmony and apply for open enrollment.

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

November 1

Open Enrollment for 2020-2021 Begins for New Students

January 6-24

Re-Enrollment Period for Current Students

February 10

Open Enrollment for 2020-2021 Application Deadline

February 11-25

Campus Lotteries Held (if needed)

Apply Now!

 

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Let’s get ready to READ!!! The super exciting Scholastic Book Fair will be on campus soon. This year’s theme is: “Arctic Adventure”. Keep your eyes open for more details regarding book fair hours of operation.

Scholastic Book Fair’s Arctic Adventure will be on campus Wednesday, November 6th-Thursday, November 14th. This week will also be closed campus for lunch so we can utilize the cafeteria for the Book Fair.

 

Book Fair Daily Hours of Operation:

Morning Hours of Operation: 7:30am-8:00am

Afternoon Hours of Operation: 3:15pm-5:00pm

Thursday, November 14th – 7:30-8am – closing at noon

No Lunch Visitors for Book Fair November 6th-November 14th

Join us for all of the fun by participating in our Book Character Dress Up Day! Our campus will be filled with all types of characters from various books so get creative and dress as your favorite book character. Please remember: bring your book and there are no masks, face paint or toy weapons allowed.

 

Red Ribbon Week is an important initiative to provide safety awareness regarding the elimination of drug use. Our campus will participate in Red Ribbon Week with daily activities to show our support to educate our students and encourage them to be drug free.

  • Monday – Put A Cap On Drugs – Hat Day (requires school uniform)
  • Tuesday – Sock It To Drugs Day – Crazy Sock Day (requires school uniform)
  • Wednesday – Be On A Drug Free Team Day – Wear Your Favorite Team Gear (team jersey or t-shirt with jeans)
  • Thursday – Shade Out Drugs Day – Wear Sunglasses with Your Book Character Costume
  • Friday – Show Your Red Ribbon Spirit Day – School Spirit Shirt, College Shirt or Red Shirt with jeans

Take a look at the Red Ribbon Week informational fact sheet below to learn more about this initiative:

Click to access 2019_RR_Factsheet.pdf

 

PTO will sponsor the very anticipated Family Game Night! Join us here at HSS-Austin on Friday, October 18th from 5-7pm. Please come out and join in on the excitement…It will be a great night of family fun!

  • Pre-Order Wristbands – DEADLINE: October 15th, 2019 – Flyers & forms were sent home
  • Admission: $5 per kid (FREE for kids 4 and under & adults)

Volunteers are needed – Renew or create your VOLY account today:

https://harmony.voly.org/

  • Game Night Prep Team
  • Game Night Activity Volunteers
  • Concessions Team
  • Game Night Clean Up Team

The St. David’s Foundation Dental Program will be on campus on Wednesday, October 16th & Thursday, 17th to provide free dental screenings for all HSS-Austin students that would like to participate.

A licensed dentist will view the student’s teeth to determine if they need treatment. If the dentist determines the student needs treatment, they will receive a ‘Dental Treatment Consent Form’ for parent’s approval. Students who do not need further treatment will also receive a form letting their parents know that no treatment is necessary.

Please review additional information by clicking on this link:

https://stdavidsfoundation.org/our-programs/dental-program/

All students will receive the first form next week which is the Dental Screening Form.  You only need to return this form if you DO NOT want your student to participate in the free dental screening.

 

 

 

 

Parent Teacher Conference Day is scheduled for the afternoon of Monday, October 14th as well as within the week. Your student’s teacher will send information home soon with more information for availability.

 

Monday, October 14th will be a student holiday and staff professional development day. There will not be school for students on this day.

To support Bullying Prevention Month, the goal is to encourage schools, communities and organizations to work together to stop bullying and cyber-bullying and put an end to hatred and racism by increasing awareness of the prevalence and impact of all forms of bullying on all children of all ages. 

For the remainder of the month of October we’d like parents to assist with encouraging our students to continue their participation with the following activities:

The Week of October 7th – Make friends with someone new at school.

The Week of October 14th – Stand up for others week…be an Upstander not a Bystander

The Week of October 21st – Week of inclusion: don’t let anyone at school eat alone in the cafeteria or play alone on the playground.

The week of October 28th – start the week with conversations with your peers and meet about how you can change the culture at your school.

 

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

Every October, schools and organizations across the country join STOMP Out Bullying™ in observing National Bullying Prevention Month. The goal: encourage schools, communities and organizations to work together to stop bullying and cyberbullying and put an end to hatred and racism by increasing awareness of the prevalence and impact of all forms of bullying on all children of all ages.

The first Monday of every October is World Day of Bullying Prevention™!

On this day students, schools, and communities all over the world go BLUE together against bullying. It also kicks off National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month every October.

HSS-Austin staff & students are invited to wear a blue shirt with your uniform bottoms on Monday, October 7th to support this important initiative.

 

Friday, October 4th will be Fall Picture Day Makeup Day for any new or absent students that missed our picture day on August 28th. Students should be in school uniforms for these pictures.

 

Kindergarten -2nd Grade parents, please join Mr. Stengler for Coffee Talk on Thursday, October 3rd at 8:00am. Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee while providing your valuable feedback about effective ways to continue our growth and improve our school.

Please review the invitation below.

HSS-Austin Parent Invitation – HSS-Austin Parent Invitation_2019-2020 Federal programs

 

If you will be able to attend, please submit your attendance response by selecting the link below by Monday, September 30th:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScZDNeqO29rEwtYpIbJeDc3NszgFOa6pTDB22mNrwmFVw2UPg/viewform?usp=sf_link

Join us for our Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night Fundraiser on Monday, September 30th from 4-7pm.  Invite your friends, families and neighbors to come out and support our school. When you dine in or purchase at the drive thru, just say: “I support Harmony School of Science Spirit Night”, leave your receipt and a donation will be made to the school.

Chick-Fil-A -12501 N. Mopac

North Mopac & Parmer Lane

Austin, Tx. 78727

 

 

 

We would like to announce HSS Austin’s first annual LEGO Competition. HSS Austin would like to celebrate our STEM culture and allow students to work in a team of their choosing to build a stem related LEGO structure and compete in a student-friendly competition across all grade levels. If your child is interested in getting involved here are some important dates:❏ Teams will meet on the following days:

  • Wednesday, 9/11 at 3:30 – student LEGO team will meet to discuss their ideas and plan design, Lego competition rubric will be given to students.
  • Wednesday, Sept 18th, 2019 at 3:30 for student LEGO team will continue planning design.
  • Competition Day: Saturday, 9/28 – 8:30am-12:30pm

Join us for an informational meeting for all parents of our ESL students on Thursday September 26th – 5-6pm.