Dear Parents and Guardians,
The time for State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) is approaching. To make sure that our students are ready and we use accurate data for our instructional interventions we will administer a STAAR practice test the week, February 19th – 23rd.
Below is the schedule for Practice STAAR. Please ensure that your child arrives school on time. Please also keep in mind that a good night’s sleep and breakfast is always critical. Research suggests that breakfast positively affects learning in children in terms of behavior, cognitive, and school performance.
Practice STAAR Testing Schedule
February 19th, Monday: 2nd – 8th Grades Mathematics
February 20th, Tuesday: 2nd – 8th Grades Reading
February 21st, Wednesday: 4th & 7th Grades Writing and 5th & 8th Grades Science
February 22nd, Thursday: 8th Grade Social Studies
February 23rd, Friday: Make-up Day
Harmony Science Academy will have open house presentations for prospective students and parents on the following dates.
OPEN HOUSE SESSIONS:
Thursday 2/1/2018 at 4:30 pm
Saturday 2/3/2018 at 11:00 am
Tuesday 2/6/2018 at 4:30 pm
Spring semester parent-teacher conferences will be on Thursday, February 8th from 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm.
KG-8th grades will be dismissed at 12:36 pm and Pre-K at 12:20 pm.
There will be no after school programs.
In accordance with the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented students, Harmony Public Schools will begin taking nominations for all interested students in grades 1-12 for gifted and talented screening. Anyone interested in the educational welfare of these students may nominate them for assessment.
Nomination forms are available at the front office, or may be downloaded below. The forms must be returned to the front office by Friday, February 9, 2018. Assessment will begin on Monday, February 5, 2018. For more information about the screening and identification process, parents may contact the school’s GT Coach/teacher.
Dear Harmony parents,
We have been working hard to complete our school garden project for more than a year. With your help, we have completed the first phase of the project with outdoor grow beds and fruit trees. Now we want to work on the second phase of our project which includes a commercial grade all season greenhouse and an outdoor classroom. Both the greenhouse and the outdoor classroom will be used not only for gardening but also for other subjects like science, engineering, math, art, etc. The school garden will be available to students and parents during the summer to harvest organic healthy food.
School greenhouse project will cost about $25,000 and include a 48ft by 30ft commercial grade all season greenhouse with heating and cooling systems, a 250 fish and 250 ft2 growing beds capacity aquaponics garden, 500 ft2 of regular grow beds, 500 ft2 of space for student classroom work benches and storage cabinets. The greenhouse will be available for all students all year around for learning projects and to grow plants.
The outdoor classroom project will cost about $10,000 and will provide the space for outdoor classes for all students and subjects. Students will be able to go out to enjoy the nice garden environment during the school day or on the weekends.
Please help us to complete these projects to provide a nice school garden environment for students and the community by either donating to the school activity fund and/or reaching out to other persons or businesses for donations.
Persons or businesses who donate any amount more than $100 to the project will be honored by permanent donation name plates on the greenhouse and/or on the outdoor classroom walls. Larger donations will be honored with additional signage. Please contact us for details.
Please let us know if you have any questions or comments.
The movie field trip for the winter break 20/20 reading challenge will take place on February 2nd at 9:00 am. Please look out for the permission slips coming home this week. Parents who would like to join the field trip should contact the front office.
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We are now accepting applications from certified ESL and Bilingual Teachers.
The awards assemblies for 2nd quarter will be be held on Thursday, December 21st according to the schedule below.
PreK-3rd Grades: 9-10 a.m.
4th-8th Grades : 10-11 a.m.,
Harmony staff, teachers, and administrators have spent countless of hours preparing our students for college and each year approximately 85% of our graduating class enrolled in a post-secondary institution.
But, despite these impressive enrollment numbers, far too many of our low income and first-time college students drop out as they hit financial and circumstantial barriers such as the cost of attending college, that has increased by 36% in the last 10 years. Harmony Public Schools has 5,033 graduates to date and is projected to have 11,686 graduates by 2020, current funding sources are unable to meet even the current demands of these programs. Clearly, additional financial support is required.
We are asking our Harmony community to consider going beyond educational efforts, providing even greater assistance to our graduates through generous Harmony Giving Day contributions to the Harmony College Fund. All your donations will go towards helping our Harmony graduates to complete their higher education dreams and achieve their career aspirations by providing additional scholarships and direct college and career support services.
Let’s come together to reach our target of raising $50,000 on our first ever giving day.
Thank you for your generosity.
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING TO DISCUSS HARMONY PUBLIC SCHOOLS STATE FINANCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY RATING
As part of the December 13, 2017 Board of Directors Regular Meeting, Harmony Public Schools will hold a public hearing to discuss the HPS Schools’ 2016-2017 Financial Rating Systems of Texas (FIRST) accountability ratings.
The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room, located at 9321 W Sam Houston Pkwy S, Houston, TX 77099.
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In accordance with the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented students, Harmony Public Schools will begin taking nominations for kindergarten and newly-enrolled students in grades 1-12 for gifted and talented screening. Effective September 1, 2017, anyone interested in the educational welfare of these students may nominate them for assessment.
Nomination forms are available at the front office and on the school’s web site. The forms must be returned to the front office by Friday, September 29, 2017. Assessment will begin on Monday, October 2, 2017. For more information about the screening and identification process, parents may contact the school’s GT Coach/teacher.
PS: Due to Hurricane Harvey, all Houston campuses will be accepting nominations until October 11th.
Parent Nomination Form – English
Parent Nomination Form – Spansih
Teacher Nomination Form