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 read the job description, or apply online.

Are you currently in 6th-8th grade? Do you like helping younger students with science? Then the Camp Invention LIT (leaders in training) Program is for you!
The National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF) Leaders-in-Training (LIT) program is an ideal way for students in 6th through 8th grade to gain valuable leadership experience while helping inspire younger students to embrace their creativity. The LIT program gives you the opportunity to set goals, reflect on your experiences, adapt leadership techniques, give and receive constructive feedback and evaluate your own performance. Upon completion, you will receive program certification and an official NIHF recommendation letter that can be used for professional or educational purposes. Camp is lots of fun and a great way to volunteer and inspire younger students!

If you want to be volunteer, please email akaraarslan@harmonytx.org

Ready to RECHARGE? HSE is hosting Camp Invention again this year! We are so excited to be able to offer this camp in-person (preferred) or virtually!

Our Camp kicks off on May 31 at 9:00 am for a fun-filled week of robots, bugs, rubber ducks, and so much more! We are inviting kinder-5th to join us this year. Space is limited, so sign up quickly!

Click on the link for the registration: https://forms.gle/Z7udXsQwp6yKG3kMA

There will be a $50.00 processing fee, then, your slot is guaranteed!

Click on the link to submit your payment https://harmonytx.revtrak.net

Hope to see you at Camp Invention!

(If you have any questions, feel free to email sevans@harmonytx.org or akaraarslan@harmonytx.org.)

 

 

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 families struggling with financial uncertainty due to COVID-19.

To participate, simply purchase any item from select Kendra Scott stores from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, May 4 or online at KendraScott.com anytime May 4 & 5, and have 20% of your purchase automatically donated to the HPS COVID-19 Gap Fund when you use promo code “GIVEBACK-1D9P” at checkout.

To learn more or RSVP in order to receive reminders, visit https://www.HarmonyTX.org/KendraScott.
Participating Texas store locations include (5-7 p.m. May 4 only):

AUSTIN
• The Domain: 11506 Century Oaks Terrace, Austin, TX
• Lamar: 3800 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX
• South Congress: 1701 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX

DFW
• ClearFork: 5217 Marathon Ave, Fort Worth, TX
• Preston Center: 8383 Preston Center, Dallas, TX
• Highland Village: 1500 Cottonwood Creek, Highland Village, TX
• Plano: 5800 Legacy Dr, Plano, TX

EL PASO
• La Villita: 6801 North Mesa Street, El Paso, TX

HOUSTON
• Bay Brook: 700 Baybrook Mall, Friendswood, TX
• City Centre: 806 Town & Country, Houston, TX
• Cypress: 9945 Barker Cypress, Cypress, TX
• Highland Village: 2701 A Drexel Dr Houston, TX
• Katy: 23501 Cinco Ranch, Katy, TX
• Sugar Land: 16535 Southwest Fwy, Sugar Land, TX

ODESSA
• Commons at North Park: 2900 Loop 250 Frontage Road, Midland, TX

SAN ANTONIO
• The Quarry: 310 E Basse Rd, San Antonio, TX
• La Cantera: 15900 La Cantera Pkwy, San Antonio, TX

SHOP ONLINE USING PROMO CODE GIVEBACK-1D9P (May 4 & 5):
https://www.KendraScott.com

About Kendra Scott
Kendra Scott is a leading jewelry brand named for its founder Kendra Scott, a single mom from Texas who created a fashion empire by making and selling jewelry from her home. The brand now has store locations in almost every state and three countries (though their headquarters are still right here in Texas). Their founder is also well known for her frequent appearances as an investor on TV’s “Shark Tank.”

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.

 

The purpose of this announcement is to inform our HPS communities about changes to the Student Success Initiative (SSI) promotion/retention and retesting requirements for the 2020–2021 school year. In light of past and anticipated impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Commissioner of Education has waived grade promotion requirements for students in fifth and eighth grade for the 2020–2021 school year. Notwithstanding anything the contrary in prior policy or procedure, Harmony Public Schools will comply with the Commissioner’s waiver of SSI requirements for this school year.

For additional information, please click on this link to review TEA’s correspondence in regards to the matter: Waiver of the Student Success Initiative (SSI) Promotion Requirements)

HSE Family,
The school will remain closed Monday, February 22nd, and Tuesday, February 23rd.
Asynchronous learning will resume Wednesday, February 24th through Friday, February 26th. There will be no Zoom meetings; however, students are expected to check their Schoology classes and complete all assigned work/Exit Tickets by the end of each day.
Be sure to let your teachers know if you have any questions, issues, or concerns.
Take care,
Your HSE Teachers and Staff

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Meal Distribution update: Due to school closure, meal distribution has been moved to Wednesday, February 17th. Click here for February’s informational flyer: https://tinyurl.com/HSEFebFoodDistrib

The HSE campus will be closed BOTH Monday, February 15th (no classes in honor of President’s Day) and Tuesday, February 16th (asynchronous work weather day*).
*There are no Zoom classes on either day; however, on Tuesday, students must log in to Schoology to complete assignments in each of their classes by 11:59 p.m. to be considered present for the day.
Reach out to your teachers with any questions. (psst…and enjoy the snow!)
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 apply online by clicking here.

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 employer-paid benefits related to health care, retirement, and life insurance.

 

“The past year, the world has seen the true value of our teachers and team members in a way they never have before,” Harmony Public Schools CEO Fatih Ay said. “These professionals who take such good care of our students deserve to know that they are being taken care of, as well – both their immediate needs and their long-term needs. So we are excited to be able to offer them an additional set of benefits that saves them money on their health care costs each month, while also helping them prepare for their retirement down the road.”

 

The new benefits include:

 

MATCHING RETIREMENT CONTRIBUTIONS: Exempt employees can receive 100% matching contribution to employee 403(b) and/or 457(b) plan, up to $1,500 annually depending on tenure of service. This is in addition to employee’s TRS Retirement System Benefits.

 

  • Previously: No employer matching contribution. 

 

FREE VISION: Free vision care for employees.

 

  • Previously: Employee-paid supplemental benefit.

 

FREE DENTAL: Free dental care for employees. 

  • Previously: Employee-paid supplemental benefit.

INCREASED FREE LIFE INSURANCE POLICY: Free $100,000 life insurance policy for all Exempt employees.

 

  • Previously: Free $20,000 life insurance policy.

 

The package amounts to a roughly $2.4 million estimated increase in annual expenditure on employer-paid benefits for the Texas-based school system. However, Harmony Public Schools CEO Fatih Ay said the investment was worth it because of the positive impact on employee quality of life, work-life balance, and workplace satisfaction.

 

“The investments with the best returns are always the investment made in people,” Ay said. “We’ll continue to make these kinds of investments on behalf of our employees as often as we can.” 

 

The expansion was the fourth major announcement related to employee benefits made by Harmony in the past year. The school system also announced two employee bonuses last year, as well as a promise to continue independently offering the now-expired federal COVID-19 leave benefits for impacted employees.

 

For a full list of Harmony Public Schools employer-paid and supplemental benefits, please visit https://www.harmonytx.org/benefits.

 

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 2020-2021 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.

 

Dear HSE Families; 

At Harmony School of Excellence, we promised that our greatest commitment is to the health and safety of the students, families, and communities we serve. Unfortunately, in recent weeks, our campus has seen an increase in confirmed student and staff COVID-19 infections. 

In order to thoroughly sanitize the school and ensure that all individuals affected will have time to seek medical care and quarantine as necessary, Harmony School of Excellence will close the building to in-person instruction for 7 school days, starting this Thursday, January 28th

All classes, clubs, and tutorials will continue virtually, as scheduled, during this time. In-person instruction will resume on Monday, February 8th. 

We greatly appreciate your continued cooperation and support during this time. Please contact the front office at (713) 983-8668 or email your teacher should you have any questions. 

Sincerely, 

Mugire Ayci 

Principal Title 1 documents

Dear Parents,

Due to a transformer explosion and subsequent power outage, the school is closing for today, Thursday, January 21, 2021.  Please pick up all on-campus students as soon possible.

This morning’s classes are canceled; however, regular class schedule will resume online at 1:00 p.m. Today’s testing has been postponed until a later date.

Thank you,

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 refer them for assessment. Referral forms are also available at the front office and on the school’s website.

 

Referral Form (English): Gifted & Talented Parent Referral & Rating Form

The referral forms must be returned to the front office or submitted by Friday, January 29, 2021. The Spring GT testing window is set by the campus in February. 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.

It’s time for Spring Clubs! Click here for the list of clubs available and to register. 

CLICK HERE TO SEE THIS WEEK’S TIGER TRIBUNE

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 2 & up who were tested in Fall 2020 are not eligible to test in Spring 2021. Referral forms are available at the front office and on the school’s website.

 

Referral Form (English): Parent GT Referral Form in English

Referral Form (Spanish): Parent GT Referral Form in Spanish

 

The referral forms must be returned to the front office by Monday, February 8, 2021. 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. 

 

Educación para estudiantes dotados/talentosos (GATE) Anuncio

 

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.

 

Forma de nominación: Parent GT Referral Form in Spanish

 

Los formularios de referencia deben devolverse a la oficina de la escuela antes del lunes 8 de febrero del 2021. 

 

Para obtener más información sobre el proceso de selección e identificación, los padres pueden comunicarse con el entrenador / maestro de GT de la escuela.

 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 workplace safeguards related to COVID-19. Primarily, the benefits included up to 10 Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL) days if an employee was unable to work due to COVID-19 diagnosis, symptoms, possible exposure, or required quarantine for themselves, a family member, or child care provider. 

Those federal benefits expired December 31, 2020. However, The Harmony Public Schools’ Executive Board voted at an emergency meeting Monday night, January 4, to independently extend the same benefits to employees throughout the remainder of the 2020-21 school year.

 

“The Harmony board felt this action was not only an important thing to do, but the right thing to do for our staff and their families,” Harmony CEO Fatih Ay said in a letter to employees  Tuesday. “By offering these benefits, our team members can know that their jobs and livelihoods will not be impacted if they need to seek treatment for COVID-19 or stay home with possible symptoms. Additionally, our student families also can know that Harmony is doing all it can to take care of the team members who take care of their students, and reduce potential COVID-19 exposure on campus.”

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.

Harmony Public Schools is a Texas-born, Texas-wide public charter school system with campuses serving PreK-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. 

 

The school system has committed to offering both in-person and remote learning options for students throughout the 2020-2021 school year, and is now accepting applications for new students for the 2021-22 school year.

 

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.

The 2019–20 School Report Cards (SRCs) are now available on the Texas Education Agency’s website. The purpose of the SRC is to inform parents and guardians about a campus’ individual characteristics and its academic performance. Due to COVID-19, all campuses and districts received a label of Not Rated: Declared State of Disaster for the 2019–20 school year. Therefore, several data points have not been updated, including STAAR® and academic growth data.
 
If you are unable to access the report electronically and would like a paper copy of the report, please contact your school and ask for a paper copy of the 2019-2020 School Report Card.

Greeting 8th Grade Parents,

HSE is partnering with Workforce Solutions to offer our 8th-grade student’s career exploration classes beginning in November 13. These classes will offer our students an in-depth opportunity to discover more about themselves and the world in which they live. With these classes, our students will get the opportunity to discover more about themselves and to learn more about careers and as well as the high school graduation requirements and courses. 

The goal of these seminars is to aid students in thinking beyond the present and giving them the tools to become mature, responsible, and caring adults capable of participating in a global society. To achieve each student’s full potential, these classes will delve into areas of personal accountability, leadership, decision-making, and career development.

Classes will be held online at 3:00-4:00 P.M. on the following dates: 

November 13 Friday

November 19 Thursday

December 4 Friday

December 11 Friday

Here is the registration link https://forms.gle/kRanbyYJUvP5L6h39

Please email me if you have any questions.

Thank you!

 

Dear Parents/Guardians;

We are so glad to announce that we will be celebrating our Hispanic Heritage Month for our Harmony School of Excellence family on Friday, October 30th from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. with a delightful Car Parade. Our intention is to promote a greater awareness and appreciation among our students, parents, and staff for the different Hispanic cultures represented in our community.  In turn, we are optimistic that this will promote a greater respect for cultural differences. We would like to invite you all to decorate your cars with different Hispanic flags, cut paper decorations, traditional attires, etc.

HSE will award the three best decorated cars. Come and join us to receive a surprise goodie bag, make so much noise and take a picture of your spoiled vehicle. Accompany us to not miss the opportunity to recognize our Hispanic diversity and wonderful culture. This is a beautiful chance to see our families in a socially distanced, responsible way, and show our Hispanic community family that we care and are thinking about them.

Hope you can join us!

 

Estimados Padres/ Tutores,

Estamos muy contentos de anunciar que celebraremos nuestro Mes de la Herencia Hispana para nuestra familia de Harmony School of Excellence el viernes 30 de octubre a partir de las 5:00 p.m. hasta las 6:00 p.m. con un desfile de coches. Nuestra intención es promover una mayor conciencia y aprecio entre nuestros estudiantes, padres y personal por las diferentes culturas hispanas representadas en nuestra comunidad. A su vez, somos optimistas de que esto promoverá un mayor respeto por las diferencias culturales. Nos gustaría invitarlos a todos a decorar sus autos con diferentes banderas hispanas, adornos de papel picado, atuendos tradicionales, etc.

HSE premiará a los tres primeros autos mejor decorados. Ven y únete a nosotros para recibir una bolsa de regalos sorpresa, a hacer ruido y tomarse una foto de su consentido vehículo. Acompáñanos para no perder la oportunidad de reconocer nuestra diversidad y maravillosa cultura hispana. Esta es una hermosa oportunidad para ver a nuestras familias de una manera responsable y manteniendo la distancia social. Igualmente que para mostrarle a nuestras familias de la comunidad hispana que nos preocupamos y pensamos en ellos.

¡Esperamos que puedan unirse a nosotros!

Migrant survey
In order to better serve your children, the school district would like to identify families and
out-of-school youth who are agricultural or fishing workers and who may qualify to receive
additional educational services.
Please complete the survey as soon as possible.

(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, developed through a previous Department of Education grant project (Teacher Incentive Fund, 2016), to more explicitly focus on strengthening instructional leadership by better positioning and supporting current and rising principals and instructional leadership teams to excel and remain in their roles—especially in high-need schools. Harmony has 50 schools designated as high-needs throughout the state.

The project design draws on proven research showing that strong instructional leadership improves educator effectiveness, which, in turn, accelerates growth in student outcomes.

“Great schools require great leadership,” said Harmony CEO Fatih Ay. “That’s why one of our highest priorities at Harmony Public Schools is to equip our principals and other school leaders with the tools they need to build cultures of achievement, character, and community at their campuses.”

Harmony was one of only 13 school systems in the country to receive the DOE grant and the largest of three Texas recipients.

“Great teachers deserve to be treated as the professionals they are and to be compensated accordingly,” U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said in a statement Wednesday, September 1. “All too often, though, they lack access to relevant professional development courses and are compensated on a step-scale ladder that treats them like cogs in a machine instead of as individuals with unique talents and interests. We’ve challenged today’s awardees to rethink all of that, and they have risen to the challenge.”

The new funding brings the total amount awarded to Harmony by the Department of Education within the past few years to $92.5 million. 

  • In 2012, the DOE awarded Harmony a $30 million Race to the Top grant to support locally developed plans to personalize and deepen student learning, directly improve student achievement and educator effectiveness, close achievement gaps, and prepare every student to succeed in college and their careers.
  • In 2016, the DOE awarded Harmony a $26.7 million Teacher Incentive Fund grant to develop a merit-based system for rewarding its highest-performing teachers. (The system, known as H-STEP, was foundational in Harmony being named to the Texas Education Agency’s inaugural class of Teacher Incentive Allotment districts in Fall 2020.)
  • In 2018, the DOE awarded Harmony an $8 million Education Innovation Research grant to  build upon Harmony’s project-based learning STEM model for Grade 6-12 students by introducing similar curricula to students in Grade K-5, and by creating a system of support and professional development for elementary school teachers.

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. In 2020, Harmony hadall 23 high school campuses named among the Best High Schools in America by U.S. News and World Report, 13 named to the Best STEM High Schools in America by Newsweek, and earned two National School of Character recognitions from Character.org.

Harmony Public Schools is currently accepting applications for the 2020-2021 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.

At this time, HSE is planning to reopen the campus on Monday, October 12th, to students who prefer to come to school. We will provide hybrid instruction with both online and in-person options.
Our school will be utilizing the Harmony Playbook to structure our in-person procedures: https://harmonytx.org/playbook
At this time, we ask that you go to your Skyward Family account dashboard and click on the Instruction Re-Selection Form (as shown in the picture).
Be sure to contact us should you have any questions.
We hope this message finds our families safe. All online instruction WILL continue tomorrow, Wednesday, September 23rd.
However, the HSE campus will remain closed to students and visitors.