Hello HSE Parents,
We hope you all are enjoying this final month of summer before the school begins. With the school year quickly approaching, our PTO is reaching out with a reminder of the board positions that are still open for the 2019-2020 upcoming school year. We are excited to have a returning Secretary, 2 returning Workroom Coordinators and a new Homeroom Parent Coordinator locked into place.
We regret to inform you that some of the returning board members will no longer be able to serve due to work transfers and unexpected circumstances. That is why we have quite a few openings on the board for the upcoming school year. Your help is greatly appreciated in order to continue to serve our students and accomplish our goals.
There have been some changes to the board positions from previous years to create an easier flow to all that the PTO does for the staff and students. We will also have several sub-committees within each position. Below is a list of board positions, if you are interested in hearing more about any position or subcommittee options, please reach out to us.
The Board consists of 7 positions with several subcommittee options listed in the attached chart: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Student Engagement, Staff Support and Fundraising
This is a great opportunity for you to be a part of the heartbeat of the school, our PTO. The PTO takes care of our students with little things from hot chocolate on the polar express day and Kona Ice on the field day to the big fundraising with I-Fest and Fun Run. In the past, the money has gone to the turf, outside water fountain, playground and more. This past year we were able to raise money for a safety crosswalk from the school to the playground area and in-school educational field trips for all grades from K-8th. The PTO also makes sure our amazing staff is taken care of with Staff Appreciation dinners, I-Fest silent auction baskets, Teacher appreciation week and the list goes on.
Without a proper board, we can not continue to serve our school. Our board of all working moms last year showed that we as parents can have it all, be actively involved in our children’s school and work. We are wanting to have all positions closed by August 1st. If you have questions about positions, commitment please reach out to PTO at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is the link for our PTO form: https://forms.gle/o4VM1bBr1V1e92zq9
Thank you for your interest and here’s to the start of a great school year!
Want to save yourself the runaround for school supply shopping? Want to help raise money for HSE at the same time?
Ordering for next year is already available! These are the hand-picked lists created by your teachers. The cool part is that the carts are totally customizable – if there is something you already have, just delete those items from the box! Order soon, and pick up will be on orientation day, August 9. PLUS, you will be able to drop the supplies off in your child’s classroom the same day! Click on the link to create an account and order!
If you don’t want to order your supplies here, use this list to purchase items on your own.
Parents: School supply ordering for next year is still available! Prices vary by grade. You can even delete items from the box that you don’t need. Pick up will be on orientation day, August 9, AND you’ll be able to drop them off in your child’s classroom the same day! Click on the link to create an account and order!
Friday, August 9, 2019
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Meet the teacher, get your child’s schedule, lunch application and more…
Rubik’s Cube SpeedLeague sent out a press release announcing the accomplishments of our own HSE Tigers³ on both the state and national level. The team – including Mark E., Shreyas R., Sohan K., Johan B., Catalina L., and Jade C. – competed at the Houston Spring 2019 Rubik’s Cube Challenge, where the team solved 25 2×2 Rubik’s Cubes in 1:30 (one minute, thirty seconds), ranking them 3rd in the state and earning the Tigers³ the Elite Team distinction.
During the solo portion of the competition, Mark and Shreyas each solved a single 2×2 Rubik’s Cube in 4.3 and 4.4 seconds, respectively, earning them the honor of Elite Solver. These times ranked Mark as 1st in the state and 2nd nationally among elementary school students. Shreyas ranks 1st in the state alongside Johan who ranks 5th among middle school students who competed at You CAN Do the Rubik’s Cube competitions during the 2018/19 school year.
The Speed League is the national leaderboard of the fastest elementary, middle, and high school teams as well as solo competitors in the U.S. who have solved the Rubik’s Cube during You CAN Do the Rubik’s Cube competitions. The leaderboard shows the rank, school and time of the fastest teams and solo competitors. Results can be filtered by event, state, date, and/or division (kindergarten through fifth grade – Division 1, sixth through eighth grade – Division 2, and ninth through twelfth grade – Division 3).
HSE has been named to the Educational Results Partnership 2018 – 2019 Honor Roll for its high achievement in student success. The program is part of a national effort to identify higher-performing schools and districts that are improving student outcomes. Schools that receive the Honor Roll distinction have demonstrated consistent high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in achievement levels over time, and a reduction in achievement gaps among student populations.
In Texas, the Honor Roll program is supported by numerous businesses and organizations, including the Texas Business Leadership Council, American Automobile Association (AAA) Texas, Macy’s, Wells Fargo, Chevron Corporation and Enterprise Holdings Foundation.
To access the Honor Roll, visit www.edresults.org .
“We are very happy to continue to reward our staff for their dedication to excellence,” said Fatih Ay, CEO of Harmony Public Schools. “Every year our 34,000 plus students consistently exceed state education standards. Our teacher’s hard work is recognized annually by major publications, such as US News Best High Schools, and noted children’s advocacy groups.”
In addition to a base salary increase of between $3,500 & $5,000, teachers will be awarded a stipend of $1,000 if they have between 5 and 9 years of classroom experience. Those with more than 10 years’ experience will receive $2,000. “We see this as an investment not only in our teachers but in our students as well,” Ay said.
The new salary schedule follows Governor Greg Abbott’s signing of the $11.5 Billion school finance reform package. Harmony chose to target additional funding into pay & benefits for teachers and staff. These increases have been presented to the HPS Board of Directors, and will be up for approval after receiving regulations from TEA.
Harmony Proposed Pay Increases
Dear HSE Families,
It is hard to believe that we have reached the end of the school year. This has been an amazing year and, together, let us celebrate the many learning experiences and educational opportunities that have taken place for our students. HSE’s unique character, excellence in teaching, and the tremendous dedication and talent of our staff continues to make it a wonderful and special educational environment.
This past year was a success on so many levels. HSE was represented in State and National level platforms by many of our teams, including MathLeague, Quiz Bowl, History Bee, History Fair, Science Olympiad, Robotics, Cross Country, Basketball, and many others. HSE also earned 6 out of 7 distinction designations by the TEA. I am confident that our high standards, hard work, and perseverance will help our school get even better ratings than before.
Looking ahead to next year, it too will be filled with many firsts, achievements, and new developments. We are excitedly awaiting the grand opening of the new STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) Lab as well as the inclusion of STEAM extension hours into all of our student schedules.
HSE is making the “A” in STEAM even bigger by including Theater classes with Ms. Buth, along with Art and Music, as an elective course for middle school students. In technology news, the school will be purchasing 250 additional Chromebooks, 50+ iPads, 12-3D printers and much more to enhance the integration of technology into our curriculum.
We are also adding a fourth 2nd grade section, 2D. This will create a “departmental” structure where students will have two teachers, one for math/science and one for ELA/social studies. This will give our 2nd grade team and students the opportunity for more specialized instruction in their coursework.
There are many other strategies we will be adopting next year at HSE to ensure our students are receiving the best education. These efforts include the adoption of a new ELA curriculum, Teach Like a Champion strategies, Jim Knight coaching model for teachers, Micro-Credentials, and Vertical Professional Learning Communities.
I would also like to announce that Mrs. Dorsey has been promoted as our first-time-ever campus-level instructional coach. She will be pouring her 17 years of experience into mentoring our HSE teachers with the intent of increasing both the quality of instruction and student learning.
Of course, we could not have achieved all we did this year without our amazing PTO Board. I would like wish our current PTO members the best of luck as they are finishing their four-year term here at HSE. Thank you guys, you are the best. The new PTO will be in charge very soon and I have no doubt the new Board will hit the ground running and continue to support our school with the same legendary enthusiasm as our current board.
Please mark your calendars for our full-day welcome orientation & meet the teacher event. It will take place on Friday, August 9th between 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
Have a restful and enjoyable summer break. I look forward to seeing you back in school.
Mugire Ayci, Principal
Nutritious free meals are available for children and teens 18 and younger at many locations throughout the nation throughout the summer while school is out of session. Use the mapping tool below to find a site near you.
STARTING JUNE 1, FIND A NEARBY MEAL SITE AND HOURS OF OPERATION
1 Call 211
2 Text* FOODTX to 877-877, or
3 Visit SummerFood.org
Nuestros niños necesitan comida nutritiva para aprender, crecer y prosperar—incluso cuando no hay escuela. Bajo el Programa de Servicios de Alimentos para Niños durante el Verano, los niños de 18 años de edad o menores pueden seguir comiendo comida saludable durante todo el verano, sin costo. Solo tienen que ir a un sitio de comida que participe en el programa.
A PARTIR DEL 1 DE JUNIO BUSQUE UN SITIO DE COMIDA CERCANO Y LAS HORAS DE OPERACIÓN
1 Llame al 211
2 Envíe un mensaje de texto* COMIDA al 877–877, o
3 Visite SummerFood.org
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Due to the weather and flooding in many areas, Harmony School of Excellence-Houston is closed on Friday, May 10th.
School is planned to resume as normal on Monday, May 13th.
All Harmony Public Schools campuses in the Houston area are closed today due to the inclement weather conditions. Please continue to monitor the local media for weather updates and stay safe.
Harmony Public Schools is monitoring weather forecasts in Houston area. Should there be school closure or cancellation of programs; parents will be notified via the district/school’s website, our parent notification system, and/or social media. Please stay safe and monitor local media for weather updates.
Harmony Public Schools has several upcoming Job Fairs in many locations across Texas.
To find the list of upcoming fairs near you, point your browser to harmonytx.org/job-fairs.php and check if your region/metro area has a fair coming up.
Life’s short. Do work that matters!
Dear HSE Families,
It is hard to believe it is already Spring Break – a week when we will get to enjoy a bit of time to rest and recharge. After that, it is back to work to finish this year strong! We have much to do and, as always, your involvement is needed.
The months of April and May mark the beginning to the end of the year STAAR testing window. We will start administering STAAR the week of April 20th. This testing window will run through mid-May. The schedule can be found on our online calendar and it will also be posted on Facebook and in the Tiger Tribune. It is very important that your students be at school and on time on STAAR testing days. Past experience has shown that students who take the assessments with their class perform at a higher level than those who take a make-up assessment at a different time. If you need to schedule a medical appointment for your child in the next couple of months, be sure to check with your child’s teacher to find out what days to avoid when scheduling the appointment.
Many campus upgrades are planned during the break. To ensure HSE is completely safe, secure, and is the best place for learning, the following improvements will be made to our school:
- Current gates will be replaced with wireless compatible, sliding ones. New operators will be added.
- Outside lighting will be enhanced to ensure our land is completely safe and visible.
- Parking lot stripes and fire lines will be repainted. Designated staff parking will be added.
- A professional sound system will be installed in the gym. A very special thanks to our legendary PTO for sponsoring this project.
- Two outside HSE signs along Gessner will be replaced with projected completion March 25th.
I also want to share more exciting news – our dream project, the HSE STEAM Lab, has been approved by the district office. We plan to start its construction during the first week of summer break. Our goal is getting the lab ready before August 10th. It is going to be a great addition to our campus.
We love having you visit and take part in what we do. Our HSE community is a wonderful place to be and, as a team, we continue to work hard to stay the BEST! We are anchoring excellence in a safe harbor for learning and riding the “Waves of Success”!
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
Mugire Ayci, Principal
Don’t forget to spring forward an hour at 2:00AM this Sunday.
When you change your clock ⏰, it’s a great idea to change the batteries 🔋 in your smoke alarms!
You asked! We changed!
You’re invited to take our website survey to find out if the new website is meeting your needs.
During the last few months, we’ve been working to revamp our campus websites based on the feedback we received from focus groups, and online user surveys. Your feedback was critical because it helped us understand why people visit our websites and what they are trying to achieve once they get there.
It’s easy to take part in the survey and should take no longer than 5 minutes to complete!
We take your feedback very seriously, and want to provide parents with a valuable resource. If one of your favorite features from the old site is missing: let us know… (Gently – remember the Golden Rule!)
Click on this link to take the survey immediately.
Digital Ecosystem Team
No school on Monday, March 4th for teacher professional development.
Registration for all campuses will begin on Monday, February 25th.
Application Lottery Status
This means that your child is offered a seat from the campus.
Starting on Monday, February 25th, you will have 2 business days to accept the placement at a campus.
If you accept placement at our campus, you will forfeit placement at all other campuses. You will have 10
business days to complete the registration process which includes: filling out the registration forms and submitting all required
documentation such as proof of residence, transcripts, discipline records, immunizations, and student identification.
If you decline placement, you will be removed from that Harmony campus lottery list only.
This means that your child is placed on the wait list for the campus. As students accept/decline spots on the offered
list, your child will move up. If your child moves up to the offered list, the system will send you a message through Smart Choice.
For full printed registration instructions, please click here
For a video walkthrough, please click here.
|District||Location of Lottery||Lottery Date||Lottery Time|
Austin and Pflugerville Campuses
|Austin District Office|
13425 Ranch Road 620 N Austin, TX 78717
El Paso, Lubbock,
and Odessa Campuses
|HSA – El Paso Auditorium|
9405 Betel Dr. El Paso, TX 79907
Houston and Bryan Campuses
|Harmony School of Excellence|
7340 N. Gessner Dr. Houston, TX 77040
|Harmony Public Schools Central Office|
9321 W. Sam Houston Pkwy S. Houston, TX 77099
Houston and Beaumont Campuses
|Harmony Public Schools Central Office|
9321 W. Sam Houston Pkwy S. Houston, TX 77099
San Antonio, Brownsville,
and Laredo Campuses
|Harmony School of Excellence – San Antonio|
2015 SW Loop 410 San Antonio, TX 78227
|Harmony School of Innovation – Waco|
1110 S. Valley Mills Dr. Beverly Hills, TX 76711
Fort Worth Campuses
|Harmony School of Innovation – Fort Worth|
8100 S. Hulen St. Fort Worth, TX 76123
Nature, Euless, and
Grand Prairie Campuses
|Harmony School of Innovation – Grand Prairie|
1441 Fish Creek Rd Grand Prairie, TX 75052
Dallas, Plano, Carrollton,
Business, and Garland Campuses
|Harmony School of Business|
8080 W President George Bush Hwy Dallas, TX 75252
- Website Accessibility
Harmony Public Schools (“Harmony”) is committed to making the information on its website accessible to individuals with disabilities in compliance with the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader, eye tracking device, voice recognition software, etc.) and have difficulty accessing information on the Harmony website, please contact HPS Webmaster by email at email@example.com . Please include the following when communicating with Harmony regarding accessibility issues:
A description of your accessibility concern.
The format in which you prefer to receive the materials.
The web page address of the requested material(s).
The best way to contact you (email address or phone number, or both).
Harmony will make appropriate accommodations to facilitate access to any website content.
Complaints regarding website accessibility may be submitted through the Public Complaint process outlined in Board Policy PG-1.12 (Public Complaints).
Please note that some pages on the Harmony website contain links to third-party sites, which are not within Harmony’s control. If you notify Harmony of problems with accessing a third-party site that is necessary to participate in one of Harmony’s programs or activities, we will make the material or information available in an accessible format.
- Report Bullying
If you are experiencing a problem with bullying at Harmony, or have other discipline-related concerns regarding one of our schools, please fill out the form at the link below for the Dean of Students.
- HPS Child Find Policy
It is the policy of the Harmony Public Schools to ensure that
- All children with disabilities enrolled in the charter school regardless of the severity of their disability, and who are in need of special education and related services, are identified, located, and evaluated; and
- A practical method is developed and implemented to determine which children are currently receiving needed special education and related services.
These requirements apply to:
- Homeless children;
- Children who are wards of the state;
- Highly mobile children (including migrant children); and
- Children who are suspected of being in need of special education but who are advancing from grade to grade.
20 U.S.C. 1412(a)(3)(A); 34 CFR 300.111(a)(1)(i), (c).
- Non-discrimination Statement as Part of the School's Admission Policy
It is the policy of HPS not to discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, age, or disability in its programs, services, or activities as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, please contact Section 504/ADA Coordinator at (713) 343-3333 located at 9321 W. Sam Houston Pkwy S. Houston, TX 77099.
- Non-discrimination Statement in Career and Technical Education Programs
HARMONY PUBLIC SCHOOLS offers support to school district for career and technical education programs in Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources; Architecture and Construction; Arts, Audio/Video Technology, and Communications; Business Management and Administration; Education and Training; Finance; Government and Public Administration; Health Science; Hospitality and Tourism; Human Services; Information Technology; Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security; Manufacturing; Marketing; Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics; Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics. Admission to these programs is based on enrollment in HARMONY PUBLIC SCHOOLS secondary schools.
It is the policy of HARMONY PUBLIC SCHOOLS not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex or handicap in its CTE programs, services or activities as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.
It is the policy of HARMONY PUBLIC SCHOOLS not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, handicap, or age in its employment practices as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended; and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.
HARMONY PUBLIC SCHOOLS will take steps to assure that lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation in all educational and CTE programs.
For information about your rights or grievance procedures, contact the Title IX Coordinator, CHARLES LAMBERT, and/or the Section 504 Coordinator, IHSAN KARA, at 9321 W. Sam Houston Pkwy S. Houston, TX 77099, Phone: (713) 343-3333.
- Aviso de No discriminación en los Programas de Educación Profesional y
Las Escuelas Públicas Harmony ofrecen programas vocacionales en Agricultura, Alimentación y Recursos Naturales; Arquitectura y Construcción; Artes, Tecnología de Audio / Video y Comunicaciones; Administración de Negocios y Administración; Educación y Entrenamiento; Finanzas; Gobierno y Administración Pública; Ciencias de la salud; Hospitalidad y Turismo; Recursos Humanos; Tecnología de la Información; Derecho; Seguridad Pública, Correccionales y Seguridad; Manufactura; Mercadeo; Ciencias, Tecnología, Ingeniería y Matemáticas; Transporte, Distribución y Logística. La admisión a estos programas se basa en el número de estudiantes de secundaria registrados en las Escuelas Públicas Harmony.
Es norma de las Escuelas Públicas Harmony no discriminar por motivos de raza, color, origen nacional, sexo o impedimento, en sus programas, servicios o actividades de CTE, tal como lo requieren el Título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964, según enmienda; el Título IX de las Enmiendas en la Educación, de 1972, y la Sección 504 de la Ley de Rehabilitación de 1973, según enmienda.
Es norma de las Escuelas Públicas Harmony no discriminar por motivos de raza, color, origen nacional, sexo, impedimento o edad, en sus procedimientos de empleo, tal como lo requieren el Título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964, según enmienda; el Título IX de las Enmiendas en la Educación, de 1972, la ley de Discriminación por Edad, de 1975, según enmienda, y la Sección 504 de la Ley de Rehabilitación de 1973, según enmienda.
Las Escuelas Públicas Harmony tomarán las medidas necesarias para asegurar que la falta de habilidad en el uso del inglés no sea un obstáculo para la admisión y participación en todos los programas educativos y CTE.
Para información sobre sus derechos o procedimientos para quejas, comuníquese con el Coordinador del Título IX, CHARLES LAMBERT, y/o el Coordinador de la Sección 504, IHSAN KARA, a la siguiente dirección: 9321 W. Sam Houston Pkwy S. Houston, TX 77099, Teléfono: (713) 343-3333.
- TX Transition and Employment Guide
The Texas Transition and Employment Guide provides youth, young adults, parents and professionals with secondary transition resources to facilitate a young person’s progress towards post-secondary goals to education, employment, and community living.
Access the guide — in English and Spanish — at the Texas Transition Website.