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SUMMER SCHOOL 2014

Harmony Science Academy - Houston is offering a summer school program for K thru 8th grade students who need additional instruction. The four-week program will focus on Reading and Math skills and concepts.

Students: K-8th grade

Date: June 3rd - June 27th

Hours: 8AM - 2PM

Location: Harmony School of Fine Arts and Technology (9115 Kirby Drive, Houston, Texas 77054, 832-433-7001)

Cost: $100 for FREE or REDUCED Lunch Students, $200 for PAID Lunch Students


STAAR TESTING DATES

Please see the official STAAR testing dates below. It is imperative that your students are present to school on these testing days:

Monday, March 31st: 8th Grade Math

Tuesday April 1st: 4th Grade Writing Day 1, 5th Grade Math, 7th Grade Writing Day 1,

Wednesday April 2nd :4th Grade Writing Day 2, 5th Grade Reading, 7th Grade Writing Day 2, 8th Grade Reading

Tuesday, April 22nd: 3rd Grade Math, 4th Grade Math, 6th Grade Math, 7th Grade Math, 8th Grade Social Studies

Wednesday April 23rd: 3rd Grade Reading, 4th Grade Reading, 5th Grade Science, 6th grade Reading, 7th Grade Reading, 8th Grade Science


We need Judges!

We need judges in Energy, Engineering, and Environmental Science
Time: Saturday, May 3rd,2014
Location: George R. Brown Convention Center
1001 Avenida de las Americas
Houston, Texas 77010
713.853.8000

I-SWEEEP will provide free coffee & donuts and lunch for judges and reimburse parking fees and gas expenses within Texas.
There are two ways for registration.
1. Online Registration
You may register online.

2. Registration by e-mail
E-mail the following information to judging@isweeep.org
Your name, Company/Institution Name, Position/Title, Phone Number, and Email address.
Also rate your two preferences as 1st and 2nd (Choose from among Energy, Engineering, and Environmental Science Categories)
Once you complete your registration, you will get a confirmation e-mail.
For more information please visit isweeep.org


Chromebook Study

As you know, with the funding from Race to The Top District grant, Harmony Public Schools started a 1:1 technology initiative in the beginning of this school year, and handed a chrome book device to every single student and core subject teacher in grades 6 thru 12. All Harmony educators and leaders see this initiative as a tremendous opportunity to personalize student learning and radically improve achievement. With the right approach, leveraging technology can yield promising academic results and boost performance both for students and teachers. In an effort to assess effectiveness and improve our technology initiative, Harmony Public Schools intends to conduct a scholarly research on how technology integration into classrooms impacts students, teachers, and parents. This research will help school and district leaders at Harmony to make sound research-based judgments about future design and refinement of our technology programs. It will also give us a chance to get input from our most valued stakeholders. The researcher will keep participant identities confidential and will not release it to any Harmony employees, nor will he link any identities to survey inputs. We are excited about this research opportunity and would definitely like to see all our teachers, parents, and students participate as much as possible. Thank you for your continued support!


College Day Pep Rally


Check Your Child's Lunch Balance

Dear Parents/Guardians:
Please check your child's lunch balance. You can see the exact balance, charges, and deposits by signing into your child’s database account and then clicking the “Other” tab on the far right of the top menu. Payments can easily be made with credit cards at the bottom of that same page by clicking “PAY ONLINE” below the table. Payments can also be made with credit cards, checks, or money orders in the front office during normal operating hours. (M-F 8:00 am-3:00pm)

Beginning, Thursday, April 24th, any student that has an unpaid balance exceeding $20.00 will not be served a regular school lunch until payment has been received. We do not want any student to go hungry, so if a student has still not made payment by this date, we will provide them an alternate lunch.

We look forward to your cooperation resolving these outstanding balances. If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact the front office at 713 729 4400.


Global Youth Service Day, April 11-13, 2014

Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) celebrates and mobilizes the millions of young people who improve their communities each day of the year through service. Established in 1988, Global Youth Service Day is the largest service event in the world, and the only day of service dedicated to children and youth. GYSD is celebrated each year in more than 135 countries, with young people working together--and with schools, youth organizations, nonprofits, community and faith-based organizations, national service programs, government agencies, and adult mentors-- to address the world’s most critical issues and change their communities.
In honor of Global Youth Service Day, HPS students in the Houston area will participate in the Buffalo Service Project, created by the University of Houston-Downtown. The project will focus on STEM-related activities that contribute to the community, such as the cleanup/beautification of Buffalo Bayou.

In honor of Global Youth Service Day, HPS students in the Houston area will participate in the Buffalo Service Project, created by the University of Houston-Downtown. The project will focus on STEM-related activities that contribute to the community, such as the cleanup/beautification of Buffalo Bayou.


National Poetry Month

Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is now held every April, when schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets throughout the United States band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Thousands of organizations participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and other events.

Harmony Science Academy-Houston will observe this important month by creating a special section in the library for books containing forms of poetry!


8th Grade Students Orientation!




H.S.A- High would like to invite all current 8th grade students and parents to join our college guidance counselors to have breakfast and begin making plans for their high school. Counselors will share changes to graduation requirements as a result of House Bill 5, career pathways, classes and AP courses that are being offered at HAS-High next school year. Our goal is to meet individually with students and their parents to develop their academic plan for high school.

When: April 5, Saturday from10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Where: HPS-Central Office Multi-purpose Room (1st floor)


Parent Workshop on Special Education/ Entrenamiento para padres con hijos en Educación Especial

Harmony Public Schools Houston South Cluster will be hosting a parent workshop on 'Top 10 Basics of Special Education' for the parents of students in special education. The workshop will be held on Thursday, March 27th at 6pm at Harmony School of Innovation Cafeteria on 9421 West Sam Houston Pkwy S, Houston, TX 77099. The information will be presented in English and Spanish. We look forward to seeing our parents there.


La región sur de las escuelas Harmony en Houston va a realizar un entrenamiento para padres con el tema: " Los 10 principios básicos en la educación especial". Este entrenamiento está diseñado para todos los padres con hijos en educación especial. El entrenamiento será el día jueves 27 de marzo a las 6:00 p.m. en la cafetería de la escuela Harmony School of Innovation ( 9421 W. Sam Houston Pkwy. S. Houston, TX 77099).

El entrenamiento y la información será presentado en Español e Inglés. Esperamos ver a nuestros padres de familia ahi.


Calendar Update

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students,

There will be no other snow make up days due to school calendar waiver, the calendar will remain as is for the remainder of the year.


Bilingual and ESL Teachers Needed

Harmony Science Academy-Houston is seeking dedicated Bilingual and ESL teachers. Bachelor's degree in a directly related field and Texas teacher certification are required.


HSA-Houston Partners with DePelchin Children’s Center

HSA-Houston is pleased to announce that we have partnered with DePelchin Children’s Center in order to provide our students with counseling services. Students may be referred by a staff member. As a parent, you may also know of a situation that your child is having difficulty dealing with or you may sense that something is troubling your child. Please refer your child so he/she may receive support in dealing with issues such as:
§ Anger management
§ Anxiety
§ Behavior problems
§ Depression
§ Family conflict
§ Loss and grief
§ School problems

If you would like for your child for support services, please contact Ms.Alcorn at salcorn@harmonytx.org . She will make sure that your child receives the help he/she needs.


College Acceptance Day Pep Rally 2013



This is a video of the second annual College Acceptance Day PEP Rally held on May 3rd, 2013 by Harmony Public Schools (HPS) at Rice University in Houston Texas. More than 4,000 middle school and high school students from 15 Houston-area HPS campuses attended this exciting event to celebrate our 150 Graduating Seniors as they announced publically for the first time what College they would be attending in the Fall of 2013. Many of the Graduates were either the first-in-family or a first-generation family member to be accepted to a 4-yr College. More than 50% of these graduates went on to major in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM)
fields in College.
Please Click Here to watch the video.


Parent Contact Information

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Please be sure to UPDATE THE CONTACT INFORMATION for your student’s file. This information needs to be up-to-date; in the event of an emergency the school needs to have the correct information with which to contact parents/guardians. Please send your updated contact information at natali.reyes@harmonytx.org or call the front office at (713) 729-4400.


SCHOOL UNIFORM

The Harmony Public Schools adopts a strict dress code policy. Please click here to see 2013-2014 Student Parent Handbook.
The only outerwear permitted this school year is an official Harmony school fleece available to purchase in the front office. Please allow 3-4 weeks for orders to arrive at school. Don't wait for winter to place an order-be ready ahead of time and shop tax free weekend! Students may wear a long-sleeve solid color shirt (red, white, blue, black or gray) under their uniform shirts. Boots are not permitted. All belts should be solid with no metal studs or designs on them.
Please contact Ms. Alcorn with any questions at salcorn@harmonytx.org. read more . . .


CELL PHONE POLICY

During the 2013-2014 school year cell phones AND other electronics MUST BE left in THE LOCKER during school hours! The school is not responsible for stolen or lost cell phones or electronics. It is recommended not to bring these devices to school at all.

Students YOU MAY NOT have them in your back pocket, purse OR backpack. Phones will be confiscated and there will be a fee to receive them back. Please review pages 19-20 in the Student Handbook. Parents please remind your students about the new policy.

For more school information please contact Ms. Alcorn at salcorn@harmonytx.org. read more . . .


AFTER SCHOOL CARE

We are pleased to partner with Zenith Learning again for the 2013-2014 school year. Please see website for more details https://www.zenithlearning.org/


CHILD FIND

It is the policy of the Harmony Science Academy Charter School to locate and identify any child who contacts or enrolls in the Charter School who may have a disability and be in need of special education and related services, regardless of the severity of the disability, in accordance with its procedures as reflected in the CHILD FIND legal framework of the Legal Framework for the Child-Centered Special Education Process, located at: http://framework.esc18.net/. read more...


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