Houston West District Lottery Date and Location

Thank you for your application to Harmony Public Schools. We are pleased that you and your family are interested in joining our community for the 2021-2022 school year.

We are reaching out to inform you that we will hold our Houston West District lottery for available seats on the date and location listed below.

Due to the pandemic, we will hold a virtual lottery this year. As such, please be aware of the below important items about the lottery and registration process:

Lottery winners will be posted at the lottery location itself and at each respective campus after the lottery is held. Winners will also receive an automated phone call from the campus of the next steps for registration within 24 hours of the lottery itself. At such time, you will have two business days to log in to your Smart Choice account where you submitted your application to Accept or Decline placement in the system.

Registration for all campuses will begin on March 1, 2021. From this date, you have 10 business days to submit all required documentation. A list of required documents and step by step instructions are available on our school website and from our Front Office team.

We wish you luck in the upcoming lottery and are here to assist you with this process in any way possible.

Lottery Information
Date: February 24, 2021, at 10:00 AM
Virtual Lottery Web Link: (Sent Through Email you Provided in Smart Choice)
Virtual Lottery Access Code: (Sent Through Email you Provided in Smart Choice)

Campuses: Harmony Science Academy Beaumont

All Houston & Beaumont campuses along with the District office will be closed on Monday & Tuesday, February 22-23.
 
Classes resume on Wednesday February 24.
 
All classes will be “Asynchronous-Online Only” Wednesday thru Friday. There will be no in-person or live classes. Students must submit their exit tickets and/or other assignments by the end of each day.
 
Meal Distribution:
Meals will be distributed for three days on Wednesday, February 24.


Update: All Harmony schools & the District Office in Houston and Beaumont will remain closed on Fri, 2/19. There will be no virtual or in-person instruction, and employees will not report to work.

Lottery has been postponed to February 24 @ 10 A.M.


WEATHER UPDATE

HSA Beaumont will be closed on Wednesday, 2/17,  Thursday, 2/18 & Friday, 2/19.

There will be no virtual or in-person instruction and staff will not report to work.

School will resume as scheduled on Monday, 2/22.

Stay safe and warm!

Due to the inclement weather forecast & the potential for hazardous road conditions, Harmony Public Schools Houston South/West District campuses will be closed on Tuesday, February 16. All staff will work from home. All students will participate in asynchronous virtual learning.

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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.

 

Parents of 8th-grade students and students
On Wednesday, February 10, 2021, we will be having a Parent Meeting at 5:00 pm. The meeting will be via ZOOM and we will cover a lot of information regarding your students transitioning to high school. We will be discussing course selections and graduation plans. I ask that you please be in attendance and seek guidance on these endeavors. Please see the following link below and we hope to see you all then.

Harmony Public Schools South/West District will host its next District Safety Meeting on Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Zoom Link Here

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.

 Harmony Public Schools South/West District will host its next District Safety Meeting on Tuesday, December 8, 2020.

Zoom Link Here

For the week of Thanksgiving Break, we will offer 7 days of meals. 

The meal distribution time will be, 9 am – 10 am, Friday, November 20, 2020. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Miguelina Martinez Perez at mmartinezperez@harmonytx.org or (409) 838-4000 ext#220

Banner: Free Meal Distribution for both onsite & distance learners. November 20th; free to all children 18 and under.

English Policy 4-West District PFE Policy 11-2-2020 (101862) (Spanish Policy)-HPS West District PFE Policy 11-2-2020 (101862).. (1)

Dear Parents / Guardians,

Fall pictures will be taken on Tuesday, November 10th and November 11th . All students will take a picture.

Please disregard the schedule on the photo pamphlet and adhere to the following schedule to help us make sure that we are able to maximize our time effectively while the photographers are on campus. If you have multiple students please follow the schedule using the last name of the youngest sibling.

November 10, 2020:
8:00 – 11:00: K-12th Grade all F2F Students
12:00 – 2:30: K-5th Grade Virtual Students

The virtual students will follow the schedule below based on the last name of the youngest sibling:
A – F @ 12:00 – 12:30
G – M @ 12:30 – 1:00
N – S @ 1:00 – 1:30
T – Z @ 1:30 – 2:00

November 11, 2020:
8:00 – 12:00: 6th – 12th Grade Virtual Students and make-ups from previous day.
Please follow the schedule below using the last name of the youngest sibling:
A – F @ 8:00 – 9:00
G – M @ 9:00 – 10:00
N – S @ 10:00 – 11:00
T – Z @ 11:00 – 12:00
Payments can be made online prior to picture day at mylifetouch.com with your picture day ID EVTVTC9GZ or paid the day of pictures via cash or check made out to Lifetouch. Online payments can be made after pictures are taken but parents will not receive a proof.

It is very crucial that you have your student or students here at the scheduled time.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me out to me via email at mvines@harmonytx.org.

Beginning November 2nd, Harmony Public Schools will offer free meals for all children ages 18 and under. Students under 21 who are currently enrolled in a school and are identified as mentally or physically disabled are also eligible. Free breakfast and lunch will be available daily for students attending classes at the school. 

 

For distance learners, meal boxes will be available for pick up at

(4055 Calder Ave Beaumont Tx Beaumont Tx, 77706) on (Monday only from 9 am – 10 am) 

 

Meal distribution is open to our students, their siblings, and the community.

Parents wishing to pick up a meal box without children present will need to present one of the following to verify guardianship:

∙ Individual student report cards

∙ Attendance record from parent portal of a school website

∙ Birth certificate

∙ Official letter/email from facility or school listing children enrolled

∙ Other official ID cards (for example, IDs issued by a child care facility)

If you have any questions, please contact, Miguelina Martinez Perez, mmartinezperez@harmonytx.org, (409) 838-4000

You are Cordially Invited to Attend

Houston West

District Title I Parent and Family Engagement Meeting

Monday, November 2, 2020

Time: 5:00PM – 5:30 PM

Virtual online Meeting

Please: RSVP

Goal/Purpose: Review, evaluate and update/develop Written Parent and Family

Engagement (PFE) Policy and the School-Parent Compact

Agenda Items:

  1. Title I Program Presentation
  2. Review and evaluate last year’s PFE Policy and School-Parent Compact

III. Jointly develop PFE Policy and Compact for current year

  1. School’s Curriculum, Academic Performance
  2. Comments, Q&A

2020 FALL- WEST District PFE Meeting Parent Invitation- (1)

 

Queridos padres:
Están cordialmente invitados a asistir a la reunión de participación de padres y familias del Título I del distrito Houston West.
Cuándo: Lunes 2 de Noviembre del 2020
Hora: 5:00 PM – 5:30 PM
La junta será virtual.
Por favor confirmen su asistencia por medio del link para que se les envíe invitación a Zoom.
Meta/Propósito: Revisar, evaluar y actualizar / desarrollar la Política escrita de participación de los padres y la familia (PFE) y el Acuerdo entre la escuela y los padres
Temas en la agenda:
I. Presentación del programa Título I
II. Revisar y evaluar la política de PFE del año pasado y el acuerdo entre la escuela y los padres.
III. Juntos desarrollaremos la política de PFE y acuerdo para este año.
IV. El currículo de la escuela y desempeño académico
V. Comentarios, Preguntas y Respuestas

Zoom Meeting Link

 

Here is an update on the required community service and volunteer hours for Harmony high school students.

Seniors Class of 2021 – All hours are waived
Juniors Class of 2022 – 50 hours are required to graduate
Sophomore Class of 2023 -50 hours are required to graduate
Freshmen Class of 2024 – 75 hours are needed to graduate

We have a Parent & Senior FAFSA Night (Virtual)  on Tuesday, October 20, 2020, at 5:30 pm. next week.

The event will be a Virtual Zoom Meeting held for all seniors!

Financial Aid Representatives from Lamar and LIT will give a presentation on Grants, Loans, Scholarships, and all Financial aid that seniors can qualify for.

Please, mark your calendar for this event and join us with…

 

Here is the link:https://harmonytx.zoom.us/j/86302580490

No School on Friday, May 10
Due to damage from Delta, HSA Beaumont’s in-person and virtual learning will be closed Monday and Tuesday. We will resume in-person and virtual learning on Wednesday, October 14.
 
If additional need to close past Tuesday arises we will send additional communication.
 
Please stay safe!