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Harmony Public Schools, Texas State University System announce unique new partnership

The Texas State University System (TSUS) and Harmony Public Schools (HPS) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish and expand collaborative efforts aimed at supporting HPS graduates as they apply to, advance in, and graduate from a TSUS member institution.
TSUS Chancellor Brian McCall and HPS Deputy Superintendent Umit Alpaslan, joined by the presidents of TSUS’s seven member institutions, signed the agreement May 20 on Sam Houston State University’s Huntsville campus. The agreement allows TSUS institutions to inform HPS students about the benefits of pursuing higher education and to work closely with HPS to support students who choose to attend a TSUS institution.
“At Harmony Public Schools, our primary mission is to provide students from across Texas a path to a better future by equipping them with the academic knowledge and life skills they’ll need to succeed. We are extremely proud to partner with an organization such as the Texas State University System which shares those values and can support our graduates with an affordable, high-quality college education,” said Alpaslan.
“Our member institutions are proud to provide a welcoming environment where first-generation, low-income and underrepresented students feel at home and, importantly, succeed in ever-increasing numbers,” said Chancellor McCall. “We look forward to working with Harmony Public Schools to help more students realize their dream of earning a college degree.”
Under the agreement, finance, admissions and student services personnel from participating TSUS institutions would collaborate with HPS and provide office and meeting space for a HPS College Success Coach to support HPS graduates throughout their college careers. HPS would assist participating institutions with identifying, informing and recruiting HPS students who are considering college, as permitted by state and federal student privacy laws.
The agreement is designed to increase HPS graduates’ attendance, retention and college graduation rates by developing strategies to address the challenges of HPS students, many of whom are first-generation college students from low-income families.
The Texas State University System, founded in 1911, is Texas’ first university system. TSUS member institutions currently serve more than 87,000 students on 13 campuses from far West Texas to the Gulf Coast. Member institutions include Lamar University, Sam Houston State University, Sul Ross State University, Texas State University, Lamar Institute of Technology, Lamar State College Orange, and Lamar State College Port Arthur.
Harmony Public Schools is a system of 58 Texas public charter schools that provides rigorous, high-quality education focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Harmony provides students from traditionally underserved communities the opportunity to excel through project-based learning where they learn the skills necessary to become contributing global citizens.
Harmony Public Schools is currently accepting applications for the 2022-2023 school year for both students and team members at both it’s online and in-person campus options.
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.
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Harmony Public Schools to offer virtual learning for 2022-23 school year

Harmony Public Schools will offer a full virtual learning option to students in kindergarten through Grade 12 this fall.
Harmony will, of course, also continue to offer in-person learning at each of its 58 campuses for the majority of its 38,000 students across Texas. The virtual school, however – known as Harmony Virtual Academy – is intended for those families who either still need or prefer to learn online.
“We’ve learned during the pandemic that most students still learn best in the traditional classroom setting surrounded by their peers,” Harmony Public Schools CEO Fatih Ay said. “But that’s not necessarily true for every scholar. For students who need to continue studying from home or who simply just learn better that way, we’re excited to continue offering a virtual school choice for Fall 2022.”
Harmony Virtual Academy is approved by the TEA for roughly 572 students for Fall 2022. About 400 students attended virtual classes with Harmony in 2021-22.
To be eligible, students must be enrolled at Harmony for the upcoming year, maintain at least a 90 percent attendance rate, have passed their most recent STAAR test, and be passing in all of their core subjects.
Beginning this August, the academy’s team of teachers will be housed in the building currently occupied by the Harmony School of Science-Houston. Located in Houston’s historic Braeswood neighborhood, the location was the site of Harmony’s first campus in 2001 – creating a unique nod to both Harmony’s history and future.
From there, Harmony educators will connect with scholars from across Texas in both real-time synchronous learning and student-led asynchronous lessons. Students also will have access to Harmony’s full range of support services, as well as an array of extracurricular activities.
“Parents deserve to have a choice in their child’s education,” Ay said, “and so many families have told us that a virtual option is a choice they still need. At Harmony, we listen to our families and we’re committed to providing those who choose virtual learning the most comprehensive online education possible.”
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 2022-2023 school year for both students and team members at both it’s online and in-person campus options.
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.
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3 Harmony Public Schools campuses named National Schools of Character

 

[HOUSTON] – Three Houston campuses from Harmony Public Schools were named official “National Schools of Character” Tuesday for their outstanding efforts in promoting cultures of character in their schools and communities.

Three campuses from Harmony Public Schools were named official “National Schools of Character” Tuesday for their outstanding efforts in promoting cultures of character in their schools and communities.

The awards were announced by Character.org, a national advocate and leader for character development in schools. 

Each year, Character.org certifies schools and districts at the state and national level that demonstrate a dedicated focus on character development, which the organization says has a positive effect on academic achievement, student behavior and school climate. 

 

Only 50 campuses in the entire U.S. earned the honor. The Harmony campuses selected are:

  • Harmony School of Advancement-Houston
  • Harmony School of Endeavor-Houston
  • Harmony School of Excellence-Houston

 

Each also previously was named a State School of Character in January.

 

“We are tremendously proud of the effort these campuses  are making each day to instill a culture of character in our schools,” Harmony CEO Fatih Ay said. “The work they’re doing will have a lasting impact in the lives of our students, as well as the communities in which they will someday help lead.”

 

All three campuses are a part of Harmony’s Houston North District, which encompasses 10 schools in North Houston, Cypress, North Katy and Bryan-College Station.

 

“I am honored that three of our North District campuses have been recognized as National Schools of Character through Character.org,” Emin Cavusoglu, area superintendent of HPS Houston North, said. ” This is a great accomplishment for our district. These campuses have worked diligently to set core values in place that promote a sense of community and pride in their school. They have truly come together to build relationships, promote family involvement and establish a culture with firm values.”

 

Four other Harmony campuses have previously earned the honor, including two others from Houston. The award remains remains with a campus for five years after designation. Harmony’s previous winners are:

  • Harmony Science Academy-Cedar Park
  • Harmony School of Innovation-Fort Worth
  • Harmony School of Innovation – Houston
  • Harmony School of Science-Houston

 

Each of these schools has put into place a comprehensive, multi-year approach to character education that inspires their students to understand, care about and consistently practice a set of core values that will enable them to flourish in school, in relationships, in the workplace, and as citizens. The schools then underwent a rigorous evaluation process to achieve their certification, documenting how they have implemented character education best practices and structures at each school.

 

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. 

Harmony is now accepting applications for both students and team members for the 2022-23 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.

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U.S. News & World Report names all 23 Harmony Public Schools high schools to list of America’s Top High Schools for 2022

[TEXAS] – U.S. News & World Report has named all 23 Texas high schools in the Harmony Public Schools system among its top high schools in America in its highly-anticipated annual rankings of U.S. public schools.

The ranking included schools in Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio, Austin, El Paso, Laredo, Waco, Katy, Sugar Land, Brownsville, Carrollton, Garland, Euless, and Beaumont.

In determining its top schools, U.S. News & World Report looks at a variety of factors, including college readiness (30%), math and reading proficiency (20%), math and reading performance (20%), underserved student performance (10%), and college curriculum breadth (10%).

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. Harmony’s tuition-free curriculum places a heavy focus on STEM skills, Character Education, project-based learning,  and college readiness. The system has a 98 percent graduation rate for its high school seniors, and 100 percent college acceptance rate among its graduating seniors.

FULL LIST OF SCHOOLS IN U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT RANKING:

  • Harmony School of Innovation – Katy
  • Harmony Science Academy – El Paso
  • Harmony School of Innovation – Sugar Land
  • Harmony School of Discovery – Houston
  • Harmony School of Innovation – Fort Worth
  • Harmony Science Academy – Pflugerville
  • Harmony School of Advancement – Houston
  • Harmony Science Academy – Carrollton
  • Harmony Science Academy – Euless
  • Harmony School of Innovation – El Paso
  • Harmony School of Excellence – Laredo
  • Harmony Science Academy – Houston
  • Harmony School of Innovation – Garland
  • Harmony School of Excellence – Austin
  • Harmony Science Academy – Dallas
  • Harmony Science Academy – San Antonio
  • Harmony School of Excellence – Dallas
  • Harmony Science Academy- Beaumont
  • Harmony School of Ingenuity – Houston
  • Harmony School of Innovation – Dallas
  • Harmony School of Innovation – Waco
  • Harmony School of Innovation – Brownsville
  • Harmony School of Endeavor – Austin

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

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Summer Meal Programs provide no-cost, health meals to students

 

Children need nutritious meals to learn, grow and thrive.

The Summer Meal Programs ensures kids have no-cost, health meals this summer and return to school read to learn.

Help us spread the word about this valuable program!

Text FOOD to 304-304 or visit SummerFood.org to find a site.

Los niños necesitan comidas nutritivas para aprender, crecer y prosperar.

Los programas de comidas de verano aseguran que los niños tengan comidas saludables sin costo este verano y regresen a la escuela leyendo para aprender.

¡Ayúdenos a correr la voz acerca de este valioso programa!

Envíe FOOD al 304-304 o visite SummerFood.org para encontrar un sitio.

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School Cafe applications now open to establish meal eligibility for PEBT eligible students!

PEBT benefits will soon be available for families whose children have experienced COVID related absences and who qualify for free or reduced price benefits through the National School Lunch Program.  

 

Does my child qualify?

 

Both criteria must be met to qualify for PEBT benefits.

 

#1 A COVID related absence from August – December due to a positive test or exposure that has been verified by the campus.  COVID absences from January  – May will receive benefits in July.

  

#2 Eligible for free or reduced price meals through the National School Lunch Program.  To determine your child’s eligibility, submit an application through www.schoolcafe.com.  Paper applications may also be requested from the school office.  Students attending a CEP campus or who are directly certified automatically meet the eligibility requirement.      

  

The deadline to complete a meal eligibility application is April 6th.  

 

If you have any questions, please contact your school’s Child Nutrition Assistant.

 

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Houston North will be hosting an Internal Job Fair on Saturday March 5th

Looking for a great and fulfilling job opportunity in education? Mark your calendars for this event you won’t want to miss!

Our HPS North Houston District will be hosting a virtual job fair Saturday, March 2022 from 9 am – 12 pm (CST). Explore all the amazing opportunities we have available for you!

Join us at HarmonyTX.org/HouNorthFair.

We hope to see you there!

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Harmony Public Schools enrollment and lottery process

Each school year, thousands of families submit their application to become a part of Harmony Public Schools.

Here’s how we select applicants for enrollment each year to make sure each applicant has an equal opportunity to become our next high-achieving Harmony scholar.

STEP 1

Each January, we ask current families to let us know if they’ll be coming back to Harmony next year. This is called “Re-Enrollment.”

STEP 2

Based on the number of students returning next year and the number of classes in each grade level, we determine how many open spots we will have for new students.

STEP 3

Meanwhile, new families are submitting their applications during our annual Open Enrollment season, which runs from November 1 through February 10 each year.

STEP 4

After February 10, if the number of new applicants is greater than the number of available spots we have, Harmony holds a “blind lottery” to make sure all applicants have a fair opportunity to be seated.

STEP 5

Families of students selected for enrollment are notified. Those not selected are put on a “waitlist” and contacted as soon as a spot opens up.

… and that’s it!

Here are some answers to our applicants’ most frequently asked questions.

#1 – IS THERE ALWAYS A LOTTERY?

Not always, but often.

Whether a lottery is needed is determined by the number of spots available at each grade level and the number of eligible applicants interested in them.

#2 – I WAS SELECTED FOR ENROLLMENT –
WHAT DO I NEED TO DO NEXT?

Most importantly, we need you to officially accept the spot (a link will be provided on the acceptance letter). Then, between now and next fall, you’ll need to officially register your child and provide a few documents verifying their identity and home address.

After that, we’ll see you on the first day of school!

(Note: If you were accepted by more than one campus, please register at your preferred campus and decline the invitation of any others. This will allow us to offer those spots to another prospective Harmony family.)

#3 – I WAS PLACED ON A WAITLIST –
IS THERE ANY CHANCE I WILL GET TO ATTEND?

Absolutely – so don’t give up hope! Students initially placed on a waitlist are given the opportunity to enroll all the time at Harmony, often for one of the following reasons:

  • A student who was initially selected in the lottery didn’t completion registration by the deadline.
  • A student who was initially selected in the lottery moved away.
  • A student was selected by two schools in the lottery, but of course could only register at one.
  • We added an an extra class at the grade level for which you applied.
  • One of our nearby campuses had an opening,
    and reached out to see if you were interested in attending there.

More Questions?

Reach out to us on Let’s Talk to let us know how we can help!

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Harmony STEM students build, donate modified electric cars to children with special needs

STEM students from Harmony School of Innovation-Dallas presented two electric cars to Children’s Medical Center on January 31, 2022 as part of a project to assist hospitalized children with special needs.

STEM students from Harmony School of Innovation-Dallas presented two electric cars to Children’s Medical Center on January 31, 2022 as part of a project to assist hospitalized children with special needs.

Students built two modified electric cars for young children that can be controlled easier and safer than store electric cars, which means that children with special needs can ride in these cars.

The project to donate cars to the hospital came together thanks to committed community members inside and outside Harmony. Mr. Adam Unlu, HPS North Texas’ STEM coordinator, spearheaded the project modeled after seeing similar projects in other Texas cities, as well as in Oklahoma. Ms. Reena Batra, President and CEO of Software Professionals, Inc., donated the funds to make the project’s construction possible. With the students’ teacher, Mr. Hidayet Gozeten, the Harmony students began the project to modify ordinary toy cars into modified cars at the beginning of the 2021-22 school year, and they have completed two so far.

More cars are in the works with plans for them to be donated to either hospitals, daycares, or individuals.

 

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 60 campuses across Texas, please visit: www.harmonytx.org, and follow us on Twitter at @HarmonyEdu and ‘Like’ us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/HarmonyTexas.
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Substitute teacher pay raises announced at Harmony Public Schools

After giving across-the-board pay raises to full-time teachers and campus staff earlier this school year, Harmony Public Schools will now be giving pay raises to all levels of substitute teachers.
The daily rate increase goes into effect February 14. The increase was approved unanimously by the Harmony Public Schools Board of Directors on January 29. Under the rate increase, substitute teachers will earn an extra $20-30 per day on top of the already-competitive Harmony rate.
For a teacher only working a few days per week, the increase will mean a few hundred dollars each month on top of the compensation they already earn. For certified teachers and long-term substitutes, the rate increase could mean up to $600 per month in increased pay (see chart above for rates for each position).
“Each day, substitute teachers are making a major impact on our schools by keeping our students on-track and learning when their regular teachers are unable to attend school,” Harmony CEO Fatih Ay said. “These professionals are important members of our school community, and we want to show our thanks.”
Harmony currently has substitute teaching opportunities at all of its campuses statewide.
Earlier this school year, Harmony also announced $4,000-$7,500 in additional annual compensation for teachers and other school staff.
The increase was the third occasion in the past two school years in which Harmony announced a major improvement to employee compensation and benefits.
In January 2021, Harmony announced a sweeping upgrade of its employer-paid benefits that provided free vision and dental plans to all full-time employees, introduced matching retirement plan contributions for 403(b) and (457(b) participants, and increased life insurance payouts from $20,000 to $100,000.
In Summer 2019, Harmony also announced statewide base pay increases for employees ranging from $3,500-$5,000, as well as additional stipends for teachers working in hard-to-staff subjects.
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 2022-2023 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 60 campuses across Texas, please visit: www.harmonytx.org, and follow us on Twitter at @HarmonyEdu and ‘Like’ us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/HarmonyTexas.