You are cordially invited to attend Harmony Science Academy-San Antonio 2018-2019 District Improvement Plan Meeting.
Monday, April 2, 2018
Harmony School of Excellence
2015 SW Loop 410, San Antonio, TX 78227
Goal/Purpose: Review 2017-18 DIP and develop 2018-19 DIP/Program Evaluation
I. Purpose of DIP
II. Review District Comprehensive Needs Assessment (CNA)
III. Review of Data
IV. Areas for Improvement and Priority of Needs
V. Review previous year’s DIP
VI. Revise and Develop Goals, Objectives and Strategies for the new DIP/Program Evaluation
VII. Comments, Q&A
Here is some “Food for Thought” – ALL Students can power up with FREE breakfast every School day at Harmony Science Academy!
And we didn’t stop there… FREE snacks will be provided to all students in extra-Curricular activities.
Breakfast will be served to all students from 7:00am – 7:35am in the Small Cafeteria. (Limit 1 serving per student)
Snacks will be served from 3:10pm – 3:20pm in the Small Cafeteria. Any student attending a club, tutoring or athletics are eligible for the free snack. (extra-curricular activity attendance will be verified – Limit 1 serving per student)
It’s getting closer…. Just a reminder to all our parents, no school on this Friday and classes will resume after Spring Break on March 19th. Please be safe and enjoy the break.
You are Cordially Invited to Attend
Harmony Science Academy San Antonio 2018-2019 Campus Improvement Plan Meeting
Monday, March 19, 2018
3:30pm HSA-SA Conference Room
Goal/Purpose: Review 2017-18 CIP and develop 2018-2019 CIP
Purpose of CIP
Review Campus Comprehensive Needs Assessment (CNA)
Review of Data
Areas for Improvement and Priority of Needs Review previous year’s CIP
Revise and Develop Goals, Objectives and Strategies for the new CIP
Senior Parent Info Night
Date: March 21, 2018 Wednesday
Time: 5:30 PM
Location: Campus Cafeteria
Agenda: Graduation, Prom, End of Year
Potluck! Students sign up with Mrs. Chandler
If your child is taking one or more Advanced Placement (AP) courses at Harmony! As you may know, there are several benefits of taking AP courses;
- Stand Out in College Admissions
Deciding to take an AP course lets colleges and universities know that you have what it takes to succeed in an undergraduate environment. When admissions officers see “AP” on your transcript, they know that what you experienced in a particular class has prepared you well for the challenges of college.
- Earn College Credits
By taking an AP course and scoring successfully on the related AP Exam, you can save on college expenses: most colleges and universities nationwide offer college credit, advanced placement, or both, for qualifying AP Exam scores.
- Skip Introductory Classes
If you already know your preferred college major, taking a related AP course and earning a qualifying score on the AP Exam can help you advance and avoid required introductory courses – so you can move directly into upper-level classes and focus on the work that interests you most.
- Build College Skills
Taking an AP course builds the skills you’ll need throughout your college years. You give your mind a rigorous workout while polishing up your time management and study skills. You also get better at handling challenging issues and problems, with the support of your AP teachers.
Students have been studying hard and getting ready to AP Exams, which are going to allow them earn college credit! We encourage all AP students to sign up and fulfill their time by studying for their exams. 2018 AP Exam calendar is attached. With our best wishes, College and Career Counseling Department – HSA-SA
|Fee Table||College Board Fee for Exam||Contributions from State, College Board, & School
|*Student will Pay|
|Not Free/Reduce Student||$94||$59||$35.00|
|AP Seminar & AP Research Free/Reduce||$142||$65||$77.00|
|AP Seminar & AP Research
Not Free/Reduce Student
On April 10, 2018 all 11th grade students will be taking the SAT on campus.
State testing calendar for TELPAS is February 26, 2018 through April 6, 2018. Our school is going to assess students between February 26 and March 26. If a student is absent on the day of testing, a make-up test will be administered before March 26, 2018.
Additional information about TELPAS can be found at the following website: www.tea.texas.gov/student.assessment/ell/telpas/
Please contact Ms. Vasquez at firstname.lastname@example.org or 210-673- 7788 for questions.
For Current 8th Graders -Rising 9th Grade High School Programs
Parent and Student Pathway Selection Night
We are inviting you to join us!
The College and Career Counseling Team will be holding an information meeting concerning High School Programs and Career Planning.
We encourage you and your child to attend and learn about the High School programs that are offered and what will be offered on our campus next school year.
College and Career Counseling Team, will be talking about House Bill 5 and how it affects our students. The Counseling Team will be discussing the High School Individual Graduation Plan (IGP) and the Pathways available with each student.
Date: March 7, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. Location: School Cafeteria (Dinner will be provided)
*We highly encourage all 8th grade parents to attend. Conference will include important information regarding regarding your child’s high school requirements and future college plans.
The Lottery results are in! If you are wanting to see if your child was selected, please call 210-674-7788 or email email@example.com. You can also drop by our campus, the results are posted in the front lobby.
Harmony Science Academy, as its tradition, getting ready to celebrate another annual science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) Festival, in addition to other subjects that have been added. HSA-SA has been organizing very successful STEM Festivals since 2013 and joining forces form all across to subjects from STEM to English, Social Studies and Arts to present hundreds of activities that range in complexity to entertain people of all ages. We hope to increase awareness of the critical role science and other STEAM fields play in our world every day. HSA-SA STEM Festival offers opportunities for people of all ages to get involved, help the community, and further explore STEM concepts. We look forward to seeing you at one of the top 3 High Schools in San Antonio.
Saturday, February 24 at 10 AM – 2 PM
8505 Lakeside Parkway San Antonio, Texas 78245
San Antonio High School IMPACT Team students attended Confluence 2018 at The Witte Museum
Confluence is a youth water conference that attracts 1,000 students citywide and is the capstone event for IMPACT, a project based learning program hosted by San Antonio Water System. The projects our IMPACT Teams showcased this year for the summit include the following:
The “Zoo Crew” worked with Bob Waterman at the San Antonio Zoo to install a drip irrigation system in two gardens at the zoo. This not only reduced the amount of water the zoo uses, but it also reduced the amount of man hours it took to hand water these areas.
The A&M Team worked with Dr. Valdez at Texas A&M University San Antonio. These students were hoping to use microbes to help native plants grow at the Riverwalk and crowd out the invasive Bermuda grass that is currently there. However, due to an early freeze and snow, the group had to move their project indoors. The students were great at changing their project to adapt to the unusual San Antonio weather, and in the end their results were exactly what they hoped they would be.
The third Impact Team worked with Elequa. They have created a device that will hold an LED light and a sensor around an electrocoagulation prototype. They then reprogrammed the device to work as an opacity sensor, which takes readings of the water as it cleans.
See the gallery at Facebook.
Join our Team!
March 24th from 9AM – 12PM – Harmony Public Schools will be holding it’s annual job fair soon. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to interview with principals and campus staff.
Please bring copies of your resume.
Harmony Public Schools is a highly recognized and award-winning charter school that hires top quality teachers, administrators, and other professionals. HPS strives to provide personal growth and professional success to recent graduates or experienced professionals seeking new career opportunities. We offer competitive salaries, great benefits, professional support and opportunities for career advancement.
Harmony attributes the strong performance of its schools and students to three core principles within the school model:
A challenging Science, Technology, Engineering and Math curriculum.
A focus on assessment across the school system
A culture of constructive competition, discipline, and parental engagement
Still not sure about Joining our Harmony Family? Please stop by and see for yourself!
Open House Dates:
Saturday, January 27th
Saturday February 3
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
We are now offering Tours of our campus to anyone interested in attending! Please click the link for more information!
Middle School and High School Campus Tours
-The easiest no pressure way to learn about Harmony Science Academy is simple, just schedule a visit to our campus. We have staff standing by to provide a tour as well as to inform you detailed information about the campus and the excellent education that we provide.
All students seeking admission into Harmony Science Academy must complete an
application for admission. An application can be obtained from the Harmony
Science Academy website, www.hsasa.harmonytx.org or by contacting the
Registrar, Lisa Ledesma, at firstname.lastname@example.org
We can’t wait to see you their.
In accordance with the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented students, Harmony Public Schools will begin taking nominations for all interested students in grades 1-12 for gifted and talented screening. Anyone interested in the educational welfare of these students may nominate them for assessment.
Nomination forms are available at the front office, or may be downloaded below. The forms must be returned to the front office by Friday, February 9, 2018. Assessment will begin on Monday, February 5, 2018. For more information about the screening and identification process, parents may contact the school’s GT Coach/teacher.
Attention Parents and Teachers,
Harmony Science Academy-San Antonio is now accepting gifted and talented nominations for returning and not tested in fall students in grades 6-12th for gifted and talented screening process.
If your student was enrolled 2017- 18 school year and would like to be considered for GT testing, please fill out the nomination form located in the front office or on the school website.
Parents and teachers may go online or pick-up the nomination form from your campus office. Last day of accepting nominations will be February 9th
Forms must be returned to the front office no later than February 9, 2018 at 3:30 PM .
***New students and any other students who tested in the fall of 2017 this school year are NOT eligible for testing ****
For more information about the screening and identification process, please contact your GATE Coordinator:
Phone: (210) _674-7788
Harmony Science Academy has done a very great job regarding to the TEA mandated standard testing. Not only Harmony Science Academy met standard, Student Achievement , Student Progress, Closing Performance Gaps, and Post-secondary Readiness it also got FIVE Distinctions from Social Studies, Mathematics, English Language and Arts, Top 25 Percent Student Progress, and Post-secondary Readiness
Thank you to everyone that helped make Science Fair 2017 a Success!
Harmony staff, teachers, and administrators have spent countless of hours preparing our students for college and each year approximately 85% of our graduating class enrolled in a post-secondary institution.
But, despite these impressive enrollment numbers, far too many of our low income and first-time college students drop out as they hit financial and circumstantial barriers such as the cost of attending college, that has increased by 36% in the last 10 years. Harmony Public Schools has 5,033 graduates to date and is projected to have 11,686 graduates by 2020, current funding sources are unable to meet even the current demands of these programs. Clearly, additional financial support is required.
We are asking our Harmony community to consider going beyond educational efforts, providing even greater assistance to our graduates through generous Harmony Giving Day contributions to the Harmony College Fund. All your donations will go towards helping our Harmony graduates to complete their higher education dreams and achieve their career aspirations by providing additional scholarships and direct college and career support services.
Let’s come together to reach our target of raising $50,000 on our first ever giving day.
Thank you for your generosity.
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING TO DISCUSS HARMONY PUBLIC SCHOOLS STATE FINANCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY RATING
As part of the December 13, 2017 Board of Directors Regular Meeting, Harmony Public Schools will hold a public hearing to discuss the HPS Schools’ 2016-2017 Financial Rating Systems of Texas (FIRST) accountability ratings.
The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room, located at 9321 W Sam Houston Pkwy S, Houston, TX 77099.
There are more than 5,000 Harmony graduates and 59% of them come from low income families. HGD aims to raise funds for Harmony students in colleges to provide: scholarship,mentor ship,internship and other programs and services to make their college and career dreams come true.
Donations can be made online at www.alumni.harmonytx.org on the Harmony Giving Day!
We also have another site that you can make contributions earlier:
- Online payments can be done on and before Tuesday, November 28th. https://alumni.harmonytx.org/givingday/nov28/countdown
Dear 8th grade parent, This letter is to inform you about your student’s opportunity of taking college courses and earn college credit in high school starting from 9th grade. Harmony has agreement with Northwest Vista College (NVC) allowing all qualifying students to take Dual Credit college courses from NVC on campus or online. Currently Harmony is offering 4 college courses on campus during the regular class schedule for 11th and 12th graders in addition to any available courses they can take at NVC. There are 3 steps to qualify and enroll in dual credit courses; Application to Northwest Vista College thru applytexas.org before February. Texas Success Initiative (TSI) test by April. Qualifying scores are; Math 350, Reading 351 and Writing 340 with essay of 4. Course selection and enrollment by the end of May. If you want your student to apply and take TSI test at school, please let us know by answering the questions below. Counselors will meet with your son/daughter and provide guidance in Apply Texas application portal. Scheduled TSI test dates will take place in February. Harmony is a TSI test center offering the test to all 8th-12th grade students free of charge. Thank you, College and Career Counseling Department at HSA-SA
SUBJECT:The University of Texas at Austin Automatic Admission Policy Senate Bill 175, passed by the 81st Texas Legislature, allows The University of Texas at Austin to limit automatic admission to 75 percent of the university’s enrollment capacity designated for first-time resident undergraduate students. The University has determined that it will automatically admit all eligible 2019 summer/fall freshman applicants who rank within the top 6% of their high school graduating classes, with remaining spaces to be filled through holistic review. A letter from University President Gregory L. Fenves is attached to this correspondence. This information should be shared with all high school junior-level students and their parents. If you have questions regarding this policy, please contact Rachelle Hernandez, Senior Vice Provost for Enrollment Management at The University of Texas at Austin, at (512) 471-4363. Sincerely, Mike Morath Commissioner of Education /font> CLICK Here to see more INFO to Register
- Media & Public Relations
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.
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).
As required by Title IX, Harmony Public Schools does not (and is required not to) discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs or activities. This non-discrimination requirement applies to admission to and employment with Harmony Public Schools. Inquiries into issues related to Title IX may be referred to Harmony’s Title IX Coordinator(s) (identified below), to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights of the Department of Education, or both.
Title IX training presentation link
Harmony’s Title IX Coordinators:
Director of Internal Investigations
HPS Central Office
713-343-3333 x1104 Employee and applicant matters
Kelly Ann Hebeler
Director of Employee Relations
HPS Central Office
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.