What have you been doing to pass the time during quarantine? 

I’ve been watching movies, taking pictures, editing, spending more time with my dog and my family, etc.

What are you doing to make the best out of your senior year?

I’ve been trying to keep a positive attitude regardless of the global crisis we are in and also trying to make every moment as memorable as possible.

How are you staying in touch with your classmates? 

I’ve been texting and calling some of my classmates to make sure they are doing okay or if they need anything.

How has virtual learning changed the way you study?

Virtual learning has changed the way I study because I have to adjust to a completely different system from the one I was used to. I have to be more responsible and avoid distractions when I need to stay focused on any school related assignment.

How have you prepared for the challenges you are facing this school year? 

From what I experienced last semester, I knew this new school year would be hard so I made sure I arranged a schedule and prepared more materials for me to work with to keep everything more organized.

Describe your workplace at home. 

My workplace at home is mainly composed of the desk I use all the time, my computer, my agenda, pencils and pens, index cards, and two marker dry erase boards.

What song has kept you motivated throughout quarantine? Why? 

Stuck with u – Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber, because the song reminds me that maybe I can’t go out like I normally would but I can definitely spend much more time with my family.

What are your hopes for after you graduate from high school? 

My hopes for after I graduate from high school are to move out of El Paso and attend college.

What advice would you give to incoming freshmen? 

First of all, don’t be too scared. High School will be a stressful era but as long as you do everything you are being asked to do, you’ll be fine. Always strive to go above the expectations for better opportunities. I can’t guarantee that high school will be like High School Musical, but it will for sure be a necessary journey full of lessons that you’ll need in life.

What are your top three university choices? 

  1. University of Southern California 2. University of California at Los Angeles 3. La Salle College (Vancouver, Canada)

(TEXAS) – On the eve of National Principals Month, the U.S. Department of Education has awarded a $27.8 million Teacher and School Leader Incentive grant to Harmony Public Schools to train, equip, and retain top-level school leaders at its campuses across the state.

This project will strengthen and evolve Harmony’s existing Human Capital Management System, developed through a previous Department of Education grant project (Teacher Incentive Fund, 2016), to more explicitly focus on strengthening instructional leadership by better positioning and supporting current and rising principals and instructional leadership teams to excel and remain in their roles—especially in high-need schools. Harmony has 50 schools designated as high-needs throughout the state.

The project design draws on proven research showing that strong instructional leadership improves educator effectiveness, which, in turn, accelerates growth in student outcomes.

“Great schools require great leadership,” said Harmony CEO Fatih Ay. “That’s why one of our highest priorities at Harmony Public Schools is to equip our principals and other school leaders with the tools they need to build cultures of achievement, character, and community at their campuses.”

Harmony was one of only 13 school systems in the country to receive the DOE grant and the largest of three Texas recipients.

“Great teachers deserve to be treated as the professionals they are and to be compensated accordingly,” U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said in a statement Wednesday, September 1. “All too often, though, they lack access to relevant professional development courses and are compensated on a step-scale ladder that treats them like cogs in a machine instead of as individuals with unique talents and interests. We’ve challenged today’s awardees to rethink all of that, and they have risen to the challenge.”

The new funding brings the total amount awarded to Harmony by the Department of Education within the past few years to $92.5 million. 

  • In 2012, the DOE awarded Harmony a $30 million Race to the Top grant to support locally developed plans to personalize and deepen student learning, directly improve student achievement and educator effectiveness, close achievement gaps, and prepare every student to succeed in college and their careers.
  • In 2016, the DOE awarded Harmony a $26.7 million Teacher Incentive Fund grant to develop a merit-based system for rewarding its highest-performing teachers. (The system, known as H-STEP, was foundational in Harmony being named to the Texas Education Agency’s inaugural class of Teacher Incentive Allotment districts in Fall 2020.)
  • In 2018, the DOE awarded Harmony an $8 million Education Innovation Research grant to  build upon Harmony’s project-based learning STEM model for Grade 6-12 students by introducing similar curricula to students in Grade K-5, and by creating a system of support and professional development for elementary school teachers.

“Great principals and school leaders, given their unique talents and devotion to their teachers and students, should receive the support they need to continue to be successful,” said U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education for Elementary and Secondary Education Frank Brogan. “Under the Teacher and School Leader Incentive Program, the U.S. Department of Education provides assistance to school districts that are rethinking how to strengthen instructional leadership to make sure principals and leadership teams are well equipped to support their teachers and students. I look forward to seeing how the grant funds are utilized by Harmony Public Schools.”

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. In 2020, Harmony hadall 23 high school campuses named among the Best High Schools in America by U.S. News and World Report, 13 named to the Best STEM High Schools in America by Newsweek, and earned two National School of Character recognitions from Character.org.

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.

Dear Parents  &  Guardians,
As we navigate  this unprecedent time, Elite Learning aims to provide you with consistent, high-quality afterschool care.  We are currently training our staff to ensure safe and effective care for your children.  For safety pursposes upon reopening, we will be providing a much lower-student-to- teacher ratio. In order to re-open our program. we must meet a minimum enrollment of 15 students at each site.
Visit us at elitelearning.org  to learn more about tuition rates and to enroll.
Thank you for your patience and please don’t hesiate to reach out with any questions.

What have you been doing to pass the time during quarantine? 

What I have been doing to pass the time during quarantine was painting.

What are you doing to make the best out of your senior year?

What I’m doing to make the best out of my senior year is to volunteer on most of the things the school are planning this year.

How are you staying in touch with your classmates? 

I am staying in touch with my classmates, I usually text them to see how they are doing.

How has virtual learning changed the way you study? 

Virtual learning changed the way that I study by having to manage my time more and organize myself.

How have you prepared for the challenges you are facing this school year? 

The way I prepared for the challenges that I’m facing this school year is by looking for solutions that I can make and also asking for help from my teachers and parents.

Describe your workplace at home. 

My workplace is where I can be comfortable and able to concentrate.

What song has kept you motivated throughout quarantine? Why? 

A song that has kept me motivated throughout quarantine is “My Shot” by the Broadway musical Hamilton because I think is a very up beat song and it always makes me motivated.

What are your hopes for after you graduate from high school? 

My hope for after I graduate high school is to go to college.

What advice would you give to incoming freshmen? 

The advice that I would give to the incoming freshmen is to enjoy your high school years because time flies fast.

What are your top three university choices? 

My top three university choices are Texas Tech, UTEP, Southwest University.

 

Reading skills are foundational to educational success for all students.

Encouraging students to read more improves their skills and promotes a love of reading they can continue throughout their educational years and into adulthood.

That’s why Harmony Public Schools is hosting a fall Reading Challenge for all students in all campuses.

Join your classmates from across your campus and across the state from Monday, October 5, 2020 though Sunday, January 3, 2021 as together we show our love for reading and discover new and exciting ideas, authors, and stories through our favorite books.

Along the way, we’ll recognize our top readers and campuses each month, share favorite book picks, and ask for your reviews on some of your favorite reads.

The reading challenges by grade are:

Kindergarten – Grade 2
20 Books

Grade 3-5
10 Novels
3 Fiction
3 Nonfiction
1 Poetry
3 Student Choice

Grade 6-8
11 Novels
4 Fiction
4 Nonfiction
1 Poetry
2 Student Choice

Grade 9-12
12 Novels
4 Fiction
4 Nonfiction
1 Poetry
3 Student Choice

Share your favorite reads on social media by tagging Harmony and using the hashtag #HarmonyReads.

Dear Parents,
We are currently experiencing some technical difficulties with our School Phone System. As the technicians continue to work on the problem, we want to provide you with the following numbers to better address the needs of our students:
Registrar                                         9155398060
Health                                             9155398125
Attendance                                     9155398076
Administration Assistant:                9155398119
Front Office General assistance      9155398120

Thank you.

Dear Parents,
Please complete the survey for the upcoming Parent/Teacher Conferences on September 18, 2020.
After completing the survey, If you are planning to see different teachers, please click on Submit another response in order to schedule another conference with another teacher. Repeat this process for all the teachers you want to visit.
Thank you.
Dear Parents,
It is our pleasure to welcome some students to campus. We are currently working to make this experience a success. As always, our goal is to provide a safe environment to our students and we are taking the necessary measures for this purpose.
While Distance Learning continues with teachers lecturing from home, our Learning Centers will provide an opportunity to students who may need technological support.
We will send a confirmation email today letting you know that your student has been accepted to attend the Learning Center Program. Take the time to print that confirmation in order to accelerate the verification process during the week. Be aware that students still need to enter the Zoom sessions for all their classes and that the Distance Learning Program does not replace Distance Learning.
Finally, read and understand the following guidelines provided by the Harmony Public Schools. Your support is very important  in the implementation of these guidelines.
Thank you.
Workbooks Distribution for All Grade Levels
September 11, 2020
Time: 9 am – 12 pm  &  1 pm – 5 pm
HSA – El Paso
9405 Betel Dr. El Paso, Texas 79907

Hello,

Please see the attachments for an update regarding campus reopening.

Thank you.

HSA September 8 Parent Update Regarding Reopening

What have you been doing to pass the time during quarantine? 

It is crucial for a student to take advantage of their free time to prove to colleges they are willing to go above and beyond in getting ahead of others. Even in the midst of a pandemic, I have continued to keep myself busy and engaged by attending online academic conventions, National honor organization virtual conferences, Virtual college camps for the University of Texas at Austin, participating in virtual camps sponsored by NASA, as well as obtaining academic awards along the way.

What are you doing to make the best out of your senior year? 

Despite the current events, remaining optimistic is a major priority for me. I try my best to not bring down myself and others with our current situation. I plan and wish to be able to find ways to raise student morale and school spirit in the time we are in.

How are you staying in touch with your classmates? 

Social media and Imessage has been a great and valuable way in keeping touch with my peers. In the time of the quarantine, I have been closer to my classmates more than ever.

How has virtual learning changed the way you study? 

Virtual learning has changed the way I study by making all work and important study materials online.

How have you prepared for the challenges you are facing this school year? 

I have prepared myself mentally for any uprising challenges and I have made sure I have the necessary materials and guidance for the online learning period.

Describe your workplace at home. 

My workplace consists of a quiet room with an office desk and chair.

What song has kept you motivated throughout quarantine? Why? 

One song that has kept me motivated throughout the quarantine is Wondering by Olivia Rodrigo & Julia Lester because it is about overcoming any regret and being able to move forward stronger and braver than before.

What are your hopes for after you graduate from high school? 

I aspire to attend a four-year university that has a great engineering program as well as premed track because I plan on pursuing the biomedical engineering field. However, I also will be traveling all summer and make the most memories with friends and family before I go to college.

What advice would you give to incoming freshmen? 

One piece of advice I would give to an incoming freshman is do not underestimate time. Take advantage of being a freshman and do not be afraid of taking risks and making mistakes because that is vital for growth.

What are your top three university choices? 

My top three University choices are the University of Texas at Austin, Rice University, and Baylor University.

 

In accordance with the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented students, Harmony Public Schools will begin taking referrals for kindergarten and newly- enrolled students in grades 1-12 for gifted and talented screening.  Anyone interested in the educational welfare of these students may refer them for assessment. Referral forms are available on the school’s website. Read more