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

Dear Harmony Families,

Creating a safe and academically-focused learning environment for our students and staff members is the top priority at Harmony Public Schools. After careful consideration, today we are announcing an extension of remote learning for your campus.

This extension will extend through at least Monday, September 14 and perhaps longer as Harmony continues to weigh guidelines from the Texas Education Agency and guidance from local and state health officials.

During this extension, campus and district leaders will continue to further evaluate the current and potential future impact of COVID-19 in our communities, as well as make final campus preparations based upon needs determined during our Learning Location selection period, which took place the past two weeks.

We understand that this extension may be a hardship for some families who opted to return to campus when possible. We assure you our campus and district staff are working tirelessly to make sure our campuses are ready for students as soon as in-person learning can safely and responsibly begin.

As a reminder, once students and staff return to campus, they will find a number of improvements and new wellness protocols designed to increase student and staff safety while retaining a fun, collaborative, and academically-focused campus culture.

Among these safety enhancements are:

  • Temperature screenings for students and staff.
  • Requiring all students and employees to wear a mask when on campus or in other group settings. (Students may bring their own mask, or the school will provide them.)
  • Limiting average class sizes to allow for social distancing. (Exact class size will be dependent on number of students attending in-person versus online-only.)
  • Spacing desks at least six feet apart to maintain proper social distancing and/or installing partitions where students cannot be kept six feet apart.
  • Severely limiting classroom rotations/switches to prevent the spread of germs across campus and to limit person-to-person exchanges.
  • Staggered drop off and pickup times to limit person-to-person exchanges.
  • Modified drop off and pickup procedures (ex. Students going directly to class after drop off and/or waiting in classroom at the end of the day until parent arrives for pickup).
  • Requesting all students wash hands frequently.
  • Detailed nightly cleaning by contracted company.
  • Required Coronavirus Awareness & Prevention trainings for all employees.

 

Additional details on these and other safety protocols can be found in Harmony Public Schools Back to School Playbook.

We are excited to open our doors to our students and staff hopefully very soon. Thank you for your ongoing support and feedback throughout the reopening process.

Sincerely,

Harmony Public Schools

Please see message below from our meal service provider Revolution Foods.

Hello – we’re Revolution Foods, and we are the meal provider for your child this school year. Our entire team is proud to be working hard with your school and community organizations to ensure your child is well-nourished with the food they love during these challenging times.

Read on for more information about our meals and take-home distribution programs.

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Schools across the U.S, including Harmony Science Academy- El Paso,  want to help bridge the technology gap and emphasize the importance of Computer Science for all.   With that being said, we are thrilled to announce that we are now offering an AP Computer Science Principles class, available to all sophomores.  This class will provide the basic computing knowledge and skills needed to prepare students for college and career.

Hello,

The attached link is for any parents/students that are requesting course changes. Please fill out all the information in the attachment. If there are any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Thank you

Course change request form: https://forms.gle/afQ8vgqkbwsW6vJM7

 

 

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/151UW7ciPWD3Iw_FWexzNFVCY_om9YN9ZUAnH1tytAs8/edit?usp=sharing

Dear Parents,
Meal Service Announcement: The first day of meal distribution will be from 4pm-5pm Friday, August 14th for students enrolled in virtual learning as part of the School Breakfast Program and National School Lunch Program. The following meal distribution will be Monday, August 17th from 4pm-5pm. Meal distribution will be every Monday and Thursday from 4pm-5pm thereafter. Only those students enrolled as Harmony students will be eligible to participate. Students will be charged for meals according to individual eligibility. Returning students begin the year on a 30-day grace period which carries over last year’s eligibility.

Parents are encouraged to submit an eligibility application through SchoolCafe at
https://www.schoolcafe.com/HARMONY%20PS%20EL%20PASO

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Child Nutrition is pleased to offer parents comprehensive access to lunch balances, payments, eligibility application, and more through Schoolcafe.  Parents are encouraged to submit an eligibility application

To set up your SchoolCafe account please visit the link below, which provides step by step instructions.  

Hello parents, if your child is new to Harmony, please click on the link to complete the survey which is due by August 12th, 2020.
This is only for NEW STUDENTS.

https://forms.gle/csdKSQKSwwbaLTLN6

 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

In order to continue to meet the academic needs of our students for the 2020-2021 school year, we are gathering information about their ability to continue learning at home using online materials and/or a virtual classroom.

Please complete the following Technology Survey and Student Chromebook Request and Agreement by Friday, August 7th. Distribution of Chromebooks will take place August 10th & August 11th from 9 AM to 12 PM (Gates will be closed before and after this time)

1-Technology Survey Form-HSA-El Paso
https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSfK0Sm7S0ZoZER3UL…/viewform

2-Student Chromebook Request and Agreement FORM-HSA-El Paso
https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSdmHysXDAIDvcekbJ…/viewform

Note: This document is intended as a simplified version of our Harmony Public Schools “Back to School Playbook 2020-2021.” For further information or clarification on any topic, please refer to the Playbook.

 

When will campuses re-open?

As of August 1, 2020, campuses are scheduled to open Tuesday, September 8 for in-person learning to those students who wish to attend in person. Families may also elect to continue learning in a virtual setting from home. 

 

Could the campus reopening date change?

Possibly. Harmony Public Schools is closely following guidance from the Texas Education Agency, public health officials, and others in determining when to reopen our campuses. Our top priority is ensuring the safety of our students, team members, and communities while preserving academic continuity for our learners.

 

What safety measures will be in place when campuses open?

Harmony is instituting a wide variety of health protocols, which are described in detail in “Back to School Playbook 2020-2021.” Among the new measures are:

  • Temperature screenings for students and staff.
  • Requiring all students and employees to wear a mask when on campus or in other group settings. (Students may bring their own mask, or the school will provide them.)
  • Limiting average class sizes to allow for social distancing. (Exact class size will be dependent on number of students attending in-person versus online-only.)
  • Spacing desks at least six feet apart to maintain proper social distancing and/or installing partitions where students cannot be kept six feet apart.
  • Severely limiting classroom rotations/switches to prevent the spread of germs across campus and to limit person-to-person exchanges.
  • Staggered drop off and pickup times to limit person-to-person exchanges.
  • Modified drop off and pickup procedures (ex. Students going directly to class after drop off and/or waiting in classroom at the end of the day until parent arrives for pickup).
  • Requesting all students wash hands frequently.
  • Detailed nightly cleaning by contracted company.
  • Required Coronavirus Awareness & Prevention trainings for all employees.
  • Remaining flexible regarding student and team member absences due to COVID-19, as allowed by TEA guidelines and applicable employment laws.

 

How often will the campus and/or my student’s work station be cleaned and disinfected.

At the end of the day, custodial services will clean and sanitize all desk surfaces including seat, chair back, desk, any dividers if available with soap and water or all-purpose cleaning agents and sanitizers that meet state and local food safety regulations. Staff, including teachers, may also perform more frequent cleanings throughout the day, as needed.

 

What happens if a child or staff member attending school on-campus tests positive for COVID-19, is exposed to someone who is positive, or displays symptoms of COVID-19?

If the person is on-campus, they will be immediately removed from the classroom setting. For students, parents will be notified immediately and required to pick up their child within one hour. For staff members, employees will be asked to leave the campus immediately.

Before returning to campus, the student or staff members must self-quarantine until the following criteria are met:

  • at least three days (72 hours) have passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications);
  • the individual has improvement in symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and
  • at least 14 days have passed since symptoms first appeared (not required with proof of Negative test result).  

If physically able, the student can continue classwork from home using HPS online learning system. 

 

For more information on quarantine measures, including requirements for specific scenarios, see the “Back to School Playbook 2020-2021.”

 

Can parents their child at school during the school day?

Harmony is asking parents to limit visits to campus only to necessary appointments which cannot be done through virtual meetings. Harmony requests that all in-person visits be scheduled in advance. All visitors who enter the building will be required to wear a face covering and those who proceed beyond the reception area (pre-arranged and approved appointments) will follow campus guidelines for visitors. 

 

How do I purchase uniforms for the new school year?

Uniforms can be ordered online using the Revtrak online ordering site listed on your campus website. Uniforms will be available to pick up once campuses reopen. Campuses will remain flexible with the enforcement of uniform policies until families are given an appropriate amount of time to order and pick up uniforms. Students will not be required to wear uniforms for online learning.

 

Will drop-off and pick-up change?

Yes. Both drop-off and pick-up times will be staggered to limit potential cross-exposure among persons. 

 

What will lunchtime and breakfast look like?

Lunch will be served in the classrooms, however breakfast may be served either in the classrooms or in the cafeteria based on the number of students attending in-person. If eating in the cafeteria, students will be socially distanced.

Before and after meals or snacks all students and staff will also be able to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer.

Can I eat lunch with my child on campus?

At this time, due to COVID-19, parents and visitors will not be permitted to visit students during mealtimes.

Can I bring lunch to my child on campus?

Parents bringing food during the school day is prohibited.  Students who forget their lunch will be provided a school meal.