Good afternoon HSAG Families,

This is a reminder that tomorrow is early release starting at 12:15.  Dismissal will be over at 12:35.  There will not be after school clubs tomorrow due to early release and parent teacher conferences.
Parent teacher conferences are from 1 to 4.  Please reach out to your child’s teacher to schedule a time to meet with them.

See this week’s Wednesday ROAR for more details:  https://www.smore.com/e4ykq

Thank you,

Dear Families,

STAAR Interim Testing will take place on Feb. 21 & 22 for 3rd-6th grade students and Feb. 24.  Please see the newsletter for more details:  https://www.smore.com/re8m9

We are kindly asking all our parents to refrain from scheduling doctor appointments during that week to prevent any conflict with students missing tests. The campus will be closed to outside visitors. All food deliveries will not be permitted, so please plan accordingly.

STAAR Interim Assessments.

The Interim Assessments are a tool that provides actionable data to help educators monitor progress and predict student performance on the STAAR summative tests.  Interim assessments are a way to monitor academic improvement, especially for students who are consistently performing below grade-level.  The Interim Assessments are delivered in an online format through the STAAR Online Testing Platform. STAAR Interim Assessments include test questions developed with Texas teachers and STAAR summative test questions from previous years. The test questions have been field tested and are fully aligned to the TEKS. The STAAR Interim Assessments use mostly multiple-choice questions and some gradable questions (in certain mathematics and science assessments only).

Prepare for Testing:

  • Get enough sleep the night before.  Don’t stress about the test. YOU GOT THIS!
  • Eat a healthy breakfast.
  • Arrive to school on time.
  • Bring a snack and a water bottle.

Thank you so much for your continued support. Please let me know if you have any questions, or ways that I can help your child succeed through this testing period.

Kind Regards.

Tips for combating test anxiety.

announcement

We are moving into the time of the year when we make plans and apply for Federal Funds applications (ESSA) for next school year, and we would like to gather parent and community feedback for our applications. Please use one of the public comment links below to share your comments or feedback with us:

Estamos entrando en la época del año en que hacemos planes y solicitamos solicitudes de fondos federales (ESSA) para el próximo año escolar, y nos gustaría recopilar comentarios de los padres y la comunidad para nuestras solicitudes. Utilice uno de los enlaces de comentarios públicos a continuación para compartir sus comentarios o comentarios con nosotros:

Harmony Science and Engineering Fair Logo

Dear Students,

We hope you will consider joining us with your projects for our 9th annual Harmony Science and Engineering Fair (H-SEF).

H-SEF 2023 will be virtual in two rounds this year. Details can be found here.

It is open to the 6th -12th grade level students.

The application deadline is March 3rd, 2023.
Registration link: https://harmonytx.org/hsef

H-SEF 2023 Committee

Hello HSAG Families,

There are 4 things to remember for Friday, February 10!  #1) It is Jersey Day – pay $1 to wear your favorite team jersey to support STUCO.  #2)  KONA Ice will be on campus.  #3)  We will be kicking off the Kid’s Heart Challenge.  #4) The Friendship Dance will take place after school.  Please see this week’s newsletter for more details about all of these events:  https://www.smore.com/xkpde

Please see the top 3 finalists on Facebook for each category (essay 4th-6th grade) and (K-3rd drawing) from our “Why I Love My School” contest. To vote for your favorite, please go to Facebook to cast your vote.

Parents, we know that you have been sent recent surveys, but please help us by filling this one out.  This survey will be used to help us collect data and prepare for the Campus Improvement Plan for next year.  Please fill this out by 2/20/23:  https://forms.gle/GZqfGf58PurbcPv98

Thank you!

Harmony Public Schools is the first public charter school to win the prestigious Award of Excellence in Financial Management by the Texas Association of School Business Officials (TASBO), the organization has announced.
The award is given to Texas school districts, open-enrollment charter schools, and education services centers that demonstrate professional standards, best practices, and innovations in the area of financial management and reporting.
The criteria to qualify for the Award of Excellence in Financial Management is stringent, based on financial accounting and reporting guidelines identified by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) Financial Accountability System Resource Guide (FASRG). Applicants must submit documents across 11 key areas, which are reviewed by a TASBO accounting subcommittee.
“Making sure that each of our financial decisions is efficient, effective, and, most importantly, ethical is among our greatest operational priorities,” Harmony CEO Fatih Ay said. “In doing so, we are able to maximize our resources and provide our students with the most robust educational experience that can be offered.
“We are extraordinarily pleased to be honored with this award,” Ay said, “and are grateful to our finance team for putting our schools in a prime position to succeed.”
Harmony also was awarded its second Award of Merit for Purchasing Operations by TASBO. The Award of Merit was established in 2009 to recognize Texas school districts, open-enrollment charter schools, and education services centers that are committed to following professional standards in the acquisition of goods and services. Harmony remains the only charter school system to earn the award.
“These organizations have gone above and beyond to demonstrate transparency by meticulously documenting their districts’ policies and procedures,” said Tracy Ginsburg, TASBO Executive Director. “Not only have they showcased the ways they monitor spending, improve budgeting, implement controls, and enhance financial reporting, but they have shared their best practices with colleagues throughout Texas, helping even more educational organizations to better utilize taxpayer dollars.”
Members of the district’s finance team will be honored at an awards reception sponsored by Frontline Education in San Antonio, Texas, on February 15 during the 2023 TASBO annual conference.
Led by Chief Financial Officer Ebru Akyildiz, Harmony’s finance department includes 30 team members specializing in six separate subdepartments: purchasing, payroll, grants, budgets, accounting and capital management.
The department has implemented a number of industry-leading best practices, including working with the Texas Education Agency, TASBO and independent, external auditors to ensure transparency and accountability in all financial operations.
For the department’s efforts, Harmony also was awarded seven “A” ratings by the TEA in its annual FIRST Financial Accountability Ratings during the most recent award cycle in 2022.
Harmony also was the first double-rated charter school system in the U.S. to be highly rated (“BBB”) by Moody’s and S&P Global with (“AAA”) long-term program rating that reflects Harmony’s qualification for the Texas Permanent School Fund (PSF) Bond Guarantee Program.
“We are one of the largest Texas charter management organizations, but we don’t want to just speak about our size – we want to be able to speak about our quality and the accuracy in our processes,” Akyildiz said.
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 2023-24 school year.
UPDATE: For the safety of our students, their families, and our staff, and out of an abundance of caution, all Harmony campuses in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, as well as its District offices, will remain closed Friday, Feb. 3, 2023. All extracurricular activities on Friday are also canceled.

Please stay safe and warm, and we’ll see you on Monday!

UPDATE: All Harmony campuses in Dallas/Fort Worth, as well as the District Office, will be closed on Thursday, Feb. 2, due to continued unsafe road conditions. All extra-curricular activities are also canceled for tomorrow.
Further updates or changes to school operations will be communicated through our school Messenger system, school website, and official Facebook pages.