Dear Parents:

TELPAS is an assessment program for students in Texas public schools who are learning the English language. Texas annually assesses the English language proficiency of students who have been identified as English learners (ELs) in four language domains—listening, speaking, reading, and writing. TELPAS evaluates the progress that each English learner makes in becoming proficient in the use of academic English.

Students in grades K-12 that have been identified as an English learner are required to take TELPAS. This includes English learners whose parents have declined bilingual or English as a Second Language (ESL) program services. They will stop participating in TELPAS when their language proficiency assessment committee (LPAC) determines that they are proficient in the English language and have met reclassification criteria. Once a student has met the state’s reclassification criteria, they will no longer be identified as an English learner and will not have to participate in TELPAS.

Per TEA guidelines, listening/speaking and reading assessments are only administered online and cannot be administered remotely. They will only be administered Face to Face on the campus between February 22- April 9, 2021.

Face-to-Face students: Follow your regular routine. You will be pulled from your class to take your test.

Testing Schedule

2nd Grade TELPAS Reading Test March 1st 8:00-11:00 am 

2nd Grade TELPAS Listening and Speaking March 3rd 8:00-11:00 am

3rd Grade TELPAS Reading March 1st 1:00-4:00 pm

3rd Grade TELPAS Listening and Speaking March 3rd 1:00-4:00 pm

4th Grade TELPAS Reading March 2nd 8:00-11:00 am

4th Grade TELPAS Listening and Speaking March 4th 8:00-11:00 am

5th Grade Reading March 2nd 1:00-4:00 pm

5th Grade TELPAS Listening and Speaking March 4th 1:00-4:00 pm 

No uniform is required 

Parents, If your child is testing in the afternoon, please drop your child off to school at 12:30 pm on the testing day and make sure you pick them up at 3:45 pm from the GYM.  If your child will eat lunch from school make sure he/she is here promptly at 12:30 pm so they can have lunch. If you will provide the lunch make sure they eat before they come to school. If your child is testing in the morning,  please drop your child off to school at 7:30 am on the testing day and make sure you pick them up at 10:45 am from the GYM.  If your child will eat breakfast from school make sure he/she is here promptly at 7:30 am so they can have breakfast. Please make sure you bring school borrowed chromebooks, chargers, and headphones. These are necessary items for your students to take their tests. There will be no device sharing. If your child did not borrow a school device, we will provide a sanitized device for them to take their tests. 

All students will go through the proper screening process before entering the building. Students are required to wear a mask and practice social distancing at all times. If your child is experiencing any Covid like symptoms or has been in contact with someone who tested positive in the past 14 days, please keep them home and reach out to Mrs. Himmetoglu for the further scheduling date. If you have tested for Covid and are waiting for the result please do not come to school until you have negative test results. 

If your child is unable to attend the above dates, please contact Serpil Himmetoglu as early as possible at your earliest convenience shimmetoglu@harmonytx.org 

Your cooperation and continued support are greatly appreciated.

Thank you,

Sibel Cankurt

Principal

 

Estimados padres:

TELPAS es un programa de evaluación para estudiantes de las escuelas públicas de Texas que están aprendiendo el idioma inglés. Texas evalúa anualmente el dominio del idioma inglés de los estudiantes que han sido identificados como aprendices de inglés (EL) en cuatro dominios del idioma: escuchar, hablar, leer y escribir. TELPAS evalúa el progreso que cada estudiante de inglés hace para llegar a ser competente en el uso del inglés académico.

Los estudiantes en los grados K-12 que han sido identificados como aprendices de inglés deben tomar TELPAS. Esto incluye a los estudiantes de inglés cuyos padres han rechazado los servicios del programa bilingüe o de inglés como segundo idioma (ESL). Dejarán de participar en TELPAS cuando su comité de evaluación del dominio del idioma (LPAC) determine que son competentes en el idioma inglés y han cumplido con los criterios de reclasificación. Una vez que un estudiante haya cumplido con los criterios de reclasificación del estado, ya no será identificado como un aprendiz de inglés y no tendrá que participar en TELPAS.

De acuerdo con las pautas de la TEA, las evaluaciones de comprensión auditiva / expresión oral y lectura solo se administran en línea y no se pueden administrar de forma remota. Solo se administrarán cara a cara en el campus entre el 22 de febrero y el 9 de abril de 2021.

Estudiantes cara a cara: Siga su rutina habitual. Lo sacarán de su clase para tomar su examen.

Testing Schedule

2nd Grade TELPAS Reading Test March 1st 8:00-11:00 am 

2nd Grade TELPAS Listening and Speaking March 3rd 8:00-11:00 am

3rd Grade TELPAS Reading March 1st 1:00-4:00 pm

3rd Grade TELPAS Listening and Speaking March 3rd 1:00-4:00 pm

4th Grade TELPAS Reading March 2nd 8:00-11:00 am

4th Grade TELPAS Listening and Speaking March 4th 8:00-11:00 am

5th Grade Reading March 2nd 1:00-4:00 pm

5th Grade TELPAS Listening and Speaking March 4th 1:00-4:00 pm 

No se requiere Uniforme 

Padres, si su hijo está tomando el examen en la tarde, por favor deje a su niño en la escuela a las 12:30 pm el día del examen y asegúrese de recogerlo a las 3:45 pm en el GYM. Si su hijo va a almorzar de la escuela, asegúrese de que esté aquí puntualmente a las 12:30 pm para que pueda almorzar. Si les proporciona el almuerzo, asegúrese de que coman antes de que vengan a la escuela. Si su hijo está tomando la prueba en la mañana, deje a su hijo en la escuela a las 7:30 am el día de la prueba y asegúrese de recogerlo a las 10:45 am en el GYM. Si su hijo va a desayunar de la escuela, asegúrese de que esté aquí puntualmente a las 7:30 am para que pueda desayunar. Asegúrese de traer Chromebooks, cargadores y auriculares prestados por la escuela. Estos son elementos necesarios para que sus estudiantes tomen sus exámenes. No se compartirán dispositivos. Si su hijo no pidió prestado un dispositivo escolar, le proporcionaremos un dispositivo desinfectado para que tome sus exámenes. 

Todos los estudiantes pasarán por el proceso de selección adecuado antes de ingresar al edificio. Los estudiantes deben usar una máscara y practicar el distanciamiento social en todo momento. Si su hijo está experimentando síntomas similares a los de Covid o ha estado en contacto con alguien que dio positivo en los últimos 14 días, manténgalo en casa y comuníquese con la Sra. Himmetoglu para obtener una fecha de programación adicional. Si ha realizado la prueba de Covid y está esperando el resultado, no venga a la escuela hasta que tenga resultados negativos. 

Si su hijo no puede asistir a las fechas anteriores, comuníquese con Serpil Himmetoglu lo antes posible a la brevedad posible shimmetoglu@harmonytx.org 

Se agradece enormemente su cooperación y apoyo continuo.

Gracias,

Sibel Cankurt

All Houston & Beaumont campuses along with the District office will be closed on Monday & Tuesday, February 22-23.
 
Classes resume on Wednesday February 24.
 
All classes will be “Asynchronous-Online Only” Wednesday thru Friday. There will be no in-person or live classes. Students must submit their exit tickets and/or other assignments by the end of each day.
 
Meal Distribution:
Meals will be distributed for three days on Wednesday, February 24.


Update: All Harmony schools & the District Office in Houston and Beaumont will remain closed on Fri, 2/19. There will be no virtual or in-person instruction, and employees will not report to work.

Exploration SCHOOL CLOSURE UPDATE:

 

Hello Exploration Families,

All Harmony schools and the district offices in Houston and Beaumont will remain closed on Friday, February 19th. There will be no virtual or in-person instruction and employees will not report to work.

Exploration Saturday tutorials for Saturday, February 20th are also canceled.

Please Stay Safe and Warm.

 

ACTUALIZACIÓN DEL CIERRE DE ESCUELAS:

Hola familias de exploración,

Todas las escuelas Harmony y las oficinas del distrito en Houston y Beaumont permanecerán cerradas el viernes 19 de febrero. No habrá instrucción virtual o en persona y los empleados no se presentarán a trabajar.

También se cancelan los tutoriales del sábado de exploración para el sábado 20 de febrero.

Manténgase seguro y abrigado.

 

 

 

Harmony School of Exploration Closure Update:

Lottery has been postponed to February 24 @ 10 A.M.


WEATHER UPDATE

All Harmony campuses & the District Office will be closed on Wednesday, 2/17 & Thursday, 2/18.

There will be no virtual or in-person instruction and staff will not report to work.

A decision for Friday will be made on Thursday.

Tentative plan for Friday 2/19 – students will have asynchronous virtual learning and staff will work from home.

Exploration Will Be Closed on Tuesday, February 16th

For Complete Update of Exploration News Please Click Below:

https://www.smore.com/xf8d5

Due to the inclement weather forecast & the potential for hazardous road conditions, Harmony Public Schools Houston South/West District campuses will be closed on Tuesday, February 16. All staff will work from home. All students will participate in asynchronous virtual learning.

Wear Read on Friday, February 12th

Virtual Book Fair, 5K Run, Parent Meetings and a Chick-Fil- A Fundraiser

Read About ALL of it in the Tiger Cub Express.

Please Click on the Link Below:

https://www.smore.com/xf8d5

We're Hiring

Harmony Public Schools is recruiting talented, compassionate bilingual teachers dedicated to helping every student succeed. Harmony offers a competitive salary, excellent benefits and a commitment to excellence in the classroom.

Interested applicants may apply online by clicking here.

Teachers and other staff members of Harmony Public Schools will receive a major upgrade to their employer-paid benefits package after the Harmony Public Schools Executive Board unanimously approved a sweeping new benefits expansion.

 

The package will go into effect later this spring with the start of Harmony’s annual benefits enrollment period, and includes new employer-paid benefits related to health care, retirement, and life insurance.

 

“The past year, the world has seen the true value of our teachers and team members in a way they never have before,” Harmony Public Schools CEO Fatih Ay said. “These professionals who take such good care of our students deserve to know that they are being taken care of, as well – both their immediate needs and their long-term needs. So we are excited to be able to offer them an additional set of benefits that saves them money on their health care costs each month, while also helping them prepare for their retirement down the road.”

 

The new benefits include:

 

MATCHING RETIREMENT CONTRIBUTIONS: Exempt employees can receive 100% matching contribution to employee 403(b) and/or 457(b) plan, up to $1,500 annually depending on tenure of service. This is in addition to employee’s TRS Retirement System Benefits.

 

  • Previously: No employer matching contribution. 

 

FREE VISION: Free vision care for employees.

 

  • Previously: Employee-paid supplemental benefit.

 

FREE DENTAL: Free dental care for employees. 

  • Previously: Employee-paid supplemental benefit.

INCREASED FREE LIFE INSURANCE POLICY: Free $100,000 life insurance policy for all Exempt employees.

 

  • Previously: Free $20,000 life insurance policy.

 

The package amounts to a roughly $2.4 million estimated increase in annual expenditure on employer-paid benefits for the Texas-based school system. However, Harmony Public Schools CEO Fatih Ay said the investment was worth it because of the positive impact on employee quality of life, work-life balance, and workplace satisfaction.

 

“The investments with the best returns are always the investment made in people,” Ay said. “We’ll continue to make these kinds of investments on behalf of our employees as often as we can.” 

 

The expansion was the fourth major announcement related to employee benefits made by Harmony in the past year. The school system also announced two employee bonuses last year, as well as a promise to continue independently offering the now-expired federal COVID-19 leave benefits for impacted employees.

 

For a full list of Harmony Public Schools employer-paid and supplemental benefits, please visit https://www.harmonytx.org/benefits.

 

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 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.