I would like to thank all the wonderful parents and students who choose to participate in our community service project. I have been blown away by the generosity many of you showed through your donations! With all your donations I am sure we will accomplish our goal of raising this home sick soldier’s spirits. Again, thank you parents and students for your generosity! Sincerely, Mrs. Gonzales
National Honor Society Induction Ceremony - Saturday, May 18 2013 at 10:00am
Harmony Science Academy is excited to announce our newest members of the National Honor Society, the National Junior Honor Society, and the National Elementary Honor Society. We will have an induction ceremony at 10:00 am on Saturday, May 18th in the cafeteria. The National Honors Society is an organization that has honored students since 1921. As their website notes, NHS, NJHS, NEHS serve to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character (and Citizenship for NJHS & Responsibility for NEHS). Please come and support our students as they are honored at this induction ceremony. Parents, family members and friends are welcomed.
Parents, As a community service project in 4th grade we have decided to “adopt” a soldier. We have chosen to adopt a soldier that is serving a 9 month tour of duty in Afghanistan. He is 20 years old and away from his home in Lubbock, Texas for the first time. I should also mention he is extremely homesick right now. As part of our adoption of this soldier each student has written a letter asking questions they may be curious about and giving details about themselves. I would also like to be able to send along with the letters written by students an awesome care package to this soldier to show our appreciation. If you would be interested in donating an item to send in the care package it would be greatly appreciated. Below I have listed some items that will hold up well being shipped across the globe. We have also talked in class about donation ideas so I’m sure you child will tell you what he/she wants to send. Please don’t feel obligated to participate but the more items we can send to put a smile on this soldiers face the better! If you do choose to participate please have all items donated here at school by this Monday May 20. I will be sending the package that afternoon. I hope everyone chooses to participate in some small way. Thank you, Mrs. Gonzales Items to Donate:
If you choose to donate bug spray please don’t buy any aerosol can sprays because they aren’t allowed to be shipped. ?
Emmy Noether's Math Day at Texas Tech
16 students from Harmony Science Academy and they have enjoyed celeberating Emmy Noether's Math Day at Texas Tech. The students have really enjoyed the competition along with the math workshops. The following students have recieved these rankings:
Middle School: Tamara A. 1st Place In Middle School Kaylee E. 1st Place Eigth Grade Math
High School: Mikaeyla L. 1st Place in High School Math
Five Harmony Public Schools were named to U.S. News & World Report’s “Best High Schools 2013 Rankings"
In honor of STEM Education Week in Texas, we are delighted to announce five Harmony Public Schools (HPS) were named to U.S. News & World Report’s “Best High Schools 2013 Rankings” and Washington Post’s “Most Challenging High Schools.” See below for additional details.
The five schools are part of Harmony’s 38-campus network of high performing K-12 college preparatory charter schools, serving more than 24,000 Texas students. With 100 percent of HPS seniors graduating, and 100 percent of those applying to college being accepted, HPS has earned a reputation for providing a distinct, high-quality education, complemented by other skills needed to succeed in life. Today, 16 Harmony schools are designated T-STEM (Texas Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) academies.
Students first entering ninth grade in the 2011–2012 school year noticed the biggest difference in the new testing program. Under the TAKS program,students were required to take two tests in the ninth grade and four tests in both the 10th and 11th grade. In order to graduate, students were required to pass four exit level tests given at 11th grade. With the new STAAR program, the exit-level tests will be replaced with 12 end-of-course (EOC) assessments, which students will take as they complete the corresponding course. The 12 EOC assessments are:
• English I, English II, English III • Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II • Biology, Chemistry, Physics • World Geography, World History, and U.S. History If a student is enrolled in grade 8 or below and is taking a course for which there is a STAAR EOC assessment, that student will be required to take the applicable STAAR EOC test. For example, an eighth grade student enrolled in Algebra I will take the STAAR Algebra I EOC, as well as the grade 8 reading, science, and social studies assessments. Local school district policy will determine whether this student will also take the STAAR grade 8 mathematics assessment. How is STAAR different from TAKS? The new end-of-course assessments will only assess the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for a given course, unlike the high school TAKS tests that cover material from multiple courses.The questions on the new STAAR will be deeper and more complex than TAKS.
• In reading, greater emphasis will be given to critical analysis rather than to literal understanding.
• In writing, students will be required to write two essays instead of one, and the English EOC assessments will be administered over two days.
• In science and math, the number of open-ended (griddable) questions will increase to allow students to derive an answer independently.In addition, a student’s score on the STAAR EOC assessment will count 15 percent towards the student’s final grade in that course. Each of the 12 end-of-course assessments will be available in paper format and online. Also, for the first time since the state began its standardized testing program, there will be a four-hour time limit to complete the test unless the student obtains a special exception.
STAAR EOC Testing May 6th-13rd
STAAR testing time has come again. On the first week of May, 9th and 10th grade students will take the STAAR EOC tests. We are confident that our students are ready. Students and teachers alike have been working rigorously since the beginning of the school year to master the skills needed to be successful on the STAAR tests. The schedule is below.
Monday, May 6th--8th grade above grade level math, 9th Grade Algebra I or Geometry, 10th Grade Geometry or Algebra II Wednesday, May 8th--9th Grade Biology, 10th grade Chemistry Thursday, May 9th--9th Grade World Geography, 10th grade World History Friday, May 10th--Retakes and Make-ups
PARENT TIPS to Prepare for Success
STUDENT SUCCESS INITIATIVE 5TH GradeStudents must pass the STAAR reading and math tests to be promoted to the sixth grade. 8TH GradeStudents must pass the STAAR reading and math tests to be promoted to the ninth grade. HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION REQUIREMENTSStudents are required to perform satisfactorily on a series of end-of-course assessments in English, mathematics, science, and social studies in order to graduate. For information on course requirements for graduation, please go to TEA’s website at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/graduation.aspx.
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During school hours, parents should not try to reach a student’s cell phone.
Parents should call the main office in emergency situations. The school will then notify the student of any emergency.
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2013-2014 School year Calendar
Dear Harmony Parents/Students, Harmony Public Schools Board of Trustees approved 2013-2014 academic year calendar. To see 2013-2014 calendar, please click here
Black History Month Assembly
Wednesday, March 6, our middle and high school students had the great opportunity to listen to live African drumming, observe and participate in African dance. It was an extremely enriching experience. In addition to listen to the sounds of Africa, our students participated in hands on activities by learning about the different cultures of Africa through an Africa floor map and real African articfacts. The students also had the opportunity to meet and visit with two ladies from Nigeria to learn more about their culture. It was a great success! Thank you Texas Tech International Culture Center for helping us celebrate Black History Month!
H S A KINDERGARTEN PROJECTS
Kindergarten students participated in a community helper project in February. They learned basic interviewing, recording, presentation and communication skills. The researched particular jobs within their family or common community helpers, such as a fireman.
Harmony Science Academy attended to Mathcounts Chapter Competition on Saturday, February 27, 2013 at TTU.
Esat B. (8th grade) and Troy L. (7th grade) advanced to the State Mathcounts Competition which will be held March 22-23 in Austin, Texas.
In the countdown round Mckenna H. (8th grade) took 2nd place and Esat B. took 3rd place.
Our students got 2nd place as a team in Lubbock area. Congratulations Tigers!!
Mini Museum at Harmony
February 11-12, Texas Tech International Culture Center provided a mini museum of various African American icons that have made a great impact in our history.
The students were giving the opportunity to tour the mini museum and participate in a scavenger hunt in order to learn more about the African American icons.
It was a great success! The students were engaged and enjoyed it tremendously. Thank you Texas Tech for your great contribution to help us celebrate Black History Month at Harmony.
February 13, Harmony had the great pleasure of listening to Dr. Gladys Whitten, an oral surgeon.
She shared her journey to success, her profession, and she encouraged our students to always reach for their goals despite the obstacles that may come their way.
In addition to Dr. Whitten's presentation, she provided the entire school with toothbrushes to take home with them.
We are very appreciative of Dr. Whitten's time, wisdom, generosity, and contribution to help celebrate Black History Month at Harmony.
High School Awards Ceremony
High school is difficult, but many of our students work hard and excel. On February 5th Tuesday, an Awards Ceremony was held for outstanding high school students at Orlando's Italian Restaurant on Ave. Q. Students, parents, teachers, and administrators enjoyed this fun evening in a special setting.
Awards were given for All A's for the semester, A's and B's, and Zero DPS Points. Congratulations to all the students receiving awards! We challenge each high school student to work hard this semester - we'd love to see everyone at the next Awards Ceremony!
Attention All Honor Society Students
We will be meeting on Thursdays of each week from 3:25pm-4:25pm. It is your responsibility to attend meetings and assist with service projects. According to the bylaws, you are required to complete at least 10 hours of service hours each semester. Failure to do so will result in placement of a probationary or dismissal status from the Honor Society. Attention New Students! If you were a member of your previous schools Honor Society please provide proof (membership card) to the advisor, Mrs. Garcia, so you can join Harmony Science Academy's Honor Societies.
We are hiring
Are you a highly-qualified educator seeking a change? Are you looking for a smaller and more focused work environment? Teachers just like you are choosing Harmony Public Schools. Featured by Newsweek magazine as one of the "Best High Schools in the Nation", Harmony Public Schools are college-preparatory and tuition-free academies focused on math, science, and technology. Harmony embraces student-oriented teaching practices in a dedicated, driven, and caring environment. Harmony Public School in Lubbock is now accepting job applications for the 2013-2014 school year. To apply online, please click here .
Harmony Science Academy Welcome’s all Grandparents to join their grandchild for dinner and fun.
Grandparents are our heritage and are essential members of our families and communities. That is why a special day is set aside to honor them. Here is an opportunity for you to spend some time with your grandparent, have fun, and create a project together that spotlights his or her life.
When: October 11, 2012 Where: Harmony Science Academy Lubbock Time: 6:00pm Who: K-12th students and Grandparents
We have recently updated certain portions of our Student/Parent Handbook (“Handbook”) and Student Code of Conduct (“Code of Conduct”) to reflect recently adopted legal requirements and School policy. The full text of these updates is available here, and is also available in hard copy form at the front office of Harmony Science Academy-Lubbock. Please refer to the full text when reading and relying on your Handbook and/or Code of Conduct. Parents and students are responsible for reviewing and conducting themselves under the additions, deletions, and changes. Any questions regarding these changes or how to access the complete texts of the amendments should be directed to Campus Principal. Ammendments Notice Letter Ammendments Food Allergy Notification Form
BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION
Box Tops for Education has helped America's schools earn over $400 million since 1996. You can earn cash for your child's school by clipping Box Tops coupons from hundreds of participating products. Box Tops also offers easy ways to earn even more cash for your school online.
We are collecting BOX TOPS labels to help raise funds for our school extracurricular activities. We would like to ask all parents and students to save and turn in these box tops to the school front office. We will be submitting these box tops later to earn some credit for our school. For additional ways to help the school earn box tops point, please visit www.boxtops4education.com or go to www.cashforyoureducation.com
Our teachers are working hard, going beyond their schedule, by trying to visit our parents in their homes. The goal of home visits is to get feedback from parents and to discuss any concerns that teachers or parents may have. These visits will hopefully improve students' grades and behavior at school.
Note: Home visits are made from 5pm to 7pm during weekdays & usually takes no more than 20 minutes. On weekends visits are schedule between 10am and 5pm.
Attention Parents!!! - School Database is ready for all students
You can now login to your child's online database.
To login, simply find the "School Database" login on the right hand side of the screen.
Your child's login will be his/her first name, followed by a space, and then last name (ex. John Smith).
The password will be your child's birthdate in the following format: MM/DD/YYYY (ex. 02/03/1999 or 2/3/1999).
We hope that you visit your child's database often because there is a lot of information available to you, including homework, lunch balance, daily schedule, absences, tardies, etc.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (806) 747 - 1000
Dear Parents, Starting on September 1st, we accept only credit card, money order and check.NO CASH is accepted.
Students Sickness Policy
Despite our efforts to wash our hands constantly, cover our sneezes and coughs, and sanitize the classroom, some illnesses still manage to get past our defenses.
Please do not bring your child to school if he or she has a fever, diarrhea, vomiting or any other symptoms in the past 24 hours. If your child is sent home from school with any of these symptoms, he or she will have to be symptom free for 24 hours without medication before returning to school unless a doctor's note is provided.
Please be considerate of other students' health by keeping your sick ones at home. Thank you for your support!
Pete's Pigskin Previews: Lubbock Harmony Football
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -
Lubbock Harmony started out 0-20 in their first two years of UIL competition, but that doesn't have the Tigers down about their hope for an improved 2012.
A Parents' Guide to the Accelerated Reader Program!
Accelerated Reader (AR) is a program designed by Renaissance Learning to promote reading from kindergarten through 12th grade. The program offers personalized reading quizzes on thousands of books on every grade level. After finishing a book at their own pace, students take a short reading quiz. These quizzes help teachers and parents monitor each child's reading level and comprehension.
We are currently implementing the AR program at our school. To learn more about the program, read more . . .
Seven Harmony Schools Made Newsweek's Top Schools List
Harmony Science Academy - Bryan/College Station, Harmony School of Advancement (Houston), Harmony Science Academy Fort Worth, Harmony Science Academy (Houston), Harmony Science Academy El Paso, Harmony Science Academy Dallas, Harmony Science Academy-North Austin are the campuses that made into Newsweek's list.
Four Harmony Campuses Made into the Challenge Index
Washington Post has announced its Most Challenging High Schools list of 2012. Four Harmony high schools made the Challenge Index and three of them in the top 100 out of 1900 schools in the list.
The Challenge Index of Washington Post ranks high schools since 1998 based on the student achievement on IB, AP, and college level tests (SAT, ACT, etc.) and graduation rates. The index score is the number of college-level tests given at a school in 2011 divided by the number of graduates that year. Also noted are the percentage of students who come from families that qualify for lunch subsidies (Subs. lunch) and the percentage of graduates who passed at least one college-level test during their high school career, called equity and excellence, (E&E). A (P) next to the school's name denotes a private school.
Harmony Public Schools and 60 Minutes: Setting the Record Straight
A segment of the May 13 television news show 60 Minutes included references to Harmony Public Schools (HPS) of Texas that may have left some inaccurate impressions. Please note the following facts about Harmony Public Schools, all of which were shared with 60 Minutes before the show was broadcast: Read more at Harmony Public Schools and 60 Minutes: Setting the Record Straight
Letter to Key Stakeholders Regarding The New York Times Article
From Superintendent Dr. Soner Tarim To the Harmony Public Schools Community: A disappointing article on charter schools in this week's New York Times attempts to put Harmony Public Schools in Texas in a context that is not accurate, necessitating this brief response. Many of us at Harmony Schools cooperated extensively with the Times on this story over the last several months, providing documents, interviews, tours and dozens of detailed responses to specific questions in good faith. But, as sometimes happens, the end result was not entirely what we had hoped. See the rest of Dr. Soner Tarim's response here: http://harmonytx.org/news/122/letter-to-stakeholders-on-ny-times-article/
It is the policy of the Harmony Science Academy Charter School to locate and identify any child who contacts or enrolls in the Charter School who may have a disability and be in need of special education and related services, regardless of the severity of the disability, in accordance with its procedures as reflected in the CHILD FIND legal framework of the Legal Framework for the Child-Centered Special Education Process, located at: http://framework.esc18.net/. read more...