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Dr. Soner Tarim

Soner Tarim Dr. Soner Tarim is a founding member and current superintendent of Harmony Public Schools, high performing K-12 public charter schools located in Texas with a strong focus on science, technologies, engineering, and math (STEM) providing opportunities for underserved communities. He is the driving force in creating STEM academies with an emphasis on college-readiness and the tracking of performance metrics of its high caliber students.

A luminary in the Charter School Community, his leadership philosophy recognizes the need to develop meaningful partnerships, maintain open collaborative lines of communication, and leverage relationships with high-level corporate, business, civic, legislative and international leaders to advance the mission of Harmony and opportunities for its beneficiaries.

Over his 24 year professional career, Dr. Tarim has developed innovative educational programs geared to K-12 schools. He is highly sought after as a consultant and as a speaker in state charter & STEM conferences and has distinguished himself as a results-oriented educator with unrivaled expertise and knowledge in developing and managing innovative charter schools.

Under Dr. Tarim's leadership, Harmony has grown to 36 schools and 20,000 students from throughout the state of Texas, many of which have been recognized as academically competitive schools in the nation. Harmony has received numerous outstanding awards and recognitions including the National Title I Distinguished School Award for closing the achievement gap and a Broad Prize nomination.

Dr. Tarim holds a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University and is a trained biologist and ecologist. In addition to his background in biological sciences, he has taught many courses in the field of biology, ecology, general science, and physical education at the high school, college and graduate school levels. Dr. Tarim has spearheaded scientific symposiums and international science Olympiads including I-SWEEEP (the International Sustainable World Energy, Engineering, and Environment Project), the largest science fair event of its kind comprising over 1,000 top-ranked high school students representing 43 states and over 70 nations world-wide presenting and sharing their ideas, experiences, and knowledge to promote maintaining global sustainability. He has also has developed and directed successful after school programs.

Dr. Tarim has published numerous peer reviewed scientific articles, policies, procedures, and guidelines for charter schools in the areas of Admissions, Governance, and Human Resources. He is a certified school board member and school administrator trainer and sits on the Board of Directors of the Region 4 Education Service Center, which is the largest Texas educational service center providing services to 54 school districts representing over 1,000,000 students and more than 83,000 professional educators.

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Parent notification

Dear Parents,

We have been notified on Monday, June 13, that the Texas Commissioner of Education has delayed reporting of STAAR grades 3-8 results. Originally districts were to receive results by Wednesday, June 15, 2016. Now, districts will receive results by Tuesday, July 5, 2016. Additional checks will be put in place for data accuracy by ETS, which was hired by Texas Education Agency to administer STAAR.

Harmony Public Schools (HPS) did not experience system-wide issues with these tests, and HPS believes that all results received are valid and accurate.

After receiving the results by Tuesday, July 5, HPS will share the STAAR results by notifying parents the week of July 11.

For more information contact our campus administration.

Regards,


Third administration of the 5th and 8th grade test & SSI requirements for grades 5 and 8

TEA released the letter below last Friday regarding SSI requirements for grades 5 and 8.



Based on the recent development, Harmony Public Schools will exercise the following changes for grades 5 and 8.



1. Promotion requirement for 2015-2016 remains the same (Student must pass STAAR tests to promote Grades 3-8). Grade Placement Committee (GPC) will make the final decision regarding promotion.



2. Third administration of the 5th and 8th grade test is canceled. Campus will administer a local test in lieu of the third test (HPS board policy requires campus to administer three tests to make a decision about a student’s promotion if the student fails grade advancement tests). GPC will make the final decision regarding promotion.









- Student Success Initiative Updates Letter





- TEA SSI Waiver 2


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Important new Amendments to Student Handbook 2014-2015

Dear All: Please see the document (see link below) for important new Amendments to our Student Handbook 2014-2015. These additions go into effect immediately.

• Amendments-HPS Student Handbook-2014-2015




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