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HCPSS Names Principal and Teacher of the Year

Bonnie Branch Middle School Principal and Centennial High School Teacher Selected The Howard County Public School System today announced its 2016 Principal and Teacher of the Year. Bonnie Branch Middle School Principal Cher Jones and Centennial High School Biology teacher Shalonda Holt were awarded the honors, respectively. Both will serve as the Howard County nominees […]

Single Day Commitment Volunteer Opportunities

HCPSS has several exciting single day commitment volunteer opportunities coming up. Passport to the Future Judge Through the Passport to the Future partnership, the Howard County Chamber of Commerce and the HCPSS share the commitment and responsibility for developing workforce-ready students who plan to pursue a career immediately after high school. Students earning Passport to […]

Kimberly Morales, World Language Teacher, Bryant Woods Elementary School

Kimberly Morales teaches Spanish to seven classes, Pre-K through 5th grade, at Bryant Woods Elementary School. With 90 percent of the class time spent speaking in Spanish, Morales explained that “in the classroom, we do a little bit of everything, including singing and dancing. There’s a lot of movement and visuals. Gestures help. There are […]

HCPSS Student a Finalist in National Doodle 4 Google Contest

Clarksville Middle School 7th-grader Anjali Pulim was named the Grade 6–7 Maryland state winner in the nationwide Doodle 4 Google art competition. She is now in contention to be a national finalist. Doodle 4 Google is an annual program that invites K–12 students nationwide to redesign the Google homepage logo. A “doodle” is the logo […]

Kate Graham, Kindergarten Teacher, Longfellow Elementary School

Kate Graham, at Longfellow Elementary School, believes in offering her kindergarteners “structured, play-based choices, developmentally appropriate for young learners.” She helps her 20 “little ones feel independent and successful” on a daily basis through morning meetings, which involve moving their bodies to music; language arts; math; recess; quiet time; P.E., art, music, technology or media […]

Diana Thesing, ESOL Teacher, Oakland Mills High School

Diana Thesing always knew she wanted to make a difference in the community and found her calling as an ESOL teacher at Oakland Mills High School. HCPSS ESOL promotes the development of English language learning students’ proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing as they engage in study of academic content across all subjects. Thesing […]

Weather Delays and Closing

The decision to delay or close schools for inclement weather starts at 3:15 a.m. with the Director of Transportation and other supervisors reviewing weather conditions and driving roads across the county. Learn more about how the inclement weather decisions are made in the below video. Complete details on closings, the decision process, weekend and holiday, […]

Schedule Updates for Jan. 22-24

Based upon the forecasted impending winter storm, the declaration of a State of Emergency in Maryland and an abundance of caution, all HCPSS facilities (schools and offices) will be closed Friday, Jan. 22-Sunday, Jan. 24. All activities in schools, both school- and community-sponsored, are canceled for this entire period. Additionally: High school exams, scheduled for […]

Staff Focus: Kim Deppen, Kindergarten Team Leader, Veterans Elementary School

Kim Deppen has taught for HCPSS for 17 years. Co-workers commend Deppen’s ability to create a safe and welcoming learning environment that supports the success of her students. Learn more about Deppen in this Staff Focus video.

Howard County Board of Education Takes Action on 2016-2017 Academic Calendar

Days Off to be Incorporated for Lunar New Year Eve, Eid Al-Adha and Diwali The Howard County Board of Education today voted unanimously to continue with the current practice of schools and offices being closed on mandated state holidays, and Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah in the 2016–2017 Academic Calendar. The Board also asked the […]