HCPSS Congratulates 12 National Board Certified Teachers!

National Board Certification is the highest-level credential in the educational profession. Teachers who achieve National Board Certification have met rigorous standards through intensive study, self-assessment, peer review, and expert evaluation. This is a testament to the commitment these teachers have made to their professional growth and the success of their students. The HCPSS NBC program […]

Hammond HS Focus on Self-Paced Lessons

Hammond High School math teacher Amy Holly has discovered a unique way to merge video and QR codes to allow students to work at a pace that better suits their individualized learning style. Take a look at the video below for more on this creative approach.

Jeffers Hill ES Loses Chairs in Favor of Stability Balls

Jeffers Hill Elementary School 4th grade teacher Matt Bogusz has replaced chairs with stability balls. The results? Better focus, increased test results and healthy bodies!

HCPSS Ranked Maryland’s Best School System by

January 23, 2015 HCPSS has been ranked the top public school district in the state of Maryland, according to a report released this week by, an education and community analysis firm. The system received a grade of A+ overall, with marks of A or higher for academic rigor, educational outcomes, student diversity, and quality […]

HCPSS Connect: PARCC Q&As Feb. 4 and 10

Following the successful HCPSS Connect question and answer on the superintendent’s proposed operating budget, HCPSS will run two Q&A sessions on PARCC, an assessment test designed by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. Representatives from HCPSS Curriculum and Special Education departments will field questions on PARCC during the two Q&As, which will […]

First “HCPSS Connect” Q&A Held on Proposed Budget

The Howard County Public School System on Jan. 21 introduced a new online question-and-answer series, HCPSS Connect, with a Q&A on the Superintendent’s proposed FY2016 Operating Budget. The event was shown on the HCPSS TV channel and was streamed live on the HCPSS website. If you missed the Q&A live, the recorded video is below. […]

Building Prosthetics at Mayfield Woods

Mayfield Woods Middle School science teacher Sonja Tosh recently led an engaging project with 7th grade students to build prosthetic legs. Using limited materials, students used the knowledge acquired through lessons on the skeletal muscular system, as well as engineering principles, and built limbs that could withstand a variety of tests. See more in the video below! […]

ARL Cybersecurity Students Vie for Cyberpatriot Title

Students in the Cybersecurity Networking Academy at the ARL competed in the Cyberpatriot competition, which challenged them, as IT professionals, to finding and preventing cybersecurity vulnerabilities in a variety of systems. In this video, we caught up with them as five teams of ARL students competing in the state competition.

Superintendent Presents Proposed Operating Budget for FY16

Howard County Public School System Superintendent Dr. Renee A. Foose unveiled her proposed budget for fiscal year 2016 during a special presentation to the Board of Education on Jan. 8. It is available online at The FY16 budget totals $780.8 million, a 2.9 percent increase over the FY15 budget. In the proposed budget, $552.9 […]

Nominations Open for G/T Educator Award, Through Feb. 27

The annual Gifted and Talented Advisory Committee Educator Recognition Program celebrates educators whose commitment to the needs of advanced-level learners and whose contributions to the Howard County G/T Education Program are exemplary. Now through February 27, parents and students may nominate a Gifted and Talented resource teacher, content or classroom teacher or administrator whose efforts have enriched […]