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Golden Opportunities

Our Golden Opportunities newsletter (an electronic newsletter for Senior Citizens) contains: announcements of school performances and school system news, opportunities to volunteer or advocate, and other features of particular interest to the Howard County senior community. advertisement that lists how to get involved in the HCPSSPlease take a look at our latest newsletter below.

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October 2013

In this issue:

October 2013

Free Senior Pass Grants Access to School Events

The HCPSS Senior Pass program is free and available to residents 65 years or older. Senior Pass holders enjoy free admission to high-school home athletic contests and music and dance performances, and half-price tickets to theater productions.

To request a free Senior Pass, call the HCPSS Public Information Office at 410-313-6682. Application forms and more information are available at

A list of fall/winter theater, band, music and dance performances also can be found online at


Upcoming Events and Advocacy Opportunities

Choose Civility Symposium: OMG to AARP-Bridging the Multigenerational Divide
Wed., Oct. 9, 7 p.m.-Howard County Library System Miller Branch, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City

Join NPR's Korva Coleman for a conversation about how relationships are changing in the digital age, featuring Generation18 Founder and Executive Director, and author, David Burstein; The Chronicle of Higher Education senior reporter Jennifer Howard; psychologist and bestselling author Brad Sachs; Georgetown University Associate Professor of Philosophy, and author, Karen Stohr; and Long Reach High School junior and Voices for Change member Collin Sullivan.

More information is available online.

Visit Us at the 50+ Expo!
Fri., Oct. 18, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.-Wilde Lake High School, 5460 Trumpeter Rd., Columbia, MD

Stop by the HCPSS booth, number 105 in Exhibit Hall A at the Howard County Office on Aging 50+ Expo. Learn about the ways in which seniors can get involved in the school system. Attendees also can register for a Senior Pass on site.

Celebrating its 15th year, the 50+ Expo features more than 150 exhibitors, health aging seminars, life-enriching workshops, health fair, flu vaccines, food and entertainment, and more!

For more information on the expo, call the Howard County Office on Aging at 410-313-6410.

Volunteer Opportunities

The Howard County Conservancy seeks volunteer nature hike leaders for Grades PreK-12 field trips. Training is provided. Office volunteers and "drop-in" gardening opportunities are available as well. For more information, email

School System News

HCPSS Launches Social Media Sites
The HCPSS in August launched several social media sites. The new sites include:

  • HCPSS Facebook - HCPSS
  • Twitter -; search for @HCPSS (previously used for emergency notifications only; now open to all communications)
  • Superintendent Twitter - ; search for @SuperHCPSS

See our press release for more information.

Dr. Foose Vision 2018 Presentation Now Online
A recent presentation by Superintendent Renee A. Foose on Vision 2018: Fulfilling the Promise of Preparation is now available to view online at

More information on, and a copy of Vision 2018, the school system's five-year strategic plan, also can be found online.

HCPSS Class of 2013 Soars on the SAT
HCPSS students continue to outperform the state and nation on the SAT according to the latest data for the graduating class of 2013. The average mean SAT score for HCPSS graduates in the class of 2013 was of 1653, 170 points greater than the average for Maryland schools and 155 points greater than the average for schools nationwide.

For more information, see the HCPSS press release.

Howard County Tops Highest-Performing Public High Schools List

All 12 Howard County Public School System high schools ranked among the 50 top-performing public high schools in the Baltimore area, as reported in the Aug. 16-22 edition of the Baltimore Business Journal. Six ranked among the top eight, including River Hill and Centennial in first and second, respectively. The list was based on the 2012 average total SAT scores for test takers at each school.

The HCPSS schools ranked as follows:
1. River Hill (average total SAT score of 1758)
2. Centennial (1754)
4. Atholton (1692)
6. Mount Hebron (1676)
7. Marriotts Ridge (1671)
8. Glenelg (1659)
14. Howard (1597)
20. Wilde Lake (1574)
29. Reservoir (1537)
35. Oakland Mills (1507)
37. Long Reach (1493)
42. Hammond (1465)

HCPSS Celebrates Community Partners
More than 300 community partners and school system staff will attend the 27th annual HCPSS Educational Partnerships Celebration on Oct. 9. The HCPSS greatly values the support of more than 1,000 business, non-profit and government partners who donate countless human, financial and other resources each year in a joint commitment to educational excellence.

Read about highlights of many recent partnerships activities, and see a complete list of partners for each school and program office in the new HCPSS Partnerships Annual Report.

HCPSS TV Programming

Comcast 95/Verizon 42, see schedule for program dates and times
Any Time online at

HCPSS TV is your video source for all Board of Education meetings, educational programs, Parent Teacher Connection, and special HCPSS programming. A programming schedule is available online at

The first Parent Teacher Connection of the school year is now airing on HCPSS TV and online.

Highlights of the program include features on the opening of the new Ducketts Lane Elementary School, and training of new teachers on the new teacher evaluation system. There also are in depth interviews on the school system's use of social media, and what's behind the changes in the rules for student use of cell phone during the school day.

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