Weekly News For Parents
Our Weekly News e-newsletter (generated through HCPSS News) contains system-wide news briefs and activities. Our current newsletter is below.
March 4, 2014
Last Day of School
Five inclement weather make up days were built into the 2013-2014 school calendar. As of March 4, all five of those days have been used, plus three additional inclement weather days. Maryland law requires a minimum of 180 school days each year. Once the winter season has ended, the Board of Education will make a decision regarding the makeup of the additional missed days.
MSA Testing Rescheduled
Due to the inclement weather school delay closing on March 4 because of inclement weather, the Reading and Mathematics MSA testing has been rescheduled. The new test dates are March 5, 6, 11 and 12.
HCASC March Meeting to Focus on Making a Difference
Wed., March 12, 7-8:30 p.m. — Dept. of Education, 10910 Clarksville Pk., Ellicott City
Contact: HCASC, email@example.com
All middle and high school students are invited to the March meeting of the Howard County Association of Student Councils. The topic of the meeting will be Making a Difference.
The HCASC brings together middle and high school students from all over the county on the second Wednesday of every month to:
- Develop leadership skills.
- Network with student leaders from across the county.
- Learn how to work with adult leaders.
- Find out about opportunities to serve on school system committees and county boards.
Parent 2 Parent
Tues., March 18, 7 p.m. — Howard High School, 8700 Old Annapolis Rd., Ellicott City
Contact: HC DrugFree, 443-325-0040, firstname.lastname@example.org
Parents and guardians are invited to a free HC DrugFree event. Parents of children with substance abuse issues will share how they dealt with the challenges this caused in their families. An audience discussion will follow.
Coffee & Conversation with the Board
Thurs., March 20, 7:30-9 p.m. — Bonnie Branch Middle School Media Center, 4979 Ilchester Rd., Ellicott City
"Coffee & Conversation" sessions provide community members from throughout the county an opportunity to chat informally with Board members. All those interested are welcome to attend.
Fri., March 28, 7 p.m. — River Hill High School, 12101 Clarksville Pk., Clarksville
Contact: RHHStival Web page
The River Hill High School Bands once again will host RHHStival, a youth music festival featuring local rock bands, acoustic acts, and music performances of all types. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults at the door.
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Keeping Our Kids Healthy: Mental Health Awareness and Suicide Prevention
Wed., March 5, 6:30 p.m. — River Hill High School Media Center, 12101 Clarksville Pk., Clarksville
All HCPSS parents and guardians are invited to hear from a variety of speakers about how to identify signs of different types of mental illness, and strategies to support your children and keep them mentally healthy prior to, or in the aftermath of, a crisis. A Q & A session will follow the presentations.
Please note, this program is designed for an adult audience and may include sensitive information.
Sponsored by River Hill High School, Clarksville Middle School, River Hill HS PTA and Clarksville MS PTA.
Military Information Night
Thurs., March 13, 6-9 p.m. — River Hill High School Media Center and Cafeteria, 12101 Clarksville Pk., Clarksville
Contact: Phil Vangeli, 410-313-7400, email@example.com
Students in Grades 7-12 who are interested in collegiate and U.S. military programs and their parents are invited to a countywide military information session.
Attendees will hear from representatives from the five military academies; college ROTC programs; JROTC programs at Atholton, Howard, and Oakland Mills high schools; and military enlistment recruiters. Representatives from local congressional offices and the U.S. military academies will provide information about academy nomination and application processes.
Senior Week: Staying Safe in Ocean City
Thurs., March 13, 7 p.m. — Atholton High School, 6520 Freetown Rd., Columbia
Thurs., March 20, 7 p.m. — River Hill High School, 12101 Clarksville Pk. Clarksville
Officers from the Ocean City Police Department and Beach Patrol will offer advice for parents and students on keeping safe during Senior Week/Beach Week. Parents are encouraged to attend one of the two events with their high school seniors.
Sponsored by HC DrugFree.
Change to Immunization Requirements for 2014-2015 School Year
Contact: HCPSS Health Services, 410-313-6812
Parents of incoming kindergarteners, the "Off to Kindergarten" brochure you may have received incorrectly noted several vaccinations required to enter kindergarten in the fall. Specifically, it noted one dose each for varicella, mumps and rubella—all of which should have stated two doses.
Vaccination requirements for 2014-2015 can be found on the HCPSS website. Parents should contact their health care provider to determine if their child requires additional immunizations.