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Weekly News For Parents

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Our Weekly News e-newsletter (generated through HCPSS News) contains system-wide news briefs and activities. Our current newsletter is below.

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Student & Parent Events News Reminders

April 22, 2014

CAC Meeting to Focus on HCPSS Policies

Tuesday, April 22, 7:30-9:30 p.m. — Dept. of Education Board Room, 10910 Clarksville Pk., Ellicott City

Contact: Joanne Jackson, 443-288-6053,

The Community Advisory Council to the Board of Education meets each month to provide community members the opportunity to learn about and offer input on issues of concern to the school system.

Community members are welcome to attend. The April meeting will address policies remaining under review and activities for next year.

Howard County Human Rights Commission Seeks Student Commissioner

Application Deadline: Friday, May 2

Contact: Howard County Office of Human Rights, 410-313-6430

The Howard County Human Rights Commission is currently accepting applications for the position of Student Commissioner to serve a one-year term from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015 as a non-voting member on the Commission.

To be eligible for consideration, candidates must be a student under the age of 18 years old, a Howard County resident, have an interest in human/civil rights and be able to attend the Commission's meetings on the third Thursday of each month from 7-9 p.m.

More information can be found online.

Apply Now for an HCASC Elected Position!

Application Deadline: Wednesday, May 7

Contact: Anne Roy,

Applications for the Howard County Association of Student Councils 2014-2015 elected positions are now available online. The HCASC provides a unique opportunity for students to serve as effective leaders and role models for their peers as elected and appointed officers. The elected positions, open to high school students, include president, first vice president, secretary and treasurer.

Application packets are available online and are due May 7. Elections will be held at the HCASC general meeting May 14.

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Wellness Policy Adopted

The Howard County Board of Education adopted a revised Policy 9090 Wellness Through Nutrition and Physical Activity at the April 10 Board meeting. With the revised policy, HCPSS becomes one of the few public school systems in the state to adopt Institute of Medicine Nutritional Standards as its own.

Gina Massella and Jody Zepp photosMore information and a link to the policy can be found online.

Washington Post Honors HCPSS Educators

Two HCPSS educators recently were honored as 2014 Washington Post Awards recipients for Howard County. Howard High School Principal Gina Massella (pictured, left) was named the Distinguished Educational Leader and Hammond High School social studies teacher Jody Zepp (right) was given the Post's Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher award.

More information can be found in the HCPSS press release.

AFS-USA Names Mt. Hebron HS a Top School

AFS-USA, which offers international exchange student programs, named Mt. Hebron High School as one of the top schools in the nation. Mt. Hebron is the only Maryland school given the honor this year.

Mt. Hebron has hosted seven AFS exchange students in the past two years. The students are active in sports, drama, and a variety of clubs, in addition to numerous outside activities along with their host families.

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HC DrugFree Drug Take Back and Needle Collection

Saturday, April 26, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. — Various locations

Contact: HC DrugFree Executive Director Joan Webb Scornaienchi,, 443-325-0040

Two-thirds of teens who abuse prescription drugs get them from home, friends or family. The Howard County Police Department and HC DrugFree will collect all expired and unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medicines for proper disposal. Medicines can be brought to one of 10 locations, available online.

HC DrugFree also will collect hypodermic needles, syringes or EpiPens. This collection will be held at the HC DrugFree location only. More information is available on the HC DrugFree website.

Network Security Program Information Session

Monday, April 28, 6:30-8 p.m. — Howard Community College, Duncan Hall, Room 100

Contact: HCPSS ARL, 410-313-6998

All current 9th and 10th grade students and their parents are invited to attend an information session on the Early College Program in Network Security, a new partnership between HCPSS and Howard Community College.

RSVPs are required by April 25 by calling the HCPSS Applications and Research Lab at 410-313-6998. A short video on the program can be viewed online.


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