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.
Dec. 9, 2013
7th Grade Art Showcase
Ongoing through Jan. 22, 2014, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. — Department of Education, 10910 Clarksville Pk., Ellicott City
Enjoy artwork by students from every middle school on display at the Department of Education. Please note that the gallery will be closed Dec. 24-25, Jan. 1 and Jan. 20.
CAC Meeting to Focus on Use of Social Media
Tues., Dec. 10, 7:30-9:30 p.m. — Dept. of Education Board Room, 10910 Clarksville Pk., Ellicott City
HCPSS Staff Communications Coordinator Jennifer Elam will present on HCPSS Policy 8080, Acceptable Use of Technology and Social Media, and discuss the use of social media by the school system, staff, and students.
The Community Advisory Council to the Board of Education meets each month to provide community members the opportunity to learn about and develop input on issues of concern to the school system. Community members are welcome to attend.
For more information, contact Joanne Jackson at 443-288-6053 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
HCASC Student Leadership News
Wed., Dec. 11, 7-8:30 p.m. — Dept. of Education Board Room, 10910 Clarksville Pk., Ellicott City
All middle and high school students are welcome to attend the meeting of the Howard County Association of Student Councils.
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.
For more information, go to the HCASC website.
Photo: Front row, l-r: HCASC Treasurer Christi Casey, President Diane D'Costa, Secretary Pranav Ganapathy and Vice President Atman Panigrahi took part in the HCASC-HCPSS Student Leadership Luncheon Dec. 5. Pictured here with Superintendent Renee Foose, Board of Education members and HCPSS leaders and staff.
HCPSS Curriculum Information Sessions
All HCPSS parents are invited to attend one of four information sessions. Attendees will learn about the HCPSS math and English/Language Arts curriculum and its alignment to the Common Core State Standards. Join us for interactive sessions to better understand what students in Grades K-12 are learning and how you can help at home.
Mark your calendar for any of the following sessions, which will be held from 7-9 p.m.:
- January 14, 2014 at Wilde Lake High School
- January 16 at Howard High School
- January 21 at Oakland Mills High School
- February 6 at Glenelg High School
Additional details about these sessions will be provided in future issues of Weekly News and on the HCPSS website.
Information Sessions - The Road to Kindergarten
Howard County parents with children who will be five years old by Sep. 1, 2014 are invited to attend one of four free information sessions:
- Tues., Jan. 28, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Wilde Lake High School
- Thurs., Jan. 30, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Long Reach High School
- Mon., Feb. 3, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Marriotts Ridge High School
- Wed., Feb. 5, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Hammond Middle School
Registration is not required, and childcare is available at each session.
For more information see flier online. For fliers in Chinese, Korean, Spanish and Urdu, visit http://www.hcpss.org/schools/kindergarten/k_parent.shtml.
Anti-Bullying Efforts Highlighted on "Parent Teacher Connection"
Comcast Channel 95/Verizon Channel 42/Online at www.HCPSSTV.com
The December Parent Teacher Connection is now airing on HCPSS TV and online.
The episode features countywide anti-bullying efforts including new school bus cameras, the Sprigeo mobile app for incident reporting, and the Voices for Change student group.
A full programming schedule can be found online.
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Academic Calendar Proposed for 2014-2015 School Year
The proposed 2014-15 Academic Calendar includes the following recommendations:
- First day of school for students: Aug. 25
- Winter break: Dec. 24-Jan. 2 (returning Mon, Jan. 5)
- Spring break: March 30-April 6 (returning Tues., April 7)
- Last day of school: June 12
Five inclement weather days are included in the calendar. If they are used, the last day of school would be June 19.
The Board has scheduled a Public Hearing on the calendar on Jan. 9 (details below), with action scheduled for Jan. 23. Proposed calendar recommendations are available online.
Upcoming Public Hearings
Thurs., Jan. 9, 7:30 p.m. — Dept. of Education Board Room, 10910 Clarksville Pk., Ellicott City
The following Public Hearings are scheduled for the Jan. 9 Board of Education meeting:
- Proposed 2014-2015 Academic Calendar
- Policy 4070 Undesig'ated Fund Balance Reserve
- Policy 9020 Students' Rights and Responsibilities
Individuals who wish to testify at a public hearing are asked to limit their presentation to three minutes and to provide 15 written copies of their testimony at the time of the hearing. To sign up to testify at a hearing, contact the Board's office at 410-313-7194.
All Board of Education meetings are open to the public. The meetings also can be seen live on Comcast channel 95, Verizon channel 42 or online at www.hcpsstv.com.
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G/T Research Program Information Sessions
Parents and students are invited to learn about Gifted and Talented (G/T) Advanced Research Program electives available in high school. The G/T Independent Research and Intern Mentor program provide personalized courses that empower students to apply, create and evaluate specialized knowledge to contribute to the larger community with support from a professional mentor or research project advisor.
A schedule of information sessions is available online. Additional information is available on the HCPSS website.
The HCPSS Office of Fine Arts invites members of the public to the following winter concerts:
- Elementary School and Middle School G/T Sinfonia:
Sat., Dec. 14, 3 p.m. — River Hill High School, 12101 Clarksville Pk., Ellicott City
- Elementary School and Middle School Orchestra:
Sat., Dec. 14, 7 p.m. — River Hill High School, 12101 Clarksville Pk., Ellicott City
For more information, call the HCPSS Office of Fine Arts at 410-313-6885