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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 7, 2014

StandUp HoCo Parent Conversation About Bullying

Wednesday, April 9, 6:30-8:30 p.m. — Gary J. Arthur Community Center, 2400 Rte. 97, Cooksville, MD

StandUp HoCo invites parents to take part in facilitated conversations about bullying. The information gathered will be used to identify community needs for training and resources.

More information is available on the StandUp HoCo website.

Howard County Youth Police Academy Registration Open

Application deadline: Tuesday April 15

Contact: Howard County Police Department, 410-313-2620

Registration is now open for Howard County Police Department's Youth Police Academy, a free, one-week, overnight academy designed to help young people explore career and leadership opportunities, life skills and character education.

This year's Youth Police Academy will be held July 6-11. Participants spend the week participating in law enforcement classroom instruction, practical applications and scenarios. More information is available online.

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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2013/14 School Year Calendar Adjusted

The HCPSS is adjusting the school year calendar by two additional days to make up days missed for inclement weather. The last day of school for students and staff will now be Friday, June 20. High school exams will take place Tuesday, June 17 through Friday, June 20. Additionally, all schools will close three hours early Wednesday, June 18 through Friday, June 20, with no Pre-K/RECC. The last day for Pre-K/RECC is Tuesday, June 17. Summer school will now begin on Wednesday, June 25 and will end as scheduled.

Five inclement weather make up days were built into the 2013-2014 school calendar. Schools were closed nine instructional days due to weather. The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) allowed school systems to request waivers of up to five instructional days from the 180-day state requirement. HCPSS applied for a waiver of four days, but modified the request to two days after MSDE denied waiver requests from several other school systems. The revised request stipulated extending the school year in June by two additional days. Last week, Maryland State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Lillian Lowery approved the HCPSS request.

Additional information and answers to many questions are available on the HCPSS website.

HoCo Film Fest winnersRHHS Student Wins Again at HoCo Film Fest

For the second year in a row, River Hill junior Timothy Chen won first place in the HC DrugFree category at the HoCo Film Fest this year with his film "Addicted." Rachel Lin of Howard High School won second place for her film, "In Your Home." Both films address prescription drug misuse and abuse by youth, and can be viewed on the HC DrugFree website.

Chen and Lin are pictured with HC DrugFree Executive Director Joan Webb Scornaienchi (left) and FilmFest Advisor/River Hill High School teacher Mary Jane Sasser.

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SMOB Candidates to Address HCASC Meeting

Wednesday, April 9, 7-8:30 p.m. — Board of Education, 10910 Clarksville Pk., Ellicott City

Contact: HCASC,

All middle and high school students are invited to the general meeting of the Howard County Association for Student Councils. Student Member on the Board (SMOB) candidates Patrick Mikulis and Jake Rodriguez will speak and answer questions in preparation for the election to be held April 23.

Upcoming Public Hearing

Thu., April 10, 7:30 p.m. — Dept. of Education, 10910 Clarksville Pk., Ellicott City

Contact: Board of Education, 410-313-7194

A public hearing on Policy 9260 Student Search and Seizure is scheduled for the April 10 Board of Education meeting. The proposed policy can be viewed online.

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


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