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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

June 16, 2014

Summer Communications

This is the last Weekly News of the 2013-2014 school year. We will issue Summer News occasionally throughout the summer. For the most up-to-date news and information, please visit our website at You also can follow the school system on Facebook ( or on Twitter (

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Hammond, Atholton High Students Place in C-SPAN Contest

C-SPAN held ceremonies at Atholton and Hammond high schools on June 11 to honor students who took home Honorable Mentions in the C-SPAN student documentary contest, called StudentCam.

Hammond High students Maia Williams, Juno Kawasaki and Valerie Quintanilla won for their film, "A Nightmare Come to Life: Human Trafficking." Atholton High students Samantha Greenblatt and Sophia Kherzi also won for their video, "Felon Disenfranchisement: Should Felons Have the Right to Vote?"

StudentCam is a nationwide contest, in which middle and high school students were invited to create a short video on the most important issue Congress should consider in 2014. Almost 5,000 students representing 46 states, Washington D.C., Taiwan, and the United Arab Emirates took part in the competition.

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Free Immunization Clinics

June 19, July 24, Aug. 14, 21, 27, 2-6 p.m. — Howard County Health Department, 8930 Stanford Blvd., Columbia

Contact: Howard County Health Department, 410-313-7592

The Howard County Health Department will offer free vaccinations for students entering kindergarten and seventh grade. Detailed information about the specific vaccinations offered can be found at

Vaccination requirements for the 2014-2015 school year can be found online and on the HCPSS website.

Summer Program Notifications

Parents and guardians of students enrolled in HCPSS summer programs are encouraged to sign up for the HCPSS Summer Programs email/text message notification service. Notices through this service will be sent for emergency announcements only (bus or schedule changes, etc).

Sign up at and select Summer Programs under Offices and Education Centers. Details on subscribing or updating your account can be found on the HCPSS website.

BSAP Summer Program Registration

Wednesday June 18, 4-7 p.m.; Saturday June 21, 9-11 a.m. — Homewood Center, 10914 Clarksville Pk., Ellicott City
Contact: Erin O'Conner,

Registration will be held for the Black Student Achievement Program Summer Programs. The summer activities will be held at Mt. Hebron High School from June 25-July 18 for all students entering grades 1-12. The cost is $500, and tuition assistance is available.

Details about the BSAP summer offerings can be found online at


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