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Home > News and Events > August News Releases

August 2009 News Releases

August 25 -
Howard County's SAT Performance Bucks National, State Trends
August 24 -
It's a New Season for Hispanic Programming on HCPSS TV
August 24 -
3rd Annual AD/HD Awareness Evening
August 20 -
HCPSS Back-to-School Facts for the 2009-2010 Academic Year
August 20 -
Oakland Mills High Teacher Among Finalists for MD Teacher of the Year
August 12 -
Parent May Restrict the Release of Student Information
August 12 -
Community Advisory Council to Board of Education to Hold Meeting
August 10 -
HCPSS Turns to Outside Company to Collect on Bad Checks
August 10 -
Four High Schools to Compete in the Howard County Iron Chef Cook-off
August 10 -
Orientation Welcomes New Howard County Teachers
August 7 -
Local Education Programs Win Aegis Awards
August 7 -
HCPSS Financial Reports Win Awards from Government Finance Officers Association
August 5 -
Board of Education Audit Committee to Hold Quarterly Meeting
August 4 -
Board of Education to Hold Regular Meeting, Public Hearing and Pre-Development Work Session on Proposed FY 2011 Capital Budget and FY 2012-2016 Capital Improvement Program
August 4 -
Board of Education to Hold Closed Meeting

 

 

 

 


August 25, 2009 (#2009-018)

Howard County's SAT Performance Bucks National, State Trends

Superintendent Sydney Cousin announced today that Howard County's average scores improved on all sections of the SAT for the second straight year. In critical reading and mathematics, average scores rose four points to 544 and 561, respectively, and the average writing score rose two points to 546.

According to Cousin, these results not only top national and statewide results by wide margins, but also go against a four-year national and state trend toward declining or unchanged results.

"These results further enhance the lead our students have held over the national and statewide scores in all sections of the SAT over time and they underscore the effectiveness of our instructional programs in preparing our students for their futures," Cousin added.

 

 

2006

2007

2008

2009

Critical Reading

HCPSS

539

537

540

544

 

Maryland

503

500

499

500

 

Nation

503

502

502

501

Mathematics

HCPSS

559

556

557

561

 

Maryland

509

502

502

502

 

Nation

518

515

515

515

Writing

HCPSS

538

537

544

546

 

Maryland

499

496

497

495

 

Nation

497

494

494

493

More information about the HCPSS performance on the SAT, including school by school results, will be shared with the Board of Education at the September 24 Board meeting.


August 24, 2009 (#2009-017)

It's a New Season for Hispanic Programming on HCPSS TV

HCPSS TV kicks off the new school year with the latest installment of Encuentros, the school system's special parenting series produced entirely in Spanish. The new magazine-style program features segments on the International Student Registration Center, the Parent Academy Program, and highlights the importance of having your child's vaccination and immunization shots updated before the start of the new school year.

Encuentros is a joint venture between the school system's Television Services Office and the Department of Student, Family & Community Services. The program airs on HCPSS TV (Comcast 95 & Verizon 42) on:

  • Sunday at 10 a.m. and 11 p.m.
  • Wednesday at 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.
  • Friday at 10 p.m.

August 24, 2009 (#2009-016)

3rd Annual AD/HD Awareness Evening

The Howard County Public School System, along with CHADD of Greater Baltimore, the Learning Disability Association of America, Howard County Chapter, and Individual Differences in Learning will hold a free program, Late, Lost and Unprepared: Helping Children and Teens who Struggle with Executive Functions.

The event will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009 from 7–9 p.m., at Centennial High School, 4300 Centennial Lane in Ellicott City. The featured speaker will be Joyce Cooper-Kahn, Ph.D. and Laurie Dietzel, Ph.D., authors of Late, Lost and Unprepared: A Parents’ Guide to Helping Children with Executive Functioning. No pre-registration is required.


August 20, 2009 (#2009-015)

HCPSS Back-to-School Facts for the 2009-2010 Academic Year

On Tuesday morning, August 25, 4563 teachers will arrive at 72 public schools across Howard County. Howard County will have hired approximately 200 new teachers for the 2009-2010 academic year when all positions are filled. Thirty-six were hired to fill new positions; the rest fill vacancies created by resignations or retirements. Nearly 25 percent of the new hires are HCPSS graduates who have chosen to return to Howard County to teach.

The average age of Howard County's teachers is 41. Sixty-one percent hold a master's degree or above. The average teacher has 12.4 years of teaching experience.

The school year begins for Howard County students on Monday, August 31. The school system expects an enrollment of 49,138 students for the coming year, an increase of 250 students since last August. The Howard County Public School System has an operating budget of $656,694,110 and will spend $13,320 per pupil this academic year.

During the 10-week summer break, the school system's Office of School Construction completed renovation and addition projects at Glenelg High School and Elkridge, Clemens Crossing, and Waterloo elementary schools. This summer also marked the completion of the final phase of building related to full-day kindergarten. Over the past six years the system added 57 classrooms to accommodate the program. This summer, additions were completed at Bellows Spring, Deep Run, Forest Ridge, Hollifield Station and St. John's Lane elementary schools. All the projects will be completed by the first day of school.

Work also began this summer on the final phase of renovations at Clarksville Middle School and the system's first "green" renovation and addition project at Northfield Elementary School. A major renovation and addition project at Mt. Hebron High School got off to a strong start this summer as well.


August 20, 2009 (#2009-014)

Oakland Mills High Teacher Among Finalists for MD Teacher of the Year

Oakland Mills High School English teacher Kimberly Feldman is one of seven finalists for 2010 Maryland Teacher of the Year according to information released today by State Superintendent of Schools Nancy S. Grasmick. Feldman was selected as Howard County's Teacher of the Year last spring.

Feldman received a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Education degree from the University of Georgia. She began her career as one of two high school teachers in a Yupik Eskimo village (population 350) on the coast of Alaska in 2000. She has taught in Howard County for four years where she has achieved National Board Certification, helped develop curriculum materials, and presented numerous professional development workshops. Her articles have been published in English Journal and English Education. As a teacher, Kimberly focuses on creating a safe environment where struggling students can discover themselves through reading and writing. She serves as senior class sponsor, and also organizes community clean-ups and volunteers as a tutor of underprivileged students.

"We are very pleased, although not surprised, that Kimberly is among the seven finalists," says Superintendent Sydney Cousin. "We congratulate her for this honor and wish her the best of luck. She is an outstanding educator who represents her school, the school system and her profession admirably."

The other finalists (in alphabetical order by jurisdiction) include: Nicholas Greer, Baltimore City; Leonard Mueller, Dorchester County; Jennifer Rankin, Garrett County; Kimberly Schmidt, Harford County; Heather McHenry, Somerset County; and Alison Giska, Worcester County.

According to a release issued today by the Maryland State Department of Education, the finalists were selected by a panel of judges from key Maryland education organizations representing principals, teachers, school boards, teacher unions, students, parents and higher education. Finalists were measured against a rigorous set of national criteria that include teaching philosophy, community involvement, knowledge of general education issues, and suggestions for professional and instructional improvement. Oral interviews with the seven finalists will be conducted on Saturday, September 12.

The 2009-2010 Maryland Teacher of the Year will be announced during a gala reception and dinner at Martin's West on October 2. The winner will receive cash awards, technology equipment, national travel opportunities, and a new car valued at over $25,000, donated by Maryland Automobile Dealers Association, a presenting sponsor.


August 12, 2009 (#2009-013)

Parent May Restrict the Release of Student Information

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act authorizes local school systems to disclose certain information from the education records of a student. This information is designated as directory information and includes basic biographical information only. It does not include student grades, test results, or any part of academic or discipline records. Parents who wish to restrict the release of one or more of these categories of information related to their child(ren), must complete and sign the Annual Parental Option Form that each child will bring home during the first week of school.

Based on categories designated by the federal government, the Howard County Public School System defines the following student data as directory information.

1. Student Name
2. Address
3. Telephone Number
4. Date of Birth
5. Major Field of Study
6. Participation in School Activities
7. Weight and/or Height of Athletes
8. Dates of School Attendance
9. Degrees/Awards
10.Previous Education Institutions Attended

In accordance with state law, the Howard County Public School System WILL NOT release a student’s HOME ADDRESS or PHONE NUMBER to any person or organization other than the following.

1. An organization of parents, teachers, students, or former students, or any combination of those groups, of the school (i.e.: PTA/PTSA, booster club, class reunion committee, etc.);
2. An organization or force of the military (i.e. military recruiters, etc.);
3. A representative of a community college in the state; or
4. A representative of the Maryland Higher Education Commission.

Questions or requests for additional information should be directed to the HCPSS Public Information Office at 410-313-6682.


August 12, 2009 (#2009-012)

Community Advisory Council to Board of Education to Hold Meeting

The Community Advisory Council to the Howard County Board of Education will hold its first meeting for the 2009-2010 school year on Tuesday, August 25, 2009 at 7:30 p.m., in the Board Room at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108 in Ellicott City.

The CAC facilitates communication between the community and the Board of Education on various issues of concern and inquires about matters within the province of the Board. The CAC sponsors educational programming for members and provides them with the opportunity to study and have input into curriculum, education policy, redistricting and budget.

The CAC membership is comprised of liaisons from various school PTSAs and other community organizations as well as a number of at-large members. If you want to participate in the educational efforts within the community or just want to get better informed on the issues, join the CAC at their first meeting.

For more information, contact Chris Wertman at cwertman@aol.com or 410-707-4149.


August 10, 2009 (#2009-011)

HCPSS Turns to Outside Company to Collect on Bad Checks

While it may seem like a minor issue to some, processing of non-sufficient fund (NSF) checks is a time consuming and costly process for organizations and businesses. Due to the growing volume of uncollectible checks received by the Howard County Public School System, school officials have decided to use an outside company to recover returned checks in a more efficient and cost effective manner.

The school system receives over 800 NSF checks annually and following up on the collection is an arduous task, according to the school system's Director of Finance Beverly Davis. As of August 1, the school system began using the Federal Automated Recovery Systems (FARS) for the electronic collection of checks.

FARS uses an electronic recovery process for NSF checks as allowed by state and federal laws. This results in a high rate of recovery at no cost to the school system. The cost becomes the responsibility of the individual who wrote the bad check because the electronic system allows for the recovery of the face amount of the check and a NSF check fee from the check writer's bank account.

Howard County Public School System gladly accepts checks, says Davis, but the system has an obligation to be fiscally accountable to county taxpayers.

"We want all check writers to understand that when they sign a check to the school system, they are in fact authorizing us to use information from the check to process the payment as a check transaction or to make a one-time electronic fund transfer from their account," Davis explains.

Davis says state and federal laws also give the school system the right to collect the authorized State of Maryland $35 fee through an electronic fund transfer from the check writer's account if the payment is returned unpaid.


August 10, 2009 (#2009-010)

Four High Schools to Compete in the Howard County Iron Chef Cook-off

Leaders from four Howard County high schools are busy brandishing spatulas and sharpening knives in preparation for the sixth annual Iron Chef competition at the Howard County Fair on Thursday, August 13.

At 6 pm, teams representing Atholton, Hammond, Mt. Hebron, and Marriotts Ridge High Schools will converge on the culinary battlefield in front of the 4-H building and attempt to concoct the most delectable meal for a discriminating panel of judges and onlookers. Each “head chef” -- principals Marcy Leonard from Atholton, Scott Ruehl from Mt. Hebron, and Pat Saunderson from Marriotts Ridge, and Athletics & Activities Manager Joe Russo from Hammond -- will be supported by two “assistant chefs,” drawn from the student body, school staff, and booster clubs.

Each team will have one hour to prepare a main beef dish and a vegetable side dish. An array of locally-grown produce, meat for grilling, and a grill will be provided; contestants must use all of the provided ingredients but may also add their own ingredients.

Two years ago, Superintendent Sydney Cousin led a team of two culinary students to Iron Chef victory, and he looks forward to HCPSS reclaiming the title this year. “It’s a fun event and a great way to get involved in the community.”


August 10, 2009 (#2009-009)

Orientation Welcomes New Howard County Teachers

With the first day of school fast approaching, approximately 150 newly hired teachers will attend the Howard County Public School System's New Teacher Orientation, August 18-20, at Reservoir High School, 11550 Scaggsville Road in Fulton. Participants include general education teachers, special educators and non-teaching staff such as counselors.

Day one of the orientation begins at 8 a.m. with an opening session followed by curriculum sessions. Teachers will spend Tuesday afternoon in their schools having lunch and attending local school orientations.

Wednesday's activities begin at 7:30 a.m. with refreshments and continue with curriculum sessions until lunch, which will be provided by the Howard County Education Association. After lunch, participants will have an opportunity to visit with vendors before attending a mandatory session that will cover the topics of bullying and harassment, child abuse and neglect, and appropriate teacher-student relationships.

On Thursday, the educators will attend final curriculum sessions and breakout sessions on a variety of topics ranging from classroom management to planning for the first day of school. "We're Here to Serve You" is the theme for Thursday's lunch, which will be served by Superintendent Sydney Cousin and other school system officials. A fashion show during lunch will emphasize the importance of professional attire. The day ends with an introductory session on the school system's Cultural Proficiency initiative.

An orientation session specifically for special educators will be held on Monday, August 17 at Cedar Lane School.


August 7, 2009 (#2009-008)

Local Education Programs Win Aegis Awards

HCPSS-TV has won three 2009 Aegis Awards for its original programs "Parent-Teacher Connection," "Books Alive!" and "Encuentros." The Aegis Awards are the video industry's premier competition for peer recognition of outstanding video productions and non-network TV commercials. All three shows were honored in the Education Category for outstanding production quality by a panel of judges representing industry professionals from around the country. "Parent-Teacher Connection" was recognized as a winning entry in the competition. "Books Alive!" and "Encuentros," which both debuted in 2008-09, were finalists in the Education Category.

"Parent-Teacher Connection"" has anchored the HCPSS TV cable television line up for the past 12 years. The show features vignettes on school system programs, staff and local educational issues of importance to Howard County parents.

"Books Alive!" features studio-based interviews with some of the most celebrated literary figures in the country. The show's rapid rise in popularity with students, teachers, and the general public can be attributed to host Barb LangridgeÕ' ability to bring to the HCPSS-TV studio prominent authors such as Marc Brown, Laurie Halse Anderson, Gail Carson Levine, and many others.

"Encuentros" is HCPSS-TV's first cable television program produced entirely in Spanish. This innovative program is a joint production between the school system's Television Services and Hispanic Achievement Offices. The program is instrumental in disseminating school information to Howard County's Hispanic population and providing Hispanic parents with tips to help their children achieve success in the classroom.


August 7, 2009 (#2009-007)

HCPSS Financial Reports Win Awards from Government Finance Officers Association

Superintendent Sydney Cousin announced today that for the fifth consecutive year the Howard County Public School System has been awarded the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for its FY 2008 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. The school system's first Popular Annual Financial Report to GFOA was also awarded a Certificate of Excellence in Popular Annual Financial Reporting. Howard County is the first Maryland school system to receive the Certificate of Excellence in Popular Annual Financial Reporting.

Cousin noted that these awards are a tribute to the cumulative work of the staff in the school systemss finance office. "The entire finance team works diligently throughout the year to provide excellent customer service, ensure accurate financial data, and maintain appropriate internal controls and documentation. They deserve our thanks for their outstanding service to the school system and the community. They represent the excellence we strive for every day across the Howard County Public School System."


August 5, 2009 (#2009-006)

Board of Education Audit Committee to Hold Quarterly Meeting

The Audit Committee of the Board of Education will hold its quarterly meeting at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2009. The meeting will take place in Conference Room ML2 at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108 in Ellicott City.


August 4, 2009 (#2009-005)

Board of Education to Hold Regular Meeting, Public Hearing and Pre-Development Work Session on Proposed FY 2011 Capital Budget and FY 2012-2016 Capital Improvement Program

The Howard County Board of Education will hold a regularly scheduled meeting at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009, in the Board Room at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108 in Ellicott City.

Both the afternoon and the evening session, which convenes at 7:30 p.m., will begin with a “Public Forum,” when members of the public may address the Board on any topic other than those for which a formal public hearing process exists. Advanced sign up is preferred.

During the evening session, the Board will hold a public hearing and a pre-development work session on the Proposed FY 2011 Capital Budget and the FY 2012-2016 Capital Improvement Program. Individuals who wish to testify at the 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. Pre-registration will take place during business hours, up to the close of business on the last working day before the hearing.

To sign up to testify at the hearing, or to speak at Public Forum, contact the Board’s office at 410-313-7194.

Individuals who would like to request a sign language interpreter for any meeting of the Board of Education may contact Colleen Rice, Interpreter Scheduler, at 410-313-7046. A two week advanced notice is preferred.


August 4, 2009 (#2009-004)

Board of Education to Hold Closed Meeting

The Howard County Board of Education will meet in closed session at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009, at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108 in Ellicott City.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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