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October 2012 News Releases

Oct. 31 - BOE to Hold Public Work Session II on Attendance Area Adjustment Plan
Oct. 31 - HCPSS Graduate Rate Continues to Rise
Oct. 31 - HCPSS to Apply for $20-30 Million Federal Grant to Support Personalized Learning
Oct. 31 - Most HCPSS Schools Will Open Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Oct. 30 - BOE to Hold Special Meeting and Attendance Area Adjustment Work Session #1 on October 31, 2012, beginning at 1:00 p.m.
Oct. 30 - Status Update on School Closures
Oct. 29 - BOE Special Meeting is Rescheduled
Oct. 28 - BOE to Hold Special Meeting
Oct. 26 - BOE to Hold Regular Meeting
Oct. 23 - Author of School Shootings Study to Speak at River Hill High on Nov. 15
Oct. 23 - HCPSS Receives Highest Award for Green Cleaning
Oct. 22 - Green School Celebration Recognizes Environmental Achievement
Oct. 22 - Costco Partnership to Support Talbott Springs Elementary School
Oct. 18 - Academy of Finance Recognizes Student Interns and Business Mentors
Oct. 12 - Artificial Turf Ceremony at Hammond High School, Saturday October 13
Oct. 8 - Green Valley Marketplace Partnership to Enhance School Communities
Oct. 8 - BOE to Hold Public Work Session I on the Attendance Area Adjustment Plan
Oct. 5 - 47 Howard County Students Named National Merit Semifinalists
Oct. 5 - Office of School Planning Invites Howard County Citizens to Attend an Attendance Area Committee Meeting on October 9, 2012.
Oct. 4 - BOE Offers Coffee and Conversation to Community
Oct. 4 - BOE to Hold Public Hearing #2 on Attendance Area Adjustment Plan
Oct. 4 - BOE to Hold Public Hearing #1 on Attendance Area Adjustment Plan
Oct. 2 - Committee Members Needed to Name Elementary School #41
Oct. 1 - Delegation from Thailand to visit Howard County
Oct. 1 - BOE to Hold Regular Meeting
Oct. 1 - Chick-Fil-A to Partner with Hammond Middle School

 


October 31, 2012 (#2012-071)

BOE To Hold Public Work Session II On Attendance Area Adjustment Plan

The Howard County BOE will hold an Attendance Area Adjustments Plan Work Session II, on Wednesday, November 7, 2012. at 7:30 p.m. This work session will take place in the Board Room at the Department of Education new webpage icon, 10910 Clarksville Pike in Ellicott City.

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

View School Planning Section for meeting dates and presentation notes and video links.


October 31, 2012 (#2012-070)

HCPSS Graduate Rate Continues To Rise

The percentage of HCPSS students who receive high school diplomas continues to rise and to outpace statewide results, according to data to be released today by the Maryland State Department of Education.

At 90.64 percent, the graduation rate for the HCPSS Class of 2011 cohort exceeded the Maryland average of 82.82 percent, and showed a notable improvement over the county's prior year graduation rate of 89.53 percent.

At 80.95 percent, the 2011 graduation rate for HCPSS African-American students compares favorably to the state average of 76.09 percent. Likewise, Howard County Hispanic students graduated at higher rates than their Maryland peers, at 78.76 percent versus 71.77 percent.

"In HCPSS, we are working to ensure that all of our students graduate; and that our high school diplomas are a promise of preparation for college or livable wage work," said Superintendent Renee A. Foose. " Our reform efforts are focused on teaching students to succeed in tomorrow's world through a relevant, rigorous curriculum and personalized learning. The graduation rate is one measure that helps us to understand the extent to which we are fulfilling this promise."

Of the students who received a diploma in the spring, more than 97 percent met the HSA requirement through examination. Only 2.1 percent—82 students—met the requirement through the alternative Bridge Plan for Academic Validation. The Bridge Plan is the project-based alternative to the HSA exams. Dropout patterns among student groups mirror the graduation rates. The number of HCPSS students who leave school before graduating continues to decrease, with just a 5.93 percent dropout rate among the 2011 cohort, compared to 7.19 percent for the prior year. Howard County results in this area again outperform those at the state level, where the 2011 dropout rate was 11.22 percent.


October 31, 2012 (#2012-069)

HCPSS To Apply For $20-30 Million Federal Grant To Support Personalized Learning

The HCPSS is applying for a $20-30 million competitive federal grant to support personalized student learning, to provide teachers with flexible options for delivering instruction through digital media, and to connect student learning to college and high wage workforce development.

The learning environment in twenty participating schools will be transformed to create seamless connections between school and future careers. Through digital technology and blended learning models, students will actively engage in relevant instruction that is connected to their interests, personalized to their needs and strengths, and accessible anytime and anywhere.

The project, which would be funded through the Race to the Top District grant, would impact more than 10,000 students in 13 elementary and 7 secondary HCPSS schools. The school system will apply for this highly competitive federal grant by the submission deadline, November 2, 2012. The grant will be awarded to approximately 25 districts nationwide in December.

The BOE agreed to submit the application today at a special meeting. Board Chairman Sandra H. French lauded the proposed project for its student centered approach: "This grant would personalize instruction for students in our schools that are most impacted by poverty. Students would have access to advanced technology, virtual internships and mentors, and a level of individualized attention that otherwise would not be possible."

Students in the selected schools would experience transformed learning environments where technology frees teachers from one-size-fits-all instruction and students are provided the tools, motivation, and ownership to pursue learning at their own pace. With adaptive software in the classroom, the use of dynamic technologies (e.g., augmented reality for project-based STEM challenges), and supported learning at home, students can both accelerate learning in areas of strength and personal interest and receive additional resources to master subjects and skills which they find more challenging.

Superintendent Renee A. Foose noted that this grant would change the culture of teaching and learning to better match the world in which we live. "This is about student engagement, teacher flexibility, and reinvigorating the classroom with the passionate pursuit of excellence. This new model of teaching will take cutting technologies that are now being used by the world's most successful businesses and bring them into our classrooms. It will enable our students to be nurtured and mentored by some of our community's most talented professionals in careers across the spectrum."

Howard County's Inter-County Broadband Network, when completed, will provide the infrastructure needed to bring world class technologies and virtual experiences into every classroom in the county. Howard County Executive Ken Ulman said he is "thrilled to see the school system leveraging broadband to bring innovation into the classroom. This is an exciting initiative that will deliver education to our students through the technologies that will prepare them to become our next generation of leaders."

Ulman said he supported the district's efforts to close the achievement gap and prepare students to take on leadership roles in our digital world.

The grant will be submitted with 47 letters of support from business and community partners, local, state and federal elected officials, and the selected schools.

Sean Martin, Principal of Phelps Luck Elementary School, noted: "I am excited about exploring the possibilities, specifically related to professional development and technological opportunities that would become available for students, staff and families associated with our grant proposal. Our high leverage strategies, in association with improved learning and teaching, would be enhanced through the personalization of strategies, tools, and supports provided to our students and educators."

Of the 435 teachers in the selected schools who provided feedback, nearly all of them expressed interest in the goals of the grant and 71 indicated they would like to serve on steering committees to oversee implementation.

One teacher noted: "Personalized instruction makes sense. Students come to us with varying levels of understanding and we need to be able to teach to those levels in order to see fluid progress throughout their careers as students and to reach their full potential."

Similarly, of the 765 family members who provided feedback, 97 percent expressed support for all of the initiatives' goals and 147 volunteered to serve on implementation steering committees.

One family member noted: "I do not have the income for getting Internet access using a computer at home. If getting a computer from my son's school would be possible, I would be able to connect with his teacher on Edmodo, connect skills via the Inernet, etc. This grant will .... increase children's abilities to succeed."

The use of collaborative online communities and technologies will bring students, parents, teachers and system leaders together in partnership to prepare students for successful entry into college and careers. Based upon past successes in utilizing technology to maximize student outcomes, the HCPSS is confident that it can successfully implement a substantial, but necessary, shift in how it instructs students, and in doing so, serve as a model to many other diverse school systems across the nation.


October 30, 2012 (#2012-068)

Most HCPSS Schools Will Open Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Most HCPSS schools will open Wednesday, October 31, 2012, at the regularly scheduled time. Schools without power will remain closed.

Ten schools are without power at this time. They are: Bollman Bridge, Dayton Oaks, Longfellow, Tridelphia Ridge, Folly Quarter, Patuxent Valley, Wilde Lake MS, Glenelg HS, Hammond HS, and Wilde Lake HS.

Throughout the evening, utility crews will continue to work to restore power to as many schools as possible. At 5:00 a.m., an updated list of schools without power will be posted on the school system's website. Only those schools without power as of 5:00 a.m. tomorrow will remain closed.


October 30, 2012 (#2012-067)

BOE To Hold Special Meeting And Attendance Area Adjustment Work Session #1 On October 31, 2012, Beginning At 1:00 p.m.

The Howard County BOE has rescheduled the special meeting and attendance area adjustment work session #1 for Wednesday, October 31, 2012, beginning at 1:00 p.m., in the Board Room at the Department of Education new webpage icon, 10910 Clarksville Pike in Ellicott City.
 
The special meeting will begin at 1:00 p.m.  The purpose of this meeting is to discuss a $20-30 million competitive federal grant opportunity to support personalized student learning, to provide teachers with flexible options for delivering instruction through digital media, and to connect student learning to college and high wage workforce development.
 
The attendance area adjustment work session #1 will begin following a short recess.


October 30, 2012 (#2012-066)

Status Update On School Closures

The HCPSS is currently assessing the status of school facilities and road safety. As of 3:00 p.m. today, 12 school buildings were without power. HCPSS offices will be open on Wednesday, October 31, 2012. A decision regarding the opening of schools will be made by 6:00 p.m. today.


October 29, 2012 (#2012-065)

BOE Special Meeting Is Rescheduled

The Howard County BOE meeting, originally scheduled for today, will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 31, 2012, weather permitting. The meeting will be held in the Board Room at the Department of Education new webpage icon, 10910 Clarksville Pike in Ellicott City.


October 28, 2012 (#2012-064)

BOE To Hold Special Meeting

The Howard County BOE will meet at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, October 29, 2012, in the Board Room at the Department of Education new webpage icon, 10910 Clarksville Pike in Ellicott City.


October 26, 2012 (#2012-063)

BOE To Hold Regular Meeting

The Howard County BOE will hold a regularly scheduled meeting at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday November 1, 2012 in the Board Room at the Department of Education new webpage icon, 10910 Clarksville Pike 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. To sign up 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 BOE may contact Colleen Rice, Interpreter Scheduler, at 410-313-7046. A two week advanced notice is preferred.


October 23, 2012 (#2012-062)

Author Of School Shootings Study To Speak At River Hill High On Nov. 15

Parents and students are invited to join Dr. Katherine Newman, author of Rampage: The Social Roots Of School Shootings, a landmark study that challenges the "loner theory" of school violence and shows why so many adults and students fail to heed the warning signs that could prevent it, on Thursday, November 15, 2012, at 7 p.m. in the River Hill High School auditorium, in Clarksville.

A widely published author and distinguished academic leader, Dr. Newman is the James B. Knapp Dean of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at Johns Hopkins University.


October 23, 2012 (#2012-061)

HCPSS Receives Highest Award For Green Cleaning

The HCPSS has been selected the Grand Award Winner among K-12 school districts in the 2012 Green Cleaning Award for Schools & Universities competition, sponsored by American School & University magazine, The Green Cleaning Network, and Healthy Schools Campaign.

One grand award winner, one silver award and two honorable mention awards were given in the school district category, with similar awards announced in the college/university category. An article describing the HCPSS practices that earned the award will be featured in the December issue of American School & University magazine.

The HCPSS Office of Custodial Services began the process of "Cleaning for Health" in 2005. Setting a goal of reducing non-biodegradable waste beyond the levels required by the government, the HCPSS transitioned to use of low emission cleaning products certified by Green Seal or Ecologo. Subsequent improvements led to the system's recognition in May 2012 as the first public school system in the nation to achieve Green Seal GS-42 certification for cleaning and contributing to a healthy and more sustainable environment.


October 22, 2012 (#2012-060)

Green School Celebration Recognizes Environmental Achievement

Five Howard County middle schools will be recognized for achieving Maryland Green School status at the Howard County Green School Celebration on October 23, 2012 at the Howard County Conservancy, 10520 Old Frederick Road in Woodstock, beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Burleigh Manor, Lime Kiln, Mayfield Woods, and Patapsco middle schools will be officially recognized as Green Schools during the celebration. In addition, Dunloggin Middle School will be recognized as a National Green Ribbon School. The new certifications bring the total number of HCPSS Green Schools to 43, including 30 elementary, 10 middle, and 3 high schools.

Laura Collard, Director, Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education; Josh Feldmark, Director of the Howard County Environmental Sustainability Office; Meg Boyd, Director, Howard County Conservancy; and Raymond Brown, Deputy Superintendent for Operations for the Howard County Public School System, will offer remarks during the celebration, then will be joined by several state and local elected officials to present the certificates. Expected attendees include State Senators James Robey and Edward Kasemeyer; State Delegates Steven DeBoy, James Malone and Frank Turner; Howard County Council Chair Mary Kay Sigaty; and Board of Education Chairman Sandra French and Member Ellen Flynn Giles.

Green School Certification is awarded by the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE) to recognize a school's two-year effort to meet criteria in curriculum and instruction, best management practices, and community involvement in environmental education. Each certified Green School has engaged staff and students in initiatives such as implementing schoolyard habitats for reducing erosion and providing environmental study areas, designing energy and water conservation programs, and involving community members and partners in sustaining the environment.


October 22, 2012 (#2012-059)

Costco Partnership To Support Talbott Springs Elementary School

A new partnership between Costco Wholesale, Columbia MD and Talbott Springs Elementary School will help students build reading skills and build support for the school among the community. The partnership will be formalized with an official signing on Tuesday, October 23 at Talbott Springs Elementary School, 9550 Basket Ring Road, in Columbia.

Under the terms of the partnership agreement, Costco Wholesale employees will volunteer as reading tutors for Talbott Springs students during after school sessions at the school. The trained volunteers will focus on phonics, decoding, reading comprehension, fluency and spelling. Pre- and post-tests will help measure student progress. The store will also support the school by donating backpacks, complete with school supplies, to students in the third, fourth, and fifth grades.

At 3:30 p.m., Tom Borg, Costco Wholesale, Columbia Store Manager, will join Ellen Flynn Giles, Member of the Howard County Board of Education; Susan Mascaro, HCPSS Chief of Staff; and Nancy Thompson, Talbott Springs Elementary School Principal, to sign the formal partnership agreement.

Costco Wholesale new webpage icon is a membership warehouse club that offer its members low prices on a selection of branded and selected private-label products in a range of merchandise categories. The company operates 602 warehouses worldwide and Costco Online, an electronic commerce web site.

The HCPSS's Partnerships Office unites businesses and community organizations with schools to enhance the educational experience. Partnerships benefit schools, businesses, and the entire community by leveraging the resources of all participants. Partners may commit human or financial resources or other support.


October 18, 2012 (#2012-058)

Academy Of Finance Recognizes Student Interns And Business Mentors

The HCPSS Academy of Finance (AOF), a preparatory program that prepares high school juniors and seniors for success in business careers, held a pinning ceremony on October 16. Nine students who successfully completed internships were recognized, along with the members of the local business community who served as their mentors. The ceremony was held at the HCPSS Applications and Research Laboratory (ARL), where the AOF classrooms are located.

During the summer before their senior year, each student in the AOF program participates in an internship with a local organization as part of their preparation for future careers in business, finance, marketing and other fields. The internship gives students an opportunity to meet and learn from industry professionals and to experience the corporate environment.

"We would like to thank e-Structors, Inc., Howard County Education Federal Credit Union, Collaborative Law Group, New York Life Insurance Company, State Farm Insurance, and Howard County Public School System offices for accepting our students as summer interns," said Ed Evans, AOF Principal. "The support from the local community provides our students with an invaluable experience that will influence them for years to come." AOF Instructor Dr. Maddy Halbach added, "I am so proud of the students for their participation in the internship program. They have put in a great deal of hard work to maximize the opportunity and use it as a true learning experience."

About the Academy of Finance

The HCPSS's Academy of Finance educates the next generation of accounting and finance professionals. Participating high school juniors and seniors take specialized classes in accounting, economics, finance, international business and marketing at the Applications and Research Lab. AOF students complete a rigorous academic curriculum, interact with local business leaders, take part in professional conferences, complete a professional internship and can earn college credit.


October 12, 2012 (#2012-057)

Artificial Turf Ceremony At Hammond High School, Saturday October 13

County Executive Ken Ulman will toss a coin on the Hammond High School new webpage icon football field this Saturday, October 13, to celebrate both the Homecoming game and the new synthetic turf field. The opening ceremony and ribbon cutting will begin at 11:30 a.m. on the field at 8800 Guilford Road in Columbia.

Ulman will be joined by Deputy Chief of Staff Ian Kennedy; BOE Chairman Sandra French; Board Member Cynthia Vaillancourt; Deputy Superintendent Ray Brown; Coordinator of Athletics Mike Williams; Hammond High School Principal Marcy Leonard; Centennial High School Principal Carl Perkins; Hammond High School Athletics and Activities Manager Joe Russo; and Centennial High School Athletics and Activities Manager Jean Vanderpool.

The Howard County BOE and Howard County Recreation and Parks approved a joint use agreement in May to provide for synthetic turf field construction and use at all county high schools. A new field at Howard High School will also open this fall; with ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held later in the season. Artificial turf will be installed at all other high schools over the next three to four years.


October 8, 2012 (#2012-056)

Green Valley Marketplace Partnership To Enhance School Communities

A new partnership between Green Valley Marketplace new webpage icon and several Howard County schools will support students in making positive choices and promoting wellness for their communities. The partnership will be formalized with an official signing on Tuesday, October 9 at Green Valley Marketplace (Google map new webpage icon), 7280 Montgomery Road in Elkridge.

Under the terms of the partnership agreement, Green Valley Marketplace will support Elkridge, Illchester and Rockburn elementary schools; Bonnie Branch and Elkridge Landing middle schools; and Howard High School by providing sundry supplies for classroom use; assisting in school-community outreach through announcements in customer circulars and other media; showcasing student talent through art displays and musical performances in the store; and hosting school fundraisers.

The store will also support students in career exploration by participating in career days and offering internship opportunities, and will supply refreshments for school events in recognition of excellence in academics and behavior.

At 10:00 a.m., Benjamin L. Sigman, Chairman Emeritus, and Rick Rodgers, Chief Operating Officer, B. Green & Company, Inc.; and Robert Hoffman, Green Valley Marketplace Store Manager will join Sandra French, Chairman, and Ellen Flynn Giles, Member of the Howard County BOE and school representatives to sign the formal partnership agreement.

Green Valley Marketplace (www.greenvalleymarketplace.com new webpage icon) in Elkridge is a customer-focused, community-involved full service neighborhood market. The HCPSS's Partnerships Office unites businesses and community organizations with schools to enhance the educational experience. Partnerships benefit schools, businesses, and the entire community by leveraging the resources of all participants. Partners may commit human or financial resources or other support.


October 8, 2012 (#2012-055)

BOE To Hold Public Work Session I On The Attendance Area Adjustment Plan

The BOE will hold an Attendance Area Adjustments Plan Work Session I , on Tuesday, October 30, 2012. at 7:30 p.m. This work session will take place in the Board Room at the Department of Education new webpage icon, 10910 Clarksville Pike in Ellicott City.

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


October 5, 2012 (#2012-054)

47 Howard County Students Named National Merit Semifinalists

Forty-seven Howard County public school students have been named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists in the 2013 competition. The semifinalists will go on to compete nationally for scholarships that will be offered in the spring. The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships, which high school students enter by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

"I congratulate each of the 47 students for their outstanding academic accomplishments," said Superintendent Renee A. Foose, Ed.D., at the October 2 Board meeting. "These students represent every one of our high schools," she said, adding "This is what college readiness is all about."

Of the 1.5 million entrants to the National Merit® Scholarship Competition, about a third of the 50,000 high scorers are named semifinalists, which are the highest-scoring entrants in each state. To be considered for a National Merit® Scholarship, semifinalists must advance to Finalist standing in the competition by meeting high academic standards and all other requirements.


October 5, 2012 (#2012-053)

Office Of School Planning Invites Howard County Citizens To Attend An Attendance Area Committee Meeting On October 9, 2012.

The HCPSS 2012 Attendance Area Committee meetings are open to the public. Elementary school redistricting is under consideration for the 2013-14 school year. Members have been appointed to provide advice and comment to the Superintendent during the planning phase regarding Capital Budget and redistricting recommendations being developed by staff.

A meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, October 9, 2012, from 7:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. Howard County citizens may attend and observe this meeting. The meeting will take place in the Board Room at the Howard County Department of Education new webpage icon, 10910 Clarksville Pike in Ellicott City, MD 21042.

The BOE and staff will receive feedback via email at BOE@hcpss.org. If you have questions, please contact Jennifer Bubenko at 410-313-1554.


October 4, 2012 (#2012-052)

BOE Offers Coffee And Conversation To Community

The BOE of Howard County regularly holds "Coffee & Conversation" sessions at schools throughout the county. These meetings provide citizens with an opportunity to share a cup of coffee and chat informally with Board members. The meetings are held in various regions of the county but interested persons from throughout the county are invited to attend any or all of the meetings. The next "Coffee & Conversation" session with the BOE will be held:


October 4, 2012 (#2012-051)

BOE To Hold Public Hearing #2 On Attendance Area Adjustment Plan

The BOE will hold a public hearing on the Attendance Area Adjustment Plan at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 25, 2012. The hearing will take place in the Board Room at the Department of Education new webpage icon, 10910 Clarksville Pike in Ellicott City.

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 close of business on the last working day before the hearing. To sign up to testify at the hearing, contact the Board's office at 410-313-7194.

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


October 4, 2012 (#2012-050)

BOE To Hold Public Hearing #1 On Attendance Area Adjustment Plan

The BOE will hold a public hearing on the Attendance Area Adjustment Plan at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 23, 2012. The hearing will take place in the Board Room at the Department of Education new webpage icon, 10910 Clarksville Pike in Ellicott City.

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 close of business on the last working day before the hearing. To sign up to testify at the hearing, contact the Board's office at 410-313-7194.

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


October 2, 2012 (#2012-049)

Committee Members Needed To Name Elementary School #41

The HCPSS is seeking individuals interested in serving on a committee to select the name for the new elementary school in Elkridge. Elementary School #41, as it is referred to in planning documents, is under construction on a site on Ducketts Lane and is scheduled to open in August 2013.

BOE policy calls for all schools to be named in terms of geographical areas of the county and for duplication of names to be avoided. Names may refer to sections of the county, appropriate street locations, established neighborhoods or community identifications.

Persons interested in serving on the School Naming Committee should contact Arlene Harrison, Administrative Director of Elementary Schools, at 410-313-1518 by October 15, 2012.


October 1, 2012 (#2012-048)

Delegation From Thailand To Visit Howard County

A delegation of art and social studies supervisors from Thailand, led by their minister of education, will be visiting the HCPSS on October 2-3, 2012. In partnership with the Maryland State Department of Education, the group is coming here to learn about our curricular programs in art and social studies. After meeting with the superintendent and curriculum staff on October 2, the delegation will be visiting classrooms at Howard High School and Ellicott Mills Middle School on October 3. More info.... pdf doc icon


October 1, 2012 (#2012-047)

BOE To Hold Regular Meeting

The BOE will hold a regularly scheduled meeting at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 18, 2012 in the Board Room at the Department of Education new webpage icon, 10910 Clarksville Pike 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 Attendance Area Adjustment Plan will be presented. To sign up 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 BOE may contact Colleen Rice, Interpreter Scheduler, at 410-313-7046. A two week advanced notice is preferred.


October 1, 2012 (#2012-046)

Chick-Fil-A To Partner With Hammond Middle School

Chick-Fil-A, Johns Hopkins Road has agreed to form a partnership with Hammond Middle School in support of the school's PRIDE program. Through the use of positive incentives, PRIDE encourages students to make the positive choices and wise decisions that lead to lifelong well being. The official partnership signing will take place Tuesday, October 2 at Chick-Fil-A, 10975 Johns Hopkins Road in Laurel.

Under the terms of the partnership, Chick-Fil-A will provide letters of congratulations and free meal cards to be conferred by the principal to recognize students for outstanding behavior. The restaurant will also recognize Hammond teachers and other staff with a breakfast each year, and will support school fundraisers and other initiatives. Restaurant management will serve as positive role models for students through Career Day presentations and mock interviews.

At 9:30 a.m., Chick-Fil-A, Johns Hopkins Road operator Chris Schenck will join Board of Education member Brian Meshkin and Hammond Middle School principal Kerry Dufresne to sign the formal partnership agreement.

Chick-Fil-A (www.mdcfa.com new webpage icon) is committed to serving as a positive influence on all who come in contact with its restaurants and personnel. The company invests in scholarships, character-building programs for children, foster homes, and other community services.

The Howard County Public School System's Partnerships Office unites businesses and community organizations with schools to enhance the educational experience. Partnerships benefit schools, businesses, and the entire community by leveraging the resources of all participants. Partners may commit human or financial resources or other support.

 


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