August 2013 News Releases
Aug 30, 2013 (#2013-25)
All 12 Howard County Public School System high schools ranked among the 50 top-performing public high schools in the Baltimore area, as reported in the Aug. 16-22 edition of the Baltimore Business Journal. Six ranked among the top eight, including River Hill and Centennial in first and second, respectively.
The list was based on the 2012 average total SAT scores for test takers at each school. The HCPSS schools ranked as follows:
1. River Hill (average total SAT score of 1758)
2. Centennial (1754)
4. Atholton (1692)
6. Mount Hebron (1676)
7. Marriotts Ridge (1671)
8. Glenelg (1659)
14. Howard (1597)
20. Wilde Lake (1574)
29. Reservoir (1537)
35. Oakland Mills (1507)
37. Long Reach (1493)
42. Hammond (1465)
“We are very proud of all our students for their stellar performances, which surely will open doors to bright futures,” Superintendent Renee A. Foose said.
Aug 30, 2013 (#2013-24)
The Howard County Public School System’s Food and Nutrition Service will implement a new Point of Sale (POS) System this school year. Parents will have the option of funding an online account through a credit card or online check. Students will enter their unique pin number to pay for breakfast, lunch and/or a la carte foods at school.
The program will roll out over a three-month period beginning in September in high schools, followed by middle and elementary schools. Families will receive a letter via US mail containing their student’s pin number and instructions on how to access the payment website before their school goes live. Those pin numbers will remain the same throughout the student’s time in the HCPSS. Cashiers also will be able to search by name for students at the cash register.
“We are very excited about this new online payment system,” said Mary Klatko, Director of Food and Nutrition Service. “It offers a number of benefits, including eliminating the need for students to carry cash, and the ability for parents to set spending limits and receive low-balance notifications.”
Use of the new online payment system is optional. Students will continue to have the option to pay with cash at check out.
Aug 29, 2013 (#2013-23)
The Howard County Board of Education will hold a regularly scheduled meeting at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 12, 2013 in the Board Room at the Department of Education, 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.
During the evening session, The FY15 Capital Budget & FY16-20 Capital Improvement Programs will be presented.
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.
Aug 27, 2013 (#2013-22)
Members of the Howard County community are invited to attend Howard County Public School System Regional Attendance Area Meetings Sept. 10 or 11.
At regional meetings the public has an opportunity to learn more about the redistricting process and to provide feedback to staff about the plans being considered. The primary focus of the meeting will be middle school redistricting related to the opening of new Middle School #20 at 7000 Banbury Drive in Hanover, scheduled to occur in August 2014.
The same presentation and opportunity to provide feedback will be at each meeting.
Tuesday, September 10, 7:30 p.m.
Howard High School Cafeteria
8700 Old Annapolis Road, Ellicott City, MD 21043
Wednesday, September 11, 7:30 p.m.
Centennial High School Cafeteria
4300 Centennial Lane, Ellicott City, MD 21042
Pre-registration is required. Register at http://www.hcpss.org/schoolplanning/
The following online resources are available:
• The June 2013 Feasibility Study, http://www.hcpss.org/schoolplanning/2013_feasibilitystudy.pdf
• Notes from the Attendance Area Committee's work, http://www.hcpss.org/schoolplanning/notes.shtml
For additional information, please call 410-313-1554 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Aug 23, 2013 (#2013-21)
The Howard County Public School System recently was awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its comprehensive annual financial report. This is the ninth consecutive year that HCPSS has earned the award.
The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) gives the award, which is the highest honor conferred in the area of government accounting and financial reporting. To earn the award, a financial report must meet stringent criteria and demonstrate full disclosure in communicating the organization’s financial story.
An Award of Financial Reporting Achievement will be presented in October to HCPSS Director of Finance Beverly Davis, as the individual primarily responsible for preparing the financial report.
GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving approximately 17,500 government finance professionals with offices in Chicago and Washington, D.C.
Aug 22, 2013 (#2013-20)
Ducketts Lane Elementary School to Host Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Aug. 25
The Howard County Public School system will celebrate the opening of Ducketts Lane Elementary School (6501 Ducketts Lane, Elkridge) with a ribbon cutting and open house on Sunday, Aug. 25 from 1-3 p.m.
Superintendent Renee A. Foose and members of the Board of Education will welcome State Senator Allan Kittleman, Howard County Executive Ken Ulman, County Council member Courtney Watson and other school and county leaders to participate in the festivities.
Following the ribbon cutting ceremony, Ducketts Lane Principal Heidi Balter and school staff members will give tours and answer questions. Light refreshments will be served. Long Reach High School music students will provide entertainment.
Ducketts Lane is Howard County’s 41st elementary school and draws students from Bellows Spring, Elkridge, Rockburn and Waterloo elementary schools. The school has a capacity of 600 students and serves prekindergarten through Grade 5. The building is eligible for LEED Gold Certification, an internationally recognized green building classification established by the U.S. Green Building Council.
In conjunction with its strategic plan, Vision 2018: Fulfilling the Promise of Preparation, the HCPSS is implementing several new initiatives at Ducketts Lane.
World language instruction: Ducketts Lane will be the first HCPSS elementary school to offer daily Spanish language instruction to all Grade K-2 students, with plans for expansion to Grades 3-5 the following school year.
Departmentalization of instruction: Students learn content from teachers who are more focused on fewer content areas, and benefit from the collective knowledge of multiple teachers.
Instructional technology: Every classroom will be outfitted with an interactive projector that allows teachers to easily incorporate multimedia elements and interactive lessons into the curriculum.
Aug 21, 2013 (#2013-19)
HCPSS Seeks Academic Calendar Planning Committee Member
The Howard County Public School System invites citizens to take an active role by serving on the Academic Calendar Planning Committee. The application deadline is Friday, Sept. 6.
Building stakeholder trust and confidence through open and transparent communication is a key priority for the school system. Community stakeholders serve a vital function on this committee by sharing diverse knowledge, experiences and perspectives and ensuring transparency at every stage of the calendar development process.
Members of this committee attend up to eight meetings in September, October and November to discuss and make recommendations to the Superintendent regarding the HCPSS academic school calendar for 2014-2015.
If interested in participating on the calendar committee, please fill out an interest form at http://hcpssne.ws/16HIje5, save as an attachment and email to Linda_long@hcpss.org, or print out and mail to Ms. Linda Long, HCPSS, Public Information Office, 10910 Clarksville Pike, Ellicott City, MD 21042 by Fri., Sept. 6.
Aug 20, 2013 (#2013-18)
Board of Education to Hold Closed Meeting
The Howard County Board of Education will hold a closed meeting on Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 3:45 .m. in the Board Planning Room at the Department of Education, 10910 Clarksville Pike in Ellicott City.
Aug 19, 2013 (#2013-17)
Leadership Howard County Partnership to Promote Leadership and Community Service
Leadership Howard County has partnered with the Howard County Public School System to provide leadership development skills and community service opportunities for both students and staff. The longstanding relationship will be formalized with an official partnership signing Tues., Aug. 20 at 8:30 a.m. at the Sheraton Columbia Waterside Restaurant, 10207 Wincopin Circle, Columbia.
Under the terms of the partnership agreement, Leadership Howard County will provide opportunities for students to gain important leadership skills by participating in Leadership U, a program for high school juniors. Leadership Howard County will also encourage Leadership U graduate and HCPSS staff participation in Leadership U program planning.
HCPSS will provide learning enhancement support for various Leadership programs and host participants from Leadership Premier, a leadership program for established professionals, during Principal Shadow Day.
Howard County Board of Education members Ann DeLacy, Sandra French and Ellen Flynn Giles will join Leadership Howard County Board Chair Mary Cannon, Board Vice Chair Kyri Jacobs, President & CEO Stacie Hunt and HCPSS School Counseling and Related Services representatives to sign the partnership agreement at the August 20 event.
Leadership Howard County (www.leadershiphc.org) is the critical force in preparing and inspiring leaders for Howard County. The mission of Leadership Howard County is to empower individuals to strengthen and transform the community.
The Howard County Public School System’s Partnerships Office (www.hcpss.org/aboutus/partnership) 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.
Aug 15, 2013 (#2013-16)
HCPSS Launches Social Media Sites
The Howard County Public School System today announced the launch of several social media sites. The new sites include:
· HCPSS Facebook – www.Facebook.com/HoCoSchools
· HCPSS Twitter – www.Twitter.com/HCPSS; search for @HCPSS (previously used for emergency notifications only; now open to all communications)
· Superintendent Twitter – www.Twitter.com/SuperHCPSS ; search for @SuperHCPSS
“The HCPSS is excited to become a part of the already active Howard County social media presence,” Superintendent Renee A. Foose said. “Social media is increasingly a primary source of information. The use of these channels by our system and schools will allow for more constant, and two-way communication with our parents and community members.”
The establishment of a social media presence follows the recent approval by the Board of Education of revised Policy 8080, Acceptable Use of Technology and Social Media, which allows the use of social media to enhance both education and communications. Several Howard County schools also have established an individual presence on Facebook and/or Twitter.
Aug 13, 2013 (#2013-15)
Board of Education Audit Committee to Meet
The Audit Committee of the Board of Education will meet at 8:00 a.m., on Thursday, August 29, 2013, in Conference Room ML2 at the Department of Education, 10910 Clarksville Pike in Ellicott City.
Aug 13, 2013 (#2013-14)
Board of Education Legislative Committee to Meet
The Board of Education's Legislative Committee will meet at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 28, 2013. The meeting will take place in conference room ML2, at the Department of Education, 10910 Clarksville Pike in Ellicott City.
Aug 8, 2013 (#2013-13)
Board Announces Tentative Agreement with HCEA
The Howard County Board of Education announced today that it has reached a tentative agreement with the Howard County Education Association (HCEA) bargaining unit, which represents teachers and other non-supervisory certificated employees. Under the agreement, employees will receive a full step increase in salary in FY14.
"Howard County public schools have long enjoyed a stellar reputation, and our teachers drive our students' success," noted Board of Education Chairman Frank Aquino. "We are pleased that, despite financial pressures, we can offer compensation levels that will continue to attract and retain the very best staff."
The agreement reflects months of dedicated effort on the part of the negotiating team to develop a master agreement that is fiscally viable.
"Our educational team is instrumental to student achievement," stated Superintendent Renee A. Foose. "This agreement allows us to align salaries to their vital role, despite a tight fiscal climate."
The Board of Education will formally ratify and sign the agreements for both the HCEA and the Howard County Education Association-Educational Support Professionals (HCEA-ESP) during the regularly scheduled Board meeting on September 12, 2013. Bargaining unit members are currently in the process of ratifying their respective agreements. Prior to Board ratification, each agreement will be amended to reflect specific salary scale adjustments, with language added or clarified to more fully reflect the important work performed by school system employees.
Meetings with the Howard County Home and Hospital Teachers Association are ongoing.
Aug 1, 2013 (#2013-11)
Y of Central Maryland Partners with Veterans Elementary School to Promote Wellness
Veterans Elementary School and the Y of Central Maryland, Dancel Family Center will work together in a new partnership that will support health and wellness initiatives for students and staff. The partnership will be formalized with an official signing Friday, Aug. 2 at 8:30 a.m. at the Sheraton Columbia Waterside Restaurant, 10207 Wincopin Circle, Columbia.
Under the terms of the partnership, the Y of Central Maryland will host team building activities for Veterans Elementary staff, host a Grade 5 Night Out for students, and encourage students and staff to participate in the Y's various community programs.
The Y of Central Maryland also will provide resources in support of a Veterans Elementary Wellness Day.
Howard County Board of Education member Ellen Flynn Giles will join HCPSS Executive Director of School Improvement and Administration Frank Eastham, Veterans Elementary Principal Robert Bruce, Veterans Elementary Assistant Principal Julie Schruefer and Y of Central Maryland Center Director Michelle Reedy to sign the partnership agreement.
The Y of Central Maryland is a charitable organization dedicated to developing the full potential of every individual through programs that build healthy spirit, Mind and body for all. The Y is committed to providing family-oriented, affordable, high quality programs.
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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