HCPSS News 9/11/19

Thu, 09/12/2019 - 2:04pm
Student member of the Board of Eduation Allison Alston.

SMOB Allison Alston Gives Dynamic 2019-2020 Kickoff Speech

Allison Alston—a Reservoir High School senior and this year’s Student Member of the Board of Education—inspired staff with her powerful message at the 2019-2020 kickoff celebrations.

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FARMs Registration Unlocks Access to a Variety of Resources

In addition to meals, students participating in the Free and Reduced-priced Meals (FARMs) program qualify for a wide range of resources and discounts, including testing fees, tuition, internet and more.

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Student and Parent Handbook Available Online Only

The 2019-2020 Student and Parent Handbook will no longer be printed and is available online.


Superintendent Gives Strategic Call to Action Progress Report

Superintendent Martirano presented his first systemwide overview of progress toward achieving the desired outcomes of his strategic plan and announced a new Strategic Call to Action website. The report reflects HCPSS’ efforts to increase equity, close opportunity gaps and elevate expectations across the system.

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Superintendent Presents FY2021 Capital Budget Proposals

Superintendent Martirano presented his Proposed Capital Budget for school year 2020-2021 (FY 2021), FY 2022-2026 Capital Improvement Program and FY 2021-2030 Long-Range Master Plan during a recent Board of Education meeting.

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HCPSS Schools Recognized for 2019 Seat Belt Challenge Participation

Six high schools recently were recognized for taking part in the spring 2019 Making It Click Maryland Seat Belt Challenge, with leadership and support from their Students Against Destructive Decisions groups and School Resource Officers.

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Boundary Review Feedback to the Board

The Board will hold boundary review public hearings September 17, 24 and 26, zoned by region. Find full information online, including ways to pre-register and submit written testimony.





Community Advisory Council Meeting


Wednesday, September 11, 6:30 p.m., Department of Education, Board Room B

The agenda includes guest speakers and discussions on Naviance, Synergy, Canvas and the HCPSS website. CAC meetings are open to the public.


Howard County Association of Student Councils Meeting (HCASC)


Wednesday, September 11, 7-8:30 p.m., Homewood Center

All middle and high school students interested in serving the community and gaining leadership skills are invited to attend the monthly meetings of the HCASC.


Empowering Parents as Partners Conference


Saturday, October 12, 8:45 a.m.–1:05 p.m., Howard High School

This conference will help both seasoned parents and those new to the IEP process to advocate for their child and be active, informed members of the IEP team.





Public Hearing: FY 2021 Capital Budget and FY 2022-2026 Capital Improvement Program


The Board will hold a public hearing on the Superintendent's proposed FY 2021 Capital Budget and FY 2022-2026 Capital Improvement Program at the Thursday, September 19, 7 p.m meeting. Learn how you can provide testimony.


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