HCPSS News 10/7/19

Mon, 10/07/2019 - 1:27pm
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Policy and Guideline Updates and Clarifications

Ensure your family is aware of expectations for the 2019-20 school year by reviewing updates to HCPSS policies on grading and reporting, student dress code, and a tobacco-free environment; and PE dress guidelines.

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Clarksville Middle Named 2019 National Blue Ribbon School

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos recognized Clarksville Middle School as one of 362 National Blue Ribbon Schools. Clarksville Middle was also honored as a National Blue Ribbon School in 2006, and with a State’s Blue Ribbon award for 2018-2019 and 2005-2006.

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Regional III Boundary Review Feedback to the Board

Additional public hearings have been added for Region III overflow only on October 7, 10, 14 and 15. All hearings will take place at 6 p.m. To accommodate the additional hearings, the schedule of Work Sessions has been adjusted. Find full information online, including protocols, and ways to submit written testimony.




Student Advocacy


Wednesday, October 2, 7-8:30 p.m. Homewood Center Cafeteria

All middle and high school students are invited to learn how to turn their ideas into action by forming strategic partnerships with adults and fellow students, at the monthly meeting of the Howard County Association of Student Councils (HCASC).


Howard County G/T Program Parent Academy


Wednesday, October 16, 7–8:30 p.m., Long Reach High School

HCPSS families interested in the Gifted and Talented (G/T) Program are invited to learn about the advanced-level offerings and how students can become involved.


Public Hearing: 2020-2021 Proposed Academic Calendar


Thursday, October 17, 7 p.m., Department of Education

The Board will hold a public hearing on the 2020-2021 Proposed Academic Calendar. Learn how you can provide testimony.




Change in Interim Progress Reports


New this school year, interim progress reports will be issued only to students in elementary school. In both progress reports and report cards, the Pre-K-5 Learning Behaviors section is modified to better support parents and teachers in identifying areas of focus.


Community Conversation: Restorative Justice


Students, families, staff and the public are invited to a panel discussion and question-and-answer session on Monday, October 7 to gain a better understanding of restorative justice and how it benefits our students, schools and communities.


Effective Home and School Communication Workshop


On Saturday, October 12, the first session in the HCPSS/The Council of Elders Academy parent workshop series will cover effective school and home communication.


Empowering Parents as Partners


This October 12 conference will help both seasoned parents and those new to the IEP process learn how to take an active role on the IEP team.