HCPSS News, 11/12/19

Wed, 11/13/2019 - 6:55pm
A female student in uniform salutes a uniformed officer.

Staff Focus: Donald Felch, CMSgt, USAF (Ret), JROTC Aerospace Science Instructor

“Three years ago, I found Oakland Mills Air Force JROTC [Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps] and discovered I could combine my love for developing young leaders with my military background and civilian education,” Chief Master Sergeant Donald Felch said. JROTC is an elective class open to HCPSS high school students throughout the county, with no commitment to join the military. The program teaches citizenship, leadership and life skills that translate into success after high school. Learn more about JROTC and its application process at tomorrow’s information session.

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Board Approves 2020–2021 Academic Calendar

The next school year will begin on Tuesday, August 25, 2020, for students and on Monday, August 17, 2020, for school staff. Winter break will be December 24–January 1, with schools reopening on Monday, January 4, 2021. Spring Break will run from April 2–9, 2021. The last day of school is scheduled for June 10, 2021.

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Board Approves $100,000 Grant to Help Prevent School Violence

The U.S. Department of Justice and Bureau of Justice Assistance grant addresses multiple mental health training and implementation initiatives, including suicide prevention, crisis intervention teams and behavior threat assessment teams.

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HCPSS Administrators Sweep National Elementary Principal Awards

Clemens Crossing Elementary School Principal Edward Cosentino was named a National Distinguished Principal. Connie Stahler was chosen as a National Outstanding Assistant Principal when she served in that role at Laurel Woods Elementary School last school year. She is now the school’s principal.

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Boundary Review Update

The Board of Education continues to hold Public Work Sessions to work towards a final plan on boundary adjustments that could impact communities in any of the 74 HCPSS schools for the 2020–2021 school year. Upcoming Board Public Work Sessions are scheduled on November 12, 4 p.m.; November 13, 1 p.m.; November 14, 1 and 6:30 p.m.; and November 18, 6:30 p.m. The Board is scheduled to make a final decision on boundary adjustments for the 2020-2021 school year on November 21 at 7 p.m.

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Parent/Teacher Conferences


Parent/teacher conferences will be held Monday, November 25-Wednesday, November 27. Conferences can be scheduled online through HCPSS Connect from November 11-22.


AP Exam Registration


Online registration for AP exams in the College Board AP Classroom portal and online payment for exams is now closed. Paper registration forms and checks, payable to the school, must be submitted to your school’s AP Coordinator. College Board will assess a late fee of $40 for registration after November 15.