HCPSS News, 11/20/19

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Howard County Public School System News

November 20, 2019

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New Color-Code System for Emergency Building Closures

Effective December 1, HCPSS is launching a color-coding notification system for emergency and other non-scheduled school closings, including for inclement weather. The operating status will be identified on the new Status website and communicated through multiple notification sources.

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Ravens Celebrate Guilford Elementary as a Top PLAY 60 School

The NFL program inspires kids to get the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity a day in school and at home.

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American Education Week

This week is an opportunity to celebrate public education and honor individuals making a difference in ensuring that every child receives a quality education. Please check your school newsletter for activities.




Call for Members: Science Advisory Committee


Applications accepted through Friday, December 13

Do you have a background in the physical sciences or engineering? HCPSS is seeking additional members for the Science Advisory Committee. Members meet monthly to share their expertise, exchange ideas and provide support to improve the science instructional program for all students. Learn more and apply.


Howard County Student Art Exhibition


Through Sunday, November 24, The Walters Art Museum

The Walters Art Museum and Howard County public schools celebrate the artistic achievement of Pre-K-12 students in this annual exhibition.


Howard County School Health Council General Meeting


Wednesday, December 4, 4-6 p.m., Howard County Library System Elkridge Branch, Belmont Meeting Room

The meeting will include a presentation on the county’s suicide prevention program and an update on the new MSDE health education regulations.


Public Hearing: Policy 8050, Teaching Controversial Issues


Thursday, December 5, 7 p.m., Department of Education

The Board will hold a public hearing on proposed revisions to Policy 8050, Teaching Controversial Issues. Learn how you can provide testimony.


Recruitment Event: Special Education Meet and Greet


Monday, December 9, 4-6 p.m., Wilde Lake High School

Are you interested in becoming a special education teacher or related service provider? Join staff from the Office of Human Resources and Department of Special Education to learn more about the wide range of opportunities available at HCPSS.




Boundary Review Update


The Board is scheduled to make a final decision on boundary adjustments for the 2020-2021 school year during the November 21 Board meeting, which begins at 4 p.m.


Parent/Teacher Conferences


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


JROTC Applications


The JROTC program for high school students supports citizenship, character and leadership development.To apply for participation for the 2020-2021 school year, students must schedule an interview with JROTC officials between December 2, 2019 through January 3, 2020.