HCPSS News 1/8/20

Wed, 01/08/2020 - 7:20pm
David Floyd looking at a laptop with a male student.

Staff Focus: Engaging Learning Through Technology

My passion is teaching students about the importance of technology as a tool to help them further themselves, not just as entertainment. It’s especially important at the elementary age, so they develop good habits early,” said David Floyd, fourth grade teacher at Bellows Spring Elementary School.

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Hollifield Station Teacher Named Innovative Educator

Technology teacher Heidi Shorter was recently honored by Tech4Learning.

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SMOB Application Open

Interested in serving as the Student Member of the Board of Education (SMOB) for the 2020-2021 school year? Complete the application by 4 p.m. on Thursday, February 6.

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2020-2021 Orientations


Through Friday, January 31

Students who will attend a new school for the 2020-2021 school year are invited to an orientation to meet school administrators and learn more about the school. Please check with the school prior to the event to confirm.


Judges Needed for History Day Competition


Register online by Friday, February 28

Volunteers are needed to judge student exhibits, papers, performances, documentaries and other entries for Howard County History Day on March 14. Register online.


State of the School System


Thursday, January 16, 7:30–9:30 a.m., The Meeting House

Superintendent Michael J. Martirano will provide an overview of HCPSS progress and challenges and share his priorities. Sponsored by Bright Minds, HCPSS’ educational foundation, which supports students and schools. Registration is $30 and includes breakfast.


Public Hearings: Superintendent’s Proposed FY 2021 Operating Budget


Thursday, January 16, and Tuesday, January 28, 7 p.m., Department of Education

The Board will hold public hearings on the Superintendent’s Proposed FY 2021 Operating Budget. Learn how you can provide testimony.


High School Midterm Exams


Tuesday, January 21-Friday, January 24

The high school midterm exam schedule is available online.


Comprehensive Teacher Interview Fair


Wednesday, January 22, 3-7 p.m., Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory Kossiakoff Center

Applicants for teaching and related service provider positions may register for a curriculum interview with content-area specialists. Register online or call the Office of Human Resources at 410-313-6693.


Road to Kindergarten Workshops


Wednesday, January 22, Thursday, January 23, and Thursday, January 30, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Families with children who will be 5 years old by September 1, 2020 can attend this information session to learn more about kindergarten at HCPSS. Childcare is available for children ages 2 and older. No registration required.




Get Involved in Student Leadership and Service


All middle and high school students are invited to participate in the monthly meeting of the Howard County Association of Student Councils (HCASC) on Wednesday, January 8, 7 p.m., at the Homewood Center Cafeteria.


Innovative Pathways Evening School Spring Courses


Current high school students can register for spring Blended Courses until Friday, January 10. Blended courses are 12 weeks, from Tuesday, January 28 and ending Wednesday, April 22, with options in Lifetime Fitness, Health, Foundations of Technology and Exploring Computer Science Honors.


Coffee and Conversation


Community members are invited to meet informally with Board of Education members on Saturday, January 11, 9:30–11:00 a.m., at Phelps Luck ES.


BSAP Spring Saturday Math Academy


Certified teachers offer instruction and enrichment in all levels of mathematics to a diverse student population through the spring 2020 session. A parent information session will take place on Saturday, January 11, and online and walk-in registration will be available on Saturday Jan. 18.