HCPSS News 3/11/20

Wed, 03/11/2020 - 4:25pm
Howard County Public School System News

March 11, 2020

Diane Curry with a group of students.

Diane Curry Encourages a Love of Reading at River Hill HS

“I always read. In every picture of me as a kid, I had a book in my hand,” Diane Curry said. Curry has taken that passion and turned it into an impressive career of encouraging the next generation of book lovers—she’s now enjoying her 21st year in the River Hill High School English department. She’s also the lead teacher in coordinating the school’s growing JumpStart program, a dual enrollment program with Howard Community College (HCC).

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Talk With Me Celebrates a Successful First Year

In its first year of implementation, Talk With Me • Howard County staff and volunteers have spread the word about the brain-building power of positive early interactions to more than 300 parents and almost 100 childcare providers, agency staff and community members in Howard County.

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Long Reach HS Teacher Inducted into Baseball Coaching Hall of Fame

Social Studies Teacher Tim O’Brien was recently inducted into the Maryland State Association of Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame.

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Schedule Change: Howard County History Day


The History Day schedule has been abridged, and the Community Roundtable and Awards Assembly will no longer take place during the March 14 event. Details are provided online.


Food for Thought: Youth Art Month Exhibit


Ongoing through Friday, April 17, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Howard County Center for the Arts

The public is invited to view hundreds of artworks by HCPSS grade K-12 students, inspired by the theme, Food for Thought: Breaking Bread, Building Community. A free public reception will be held on Wednesday, March 18, 5-7 p.m.


Get Involved in Student Leadership and Service


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

All middle and high school students are invited to learn how you can engage and make an impact at both the county and school levels at the monthly meeting of the Howard County Association of Student Councils (HCASC).


Community Advisory Council Meeting


Wednesday, March 11, 7 p.m., Department of Education Board Room

The agenda includes a presentation on school system transportation by David Ramsay, HCPSS Transportation Director. CAC meetings are open to the public.


Elementary G/T and Honor Band Concert


Sunday, March 15, 3 p.m., Howard High School

The community is invited to attend performances by the HCPSS Elementary Honor and Elementary Gifted and Talented bands.




Summer Program Registration Requests Open Through March 16


Online enrollment requests may be submitted through HCPSS Connect Synergy. Additional information regarding how payments can be made and what courses are no longer enrolling students are available through the Summer School Programs webpage.


Public Hearing on School Activity Funds Policy: Time Change


The Board will hold a public hearing on Policy 4030: School Activity Funds during the Thursday, March 12 Board meeting, which begins at 3 p.m. Learn how you can provide testimony.


Restorative Justice in Education Conversation


The community is invited to attend a conversation and book signing on Monday, March 23 with Kathy Evans, who co-authored “The Little Book of Restorative Justice in Education.”


Recruitment Event for Teachers of Color


During this full-day event on Tuesday, March 24, participants will learn about teaching positions in HCPSS, discover how HCPSS supports and develops educators, tour some schools and start the application process.


Coronavirus Updates


For continued updates from HCPSS Superintendent Michael J. Martirano on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19, visit the school system’s Coronavirus webpage.


Community News


Please visit the HCPSS website Community News and Programs page for upcoming events and programs sponsored by non-profit organizations.