The National Dance Society recently selected Rebecca Clark, Centennial High School dance teacher and PE and fine arts instructional team leader, as the winner of its 2019 PreK-12 Master Dance Educator Award.
Clarksville Middle School recently was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as one of 362 National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2019. Clarksville Middle was selected for the Exemplary High Performing Schools category, which honors the state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests. The school also was honored as a National Blue Ribbon School in 2006, and with a State’s Blue Ribbon award for 2018-2019 and 2005-2006. The National Blue Ribbon Schools award affirms the hard work of educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content.
HCPSS is in the midst of a systemwide school boundary review process, which could potentially impact any or all of our 74 comprehensive schools for the 2020-2021 school year. Following a series of public hearings and Board of Education work sessions, the Board is scheduled to take action on November 21.
Families can find online HCPSS policy and guideline updates and clarifications to ensure families and students are aware of expectations for the 2019-20 school year.
HCPSS has partnered with Gilchrist to provide grief and loss training for staff and to offer support for school communities affected by a crisis.
HCPSS took part in this year’s Howard County Farm-City Celebration with an up-close farm experience for six Harper’s Choice Middle School students, and book readings at two elementary schools by HCPSS Superintendent Michael Martirano and the Maryland Secretary of Agriculture Joseph Bartenfelder.
Staff Focus: Kenny Porritt, Reach Academy Program Co-Lead and Special Educator, Long Reach High School
Porritt’s focus on relationship building is key as he’s helped develop Long Reach’s first fully restorative justice instructional program. His goal is to ensure all students feel safe, feel they belong and feel connected to the school.