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Heading Into Summer

As we close in on the end of the 2022-2023 school year, important information can be found online, including the last days of school and details on technology devices.

2022-2023 End-of-Year Updates and Information

Looking ahead, the summer will offer several opportunities for students and families to stay connected, including digital tools, enrichment programs and summer reading.

Additionally, to continue meeting the growing need to feed hungry children and families in Howard County and fill the nutritional gap over the summer months, HCPSS will run its free summer meal program June 21-Aug. 4, weekdays when schools are open.

Summer 2023 – Free Meals, Reading Programs and More!


2023-2024 School Year

Information on preparing for the 2023-2024 school year, including adjustments to school start times and back-to-school details, can be found online. That page will be continually updated as new information becomes available.


“Inside HCPSS” Podcast

In his new podcast, HCPSS Superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano engages in conversations with students and staff on varying topics of interest. The podcast is available on the HCPSS website and in various podcast platforms.


Supporting Music and Arts

Bollman Bridge Elementary School has partnered with Savage Mill, which will host student art exhibits and musical performances; include students in local events; and support BBES’ Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports program by providing Savage Mill Bucks coupon incentives for students.


Derek Anderson, Shannon Rembert-Gonzales, and Dr. Laura Moore.

HCPSS Names 2023 Principal and Teachers of the Year

HCPSS recently named its 2023 Principal and Teachers of the Year: Derek Anderson (Longfellow ES), Shannon Rembert-Gonzales (Thunder Hill ES), and Dr. Laura Moore (Waverly ES) respectively. Congratulations to these outstanding staff members!

Students in All-County Dance Ensemble lean forward in a pose on stage.

All-County Dance Ensemble Returns to HCPSS

After a hiatus due to the pandemic, the HCPSS’ All-County Dance Ensemble started up again in the fall, featuring a new crop of dancers selected from the senior dance companies from each of HCPSS’ 12 high schools.

Amy Miller smiles while meeting with a group of Homewood students.

Staff Focus: Amy Miller, School Social Worker

Amy Miller is one of four licensed school social workers at HCPSS’ Homewood Center. She serves as a leader of the school’s Bridges Program, where she provides therapy to students, supports parents and staff, and collaborates with external service providers to help students succeed.

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Get to Know HCPSS’ School-Based Career Academies

When it comes to Career and Technical Education in Howard County, people may think of the Applications and Research Lab (ARL) programs. HCPSS also offers a wide range of career academies within every high school. Learn about these school-based academies and how past and present HCPSS students have benefited from them.


Inclusive Classes Teach Art, Communication and Empathy

Each week, students from two third-grade and two fifth-grade classes from Fulton Elementary School travel to Cedar Lane School to participate in an inclusive art class. In addition to learning about different artists, artistic techniques, and mediums, students in the class learn how to communicate with and relate to students with special needs.