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Families

2024-2025 School Year

Information on preparing for the 2024-2025 school year can be found online. That page is continually updated as new information becomes available.

Students

Congrats Class of 2024!

Archived videos of each ceremony are available online now. Candid photos from each ceremony will be posted to the HCPSS Flickr site no later than June 14.

Partnerships

New Partnership Supports HCPSS Music

HCPSS recently signed a partnership agreement with The Collective Columbia to provide performance opportunities for high school student choral groups and host HCPSS music teachers for professional development and concerts.


Celebrations

HCPSS' 2024 Honor Band of America participants with Colonel Timothy J. Holtan.

Students Perform with Honor Band of America

Earlier this year, three HCPSS students were selected to participate in the 2024 Honor Band of America. Noah (Marriotts Ridge HS/percussion), Eli (Glenelg HS/euphonium), and Louis-Félix (Wilde Lake HS/tuba) were among only 75 students nationwide chosen for the elite ensemble.

HCPSS' Principal of the Year (Dr. Joelle Miller) and Teachers of the Year (Jessica Nichols and Jeanette Swank).

HCPSS Names 2024 Principal and Teachers of the Year

Congratulations to the recipients of the school system’s annual principal and teachers of the year award are: Principal of the Year Dr. Joelle Miller, Centennial HS; Teacher of the Year (Washington Post nominee) Jeanette Swank, Ellicott Mills MS; and Teacher of the Year (MSDE nominee) Jessica Nichols, River Hill HS.

Read more about HCPSS Staff →


Students

Therapy Dogs Bring Joy to Cedar Lane

Throughout the school year, students and staff at the Cedar Lane School are visited by volunteers and dogs from Fidos for Freedom, enabling CLS students to practice communication, mobility, and social interaction skills and provide a source of joy to students, staff, and Fidos volunteers alike.

Students

Students Explore Pollution

Fifth-graders at St. John’s Lane Elementary School investigated plastic bag pollution, conducting a survey to assess Howard County residents’ awareness and understanding of Howard County’s Disposable Bag Fee Program and sharing their findings with Howard County officials. Now they are working to collect recycled plastic film as part of a recycling challenge.