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2023-2024 School Year

Information on preparing for the 2023-2024 school year, including adjustments to school start times, transportation info 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.


Partnership Promotes Inclusivity

HCPSS has partnered with Silhouette Stages to promote a creative and inclusive environment for students by supporting HCPSS LGBTQIA+ initiatives, offering family engagement workshops, and coordinating with high school Fine Arts teachers to offer workshops and dance master classes for students.


Dr. Martirano reading a book to elementary school students

HCPSS Superintendent Receives Two Awards

HCPSS Superintendent, Michael J. Martirano, Ed.D. was recently honored with the 2023 Outstanding Alumni Award, given by the University of Maryland’s College of Education Alumni, and the Cookerly Exceptional School Superintendent Leadership Award, given by the National Center for Children and Families.

The Evening Blooms Sculpture outside of the Department of Education.

Dept. of Education Building Selected as ARTsite Location

The Howard County Department of Education building has been selected as the site of “The Evening Blooms,” a 150-pound sculpture by artist Cathrin Hoskinson of Hudson Valley, N.Y. The sculpture was installed on Aug. 24 and is part of the Howard County Arts Council ARTsites annual public art exhibition.

collage of HCPSS 2023-24 New Principals

Meet HCPSS’ New 2023-2024 Principals

HCPSS welcomed 12 new principals this year, each one bringing a different set of experiences but all sharing a passion for supporting their students, staff, and communities. Learn more about them and hear what they are excited about for the 2023-2024 school year.

View HCPSS Staff Focus features →


Students Gain Real-World Insights from Healthcare Expert

Students in the HCPSS Academy of Health Professions have the opportunity to hear directly from healthcare professionals, learn about the world of medicine, get hands-on training in basic medical skills, and are exposed to specialized health fields to help them choose a specific pathway to pursue.


Canvas Features that Support Families

HCPSS Connect is made up of several tools, including Synergy, Canvas and FamilyFile, all of which provide access to a variety of student information and classroom instructional tools. Parents/guardians can learn more about Canvas, where families can find upcoming assignments, grades, materials and more.