For the fifth consecutive year, the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation recognized HCPSS as one of the 2020 Best Communities for Music Education Districts. Designations are made to districts and schools that demonstrate an exceptionally high commitment and access to music education.
HCPSS announced Nancy Thompson (Talbott Springs Elementary School) as its Principal of the Year. Jerome Pickens of Bryant Woods Elementary School was named Howard County’s 2020 Maryland Teacher of the Year candidate, and Suzan Young of Homewood Center was selected as a 2020 Washington Post Teacher of the Year nominee.
The honorees were notified during virtual meetings with Superintendent Michael J. Martirano, HCPSS leaders, and the entire staff and administration at their respective schools.
From June 4-9, every HCPSS high school and the Cedar Lane School will hold a virtual graduation. Virtual graduations will be streamed on the HCPSS website on a staggered schedule, and shown on HCPSS TV Comcast 95/Verizon 42. In-person celebrations will be planned by schools at a later date.
HCPSS will continue to provide free meals to anyone age 18 and under and/or any HCPSS student throughout state-mandated school closures, extended through the end of the 2019-2020 school year. Grab-N-Go meals include breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and weekend items at locations countywide.
Through a partnership between HCPSS and Celebration Church, Emerson Davis mentors students at several schools. In this piece, the HCPSS alum reflects on the mentorship program and the benefits to students, both academically and in their every day lives.
Ann Strozyk, HCPSS environmental educator at the Howard County Conservancy, was recently recognized as the Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators winner for Region 3. Strozyk is one of only seven winners of this national award, presented by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in partnership with the White House Council on Environmental Quality.
Diane Curry’s passion for reading extends to her work, ensuring students become book lovers and use reading to better understand other cultures and perspectives.
Curry also helped grow the RHHS JumpStart dual enrollment program by helping students see the value in the courses.