Cover of Celebrate HCPSS Issue 1

Issue 1: Back to School 2016

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Celebrate HCPSS Students, Staff and Schools, and Enjoy Our New Magazine

Dr. Foose welcomes readers to enjoy Celebrate HCPSS, the school system’s new magazine. Celebrate HCPSS is a bimonthly publication with content focused on student achievements, dedicated staff and school activities.

Jump Start Into Middle School Spanish


This past summer HCPSS launched Jump Start into Middle School Spanish to help entering 6th-graders get ready for their first year of Spanish instruction. The Jump Start program is an important addition to the many pathways that prepare students for global readiness.

Elementary World Language Teacher, HCPSS Alumna Gives Back


Bryant Woods Elementary School teacher Kimberly Morales, a Wilde Lake High School alumna, has grown professionally here through a variety of HCPSS educator positions. Now Morales enjoys preparing her students for the future with proficiency in a second language, while giving back to the Howard County community.

The Magic in Movement


Last year students from the Allied Health and Engineering academies adapted ride-on cars customized to Cedar Lane School students’ accessibility challenges. The cars support development of language, social, fine motor, gross motor, communication and cognition skills, and more.

Spotlight on Broadway Connections


The after-school program Broadway Connections, created in collaboration with Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts and Loyola University Clinical Centers, offers theatrical opportunities for special needs students paired with non-disabled classmate peer mentors.

New Cohort of Teacher Leaders Step Forward


Twenty-seven staff members will take part in this year’s cohort of Leaders of Professional Learning. The teacher leaders will positively impact their schools by leading yearlong Professional Learning Communities, or collaborative groups of teachers working toward school improvement goals.

College and Career Dreams Coming True


Teachers for Tomorrow (T4T) is an innovative college scholarship program to create a more diverse workforce in Howard County, while providing college access to academically talented students with limited resources. Lucero Espinal, one of the first T4T recipients, describes how the program is helping her pursue her dreams.

Pioneering Green Building Practices for Healthy Learning Environments


The new Wilde Lake Middle School, now approximately 80 percent ready, will be the first net zero school in Maryland and is positioned to be the most energy conscious and efficient school in the state.

Feed on This: A Few FY16 Food and Nutrition Services Facts


Get caught up on Food and Nutrition Services updates, including its increase in meals served, new initiatives and meal program expansions.

Watershed Report Card Goes Statewide


HCPSS’ Watershed Report Card initiative, reporting on a yearlong study of streams and watersheds, is growing. The Howard County Conservancy, with our support, has welcomed other school systems into the project to present a statewide Watershed Report Card to elected officials this coming spring.

Embracing Excellence with Equity


A welcoming, inclusive school climate is essential for any vibrant learning community. That’s why the HCPSS is looking at new ways to further support diverse, equitable school and work environments.


HCPSS celebrates remarkable achievements made by students, alumni, staff members and schools. These are just a few.