Tuesday, January 1, 2013
The county task force was formed in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting.
The Howard County Joint Task Force on School Safety will meet for the first time on Jan. 8 in Columbia to discuss ways to make local schools safer in the wake of the Sandy Hook, CT school shooting. The task force is made up of representatives from county government, schools and police. The forum on Jan. 8 is being held to solicit feedback from the community on school safety and emergency planning. The forum will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Wilde Lake High School Cafeteria at 5460 Trumpeter Road in Columbia. The task force is chaired by Chief of Police William McMahon, Howard County Public Schools' Executive Director of School Improvement and Administration William Ryan and HCPSS Acting Chief of Operations and Finance Ken Roey. …
Monday, November 26, 2012
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Thursday, November 8, 2012
Students from every high school in the county have advanced in the national competition.
Forty-seven Howard County public school students -- representing every high school in the county -- have been named semifinalists in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship competition. The students will go on to compete with the approximately 16,000 other semifinalist from around the country in the national competition, which aims to promote respect for learning; highlight exceptional students; and stimulate support from organizations to sponsor scholarships. Ultimately about 8,300 students will be awarded scholarships. “I congratulate each of the 47 students for their outstanding academic accomplishments,” Superintendent Renee A. Foose said at the Oct. 2 Board of Education meeting. “These students represent every one of our high schools. …
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
One school remains closed Wednesday.
Update Tuesday 6:30 a.m.: All Howard County Public Schools are open today except Bollman Bridge Elementary School, according to the Howard County School System. -- Original articke: Most Howard County Public Schools will open their doors to students Wednesday after two days of cancellations due to Hurricane Sandy, according to the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS). As of 6 p.m. Tuesday, 10 schools were still without power, according to a statement released by HCPSS. If the power is not on by 5 a.m., the following schools will remain closed: A list of schools that remain in the dark as of 5 a.m. Wednesday will be posted on the HCPSS website.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
All schools and offices will be closed Wednesday in Howard County for Yom Kippur.
On Wednesday, all Howard County schools and school offices will be closed for Yom Kippur. Howard County government offices, however, will be open on Wednesday. Schools will reopen at their regular times on Thursday. Yom Kippur, one of the most important holidays for Jews, is known as the Day of Atonement. According to rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld who wrote about the holiday in Tuesday's Washington Post, "Yom Kippur is a Jewish holiday that reminds us not to mistake routine for commitment. When we commit to God we have to put our heart and soul into it. We have to commit with both consistency and intensity." Yom Kippur begins at sundown on Sept. 25 and ends at sundown on Sept. 26.
Friday, September 21, 2012
Man collected $4,600 to deliver pro players to school assemblies, now gets eight years in prison.
An Annapolis man has been sentenced to eight years in prison for charging Howard County schools and PTAs to bring Ravens football players to their assemblies and then not delivering, ABC 2 News reports. Prosecutors said Joseph Gill, 53, of Anne Arundel County, took $4,600 from five schools and PTA groups in Howard County last year. According to reports, Gill promised Ravens players would attend the school anti-bullying assemblies. After he cashed the checks, however, Gill said that the players couldn’t make it after all. According to court records, Gill admitted to running similar scams at four schools in Baltimore County, collecting $1,200 there, and 17 schools in Anne Arundel County, where he collected nearly $14,000. For more local …
Monday, September 10, 2012
Should students have more access to technology at school? Tell us in the comments.
One school board member is proposing increased access to the Internet and mobile devices for students in Howard County schools. During a discussion about technology at a recent Board of Education meeting, school board member Brian Meshkin proposed changing what is known as the school system's "Acceptable Use Policy" to one focused on "Responsible Use." According to the "Acceptable Use Policy," only high school students may use Internet independently in the Howard County Public School System. They must also have signed permission slips to do so. Students in grades kindergarten through eight may not use the Internet independently, according to the policy. Should students have more Internet access during the school day? Tell us in comments. …
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
A "freeze mob" on Tuesday at Howard High was one of several events aimed at bringing awareness to the emotionally charged topic.
After Glenelg student Grace McComas, 15, killed herself on Easter Sunday, her friends began a movement called "Blue4Grace" in which they wore blue at her wake to take a stand against bullying. Grace's parents said she was harassed online for months, according to The Baltimore Sun. "Can children not take a minute and realize they’re killing each other over petty things?" wrote one commenter on the Blue4Grace page. Students at Howard High School took more than a minute on Tuesday. Time stood still between second and third periods as they collectively paused during what is called a "freeze mob" while the song "Lean on Me" played. The demonstration is one of several events in Howard County over the next two weeks to combat bullying. “Our …
Monday, March 26, 2012
The Board of Education is hosting "meet and greets" with superintendent finalists on Monday.
Since current Superintendent Sydney Cousin will step down effective July 1, the Howard County Board of Education has selected two finalists in its search for his successor: The public and school system employees are invited to meet the candidates on Monday, March 26, at the Department of Education building in Ellicott City. From 2 to 4 p.m., each candidate will have one hour to meet with attendees informally. Then from 6 to 8 p.m., the school board will host a question-and-answer forum in which each candidate will have one hour to respond to questions from the audience. The forum will be broadcast live online through HCPSS TV and on cable channels 42 (Verizon) and 95 (Comcast). Residents can send feedback about the candidates to boe@…
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Parents petition Congress for schools to begin after 8 a.m.
"Saved by the bell" may be a common refrain among students, but parents and teachers are starting to ask if children should be saved from the bell instead. The Start School Later Initiative, a petition encouraging lawmakers to start school no earlier than 8 a.m., was presented to members of Congress this week with nearly 5,000 signatures from all 50 states. More than 1,000 of the signatures were from Maryland parents and educators. "The [petition] comments range from student pleas for a more humane schedule to educators wishing their students weren't still asleep to health professionals and researchers seriously concerned about the damage we're doing to kids' mental and physical health," said movement organizer Heather Macintosh. What do …