Cover of Celebrate HCPSS Issue 3

Issue 3: Winter 2017

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Moving Forward Together

Dr. Foose reflects on how fortunate the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) is to have dedicated staff and strong community partners, the focal points of this edition.

Accelerated to Achievement


Learn about the Academic Access and Achievement Program, which supports a wide range of school-based acceleration and enrichment programs offered beyond the school day, week and year.

Bright Minds, Bright Futures


After 10 years, the foundation continues to expand its efforts following the mission statement: “We support education, aspirations and the opportunity to succeed for all students in the Howard County Public School System.”

Students as Farm Hands


Harper’s Choice Middle School students share about their farm hand experiences, as part of the county’s Farm-City Celebration.

Giving Back as BSAP Specialist


Patricia Branner-Pierce’s inspiration to support students and their families comes from growing up in East Harlem. She credits her mentors—like those in the BSAP—with changing the direction of her life.

Partnering Toward the Future


Thirty years ago, HCPSS launched a community partnerships program to help prepare Howard County students for productive lives and careers. Here are a handful of examples.

High-Value Testing Results in Real Progress


HCPSS students take a limited number of assessments that assist in tailoring instruction, improving the instructional program and identifying students ready for more challenging work.

Spanish for Educators Boosts Understanding and Connections


The professional development series helps teachers better connect with our growing Spanish-speaking population, leading toward better engagement and giving families more of a “voice” at school.

New IEQ Coordinator Gets Schools to Their Healthiest


Greg Maciulla manages the new HCPSS IEQ protocols, as laid out by the IEQ Advisory Committee last year.

College Reflections by Last Year’s SMOB


Former Student Member of the Board of Education shares how HCPSS prepared her for college and describes some of her early experiences.

A Celebration of Well-being


View a visual roundup of the third annual HCPSS 5K/1-mile Fun Run, which brought together more than 3,100 students, families, staff and community members to celebrate health and wellness.


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