August 22, 2016
Dear Parent or Guardian,
As Superintendent of Harford County Public Schools, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2016-2017 school year, my 43rd year with our school community. Thursday, August 25, 2016 marks the first day of school for students in Kindergarten through grade 12, while Pre-Kindergarten students will join us Monday, August 29, 2016. As we embark on a new and exciting school year, we look forward to welcoming our students “back to school!”
I want to take a moment to reflect on all that we accomplished last year. We have made great progress in our quest to ensure that our students are on track to graduate ready for success in college or career. Thanks to the dedication of our teaching, administrative and support staff, our children are increasingly more astute in finding solutions to complex problems. Students participate in rich discussions and employ deep thinking skills to help them master the content they are taught. They are making intellectual connections that we have never asked them to make before; however, not all of what has been achieved to date can be easily quantified. Their success is not just measured by standardized tests. Student service learning and extra-curricular activities are complementing their academic success thus preparing each child to become caring adults and citizens of sound character.
Always remember that family and community members play a critical role in this endeavor. Harford County Public Schools is a wonderful learning community. I feel privileged to be a part of it. This is a very special place, and my colleagues and I appreciate the trust that you have placed in us by allowing us to work with your children every day. We will do our utmost to ensure that every child has a fulfilling, happy and safe year.
Barbara P. Canavan
Superintendent of Schools
Harford County Public Schools