On behalf of the
Office of Professional Development and the
Office of Technology, welcome to Harford County Public Schools! We are so pleased
have chosen to be a part of our community of educators and learners. As a newly hired instructional
staff member in our district, you have access to a
comprehensive induction program that is specifically designed to encourage
build instructional repertoire, and maximize student achievement. The induction activities are
and differentiated to benefit all instructional staff members beginning their careers with Harford
County Public Schools, no matter how many years of experience they bring with them. Being a
learner is a characteristic of the effective teacher, counselor, and service provider in Harford
County Public Schools and in alignment with this principle, HCPS has a comprehensive induction
that supports new hires.
We strongly encourage you to participate in all New Hire Orientation activities:
The Office of Professional Development, the Office of Technology, the various Content Offices, and
the Instructional Coaches who form the backbone of the induction program are looking forward to
seeing you at the Virtual Orientation Conference!
If you have any questions regarding this information, please do not hesitate to contact us
August 13 and 14
8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
August 13, 2019
Participants will select from a wide variety of instructional and classroom
environment related topics in order to grow their skills and knowledge in
self-identified areas. Workshop style sessions will include: Tools and
Techniques for Teaching Specific Content Areas, Creating Positive Classroom
Culture, Working with Students Living in Poverty, Creating a
Trauma-Sensitive Classroom, Incorporating Instructional Technology into your
Lesson Planning, Ideas for Formative Assessment, Incorporating Student
Learning Styles into Lessons, and many more.
Participants will visit working model classrooms in order to identify
systems and strategies they may use to enhance their own classrooms.
Content Specific Workshops: Participants will become familiar with the
curriculum, instruction, and assessment resources and expectations by
participating in content-specific workshops with content Supervisors,
Coordinators, and Specialists.
Gohlinghorst ~ 410-273-5621
August 12th and 15th
8:00 - 3:30 at C. Milton Wright High School
Middle and high school mathematics teachers new to Harford County Public Schools
will have an opportunity to learn about
the Harford County Public Schools mathematics program. The objective of this
workshop is to work with master teachers to plan lessons for the first weeks
of school. Bring your teachers editions and curriculum guides with you to
the workshop. Contact your department chairperson if you do not have these
8:30 - 3:00 at the TUNE Building at 401 Thomas Run Road Bel Air
Teachers new to the Title I family will learn best practices for supporting all
students' learning. Join veteran Title I
teachers and administrators for an interactive day of building our own
capacity to help all kids!
$120 /day stipend
Wieczynski ~ 410-588-5278
Participants will receive training in the specifics of the IEP Team Process
including the development of the Maryland Statewide
IEP using the MD Online IEP System. this orientation will set the
stage for instructional planning and service delivery and is vital
to all newly hired special education personnel regardless of prior
experience. This will be a wonderful opportunity to meet department
personnel, identify available supports and network with other new
special educators / related service providers.
Alicia Palmer ~
This course fulfills the ETM course requirement of all HCPS newly hired professional
staff and is designed to equip participants
with the in-depth insight and skills to effectively provide sound
instruction for a diverse student population.
You are required to complete this course within two (2) years
More information can be found in the HCPS Continuing Professional Development
Catalog or by contacting the Professional Development
Register once you have received your Employee ID!
SmartFindExpress is used by Harford County Public Schools school-based employees to
report absences using either a telephone
or a computer (via the internet) and to obtain substitute
coverage, if needed. All employees should consult their supervisor
for the necessary action they should take when they are going
to be absent.
** Important - Employees must register with SmartFindExpress
before they can use it to report an absence. Employees are
urged to register as soon as possible after their start date,
and not to wait until they need to report an absence. Registration
must be completed using the telephone by calling 443-356-4040.
The system will walk callers through each step of the quick
and easy registration process. To initially log in (via telephone)
to register, employees should use their employee id number
(which can be obtained from the lead secretary at their school,
or from their paycheck) for both the Access ID and PIN. Employees
will be prompted to change their PIN (minimum of 4 digits
required) during the registration process. Once the registration
process is completed, employees can use the system via the
telephone or internet interchangeably or exclusively. Additional
information about registration and the SFE system can be
found in the SFE Employee Quick Reference at the link below.
Online training and a user guide can be found online under
Help in the top right corner of the browser version of SFE.
For questions regarding the SmartFindExpress (SFE) system, contact the Sub Support
Helpdesk at 410-809-6341 or send an email
Fingerprint appointments are
only available to HCPS new hires, volunteers as required
by law, or when the Office of Internal Investigations
notifies an individual of the need to reprint due to
clarification. If there is a question regarding employment
status, please contact the Recruitment and Staffing Department
at 410-588-5238 .
to schedule an appointment or to obtain additional information.
All newly hired staff will report to C. Milton Wright High School from 8am - 3:30 pm
for a systemwide welcome, structured work around content, information from Human
Resources and an important message from the Harford County Education Association
(HCEA). These are mandatory activities. Lunch will be provided by HCEA on site.
Online Registration for Students New to HCPS is LIVE! Visit https://www.hcps.org/Parents/registeringforschool.aspx for more information on Prekindergarten Applications and New Student Registration!
UPDATE: JULY 1, 2020
STARS OF SUMMER REGISTRATION IS OPEN
Registration is OPEN for HCPS' Stars of Summer, a virtual, camp-like summer school experience for all kindergarten through grade nine HCPS students. The program runs from July 20 through August 13, 2020, Monday through Thursday.
Teacher-led experiences for students in kindergarten through first grade will focus on literacy and numeracy-centered experiences while students in second through ninth grade will see experiences in all content areas ranging from topics like acting, cooking, science, social justice, writing, and more!
Full brochure of options and additional information is posted on hcps.org.
Registration is open through July 8, 2020. You may register your student(s) using the links below:
Kindergarten and Grade 1*: https://bit.ly/2Vvc53U
Grade 2 and Grade 3**: https://bit.ly/3ieYp6U
Grade 4 and Grade 5**: https://bit.ly/38fRYM7
Grade 6 through Grade 9**: https://bit.ly/3gb1u68
*for 2019 – 2020 kindergarten and Grade 1 students
**for 2020 – 2021 Grade 2 through Grade 9 students
We look forward to meeting our Stars of Summer!
UPDATE: JUNE 29, 2020
The following message will be sent to all students/families at 11:00 a.m.:
Good morning. This is an important message regarding P-EBT, a new pandemic program that provides food benefits to children eligible for free or reduced-price school meals. ALL HCPS families inadvertently received correspondence indicating they were eligible for the P-EBT program. While the error was identified, mailings of letters and P-EBT cards were already underway.
If you receive the letter and card and do qualify for the benefit, the appropriate funds will be available on your card.
If your family has received the letter and card in error, and you do not have a child eligible for the benefit, there will not be any funds available on the P-EBT card and you may dispose of the letter and card.
If you have questions about the funds on your card, please follow the instructions on the letter and visit www.dhs.maryland.gov/p-EBT for additional information. Thank you and we hope you have a wonderful day.
UPDATE: JUNE 26, 2020
PUBLIC NOTICE FOR PARTICIPATION IN THE BOARD OF EDUCATION BUSINESS MEETING FOR (JULY 13, 2020) 6:30PM
On July 13, 2020 at 6:30PM, the Board of Education of Harford County Business Meeting will be hosted virtually. The Audio Live Stream will be available on HCPS.ORG/BOE/LIVESTREAM.
Community members who wish to submit public comment may do so by submitting comments in writing using the following link Contact Board of Education no later than 12:00 Noon on Monday, July 13, 2020.
The following information must be provided in the contact form when submitting comments:
Please contact Teresa.Schmid@hcps.org with any questions on submitting public comments at the Board of Education Business meeting. Thank you.
UPDATE: JUNE 24, 2020
This information will be sent to all current Kindergarten through grade 8 (entering grade 9 in the 2020-2021 school year) families on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.
This summer, HCPS is introducing, Stars of Summer, a virtual, camp-like summer school experience for all kindergarten through incoming grade nine (for the 2020-21 school year) HCPS students. Stars of Summer participants will have unique opportunities to explore and engage in experiences catered to their age group from July 20 through August 14, Monday through Thursday. Teacher-led experiences for students in kindergarten through first grade will focus on literacy and numeracy-centered experiences while students in second through ninth grade will see experiences in all content areas ranging from topics like acting, cooking, science, social justice, writing, and more!
Class sizes will be capped at fifteen students so be sure to tune in July 1 for the program information release and save the dates, July 20 through August 14, Monday through Thursday to participate in Stars of Summer!
Information will be released on hcps.org as well as on HCPS social media channels on July 1. If you have an email address in our mass communication system, we will also email the program information directly to you on July 1. Once the information is released, parents and guardians can find registration information at hcps.org.
UPDATE: JUNE 18, 2020
The following information will be shared with parents/guardians of middle and high school students via Connect5, our mass communication system, on Thursday, June 18, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.
As shared in April, all parents and guardians have access to an electronic report card for the fourth quarter and moving forward. The Home Access Center, or HAC, is an online portal that allows parents and guardians to log in and view information pertaining to their child’s attendance, classes, grades, and registration information. Please note that HAC allows one account to be established per child.
If you have not established a HAC account yet, you will need to create an account. Directions to set up an account are posted on the COVID-19 webpage on hcps.org. A HAC account will need to be established in order to access your child’s report card. Grades are to be posted on HAC by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 25, 2020. Parents who have technical difficulties establishing a HAC account should contact HomeAccessCenter@hcps.org for assistance. Parents with students in middle and high school should contact their administrator or school counselor with non-technical questions.
UPDATE: JUNE 15, 2020
PUBLIC NOTICE FOR PARTICIPATION IN THE BOARD OF EDUCATION BUSINESS MEETING
FOR JUNE 22, 2020 6:30 P.M.
On June 22, 2020 at 6:30 p.m., the Board of Education of Harford County Business Meeting will be hosted virtually. The Audio Live Stream will be available on HCPS.ORG/BOE/LIVESTREAM.
Community members who wish to submit public comment may do so by submitting comments in writing at Contact Board of Education no later than 12:00 p.m. on Monday, June 22, 2020.
The following information must be provided in the contact form when submitting comments:
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