The Harford County Public Schools Parent Academy is an exciting new resource for all HCPS
The Parent Academy will include a series of workshops designed to engage HCPS parents/guardians
partners in their children's education, and will work to provide useful information and
needed to help their children succeed in school and in the community. The goal is to connect
families, school system staff, and community stakeholders in meaningful partnerships that will
increase student achievement and support wellbeing.
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Three Harford County Public Schools (HCPS) principals, along with school-based Student Support Services
staff and several Harford County partners, planned a successful event on March 3 at the Homes at Fountain
Green to welcome and connect with families new to the community.
Mr. Brad Stinar, principal of Hickory Elementary School, Mr. Chas Hagan, principal of Southampton Middle
School, and Ms. Erica Harris, principal of C. Milton Wright High School, recognize the importance of
community engagement and work every day to seek partnerships and build relationships that will help
support their students and their families.
Hickory Elementary Principal Brad Stinar would like to give a special thank you to Tina Bland, Hickory's
school counselor, and Angela Gottesfeld, Hickory's school nurse, for their work behind the scenes to make
this event a success: "Tonight's family event would not have been possible without Tina and Angela and their
collective efforts, kudos and thank you to them both."
HCPS also thanks the following partners who joined our three schools in welcoming the new families during the event.
Title: Central Region Safety & Security Virtual Town Hall
Date/Time: 2/15/2023 5:00:00 PM
Description: Does your child attend a school in the central region of our county? Please join us online to hear from your school’s Regional Safety Coordinator, Donald (DJ) Ravadge, about the roles and responsibilities he has in helping to keep your child safe in school; practices and emergency drills that are planned to keep our buildings secure and safe; and ways parents and guardians can partner with Harford County Public Schools (HCPS) in this effort.
This event will be recorded and made available on our website for those who are not able to tune in live. A third regional townhall will be held for the southern region in the spring.
Intended Audience: Families with students who attend one of our Central Region schools
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Webinar: USAJobs & How to Read a Job Announcement
10/06/2022 04:30 PM
Explore career pathways to federal government employment opportunities and create your USAJobs profile.
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Harford County SECAC Meeting
10/06/2022 06:30 PM
Learn more about social opportunities in the community for special education students.
Parents and Caregivers
Bedtime in a Box Event
10/11/2022 05:30 PM
A consistent, early bedtime practice, along with encouraging reinforcement, has a positive impact on your child's development. Join us as we have a conversation about some strategies that may help with your child's bedtime routine.
Parents/guardians with a child 4 years old or younger
10/13/2022 07:00 PM
A positive, strength-based approach to raising your child
Internet Safety Strategies for Parents and Caregivers
09/29/2022 12:00 PM
Parent Academy invites you to the first Lunch & Learn of the 2022-23 school year! During this hour, we will discuss internet safety tools, conversation starters, and social supports for your HCPS students. We hope you can join us for this important topic!
Do you know about our Learning Together program? HCPS is looking for typically developing 3- and 4-year-old children to participate in a free, 2- or 3-half-day preschool program for the 2023-2024 school year. The purpose of the Learning Together Program is to have typically developing children learning alongside preschool children with disabilities. The program promotes social, communication, literacy, and numeracy skill development for all children.
The program is located at the following schools: Meadowvale Elementary, Havre de Grace Elementary, Edgewood Elementary, Homestead/Wakefield Elementary, Youths Benefit Elementary, and North Bend Elementary.
Children must be at least 3-years old as of September 1, 2023 and be toilet trained.
For more information and to access the application, visit https://www.hcps.org/departments/instructionalsupport/specialeducation/learningtogether/
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Harford County Public Schools (HCPS) is pleased to announce Joppatowne High School has been approved by the Department of the Army to establish a U.S. Army Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) program, effective February 1, 2023. Students currently in eighth grade throughout the county will be able to apply to join JROTC at Joppatowne High. Applications will be available Tuesday, January 17, 2023, through Friday, February 10, 2023, on hcps.org and in all middle school counseling offices.
Click here to watch a Parent Academy Real Talk about JROTC in HCPS!
In May 2016, the Board of Education of Harford County approved the submission of the JROTC application and the establishment of the program at Joppatowne High School. Strong support was provided from the Military Officers Association of America; Susquehanna Chapter; and numerous local, state, and federal leaders for instituting a program at Joppatowne High. Joppatowne High was the first school in the nation to offer a high school curriculum program for Homeland Security. The Homeland Security Emergency Preparedness Program is a signature curriculum that is affiliated with internships and instruction from area colleges and civil defense agencies. JROTC is an excellent addition to the program.
Harford County is the proud home of Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG). APG is the largest employer in the county and is a critical US Army research, development, test, and evaluation installation. In 2017, APG and the surrounding community celebrated the 100th anniversary of APG as a national military garrison. This year, Harford County celebrates a 250-year anniversary. Launching the JROTC program in Harford County is a great addition and way to continue to celebrate Harford County’s legacy.
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Applications will open next week, on Tuesday, January 10, 2023, for the blended virtual learning programs at Swan Creek School for the 2023-2024 school year. If you are interested in applying for grades 2-12 e-learning or grades 6-12 for in-person, blended learning, please visit the Swan Creek School website for additional information about the school.
Applications will be due February 15, 2023. Students will be informed of their enrollment status by March 31, 2023. If the number of eligible applicants exceeds the number of seats per classroom, a lottery system will be implemented.
If after reviewing the program information on the website you have questions about the program or application process, please contact Swan Creek School at 410-273-5594.
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This is an important message for all parents and guardians with a student in twelfth grade.
Graduation dates, times, and locations have been finalized. Visit the calendar page on hcps.org for the full schedule and visit our YouTube channel or click here to watch the latest Parent Academy Real Talk discussing graduation ceremonies this year.
Your school will provide additional details about your schools specific graduation ceremony.
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The following message is being sent to all contacts in our mass notification system via phone, email, and text message at 5:00 p.m., Thursday, December 8, 2022:
The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) approved the HCPS application to conduct asynchronous virtual instruction on up to 3 inclement weather days. HCPS staff are diligently working to prepare a “practice” of what this will look like. That practice is scheduled for the evening of Monday, January 9, 2023. Prekindergarten students will receive a bag of supplies when the bags are delivered. Students in kindergarten through grade 12 will bring their device home January 9, 2023; as part of their homework, they must log into their inclement weather tile, which will appear on Canvas, and send a confirmation message to the teacher. The HCPS curriculum offices is creating the assignment that every single student will do that will be a quick confirmation that they were able to get in.
If your school needs to adjust the systemwide asynchronous virtual instruction plan, they will reach out to your directly with additional information.
Please note, if there is a need to close HCPS for inclement weather PRIOR to January 9, we will NOT utilize virtual instruction. Following the practice on the evening of January 9, HCPS plans to conduct asynchronous virtual instruction on the first 3 closures for inclement weather.
Families can expect additional details to be available on hcps.org, including information about where to access asynchronous virtual instruction, what time it will be available, as well as a Parent Academy video with additional details. This will be available prior to the January 9, 2022 scheduled "practice."
Again, MSDE approved the HCPS application for asynchronous virtual instruction on inclement weather days and we look forward to having a very brief systemwide “practice” after school on Monday, January 9, 2023. Additional details will be made available as soon as possible.
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The following message will be sent via phone, email, and text message to all parents and guardians at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 1, 2022:
If you are active military personnel, a civilian or federal employee working and/or living on federal property, your child has received or will receive a form to be completed and returned to school. If your child is not attending school in person, please find a blank form attached to this email. It is very important that we receive the completed form from you, as this is a means of funding that will impact your child’s school system. Persons working on federal property, please be sure to complete the box indicating the specific location of your employment. The forms should be returned to school with your child no later than Friday, November 11, 2022. Blank forms are also available on www.hcps.org on the Resources for Parents page under ‘Forms and Documents.’ Please contact your school if you have any questions.
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