Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Howard County public school students and parents can now start planning for the 2013-14 first day of school.
The first day of school for Howard County public school students will be on Aug. 26, 2013, according to the recently approved 2013-14 Howard County public schools academic calendar. The school year will begin on Aug. 19 for teachers. The last day of school in Howard County for the 2012-13 school year is currently scheduled for June 20, according to the online calendar. For the 2013-14 academic year, winter break is scheduled for Dec. 23 through Jan. 1 and spring break is April 14-21. The last day of school for the next academic year is June 18, depending on how many of the five inclement weather days are used. If fewer are used, the school year will end earlier, school officials said. See related coverage: PHOTOS: First Day of School in …
Monday, August 27, 2012
Plenty of nervous smiles and shiny shoes walked to school for the first day.
Today is the first day of school for students in Howard County Public Schools, which means new shoes are strapped, pencils are sharpened and tears were shed–by nervous kids and reminiscent parents. Monday morning was in the mid-70s, so plenty of kids and parents walked to school for the first day. Nonetheless, traffic still got hectic in some spots. Have a picture from the first day of school? Add it by pressing the green button below the photo gallery or email your photo to Brian Hooks at email@example.com "The chaos is crazy," said Jonathan Davis, principal of Bollman Bridge Elementary School, who spent much of the morning balancing hand shakes and directing traffic, as cars backed up in both directions for nearly a mile along Savage…
Monday, July 30, 2012
The end date is up in the air, based on weather.
For students in Howard County public schools, the school year begins Aug. 27. Howard County is one of 17 jurisdictions in the state of Maryland starting the 2012–2013 academic year the last Monday in August. Are your kids excited for school to start? Mixed feelings? Tell us in comments. In 2011, the first day of school in Howard County was canceled due to power outages after Hurricane Irene. This year, the school system has planned for inclement weather in its scheduling. Howard County schools will have their last day on June 20, the latest in the state, according to the Maryland State Department of Education. "The calendar says the last day is June 20; however, that includes five inclement weather days," said Deborah Summers, spokeswoman …
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
One boy's journey to his first day of kindergarten at Swansfield Elementary School.
For once, they were going to be on time. Christina Lucara and her son, Carl Jones Jr., had been up since 6:40 a.m., eager to get to Swansfield Elementary School for Carl’s first day of kindergarten. “I think you need to calm down,” Lucara warned as Carl ran around the room, too excited to sit still. She spread peanut butter over a piece of wheat bread and slapped another piece on top. “He used to like these with honey, but not anymore," she said. Carl finally sat on the couch, entranced by the Disney Channel characters singing about the days of the week. “I guess I should make myself a lunch, too,” Lucara said. Lucara, who works for the American Society of Breast Surgeons, was finally sending her only child off to school. It was …
Monday, August 29, 2011
Schools without power will not be open.
Updated: 4:57 p.m. Howard County school officials have announced that school will be open Tuesday, even as power hasn't been restored to all of its schools. As of 4 p.m., 12 county schools were without power. Any schools without power will be closed, and school officials are encouraging parents to watch the school's site for updated school information. Also, athletic practices will be held at all high schools tomorrow, even if the school is closed due to power outage. "We have games scheduled for Friday," says Athletics Coordinator Mike Williams in a press release. "We want to make sure all teams have adequate and equitable practice time." For the list of schools without power, click here. Parents and students said Monday they were …
Howard County Library branches gave soon-to-be kindergartners the opportunity to experience a taste of school.
Howard County Libraries gave kindergartners a practice run for the big first day of school with the Kindergarten Here We Come! program during the past two weeks. Is your kindergartner ready for the first day in Howard County? Make sure to email Columbia Patch (firstname.lastname@example.org) a picture of your child on his or her first day, along with their first and last name. We'll be publishing a photo gallery on our Facebook page and our site to document this milestone.