Thursday, April 11, 2013
Students can now buy breakfast upon arrival at Howard County schools.
The Howard County Public Schools System’s Board of Education announced they will now offer breakfast for students in the mornings upon arrival to school. Options for breakfast will include staples such as bagels and yogurt, as well as other foods that will be peanut free to reduce to risk of allergic reactions. However, some of the options may be produced in factories that use peanuts. Parents are encouraged to reach out to Rosalie Edwards at email@example.com for more information on food choices. The price for each kids breakfast will be $1.75. For those in the reduced lunch program, each breakfast will cost 30 cents. For children enrolled in the free lunch program, they will also be eligible for free breakfast. Some of the …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
The issue of school start times is getting national attention. What do you think?
A movement to push back high school start times so that teens can get more sleep has been brewing across the country and right here in Maryland. In board of education hearings and council meetings from Florida to Minnesota to Washington, parents and students are pleading their cases and governments are taking note. Here in Howard County, the school system has begun a feasibility study and imact anaylsis to tackle the issue of school start times. In December, the Superintendent of Montgomery County Schools established a work group to study the issue and residents of Anne Arundel County have also asked their local officials to consider starting high school later. Take a look at some of those links, sort through the pros, cons, research and …
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Is bullying really worse than it used to be? If it is, should we blame the Internet?
The Columbia story of Noah Brocklebank has gained national attention as the latest high-profile story about bullying. That often prompts the question from Patch readers: Is bullying really worse than it used to be? If it is, should we blame the Internet? There’s no consensus among experts on those questions, but there is consensus that 1) bullying is a huge problem that’s only beginning to be addressed, and 2) new forms of bullying require new forms of support. Once people understand the scale of the problem, they usually have a new question: How can I help? The scale of the bullying problem About 18 percent of U.S. students said they are afraid that someone will hurt or bother them at school, according to a survey on youth risk behavior …
Friday, February 8, 2013
The Howard County school district issued the following announcement Friday morning.
All Howard County schools are opening two hours late Friday, Howard County school officials said in an email sent shortly after 5:30 a.m. Friday. There will also be no half day programs. All morning programs sponsored by the Columbia Association and the Dept. of Recreation & Parks in Howard County public schools will be delayed two hours. The late start comes after the National Weather Service issued a hazardous weather outlook Thursday for Howard County and much of central and western Maryland warning residents to expect a wintry mix with possible freezing rain Thursday night into Friday morning. See related: Wintry Mix Thursday Night Could Create Icy Conditions in Howard County
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Police said a 17-year-old was charged with second-degree rape after an incident on Monday.
This post was updated at 3:00 p.m. to include a statement from Howard County Public Schools. A 17-year-old Wilde Lake High School student was charged with rape after police said he assaulted a 14-year-old female student inside an unoccupied classroom inside the high school. DeShawn Rasheed Jones, of Columbia, will be charged as an adult with second-degree rape, according to police. The girl told police that Jones met the girl in the hallway on Monday and asked her to cut class with him, police said. According to police, she walked around inside the school with Jones and then he pulled her into an unoccupied room. Inside the room, Jones blocked the door and wouldn't let her leave, according to police. The girl told police Jones held her …
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
The county task force was formed in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting.
The Howard County Joint Task Force on School Safety will meet for the first time on Jan. 8 in Columbia to discuss ways to make local schools safer in the wake of the Sandy Hook, CT school shooting. The task force is made up of representatives from county government, schools and police. The forum on Jan. 8 is being held to solicit feedback from the community on school safety and emergency planning. The forum will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Wilde Lake High School Cafeteria at 5460 Trumpeter Road in Columbia. The task force is chaired by Chief of Police William McMahon, Howard County Public Schools' Executive Director of School Improvement and Administration William Ryan and HCPSS Acting Chief of Operations and Finance Ken Roey. …
Monday, November 26, 2012
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Thursday, November 8, 2012
Students from every high school in the county have advanced in the national competition.
Forty-seven Howard County public school students -- representing every high school in the county -- have been named semifinalists in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship competition. The students will go on to compete with the approximately 16,000 other semifinalist from around the country in the national competition, which aims to promote respect for learning; highlight exceptional students; and stimulate support from organizations to sponsor scholarships. Ultimately about 8,300 students will be awarded scholarships. “I congratulate each of the 47 students for their outstanding academic accomplishments,” Superintendent Renee A. Foose said at the Oct. 2 Board of Education meeting. “These students represent every one of our high schools. …
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
One school remains closed Wednesday.
Update Tuesday 6:30 a.m.: All Howard County Public Schools are open today except Bollman Bridge Elementary School, according to the Howard County School System. -- Original articke: Most Howard County Public Schools will open their doors to students Wednesday after two days of cancellations due to Hurricane Sandy, according to the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS). As of 6 p.m. Tuesday, 10 schools were still without power, according to a statement released by HCPSS. If the power is not on by 5 a.m., the following schools will remain closed: A list of schools that remain in the dark as of 5 a.m. Wednesday will be posted on the HCPSS website.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
All schools and offices will be closed Wednesday in Howard County for Yom Kippur.
On Wednesday, all Howard County schools and school offices will be closed for Yom Kippur. Howard County government offices, however, will be open on Wednesday. Schools will reopen at their regular times on Thursday. Yom Kippur, one of the most important holidays for Jews, is known as the Day of Atonement. According to rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld who wrote about the holiday in Tuesday's Washington Post, "Yom Kippur is a Jewish holiday that reminds us not to mistake routine for commitment. When we commit to God we have to put our heart and soul into it. We have to commit with both consistency and intensity." Yom Kippur begins at sundown on Sept. 25 and ends at sundown on Sept. 26.