It’s the same with colleagues and with parents. First year second grade Lisby/Hillsdale teacher April Inman
says simply, “Ronald Wooden is the most amazing teacher I have ever seen.” As a student intern working under
him, a Title 1 program substitute and, now, a teacher, Ms. Inman has a unique perspective from which to
judge Mr. Wooden’s capabilities. “I once watched Ron crawl beneath a student’s desk to vividly explain how
much room each African slave had on the ships to America – the students were riveted and will take that
image with them,” she said. “Ron is the perfect example of the key to working in a Title 1 school, building
relationships with your students, and holding them to high expectations in all situations.” Principal Alice
Breault is just as impressed with her “do all” teacher. “Ron continues to be a positive force in the school
with his positive attitude and sense of humor – he always treats others with respect and helps in any way he
can,” Mrs. Breault said. “He is definitely a role model for students, student interns, novice teachers,
parents/guardians, and staff members at his own school or across the county – he has touched the lives of
many people (including) staff, parents, community members, but, most of all, his students.” Coordinator of
the school’s “21st Century” after school program since its inception seven years ago, he recently spoke at a
national Title 1 conference on the Lisby/Hillsdale successful experience and serves on several countywide
committees that are impacting the way instruction is delivered. Lisby/Hillsdale Assistant Principal Patricia
Chenworth calls Mr. Wooden “the epitome of dedication and commitment to teaching and learning,” adding, “As
a team leader and role model in our school for his colleagues, Mr. Wooden always seeks new and better ways
to improve his craft of teaching.” Recently, Mr. Wooden helped found and meets with regularly a group of
fourth and fifth grade at-risk boys called “Acorns to Oaks,” providing them with guidance for productive
futures. He is also on the school’s Playground Committee, raising funds to build a new play area for
Current sixth grader Allie Haag was in Mr. Wooden’s class last year. “He, honestly, is the best teacher I
have ever had – his dedication to his job and students were astonishing,” Allie said. “He took his lunch
time to meet with a book club, he spent most of his free time at school helping students (and) in after
school programs – he made the year fun, taught us a lot, and we all hated leaving him.” Allie said, the next
to last day of last school year, he sat the class down and told them how much he was going to miss them. “It
was so emotional that, literally, everyone started to cry, including him,” she said. “He truly loves his
students and cares about them and wants them to learn and be prepared for the next level of their education
– I love Mr. Wooden, he is an excellent teacher and friend.” Patty Wassin met Mr. Wooden seven years ago
when she was enrolling her children at Lisby/Hillsdale, her daughter in his fifth grade class and her son in
kindergarten. Seven years later, her daughter is a senior at Aberdeen High School with fond memories of that
year with Mr. Wooden and her son was in Mr. Wooden’s class last year. “Mr. Wooden brought my son out of his
shell and has made such a huge impact on his life – my son started participating, asking questions, making
new friends and was even confident enough to write a speech and read it in front of a crowded room during
his graduation,” Mrs. Wassin said. “My family was so proud of him and, you could see the look on Mr.
Wooden’s face and easily tell that he was, too.”
The slogan Mr. Wooden uses with his students – ‘Excellence is expected, Distinction is our goal’ – goes to
the core of high standards he sets in his classroom. As grade level chair, School Improvement team member,
Professional Learning Community (PLC) activist, Middle School Ad Hoc Committee member, Mr. Wooden
contributes to the progress of his school and school system. Active in his church, Mr. Wooden works with a
youth group where he mentors at-risk boys and teaches an adult Sunday School group. Recently, a father of a
Lisby/Hillsdale student who lives in North Carolina and who had never been to the school, drove the several
hundred miles to see his son take part in the Black History Assembly which Mr. Wooden sponsors and students
put on. Mr. Wooden wrote a letter to the father expressing how much the visit has meant to his son.
Teachers, both from Lisby/Hillsdale and throughout the county, have come to depend on his expertise and
caring attitude. He has presented at many countywide staff development sessions. Mr. Wooden earned a
master’s degree last December with a 4.0 GPA and has twice been named Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year. William
Paca/Old Post Road fifth grade teachers – Carol Armiger, Lauren Duell, and Christopher Navin – say he is a
team player who has volunteered his time to help each of them and especially those new to the profession.
“For years, Ron met with us and aided us in understanding and implementing the fifth grade curriculum –
these meetings were at his school, our school, or one of our homes on Friday evenings, Sundays, or days off,
and summer days,” the three wrote in a joint letter.
“It takes a great teacher, such as Ron Wooden, to go beyond his own school to support good teaching
practices.” Current Riverside Elementary Assistant Principal Kimberly Kron co-taught with Mr. Wooden for
five years when she was at Lisby/Hillsdale, calling him a “model educator,” adding, “His dedication to
teaching is remarkable – beginning during the early hours of the morning and extending into the late hours
of the night – to know that, years later, stories of Mr. Wooden’s teaching style and classroom experiences
are still being told can only begin to help you understand the impact his instruction has on the ‘lucky’
students who have had the opportunity to experience learning through Mr. Wooden’s energetic, passionate, and
child-centered approach.” In one area, even Mr. Wooden comes up short. When asked to describe what his
vocation would be if not a teacher, he concluded, “Being a teacher is the only profession in which I can see
myself that gives me complete fulfillment,” he said, remembering the first day of summer vacation in 1983
when, as a youngster he ignored others playing in the schoolyard to dig through a trash can, collecting left
over worksheets and a broken easel he planned to use in his “teaching” during the summer. “Being able to
help students succeed and work with other educators collaboratively to improve and refine our craft is the
only place I want to be,” he asserted.
Due to an ongoing power outage that is expected to last for a few more hours, North Bend will dismiss at 11:30 a.m. TODAY, Wednesday, December 7, 2022.
Primary and emergency contacts for students at North Bend Elementary School will receive this message via our mass notification system.
12/7/2022 10:47:57 AM
The following message will be sent to all staff, parents and guardians, via phone, email, and text message on December 7, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.:
On Friday, December 9, 2022, all schools will dismiss 3 hours early for students. Please note, half-day PreK will NOT meet on early dismissal dates.
Calendar information for the entire 2022-2023 school year can be found on hcps.org.
12/7/2022 8:11 AM
The following message will be sent to staff and families December 6, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. via phone, email, and text message:
The window is now open to nominate your favorite teacher from this year, or years past, for the 2023 Teacher of the Year!
Visit hcps.org and click “learn more” in the banner at the top of the page to share a few sentences on why you want your school to consider nominating your favorite teacher this year! The program will look slightly different this year as HCPS will celebrate a night of excellence in education when the Teacher of the Year is announced. In addition to announcing the 2023 Teacher of the Year, we will honor retired or former teachers who will be inducted into the Teacher Hall of Fame.
We want to thank HarfordTV who is planning to broadcast the culminating event on April 12, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. (mark your calendar now!) via their Facebook Live as well as recording for later viewing. Local businesses and community members continue to play an integral part in showing our appreciation for our educators and we look forward to celebrating with everyone again this year! If you or your business would like to support the program this year, please reach out to email@example.com for more information.
Nominations are due by January 4, 2023. Don't delay- submit your nomination here as soon as possible.
12/6/2022 10:55 AM
11/17/2022 12:59 PM
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.
11/1/2022 8:00 AM
The following message will be sent via phone, email, and text message to all parents and guardians at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 27, 2022:
Maryland legislation now requires notification of parent/guardians when a student meal account balance becomes low.
This is to notify you that parents and guardians will soon begin to receive monthly automated communications via phone and email when your student’s meal account reaches $2.60. Notification at this amount will ensure you’re aware you have funds remaining for approximately one meal.
Students without funds on their account will still receive a meal that is charged to their account but will not be able to purchase any snack items, even with cash. Consequently, families with a balance LESS THAN $0 will receive a weekly call notifying that your account balance needs to be paid.
We encourage families to login to your MySchoolBucks account and set your own balance reminders above $2.60 to avoid receiving the monthly or weekly notices. Please note, if you opt out of the balance alerts when they begin, you will be opting yourself out of receiving all HCPS outreach communications.
Federal waivers allowing universally free school meals ended June 30, 2022 – students who do not qualify for meal benefits or whose applications for meal benefits from previous years expired must pay $2.50 for lunch in elementary schools or $2.60 for lunch in secondary schools. The online meal benefit application is available at www.hcpsmenus.com.
If you are unsure of your MySchoolBucks account or balance information, contact Food and Nutrition Services at 410-638-4078 for assistance.
10/27/2022 12:38 PM
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