As I prepared for last night when I passed the baton to the 2017 Harford County Public Schools’ Teacher of the Year, I paused for reflection on the past year. This amazing journey began a year and two weeks ago and the wild ride began. I remain so humbled and honored to have represented such fine teaching as we have in Harford County and I thank you for the support I have been given over this past year. As the Teacher of the Year, one of my initiatives has been to pay tribute to the wonderful teachers we have in Harford County. Last night’s honor went to one of our own in the North Harford area, Mr. Tom Berg, who passed away last Friday. I was so fortunate for Mr. Berg to, not only be the 8th grade social studies teacher for all three of my children, but mine as well. Mr. Berg is described as a kind, gentle, sweet man by everyone who knew him, whose passion was children and making a positive impact in their lives. Mr. Berg saw something in our shy and reserved son that caused him to track Matt down on his own time and get him signed up to audition for the 8th grade play. I’m sure it was because they needed male characters, but I believe that Mr. Berg saw something that he could help nurture and grow. It was a turning point for our son, who was so very shy that many times he couldn’t look even his loved ones in the eye, and I am always grateful to Mr. Berg for his encouragement for him. Mr. Berg may best be known coaching girls’ soccer for 40+ years in our area, so I thought I would share a story that not many people may know. Back when I was in the 8th grade, Mr. Berg offered an after-school soccer clinic…for boys only. I was in a group of girls who desperately wanted to participate, but he wouldn’t let us. We begged and pleaded…to no avail, until one day he said “OK…if you do everything I ask the boys to do.” We were so excited to be able to join the group and felt that he allowed us to earn our spot in the clinic. Because we loved Mr. Berg so much, we did everything in our power so as not to disappoint him. In 1975, we changed his mind but he forever changed our hearts. I remember this fondly, especially because he is known for helping girls break through the gender barrier in Harford County, accepting a girl on his boys’ high school soccer team back in the ‘80’s. I always feel that death has a way of bringing families together, from far and wide. The passing of a teacher has a magical way of bringing generations of people together and put them all in the same classroom even though their ages span decades. Mr. Berg…we will hold you in our hearts forever.
I am a believer that everyone has a story and I was blessed to share several of mine with audiences ranging from former students at awards assemblies to new teachers beginning their career path in Harford County to the retired teachers of the Chi chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa. I took advantage of the use of a car larger than my Honda Civic that transported a wheelbarrow, shovels and rakes for participation in last April’s Second Saturday Serve working side by side with students, parents, and teachers to beautify the grounds of North Harford Middle School. That car was also Santa’s sleigh, stuffed to the brim with Thanksgiving food and clothes and Christmas gifts and food donated by many wonderful community members who discovered the needs of a homeless family in our area and rose to the occasion without hesitation.
I attended my first Raven’s game and college football game and definitely received some Grammy “cool points” from my grandboys in Tennessee, who are huge Terps fans who bleed purple. We toured the U.S.S. Leyte Gulf and talked with navy shipmen who spoke with pride about their service to our country and was inspired to share these experiences with my students. I was blessed to hear the stories of the hard-working people of Smith Island as they shared their stories of a rich culture in our very own state. We baited crab pots, tested the Chesapeake Bay’s water quality and were reminded or our impact on this incredibly important natural resource in our own back yard. We were so humbled and honored to be about to tour the White House and had the added bonus of going when it was decorated for the holidays. I had my very own tour guide as I walked through with the Frederick County TOY who is a social studies teacher and shared storied that I didn’t remember from my school days. We went to Annapolis and I met our legislators, senators, and other employees of our state government who were so proud to be a part of Harford County. We met with the MD State Superintendent of Schools a few times over the course of the year. Dr. Salmon shared her vision with us and fielded questions and concerns regarding MD’s public schools. We toured the Walter’s Art Gallery and learned how to digitally connect with them so that we could incorporate their artifacts in our daily lessons and activities. We will be attending professional conferences to enhance our teaching and help us to provide the best education we possibly can for our students. We will be working and mentoring college seniors in the Teachers of Promise program to support them as they begin their rewarding career in teaching. I am very thankful for the opportunities I have been given and have grown as a teacher as I’ve been feeding off of the conversations I have at that these events.
People have asked me what my favorite part of this experience has been and hands down I would have to say it’s being around such inspiring people. The MD 2017 TOY family is a group of dedicated and hard-working teachers. During every activity, I am awed at their gracious hearts and inspiring lives and careers. We have the National Foreign Language Teacher of the Year and one of the National Teacher of the Year finalists in our group. The Montgomery County TOY is the Minority Scholars Program coordinator and Baltimore County’s is leading the way to encourage young men of color to go into the teaching profession. So many of them are givers and are an integral part of their school communities. One is the founder of Project Guardian Angel John 16:33 which provides care kits to families of sick children in Wicomico County for their travel across the bay to the hospital. Garrett County’s teacher coaches a robotics team that provides STEM outreach and education and competes on the national and international level. The Caroline County teacher was chosen as the Lead PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator for Maryland and represented MD at a conference in Denver. The Queen Anne’s County TOY is going to China this summer to provide professional development for educators there on creative ways to teach English. The Kent County TOY is a Polar Bear Plunger and EMT. They volunteer at their own schools as well as that of their children’s. They lift each other up with positive talk and do amazing things as a part of their regular day. We use our time together to build each other up and to share ideas and activities that we can then share with our colleagues. I am so inspired being a part of this professional group of people whose energy and passion drive me to be the best I can be.
Over the past few weeks, as I learned more about each of our five finalists this year, I am just as inspired with all the wonderful things they do every day. They work tirelessly for our children in Harford County, making their time in your classrooms a memorably priceless experience. They go above and beyond the regular demands of teaching, cherishing the relationship they have with each of their students. They know how important memory making is and they are making the world a better place in which to live.
A special congratulations to Amy Mangold, who is the 2017 Harford County Teacher of the Year. Amy, you are so deserving of this honor because of the amazing work you do with your students and the humble person that you are. We are blessed to have you on board as the newest member of the Harford County TOY family. Enjoy the ride.
Sharalyn Heinly received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education in 1984 from Lipscomb University and a Master of Education in Deaf Education from McDaniel College in 1985. She received 30 credits beyond her master’s focusing on science, mathematics and behavioral studies. Ms. Heinly is in her 22nd year of teaching with Harford County Public Schools and her 26th year of teaching American Sign Language classes at Harford Community College. Mrs. Heinly has been North Harford Middle School’s St. Jude Math-a-thon coordinator for eight years, raising more than $30,000 for the kids at St. Jude’s Children Hospital. She is the Race Director for the One World Run since 2010, raising over $18,900 for orphans in Kandaria, Kenya.
11/28/2023 5:00 PM
11/28/2023 2:00 PM
All Harford County Public Schools (HCPS) students are assigned an iPad, Chromebook, or Dell laptop to use for the 2023-2024 school year. Your student’s device came with a copy of the Student Device Agreement and Protection Plan. As noted in this agreement, in accordance with Board of Education policy, Use of Equipment/Materials by Students, the parent/guardian will be responsible for all damage or loss to an HCPS owned device, whether in or out of school.
HCPS is offering the option to purchase a device protection plan. Please log into your School Cash Online account for each student to find this item available for purchase. If you have already purchased the protection plan, you may DISREGARD this message. The item will no longer be available for purchase in your account.
This option is available to purchase at a discount for $20 through October 31, 2023, or for $50.00 if purchased November 1, 2023, through January 31, 2024.
*Cost without the device protection plan: Repair - $150 An invoice will be sent to the email on file from StudentDevices@hcps.org.
If you apply and are approved for free and reduced meals, you will automatically receive the device protection plan. The application can be found at https://www.myschoolapps.com/Home/PickDistrict.
The fee for the protection plan is per student for the entire school year and is non-refundable. This plan will cover the cost of two incidents of accidental damage to the device, if submitted for repair with the service tag visible. The plan will not cover any intentional damages.
Replacement costs for a device beyond repair, lost, or stolen are:
Charger - $36
Chromebook/laptop - $300
Dell Precision laptop - $1,400
Apple iPad - $399
Please note: Lost or stolen items ARE NOT covered by the device protection plan.
We encourage you to review and consider the optional device protection plan by the due dates.
Click here to view a short video about OPTIONAL PURCHASES FOR FAMILIES.
Any questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
10/24/2023 5:00 PM
Dear Parents and Guardians,
For the 2024-2025 school year, 8th grade students who are applying to the Teacher Academy of Maryland Magnet may be offered seats in either Edgewood High School or North Harford High School via an established lottery process.
Students currently enrolled in TAM at Harford Technical High School will continue the program at Harford Technical high School through their graduation.
9/5/2023 5:30 PM
Dear Parents and Guardians of fifth-grade students,
This school year, your student will take part in an amazing opportunity at Harford Glen Environmental Education Center. The Fifth Grade Residential Outdoor Education Program is an overnight program and part of your student’s Environmental Stewardship unit. The hands-on learning opportunities at Harford Glen cannot be replicated in the classroom.
Staff at Harford Glen will host eight Open Houses for you to bring your student, learn about the program and visit the facility.
The Open Houses should take approximately 30 minutes and are self-guided, allowing you to explore the grounds, and facilities, on your own. Harford Glen staff will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.
Open House dates:
- Thursday, September 7, 2023 from 4:00-7:00 p.m.
- Wednesday, September 13, 2023 from 4:00-7:00 p.m.
- Tuesday, September 26, 2023 from 4:00-7:00 p.m.
- Thursday, October 19, 2023 from 2:00-5:00 p.m.
- Wednesday, November 1, 2023 from 4:00-7:00 p.m.
- Tuesday, December 19, 2023 from 4:00-7:00 p.m.
- Friday, February 16, 2024 from 2:00-5:00 p.m.
- Thursday, March 21, 2024 from 4:00-7:00 p.m.
If Harford County Public Schools closes schools on any of the above dates, the Open House that day will be canceled.
For more information about the Harford Glen programs, click here.
8/29/2023 5:00 PM
8/21/2023 9:31 AM
Please be advised that we have been made aware of unauthorized web sites and smart phone apps that accept Harford County Public Schools (HCPS) student credentials, potentially stealing your students’ credentials and or misusing them.
Parents and guardians should check their student's personal devices for apps and web site access to prevent them from unknowingly giving access to their personal information. We use security measures on HCPS devices to ensure this doesn’t happen, but we can’t protect your personal devices. Only you can ensure your student isn’t using an app or visiting a site that may be collecting information in the background!
All HCPS approved apps and platforms are listed on hcps.org; if we haven’t endorsed it, don’t use it. If you want to ask about a specific app/platform, contact User.Support@hcps.org.
8/10/2023 11:27 AM
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Harford County Public Schools, with support from a generous grant from the Harford County Health Department, is pleased to offer Care Solace to all students, staff, and their family members. Care Solace helps individuals find mental health care providers and substance use treatment centers. Their care companion team is available 24 hours per day, seven days per week, and 365 days per year to quickly connect you to carefully verified providers in your community. They will connect you with providers accepting all medical insurances and even options for those without insurance. This referral process is at no cost to you or the school system.
For more information on Care Solace, how to connect someone, or how to utilize Care Solace yourself, please watch this Parent Academy Real Talk video.
Parents/guardians and staff may access Care Solace services by utilizing the Care Solace website or calling (888) 515-0595. Support is available in 200+ languages. Parents/guardians can also call their child’s school to have administration or student services staff complete a referral on their behalf.
Manager of Communications
Harford County Public Schools
6/13/2023 5:00 PM
The following communication was sent to families on Wednesday, May 31, 2023 at 5 p.m.:
During the most recent legislative session, the Maryland General Assembly moved the date of the primary election for the State of Maryland. As a result, the primary elections will be held on May 14, 2023, instead of April 23, 2024.
The Board of Education of Harford County (BOE) originally approved the 2023-2024 school year calendar at the Board of Education Business Meeting on December 19, 2022. As a result of the election date change, the BOE voted on Monday, May 22, 2023, to make the following adjustment to the 2023-2024 school year calendar:
HCPS schools and offices will be open on April 23, 2024, and schools and offices will be closed on May 14, 2024, to allow our schools to to function as polling places for the election.
Calendar information can be found here.
Manager of Communications
Harford County Public Schools
5/31/2023 5:00 PM
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