The elementary science program emphasizes a "hands-on" science approach. Curriculum covers all three major
science: earth/space science, life sciences, and physical sciences. The program aligns with Maryland's Voluntary
State Curriculum for Science which will be assessed as part of the Maryland School Assessment in grade five.
Units of study at the elementary level are organized into lab "kits" which are rotated into elementary
during each school year. The kits contain student activity booklets and all of the science materials necessary
for the teacher and students to complete laboratory-based units of study.
The middle school science program is a comprehensive study of earth/space, life, and physical sciences. Content,
skill development, and problem-solving strategies emphasize "real world" science. The program aligns with
the Maryland Voluntary State Curriculum for Science which will be assessed in grade 8 by the Maryland School
Assessment. To maintain high student interest in science throughout the middle school years, much of the
curriculum centers around thematic units. Students study authentic science phenomena such as hurricanes,
the Chesapeake Bay, and consumer products. They collect and analyze information and data, solve problems,
and create presentations.
Five course offerings are the core of the high school program: Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and
Science. These courses are supplemented by a wide variety of elective science courses which include Astronomy,
Biochemistry, Marine Science, Botany, and Anatomy and Physiology. Advanced Placement courses are offered
in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Environmental Science. The use of computers, probes, scanners, digitized
cameras, and other forms of technology is infused throughout the high school science program. Students must
successfully pass Biology and the end of course High School Assessment in Biology in order to receive a Maryland
To supplement traditional classroom science instruction, the science department staffs and operates the
Harford Glen Environmental Education Center. This 360 acre facility provides field
experiences for grades
1-12, including a four-day residential program at grade 5.
Three planetaria, each with its own teacher, host over 20,000 students each year to instruct them in astronomy
earth science topics. Both Harford Glen and our planeteria are considered integral parts of our total science
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11/30/2022 3:01 PM
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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