French, German, and Spanish are offered at most of the school system’s high schools, and consistently, a great
high school students elect to pursue at least two years of world language study. All high schools offer at
least four consecutive years of French and Spanish study. Though German is not offered at four of the high
schools, the student enrollment continues to remain static and sets the trend for the remainder of the State.
Advanced placement course offerings in French, German, and Spanish exist at six of the high schools.
Baccalaureate (IB) French and Spanish courses are offered at one of the high schools.
A finely articulated world language curriculum is consistently in the process of revision, and this curriculum
designed to align with the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century and the Maryland State
Curriculum for World Languages. World Language educators have set the pace with the development and
of Level 1 and Level 2 countywide assessments for all students. These assessments are designed to ensure
that all students are meeting similar learning expectations.
Middle schools that offer Level 1 courses in world languages are Aberdeen Middle School and Fallston Middle
enrolled in these middle school world language course offerings complete one full year of world language
study and then matriculate to a Level 2 course offering upon enrollment in high school. Edgewood Middle School
offers Intro to French and Intro to Spanish courses. Magnolia Middle School, North Harford Middle School,
Patterson Mill Middle School, and Southampton Middle School offer a Foreign Language Exploratory (FLEX) course
offering of seven weeks to sixth, seventh, or eighth grade students. This course provides a very basic
to French, German, and Spanish and provides students with a basis for choosing the language they elect to
study in high school.
World Language education places integral focus on guiding students in developing a comprehensive understanding
to communicate in the target language. Students become the benefactors of fundamental and integral concepts
that enrich their understanding of the target language studied and its culture.
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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