2023 Nominations are now open!
Norma Arbaugh has been a certified bus driver for a Harford County Public Schools for 22 years.
Norma currently drives bus #494, and transports students to Sheppard Pratt School. In her years
as a driver, Norma has earned a reputation for her soft-spoken nature, and willingness to help
other drivers and attendants. She always shows empathy to her students, and has established
long lasting friendships with their families, even after they no longer ride the bus. She has
been married to her husband Chuck, for almost 36 years. She has two children: a daughter,
Crystal, who inspired Norma to become a Special Needs driver; and her son, Steven, who is also
a certified bus attendant for HCPS. Norma loves her job and believes in the teamwork required
to provide safe and dependable service for all students and their families.
Sharon Clements has been a certified bus driver for Harford County Public Schools for 18 years.
When Sharon needed a career change in 2004, her daughter, Tina, encouraged her to pursue a job
driving for HCPS. Sharon currently drives Bus #457, and services students attending Aberdeen
High School, Aberdeen Middle School, and High Roads School of Harford County. Sharon demonstrates
great dedication to both her students and their families. She works tirelessly and takes on
additional work to meet the needs of the students. She is compassionate and calm in every
situation. Her commitment to her work is evident with the students and in working with her
fellow drivers and attendants. Sharon’s trademark smile, work ethic, and dedication shines
through every day.
Kimberly Pierpont has been a certified bus driver for Harford County Public Schools since
December of 2017. She shared that when she first became a driver, she knew this was a job
she could be excited about, and she still is today. Kim currently drives bus #633 for B & T
Transportations, and currently services the students of Joppatowne High School Pathways in
Technology. In the past, she also drove for Youth’s Benefit Elementary School, and the parents
still speak of how impactful her relationship with the students were. Kimberly has supported
the HCPS student community in the past few years with Zoom story times and “Zentangle” creative
activities. She brings her positive energy to her work every day and encourages new drivers to
believe in the training they receive from HCPS. To many of her families, she is more than just
a driver, but also a friend. Kimberly, and her husband of 33 years have three amazingly unique
daughters, and two adorable rambunctious grandsons.
Crystal Ryan has been a certified bus driver for Harford County Public Schools since 2018.
She currently drives Bus #285 for C & J Bus Company, and services students for Edgewood High
School, Edgewood Middle School, and William Paca Elementary School. Crystal is respected for
her teamwork and dedication to her job. She is constantly striving to learn to communicate
better with her students. She works eagerly and professionally with school administrators to
help students find success using incentives and the Positive Behavioral Interventions and
Support (PBIS) program. She is active in the communities she provides service too. Crystal
has provided donations to the Homework Club and participates in Spirit Days. She serves the
students and their families with a positive and professional attitude. She shared that she
doesn’t even like snow days because she misses her students. Crystal is committed to her
students, past, present, and future.
Sheri Whitley has been a certified bus attendant for Harford County Public Schools since October
of 2007. Sheri shared that she truly found her calling assisting the children of Harford County.
She currently services the students and families of the John Archer School on Bus# 435. Fellow
bus staff, school administration and families describe her as one of the most genuine and caring
staff members. She has mentored countless new bus attendants over the years, and she has an
incredible rapport with her students and their families. Sheri believes strongly in finding a
way to communicate with students who do not communicate verbally. Her patience and kindness
allows her to develop a trusting relationships with families and gives parents and guardians
peace of mind when their children are in her care.
The following message is being sent to all contacts in our mass notification system via phone, email, and text message at 5:00 p.m., Thursday, December 8, 2022:
The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) approved the HCPS application to conduct asynchronous virtual instruction on up to 3 inclement weather days. HCPS staff are diligently working to prepare a “practice” of what this will look like. That practice is scheduled for the evening of Monday, January 9, 2023. Prekindergarten students will receive a bag of supplies when the bags are delivered. Students in kindergarten through grade 12 will bring their device home January 9, 2023; as part of their homework, they must log into their inclement weather tile, which will appear on Canvas, and send a confirmation message to the teacher. The HCPS curriculum offices is creating the assignment that every single student will do that will be a quick confirmation that they were able to get in.
If your school needs to adjust the systemwide asynchronous virtual instruction plan, they will reach out to your directly with additional information.
Please note, if there is a need to close HCPS for inclement weather PRIOR to January 9, we will NOT utilize virtual instruction. Following the practice on the evening of January 9, HCPS plans to conduct asynchronous virtual instruction on the first 3 closures for inclement weather.
Families can expect additional details to be available on hcps.org, including information about where to access asynchronous virtual instruction, what time it will be available, as well as a Parent Academy video with additional details. This will be available prior to the January 9, 2022 scheduled "practice."
Again, MSDE approved the HCPS application for asynchronous virtual instruction on inclement weather days and we look forward to having a very brief systemwide “practice” after school on Monday, January 9, 2023. Additional details will be made available as soon as possible.
12/8/2022 5:00 PM
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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