The Harford County Public Schools Parent Academy is an exciting new resource for all HCPS
The Parent Academy will include a series of workshops designed to engage HCPS parents/guardians
partners in their children's education, and will work to provide useful information and
needed to help their children succeed in school and in the community. The goal is to connect
families, school system staff, and community stakeholders in meaningful partnerships that will
increase student achievement and support wellbeing.
Like us on Facebook @HCPSParentAcademy!
Three Harford County Public Schools (HCPS) principals, along with school-based Student Support Services
staff and several Harford County partners, planned a successful event on March 3 at the Homes at Fountain
Green to welcome and connect with families new to the community.
Mr. Brad Stinar, principal of Hickory Elementary School, Mr. Chas Hagan, principal of Southampton Middle
School, and Ms. Erica Harris, principal of C. Milton Wright High School, recognize the importance of
community engagement and work every day to seek partnerships and build relationships that will help
support their students and their families.
Hickory Elementary Principal Brad Stinar would like to give a special thank you to Tina Bland, Hickory's
school counselor, and Angela Gottesfeld, Hickory's school nurse, for their work behind the scenes to make
this event a success: "Tonight's family event would not have been possible without Tina and Angela and their
collective efforts, kudos and thank you to them both."
HCPS also thanks the following partners who joined our three schools in welcoming the new families during the event.
Early Childhood Summit
04/04/2022 01:00 PM
The parent academy is proud to sponsor the upcoming Thrive by Five Early Childhood Summit for parents/guardians of children ages birth through five and child care providers. During (April 4-7, 2022), registrants will participate in up to 19, 25-minute sessions. For the list of session topics and the summit schedule, please see the event flier on the Parent Academy Facebook page or the Parent Academy page on www.hcps.org. Spots are open to the first 250 registered.
Registration for this event closes at midnight on April 1, 2022. Click Here to register.
For parents of children age birth through five, and childcare providers
Click Here to Join!
The Gift of Failure
04/21/2022 06:00 PM
Teacher, international speaker, and celebrated author and columnist Jessica Lahey will present “The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed” at Patterson Mill High School. The presentation is based on her New York Times best-selling book “The Gift of Failure,” which offers parents common-sense advice on how to let children learn from their mistakes. A seasoned teacher, Ms. Lahey is internationally recognized as an expert on parenting styles and their impact on students’ motivation, learning and resilience. Ms. Lahey will answer questions and provide recommendations to help parents and educators reframe children’s temporary setbacks as beneficial steps toward lasting, long-term success. Parents and caregivers are invited to attend this free presentation sponsored by the Harford County Department of Community Services’ Office of Drug Control Policy and held in partnership with Harford County Public Schools’ Parent Academy. Childcare is available for children ages 4-12 (pre-registration required).
Parents and caregivers
FAFSA: The Next Step After College Acceptance
03/10/2022 12:00 PM
Learn about financial aid tips, full-time versus part-time enrollment, rights to grades, and satisfactory academic progress
Parents/caregivers of students in grades 11 and 12
Parent Career Event
02/01/2022 05:00 PM
Harford Community College staff is going to share information about how to
sign-up for career training, information about learning new job skills, and
potential job opportunities!
Parenting Pivots During the Pandemic
02/23/2022 05:00 PM
Over the past two years, young children have experienced drastic changes to pre-pandemic routines, experiences and opportunities. These changes can greatly influence a child's normal patterns of thinking, feeling and behavior. Join Frank Kros to learn practical tools you can use to support your child's healthy development in this challenging time, address behavior conflicts at home and identify when to reach-out for help. Frank is a career child advocate, author, speaker and parent with more than three decades of experience in "Helping Adults Help Kids."
Parents/caregivers of children in PreK-Grade 2
01/27/2022 01:00 PM
Harford Community College staff is going to share information about how to sign-up for career training, information about learning new job skills, and potential job opportunities!
Title: Middle School Matters
Date/Time: 12/8/2021 6:00:00 PM
Description: Learn more about what to expect in middle school and how to get your student on track for opportunities with magnet programs, etc.
Intended Audience: Parents/Caregivers of elementary students
Click Here to Join!
Title: Into Adulthood
Date/Time: 12/16/2021 4:30:00 PM
Description: Topics covered in this presentation will include applying for college and financial aid, apprenticeship/internship/summer employment opportunities, resources to support readiness, etc.
Intended Audience: Parents/Caregivers of middle and high school students
How to Talk with Your Children About Differences
10/06/2021 06:00 PM
Parents may not realize that young children “see diversity” and that research confirms that awareness of differences starts early. Join Dr. Paula Stanton and Ms. Meredith Heldt from the Office of Equity and Cultural Proficiency to learn more about how to communicate with your children, intentionally, about differences and how to help children embrace diversity.
Harford County SECAC Meeting
10/07/2021 06:30 PM
Social Opportunities in the Community...join to hear from community members!
Family/friends with special education students
Title: Preparing Your Child for Launch into Career and Life
Date/Time: 10/20/2021 6:00:00 PM
Description: Learn directly from the HCPS Counseling Office about setting goals with your child and "reaching for the stars," and how to overcome, "Houston, we have a problem!"
Title: Raising Young Women
Date/Time: 10/27/2021 6:00:00 PM
Description: Participants will hear from Mijiza Green, who developed the Treasured Jewels mentor program in 2012, starting with 17 girls. Her program is currently in four schools and has a total of 250 members. Mrs. Green has worked with children for more than 10 years and has been contracted to create programs for the Boys & Girls Club, HCPS, YMCA, and Teen Court.
Title: Shaping Your Child's Behavior for Good: Practical Skills for Parents in Challenging Times
Date/Time: 9/20/2021 6:00:00 PM
Description: Presented by worldwide speaker Frank Kros, MSW, JD:
Parenting has lots of challenges in today's often chaotic world. One of those challenges is helping your child develop and maintain the behavior skills that will empower them to reach their goals. In this session, we'll share 5 specific parenting tools for shaping your child's behavior. These strategies will enhance your ability to provide your child effective behavioral feedback; boost your confidence in managing your child's strong emotions; improve your selection and delivery of appropriate consequences; and powerfully upgrade how you praise and reward your child. These practical tools will improve your ability to influence your child's behavior for good!
Intended Audience: All families
Off to a Great Start; Building the Parent/Caregiver Support System
09/29/2021 06:00 PM
Former Teachers of the Year Elizabeth White (Harford Technical High School) and Paige Milanoski (Havre de Grace High School), as well as Director of Secondary School Instruction and Performance Colin Carr, will share insight on a successful start to the new school year.
Parents/Caregivers of middle and high school students
5/24/2022 1:46 PM
4/28/2022 5:00 PM
4/26/2022 5:00 PM
Following the Board of Education’s decision to make masks optional in Harford County Public Schools, we want to provide additional information to students, staff, parents, and guardians.
If staff or students are sick, please stay home.
Bel Air High School: Monday from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Fallston High School: Tuesday from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
North Harford High School: Wednesday from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Aberdeen High School: Thursday from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
If you have already registered with MAKO for a prior COVID-19 screening clinic, you do not need to complete the registration again before attending a voluntary clinic.
If you have not registered with MAKO, please click here for registration information.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) say, “COVID-19 Community Levels are a new tool to help communities decide what prevention steps to take based on the latest data. Levels can be low, medium, or high and are determined by looking at hospital beds being used, hospital admissions, and the total number of new COVID-19 cases in an area. Take precautions to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 based on the COVID-19 Community Level in your area.”
Based on the CDC’s latest update, the COVID-19 Community Level in Harford County is “low.” When community levels are “low,” CDC guidance says:
Wear a mask based on your personal preference, informed by your personal level of risk.
Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines.
Get tested if you have symptoms.
Click here for more information about CDC COVID-19 Community Levels.
Click here for a video message following the Board of Education’s decision to make masks optional in HCPS. A big “thank you” to Ms. Abbott’s 5th graders at Ring Factory Elementary School who star in the video! #HCPSuperStars
3/1/2022 1:45 PM
Tonight, February 28, 2022, at 6:51 p.m. during the Board Business meeting, the Board of Education of Harford County voted to lift the mask mandate in all Harford County Public Schools (HCPS) school buildings and facilities, making masks optional for students, staff, and visitors who wish to wear them. The change will take effect tomorrow, Tuesday, March 1, 2022. This comes after conversations with local health officials following the Maryland State Board of Education and the Administrative, Executive, and Legislative Review (AELR) vote to lift the state mask mandate for schools.
We want to be very clear: We support students and adults who choose to continue wearing masks in our school buildings and facilities. Now that the mask mandate has been lifted, this is a personal and family choice. Much like any other personal choice or difference of opinion, there will be no tolerance in our classrooms, schools, or offices, for anyone who wishes to intimidate, tease, or bully anyone else for their choice of whether to wear a mask or not. We ask all our adults to lead by example and all our families to have conversations with their students about this important issue. We must continue to exercise grace, patience, and flexibility with one another.
On February 25, 2022, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) amended its federal mask order to no longer require that people wear masks on buses operated by school systems when they are carrying out school-system related business. As a result, effective tomorrow, Tuesday, March 1, 2022, masks will also be optional on school buses, when those buses are carrying out school-related functions.
Following the current quarantine and isolation guidance set forth by the CDC, Maryland Department of Health (MDH), and the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), students and staff who have completed their five-day isolation or quarantine period should continue to mask in all public settings, including schools, for five additional days. Additionally, all students utilizing health suite services will need to utilize a mask during their visit based on guidance from the CDC. Masks will be provided in health suites as needed.
Please click here for the HCPS Operational Status effective March 1, 2022. It is also available on hcps.org.
We have all been anxious to get to this point. Again, with masks now optional in schools, HCPS facilities, and on school buses for school related activities, we ask everyone to continue to exercise diligence, caution, and kindness, as we traverse the road ahead, HCPStogether.
2/28/2022 6:52 PM
Click Here to view archived alerts.