Welcome Back!

I am thrilled to welcome you back for a wonderful new school year. We’ve worked hard over the summer to make this school year even better for our staff and the students we serve.

I am committed to leading this great school system with a call to action grounded in equity. Every child has individual needs that require different supports, which is why we must place equity and responsiveness for every person at the foundation of all decisions and actions. We must take care of our most vulnerable young people by believing that every child can and will learn.

Here in Howard County, we understand that to teach a child well, you must know a child well. This week, the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) is supporting schools in building meaningful relationships through community-building classroom engagements. Teachers throughout HCPSS will offer lessons and activities that:

  • establish classrooms as communities
  • emphasize each individual’s contribution to the classroom community
  • set up norms for respectful, trusting and safe engagement in the community
  • and define equity and what it looks, sounds and feels like in our community.

In my first few months, we’ve already been on an amazing journey to set the course in preparing every Howard County public student for the best possible start in life. I invite you to watch the video below to hear how we can create a more nurturing and inclusive environment that empowers every student to achieve.

Thank you for everything you do to prepare each student for a happy, healthy and prosperous future.

Please join in the first week of school celebrations by sharing photos on social media with the hashtag: #NewDayHCPSS.