(24) 2020 Interview with Luz Angelica Serna, Hammond High School, University of Maryland

(24) 2020 Interview with Luz Angelica Serna, Hammond High School, University of Maryland

Ms. Luz Angelica Serna graduated from Hammond High School in 2019. She is attending University of Maryland, Baltimore County, majoring in psychology.

In the interview, Luz shared her experience on to balance on activities, overcoming challenges and charged forward to find her interest. Luz also shared why she chose UMBC and psychology as her major. She also talked about the challenge Hammond High School was facing, for example, not renovated for a long time. The good news is that Hammond High School is under renovation (unfortunately after Luz’s graduation) and due to complete in 2023.

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(23) 2020 Interview with Abigail Furman, Howard High School, UMCP

(23) 2020 Interview with Abigail Furman, Howard High School, UMCP

Ms. Abigail Furman graduated from Howard High School in 2020. She will join University of Maryland, College Park and her major is English, Literature and Language.

Abigail shared her way to have a good routine using a hand-written calendar in her senior, jogging between academics, extra-curriculum activities and internships. She discussed her experience in the Project Lead the Way at ARL, which was difficult, but very valuable. Her advice: That one test does not matter. It is going to be OK. Don’t burn out.

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(21) 2020 Interview with Ian Lang, Wilde Lake High School, UMBC

(21) 2020 Interview with Ian Lang, Wilde Lake High School, UMBC

Mr. Ian Lang, graduated from Wilde Lake High School in 2019. He is attending University of Maryland, Baltimore County, majoring mathematics and economics. I

n high school, he did a lot of music program. His challenge in the senior year came from his chamber choir, a GT level choir course. He adjusted his learning style and pace eventually and built his confidence. He also shared his experience on how he received his first C grade, and then adjust himself and overcame the challenge. He found his interest in math and eventually chose math as his major, while exploring interest in economics.

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Timbers at Troy Revenue and Expenses in the last 10 years

Last week I made a motion to put HS 14 in Elkridge back into HCPSS long term capital budget and the board approved that motion. I have been receiving some feedbacks from the community. One feedback is about the Timbers at Troy golf course. That golf course was discussed as one possible HS 14 site.

Here is the Timbers at Troy revenue and expenses in the last ten years. The golf court unfortunately is running red for the last several years. It lost 1.4 million in 2017, 0.439 million in 2018 and 1.5 million in 2019.

I am wondering how many golf courses the county owns and how well they are running in the last 10 years. I know Columbia Association’s golf courses have been facing some financial difficulties in the past several years too. How can we improve this situation? Or the sport of golf is not as attractive as before?

(20) 2020 Interview with Ethan Fan, Atholton High School, Georgetown University

(20) 2020 Interview with Ethan Fan, Atholton High School, Georgetown University

Mr. Ethan Fan graduated from Atholton High School. He will join Georgetown University, majoring Biology of Global Health.

In his college application, he said: Don’t let perfection become procrastination. At first, he hesitated to write the application. Then he realized he just needed to write something, little by little and built on that.

He shared that a mindset of going forward and trying something new was critical for the high school success. One reason for his college choice is because he wants to stay close to his parent during the pandemic.

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(19) 2020 Interview with Caio Goolsby, Centennial High School, UMCP

(19) 2020 Interview with Caio Goolsby, Centennial High School, UMCP

Mr. Caio Goolsby graduated from Centennial High School in 2020. He will join University of Maryland, College Park, majoring International Relations and Economics.

In this interview, Caio shared the online learning challenge due to covid-19. He also talked about “staying healthy” as a priority while juggling many tasks. Learning to say no is something extremely important.

He was a teacher aiding to help some teachers in high school, which greatly impacted him. He shared that he was bullied in middle school unfortunately and he overcame that.

He joined the “It’s Academic” team in Centennial High, which he enjoyed so much and the team was ranked 7th in the nation in 2018 . Another club is Model United Nations, where he was president for two years. There are more to learn about Caio.

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(18) 2020 Interview with Wyatt Currie, Mt. Hebron High School, University of Pennsylvania

(18) 2020 Interview with Wyatt Currie, Mt. Hebron High School, University of Pennsylvania

Mr. Wyatt Currie graduated from Mt. Hebron High School in 2020 and will join University of Pennsylvania , majoring Finance and Computer Science.

Wyatt shared his time management skills in high school. He also took classes in the dual enrollment program from University of Maryland, Baltimore County by calling them.

He was on the Mt. Hebron’s Economics Challenge team, led by Mr. Vann Prime. The team won numerous awards on state and national levels, and worldwide. He even went to Saint Petersburg , Russia for the international competition last year. Here is HCPSS news update: https://news.hcpss.org/news-posts/202…

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(17) 2020 Interview with Ambika Siddabathula (SMOB), River Hill High, NYIT

(17) 2020 Interview with Ambika Siddabathula (SMOB), River Hill High, NYIT

Ms. Ambika Siddabathula graduated from River Hill High School in 2019. She is attending a 7-year doctor program in New York Institute of Technology(NYIT). Ambika was the student board member (SMOB) of Howard County Board of Education.

In this interview, Ambika shared her experience serving as a student member of our school board, her role in the advisory committee for ARL, her long-lasting love with her dance. She is professional dancer.

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(16) 2020 Interview with Chelsea Baker, River Hill High School, Harvard College

(16) 2020 Interview with Chelsea Baker, River Hill High School, Harvard College

Ms. Chelsea Baker graduated from River Hill High School. She will join Harvard College this fall. She has not made her mind on her major.

Chelsea shared why she has not decided her major yet because she wants to explore more possibilities in college. Chelsea talked about her school experience. She was the team captain of her school varsity soccer team and the team won three consecutive championships before.

She talked about overcoming the difficulty in her AP chemistry class, then learned a lot from that experience. She also talked about her learning at an academic camp ( her term nerd camp) in Naval Academy.

She shared her experience on how to overcome cyberbullying in her middle school.

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(15) 2020 Interview with Rachel Lin, Howard High School(2016), UC Berkeley

(15) 2020 Interview with Rachel Lin, Howard High School(2016), UC Berkeley

Ms. Rachel Lin graduated from Howard High School in 2016 and graduated for UC Berkeley this year. Her college major was Cognitive Science and Legal Study. She was a student board member (SMOB) of Howard County Board of Education in 2015-2016.

Now she started her own business with college friends while preparing for LSAT exam. Her Study Hall College Consulting is now live! The website link is: http://www.shcollegeconsulting.com. Here is her youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWiV… She shared both her wonderful high school experience and her unforgettable college life.

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(14) 2020 Interview with Alex Eapen, Long Reach High School, University of Pennsylvania

(14) 2020 Interview with Alex Eapen, Long Reach High School, University of Pennsylvania

Mr. Alex Eapen graduated from Long Reach High School in 2020 and will join University of Pennsylvania, majoring neuroscience.

He shared how to balance school life, how to find his interest and passion until his junior year. He also shared how to find true-self in order to fit himself in different roles. There are much more he shared ranging from college application, leadership position in student government and clubs, G&T intern, clubs, etc.

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(13) 2020 Interview with Lorelei Loraine, Mt. Hebron High School, Columbia University

(13) 2020 Interview with Lorelei Loraine, Mt. Hebron High School, Columbia University

Ms. Lorelei Loraine graduated from Mt. Hebron High School in 2020. She will join Columbia University, majoring Economics and Mathematics.

She was on the Mt. Hebron’s Economics Challenge team, led by Mr. Vann Prime. The team won numerous awards on state and national levels, and worldwide. Here is HCPSS news update: https://news.hcpss.org/news-posts/202…

She shared her feelings when she received her first college rejection letter. However, she learned lessons and moved on to the next round.

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Board Member Report 2020-9-10

Board Member Report 2020-9-10

Modified for publication.

This is the first board meeting since our full virtual education started. We have mixed feelings about it, doubt, uncertainty, disappointment and excitement. As a parent myself, I totally understand some frustrations from parents and also appreciate what has been done given the constraints. 

First, I would like to take this opportunity to thank our students and parents, our teachers and staff,  and our community to take a fresh start for the new semester. September 10 was Teacher’s Day when I grew up in China. I always appreciate so much help I received from my teachers when I grew up. Students, parents, the community and the system showed gratitude to our teachers. 

It is especially difficult for our young learners, kindergarteners, first graders, students with special needs and high school seniors, students who are transitioning from one school to another. However, we are keeping to change, improve and adapt our work to help all students. 

Our school system keeps exploring ideas of bringing a small group of students into the classroom settings and provides much needed service for them, especially for students with special needs. The situation is unprecedented and we are working slowly but steadily on this. We must put safety as our highest priority. We are crossing the river while feeling the pebbles in the water. 

Second, I would like our staff taking the community inputs and feedback, reflecting on what we learn during this process, and thinking about our second semester ASAP. What is the criteria we can aim to reopen school safely, smoothly and gradually? 

Third, I know some of our parents’ confidence in our school system has eroded during our struggle to offer education services for our students while dealing with covid-19. We saw 300 less enrollment in kindergarten, more than 2200 withdrawals from our school system. How to regain parents’ confidence will be a challenge for us. 

Finally, we are entering Phase III recovery for the state and the county. However, we still need to keep vigilant until the covid-19 is under total control. Please keep wearing a mask and keep social distancing. The quicker we can keep the numbers down and covid-19 under control, the faster we can get back to the normal life. We are almost there.

Thank you.

Superintendent’s Proposed FY 2022 Capital Budget and FY 2023-2027 Capital Improvement Program

This is the first step in the annual capital budget process which will conclude with the approval of the Board of Education’s final Capital Budget in May 2021. The Capital Budget is submitted much earlier than the Operating Budget to accommodate deadlines associated with submission of the State Capital Budget.

The FY 2022 Capital Budget request totals $108,012,000, the FY 2023-2027 Capital Improvement Program request totals $363,556,000, and the FY 2022-2031 Long-Range Master Plan totals $821,657,000.

The Board of Education must approve the capital budget request state priority listing prior to its submission to the State by the October due date to apply for State funding for eligible projects in the FY 2022 Capital
Budget. A copy of the state priority list is attached.
The capital budget priority list is developed based upon criteria for State participation and assessed capital
needs presented in the Superintendent’s Proposed FY 2022 Capital Budget.

The document is attached here: