Mount View Middle School start time will be moved to 8:00 AM to address the traffic concern in the fall 2022.
The analysis, efforts, and implementation changes over the previous years, have not produced results that eliminate the traffic and congestion. Prior to investing in a capital project, staff has been directed to adjust the start time for MVMS for the 2022-2023 school year from 7:40 a.m. to 8:00 a.m., increasing the gap between the two schools to a total of 35 minutes, potentially eliminating the community concerns.
Copied from Laura Smit’s Facebook Post. I want to let my friends who live in Columbia/Howard County know about a free photography contest that is happening in Columbia’s Sister City, Liyang, in China, that Columbia/Howard County residents are invited to participate in!
The theme is “Light of Spring”. Adult and youth photographers in Columbia/Howard County, both professional and amateur, may participate. They simply submit up to 3 photos to our Liyang sister city committee via email by May 20, and our photo contest coordinator will make sure they get to the Liyang Cultural Center in China that is hosting the Photo Contest.
Please see the description and rules for the “Light of Spring” photo contest below.
This is our first time with a virtual photography exchange/contest with our Sister City in China. It will be fun to share photos from our spring here in Columbia/Howard County with the residents and photographers of our Chinese Sister City. I know that a lot of you are great nature photographers who could easily participate in this. I have seen SO many of your lovely photos of spring scenes here on FB! Photos can be of anything related to spring. Awardees’ work will be printed and hung in the museum in Liyang in China.
Light of Spring Liyang, China Photo Contest Info and Rules
Purpose ➢ To encourage a photographic exchange between residents of the sister cities of Columbia, Maryland, U.S.A. and Liyang, Jiangsu Province, China that illustrates the the beauty of spring in our communities.
Organizers ➢ Liyang Cultural Center, China ➢ Columbia-Liyang Sister City Committee, U.S.
Eligible Participants ➢ Adult and youth photographers living in Columbia/Howard County. Both amateur and professional photographers may participate.
How to participate ➢ The photos should be saved as Jpeg file and are to be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information: ✓ Your name, contact number, email address and home street address. ✓ Title of photo ✓ Brief photo description (including location of photo taken, no more than 50 words)
Deadline ➢ All photos must be submitted to email@example.com on or before May 20, 2022
Rules & Regulations ➢ Up to three (3) photos will be accepted from each photographer; ➢ The size of each photo (Jpeg file) should be between 2MB and 20MB. ➢ No limitation on photography category. It could be landscape, wildlife or portrait, as long as it expresses the “Light of Spring” theme. ➢ The photo shall be not artificially framed and should not contain any text except the signature and date; ➢ All photos must be original work, taken by the entrants. No third party may own or control any materials the photo contains, and the photo must not infringe upon the trademark, copyright, moral rights, intellectual rights, or rights of privacy of any entity or person; ➢ Entries will be judged by the Liyang Cultural Center (LCC), China. All decisions are final. The LCC reserves the right to disqualify any entry that is deemed inappropriate or does not conform to stated contest rules. ➢ By submitting the photo(s), entrants agree that photo(s) submitted can be used by LCC and Columbia-Liyang Sister City Committee for non-commercial advertising purposes. ➢ The winner will be contacted via the email address provided during entry.
Awards by Liyang Cultural Center ✓ 1st Place or Gold: 1 Award Winner ✓ 2nd Place or Silver: 2 Award Winners ✓ 3rd Place or Bronze: 3 Award Winners ✓ Excellence Award: 20 Award Winners ✓ All awarded photos will be displayed in the Liyang Museum for a month.
Disclaimer By submitting your photo, you affirm and certify that you have read the contest information and understand the rules to the best of your knowledge. You understand that any misrepresentation, falsification, or omission of any facts called for in the submission may render this submission void.
For more information, please contact: Ms. Jun Han, Coordinator of Columbia-Liyang Sister City Committee Photo Contest Cell: 202-288-8228; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
By Amy Liao
The month of May was officially designated as Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage month under the George H. W. Bush administration with the passing of Public Law 102-540. The month of May was chosen to coincide with two important milestones in Asian/Pacific American history: the arrival in the United States of the first Japanese immigrants (May 7, 1843) and contributions of Chinese workers to the building of the Transcontinental railroad, completed May 10, 1869.
Since the middle of the 19th century, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders charted their unique journey in American history. The multi-ethnic communities (from east and south Asian immigrants to the native Hawaiian and other Pacific islanders) endured many institutional discriminations such the infamous “Chinese Exclusion Act” in 1882 and the Japanese Encampment during World War II. Yet the AAPI communities thrived in this great nation that many times corrected paths and embraced differences into the melting pot.
Throughout the 180-year history, there were many AAPIs left their marks. From the 16-year-old Chinese immigrant Mabel Ping-Hua Lee who helped lead a 1912 Suffrage march, to Dr. Chien-Shiung Wu, honored by the US Postal Service by featuring in the Forever Stamps as the Manhattan project contributor and one of the most influential nuclear physicists in the 20th century. According to the Census Bureau, by 2019, there were more than 22 million residents in the US who identified as of AAPI origin or descents. This vibrant community has been weaved in every part of the American society, from Silicon valley big tech executives to the half a million business owners; from military service men and women to the doctors and nurses who fought in the frontline against Covid-19 and many others who are active contributors in the workforce of industries and government agencies.
This year, we celebrate AAPI heritage with a special highlight! On Tuesday, April 26, 2022, the US House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill to study the creation of a National Museum of Asian Pacific American history and culture. Let’s all learn from history, embrace diversity, and build a bright future together.
For scenario 2, we assume the county will give us extra money by keeping(not decreasing) the HCPSS spending percentage(51%) in the total county spending, which is 14.5 million dollars. This now falls to the county council’s hand.
HCPSS is giving out covid test kids to students. HCPSS is encouraging students to test themselves after the spring break.
screen time and school lunch discussions
The board support: CB26-2022, introduced by the Howard County Council Member Walsh during their April 2022, Legislative Session is presented to the Board of Education of Howard County in the attached Legislative Report. The Legislative Committee met on March 30, 2022, and recommends that the Board adopt the position indicated in the attached. Original language for the bill is also attached to this report.
The board nominated Ms. Mosley to the MABE Board of Directors.
Direct the Superintendent to review the policies that address screen time.
HCPSS Musgrove Farms Community Shared Septic System
The Board is requested to approve the Option 1 Fee Structure so that the accounting department may implement the fee structure for billing and receivable activities to commence for FY2022 (and beyond).
(Approved) Policy 9090 Wellness through Nutrition and Physical Activity
(Approved) Policy 9100 Education Programs for Pregnant and Parenting Students
(Report) Policy 6060 Community Improvement to School Sites or School Facilities
(Report) Policy 4050 Procurement of Goods and/or Services
Proposed Instructional Materials and Review Schedule
Some board members proposed cancelling the final exam again. Motioned made and failed.
Many residents know that in Howard County, developers have a controlling influence in local politics, especially campaign donations and housing development, so there is now a “No Developer Money” movement. Here is a national developer with a local branch, boasting their influence in their shareholder meeting “control cities and monopoly-like control“. https://chaowu.org/2021/04/13/control-the-city/
I have been using data and voice to explain the correlation between overdevelopment and school overcrowding on the school board. Here is my pledge:
I pledge not to take developers’ campaign donation. Our campaign should be Of the People, By the People, For the People. The same for our government and legislatures. #wu4delegate
The Goucher College Poll measures the opinions of Maryland residents and voters on important policy, social, and economic issues. The poll results and a methodology statement are released to members of the media and other interested groups as a public service to the state. Goucher students help research survey questions, design the questionnaire, and analyze the results.
Maryland residents feel impact of price increases, a majority hold a positive view of the state economy; Residents divided over how state should spend the budget surplus, view crime and public safety as the top priority; Hogan remains popular, opinions divided on Biden; Residents support the legalization of recreational cannabis
Marylanders support local jurisdictions ending mandates and restrictions, give their local health departments and Gov. Hogan high marks on handling of the pandemic; Concern over contracting COVID-19 in decline; Residents see the most significant impacts of climate change on sea level, wildlife and ecosystems, and weather patterns in Maryland
Two candidates for SMOB election: Oliver Song and Abisola Ayoola from Wilde Lake High School
For Unvaccinated Staff and Volunteers, they will no longer be required to provide proof of vaccination or undergo weekly testing. •Additionally, we announced that school visitors and volunteers will no longer be required to provide proof of vaccination before entering the school building.
The quarantine policy keeps the same.
Dr. Martirano will provide guidance on how to reduce screen time shortly.
Howard County Association of Supervisors and Administrators (HCASA)
Approve the recommendations for installation of relocatable units for the school year 2022–2023. In total, there are 212 units, 255 class room spaces and 7650 seats for the portables.
Blueprint Local Flexibility – Low Performing Schools
The Blueprint for Maryland’s Future requires the annual identification of schools with low performance to initiate $7,000 incentive pay for Nationally Board Certified (NBC) teachers at those schools. Schools selected would be designated as low performing for the 2022-2023 school year.
Elementary School: Cradlerock, Swansfield, Middle School: Harper’s Choice, Lake Elkhorn, Oakland Mills, Wild Lake, High School: Oakland Mils, and Homewood Center.
School Start Times Format/Template (Brian Nevin; Tom Platt, Decision Support Group LLC) – REPORT
With such a big chunk of new money coming into the school system and to be used in a fixed time frame, we want to make sure HCPSS is using the money correctly. So we had an internal audit.
Summary: HCPSS has clearly defined planning and budgeting, accounting and reporting, and auditing processes for the use of relief funds. HCPSS recognizes the risk on operations when relief funds expire and is planning to use them in a manner which reduces or eliminates the risk to the extent practicable.
A few people approached me with questions for the presentation on HS 13 impact areas by our consultant during the HS 13 redistricting community meetings. Here is my 2019 post on this topic. You will find the polygon numbers and other relevant info.
A side note: Readers should not use that map as reference since that map was presented before the last redistricting. Many things has changed. It is unfortunate they used that map for illustration which causes confusion.
U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen would like to share information on an exciting opportunity that may be of interest to your students.
Juniors (students in the Class of 2023) who have an interest in learning about opportunities to attend a U.S. Service Academy for college are encouraged to apply to participate in a summer program. Each Academy’s summer program provides a week-long immersion into the academic, military, and social life of that Academy. The Academies are ranked among the top undergraduate public universities in the country. The U.S. Naval Academy also offers a Summer STEM Program for rising 9th-11th graders. (Please see below.)
Participation in a summer program is considered a student’s first step in navigating their future to becoming one of our nation’s next generation of leaders. Summer programs introduce one to life at an Academy, where they will experience first-class academic, athletic, and professional training at one of the most prestigious academic institutions in the country
Summer program applications are now being accepted for the U.S. Military Academy (Summer Leaders Experience, West Point, NY), U.S. Naval Academy (Summer Seminar, Annapolis, MD), and U.S. Coast Guard Academy (AIM Summer Program, New London, CT).
Student Representative Report: Centennial High School
Promotion of Tammy Jones to principal, Lime Kiln Middle School
Covid update: none of the metrics the health department has been regularly tracking to inform COVID‐related decisions are in the red or danger zone.
Tents will come back to all elementary schools
Field trips: overnight and school‐to‐school field trips may now resume. One factor that may still result in a denial of an overnight field trip is if it is to an area of the country that has been identified as a COVID “hot spot”.
Student‐Athlete Vaccination and Testing: we are discontinuing the weekly testing requirement for student‐athletes who have not confirmed their vaccination status.
End of Year activities: Schools are planning in‐person end‐of year activities this spring. This includes celebration and promotional opportunities. Additionally, proms and graduations will be occurring in‐person
Howard County Education Association
Incentive Pay Discussion for NBC teachers at Low Performing Schools
The board discussed $7,000 incentive pay for Nationally Board Certified (NBC) teachers at low performing schools, following Blueprint for Maryland legislation. The eight schools are: Cradlerock ES, Swansfield ES, Harper’s Choice MS, Lake Elkhorn MS, Oakland Mills MS, Wilde Lake MS, Oakland Mills HS, Homewood.
Portable Classroom Discussion
The board discussed portables for Bollman Bridge ES, West Friendship ES, Folly Quarter MS, Mount View MS . In total there are 212 units, 255 class room spaces, 7650 seats in HCPSS. The motion failed. We will have discussions in the next board meeting.
New High School #13 is scheduled to open for the 2023-24 school year with 1,680 seats. The school is located near Mission Road and Washington Boulevard (Rt. 1) in Jessup, within the current Hammond High School attendance area. The communities located in the eastern part of Howard County are most likely to be impacted by this redistricting process.
Changes in school attendance areas as a result of this process will take effect beginning the 2023-24 school year.