Important News & Upcoming Events

HCPSS Summer Meals, Community Farmers Markets and Food Connection Resources

Learn more about low-cost food and nutrition resources here.

Important Reminders for Homewood Center Seniors

The final day for Homewood Seniors will be May 15th. Check out the important reminders for Homewood Center Seniors and families!

Homewood Students Shine in April Art Shows

Homewood Students Shine in April Art Shows at The Mall in Columbia and the Rouse Company Foundation Gallery, in the Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center at HCC.

Homewood Attendance Information and Resources

2023-24 Homewood Attendance Information and Resources September 18, 2023 Research is clear that showing up for school has a huge impact on a student’s academic and social success, starting from pre-kindergarten and continuing through high school. Missing 10% (or about 18 days of a school year or 2 a month) can drastically affect a student’s academic success at each grade level. By the 6th grade, absenteeism is one of three signs that can indicate if a student is at risk for dropping out of high school. In the 9th grade, regular and high attendance is a better predictor of graduation rates than 8th grade test scores. Please help us support a culture of showing up to school every day! Please review Policy 9010: https://policy.hcpss.org/9000/9010/ If your student is absent or will be absent, please contact us at the following email address to explain the reason: hwcabsence@hcpss.org. In the email please Include the following information:hwcabsence.org Student First and Last Name Grade Reason for absence (e.g., illness, bereavement, observance of a religious holiday, lack of transportation) Discretionary Days HCPSS students are granted 3 days a year to use at their discretion for scheduled interviews with prospective employers, visits to post-secondary institutions, family trips, civic engagement, and other special events. Such absences may not occur during exam or state-mandated testing periods unless authorized by the principal/designee. A written request for such absences to be lawful/excused should be submitted at least one week in advance to the principal/designee. Please download the PDF fillable Discretionary Absence Form and email it to hwcabsence@hcpss.org. The form is also available in Chinese, Korean, and Spanish If you are requesting a day for a religious holiday not identified by the Howard County Public School System school calendar, please download the PDF fillable Religious Obligation Form and email it to hwcabsence@hcpss.org With the collaborative effort of HCPSS parents, staff and students, we are confident that all students can have successful attendance. This will improve student success in school and in future life!

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