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Homewood Students Shine in April Art Shows

Wed, 04/10/2024 - 1:19pm

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.
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On Track to Graduation 2027 & 2028 Family Night

Wed, 03/13/2024 - 12:01pm

Families of the classes of 2027 & 2028 are invited to join us for a night of planning the road to Graduation!
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Community Garden Planting Day at Homewood Center

Wed, 03/13/2024 - 11:46am

Join us as we plant our Community Garden in partnership with the Community Ecology Institute on April 13th from 10 - 12pm.
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Change to Instagram Access

Mon, 02/26/2024 - 8:18am

Change to Instagram Access on HCPSS Instructional Network After careful consideration of the impact of social media on student well-being and academic focus, as well as Instagram terms of use, effective Monday, Feb. 26, Instagram will be blocked on the instructional network at all times for elementary and middle schools, and during the instructional day (7:50 a.m. - 2:35 p.m.) at the high school level.
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LightSpeed for Parents

Mon, 02/26/2024 - 8:11am

New Lightspeed Parent Portal Parents/guardians now may select to receive Lightspeed weekly emails summarizing their student’s HCPSS Chromebook internet usage. The same email contains an option to sign up for the Lightspeed Parent Portal, which provides near real-time information on a student’s HCPSS Chromebook internet activity, and offers the ability to pause web browsing and block social media sites when not on the HCPSS network. Learn more about Lightspeed for parents/guardians online.
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Homewood Attendance Information and Resources

Mon, 09/18/2023 - 10:51am

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: If your student is absent or will be absent, please contact us at the following email address to explain the reason: In the email please Include the following 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 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 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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Time to Complete Family File and Free and Reduced Meal Applications!

Thu, 09/07/2023 - 9:25am

It’s time to complete this year’s Family File so we know who to contact in an emergency. Please include multiple phone numbers and alternate family/friends in case we cannot reach a parent/guardian. After logging in to HCPSS Connect at complete the Family File at: To apply for all the financial assistance benefits of Free and Reduced Meals, including free Evening and Summer School, free SAT/ACT test fees, free college application fees, and MUCH, MUCH MORE., complete the quick FARMS application at: Pronoun options for Canvas: All Canvas users, including students, staff and families can identify their pronouns in Canvas. (link to info below): All Canvas users, including students, staff, and parents/families, can identity their pronouns in Canvas. As a default, the pronoun field is left blank. Users who do not wish for a pronoun do not need to take any action. Want to identify your pronouns? See
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Mid-Term 2023 Schedule

Wed, 01/11/2023 - 10:46am

Mid-terms are coming! Here is a link to the mid-term schedule
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What's Happening At Your Home School?

Fri, 09/23/2022 - 8:45am

Download the HCPSS Mobile App and subscribe to any school to find out events and resources available to you!
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Back To School Night

Tue, 09/06/2022 - 1:55pm

Join the Homewood Community on Thursday, Sept. 22nd from 5:30-7:30 for our back to school night! This evening will be fun and informative with food, community tables, a visit from the Howard County Library, the Scholastic Book Fair in the Media Center and more!