Keeping PACE

March 30, 2021

Keeping PACE Video Series

Keeping PACE videos are shared each week in the HCPS 411 Update showcasing a school/program that demonstrates a best practice related to one of the six National PTA Standards. Additionally, the videos are archived on the Parent Academy page on hcps.org for reference. This series serves as a way to highlight and recognize the good work happening in our schools and create an opportunity to idea share within our system.


Please take a moment to watch Assistant Principal of Havre de Grace Elementary School Jenn Gasdia share about their school’s Chat and Chew - a great example of PTA Standard 3: Supporting Students Success.

"Chat and Chew" Events Hosted by Havre de Grace Elementary School
Bel Air Middle School Principal Natalie Holloway and School Counselor Bryan Sanchez share how Game Changers Club student leaders Mia Castellano and Pragnya Jagarlapudi successfully worked with their peers, school staff, families, and the community to collect books to donate to the Maryland Book Bank facility in Baltimore. This project is a great example of PTA Standard 6: Collaborating with the Community, “teachers, students, and families work with community groups to develop solutions to local problems.”
Keeping PACE - Bel Air Middle School's Game Changers Club Book Drive

Thrive By Five Early Childhood Summit

The Parent Academy is proud to sponsor the upcoming Thrive by Five Early Childhood Summit for parents/guardians of children ages birth through five and childcare providers. During April 12-15, 2021, registrants will participate in up to 14, 30-minute sessions. For the list of session topics and the summit schedule, please see the event flier on the Parent Academy Facebook page or the Parent Academy page on www.hcps.org. Spots are open to the first 250 registered. Registration for this event closes at midnight on April 6, 2021.


Register now!

The Success Project - A Community Resource for Families in Need

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Mark Your Calendar!

Our next meetings have been scheduled, please check your email for the Microsoft Teams meeting link.

  • Secondary – Monday, April 12, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Elementary – Wednesday, April 14, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Office of Communications and Family Outreach


Keeping PACE editors:

Mary Beth Stapleton

Manager of Family and Community Partnerships

Lindsay Bilodeau

Communications Specialist