Keeping PACE

March 16, 2021

Virtual School Culture Guide

The HCPS Customer Service Task Force is proud to publish the first release of the Virtual School Culture Guide. This document was created to help guide and support the important work happening in each of our schools by YOU, our Parent and Community Engagement (PACE) Liaisons. Focusing on PTA National Standards one and two, this guide offers suggestions and ideas -- as well as links to real examples from a few of our schools -- for keeping our school communities connected, engaged, and in-the-know about important happenings. Over time, this document may be updated to include additional PTA standards and best practices for meeting those standards.

Keeping PACE Video Series

Parent Academy launched a new video series this month to highlight YOUR work!! Keeping PACE videos will be 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 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.

The first two videos in the series have released... check them out below!

Magnolia Middle School Principal Laurie Namey, PACE Liaison Mijiza Green, and School Social Worker Shanice Hackley share about their Care Closet, which is a great example of PTA Standard 6: Collaborating with Community.

Keeping PACE: A Peek Into Magnolia Middle School's Care Closet
Principal of Hall's Cross Roads Elementary School Chrissy Douglas, Title I Teacher Specialist and PACE Liaison Melissa Stout, and Community Schools Specialist Angelica Taylor share about their school’s Family Resource Center and Great Neighbors Initiative - great examples of PTA Standard 1: Welcoming All Families and PTA Standard 6: Collaborating with the Community.
Parent Resource Center at Hall's Cross Roads Elementary School

COMING SOON: Parent Academy Real Talk: Getting to Know Our Board of Education Members

The HCPS Parent Academy Real Talk show is excited to launch a new monthly series, Getting to Know our Board Members. Each month, we will invite one or more members of the Board of Education of Harford County to sit down with Parent Academy's Mary Beth Stapleton to share their story - a little bit of their background and ties to the community, why they sought a position on the Board of Education, and what serving the students of Harford County means to them. Then, the featured Board member(s) will answer a few questions submitted directly from our community. Questions will be gathered ahead of each month's Board episode - be sure to follow the HCPS Parent Academy Facebook page so you don't miss an opportunity to submit your burning questions!

Here's the link to submit questions for the first episode, which will feature Board President Jansen Robinson and Board Vice President Rachel Gauthier:

Please share this information with your school communities.

Upcoming Parent Academy Events

Social Emotional Foundations for Early Learners

Parent Academy and Early Childhood Programs is proud to bring families with young children a series of workshops promoting social and emotional wellness.

The workshops will be offered from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on select dates beginning March 23 and are designed specifically for parents/guardians of children ages birth to five.

Please register by Friday, March 19, 2021, using the link below.

The link to access the workshops will be emailed to the email address provided at registration. (Note: The same link will be used for each workshop offered.)

To view/print the flier, click here.

Register now!

So You Want to go to College: The ABCs of Scholarships

Parent Academy is proud to once again partner with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. - Xi Delta Omega Chapter to present, "So You Want to go to College: The ABCs of Scholarships."

Registration is now open for the virtual workshop being held on March 24 at 6:00 p.m. Please see the flier for more information.

Register now!

Office of Communications and Family Outreach

Keeping PACE editors:

Mary Beth Stapleton

Manager of Family and Community Partnerships

Lindsay Bilodeau

Communications Specialist