HCPS 411 Update

June 10, 2021

2021 Harford County Public Schools Service Recognition Program LIVE Event

On Wednesday, May 5, 2021, we honored employees reaching 10, 20 and 30 year anniversary milestones with Harford County Public Schools. For those who were unable to attend the LIVE event, this event was recorded and is being shared for all to view. Please click below to watch.
2021 HCPS Service Recognition Program

ESY Program Positions Still Needed

Applications are still being accepted for Extended School Year (ESY) Programs. Please note that current employees should use the designated internal application for ESY or Infant and Toddler Programs.

To access an employment application, please visit the Current Vacancies section of the HCPS website at www.hcps.org found under the About Us banner or click here. Summer Program Employment Information can also be accessed on the HCPS website under the About Us banner.

The following positions are available:

  • Inclusion Helper (20)
  • Paraeducator (20)
  • Special Education Teacher (5)

The following programs are being offered:

  • Special Education ESY Elementary & Early Interventions Programs
  • Special Education ESY Secondary

Contact Kim Manzo, Coordinator of Special Education, at 410-588-5359 or Kim.Manzo@hcps.org for additional information.

Inclusion Helpers Scheduled Work Days - 2021-22 School Year

The four (4) additional scheduled work days beyond the student calendar for Inclusion Helpers during the 2021-22 school year will be:

  • Monday, August 30, 2021
  • Tuesday, August 31, 2021
  • Wednesday, September 1, 2021
  • Friday, November 12, 2021

*These are systemwide Professional Development Days, therefore, the hours will be 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.*

Questions regarding this information should be directed to BangTam Miller, in Human Resources, at BangTam.Miller@hcps.org or 410-588-5226.

Wellness Recovery

As part of HCPS’ Wellness Recovery efforts, the Office of Student Support Services will be providing a short video each week with some tips, reminders, and things to think about as students and staff return to in-person learning. We hope these videos provide some thoughtful guidance to your work with students and your own personal reflection on wellness throughout the remainder of this school year.
Reflection Recovery

Professional Development Announcements

MSDE Virtual Summer Workshop Series

Last year, MSDE hosted a number of virtual professional learning sessions throughout the summer. Click here for the 2021 summer catalog with course descriptions and program information.


University of Phoenix

Summer Break is almost here!

Just a friendly reminder that University of Phoenix (UOPX) has multiple online course start dates and online programs starting this summer. If you need a course or two, UOPX has multiple pathways to assist in certification.

Single classes and degrees are designed for working adults, 100% online, asynchronous.

Teacher Certification:
- Single Courses (upcoming start dates 6/22, 7/6, 7/20...)
- Post Bachelor Certification (fast-track 13-month program, upcoming start 6/22)
- Master of Arts in Education: Elementary, Secondary, Special Education (starting in June and July)

Teachers needing credits toward re-certification, MA+30, or graduate degree:
- Single courses (upcoming start date 6/22, 7/6, 7/20...)
- Master of Arts in Education: Curriculum and Instruction (starting 6/29)
or Administration and Supervision (leads to Principal Licensure) (starting 6/22)
- Doctor of Education (EdD) (starting 7/6)

Please click here for of all these options.

To receive the 10% off tuition cost on any of the offerings, contact Nicole Berkebile at nicole.berkebile@phoenix.edu or 480-290-4328

Littles University - TONIGHT at 6:00 p.m.

Calling all Littles University Scholars!

Tonight, June 10, at 6:00 p.m., we hope you'll join us on the HCPS Facebook page for a special reading of "I Wish You More" by Amy Krouse Rosenthal.

Thank you to Chronicle Books for permission to share our wishes with our Littlest Scholars!

Building Healthy and Happy Relationships

Presented by KEPRO Employee Assistance Program

The June KEPRO Employee Assistance Program (EAP) communication resources are here! Are you looking for ways to build and keep healthy relationships? This online webinar will help you identify the ways to build and maintain healthy relationships with those around you, with a focus on the importance of boundary setting. Click here to more tips on how to set healthy boundaries.

Date: Available on demand beginning June 15, 2021

Broadcast Length: 50 minutes

How to Access: Go to your EAP website: www.EAPhelplink.com. Enter your code: HCPS and look for Online Seminars in the lower left-hand corner of the homepage, or you can search for them by title.

The EAP is available to HCPS employees and their families any time, any day, and is a free, confidential program to help you balance your work, family, and personal life.

Call KEPRO toll free at (866) 795-5701 or visit their website online at www.EAPhelplink.com.

Harford County Invites Applications for the Position of On Call Crossing Guard

Do you know someone who would be interested in providing for the safe passage of pedestrian traffic; in rendering aid and assistance to ensure the smooth, safe movement of traffic; in providing advance warning to motorists of an intersection that is under the control of a crossing guard? Harford County is hiring for the position of On Call Crossing Guard. Please see and share the vacancy announcement: https://agency.governmentjobs.com/harford/job_bulletin.cfm?JobID=3109863. The deadline to apply is June 27, 2021, at 11:59 p.m.

CareFirst Cooking Class Webinar and Demo

Superfoods Overview: Overnight Oats

Thursday, June 10, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Have you ever wondered what makes a food a SUPERfood? This presentation will answer all of your questions and bust common myths on superfoods and offer a cooking demo for quick Overnight Oats. The only ingredients needed are oats, dairy (or dairy alternative), a little patience, and a lot of love to make a breakfast of champions. No cooking necessary, refrigeration required, deliciousness guaranteed. To participate in the above session(s), click on the topic title listed above at the scheduled date and time. The Meeting ID: 917 5790 2804 and Passcode: ELYm1r.

Virtual Pre-Retirement Planning Seminars

The Community College of Baltimore County is offering members of the Maryland State Pension System the opportunity to attend virtual pre-retirement planning seminars. Topics include:

  • Maryland State Pension System
  • Legal Issues to Consider in Retirement
  • Social Security Benefits
  • Financial Planning

The next session will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on June 22 (CRN 38619).

To register, click here and follow the on-screen prompts. If you experience issues with registering online, call 443-840-5059.

Please note: This event is not hosted through HCPS, and therefore will not include information about our benefit plans. That session will be held will be in Fall 2021. More information will be shared in the HCPS 411 Update newsletter at a future date.

Shout Outs!

"A Shout Out to Cathy Bendis and Paul Kline. On Memorial Day evening, Cathy notified me that she was alerted to a fallen tree on FGES property. She contacted Facilities that evening. Paul Kline came out to evaluate the situation and had a crew onsite at 6:00 a.m. the next day so our car rider line and parking would not be impacted. Thank you for the team work!"

-Alison M. Donnelly, Principal, Fountain Green Elementary School

Welcome to HCPS!

Please join us in welcoming the following employee to the HCPS family:

  • Antonio Gustavo, Administrative Support Technician - Curriculum, Harford Technical High School

HCPS 411 Update Publication Notice

Please note that the last regularly-scheduled issue of the HCPS 411 Update newsletter for this school year will be WEDNESDAY, JUNE 16, 2021.

The newsletter will resume publication weekly on Thursdays with the start of the new school year.

Important information for staff will be shared over the summer via Special Announcement newsletters.

Office of Communications and Family Outreach

Editor: Lindsay Bilodeau, communications specialist

To submit an HCPS Shout Out or recognize a colleague in the Spotlight on Customer Service, please email the information and photo (if available) to HCPS.411@hcps.org.