HCPS 411 Update

June 25, 2020

Student Services Department Proudly Announces Newest Winner Of The STAR Award

Congratulations to Tracy Hinder, School Nurse at Bakerfield Elementary School!


The STAR award is presented to a Student Services employee who shows evidence of going above and beyond the job requirements and having a positive impact on the department/school system and students.


Tracy was nominated by her principal, Tara Dedeaux, and her assistant principal, Erin Morring. Her administrators shared that, "Tracy Hinder is the heart of Bakerfield Elementary School. At any one time, you can see no less than four students visiting Mrs. Hinder for their daily hug, chapstick, or just to share about their day, not to mention all of the students that visit with sniffles, upset stomachs and a myriad of other ailments. Tracy sees each and every student with patience, sometimes tough love, and a solidification of the relationship that she strives to build with even our most difficult students"


They also added that, "Educating our students is another part of what makes Tracy the amazing nurse that she is. Bulletin boards and signs for being healthy and washing your hands can be seen throughout the school - even before the outbreak of the pandemic. With the week leading up to our break from school, Tracy had created hand washing stations (with directions), sent out information to teachers, and assured many a concerned parent that all precautions were being handled with the utmost care in our building."


Here is how Bakerfield Elementary students feel about her:


  • Zoe said, "she's a great nurse and anytime a student goes to her she helps them and she's really nice. We love her because she is so friendly and caring towards the kids and the parents too.”
  • Gabby said, "when kids are sick they come to Mrs. Hinder and she can help them feel better. If the kids are really sick she calls their parents to come and pick them up. She's special to the school.”
  • Brooke said, "the nurse means a lot, she help the kids when they don’t feel good and when there teeth come out in school like hers.”
  • Zuriela shared that, “Mrs. Hinder is an excellent person and we love her very much!”

Save The Date For Stars Of Summer!

This summer, HCPS is introducing, Stars of Summer, a virtual, camp-like summer school experience for all kindergarten through incoming grade nine HCPS students. Stars of Summer participants will have unique opportunities to explore and engage in experiences catered to their age group from July 20 through August 14, Monday through Thursday. Teacher-led experiences for students in kindergarten through first grade will focus on literacy and numeracy-centered experiences, while students in second through ninth grade will see experiences in all content areas ranging from topics like acting, cooking, science, social justice, writing, and more. Class sizes will be capped at fifteen students. More information and registration will be available on July 1 on hcps.org.

Professional Development Announcements

University of Phoenix is Enrolling in Summer Courses, July – August 2020


Please contact Nicole.berkebile@phoenix.edu by calling/texting 480-290-4328 to receive 10% off tuition cost.

  • Online, graduate-level classes
  • Direct bill or tuition deferment payment options
  • Click here for a FULL schedule of classes


The tuition discount also applies to any degree program:

  • MAEd/Curriculum and Instruction (35 credits)
  • MAEd/Administration and Supervision (leads to Principal licensure) (38 credits)

View the online schedule here: Continuing Education for Teachers


Free Webinars | Thriving Teachers


The Danielson Group is proud to collaborate with Aspen Education and endorse their recent set of recommendations regarding culturally and linguistically responsive education. Please click here for more information.

A Message for Administrators and Supervisors: Superintendent's Bulletin

The weekly Superintendent's Bulletin will resume publication in July. The Bulletin will be sent on Wednesdays, beginning July 8, 2020. If you would like information included in a future issue of the Bulletin, please send it to Bulletin@hcps.org, as you did in the past. Please note that only Board Members, Senior Staff and their secretaries, principals, assistant principals, lead secretaries, and instructional supervisors have access to the Superintendent’s Bulletin.

Shout Outs!

"Shout out to Crystal White, Administrative Support Specialist at Fallston High School. Crystal could have easily said, “That’s not my job,” but she did not! Thank you for following up to see if I had received the information I needed and going the extra mile to retrieve that information. Having done so allowed me to continue and complete a project that was on a timeline. This was not the first time I have had this experience with Crystal, and I know it won’t be the last!"

-Patricia Smith, Office of PE, Health and Athletics


"I wish to recognize Lindsay Coates, Administrative Support Specialist – Lead, at Bel Air Elementary School. Ms. Coates has been very helpful to the Technology Office in assisting with school office matters specific to Elementary schools. Most recently, Lindsay played a key role in assisting Elementary staff across the district in the deployment of Online Registration. She frequently provides valuable insight and clever suggestions."

-Matthew Payne, Application Development Team Leader, Office of Technology

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.