Wildcat Press Summer Edition 2018

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 2:24pm

Wildcat Press Summer Edition


  •  August 6 - Family File goes live for 2018-2019 – TODAY!
  •  8/22 Staff Returns
  • 8/22 & 8/23 Prescheduled Kindergarten Assessments
  • 8/30 Kindergarten Playdate @ 6:00 PM
  • 8/30 New Family Orientation @ 6:45 ** This is for any NEW families to Worthington including Kindergarten NEW families
  • 8/31 Class Announcement Worthington Cafeteria (During each “Sneak a Peek”) **This is available for any family who did not update Family File/HCPSS Connect to receive the announcement.
  • 8/31 Open House/”Sneak a Peek”
    • Kindergarten - 9:30-10:15 AM
    • Grades 1 & 2 - 10:30-11:15 AM
    • Grades 3, 4 & 5 - 11:30 -12:15 PM
  • 9/3 Labor Day - Schools & Offices Closed
  • 9/4 First Day for Students - Kindergarten-5th Grade
  • 9/5 RECC/Pre-K Open House – AM Classes @ 10:30-11:30
  • 9/5 RECC/Pre-K Open House – PM Classes @ 1:30-2:30
  • 9/6 First Day for Pre-K/RECC Students
  • 9/7 - PTA Back-to-School Family Picnic @ 6:00-8:00 PM
  • 9/10 - Schools and Offices CLOSED – Rosh Hashanah
  • 9/12 – Back to Music Night, Cafeteria @ 6:00 pm
  • 9/12 – PTA Meeting, Media Center @ 7:00 pm 
  • 9/14 – Individual Student Pictures 
  • 9/19 – Schools and Offices CLOSED – Yom Kippur
  • 9/25 - Back-to-School Night for Grades K, 1 & 2 at 6:30 p.m.
  • 9/26 - Gifted & Talented Information Session, 6:00 p.m.
  • 9/26 - Back-to-School Night for Grades 3, 4, & 5 at 6:30 p.m.

Dear Worthington Families,
Welcome to the 2018-19 school year! There is so much excitement around the start of a new school year! It’s hard to believe the 2018-2019 school year is less than a month away!  As the proud administrators of Worthington ES, we are looking forward to an exceptional school year! We welcome and value your positive energy and support in making this the best school year possible!

At this time of the summer, all signs point to another productive and amazing school year at Worthington. Our devoted staff is already planning and preparing for your children.  Our dedicated office staff has been busy welcoming new families, making preparations for our RECC/Prek program and supporting all preparations for each classroom.  Our hardworking, conscientious custodial staff have spent the entire summer thoroughly cleaning our school as well as preparing for the addition of our RECC/PreK program.  Our fabulous PTA has been gearing up to offer many other exciting events throughout the year.  We are totally committed to a positive school community who shares common goals of nurturing responsible, caring students and promoting academic growth and excellence.  

As we are getting ready for the new school year, WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Family File opened TODAY, Monday, August 6th for parents to update information about their child/children for the 18-19 school year. It is time to update your child’s emergency contact information in HCPSS Connect! This is the most important step for all families to complete to prepare for the 2018-2019 school year! 

Reminder: Family File needs to be updated EVERY school year.

Families that update and complete their Family File will be able to view teacher placements on August 29th beginning at 9am.  THIS IS NEW FOR WORTHINGTON THIS YEAR! 

HCPSS uses Family File for parents/guardians to complete emergency information. Parents/guardians must verify and/or update information for each child, and can do so by logging in to HCPSS Connect 
Parents new to the Howard County Public School System will receive a welcome email with instructions to activate an account. These welcome emails are expected to begin today.
Once logged in, parents/guardians will be asked to provide or update and/or complete the following information:

  • Student Information
  • Parent/Guardian Contact
  •  Emergency Contacts
  • Medical Information
  • Arrival/Dismissal Procedures
  • Media Release (photo approval)
  • Data Confidentiality
  •  PTA/PTSA Directory

Change of address may not be made through Family File. If you have recently moved, please contact the front office at 410-313-2825 as soon as possible.

Parents who have forgotten their login credentials for Family File may click the "Forgot Password" link on the sign in page. If you need additional assistance, please fill out this Connect Help Form.
Thank you for assuring that we have all of the information we need about your child/children prior to the first day of school.

We look forward to seeing you all at our August “Sneak a Peek” sessions and our September Back to School events. Thank you to all who have helped in preparing for our new school year.  Your commitment to our WoES school community is awesome. It remains an honor and privilege to serve as your administrators. Together, we know this school year will be a shared success of growth and achievement for all of our students.

Mrs. Jenkins and Mr. Ortega


As the summer progresses, we have some additional staffing updates.  We thank the following staff members for their service to our Worthington learning community and wish them well as they begin a new chapter in their lives.

  • Ms. Stephanie Allen - Ms. Allen transferred to Bryant Woods Elementary where she will serve as a 5th grade teacher.
  • Ms. Christina Hines - Ms. Hines transferred to Hanover Hills Elementary where she will serve as an Alternate Education teacher.
  • Ms. Whitney Smith - Ms. Smith transferred to Hanover Hills Elementary where she will serve as a fulltime P.E. teacher.

Please join us in welcoming the following individuals to the Worthington Elementary family. These new staff members bring a variety of experiences that only enhance what we offer our students:

  • Welcome Ms. Shinikia Braham! Ms. Braham has joined our Custodial Team! Ms. Braham has been a HC employee for several years and most recently worked at Lake Elkhorn MS. She is a wonderful addition to our team and we are excited to have her join us! 
  • Welcome to our RECC Team: Deborah Hochkeppel, Amy Burans, Ann Shilling, Hope Duffy, Michele Parisi, Elizabeth Morath, Mary McKitrick (returning), Patricia Mills, Shakuntala Munnaluru and Janet Smith
  • Welcome Ms. Dana Lindberg!  Ms. Lindberg is joining our 4th grade team.  Ms. Lindberg has been a teacher for 8 years at Stevens Forest ES and an Instructional Team Leader for 4 of the 8 years.  She is a Howard County graduate as well. Ms. Lindberg loves the beach, reading, spending time with her husband & dog and the RAVENS! 
  • Welcome Ms. Lindsay Knauss! Ms. Knauss will be joining Ms. Alyson Quick as our 0.4 School Psychologist working with our RECC program. Ms. Quick will continue as our 0.4 School Psychologist working with grades K-5.  
  • Welcome Ms. Lucy Hollis! Ms. Hollis is our new PPW and will be working to support our students and families. 
  • AND … not new to our staff BUT an official change to her name … Ms. Wendy Rowe formally Ms. Thurston

Internal Moves within Worthington
Next year, we will have three classes each in kindergarten and second, third and fourth grades. There will be four classes in grades one and five. The following are staff changes for next year. Please know there is always a chance for additional change throughout the month of August.

  • Kindergarten: Ms. Schatra (ITL), Mrs. Widmaier & Ms. Driskill
  • First Grade: Mrs. Schultz (ITL), Mrs. Firebaugh, Mrs. Saunderson, Mrs. Naden
  • Second Grade: Ms. Diop (ITL), Ms. Leotta, Ms. Maranto
  • Third Grade: Mrs. Anderson (ITL), Mr. Chen, Mrs. Wells
  • Fourth Grade: Ms. Thomas (ITL), Mrs. Knight, Mrs. Lindberg
  • Fifth Grade: Ms. Harris (ITL), Ms. Fleming, Mr. Hakim, Ms. Schroeder