About Us

Robert Bruce

Robert Bruce Principal robert_bruce@hcpss.org
Welcome to the Veterans Elementary School official web site. We will update this site on a regular basis to bring you the most up to date information about Veterans Elementary School. Parents can also access the county curriculum and support links at www.hcpss.org. This website is just another effort to keep you informed. School security is always a concern but it has been made even more of a priority with the Sandy Hook tragedy. I am asking all of our parents and other visitors to please adhere to our policies regarding signing in and signing out, as well as, picking up and dropping off your children. As the county explores other options for helping to make our school campus even more secure, we all need to practice diligence in keeping your children and each other safe. There are so many changes coming to education. The transition to the Common Core Curriculum, new evaluations for teachers and administrators, and the creation of new assessments to measure your childrens' success with the curriculum are all issues that become more of a reality in 2013. Our defining goal is to implement programs and practices which prepare your children to be college and/or career ready by their graduation. Our School Improvement Team makes use of CFIP (Classroom Focused Improvement Process) to analyze and use data to make educational decisions about what your children need to be successful. The Veterans Academy helps some of our students accomplish their goals. Other programs include Before School Math Tutoring, Check In/Check Out, and a renewed focus on making students more purposeful writers. Our goal continues to be to establish a collaborative environment where all staff works together to ensure that students get the skills they need to be successful. The Maryland State Department of Education issued a School Progress Index for each Maryland school. This index is based on standardized achievement scores (MSA), the reduction in gaps among our student groups, and the growth of all students. The index is on a scale from 0 to 2.00. Schools are then placed in strands indicating the amount of interventions, support, and recognition they will receive. The strands range from 1 indicating that the school met all targets and 5 that means that the school met no targets set by the state. The Veterans Elementary School Progress Index for this year is 1.0497 and has been placed in Strand 1 indicating that the school achieved all targets set by the state in 2012. We will continue to analyze our data and make changes that benefit our students. All of this is to support student learning and to encourage a community where students truly respect learning. Sincerely, Robert C.Bruce, Principal

Kelly Ryan

Kelly Ryan Administrative Intern kelly_ryan@hcpss.org
It is with great excitement that I begin my 10th year of service at Veterans Elementary as Leadership Intern for the 2020-21 school year. My previous experiences at Veterans include elementary special education teacher and team leader as well as fourth grade classroom teacher and team leader. I have also worked as a special educator at Lisbon Elementary and in Frederick County. I am passionate about creating an inclusive learning environment for our students and staff and look forward to working with our entire school community. As we are faced with many new challenges this year, I strongly believe that together we can do so much!

Amy Green

Amy Green Assistant Principal amy_green@hcpss.org
I am very excited to be joining the Veteran’s Elementary family, partnering with Mr. Bruce and Mrs. Carter as an assistant principal! During my career here in Howard County, I have been a classroom teacher in grades 2, 3, 4, and 5. After 15 years as a classroom teacher, I moved into the role of an Assistant Principal. Prior to my move here, I served as an Assistant Principal at Clarksville Elementary, Pointers Run Elementary and Lisbon Elementary Schools. I am honored and thankful to have the opportunity to bring all that I have learned from my varied experiences with me to your wonderful community. I am looking forward to getting to know the families and students of Veteran’s Elementary School!

School Overview

Soar to Excellence!

School Mission

Veterans Elementary School promotes life-long learning by embracing its diversity, providing students with dynamic classroom experiences and exposing them to the cultural arts in a climate that is rigorous, safe, nuturing and respectful.

PDS Partnership

What is a PDS?
A Professional Development School (PDS) is a collaboratively planned and implemented partnership for the academic and clinical preparation of interns and the continuous professional development of both school system and institution of higher education (IHE) faculty.  The focus of the PDS partnership is improved student performance through research-based teaching and learning.  A PDS may involve a single or multiple schools, school systems and IHEs and may take many forms to reflect specific partnership activities and approaches to improving both teacher education and PreK-12 schools.
~from Professional Development Schools:  An Implementation Manual, Spring 2003
About Our Partnership
Since 2008-2009 school year, Veterans has started a new Early Childhood Professional Development School partnership with Towson University and Rockburn Elementary, with Gorman Crossing Elemenntary joining in 2014.  Our University Coordinator (IHE) is Lisa Mason.  Deirdre Kleinow (VES), Troy Hoffman (GCES) and Chrissie Lazarus (RES) will serve as PDS site liaisons facilitating communication and professional development opportunities between the university and school partners.
As a part of this partnership Rockburn Elementary, Veterans Elementary and Gorman Crossing Elementary will host student interns completing their early childhood field experiences.  Student interns will participate in a 3-semester field experience rotation.  In their first semester they will have a 1 day/week experience in PreK or Kindergarten.  The second semester (1 day/week) field experience will be in one of the primary grades (1-3).  During the final semester student interns will return to each of their previous mentors’ classes to complete student teaching.
For Additional information about the PDS program, see the following link:

PDS Glossary.pdf

Our Mission

The Towson / HCPSS Early Childhood PDS (Rockburn Elementary and Veterans Elementary) strives to use collaboration, clear goal setting, and effective communication to develop reflective thinking and best practice instruction that supports life long learning for all adult and child stakeholders.


Board of Education Representative

Howard County public schools are divided into school clusters, which are assigned to individual Board members to facilitate school visitations, attend special events, and provide a point of contact for each school community. View all BOE school cluster assignments.

VES BOE Representative: Sandra H. French

School Profile: Veterans Elementary School
Fast facts about Veterans ES listing special programs, total enrollment, accomplishments and more.

MSDE School Report Card
The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) School Report Card reflects overall school performance using a combination of academic and school quality indicators.

Community Superintendent

With a focus on instruction as a birth-through-graduation continuum, Community Superintendents better position the school system to support students throughout their entire journey with HCPSS. View community superintendents by regional area.

Community Superintendent Area 3: Kendra V. Johnson, J.D., Ed.D.

Board of Education Representative

Howard County public schools are divided into school clusters, which are assigned to individual Board members to facilitate school visitations, attend special events, and provide a point of contact for each school community. View all BOE school cluster assignments.

VES BOE Representative: Antonia Watts