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Homeland Security Signature Program

  • Meade’s Homeland Security Signature Program offers high school students unique thematic courses and co-curricular opportunities that are workforce relevant and include technical, community college and 4-year college pathways. The Signature specifically relates topics and ideas to Homeland Security, a topic that is unique to the Fort Meade community and Meade High School. This program is only available to Meade Senior High School students.
     
     
    The Homeland Security Explorations I and II courses incorporate technologies that are applied in practical work environments and related to homeland security and emergency
    management. We examine various policy measures and practices as they relate to democratic values, civil responsibilities and liberties.

    Students in the program interact with professionals from various fields and are able to participate in co-curricular activities including workshops, public speaking engagements, internships, and professional networking. Activities that students have participated in since 2011 include:
    • Traveled to the UK for 11 days to visit Menwith Hill, tour RAF Waddington, hike Hadrian's Wall, attend briefings from Catterick Garrison and New Scotland Yard, and view the many sites in London and the surrounding area (Meade High students tour defense sites across the pond).
    • Tour of the Port of Baltimore provided by the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol.
    • Teen CERT training offered by the Anne Arundel Office of Emergency Management and Citizen Corps of Anne Arundel County.
    • Emergency management simulations and team-building activities at the Maryland Police Training facility in Sykesville, MD.
    • Emergency management simulations at the CCBC Geospatial Lab.
    • Job shadowing at the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the National Security Agency.
    • Visits to cyber security labs at Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, Anne Arundel County Community College, and Capitol College.
    • GIS presentations to the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education, AFCEA, and the MD Project Lead the Way Guidance Counselors Conference.
    • Launching rockets at Goddard Space Flight Center.
    Representatives from numerous agencies and organizations have worked with our students in the classroom including the FBI, NSA, Pipeline Safety and Hazardous Materials Administration, MD Transportation Authority Police K9, Anne Arundel Co. Dept. of Heath, TSA, NIAID/National Institute of Health, USCIS, Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore Gas and Electric Smart Grid Project, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, NASA, MD Rescue and Restore Coalition, AA Office of Emergency Management, DISA, Federal Railroad Administration, and the National Institute for Standards and Technology.

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  • Our Staff

    Mr. James Hopper
           Signature Support

    Mrs. Maharlika Kaminski
    HLS Teacher
    • Phone: (410) 674-7710

  • Homeland Security Explorations II

    Homeland Security Explorations II

    This course is designed to enhance emergency and disaster preparedness for students by providing training in the knowledge necessary for preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery. This course provides an introduction to public health emergency preparedness, including natural disasters, unintended human acts, terrorism, and emerging threats such as a pandemic on the federal, state, local and personal levels.

    Topics covered include:
    • Emergency Management concepts and principles
    • Emergency Management structure and organizational responsibilities
    • Prevention & Preparedness
    • Risk Management
    • Emergency Management Planning
    • Emergency Response
    • Recovery

    In this course students will:
    1. Identify threats to Homeland Security on a federal, state, local and personal level.
    2. Analyze the various elements of Emergency Response and the interrelationship of the emergency response Agencies and supporting elements in accordance with the guidelines of the National Response Plan.
    3. Identify and describe the various roles of government agencies.
    4. Identify and describe the various roles of supporting agencies involved in Homeland Security and Emergency Response.
    5. Analyze the relationships between federal, state and local agencies.
    6. Describe the interdependency of various levels of governmental and nongovernmental organizations.
    7. Identify and explain preparation, response, recovery and evaluation from threats to Public Health and Safety.
    8. Identify and describe the types of Natural/Non-intentional Man-made Disasters and what efforts are conducted to prepare for them.
    9. Compare psychological, cultural, and sociological perspectives and their impact on Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.
    10. Explain and demonstrate their personal and community responsibilities in Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.
    11. Prepare a safety, security and Emergency Preparedness plan.
    12. Recognize the responsibility of the individual as defined by the National Response Plan guidelines and recommendations.

  • Homeland Security Explorations I

    This course is an introduction and broad examination into major homeland security topics.
    In this course, students will:
    • Define terrorism and explore the social, political, economic, and religous motives found in terrorist ideologies.
    • Analyze the issues that frame the current debate on U.S. policy on terrorism.
    • Explore the local, state, Federal, and industry roles in emergency management.
    • Explain the National Incident Management System.
    • Apply the disaster management cycle and an all-hazard emergency management process.
    • Analyze emergency management responses to natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina.
    • Examine the role of citizens in emergency management.
    • Evaluate school safety in modern education.
    • Develop a school safety plan.
    • Analyze the evolution of cybersecurity threats and current challenges.
    • Define cyberbullying and explore the impact of cyberbullying.
    • Analyze the response to chemical and bioagent releases by federal, state and local agencies.
    • Analyze government policy issues, agency coordination, and field operations as they pertain to event management.
    • Analyze the role of media, critical stress management, business community, the private sector in the mitigation and recovery of terrorist-initiated events.
    • Explore the process for obtaining security clearances.
    • Explore the careers available in Homeland Security and Emergency Management
    • Analyze the need to identify and defend against pathogens, chemical, and  
      biological contaminants of foods we eat.
    • Develop a plan of response to incidents of intentional food contamination  and 
      contamination by natural  disasters.
    • Explain the roles of the local, state, and federal agencies prior to and during an agricultural or food system disaster.
    • Analyze and debate the impact of homeland security policies on civil liberties.

  • Geographic Information Systems

    Meade High School Geographic Information Systems
    Geospatial technology is impacting your daily life. GPS, Google Earth, satellite imagery, homeland security, military defense, politics, news, social networking, smart phones, tracking crime, bus routing; geospatial technology is all around you. Your career will use geospatial solutions. Learn to use it now and make an impact on your life, community, and future! Salaries range from $31,387 to $83,333 (add another $15,000-$20,000 with a security clearance).
    The Meade Homeland Security GIS program provides a student with the skills to be an entry level geospatial technician. Students who successfully complete the program receive STARS certification, an industry-recognized certification sponsored by the Mississippi Enterprise for Technology (MsET), a Center of Excellence in Geospatial Technology at NASA’s Stennis Space Center. 
     
    Who can take GIS: Students in grades 10-12
    Prerequisites: Intermediate computer skills
    See Mr. Rooney in room C206 with any questions. 

  • HLS Counter Terrorism & Intelligence

    HOMELAND SECURITY COUNTERTERRORISM AND INTELLIGENCE
     
    The first of its kind in a high school classroom, this course provides an in-depth view of terrorism, transnational criminal enterprise, and the intelligence process. Students will explore social and economic issues, government policies in relation to terrorism and the role of law enforcement in counterterrorism. Topics will include a historical and contemporary study of domestic and international terrorism, psychological and sociological features of terrorism, and the impact of 9/11 on American security policies. Students will also examine the intelligence process and explore intelligence collection methodologies, intelligence tasking processes, and intelligence analysis practices.

    Students are not required to take HLS I or HLS II to enroll in this course. Successful completion of the college-level course and passing of a proficiency exam can earn students 3 credits at Anne Arundel Community College.

  • Program Application

    Complete the applicable application and submit to your counselor or email the application to brooney@aacps.org.