EMMS Eagle News - 10/16/2020

Fri, 10/16/2020 - 3:35pm
Ellicott Mills Middle School  
Friday, October 16, 2020


  • Wednesday, October 21st – 9-11am and/or 1-3pm – Reading MAP makeup

  • Thursday, October 22nd – 6-7:30pm NEW EMMS Media Specialist, Ms. Batelka, will be hosting a VIRTUAL Canvas Parent Night (Click Here to Download Flyer)

  • Wednesday, October 28th – 9-11am and/or 1-3pm – Math MAP makeup

  • Sunday, November 1st – Daylight Savings Ends (Set clocks back one (1) hour

  • Tuesday, November 3rd – Election Day – Schools & Offices Closed

  • Friday, November 6th – 3 hour early Dismissal schedule

  • Friday, November 6th – End of First Quarter

  • Monday, November 16th – First Quarter Report Cards Issued

Message From EMMS Principal

Dear EMMS Community,
If you missed either the Math or Reading MAP testing, you will be notified and makeups. Reading will be next Wednesday, 10/21, 9 to 11 and/or 1 to 3, and math will be Wednesday, 10/28, same times.Congratulations on all those who have completed the MAP testing these past two weeks.
Students will receive a Canvas email with a Google Meet Code for the reading makeups by Monday afternoon, 10/19.
There is only 3 weeks left in the first quarter.  Remember to check frequently for missing assignments on Canvas.
Have a great weekend!
Mr. Gaylord
Principal, EMMS

EMMS Announcement For International Families

Interpreter Request for November Conferences. If you need interpreting service in your home language for November parent/teacher conferences, please contact Mr. Sung Kim at sung_kim@hcpss.org with your child’s name, school, grade, and the language you need. Please send your request by Friday, 10/30/2020.

EMMS Instructional Seminars for Students Still Accepting Applications

Does your child like public speaking, photography or making films? Maybe they love to read, love history or want to learn about the stock market. These are all opportunities Ellicott Mills students can participate in through the Instructional Seminars offered by Mrs. Adelman. (Betsy Adelman, betsy_adelman@hcpss.org).
Applications for instructional seminars are still being accepted by Mrs. Adelman through the end of October. Check out the information on the Student Resources page to learn more. Click here for a direct link to the application.


Intramural (After School) Program Information: EMMS is proud to announce its first Academic Intramural for 2020-2021. Please review this information concerning MathCounts and send in interest information requested directly to Ms. Eikenberg. Read More.
Need Us? Check out or website to see if your answer is there. We highly encourage you to email our staff due to the decrease in front office staff availability (click here for staff contact information). EMMS is offering many different Virtual Office Hours, check out our EMMS Calendar for more details.
Distribution of 2020/2021 Student Materials: EMMS is reaching out DIRECTLY to families as we have items to distribute to their student(s) based on request and class registration. Please be aware that we do not have any Chromebooks to distribute. EMMS is currently waiting for more devices to come to use from HCPSS.
Does your child need a Chromebook and/or internet access? Read More.
Family Technology Support: Before contacting the Technology Support Team, please make sure that you have checked all of the resources available to you @ hcpss.me. If you still have a Canvas or Synergy technology-related question, please complete this form, and a member of our support team will be in touch with you within 2 school days.


Teachers and Staff at EMMS and Elliott the Eagle are proud to announce the Eagle Eye Drawing Winners for this week!
Grade 6: Ava Carr
Grade 7: Jonathan Lee
Grade 8: Andrew Yakaitis
Thank you for Making Great Things Happen at The Mill!


[URGENT] Please complete the Intent to Participate in Hybrid In-Person Instruction Survey Open Through Oct. 23, 2020: The Howard County Public School System and Board of Education are evaluating possibilities for a hybrid instructional model for the second semester, beginning February 1, 2021, which could include opportunities for in-person instruction. A hybrid model could provide an option for parents/guardians to send their child to school part of the week and learn virtually for the remainder of the week. Read More.
HCPSS Update concerning school meals: Read More.
Review of School Resource Officer Program: Superintendent Martirano recently presented the “School Resource Officers in Schools” report, initiating the first step in an extended conversation about the roles, purpose and outcomes of School Resource Officers (SROs) in Howard County schools, which will involve all school system stakeholders. Read More.

Google Meet Expectations for Students and Parents/Guardians: To ensure a positive, productive and enjoyable learning experience for all participants, it is important that all students and parents/guardians adhere to these Google Meet Expectations.


HCPSS Community News / Events: Please visit the Community News and Programs page on the HCPSS website for announcements of upcoming events and programs sponsored by non-profit organizations.
The Council of Elders (TCOE) Community Academy: Please join us Saturday, October 17th 9:00-10:30am for an engaging session regarding how to effectively maintain communication with your child’s school. HCPSS teachers will be on hand to show parents how to monitor students’ performance by utilizing school system online resources. Additionally, families will receive strategies to help ensure successful parent-teacher conferences. This session for families of students at elementary, middle or high and will be held virtually. Click Here to Register.
Howard County Association of Student Councils (HCASC): HCASC welcomes all middle/high school students our next virtual meeting on November 11th from 7:00-8:30pm. Click Here to Read More About HCASC.
HC DrugFree Updates for Parents/Guardians: HC DrugFree and the Howard County State's Attorney's Office, partnering with HCPSS and the Health Department, will once again provide an evidence-based classes for families to gain skills and knowledge to reduce the risk that their children will use drugs. This 4-week series will be held online from 6:30 to 8:00pm on Tuesdays, October 20th, 27th and November 10th, 17th. Parents/guardians must register at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HCDrugFreeFall2020. If you have questions, email Joan Webb Scornaienchi, HC DrugFree’s Executive Director at Admin@hcdrugfree.org or call 443-325-0040.
HC DrugFree Drive-thru EpiPen, Medication and More Collection: Howard County's next convenient drive-thru collection for over-the-counter and prescription medication and “sharps” (needles, syringes and EpiPens) will be held on Saturday, October 24th between 10:00am and 2:00pm in the Wilde Lake Village Center parking lot near the Swim Center and The UPS Store. HC DrugFree and the Howard County Police urge you to clean out your medicine cabinets. Please visit HC DrugFree’s homepage at www.hcdrugfree.org for more information about the event or email Joan Webb Scornaienchi, HC DrugFree’s Executive Director at Admin@hcdrugfree.org or call 443-325-0040.

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