EMMS Eagle News - 10/23/2020

Fri, 10/23/2020 - 6:53pm
Ellicott Mills Middle School  
Friday, October 23, 2020


  • November 1st – Daylight Savings Ends (Set clocks back one (1) hour
  • November 3rd – Election Day – Schools & Offices Close
  • November 4th – Virtual PTA Meeting @ 6:30pm (details coming)
  • November 6th – 3 hour Early Dismissal Schedule;End of First Quarter
  • November 16th – First Quarter Report Cards Issued; Available Online Only
  • November 23rd – 3 hour Early Dismissal Schedule for Parent Teacher Conferences
  • November 24th – 3 hour Early Dismissal Schedule for Parent Teacher Conferences
  • November 25th – Schools Closed for Parent Teacher Conferences
  • November 25th & 26th – Schools and Offices Closed
  • December 2nd – Virtual PTA Meeting @ 6:30pm (details coming)
  • December 24th & 25th – Schools and Offices Closed
  • December 28th through December 31st – WINTER BREAK
  • January 1st – Schools and Offices Closed
  • January 4th – Students Return to Virtual Classes

Message From The EMMS Front Office

Happy Friday EMMS Families and Community!
Students are winding down to their final 9 days of instruction for the first marking period. Unlike years past, the end of the 1st marking period, Friday November 6th, is the halfway point for most of your student's classes. Please take the time this weekend to have your student log into Canvas with you next to them to check grades and missing assignments. If you notice your student is struggling in a course encourage them to engage in the offered daily support sessions at 8:30am and 2:55pm. We are noticing a direct correlation between students with grades below a C and their lack of attendance to those scheduled support sessions. We appreciate all you are doing to assist your students and work collaboratively with the school to ensure our students are staying engaged and maximizing their instructional opportunities.

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@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.

EMMS General News

Intramural (After School) Program Information:
  1. Best Buddies is now accepting applications from students who would like to be a peer in this amazing program. Please go to Best Buddies online application and fill out the application form. Best Buddies is where you sign up to be peer buddy who commits to a one-on-one relationship with a student who has intellectual or developmental disabilities for an academic school year. We will also participate in group activities throughout the year. Come support a fellow student, make new friends, and have fun! To find out more information Check out the Best Buddies website. Should you have any questions, please contact Ms. Eikenberg (deborah_eikenberg@hcpss.org).
  2. EMMS Open Up Student Book Club on Thursdays from 3:15-4:15pm.  Check out this flyer to learn more about this terrific opportunity for students to read high-interest novels that focus on themes of inclusivity, cultural identity, and lived experiences different from your own. Each Thursday afternoon, you will participate in engaging and meaningful discussions with your peers in a Google Meet setting. If this sounds like something your student is interested in, please complete this application and permission slip by October 30th. Reach out to Mrs. Batelka with any questions (christina_batelka@hcpss.org).
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 devices on-site to distribute. EMMS is currently waiting for more devices to come to use from HCPSS. Devices that we are handing out are the best that we have at the time of distribution.
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.
  • If you recently received a Dell device from EMMS, please check out the following links:


Teachers and Staff at EMMS and Elliott the Eagle are proud to recognize the following students for showing Responsibility: 
Grade 6: Harshit Kesharwani
Grade 7: Bryden Stallings
Grade 8: Drithi Obla
Thank you for Making Great Things Happen at The Mill!


Updates on Spring Semester Planning, Athletics and Grading, October 23, 2020: Read More.

HCPSS Update concerning school meals: Meals will be provided at no cost to any HCPSS student, and all children 18 and under, throughout the 2020-2021 school year, subject to U.S. Department of Agriculture funding availability. Read More.

Google Meet Expectations for Students and Parents/Guardians: To ensure a positive and productive virtual learning experience, it is important that all students and parents/guardians adhere to these Google Meet expectations, and review the virtual instruction responsibilitiesexpectations and best practices provided online.
Virtual Public Hearing: Policy 8090 Non-School-Hour Curricular Programs: Thursday, November 5th, 7 p.m.; register to testify by Monday, November 2nd, 4:30 p.m. Board meetings are currently held virtually, live on the HCPSS website and on Comcast 95/Verizon 42Learn about pre-registration and testimony. Register online to testify by Monday, November 2nd. Specific instructions on testifying virtually will be emailed to each registrant prior to the public hearing.
HCPSS Seeks Members for Students’ Rights and Responsibilities Policy Advisory Committee:Application Deadline: Monday, October 26, 2020. Read More.


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.
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.

HCPSS / HELP   https://help.hcpss.org/technology

There are links to many resources at HCPSS Connect and additional resources available within the Canvas LMS and the Synergy SIS. For additional support, please contact your child’s school. To report a Login issue, visit HCPSS Connect Help. For resources on using HCPSS Connect, visit HCPSS Connect Guides.
If a parent/guardian is not receiving emails and/or texts, please complete EMAIL / TEXT HELP FORM and HCPSS Tech Staff will look into the issue. The majority of the time, the user has unsubscribed or marked us as spam, and we can quickly add them back in to restart communication. Occasionally there is a break in the system, and we need a deeper dive into the issue.
Need to Get in Touch with Anyone at EMMS? 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 different Virtual Office Hours, check out our EMMS Calendar for more details.

Connect with Us:

4445 Montgomery Road
Ellicott City, MD 21043


Howard County Public Schools would like to continue connecting with you via email. If you prefer to be removed from our list, please contact Howard County Public Schools directly. To stop receiving all email messages distributed through our SchoolMessenger service, follow this link and confirm: Unsubscribe

SchoolMessenger is a notification service used by the nation's leading school systems to connect with parents, students and staff through voice, SMS text, email, and social media.