EMMS Eagle News - 10/9/2020

Fri, 10/09/2020 - 8:11pm
Ellicott Mills Middle School  
Friday, October 9, 2020
10/14       MAP Math Testing
10/16       1/2 Day Schedule

Message from EMMS Math Department

Dear Parent/Guardian(s),
Exciting news! New resources have been added to the HCPSS Family Math Support Center for grades K-12. Here, you will find links and videos to support your child during their current math course as well as direct access to the “getting ready” courses that combine topics from your child's previous course and preview topics in their upcoming new course. We hope this is helpful and appreciate your support.
Thank you,
EMMS Math Teachers

Message from EMMS Student Services

Dear Parent/Guardian(s),
We have been hard at work to gather together information to assist you with help as we all work through understanding virtual learning and how to support EMMS students and families. Click here to download EMMS Virtual Learning Success Tips that we hope will provide some support and direction. 
Thank you,
EMMS Student Services Counselors

Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Administration

The MAP Math test is on Wednesday, October 14th at 9:00-11:00am and 1:00-3:00pm for all students in Math 6, Math 7, Math 8, and Pre-Algebra. Students will receive Google Meet codes in their Canvas emails on Monday. If you have any questions, please contact me at michele_doyle-wetzelberger@hcpss.org or call 410-313-2839.
Students who are exempt from MAP are any who are enrolled in high school mathematics courses as the test does not go into those content areas.
Stay well,
Ms. DW
EMMS Assistant Principal and Testing Coordinator


[NEW] Intramural 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. She is hoping to have this intramural FULL by Monday. 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.
Need to return anything to EMMS? Our vestibule doors are open on the bus loop side from 7:30am to 3:30pm. Feel free to park, come into the vestibule and leave any item on the carts located on the left side.
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 recognize the following students for showing Responsibility:
Grade 6: Aarav Nasnodkar
Grade 7: Audray Zheng
Grade 8: Nick Marrow
Thank you for Making Great Things Happen at The Mill!


[NEW] HCPSS Update concerning school meals: Beginning Monday, October 12th, HCPSS will add a snack and dinner to each weekday meal, in addition to breakfast and lunch already being served. Additionally, weekend meals will be included with meals provided on Fridays, and in pre-ordered meals picked up on Thursdays. HCPSS also has adjusted the pre-order process. Meals for multiple days need to be pre-ordered at least two days in advance for pickup on Mondays and Thursdays. Pre-order meal pickups will be offered only on those two days, to enable Food and Nutrition Services to improve service and efficiency while balancing staffing and food resources. Read More.
FARMs Participation Supports Schools Through Title I Funding: Many families have been financially impacted by the pandemic and may now be eligible for FARMs. Families are urged to check their eligibility and complete a FARMs application by October 10th because the number of qualifying students directly impacts schools’ eligibility to receive valuable federal Title I funding. 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.
HCPSS Educational Partnerships 2019-2020 Annual Report: “Together” is the theme of the just released Report. Each school’s partners are listed, as well as system wide (at-large) and curricular and program office partnerships. In the report, you will see examples of how partners help care for students and staff. Click here to download report.
HCPSS to Introduce Small Group, In-Person Supports for Selected Students: 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.


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.
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.
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 20, 27 and November 10, 17. 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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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.

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