EMMS Eagle News - November 13, 2020

Fri, 11/13/2020 - 8:53pm
Ellicott Mills Middle School  
Friday, November 13, 2020


  • November 13th: Parent–Teacher Conference Scheduling Opens
  • 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

Virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held Monday, November 23rd through Wednesday, November 25th. The conference sign-up opened up today, November 13th (at 6:00 AM), and will close on Thursday, November 19th (at 11:59 PM). If you have any questions or concerns, please email Ms. Amy Linderman, EMMS Data Clerk, @ amy_linderman@hcpss.org.
Registering for a Conference(s): To download directions for signing up for conferences can be found here:  https://www.hcpss.org/f/connect/synergy-parent-teacher-conference-registration.pdf. Click the link for a brief video showing how to schedule conferences: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcMwkkIgkls&feature=youtu.be
  1. Log in to HCPSS Connect with your own credentials (not the student!).
  2. In the Navigation pane, select Conference and click the Parent Scheduled Conferences link in the top right corner to schedule conferences.
  3. Select a time option for each class listed. The conference will be saved automatically. Once you select a time option, all other time options for that class will become unavailable.
  4. To select a different time option, clear the first checkbox, and select a new option.
  5. If you have more than one child, select the next child in the top left corner.
Viewing Your Scheduled Conference(s):
  1. In the Navigation Panel, select More Options (Family File, Report Card, etc.).
  2. Click the Conference Scheduling (View or Schedule ARL/DigEd) link.
  3. Click the View My Conference Schedule link in the left panel. A page displays listing all the conferences for your child.
Joining Your Scheduled Conference(s):
To learn how to attend the Parent-Teacher Conference, click on this Canvas link below and follow the instructions to Join a Meeting section. This section describes how to join a meeting using a Google Meet Nickname/Code or a Google Meet link.  https://hcpss.instructure.com/courses/77796/pages/g-suite-google-meet
Please note:
  • You will need to log in with your student’s credentials when you are entering the Google Meet for the conference.
  • Please be prompt, but NOT early!  If you come to the Google Meet while the teacher is still in another conference, you will be denied entry.

First Quarter Report Cards

The 2020-2021 quarter one report cards will be available online via Synergy beginning at 4 pm on Monday, November 16. Printed report cards will not be issued. Learn How to Access.

MAP – Message from EMMS Assistant Principal

Fall 2020 Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) home reports are available for parents/guardians to view in Synergy in the same location where report cards are posted. Instructions for accessing the home report and the Fall 2020 FAQ page can be found at Direct Link to MAP Access FAQ.

Ms. Michele Doyle-Wetzelberger
Assistant Principal and Testing Coordinator

Exciting Student Leadership Opportunity (The following message was shared with student on Thursday, November 12 through Canvas, links may require your student’s canvas credentials to open.)

Hey Eagles!
Each year, all students in Howard County elect a student to sit on the actual Board of Education (you know, the people that make HCPSS policy decisions!). 
EMMS is excited to present every Eagle with the chance to pick the initial candidates for the Student Member of the Board before the actual election. The SMoB Convention is a meaningful opportunity for you to lead and serve both your peers and community in a challenging and rewarding capacity. To find out more, check out the Cover Letter, and if you’re interested, please complete the Delegate Application. Complete the application and contact two staff members that will write you a good recommendation ASAP! All applications and recommendation forms are due by November 30. 
If you’re interested in more leadership opportunities, the Howard County Association of Student Councils is a great organization!
If you have any questions, please reach out to Ms. Hoffman at rachel_hoffman@hcpss.org
We can’t wait to collaborate with you!
~Principal Gaylord and Ms. Hoffman

EMMS General News 

Please Return EMMS Media Books/Materials: Students, please take some time to locate overdue library books and playaways that you borrowed either from our EMMS Media Center or from your elementary schools last year. You may return all media items to the permanent return bin in front of EMMS any time of day! If you have any questions about library items, please reach out to our EMMS Media Center staff: donna_monger@hcpss.org or christina_batelka@hcpss.org. Thank you for your cooperation!

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.

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 announce the Eagle Eye Drawing Winners for this week!
Grade 6: Marcus Madison
Grade 7: Carina Graziano
Grade 8: Bhavjot Singh
Thank you for Making Great Things Happen at The Mill!

HCPSS Residency Reminder

Even though HCPSS is currently operating in a virtual learning environment, families need to alert their school if they move, especially if they move to another attendance area. While in the spring transfers between schools were minimized, it is now the 2020-2021 school year and all students should be enrolled at the school for their assigned attendance area. If you have moved, please complete the HCPSS Change of Address and Phone Number Form (Fillable PDF) and send both the form and requested documents to Ms. Heather Shafer, EMMS Student Services Secretary, by email: heather_shafer@hcpss.org.


Environmental Forum: Discussion Series for Middle and High School Students:
Wednesdays, December 2 through January 20, 3 p.m., virtual sessions on Google Meet
Middle and high school students are invited to participate in a free discussion series on environmental topics, offered in partnership with the Howard County Conservancy. Each week, participants will hear from experts on an environmental topic, then join in a discussion on how the topic relates to everyday life at home and in our community. Learn more and register.

HCPSS Translations: Regarding information for the 2020-2021 school year, the HCPSS website is updated regularly with new information and remains the repository of all information related to HCPSS’ coronavirus response. Many of the most important documents and resources have been translated and can be found online. Please visit the link below for access to translated files:  https://www.hcpss.org/2020-2021/translations/.

Free Student Meals: Grab-and-Go meals are served every day school is in session, Monday through Friday from 8-9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. and are free of charge for all students and any child under age 18. All meals include breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dinner. Find details about pre-ordering, weekend meals, and more information online.
Thanksgiving Break Meal Service Adjustments
To ensure children have access to essential nutrition over the holiday period, families may pick up meals in advance to cover the holiday break. Pre-ordering will not be available for meals picked up on Monday, November 23 or November 30. See all service and schedule adjustments.
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.


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.
FREE HOMEWORK HELP! ACHIEVE SUCCESS TOGETHER is offering free middle school homework help. All middle schoolers are welcome to get matched to an experienced high school tutor! AST is a student-run community organization now celebrating its fifth year. Our tutors are carefully vetted, flexible, and love teaching! Sign up at achievesuccesstogether.org          Questions? Email astofficers@gmail.com.

Howard County Association of Student Councils (HCASC): HCASC welcomes all middle/high school students our next virtual meeting on December 9 from 7:00-8:30pm. Click Here to Read More About HCASC.

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 our 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.

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