EMMS Eagle News - November 22, 2020

Sun, 11/22/2020 - 7:35am
Ellicott Mills Middle School  
Sunday, November 22, 2020


  • November 24th: 3 hour Early Dismissal Schedule for Parent Teacher Conferences
  • November 25th: Schools Closed for Parent Teacher Conferences
  • November 26th & 27th: Schools and Offices Closed (correction)
  • 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

EMMS Virtual Parent-Teacher Conference Support

As you know, virtual conferences will primarily take place on Monday 11/23, Tuesday 11/24, and Wednesday 11/25 of next week. We also wanted to make sure that you are aware that a number of departments or people are offering drop-in sessions if you need assistance.
Administration Drop-in (Mr. Gaylord or DW)
Google Meet Code:  EMMS-AdminConf 
  • 11/23: 1:00-3:30pm and 5:00-7:30pm 
  • 11/24: 1:00-3:30pm and 5:00-7:30pm 
School Counselor Drop-in  (Ms. Schwaab, Ms. Owens-Young, Ms. Burnett)
Google Meet Code:  EMMS-studentservices 
  • 11/23: 1:00-2:00pm
  • 11/24: 1:00-2:00pm and 5:30-6:30pm
  • 11/25: 8:00-9:00am
Registrar and Data Clerk Drop-in Sessions  (Ms. Linderman and Ms. Shafer)
Google Meet Code: EMMS-studentservices
  • 11/23: 3:00-4:00pm and 5:30-6:30pm 
  • 11/24: 1:00-2:00pm and 5:30-6:30pm 
  • 11/25: 9:00-10:00am


Attention, Eagles! 
The EMMS Visual Arts Department and I are happy to present to you our newly added EMMS Virtual Art Gallery! Check it out to see what our Eagle Artists have been up to and to view their incredible talent and stunning artwork! You can get to the EMMS Virtual Art Gallery through our Student Resources Course Home Page. Enjoy!
Mr. Bracco, Ms. Kleinberger, and Mrs. Batelka


Teachers and Staff at EMMS and Elliott the Eagle are proud to recognize the following students for showing Gratitude:
Grade 6: Ellie Namkoong
Grade 7: Avery Stull
Grade 8: Ronald Alford
Thank you for Making Great Things Happen at The Mill!

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:


[NEW] HCPSS to Remain Virtual Through 3rd Quarter: During its November 16 work session, the Board of Education voted to continue the school system in a virtual instructional model through the third academic quarter, which ends April 14, 2021. Learn More.
[NEW] To our current 8th Grade Families - JROTC Applications: The JROTC program for high school students supports citizenship, character, and leadership development. Students who do not attend a school where JROTC is offered may apply to participate for the 2021-2022 school year by scheduling an interview with JROTC officials through January 5, 2021.
[NEW] Do you have a child with an IFSP or IEP? The HCPSS Family Support and Resource Center (FSRC) offers a weekly email just for you! FSRC communications include helpful workshops, resources, and community information specifically geared to supporting your journey. As a parent of a child with an IFSP/IEP, you should already be receiving the email, but if not, let us know so we can include your contact information in our database. You can also email specific questions to FSRC@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 to their 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 Someone at EMMS?
We highly encourage you to email our staff due to the decrease in on-site staff availability (click here for staff contact information).

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