EMMS Eagle News - November 6, 2020

Fri, 11/06/2020 - 12:48pm
Ellicott Mills Middle School  
Friday, November 6, 2020


  • November 11th: Virtual PTA Meeting @ 6:30pm (details coming)
  • November 11th: 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

Message From Principal Gaylord

Good Afternoon EMMS Community, 
As we close out the first quarter of virtual schooling in such polarizing and difficult times, I feel it is important to reaffirm a couple of commitments.  
First, thank you for your continued support navigating virtual schooling. It seems like September 8th was just yesterday, and we were struggling with meet codes and getting acclimated to virtual classrooms. Thank you for supporting your children and providing them with the best environment possible to learn while juggling the realities of Covid-19 and working from home. Additionally, I want to thank the EMMS staff for adapting their teaching practices in seemingly unlimited and creative ways to meet our students' needs. Though the realities of virtual learning are far from perfect, together we have adapted and grown in our capacity to not just to teach kids, but provide our students with a rich and differentiated learning experience. Thank you for your patience, partnership, and resolve.  
Secondly, I would like to acknowledge that our school community may have varying feelings on the Presidential Election results, but regardless of the results, Ellicott Mills Middle School will remain committed to our core values. We will continue to be a school that values the diversity of our students, staff, and community. We will continue to foster a safe and positive school climate that promotes growth, respect, and acceptance for ALL. We will continue to teach and lead with love and compassion, especially during these turbulent times.  
Thank you.
Peter Gaylord
Principal, EMMS

Virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences

The scheduling window for Parent-Teacher Conferences will open up on November 13 and remain open until the last school day before conferences (Friday, November 20). Please remember to log into Synergy between November 13 and November 20 to schedule your conferences. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Ms. Amy Linderman, EMMS Data Clerk, by email: amy_linderman@hcpss.org.
Click here to download detailed “HOW TO” directions.

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.

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).
  3. EMMS Council of Student Voices Hey Eagles! on Tuesdays from 3:30-4:30pm for 18 weeks starting November 10th. Looking for a way to get involved? There's a new intramural opportunity; The EMMS Council of Student Voices! Please have your student complete this interest form and review this Video from EMMS teaching staff; Slide show from EMMS Staff. We can't wait to collaborate! Ms. Hoffman and Mrs. DePola (NOTE: Links may only be accessible through your students Canvas log-in information) .
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 Gratitude:
Grade 6: Dean Gregor
Grade 7: Chip Buffat
Grade 8: Arpit Kesharwani
Thank you for Making Great Things Happen at The Mill!


Board of Education Virtual Town Hall on Spring Semester, November 9: As part of ongoing efforts to receive stakeholder feedback and answer questions related to the 2020-2021 spring semester, the Howard County Board of Education will host a virtual town hall, Monday, November 9 from 7-9 p.m. The event will be streamed live and may be viewed on the HCPSS website, or on Comcast channel 95/Verizon 42 in Howard County. Read More.
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 Invites Stakeholder Input on the School Resource Officer Program: The Howard County Public School System invites students, parents and guardians, staff members and community stakeholders to share their input about the School Resource Officer (SRO) Program in HCPSS schools. Feedback about the program may be provided by emailing SROinput@hcpss.org. All messages will be reviewed; however, due to the anticipated volume, individual responses should not be expected. The feedback provided will inform HCPSS' ongoing review of the roles, purpose and outcomes of SROs in Howard County schools. An update was presented at the October 22, 2020 Board meeting.
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.
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 5, @ 7 pm. Board meetings are currently held virtually, live on the HCPSS website and on Comcast 95/Verizon 42Learn about pre-registration and testimony.


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 November 11 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, November 10 and 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 24 between 10:00am and 2:00pmin 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.

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