EMMS Eagle News - February 26, 2021

Fri, 02/26/2021 - 9:38pm
Ellicott Mills Middle School  
Friday, February 26, 2021


  • March 1:
    • Group E Students Return to In-Person Learning
  • April 2: Schools and offices closed
  • April 5 and 6: Spring Break (note: school offices will be closed on April 5 only)
  • April 14:
    • End of Third Quarter
    • 1/2 Day for Students
  • April 22: Report Cards Issued


Items are shipped directly to you. There are LOTS of different items to choose from (even masks) and you have the ability to CUSTOMIZE with a school design and more. Feel free to contact Ms. Jennifer Johnson ("JJ") @ jennifer_l_johnson@hcpss.org if you have any questions.


EMMS Teachers, Staff, and Elliott the Eagle are proud to recognize the following students for showing initiative:

Grade 6: Malindu Talagala

Grade 7: Claire Mays

Grade 8: Julia Kuta

Thank you for Making Great Things Happen at The Mill!


Howard HS 2021-2022 Virtual Dance Placement auditions are in progress! If a student would like to be placed in a higher level dance class (Dance II and Dance III), please contact Mrs. Crisera for audition information at sara_crisera@hcpss.org. Audition videos are due to Mrs. Crisera by March 8, 2021. Thank you!


Please Return EMMS Media Books/Materials: Students, please take some time to locate overdue library books and play-a-ways 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 24/7! 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!
Returning Textbooks: There are three ways for you to return borrow textbooks. 
  1. Bring the textbook back with you when you come to a distribution event.
  2. You are welcome to drop off any textbooks any weekday 7 am to 3 pm. There is a cart in the vestibule on the left that you may simply place the book there. 
  3. Please feel free to drop the textbook in the Media Center bin located under the overhang at the top of the bus loop any day, any time. 
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.


[NEW] New Facilities Checklist and Website Help Prepare for Students’ Return: HCPSS has developed an extensive School Readiness Checklist to prepare school facilities for the transition to hybrid in-person and concurrent virtual learning. The checklist, which includes 25 individual inspection items, is being used during walk-through inspections to ensure that all preparations are complete before students begin to return on Monday, March 1. Results of the completed inspections are posted on the Facilities Checklist site. Learn More.
[NEW] External Bus Cameras to Enhance Student Safety: Through a partnership with the Howard County Police Department (HCPD), HCPSS buses have been equipped with external cameras in order to ensure student safety by discouraging motorists from passing buses illegally. The cameras can capture 180-degrees and up to 8 lanes of traffic with high definition and full-color images. Learn More.
[NEW] Updated Attendance Procedure: Effective March 1, a student who attends class in person or synchronously Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday will be marked present. A student will be marked absent if they do not attend instruction in person or virtually. Additional information, including attendance procedures that apply on Wednesdays, is provided online.
[NEW] Update to Student Meal Service: Effective March 1, meals will be available for pickup from 7:45—8:45 a.m. at elementary school locations and 9:00-10:00 a.m. at middle and high school locations on specified days. There will be no pickups on Tuesdays and Fridays. Students and parents/guardians will continue to have the option to receive meals at their child’s school or at any designated meal distribution site. Additional details about changes to meal service are available online.
FAQs Available on HCPSS Help Site: Featuring answers to hundreds of FAQs, HCPSS’ Help Site provides a wealth of information about the Bridge to Normalized Instruction Hybrid Instructional Model, health and safety, transportation, technology, and more. The site is organized by category and can be searched by keyword, making it easy to navigate to the information you need. New FAQs are continually being added and we encourage you to visit the site regularly. A separate Staff Help Site provides FAQs and answers for HCPSS employees.
Hybrid Learning Resource: A new resource document summarizes all major aspects of the school system’s planned transition to hybrid in-person and concurrent virtual instruction that begins on March 1. The document is intended to serve as a reference for both families and staff. Read More.
COVID-19 Dashboard: Read More.
2021-2022 Academic Calendar: Read More.
Online Bullying Reporting Tool: 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.


HCPSS Community News / Events: Families can quickly discover educational and recreational resources, events, and after-school programs offered by community non-profits on HCPSS’s new Community News and Programs website. Easily search by keyword, category, or ages; or browse new listings. The site fills a need expressed by our community for resources to support students and families. Non-profit organizations can quickly and easily submit new announcements on the site.
Howard County Association of Student Councils Virtual Meeting: All middle and high school students interested in getting involved in student leadership and service are invited to the monthly meetings of the Howard County Association of Student Councils (HCASC). For more information, please email cindy_drummond@hcpss.org.
Speak Up HoCo!
Wednesday, February 24, 5-6:15 p.m., virtual session
High school students are invited to “talk about what matters to you,” including discussions on how racism and other socio-political issues impact life and how to create diverse communities that thrive. Participants practice dialogue and facilitation skills, make podcasts, take part in trainings, and more. Virtual meetings are held via Zoom on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month.

Coffee and Conversation with the Board

Thursday, March 4, 7:30-9 p.m., virtual session; register by March 3
Community members are invited to meet informally with Board of Education members. Register by emailing trudy_grantham@hcpss.org by 4 p.m., Wednesday, March 3. Space is limited. Registrants will receive the Zoom meeting link prior to the session.
Transition Workshop
Tuesday, March 16, 4-5:30 p.m., virtual session
Families of youth aged 14 and above with a developmental disability are invited to attend this virtual workshop, where representatives from Total Care and MMARS will present information about Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration services and the Transitioning Youth (GTYI) process. Register at least 24 hours prior to the event by emailing Dawson Robertson at dawson_robertson@hcpss.org.
Glen Mar Church & The Maryland Food Bank
Friday, March 19, 2:00-5:00 p.m., Glen Mar Church Parking Lot
Click here to download the flyer: English & Spanish

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.
HCPSS is currently operating two Technology Support Centers for device exchanges, returns, and support:
Hours of operation are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., and Tuesday and Thursday from 2-5 p.m. The Technology Support Centers are closed any day that HCPSS offices are closed.

Need to Get in Touch with Someone at EMMS?
Though teachers and staff are beginning to return to EMMS to work on-site, please consider continuing to use email to reach our staff (click here for staff contact information).

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