EMMS Eagle News - April 16, 2021

Fri, 04/16/2021 - 1:14pm
Ellicott Mills Middle School  
Friday, April 16, 2021


  • April 22: Report Cards Issued
  • May 13: Schools Closed for Students (Professional Learning/Articulation Day)
  • May 31: Schools and Offices Closed (Memorial Day)
  • June 10: Schools Closed 3-Hours Early
  • June 11: Schools Closed 3-Hours Early
  • June 14: Schools Closed 3-Hours Early
  • June 15:
    • Schools Closed 3-Hours Early
The Mill is proud to share information about Mobile COVID-19 testing sites around Howard County. The Mobile Sites have the ability to test all ages, infant through adult, and if a patient does not have insurance, they bill the state. Patients can be tested regardless of their immigration status. The Mobile Sites will have staff that speak Spanish as well as Korean, Vietnamese, and Sign Language.


EMMS Teachers, Staff, and Elliott the Eagle are proud to announce the Eagle Eye Drawing Winners for this week!
Grade 6: Teagan Adornetto
Grade 7: Alyssa Gambrill
Grade 8: Messiah Jordan
EMMS Teachers, Staff, and Elliott the Eagle are proud to recognize the following students for showing DEDICATION:
Grade 6: Makayla Mitchell
Grade 7: Gosnell Tyson
Grade 8: Jaden Li


Visit this link for more information and overviews of the sessions! Register with your parents here!



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.

Promoting Health and Safety on HCPSS Buses: With many students returning to school on buses, HCPSS is taking extra measures to keep buses clean and help protect the health and safety of both students and bus drivers. These measures include cleaning and disinfection and protocols for seating and bus loading and dismissal. External cameras have been installed to discourage drivers from passing buses illegally. Additional information on transportation procedures for the 2020-21 school year is provided in the Bridge to Normalized Instruction (document download) resource document. General transportation information is also available online.
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.

NEWS From Our Feeder High Schools

Howard High School:

Mt. Hebron High School:

  • SUMMER SPORTS CAMPS - Due to Covid restrictions, unfortunately, Mt Hebron High School is unable to hold camps this summer. We hope that our future Vikings can find alternate camps and resume back with us next summer. We apologize for any inconvenience.
  • HEBRON SPIRITWEAR SALE - Looking for Mt Hebron spiritwear for your incoming freshmen? There will be an outdoor spiritwear sale on May 1st at 2802 Greenway Drive. Get your Hebron gear and special class of 2025 shirts too. Any questions please emailvikingspiritwear@gmail.com.


[NEW] 2021 Summer Programs Registration Reopens April 15:
Registration window: Thursday, April 15, 6 p.m. through Thursday, April 29
The window for online enrollment requests will reopen for currently enrolled HCPSS students for the BSAP Summer Institute, Gifted and Talented Summer Institutes for Talent Development, Innovative Pathways High School (Math and Science only), and STARTALK Chinese Language Summer Camp.
[NEW] Optional Pronoun Settings: Students, staff and parents/guardians are now able to identify the pronouns they wish to have used to refer to themselves in various Canvas pages. Learn More.
[REMINDER] Digital Education Center Virtual Information Sessions: HCPSS is planning for a virtual school option for students in grades K-12 who wish to remain virtual for the 2021-2022 school year. Students and families interested in learning more are invited to attend level-specific virtual information sessions April 20-22. Learn More and REGISTER.
[REMINDER] Provide Consent for Voluntary Student COVID-19 Testing: HCPSS now offers a voluntary K-12 COVID-19 Testing Program that provides free tests for students and school-based staff who develop COVID-like symptoms or are identified as close contacts while they are in a school building. Parents/guardians of students under age 18 can provide consent via HCPSS Connect. Students age 18 years or older are considered “eligible students” and must complete a print version of the consent form.
Enrollment is OPEN for the 2021-2022 School Year: Online Registration is now open to enroll new HCPSS K-12 students for the 2020-2021 (current) and 2021-2022 (upcoming) school years. Parents / guardians of children who will be five as of September 1, 2021, must enroll their children in kindergarten or apply for a waiver. Learn More.
Current HCPSS students DO NOT need to be re-enrolled each school year.
However, take a moment to update your student’s FAMILY FILE,
especially your and any emergency contact information.
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.
Online Bullying Reporting Tool: Read More. 
2021-2022 Academic Calendar: Click Here to DOWNLOAD in monthly format.
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.
[NEW] HCPSS/The Council of Elders (TCOE) Financial Education Series Budget Basics Workshop: This virtual workshop session will be on Saturday, April 17 from 9:00-10:30 a.m. Grades 3-12 students and their families are invited to learn about electronic and virtual financial transactions and key financial principles. Topics include financial goal setting, balancing a bank account, and understanding interest rates. The session information and online registration link can be found here
[NEW] Student Member of the Board Election:
Monday, May 3 through Wednesday, May 5, virtual election
The Howard County Association of Student Councils will hold its online general election for the 2021-2022 Student Member of the Board (SMOB) on May 3-5, 2021, with students voting on Canvas. The 2021-2022 SMOB candidates are Peter Banyas of Howard High School and Dhruvi Mirani of Glenelg High School. All 6th-11th grade HCPSS students are eligible to vote in the SMOB election.
[NEW] HCPSS Community News / Events:
Saturday, May 15, 2021, 8:45 a.m.-5:00 p.m., virtual session
High school students, staff, parents (who may bring their middle school aged children), and community members are invited to attend this free conference, designed to raise awareness of LGBTQ+ issues and provide education and support to the HCPSS community. Find more information and register online.
Drive-thru Medication, EpiPens, Needles, and Syringes Collection in the Wilde Lake Village Center Parking Lot: Bring your expired or unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medication and “sharps” to HC DrugFree’s convenient drive-thru collection on Saturday, April 24 between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. in the Wilde Lake Village Center parking lot near the Swim Center and The UPS Store. Medication will be guarded and transported by the Howard County Police and the DEA. Safe distancing. Masks worn. No need to remove labels or get out of vehicle. Sharps must be in appropriate sharps containers. Separate sharps from meds. Looking for adult volunteers to assist at the event and medically-trained adults to assist with the medication collection. Go to https://hcdrugfree.org/drug-take-back-day-1/.
Free Parenting Classes: HC DrugFree and the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office, partnering with HCPSS and the Health Department, will once again provide evidence-based classes for families to gain skills and knowledge to reduce the risk that their children will engage in risky behaviors including using drugs. This 4-class series for parents of 9-14 year olds will be held on Zoom from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, May 4, 11 and June 1, 8. Parents/guardians must register at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ HCDrugFreeSpring2021. If you have questions, email Joan Webb Scornaienchi, HC DrugFree’s Executive Director at Admin@hcdrugfree.org

HCPSS / TECHNOLOGY HELP https://help.hcpss.org/technology

HELP and INFORMATION concerning TECHNOLOGY (Chromebooks, HotSpots, etc.). Read More.

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