EMMS Eagle News - April 9, 2021

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 2:41pm
Ellicott Mills Middle School  
Friday, April 9, 2021


  • April 14: End of Third Quarter
  • April 15: 7th and 8th Grade Group B students return for hybrid instruction
  • 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.


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

Centennial High School: 
Centennial High School’s National Math Honor Society is pleased to announce that we will be hosting our Annual Math Tournament virtually on April 17th! The tournament will begin at 8:30 am and end at approximately 12:30 pm. The individual round will have four rounds that participants can choose from geometry, algebra/number theory, combinatorics, and precalculus/calculus. For the team round, students may form teams of up to 4 participants. If you don’t have a team, don’t worry! Go ahead and register and we will put you on a team! :) Finally, we will take the top scorers in each individual category to compete in the countdown round, a buzzer-style competition. 
Registration is free and can be done at https://forms.gle/yBoQc4oZibGqeD9m8
There will be monetary prizes for top scorers for both individual and team rounds. 
More detailed information can be found on our website: http://centennialmao.weebly.com/.
Please email chsnmhs@gmail.com if you have any questions! 
Howard High School:


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.
Express Interest in Virtual School Option for Next Year: 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. Parents/guardians are asked to express their interest by logging in to Synergy by April 14. See full details.
Health and Communications Protocols: HCPSS has developed protocols for responding to positive cases in schools in conjunction with the Howard County Health Department. These protocols outline how parents should communicate with school staff in instances of suspected or confirmed exposure, as well as how staff communicates with their school communities in those instances.
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.
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.
Non-Instructional Video Streaming Sites Not Accessible: Video streaming services—such as Netflix, TikTok, Hulu, Showtime, Snapchat, Tumblr, Xbox live, Fortnite and HBO—are no longer accessible on the HCPSS network or on HCPSS-issued devices. These services are not approved instructional technology sites and use of these sites has created network performance issues.
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.
Online Bullying Reporting Tool: Read More. 
2021-2022 Academic Calendar: Click Here to DOWNLOAD in a 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] Howard County Association of Student Councils Meeting:
Wednesday, April 14, 7-8:30 p.m., virtual session
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). Students should pre-register to receive the meeting link. For more information, please email cindy_drummond@hcpss.org.
[NEW] Community Advisory Council (CAC) Meeting:
Wednesday, April 14, 7 p.m., virtual session
HCPSS Director of Transportation David Ramsay will deliver a presentation on the current status of the bus system at this meeting. Elections will also be held for the 2021-2022 CAC Executive Board. Interested candidates should email the CAC Nominating Committee at hcpsscacnominatingcommittee@gmail.com. Find additional details about CAC elections.
[Reminder] Opportunities for Women in the Construction Industry:
Wednesday, April 14, 8:30-10 a.m., virtual event
Middle and high school students are invited to learn from industry leaders during this panel discussion, being held via Zoom, about opportunities for women in the construction industryRegister online by April 12 for the event, which is co-sponsored by HCPSS and Harkins Builders. Information on how to log into the event will be provided upon registration.
[Reminder] Policy Committee Members Needed:
Applications due Friday, April 16
HCPSS invites county residents to participate in the 2020-2021 Policy Advisory Committee for Policy 3030, Research Involving Employees and Students. Members of this committee will discuss and make policy recommendations to the Superintendent. Interested participants should submit a statement of interest online by April 16.
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 the 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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