EMMS Eagle News - April 30, 2021

Fri, 05/07/2021 - 2:56pm
Ellicott Mills Middle School  
Friday, April 30, 2021


  • May 3 - 7: Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week
  • 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
NOTE: HCPSS will continue with posting grades electronically. 4th Quarter report cards will not be printed and mailed home this year. Families can print a copy or request a copy from the school.


To: Parents of current 6th graders:
The Maryland Department of Health requires that your student have certain vaccinations before starting 7th grade. These two vaccines, Tdap and MCV, will be offered at our school by the Howard County Health Department on (date) and (date), first thing in the morning.  If your student is missing either or both of the necessary vaccines for next year, you will be receiving a notice and consent form from the school's health room staff. Please keep an eye out for that letter and consider taking advantage of this FREE convenient vaccination opportunity for your child. Thank you.
(Note: EMMS mailed out the letter and consent forms on Wednesday, April 28th using the USPS.)


EMMS Teachers, Staff, and Elliott the Eagle are proud to announce the Eagle Eye Drawing Winners for this week!
Grade 6: Eshan Boppana
Grade 7: Rakiz Chong
Grade 8: Emma Odagwe


Click on the above image or click here for the form.


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.

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 email vikingspiritwear@gmail.com.


Board Actions on School Resource Officers Rescheduled to May 11: Board action on items related to the School Resource Officers (SROs) program, previously scheduled for the April 29 Board meeting, has been rescheduled to the May 11 meeting. Details are provided online.
Log in Now to Commit to the 2021-2022 Digital Education Center: Parents/guardians who wish to commit to the fully online HCPSS Digital Education Center should log in to HCPSS Connect Synergy by Wednesday, May 5 at 4 p.m. Families must commit to the DEC for the full 2021-2022 school year. Please note, this is separate from the DEC interest form. Learn more.
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.
Optional Pronoun Settings: Learn More.
2020-2021 End of Year Updates: Learn more.
Enrollment is OPEN for the 2021-2022 School Year: 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.
Online Bullying Reporting Tool: Read More. 
2021-2022 Academic Calendar: Click Here to DOWNLOAD in monthly format.


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.
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] HoCo Climate Change Institute Student Town Hall:
Saturday, May 5, 2021, 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m., virtual session
The Howard County Climate Change Institute (CCI) is a group of students who address climate change through different local action projects. CCI’s legislation team will be holding a Student Climate Town Hall to begin the conversation around environmental policy! This is an inclusive event that gathers students and community members all in one (virtual) room. This event is open to all middle and high school students. To register for the event, use the following link: http://bit.ly/ccitownhallClick here to download the flier.
Virtual HoCo Rainbow Conference:
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.
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 to14-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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