EMMS Eagle News - 10/29/2021

Fri, 10/29/2021 - 3:09pm


Ellicott Mills Middle School  
Friday, October 29, 2021

Upcoming Events / Important Dates

EMMS encourages our families and community to frequently check our school’s website calendar.
November 1 & 2 


School Photos (ALL students will have their photos taken for HCPSS Synergy System and the EMMS Memory Book) (click here for more info)

Monday: All of 8th Grade and First Half of 7th Grade (or as much as we can get done before 6th Grade lunch). Students will be called down alphabetically by grade.

Tuesday: Remainder of 7th Grade and All of 6th Grade and Anyone Absent from Monday. Students will be called down alphabetically by grade.

November 3
End of First Quarter
November 4
HCPSS Schools are Closed for Students (Staff telework day)
November 9
Restaurant Night – Chipotle (click here for more information)
(9120 Baltimore National Pike Lot A-1 in Ellicott City)
November 10
Report cards will be issued Wednesday, Nov. 10 and accessible via HCPSS Connect Synergy. (more information below)
November 15-19
American Education Week  Complete a Message to EMMS Staff
November 22
Restaurant Night – Jimmy John’s (click here for more information)
(8827 Centre Park Dr, Columbia, MD 21045)
November 22-23
3 Hour Early Dismissal
November 22-23
November 24
Parent/Teacher Conferences (more info to come)
NOTE: Teachers have the option of evening hours on 11/22 or 11/23 OR daytime hours on 11/24
November 25-26
HCPSS Schools and Offices are Closed


October is National Bullying Prevention Month! We have incredible student voices here at EMMS that highlight kindness and unity. Check out this beautiful poem written by our very own Elisabeth McGarvey about the impact of bullying.

Celebrating OUR Eagles

EMMS Teachers, Staff, and Elliott the Eagle are proud to recognize the following students for showing responsibility:
Grade 6: Sonia Kalyani
Grade 7: Dax Kayihura
Grade 8: Jessica Par

Carson Scholarship Nomination 2022

Carson Scholarships are awarded to students who exemplify academic excellence and humanitarian qualities.  Winners receive a $1,000 scholarship to go toward their college education! Only ONE student per school can be nominated.
Any EMMS student who wishes to be in the running for our EMMS nomination for the 2022 Carson Scholarship and meets the following criteria should submit their essay to Mrs. Schwaab in Student Services no later than November 19.
  1. Has a GPA of 3.75 or above in the combined academic subjects: English, Math, Science, Social Studies, and World Language
  2. Demonstrate humanitarian qualities in their schools and communities through volunteer work and/or community services above and beyond what is required
  3. Has not previously been awarded a Carson Scholars Fund Award
See Mrs. Schwaab in Student Services to pick up the essay information.

High School JROTC Information

November 17, 2021 - January 4, 2022
JROTC student interviews will be scheduled with JROTC officials.  Parents must contact JROTC instructors to schedule interviews. Only students who are interviewed during this period will be considered for enrollment.
Atholton HS: Army JROTC
JROTC Instructor – LTC (USA, Retired) William Reinhart, Senior Army Instructor
william_reinhart@hcpss.org  |  410-313-7065
Howard HS: Army JROTC
JROTC Instructor – LTC (USA, Retired) Patricia Marshall, Senior Army Instructor
patricia_marshall@hcpss.org  |  410-313-2867
Oakland Mills HS: Air Force JROTC
JROTC Instructor – Timothy D. Stevens, Col, USAF (Retired), Senior Aerospace Science Instructor
timothy_stevens@hcpss.org  |  410-313-6945

Student Services News

Does your student need support? Collaborative Counseling Center is offering Individual and Group Therapy, as well as Psychiatric Services. Take a look at the flyer below or visit www.collaborativecounselingcenter.com​​​​​​​.

ELA Parent/Caretaker Support Night

The EMMS ELA team is looking to gauge the interest of parents/caretakers in attending an information night consisting of 3 half-hour sessions (Notice and Note; Evidence-Based Literary Responses; ELA Tech Tools - Actively Learn/CommonLit/Canvas), which would provide parents with an understanding of reading and writing strategies covered in ELA classes at EMMS.  These sessions would occur from 7-8:30 @ EMMS and would be focused on helping parents/caretakers be better equipped to support their children in ELA. If we feel like we have enough interest, we will develop the sessions and send out the date. CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE THE RESPONSE FORM.

Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Testing Window

Measures of Academic Progress (MAP), the adaptive assessment in math and reading, will be administered @ EMMS in math and social studies classes during the testing window of October 18th – November 5th.

Evening School Tutoring

The HCPSS Evening School program offers virtual grade-level academic support sessions for eligible elementary and middle school students who must quarantine or who are struggling academically. These sessions are an addition to other supports for students in quarantine.

Accessing Quarter 1 Report Card

Report cards will be issued Wednesday, Nov. 10 and accessible via HCPSS Connect Synergy. Parents/guardians may access them following the instructions for accessing report cards online. Answers to frequently asked questions on grades and testing can be found online.

EMMS Fundraiser: Spirit Wear Sales

EMMS has partnered with a WONDERFUL vendor that will handle everything, including shipping your item to you directly. Check them out: https://www.ellicottmillsspiritwear.com/.

EMMS Fundraiser: Clothing to Cash

EMMS will receive monies based on the total weight of each monthly collection. The more items donated, the more EMMS receives.
The donation bin is located near our car loop, look for a large white bin. Please make sure to enclose items in a sealed bag (any size). Items donated can be in ANY condition. Our bin can collect the following CLOTH items:
  • All Clothing (New and Used Women’s, Men’s and Children’s, Clothing, Coats, etc.)
  • All Footwear (Shoes, Sneakers, Boots, Cleats, etc.)
  • Textiles (Bedding, Sheets, Blankets, Towels)
  • Accessories (Handbags, Backpacks, Gloves, Scarves, Jewelry, Wallets)
  • Toys (Stuffed Animals)

Message from EMMS Pupil Personnel Worker (PPW), Mr. Gwinn

Announcing Coat & Clothing Giveaways: 
Announcing Thanksgiving Food Box Giveaway:

Feeder High School News



Howard High School:


  • Lions' Pride Greens Sale: https://sherwoodfundraiser.com/LionsPride
    Please support Lions' Pride and the Athletics Department through our 2nd annual Holiday Greens sale. Families can choose to pick up their order at Howard High School or have direct delivery to their home. Sales began Sept. 10th and will end on Nov. 5th. Pick up will be at Howard High School the week of Thanksgiving. Time and date to be determined. For an additional fee, you can also order for items to be delivered directly to your home or as a gift to family/friends.
  • Lions’ Pride Brick Sale: https://www.bricksrus.com/donorsite/lionspride
    Calling all ALUMNI, new and current HOHS families. Show off your Lions’ Pride with a personalized brick that will be installed at the field entrance by the lion. Swing by HOHS and check it out OR click here to see a photo.



HCPSS Community News / Events


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.
Updated Volunteer/Observer Vaccine Requirements: Effective Monday, October 25, all volunteers and chaperones who interact with students, and parents/guardians who are conducting classroom observations will be required to use the PinPoint platform to show proof of full vaccination at least five school days in advance. The requirement also applies to students who volunteer or mentor at another HCPSS school during the school day, but not to students who go to the ARL or another school as part of their class schedule. Learn how to access and use the PinPoint VaccineCheck platform.
COVID-19 Self-Screenings: All parents/guardians are to perform a COVID-19 health check every day before your student leaves home. Students are not to come to school if they are experiencing any symptom(s) associated with COVID-19 or other communicable diseases.
Middle Schoolers Attendance at High School Athletic Events: All middle school students and younger children attending a high school athletic event must be accompanied by an adult responsible for their supervision throughout the event. No one middle school age or younger will be admitted to a contest without an adult.
The Howard County Association of Student Councils (HCASC): HCASC welcomes all middle and high school students to join our next meeting. Explore our website for more information https://hcasc.hcpss.org/ or contact Cindy Drummond with questions.
Upcoming Public Hearings
Tuesday, November 2 @ 7 p.m., hybrid hearing
The Board will hold the following public hearings during its November 2 meeting. Register to testify by Friday, October 29. Specific directions will be emailed to each registrant prior to the public hearing.
HCPSS Hiring Fair:
Thursday, November 4 @ 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Wilde Lake High School
HCPSS is hosting a hiring fair to address current staff shortages in multiple areas. No registration is needed to attend the event. More information is available onlineClick here for the flier. 
Project SEARCH Virtual Information Session
Tuesday, November 9 @ 6:30 p.m., virtual session
Learn about Project SEARCH, an internship program that prepares young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in their last year of high school for competitive employment. Interested Project SEARCH candidates and their parent/guardian must attend. Find details on how to attend the session and information about Project SEARCH eligibility. No pre-registration is required.

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