EMMS Eagle News - 9/11/2020

Fri, 09/11/2020 - 3:09pm
Ellicott Mills Middle School  
Friday, September 11, 2020
EMMS Community,
Week #1: Week one is in the books and it was a good one!  Ms. DW and I were able to visit every classroom during this first week. We witnessed teachers and students building community and creating classroom norms that will allow for robust instruction throughout the first semester. We hope the students enjoyed reconnecting with the staff and classmates. 
Remembrance: Today we are reminded that nineteen years ago, on September 11, we witnessed unthinkable acts of terrorism within the boundaries of the United States. Since that day in 2001, September 11 has been designated as Patriot’s Day and serves as a time to remember those who were lost on that day. A moment of silence was observed today to honor those who continue to fight for our freedoms, and as a day of service for our nation. 
Principal Gaylord


[UPDATE] Virtual Back-to-School Night (BTSN): Please join us for Back to School Night Thursday, September 17th at 6:00pm.
BTSN Format:
  1. 6:00-6:20pm
    • You will view a 20-minute video presentation from the administrative team and our PTA president via our website (Web address will be sent early next week).
  2. Next, you MUST login to your child’s HCPSS Account credentials (username and password) and attend your child’s classes through Google Meet using their everyday class codes.
    • 6:30p-6:45p – Period #1
    • 6:50p-7:05p – Period #2
    • 7:10p-7:25p – Period #3
    • 7:30p-7:45p – Period #4
Need Us? Check out or website to see if your answer is there. We highly encourage you to email our staff due to the decrease in front office staff availability (click here for staff contact information). Links to various virtual office hours referenced during the parent orientations can be found in our calendar (click here).
EMMS Distribution of 2020/2021 Student Materials: EMMS is reaching out DIRECTLY to families as we have items to distribute to their student(s) based on request and class registration. Please be aware that only very specific classes are distributing materials.


EMMS 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 48 hours.
Counselor Hangouts: We are excited to announce our drop-in Counselor Hangouts this year! Students can drop-in to ask a question, to schedule an individual appointment or to just say, “Hi!” We love to see your faces and miss students stopping in our offices every day, so please come by our Google Meets on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30-1:00pm.
Last names A-G with Ms. Schwaab: emms-rschwaab-A-G
Last names H-O with Ms. Owens:  emms-sowens-H-O
Last names P-Z with Ms. Burnett:  emms-gburnett-P-Z
Does your child need a Chromebook and/or internet access? Parents/guardians can identify student needs in HCPSS Connect using the following directions:
  1. Parents/guardians should log in to HCPSS Connect.
  2. From the left menu, last choice, select “More Options” then choose “Student Technology.”
  3. On the HCPSS Student Technology screen, use the drop-down arrows to indicate the Technology Requested for each student. Changes are saved immediately. No confirmation will be provided, once you make a selection the request is registered with HCPSS Technology Office.
  4. If a device has already been issued, it will appear in the inventory list. If a student already has a device issued, a new request will not be processed.


Teachers and Staff at EMMS and Elliott the Eagle are proud to recognize the following students for showing POSITIVITY:
Grade 6: Himmat Singh
Grade 7: Zena Levy
Grade 8: Tavon Curtis
Thank you for Making Great Things Happen at The Mill!


[NEW] Parent Empowerment Conference: The HCPSS Department of Special Education invites you to attend the Empowering Parents as Partners Conference from September 29-October 1st with two sessions each night; 6:30-7:30 and 7:45-8:45. This year’s conference will be held virtually with session PowerPoints posted online for later viewing. This conference will benefit both seasoned parents and those new to special education to help them advocate for their children and be active and informed members of the IEP team. Staff from the Department of Special Education along with community partners will lead sessions including information on supporting your child and participating in the IEP process during virtual learning. Parents will leave sessions with tools to support success and reduce stress during virtual learning.  Register at  http://hcpssne.ws/empower. Registrants will be emailed all the session descriptions and links to choose from. The first 250 people will be admitted to each session. The deadline to register is Monday, September 28 at 5:00pm. For questions, please email FSRC@hcpss.org. This event is part of the ongoing Parent Empowerment Series sponsored by the HCPSS Department of Special Education. We look forward to collaborating with you!
Free Vaccine Clinics for Students: Immunizations are required by state law to attend school, including virtually, and are vital for children’s overall health and wellness. HCPSS Health Services continues to partner with the Howard County Health Department and the Maryland Partnership for Prevention to offer several free immunization clinics for any student who may need them.
Update from EMMS Cluster Nurse, Ms. Suzanne Wingard – It is a MD State law that all children entering 7th grade have 2 additional immunizations (Tdap and MCV4). If you have questions or concerns, please email Ms. Wingard @ suzanne_wingard@hcpss.org.
Free Student Meals: The food services program during the first semester of the 2020-2021 school year will consist of free Grab-and-Go meals served Monday through Friday from 8-9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. at all schools except Burleigh Manor Middle School and Hammond High School. Meals are free for all students through December.
[NEW] HCPSS Google Meet Expectations: To ensure a positive, productive and enjoyable learning experience for all participants, it is important that all students and parents/guardians adhere to these Google Meet Expectations.

Community News / Events

[NEW] Howard County Youth Program, Inc. (HCYP) Basketball @ The Mill:
Boys Basketball tryouts – NEXT WEEK!
7th / 8th Graders (Varsity) – Wednesday, Sept. 16, 6-7:30, outdoor court behind EMMS
6th / 7th Graders (JV) – Tuesday, Sept. 22, 6-7:30, outdoor court behind EMMS
Please visit the Howard County Youth Program, Inc. (HCYP) website https://hcypbasketball.org/middle-school/boys-middle-school-varsity-team-coaches and email the coaches for Ellicott Mills Middle School if you are interested.
FYI – There is no word concerning a Girls’ team, please contact HCYP with questions.
BJ Borden – HCYP, Director of Basketball Operations, bj@hcypbasketball.org


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.
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.

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