EMMS Eagle News - January 29, 2021

Fri, 01/29/2021 - 4:28pm
Ellicott Mills Middle School  
Friday, January 29, 2021


  • February 1: Beginning of Third Quarter/ Beginning of Second Semester
  • February 5: Report Cards Issued
  • February 12: Professional Work Day / No School for Students
  • February 15: Schools and offices closed
  • April 2: Schools and offices closed
  • April 5 and 6: Spring Break (note: school offices will be closed on April 5 only)
  • April 14:
    • End of Third Quarter
    • 1/2 Day for Students
  • April 21 @ 5:00pm: CHS Football VIRTUAL Meet-n-Greet (Code: CHS-Football)
  • April 22: Report Cards Issued


Happy Friday EMMS community. As we prepare to begin the second semester, I want to take a moment to congratulate our students, staff, and school community for their grit and perseverance. I remember the trepidation and questions all stakeholders had when we began this journey in September. Collectively as a school community, we have overcome technology issues with wi-fi and connectivity, confusion over synchronous versus asynchronous, and so many other firsts in our educational journeys. I couldn’t be prouder of our amazing staff who have learned to pivot when called upon and adjust their instructional practices to meet our students' needs. I am equally proud of our students and their ability to adjust, embrace the unknown, and support their peers through challenging times. We have had many successes to reflect on and I look forward to building on those successes in the coming months.
Regarding the coming months, please ensure you are reading the correspondence from the county and utilize the provided resources. We want you to have the information you need to make the best decision for your student and family.  Previously shared by HCPSS, parents are required to make a decision by FEBRUARY 5 if their student is to remain virtually for the remainder of the school year or to return to hybrid education.  Please click on the attached link for more information on the Decision on Instructional Preference. Parents should log on to HCPSS Connect and complete the form. If you need assistance or have a question after reading the FAQ please reach out to the school or email me directly. We are here to help!
Thank you for all you do to support our students, staff, and school community. Hope to see you at our virtual Back to School Night, February 9th.
Peter Gaylord


In preparation for the second semester of the 2020-2021 school year, we want to share information related to the distribution of HCPSS materials for the second semester. If your student is taking one of the classes listed below during the second semester, you need to come starting MONDAY, February 1 and collect the materials indicated below. Please note that weather conditions may impact this distribution. If HCPSS closes its buildings, EMMS will be closed.
Art Bracco, M Art I
Art II
Art Materials Pack
Art Kleinberger, M Art (6th Grade)
Art I
Art Materials Pack
Reading Maciulla, H
Ittenbach, M
Reading Seminar
6th and 8h Grades ONLY
Read 180
Tech Ed Wood, G Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Building Materials Kit (Box)
World Languages Callender, D French II Bien Dit! 2


EMMS has received all ordered devices so that we may now achieve the HCPSS’s goal of issuing devices necessary to reach a 1:1 student-to-device ratio for ALL students. EMMS staff have prepared the devices and are ready start this distribution. Please note that weather conditions may impact this distribution. If HCPSS closes its buildings, EMMS will be closed.
  • If your EMMS student(s) has not received a device from this distribution applies to you.
  • This Distribution also applies to any EMMS student that previously received a DELL LATITUDE. EMMS has sent you an email directly as you will need to bring this device and its power cord back in order to receive a replacement.
  • If your student was given/assigned a CHROMEBOOK, EMMS does NOT have the ability to swap it for a newer device.


January 29th through February 15th our provider will have a free shipping promotion (no minimum purchase). 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.


Course registration for the 2021-2022 school year will be open from February 3rd until February 15th. This process will be completed through the Parent HCPSS Connect Account. Students will need to register for 7 total credits and at least 2 alternate classes.
Please refer to the Rising 7th and 8th Grade Course List for a “menu” of courses available at EMMS. 
Directions and screencast that walks parents/guardians through a step-by-step process for looking at teacher course recommendations, adding course requests, alternates, and CPRs have been posted on https://www.hcpss.org/connect/guides/.
If you have any questions, contact your counselor.
Ms. Schwaab, A-G, rachel_schwaab@hcpss.org
Ms. Burnett, P-Z, grace_burnett@hcpss.org


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!
ReturningTextbooks: There are three ways for you to return materials. We hope to have all textbooks returned by February 13th.
  • Bring the textbook back with you when you come to a distribution event.
  • 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.
  • 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.


Free Student Meals: Grab-and-Go meals are served every day school is in session, Monday through Friday from 8-9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. These meals are free of charge for all students and any child under age 18. All meals include breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dinner. Find details about pre-ordering, weekend meals, and more information online.
COVID-19 Dashboard: Read More.
2021-2022 Academic Calendar: Read More.
Online Bullying Reporting Tool: Read More.
HCPSS Translations:  https://www.hcpss.org/2020-2021/translations/.
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: Please visit the Community News and Programs page on the HCPSS website for announcements of upcoming events and programs sponsored by non-profit organizations.


Virtual Public Hearing: Superintendent’s Proposed FY22 Operating Budget:
Tuesday, February 2 at 7 p.m., virtual meeting
Registration is open for the Board of Education virtual public hearing on the Superintendent's Proposed FY22 Operating Budget. Community members who wish to testify are required to register online by January 29. Instructions on testifying virtually will be emailed to each registrant prior to the public hearing. Dr. Martirano will present his proposed budget during the January 21 Board meeting, which will be streamed live and may be viewed on the HCPSS website, or on Comcast channel 95 / Verizon 42 in Howard County.

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

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.
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.
HCPSS is currently operating two Technology Support Centers for device exchanges, returns, and support:
Old Bushy Park Elementary School, Room E2
Applications Research Laboratory (ARL), Room B37
Hours of operation are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., and Tuesday and Thursday from 2-5 p.m. The Technology Support Centers are closed any day that HCPSS offices are closed.
Need to Get in Touch with Someone at EMMS?
We highly encourage you to email our staff due to the decrease in on-site staff availability (click here for staff contact information).

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