EMMS Eagle News - 10/15/2021

Sun, 10/17/2021 - 9:54am
Ellicott Mills Middle School  
Friday, October 15, 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)
November 3
End of First Quarter
November 4
HCPSS Schools are Closed for Students
November 9
Restaurant Night – Chipotle (click here for more information)
(9120 Baltimore National Pike Lot A-1 in Ellicott City)
November 15-19
American Education Week
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

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

Student Services Update

Did you know that October is National Bullying Prevention Month? Here at EMMS, we strive to show UNITY in kindness. 
To demonstrate our UNITY through kindness, on Wednesday, October 20th, EMMS students and staff will participate in an ORANGE OUT to highlight the power of kindness! Don’t forget to wear your ORANGE!

ELA Parent/Caretaker Support Nigh

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.

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 disease.

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.

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

Announcing Coat & Clothing Giveaways: 

Bowie State University (BSU) BOLD (Building Online Learning Disciplines) Parent Training Initiative

The BSU BOLD parent training initiative is culturally responsive, virtual, and resourceful. This project aims to be responsive to the current social unrest and pandemic-related anxieties experienced by children and parents. It is our hope that from the group sessions parents will gain clarity, focus, and coping skills necessary for positioning their children to become effective online learners. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION.

Notes from the EMMS Media Center

Technology Support

The Mill has a dedicated team of staff members to offer technical support for our community. However, before contacting the Technology Support Team, please make sure that you have checked all the resources available to you @ hcpss.me. If you still have a technology-related question, please complete this form, and a member of our support team will be in touch with you within 48 hours.

Feeder High School News

Centennial High School:

Howard High School:

  • HOMECOMING 2021 Details – CLICK HERE
  • 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.

Mount Hebron High School:

EMMS News/Programs

Returning EMMS Media Books/Materials and Borrowed Textbooks: 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. 

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.
The Howard County Association of Student Councils (HCASC)
HCASC welcomes all middle and high school students to join our next meeting to:
  • collaborate with student leaders from across HCPSS
  • discuss current events impacting HCPSS students
  • provide feedback and insight on HCPSS policy
  • share your ideas directly with the Student Member of the Board of Education (SMOB) and other HCPSS leaders
  • learn leadership skills and best practices
  • represent your school at the student-run convention to elect the SMOB
  • explore ways to make a difference in your school and community
  • engage with community leaders
  • have fun!
Explore our website for more information https://hcasc.hcpss.org/ or contact Cindy Drummond with questions.  Thanks to all schools for supporting these important student voice opportunities!
Hispanic Heritage Month Virtual Book Club
Thursday, October 21, 6:30 p.m., virtual meetings
Students in grades 7-12 are invited to attend a virtual book club to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. Participants will discuss Crystal Maldonado's Fat Chance, Charlie Vega. Register online to receive emailed instructions for attending the virtual meetings. Students who register by September 30th will receive a free copy of the book.
Virtual Coffee and Conversation with the Board
Community members are invited to meet virtually and informally with Board of Education members on Saturday, October 23 from 9:30-11 a.m. Register by emailing aharrison@hcpss.org or calling the Board office at 410-313-6600. Space is limited. Registrants will receive a Zoom meeting link prior to the session.
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.
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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