Weekly Principal's Announcement

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 2:13pm
Weekly Announcement 12/10



On Tuesday, December 4, the Maryland State Department of Education released the 'Maryland Report Card' for each of the schools in Maryland. This report reflects school accountability as defined by the state of Maryland in response to the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) which became law in 2015. The MSDE School Report Card considers multiple data points before ultimately assigning a star ranking (1-5) for every school in the state.

The Report Card provides broad insights into 4 categories of school measures...

  • Academic Achievement
  • Academic Progress
  • English Language Proficiency
  • School Quality and Student Success

Overall school performance is determined by a formulaic combination of these 4 categories. The combination of points, assigned by the state in each category, results in a percentage that is then associated with a school's star ranking.

  • 75-100% = 5 Stars
  • 60-74%   = 4 Stars
  • 45-59%   = 3 Stars
  • 30-44%   = 2 Stars
  • >30%      = 1 Star

Lake Elkhorn Middle School earned a percentage of 60% and was thus designated as a 4-star school by MSDE on the 2017-2018 School Report Card. 

The information from the Maryland Accountability Program is a snapshot of the work that is done at Lake Elkhorn Middle every school day. The information that we will gain from the report will assist us with understanding the areas in which we are doing well and those areas that need to be studied and improved.

For more information about the Lake Elkhorn Middle  Report Card, and report cards from other schools/districts throughout the state if interested, please visithttp://reportcard.msde.maryland.gov.

#No Place for Hate: Lake Elkhorn Middle School believes that having a school community where your student feels safe and respected is an important foundation to their academic success. That is why Lake Elkhorn Middle School and all HCPSS middle schools will be participating in No Place for Hate®, a national program supporting schools in their commitment to celebrating diversity, promoting respect for differences, and challenging bias and bullying at all levels.

Developed by the ADL (Anti-Defamation League) – a leading civil rights organization that has worked for over a century to “secure justice and fair treatment to all” – No Place for Hate® will help us incorporate new anti-bias and bullying prevention resources into our existing programs in order to have one consistent message of inclusivity.

You and your student can help support our No Place for Hate® program in a number of ways:

Join our No Place for Hate® Committee to help oversee the program, assess school climate, and plan or volunteer at No Place for Hate® events!

Along with your student, sign the No Place for Hate® Promise/ Resolution of Respect to commit to challenging bias and bullying!

Practice No Place for Hate® at home! For family resources on challenging bullying and bias, visit www.adl.org.

To learn more or to get involved with No Place for Hate® at Lake Elkhorn Middle School, please contact Bettina OliverMcCain via email atBettina_OliverMcCain@hcpss.org.   

With your help, we will continue to create a safe and welcoming school community for all.

Toys for Tots: LEMS is an official Toys for Tots drop off site. Donation will be collected and distributed Saturday, December 15 at Wilde Lake High School. See attached flyer [TFT%20Flyer%202018.pdf]TFT Flyer 2018.pdf


The Free and Reduced-Priced Meals (FARMs):  program provides access to an array of services for qualified families including free and reduced-priced breakfasts and lunches, free SAT and ACT registration, free tuition to take college courses at Howard Community College while still enrolled in high school, free college applications, reduced AP exam fees, reduced costs for a number of services provided by Howard County Rec and Parks, Columbia Association and Comcast, and much more. Visit the HCPSS website for more information and to apply.

Family File: HCPSS uses Family File for parents/guardians to complete emergency information. Parents/guardians must verify and/or update information for each child, and can do so by logging in HCPSS Connect  and selecting the Family File tab and then clicking on Family File.

Changes of address may not be made through Family File. If you have recently moved, please contact our LEMS office at 410-313-7635 as soon as possible. Parents who have forgotten their login credentials for Family File may click the “Forgot Password” link on the sign in page. If you need additional assistance, please fill out this Help form.

Policy Corner: Policy 10000 – Parent, Family and Community Involvement

The purpose of this policy is to establish guidelines for the school system that endorse and encourage meaningful partnerships between and among schools, parents, families, and the community to support the social, emotional and academic growth of students.

Weather Guidelines for Outdoor Recess: Exercise outdoors is healthy and is strongly encouraged. It provides a break from the regular school routine, a chance to get some outside air, and an opportunity to run off excess energy.
If conditions preclude the full recess time, even a five-minute break can revitalize children and prepare them for more sitting and academic learning. Children are expected to wear warm clothing to protect them during cold weather when participating in recess or outside activities.

The decision to go out or stay in for recess is the decision of the Administrator at individual schools. However, the following are to be considered in determining whether recess is to be held outside:

    Temperature and Windchill
    Age of students
    Length of time outdoors
    Adequacy of the children’s clothing
    Condition of the playground
    Falling precipitation (more than a sprinkle or mist)

Generally, it is assumed that students will be outside for recess when the temperature combined with the wind chill is not less than 20 degrees Fahrenheit. Children with certain health conditions may need special accommodations during extremely cold weather. Parents of those children should provide medical documentation and may be consulted to determine if other arrangements are necessary.

Leadership and Service: Wednesday 12/12 Leadership and Service Opportunity for All Middle and High School students interested in the following;

-Sharing the Student Voice on HCPSS Policy and Community Issues

-Gaining Leadership Skills

-Practicing Community Service

-Working with student leaders from across HCPSS

We welcome all interested students to attend Howard County Association of Student Councils (HCASC) meetings throughout the year on the second Wednesday evening of each month.

Next Meeting Wednesday 12/12 7-8:30 at the Homewood School 10914 Clarksville Pike
Ellicott City, MD 21042

For more information please contact cindy_drummond@hcpss.org


Yearbooks are on sale!

They can be purchased online a  https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/Order/SelectJob   

Yearbook ID Code: 13678319

Order Deadline: 12/21/18   

Cost: $20 Early Bird Pricing will end on 12/21 and increase on 12/22.
Books will be distributed the last week of school. For cash or check orders order forms where sent home this week. If you have any questions please contactLaura_Frey@hcpss.org  


Grade 8 News:

8th Grade Showcase: The following students are being recognize at the artist’s reception tonight from 5-6pm at the Department of Education Gallery;


Aziz Chapman

Kimberly Vides Salgado

Jade Tepetitla

Rajendra Khadka

Angela Neira-Bonilla

Aleessa Elie

Information Night: We will be holding an 8th Grade Info Night full of door prizes, snacks and high school info! Also, information about fundraisers and field trip!


When: Thursday, December 13

Where: LEMS Media Center @ 5pm


Related Arts News:

I would like to express how extremely proud I am of all of our Eagles! I want to congratulate our Chamber Orchestra, 7th and 8th Grade Concert Choir and Symphonic Band on their excellent performance for the Annual Winter Concert. It is always exciting for our community to come together and our students to perform and showcase their talent. All of the students and staff involved demonstrated Eagle PRIDE!

This week our 6 Grade Concert will take place on Wednesday, December 12th, 7pm @ Lake Elkhorn Middle School in the cafeteria.


Student Services News: 

ARL Career Academy Info Night:  Interested in a Career Academy at the ARL (Advanced Research Laboratory)?  Come to their Info Night @ the ARL on December 11th from 7-9 pm.  Learn more about the programs offered:  https://arl.hcpss.org/


Please use the following link to access important dates and information for LEMS.  http://lems.hcpss.org/calendar


PTSA NEWS: Your support helps fund additional learning opportunities for LEMS students for the 2018/19 school year. [PTSA.Membership%20form.docx]PTSA Membership Form


Please see the PTSA website for additional information https://www.lems-ptsa.org/


PTSA Monthly Meeting, Tuesday, December 18 in the LEMS Media Center @ 6:30pm.


BOX TOPS: Our PTA collects Box Tops for Education throughout the school year.  All Box Tops can be placed in the labeled box in the front office of the LEMS.  This is a great and easy way to raise funds for our school. Last week we submitted $90 worth of Box Tops this will allow scholarships for students who are unable to pay for field trips or cover the cost of Science Olympiad registration.     


Amazon Smile: Next time you purchase anything from Amazon please make sure that you are using https://smile.amazon.com/ to support Lake Elkhorn PTSA! We get a kick back from every purchase! 


Lake Elkhorn Middle School ID#: 17975

 has the opportunity to participate in and earn CASH from A+ School Rewards, a great fundraising program through your local Giant Food! 


Community News and Programs Webpage

Please visit the Community News and Programs page (http://www.hcpss.org/community-news-and-programs/) on the HCPSS website for all announcements of upcoming events and programs sponsored by non-profit organizations.

Note: The Public Information Office encourages all community organizations to distribute notices electronically through this online resource. However, organizations may choose to distribute printed documents, such as the 2018 Parent Guide, through student backpacks, etc. per the provisions of HCPSS Policy 10010.

For more information, please refer to Distribution Guidelines for Schools. Contact the Public Information Office with any questions, at 410-313-6682 or publicinfo@hcpss.org.

Not in high school yet but want to perform on the Atholton High school stage with high school students, a full orchestra, costumes, sound and lighting?


SHREK The Musical


This year we are inviting students, grades 3-8 to join us as part of our spring musical.


 If interested, please send an email to Stephanie Gurwitz Zurier sgurwitz1@gmail.com 

with Shrek YCM in the subject line.


We want to meet your child on Sunday, Dec. 9, 1:30-2:15. 

There’s a good chance that we will invite your YCM to stay and rehearse until 4:15.


It’s important for parents to read email updates because we are doing a performing arts project over the winter months. We will start and end on time, and children must be picked up on time.


Find the form you need and the details here: https://www.atholtondrama.org/spring-musical/


Oakland Mills Food Drive CONTINUES!

The OMHS food pantry directly supports our school community and is currently empty. Items needed:

Non-perishable foods (canned veggies, fruit cups, soups, instant oatmeal, dried beans in bags, yellow rice, pasta, raisins, canned tuna)
Diapers and wipes (sizes 3-5 needed)
Baby food (infant rice, puffs, and jarred food)
Feminine products
Gently-loved or brand new coats, hats, and gloves (we need coats for kids of all sizes)

Drop off items at The Other Barn (5851 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia) during regular business hours, and they will deliver them to the food pantry.
Monday-Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
(Closed Sunday)

For more information, contact Sandy Cederbaum or call 410-730-4610.