Weekly Principal's Announcement

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 2:13pm
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Spanish Vacancy: Since December 21st we have been working with Human Resources to find a viable candidate to fill the Spanish Vacancy (Ms. Stevens). As of today, we have not been able to find a candidate for the position; however, we have been able to secure a long-term substitute Ms. Helena Williams as well as provide the students of the class instructional support using and online program titled APEX Learning.

The Howard County Public School System’s World Language Program prepares students to participate in a multilingual environment that values other cultures. To achieve this, the Office of World Languages provides a rigorous world language instructional program and equitable access to rigorous coursework in world languages for students in grades 7 through 12.

At Lake Elkhorn Middle School, Spanish students in grades 7 and 8 have begun their multi-year journey toward becoming proficient in Spanish. We are pleased to announce that for the remainder of this school year, our school is partnering with the Office of World Languages and the Digital Education Program to offer students in Spanish 7 and Spanish 8 classes supplemental resources to enhance their language learning experiences.

Beginning on Tuesday, March 12, Spanish students will access online subscriptions to APEX Spanish I for supplemental language learning opportunities. The courses are fully aligned with the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language’s World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages and their respective Howard County Public School System courses. We are excited for the opportunities these resources will provide our students for building cultural understanding and becoming proficient in the skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in the target languages they study.

Ms. Williams will continue to receive support from LEMS Administration and instructional support from Digital Education and the World Language Department.  

We will continue to work with Human Resources to secure a viable candidate for the vacancy.

 Maryland Special Education Involvement Survey: It is the goal of the Department of Special Education to provide high quality special education services in a consistent and collaborative manner.  As a department, we are always looking for ways to improve our services and we value your voice. One way you can support our work is to complete The Maryland Special Education Parent Involvement Survey.  We will utilize the results of this survey to develop action steps toward continuous improvement.  You are valued partners and we look forward to receiving your input.  

Surveys were mailed to families around February 4th.  They must be returned by mail or online by May 17th.  To complete the survey online use the following link: https://www.mdparentsurvey.com

LEMS Attendance:  Please be reminded that if your student is absent for any reason, that it is important to provide written documentation of their absence.  Documentation should include student name, the date(s) of absence, and the reason for the absence.  

Yearbooks are on sale!

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

Yearbook ID Code: 13678319

Cost: $23
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 contact Laura_Frey@hcpss.org  

Math Team NEWS

Pi Day is coming soon and we have a week full of fun and exciting things planned to celebrate mathematics and support Grassroots Crisis Center.  Here are the details.

Spirit Week – Monday, March 11th – Friday, March 15th 

Show your spirit all week long for Eagle Pride Day(3/11), Loving Life Day(3/12), Don’t do Nothing Day (3/13), Pi Day (3/14), and Pay it Forward Day(3/15).

Daily Pi Day trivia questions and a Spotlight Mathematician of the day over the morning announcements.



Eagle Pride Day



Loving Life Day



Don’t do Nothing Day



Pi Day



Pay it Forward Day

wear LEMS gear for unity



Wear red for substance awareness



Wear purple for suicide awareness



wear black if you’re feeling inspired



wear green for mental health awareness





Change Matters – Monday, March 11th – Friday, March 15th

We are encouraging both students and staff to bring in your coins (and even bills) for our Change Matters Campaign in support of Grassroots Crisis Center.  Change containers will be out during each lunch shift throughout the week with a designates container for each grade level.  Grade levels will earns points for any change they collect and the winning grade level will receive extra recess!  If you would be willing to sit with two student representatives at the Change Matters table during one of the grade level lunch shifts, please sign up using the google sheet here.


Jason’s Deli Fundraiser – Tuesday, March 12th, 5PM - 10PM

Want to enjoy a delicious meal and give back at the same time?!?!  Come out to Jason’s Deli on March 12th and don’t forget to mention that you are from the Lake!


Pi Day – Thursday March 14th

Wear your Pi Day shirt!!!  It’s not too late to purchase one.  Orders will close on Monday, March 4th, so you can still place your order here.

Pi Day Competition in math classes – All students can participate by memorizing as many digits of pi as they can, and they will receive complimentary tickets to the Bowie Baysox game in April!


GT Research NEWS

This year LEMS had 4 students receive Honorable Mention for their Exploravision projects as part of the GT Research class in 6th grade. The GT Research students participate in this national competition every year as part of the GT Research class. Exploravision is a competition where students must take a piece of technology and predict what it will be in 20 years. The concept is for the students to use technology to solve a problem that we do not have a solution for now. The students wrote papers that were up to 11 pages and had to meet very specific criteria for the competition. We are very proud of the students and their accomplishments and they will be receiving certificates and awards from Toshiba by the end of April. –Mr. Bond

LEMS Science Olympiad Team NEWS

The LEMS Science Olympiad Team competed in the Maryland Regional Tournament at Montgomery College on February 23rd.  12 students from LEMS went to compete in 24 different events that all occurred in one day.  All of the competitions had two students involved at the same time.  Most of the students on the team were involved in at least four events, if not more.  There was a total of 42 teams competing and those teams were broken up into two different divisions. 

The LEMS team was able to place in 11 events, within their division. 

The team earned 6th place in Mystery Architecture, Thermodynamics and Battery Buggy.

 5th place in Road Scholar and Crime Busters, 

3rd place in Roller Coaster and Aerial Scrambler,

2nd place in Circuit Lab and Water Quality,

1st place in Fossils and Game On.


When the scores of all the teams were mixed, we earned 1st place in Game On and 2nd place in Circuit Lab.  That is very impressive considering that is out of all 42 teams that competed that day. We are very proud of the students on the Science Olympiad Team and all the hard work they did to prepare for this competition. 


The team earned a 7th place finish in Division A.  There were 15 teams selected to attend the state competition at Johns Hopkins on March 30th.  The divisions were mixed to determine the state finalists and we fell just short.  We will work again next year to see if we can make it to the state meet.  The competition is very intense and we are very pleased with how well the team did as they represented our school at a high-level competition like the Maryland Science Olympiad. –Mr. Bond


7th Grade NEWS

The 7th Grade Team is preparing for their annual trip to Medieval Times on May 3rd. Online payments for students and chaperones is available through the online payment system by using the link below. –Ms. Cunningham https://osp.osmsinc.com/HowardMD/BVModules/CategoryTemplates/Detailed%20List%20with%20Properties/Category.aspx?categoryid=DA082 

6th Grade NEWS

Grade 6 students will participate in an author's visit by Ji-li Jiang, author of Red Scarf Girl. The assembly is scheduled for Thursday, March 14 @ 1:30pm.

Before the visit, students are able to compose questions that they would like to ask the author after having read her memoir.  As preparation for the visit, ELA 6 teachers will discuss overarching ideas and questions that could be asked of the author to further students' understanding of the memoir and its message.  Students will be encouraged to take the author's accounts from her memoir and transfer what is learned to their own lives and experiences.  Some students will be able to ask the author their questions at the end of her presentation.  

These facts considered, the author's visit provides students with a valuable opportunity that supports The Maryland College and Career Ready (CCR) Anchor Standard RL1: Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.  Even more specifically, this experience connects to The Essential Skills and Knowledge identified by Maryland Educators (MSDE) regarding the CCR RL1 Anchor Standard: Demonstrate comprehension of a text with after reading strategies by:

° explaining the main ideas 

° Identifying what is directly stated in the text 

° drawing inferences 

° drawing conclusions 

° verifying or adjusting predictions 

° making new predictions 

° paraphrasing and summarizing

° making connections between the text and oneself.

Intramural NEWS:



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


LEMS PTSA Meeting Tuesday, March 19 @ 6:30pm in the Media Center


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




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.

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



Howard County Association of Student Councils: All Middle and High School Students Welcome to attend the HCASC Meeting 3/13 7:00-8:30 at the Homewood School 10914 Clarksville Pike Ellicott City, MD 21042

We invite students to

-Participate in the 2019-20 Student Member of the Board of Education Candidate Forum where finalists Allison Alston of Reservoir High School and Hannah Whitkin of Long Reach High School will encourage students to ask them questions and learn more about how to share their voices with BOE members and HCPSS leaders.
-Practice civic engagement and serve as an informed voter in the general election 4/24
-Gain Leadership Skills
-Practice Community Service
-Work 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 3/13 7-8:30 at the Homewood School
For more information please contact cindy_drummond@hcpss.org


Hammond Boosters Summer Sports and Music Camps - Registration is NOW open.

The Hammond Boosters Summer Sports and Music Camps are now open for registration.  This is a great opportunity for future Golden Bears to learn from some of the finest coaches in the area, improve their skills, and meet their future classmates.  Camps are open to elementary and middle school age students and will be grouped based on age and skill level.  All campers will receive an Under Amour camp t-shirt on the last day of their camp.  Sign-up athttp://www.hammondboosters.org/events/camps/ to secure your spot.  Go Golden Bears!


Hammond High School: Cinderella performs March 14-16

The theatre department is proud to present Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella! Featuring the talents of 100 students on stage, in the pit orchestra and working behind the scenes, this is not a show you want to miss! It's a great production for the whole family.


Thursday, March 14 at 7pm

Friday, March 15 at 7pm

Saturday, March 16 at 2pm

Saturday, March 16 at 7pm

Visit https://www.hammondhightheatre.org/cinderella for casting details and ticketing information. 

SUMMER PROGRAMS INFORMATION: Take a look at the various summer programs being offered through the HCPSS as well as GT Summer Institutes for Talent Development.



Guiding Good Choices Parenting Classes: Free for Parents of 9-14 Year Olds. HC DrugFree and the Howard County State's Attorney's Office will once again provide evidence-based classes for parents to gain skills and knowledge to reduce the risk that their children will use drugs. This 4-week series will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, March 5, 12, 19 and 26 in the Elkridge Library. Parents are expected to attend all 4 sessions. Visit HC DrugFree's website calendar at http://www.hcdrugfree.org/events for more information and to register. Free workbook included. If you have questions, email Admin@hcdrugfree.org or call 443-325-0040. 

Drive-thru EpiPen, Medication and More Collection: Howard County's next convenient drive-thru collection for over-the-counter and prescription medication and “sharps” (needles, syringes and EpiPens) will be held on Saturday, April 27 between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. in the Wilde Lake Village Center parking lot near the Swim Center and The UPS Store. HC DrugFree and the Howard County Police urge you to clean out your medicine cabinets. Teams, clubs, students, PTAs/PTSAs, families, scouts, etc. are welcome to volunteer at the event and receive community service hours. Please visit HC DrugFree’s website at www.hcdrugfree.org and go to the Events/Drug Take Back Day page for more information about medication disposal, or let us know you plan to volunteer by emailing Admin@hcdrugfree.org or calling 443-325-0040. 




Oakland Mills High School
9410 Kilimanjaro Road
Columbia, MD 21045

2019 Youth Summit: S.E.A. YOUR FUTURE Sports Education Arts


S.E.A. YOUR FUTURE: SPORTS EDUCATION ARTS 2019 YOUTH SUMMIT Interactive workshops for students and parents about different career paths, languages, foods, dances, travel, and more. Let’s learn about who we are in the community. Food, Fun, & Fantasy and most of all it is FREE!  All Middle and High School students are welcome to attend. Sign up today.  Sponsored by the Pearl Foundation, Inc. a charitable affiliate of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Iota Lambda Omega Chapter  Partners: Howard County Public School System The Black Student Achievement Program (BSAP) and Executive Director of Community, Parent and School Outreach Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Kappa Phi Lambda Chapter Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Columbia MD Alumni Chapter Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Tau Pi Chapter Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Zeta Alpha Sigma Chapter Shelton D. Redden Lodge #139

Interactive workshops for students and parents about different career paths, languages, foods, dances, travel, and more. Let’s learn about who we are in the community.

Food, Fun, & Fantasy and most of all it is FREE! 

All Middle and High School students are welcome to attend. Sign up today. 

Sponsored by the Pearl Foundation, Inc.

a charitable affiliate of

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Iota Lambda Omega Chapter 


Howard County Public School System

The Black Student Achievement Program (BSAP)


Executive Director of Community, Parent and School Outreach

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Kappa Phi Lambda Chapter

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Columbia MD Alumni Chapter

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Tau Pi Chapter

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Zeta Alpha Sigma Chapter

Shelton D. Redden Lodge #139

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.