Lamiah Ahmad, 7th grade student, who placed Second in the Howard County PTA Council's "Reflections Contest". She was given the "Award of Excellence" in the Literature category for her short story, "The Sumatran Elephant". The Reflections Contest is a 50+ year-old program that helps students explore their own thoughts, feelings and ideas, develop artistic literacy, increase confidence and find a love of learning that will help them become more successful in school and in life. Students submitted their completed works of art in one or all of the available arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, and Visual Arts.
Congratulations, Lamiah in placing 2nd in the county for the literature middle school level!
If your student is missing any belongings, please have them check the Lost and Found table located outside of the cafeteria. Many coats, jackets, lunch boxes, etc. have been collected over the past weeks.
Course registration for the 2023-2024 school year will be available online during the window of February 2, 2023 - February 17, 2023. Please read the letter (linked below) to guide you through the selection process for a yearlong fine arts class and an additional elective for the 2023-2024 school year.
Letters for 7th grade (rising 8th grade) students:
Parents/Guardians, we always appreciate communication about your child's health conditions and illnesses. Please ensure that you're directing any questions, concerns, or notification of illness to our school nurse, Laura Smith, 410-313-1510, or email laura_smith1@hcpss and not only your student's teacher. Our nurse is the gatekeeper for health and illness protocol and will be able to help you navigate your specific situation. Thank you!
Please remind students to bring in their overdue books from home. Some have been checked out since September/October and other students would like to read those books, too! Thank you.
A friendly reminder to ensure your student is bringing their charged Chromebook to school every day. Starting in the new year, if a student forgets to bring their Chromebook to school, they will no longer receive a loaner. Instead, they will use a desktop in the media center when they have a digital assignment. HCPSS has changed the process for receiving replacement Chromebooks and the FQMS loaner inventory is often low. We need to prioritize loaners for those students with broken devices awaiting repair.
Thank you, Mrs. Taylor
The Council of Elders of the Black Community of Howard County and the HCPSS Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion have partnered present "The Essence of Us: Chronicling the African American Experience," a workshop series geared toward middle and high school students that will provide a better understanding of African American history and how it is written. Workshops will be held both virtually and in-person. Participants will receive an email with details upon registering. Virtual and in-person Workshops will take place on Saturdays (February. 11, March 11, April 15 and May 13) from 10-11:00 a.m.
The Gifted and Talented (G/T) Summer Institutes for Talent Development offers additional advanced-level instruction and enrichment experiences not regularly available during the academic school year for students entering grades 1-8. Please read further for more information and registration.
The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) now allows local school systems to repurpose inclement weather days as asynchronous school days. At the discretion of the superintendent, HCPSS will use up to three inclement weather asynchronous days during the 2022-2023 school year. For more information and resources for secondary students, please visit Resources and Instruction for secondary students and HCPSS Inclement Weather Asynchronous Instruction Plan.