Tiger Shark Bytes 1/28/22

Fri, 01/28/2022 - 1:28pm
Tiger Shark Bytes

January 28, 2022

Hello Tiger Shark Families!

I hope this newsletter finds you well.  On Monday, students will receive their second quarter report card. This is a wonderful opportunity to sit down with your child and reflect on the quarter and to set goals for the third and fourth quarters.   Be sure to check your HCPSS Connect account on Monday afternoon for their report cards.  Hard copies will not be sent home.   

Looking ahead to next school year, students need to make a selection for their fine arts and elective classes. The attached letters will help guide you and your child through the selection process for rising 7th and 8th grade fine arts and elective classes. We encourage you and your child to have a conversation and make selections based on strengths and interests to ensure a successful transition to 7th or 8th grade. Registration for these courses will be available online during the window of February 8, 2022 - February 22, 2022. Please reach out to the Student Services office at 410-313-6960, with any questions.

Rising 7th grade   Rising 8th Grade 

A friendly reminder to all parents/guardians, please review social media expectations with your students.  If they experience any suspicious activity or false Wilde Lake Middle School accounts, please report them to us immediately.  

Have a wonderful weekend!  Stay safe and warm.


Important dates:


  • 31 - Report Cards Issued


  • 1 - Black History Month Begins
  • 1 - Schools closed for Students - Professional Learning Day
  • 16 - School Closes 3 hours early, 11:45 AM
  • 21 - JUST CHANGED Schools and Offices OPEN - President's Day. On 1-27, the Board of Education changed this to an inclement weather make-up day.

Changes to the HCPSS Calendar for 2021/2022

To date, HCPSS has used four of five days allocated in this year’s calendar as inclement weather make-up days. In anticipation of possible future inclement weather days, and in response to the declaration of June 19 as a federal holiday, at its Jan. 27 meeting, the Howard County Board of Education approved several modifications to the 2021-2022 current school year academic calendar: 

·  Monday, Feb. 21, previously closed for Presidents Day, now will be a full school day, with both schools and offices being open. Earlier this week Maryland State Superintendent of Schools Mohammed Choudhury announced that districts may request permission and use the state-mandated closure on Presidents Day for an inclement weather make-up.

·  Monday, June 20, all HCPSS schools and offices will be closed in observance of the Juneteenth holiday. A bill signed by President Biden declared June 19 as Juneteenth National Independence Day, a US federal holiday commemorating the emancipation of African American slaves.  

·  Wednesday, June 22 was added as an additional inclement weather day, if needed. 

As in previous years, the last day of school will be communicated once winter weather is over and inclement weather days have been used. The HCPSS calendar is updated online.  

COVID Vaccine Clinic


It's time for the Wilde Lake High School Dance Company & Placement Auditions!

If you are planning to take Dance at Wilde Lake High School next year and have prior dance training in ballet, modern, jazz, or other styles of dance, completing the audition is highly recommended so that you may be placed in the appropriate level for the upcoming school year.   If you do not have prior dance experience, you do NOT need to complete the audition.  Simply sign up for Dance I, the beginner level dance class!

For all pertinent audition information, please follow the link!


To be considered, dancers must complete all 3 parts of the audition by the due dates listed.

Part 1:  Dancer Questionnaire  (Due Friday, February 4th at 3:00pm)

Part 2:  Teacher Recommendations (Due Friday, February 4th at 3:00pm)

Part 3:  In Person Dance Audition  (Thursday, February 10th & Friday, February 11th)  Virtual auditions available by request only.

Please note that freshmen are only eligible for placement in Dance 1 - 4 or Junior Dance Company G/T as specified in the HCPSS Course Catalog.  Freshmen are not eligible for placement in Senior Dance Company G/T.

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Tucci at holli_tucci@hcpss.org and follow us on Instagram @wildelakedance



Class Dates:  February 8, 15, 22, and March 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, 2022

Time:  5:30PM to 7:00PM

Back by popular demand!!! HC DrugFree is providing a highly interactive skills-based program designed to promote positive health and personal development for youth in grades 6-9. For slightly younger or older students, please register and we will consider each request. We encourage siblings and friends to take these classes together!


This program uses developmentally appropriate, collaborative learning strategies to help students achieve competency in the skills that have been shown to help students resist substance use (tobacco, alcohol and other drugs), violence, and other high-risk behaviors. To be sure your student receives numerous perspectives, our instructional team consists of dedicated adults and older students sharing situations they may face in high school, college, and beyond.


Classes will be held via Zoom Tuesdays February 8, 15, 22, and March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Registration is required. Please sign-up ASAP as space is extremely limited! For more information: Email LifeSkills@hcdrugfree.org, visit www.hcdrugfree.org or view downloadable flier


Weather Related Status Codes

This past week is a prime example of the impact of weather on our school schedule.

The Howard County Public School System operates under five different codes. Normal operations are "Code Green." When schools are affected by weather, status codes are announced by 5:30 a.m.

HCPSS operational color code options are:

  • Code Green – Normal Operations (in accordance with the HCPSS calendar)
  • Code Red – Schools and Offices Closed
  • Code Orange – Schools Closed; Offices Open with Liberal Leave in Effect
  • Code Blue – Schools Open Two Hours Late (reevaluation by 7:30 a.m. to possibly change the status code).
  • Code Yellow – Schools Dismiss Early

In times of emergencies/school closings, information will be shared with the community through the following:

  • HCPSS status website
  • HCPSS homepage
  • HCPSS Information Hotline – 410-313-6666
  • HCPSS News email and text message alerts. Parents are automatically signed up for email alerts, and only once need to opt-in for text messaging. All subscription information comes directly from Family File.
  • Twitter – @hcpss

Please note: Weekend And Holiday Weather Closures, School Facilities/Field Closings Hotline – 410-313-6827