Newsletter 9/8/23

Fri, 09/08/2023 - 2:03pm
Shark Bytes Newsletter

Happy Friday, Tiger Shark Families!

Thank you to those who were able to join us last night for BTSN.  It was great to see some new and familiar faces.  Just a reminder that  schools and offices are closed next Friday. 

Have a restful weekend and we will see you on Monday!

Modified Lockdown: We want to make you aware that we practiced an Modified Lockdown drill on September 7th. This drill is part of the safety measures that all HCPSS schools conduct as part of our Emergency Response Preparedness Plans practice for students and staff.  Please be reassured that our staff instructed students on what to do in advance of the drill to avoid any unnecessary anxiety or alarm.

We encourage you to ask your child about the drill and let us know if you have any questions or concerns. You can find detailed information about emergency procedures at We encourage you to ask your child about the drill and let us know if they have any questions or concerns. 

When picking your student up for an early dismissal, we MUST have an ID to release the child.  Please take a moment to update your family file.  The ID MUST match what we have on file. 

Important Dates:
September 12th- Hearing and Vision Screening All 8th graders and new students to                                    Maryland only
September 15th- Schools and Offices Closed for Holiday
September 19th- Rescreening for Hearing and Vision
September 25th- Schools and Offices Closed for Holiday
October 3rd-         Fall Student Pictures

Family File: Emergency Card  We still have 165 students without their Family File Complete.  Does your child want to be able to participate in field trips and have early dismissals as needed? You must complete this year’s Family File so we know who to contact in an emergency. Please include multiple phone numbers and alternate family/friends in case we cannot reach a parent/guardian. After logging in to HCPSS Connect at  complete the Family File at:

Pronoun Options in Canvas
All Canvas users, including students, staff, and parents/families, can identity their pronouns in Canvas. As a default, the pronoun field is left blank. Users who do not wish for a pronoun do not need to take any action.  Want to identify your pronouns? See
FARMS Application Information
To apply for all the financial assistance benefits of Free and Reduced Meals, including free Evening and Summer School, free SAT/ACT test fees, free college application fees, etc., complete the quick FARMS application at:  
Note from the Health Suite:
Welcome back Wilde Lake families!
The health room has been busy preparing for our vision and hearing screening. We will be screening all 8th grade students and students that are out of state transfers. The screening dates and September 12th and follow-up will be September 19th. Students that do not pass their hearing and vision screening will receive a letter home for parents to contact their physician for further testing. 
Our flu clinic is scheduled for October 17th. There will be information on the flu clinic and permission slip in the newsletter soon. Parents can print the permission slip form the newsletter. 
Any questions and/or concerns feel free to contact the health room 410-313-8940. 
Joni Dorsey BSN, RN
Wilde Lake Cluster Nurse
School Health Services
HCPSS in partnership with the Howard County Conservancy is offering a series of 3 programs at the Woodstock location of the Howard County Conservancy for students in grades 6-12. Interested high school students will also have an opportunity to earn service learning hours. Queering Science is a program inclusive of all students and encourages LGBTQIA+ students and their ally peers to engage in science related activities. It's an opportunity to get outside, be in nature, draw, create, and reflect. Each program consists of a hike, activity, and community building. Register here for one or all of the following programs:
September 13 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM - Noteworthy Nature
October 4 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM - For the Birds
October 25 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM - Building a Bonfire
Details about each program can be found on the attached flyer.
The HCPSS Black Student Achievement Program invites you to attend the upcoming BSAP College and Career Opportunities Night on Thursday, October 12, 2023 at Long Reach High School. This College and Career Opportunities Night invites scholars in grades 8 - 12 countywide to network with working professionals, colleges and universities, explore post-secondary opportunities, and learn more about HCPSS pathways. The evening will highlight a variety of colleges and universities as well as local businesses and organizations. To register, please complete the Registration Form linked here.