OAKLAND MILLS HIGH SCHOOL
Congratulations to OM poets and writers who won first place in the Howard County Young Authors' Contest in their categories!
  • Freshman Peter Farley for his short story, "The Unknown" 
  • Sophomore Stephanie Okoma for her poem, "Poison"
  • Junior Samantha McNett for her poem, "Bodies"
Their work will be sent to the state level of the Young Author's Contest for consideration. Find more info HERE.
Congratulations to Rory Lawson & Colson Warren for placing as finalists in the 2021 Champions of Courage Essay Competition! Tune in to watch Rory & Colson on the Champions of Courage Broadcast Special to air February 20 at 7:30PM on FOX45 with encore presentations on CW Baltimore and MyTv Baltimore.

Champions of Courage is designed to commemorate Black History Month by celebrating positive role models for youth. The competition challenges students, grades 6 through 12, to write a brief essay saluting their personal Champion of Courage: a positive role model who has touched their lives by sharing the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The top three essayists will be presented with additional awards for their individual effort, and in their honor, their schools will receive cash awards.
Congratulations to OMHS school psychologist Dr. Jonathan Solomon, who was recognized as HCPSS's
school psychologist of the year!
Fall athletics to begin Feb. 13th, with tryouts & conditioning building up to the first scheduled contests on March 5. All students, regardless of their decision for in-person or virtual instruction, may participate in athletics. More at http://help.hcpss.org/athletics
Classroom monitor position 
Are you interested in working with HCPSS as a Classroom Monitor? If so, please read the information below. 
  • Position would begin March 1st  
  • Hours: 7:40am - 2:40pm (M,T,TH,F) and 7:40am - 9:40am on Wednesdays  
  • For additional information and pay rate, please click here.
Grassroots Fundraiser Competition: OMHS vs. Hammond HS
Now through Feb. 19th
OMHS and HaHS the most money to pay for one day of operation for Grassroots Crisis Center. $2400 pays for 24 hours of hotline and in-person counseling help, with the addition of increased number of meals served. The school that raises the most money also gets their principal to do a TikTok dance/trend picked by the students. Donate HERE.
Help Support the Sophomore Class!
The class of 2023 is collecting items to be auctioned off during a silent auction this Spring. Click here to access the donation list.
OMHS Food Pantry Distribution
Feb. 24th, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
at OMHS (front parking lot)
Directions and procedures HERE. For donations, see the "Donate or Volunteer" box below.
OAKLAND MILLS MIDDLE SCHOOL
OMMS Back to School Night
Feb. 9th, sessions start at 6:00 p.m.
Virtual Google Meet. Contact the school for meet codes.
School Start Times and Student Schedules to Change March 1st
Effective Monday, March 1, all school start times will be adjusted to begin 20 minutes later than pre-COVID times. Students will not change courses/subjects during the third quarter (Feb. 1-April 14); however, class times and lengths will change.

Prior to the schedule shift on March 1, your child’s school will share the grade level and/or school schedule with general start and end times. Your child’s teacher(s) will share the specific times that your child will need to join with Google Meet for the synchronous instruction.
OMMS PTSA Restaurant Night:
Pizzaman
Feb. 9th, 4:00 to 9:00 p.m.
5810 Robert Oliver Place
Must present print flyer.
Note from the PTSA
Keeping our PTSA in motion this year has been a challenge. Please trust that the OMMS PTSA continues to promote the health, safety, and welfare of all students, families, staff, and community.

OMMS PTSA would love your support! Renew your PTSA membership by visiting: https://omms.memberhub.store/store

"Like" OMMS PTSA on FB and stay up to date on meeting dates, events, and ways to support our efforts. https://www.facebook.com/ommsptsa
STEVENS FOREST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Stevens Forest School Hours
Starting March 1st, Stevens Forest school hours will be 9:20-3:50. These hours will be for the remainder of the 20-21 school year. The change is necessary for the hybrid program, but all students will be following these hours whether hybrid or virtual.
MAP Testing (virtual
Feb. 10th, 9:00 to 11:00 - Math
Tune In Tuesdays
Primary Night: Feb. 16th, 6:30 p.m.
PTA Meeting
Feb. 17th, 6:30 p.m.
Zoom Meet (see PTA for code)
Thank an SFES Staff Member 
Hearing from families and students is an amazing token of gratitude. If you would like to thank an SFES Staff Member please fill out the form at this link. Your responses will be shared during our morning announcements on an ongoing basis. Thank you for taking the time to make our staff feel appreciated.
Employment Positions at SFES
Lunch/Recess Monitor Position:
  • Position would begin on March 1st for Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays
  • Hours: 10:50am - 2:20pm
  • Pay rate: $14.25/hour.
 
Classroom Monitor Position:
  • Position would begin on March 1st
  • Hours: full day on (M,T,TH,F) and half day on Wednesdays
  • Pay rate: $14.25/hour.
 
Close Adult Support to some of our students receiving special education services:
  • For the special ed position, you would apply through an outside agency that staffs these positions in our schools.
  • The position is for 6-hours each day.
  • We also frequently need subs for this role, as well.
  • Pay rate: $12.00/hour
 
Substitute Teachers or Long Term Substitute Teachers:
  • This position would begin on March 1st or may be flexible.
  • The hours would be a full day on (M,T,TH,F) and half day on Wednesdays
  • Pay rate: $85.00+/day
 
If you are interested in any of these positions apply at this link and please email Mrs. Carter, kathleen_carter@hcpss.org, to schedule an interview.
TALBOTT SPRINGS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
MAP Testing (virtual)
Feb. 10th, 9:00 to 11:00 - Math
TSES PTA Meeting
Feb. 18th, 7:00 p.m.
Virtual Meet
New TSES School Hours
Starting March 1st
9:00-3:30 (both virtual and in person)
Finalized instructional schedules will be posted by TSES.
Blessings in a Backpack
The Blessings in a Backpack program continues to help TSES students this school year. Learn more HERE.
Temporary Employment Positions at TSES
  • Classroom Monitor - If a teacher is unable to return to teaching in person due to health issues, a monitor would be hired to provide in-person assistance to a small group of students while the teacher continues teaching virtually. Classroom monitors would assist students in and out of the classroom over the course of a full school day. This position would be supported by the instructional staff and school administration.
  • Lunch/Recess Monitor - These individuals supervise students at lunch and/or recess and would be supported by other TSES staff. Lunch/Recess monitors would help enforce safety protocols and assist in maintaining clean areas for lunch and recess.
If you are hired for either position, you would be considered a temporary employee for HCPSS which makes you eligible to be vaccinated for COVID-19 through the school system. The normal pay rate for these positions is $11.75 per hour, but this will be increased during this hybrid period to $14.25 per hour. If interested, please file an application through Temporary Services or at this link or see https://www.hcpss.org/employment/ for more information. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Derek Lewis at dlewis@hcpss.org.

Substitute Teachers or Long Term Substitute Teachers:
  • This position would begin on March 1st or may be flexible.
  • Hours would be a full day on (M, T,TH,F) and half day on Wednesdays
  • The pay rate is $85.00+/day
If you are interested in any of these positions apply at this link and please email Dr. Derek Lewis, Assistant Principal at derek_lewis@hcpss.org
THUNDER HILL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
MAP Testing (Virtual)
Feb. 10th, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. - Math
THES African American History Month Celebration
Feb. 24th
More info to come.
Next PTA Meeting
March. 3rd, 6:30 p.m.
Zoom Meet (contact PTA President for code)
Employment Positions at THES
Lunch/Recess Monitor Position
  • Position would begin March 1st for Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays
  • Hours: 11:25am - 2:25pm 
  • Pay rate: $14.50/hour.
Classroom Monitor Position 
  • Position would begin March 1st 
  • Hours: 9:00am - 3:40pm (M,W,TH,F) and 9:00 - 12:00pm on Wednesdays 
  • Pay rate: $14.50/hour. 
Close Adult Support
  • For the special ed position, you would apply through an outside agency that staffs these positions in our schools. 
  • position is for 6-hours each day. 
  • We also frequently need subs for this role, as well.
If you are interested in any of these positions, please email Ms. Dillard at kimberly_dillard@hcpss.org to schedule an interview. Thank you!
HOWARD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM
School Closure Datesl
Feb. 10th & 11th: half-day for elementary schools ONLY
Feb. 12th: no school
Feb. 15th: no school
Apr. 2nd through 6th: no school
Parent Decision on Instructional Preference for Remainder of 2020-2021 School Year
Extended deadline: Feb. 10th
Parents must choose virtual or hybrid learning for their child by filling out an HCPSS survey (found on the parents' HCPSS Connect account). If a parent does not fill out the survey, their child's option will default to fully virtual. More info and instructions HERE.
Free Student Meals
School Days, Mon-Fri
8:00 to 9:00 a.m.
10:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
No meal service Feb. 12th & 15th. Pre-order available (pick-up date: Feb. 11th). More info HERE.
Free Grab-and-Go meals are served for all students and any child under age 18. All meals include breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner. Find details about pre-ordering, weekend meals and more information HERE.
Kindergarten Registration Begins March 8th. Click HERE for info on the registration process and how to prepare your soon-to-be kindergartener.
2020-21 School Year Reopening and Virtual Schooling Info
Click HERE.
Inclement weather protocols HERE.
HCPSS All in One Help Website
Answers to frequently asked questions HERE.
Online Safety and Resources
Click HERE for HCPSS's online safety guidelines and resources.
Board of Education Meetings and Work Sessions
  • Feb. 9th, 1 p.m. – Virtual Work Session (Superintendent’s Proposed Budget)
  • Feb. 11th, 4 & 7 p.m. – Virtual Regular Meeting
  • Feb. 16th, 1 & 7 p.m. – Virtual Work Session and Public Hearing, respectively (Superintendent’s Proposed Budget)
  • Feb. 18th, 1 p.m. – Virtual Work Session (Superintendent’s Proposed Budget)
  • Feb. 25th, 3, 4 & 7 p.m. – Virtual Adoption of FY22 Operating & Capital Budgets & FY23-27 Capital Improvement Program, followed by Virtual Regular Meeting

Virtual meetings will be streamed live and may viewed on the HCPSS board website, or on Comcast channel 95/Verizon 42 in Howard County.
Information on HCPSS Superintendent's Proposed FY 2021-2022 Operating Budget HERE.
OAKLAND MILLS BOARD OF DIRECTORS EDUCATION COMMITTEE
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Virtual OMCA Education Committee meeting
February 23rd, 2021, 6:00 - 6:45 p.m.
Join on Zoom

The Oakland Mills Community Association's Education Committee supports and advocates for all Oakland Mills schools and county-wide on a variety of issues. All interested individuals are welcome to join the conversation!

For more information contact Oakland Mills Board of Directors Chair and Education Committee Chair, Jonathan Edelson at jledelson.omca@gmail.com.
OAKLAND MILLS ONLINE
Oakland Mills Online (OMO) is an online social learning platform founded by Oakland Mills families to keep our community connected while we are socially isolated.
OAKLAND MILLS UNITED
Oakland Mills United is a community group started by recent OMHS graduates. They offer FREE tutoring sessions with high school and college student tutors. They are also building an OM advocacy group with students from OMHS, OMMS, and with parents from the OM elementary schools. Visit their website for more info.
NEED HELP?
Columbia Community Care
Free Supplies & Food Distribution
Wednesdays 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Saturdays 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Stevens Forest Neighborhood Center
6061 Stevens Forest Road, Columbia
Oakland Mills High School Food Pantry
Jan. 27th, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Free, no contact. See the OMHS block for more info.
Free Student Meals
School Days, Mon-Fri
8:00 to 9:00 a.m.
10:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
No meal service Feb. 12th & 15th. Pre-order available.
See the HCPSS block for more info.
The Howard County MultiService Center Free Grab-and-Go Meals
If you are in need of food and cannot get to the center please call 410-313-0220 to schedule an appointment.
Mondays and Wednesday: Noon to 4:00pm.
Third Saturday of Each Month: 9:00am. to 1:00pm.
Oakland Mills United
Free tutoring and help understanding the college process HERE.
DONATE OR VOLUNTEER
Blessings in a Backpack at Talbott Springs ES
See the TSES block to learn more.

Columbia Community Care
Donation drop off:
Donation bin inside LA Mart in the Oakland Mills Village Center
More donation drop-off sites and list of needed items HERE.

Volunteer Information
Volunteers needed to restock, translate, and shop/deliver. More info and sign up HERE.

Oakland Mills High School Food Pantry
Donations always welcome! Donate in-person on the second Wednesday of the month, make a monetary donation, or order donations through the pantry's Amazon Wishlist. Visit the the OMHS Food Pantry Website for more info.

Oakland Mills United
Tutors needed. More info HERE.