Cougar Chronicle

Ed 19 January 18, 2021


Please complete this SURVEY to indicate your preference for your child when schools reopen. While no date has yet been set for schools to reopen, families need to indicate their preference so that school-based administrators can make the appropriate preparations.

The survey is available at and must be completed by families of all students by 5 p.m. on Sunday, January 17.

Families will be asked to indicate their preferences related to virtual or hybrid learning models, transportation, and teacher selection.

For more information on the plan for school reopening, please click here.



ANNAPOLIS HIGH SCHOOL Parent Presentation for Next Year's 9th Grade Students will be Released on January 20th!

January 20 at 6 pm -- a recorded information session from the AHS School Counselors about scheduling classes for next year will be posted on the One Bates Website.

January 20 at 7 pm -- a live session with break out sessions to learn information from teachers about Advanced Placement (AP) classes and many other academic opportunities will be held. The link will be posted on the Annapolis High School Website and posted on the One Bates Website.

Is your student interested in CATSOUTH!? Check out the ONE BATES WEBSITE now for more information on the programs offered and how to apply!

CHECK THE ONE BATE WEBSITE frequently as we will be adding information from various high schools as we receive it.

Questions? Contact Maurena Darling, 8th grade school counselor, at, complete counselor request form or reach by Google Voice at 301-744-8314.

Annapolis High School hosting 4th Annual Renew You!

A-High will be virtually hosting our 4th Annual ReNew YOU yoga event and wellness fair. The purpose of the event is to expose the practice of yoga to the community as a tool for self- care. More importantly, the event showcases how yoga is more than just a practice and actually brings communities together-even virtually. The virtual wellness fair highlights other ways that people can “ReNew” for 2021 right here in our Annapolis Community. All are welcome to attend our event virtually and no pre-registration is required.

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PTA Meeting | Jan 21 at 7PM

Coffee with the Principal | January 27th at 8am!

Let us know your questions in this SURVEY

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6th Grade Science

6th grade students have had an incredible two weeks in science class. We had a virtual field trip with Arlington Echo Chesapeake Connections to learn more about biotic and abiotic factors in ecosystems. Chesapeake Bay Foundation joined us this week to create a new appreciation for riparian buffer zones in the Chesapeake Watershed. We feel very fortunate to be supported by the Annapolis science community!

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Kelsi (Mission 14) and Lily’s (Mission 13) Patches Traveling through Space!

Kelsi and Lily's patches are aboard the Cargo Dragon that undocked from the ISS at 9:05 AM EST on January 12th. The Cargo Dragon carries materials and experimentation for the return trip to Earth. It is scheduled to splash down off the coast of Florida tomorrow (1/13) after being delayed from Monday due to weather. Students can track the Cargo Dragon using the NASA site.

Virtual Viewing of "Screenagers the Next Chapter"

We are happy to announce that we will be hosting a FREE Virtual Viewing of Screenagers the Next Chapter with a live panel discussion. We need your help in determining the best time for the viewing. Please complete THIS SURVEY to express your preference for days and times!

If you would like to learn more about the movie, CLICK HERE!

MP2 ends January 29th!

Clubs are cancled Janaury 25 - January 29th. Please encourage your student to see their teacher if they would like to use that time to receive academic help. New Clubs for 2nd semester will be announced soon!
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Famous Musicians Visit PVA 7th and 8th Grade Band!

Special guests recently visited the PVA 7 & 8th grade band. One upside to virtual teaching is that we can invite guest artists from anywhere in the country to visit our Bates classes. Recently we were very lucky to have these two musical guests visit Dr. Vanderbeek's classes:

Josh Heineman gave a dynamic masterclass about composing music for the Smithsonian Channel, Television (The Steve Harvey Show- Family Feud), and ESPN sports. Our students got to watch how he composes music on the software "Logic Pro" and how to score music for film and commercials using a SMPTE code, and more. He also showed very specific details about music $ income from royalties.

Jon Berger is a professional percussionist who has played in many Broadway shows as a sub. He also has toured the country and Europe with touring Broadway productions. He showed many interesting photographs of these tours and performances as well as discussing: working with conductors, tips for auditioning, touring stories, and more. Our Bates kids really enjoyed this masterclass.

Thank you to the PVA program for making these guests available.

Late auditions for the PVA program will be held in March or April for all rising 6th or 7th graders, stay tuned!

Closer to home, we also had visits from the high school band teachers from Annapolis High School (Ms Alexandra Gilbert) and South River High School (Mr Cavanaugh) who generously gave their time to welcome our 8th graders to high school wherever they were going. All Bates 8th graders make their scheduling choices very soon for high school classes.


The Polar Bear Plunge has been a major fundraiser for the Special Olympics of Maryland for 25 years. This year, they are facing an uphill battle as the plunge will not be able to take place at Sandy Point State Park and will be completely virtual this year. We are inviting our Bates family to join our plunge team! It is free to join and you simply decide how you'd like to 'plunge!' If you raise at least $50, you get an amazing sweatshirt too. The best part is that it is an easy fundraiser that you can email to friends and family or post on your social media pages and it is for a great cause!

BONUS: If our Bates Blizzard Plungers raise $5,000 or more, Ms. Hicks will plunge into the frosty Magothy River and record it for all to see!!!!

If you are interested, follow these steps to join our team:

You can freeze for a great cause AND help us get Ms. Hicks in the river 🙂

In the Community

Strengthening Families Program

Food Access Line | 410 222 3663

Food Access Warm Line has EXPANDED SERVICES!

In addition to helping you find food resources, they also assist with finding resources for car payments, utilities, hotel fees, and other possible expenses.

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Every day from 12 to 12:30 PM!!

Grocery Give Away During Lunch

Once a week, Student Services will be handing out bags of groceries from the Maryland Food Bank during the 12 to 12:30 lunchtime. Please watch for a text from Ms. Hicks for days when food will be available.

If you would like to volunteer for the Food Pantry, contact Ms. Beller.

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Join the PTA!

Make a difference in your child's education by being informed about their school, join the Bates PTA!! Join online, by going to Join the PTA - Bates PTA. Join us for our next PTA Meeting on January 21 at 7pm.

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Word Part of the Week

Wiley H. Bates Middle School

Katherine Hicks, Principal

Amy Beller, editor

We are better together!