Cougar Chronicle

Ed 9 November 2, 2020

Town Hall Summary

We were happy with the great turn out for the Town Halls on Friday. Students were reminded about the importance of daily attendance and having their cameras on. Students were also reminded about grading and promotion policies and procedures. Counselors reviewed how to access help such as utilizing office hours. Students can access tutoring through AACPS (click here for more information) and should be reviewing their grades on Student Portal at least weekly. In addition students were encouraged to connect with their classmates through clubs, participating in community circles and finding a study buddy in every class.

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Welcome to the Bates Family!

We must say goodbye to three of our awesome teachers who have been promoted to Alternative One Positions: Ms. Velado, Mr Behringer and Ms. Trost. We are sad to see them go but wish them luck in their new positions!

Please help us welcome our new teachers! On November 16th, Ms. Crawford will be teaching 6th grade Social Studies and Mr. Joyner El will be joining us for 8th grade Social Studies. We are happy to welcome back Ms. York has who returned to Bates to teach Reading last week!

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Bates Middle School was selected to present at the Maryland "Green School" Conference in February 2021 virtually.

Dr. Vanderbeek will be presenting "Proven success strategies to energize your Green School" The Bates Green School committee of Ms Sara Ford and others will be helping Dr. V prepare this presentation including our amazing Bates gardens on our campus.

Contacting Your Teacher

Students can reach their teachers is a number of ways. They send private messages through google classrooms or send their teachers an email. Students can access email through class links. (The first time they open their email account they will likely be overwhelmed by number of emails -- delete them all and start fresh; set notifications on google classroom to not receive emails). Students can also email their Administrator or Counselor, however, they cannot email each other.

Attention 6th Grade Families

Did you know that you can apply for the Bates PVA program for grade 7!? If you are interested in joining PVA for 7th grade, please go to to apply. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Weiss.

Last Day for Marking Period One is Nov 12-13

Check google classrooms and parent portal for missing work and make sure your student is caught up on their assignments. Students can email teachers or attend office hours if they have questions about their grades. Students have been learning about how to use their "student email" this week! There will be an altered 2-hour early dismissal schedule, details will be provided soon!
Magnet Presentations & Virtual Information Sessions

Click Here to find presentation information and sign up for a "Virtual Information Meeting"

In the Community

Boys and Girls Club

All 6 of BGCAA's Clubhouses are open as E-Learning Support Centers from 8:00am-5:00pm Monday-Friday. Club Members are able to participate in Virtual Learning with access to real-time support, recreation, and daily breakfast and lunch. BGCAA will also provide activities after school hours, including snacks and programs in academic success, healthy lifestyles, and good character and leadership. Click Here to register!

7th Grade Student of the Month!

PTA News

Save the date November 19th for our next PTA Meeting. We will be sending a Zoom link closer to the date of the meeting. Please check for joining and information.
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Word Part of the Week

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Wiley H. Bates MIddle School

Katherine Hicks, Principal

Amy Beller, editor

We are better together!