Cougar Chronicle

Ed 18 January 11, 2021

One Bates

We pride ourselves at Bates for being dedicated to bringing together our diverse student body in the common purpose of creating a nurturing learning environment for all. During this time when our nation strives to move forward, we anticipate the need for students to want to talk about and make sense of this past weeks events. We encourage you to continue the conversation at home. Here are some resources you can use:

Fostering Civil Discourse: A Guide for Classroom Conversations

Let’s Talk: Facilitating Critical Conversations with Students

Helping Students Make Sense of News Stories about Bias and Injustice

Please feel free to reach out to your grade level counselor if you have concerns.

Grade 6 Danielle Weiss

Grade 7 Chanel Barnett

Grade 8 Maurena Darling

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Coffee with the Principal will be on January 27th at 8am! Stay tuned for a google survey to submit your questions!

New Schedule Second Semester

There will be a new schedule for second semester. As we near the end of the marking period, during Building Community, teachers will be preparing students for the new schedule and filling out personal schedules. We look forward to students having more instructional time!
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Chromebooks Available for Pick Up!

We have received an order of Chromebooks!

While we don’t have enough for every student at this time, we do have enough for students who responded to the survey that they could wait until one becomes available. If you have received a message that a chromebook is available for you, please follow the below directions:

  • Please come to the Gym entrance
  • Please wear a mask and social distance.
  • Only come if you were notified by Bates via a Connect Ed message
  • Note: If everyone comes at the beginning of the time slot, we will be overwhelmed. Think about coming later in the window if possible.

Chromebook Pick Up Schedule for those that requested a Chromebook

  • Monday Jan 11th 9:00-11:30: Last Name begins with M-R
  • Monday Jan 11th 12:30-2:30: Last Name begins with S-Z


Are you familiar with IReady? Students should be working on IReady for both Math and Language Arts outside of class time. In Language Arts, students spend about 45 minutes per week in the IReady pathway. Math Expectations are 75 minutes per week. Students are expected to work on teacher assigned lessons or MyPath. For both subjects, IReady work is part of your student’s homework grade. The good news is, in the new schedule for 2nd semester, there will be time built into the schedule for IReady; stay tuned for more information. Want to learn more about IReady? Click HERE or check out the video below.

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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 🙂



Thank you for reaching out to share your questions, concerns and ideas regarding yearbook photos. We appreciate and continue to encourage photo submissions to assist our yearbook staff in creating a memorable keepsake.

As always, it is our intent, to create a yearbook that is appropriate and represents our student body, along with various school activities. Therefore, as in years past, we are not able to include every photo that is submitted. We will capture this unique year to include photos that were pre and during COVID. In addition, we recognize that in some photos students may or may not be wearing masks based on the setting and guidelines over this year. However, AACPS will not include any photos on school property where COVID guidelines were not followed. Again, thank you for all photo submissions in support of creating an amazing 2020-2021 Yearbook!

Let's make this yearbook one to remember! Since Ms. Grimail (yearbook advisor) is unable to be everywhere to take photos of our school year memories, she needs YOUR help! Students, Families and, Parents of Bates Middle School--please, use this google form to submit photos to add to our 2020-2021 yearbook!

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Ms. Grimail via email (

Google Form for Photo Uploads:

Check out the quick resource within the google form on HOW TO TAKE A PORTRAIT for the yearbook! ALL Bates students will need to submit their own portrait to add to the yearbook (must be current & following the guidelines)!

*Information about ordering a yearbook will be coming out soon! Stay tuned to PTA emails, Cougar Chronicle, and ConnectED messages for further information!*

Student absences

If your student is absent from class, please complete this google form (form in Spanish) or send a picture of the doctors note to Ms. Tongue. If your student will be absent from class for 3 or more days, please contact their grade level counselor in order to assist with gathering make-up assignments. If possible, please schedule doctor’s appointments during non-instructional times.

(Link can also be found on the One Bates Website)

In the Community

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Student of the Month

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 27 at 7pm.

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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!