Paw News

Tue, 03/08/2022 - 9:57am


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Upcoming Dates! 

Mar  9 - Vision and Hearing Screening

Mar 9 - Virtual PTA Meeting 6 PM

Mar 14 - 18 - 5th Grade - Maryland Integrated Science Assessments (MISA) Testing Window 

Mar 16 - 3 Hour Early Dismissal

Mar 17 - PTA Virtual Talent Show

Mar 17 - Vision and Hearing Screening

Apr 1 - JHES Yearbook Deadline 

Apr 1 - 3 Hour Early Dismissal-End of 3rd Quarter

Apr 6 - Class, Group and Individual Pictures 

Apr 8 - Report Cards Issued

Apr 11-18 Spring Break


Related Arts Color Days for week of 3/7/22

Monday, 3/7

Tuesday, 3/8

Wednesday, 3/9

Thursday, 3/10

Friday, 3/11







JHES Black History Month Celebration - “Honoring the Past and Inspiring Our Future”

We would like to thank everyone who participated and attended the Black History Month Celebration at Busboys and Poets in Columbia, Maryland.  Students did an amazing job writing and presenting about an African American activist that made significant contributions in history.  Our emcee’s, (Sydney Monroe, Khole Ison, Campbell Heard, and Leah Simon-Groves, keynote speaker (Dr. Kendra Johnson, Area 3 Community Superintendent) and performers (Anthony Turcious, Mrs. Meloro and Ms. Brunswick) did an outstanding job during the program.  We can’t wait until next year as our celebration continues on the path of excellence. Click here to view a few photos from the evening.

Winners of the contest include:

K - Ariana Ulhaq

First Grade - Christopher Jackson

Second Grade - Maedot Ayalew

Third Grade - Alexandra Woodsmith

Fourth Grade - Rynell Bradford 

Fifth Grade - Chelsea Jackson

JHES School Spelling Bee Winners

Congratulations to Campbell Heird for winning the 2022 Jeffers Hill Elementary School Spelling Bee. Congratulations also, to Leah Simon-Groves for placing 2nd. Campbell will be advancing to the next level of the Scripps competition run by The Howard County Public Library. Leah will serve as an alternate as the 2nd place winner.  All participants exhibited professionalism and flexibility during our second ever online testing platform for the spelling bee. Congratulations to them all!

Read Across America Celebration - Read Me Day

Join us every Wednesday in the month of March to celebrate Read Across America.  Students are invited to join in on the fun and wear a shirt with positive words to promote reading in our community on Wed. March 9, Wed. March 16, Wed. March 23, Wed. March 30. Looking forward to seeing you wear your words! 

The Hearing and Vision Clinic 

The Hearing and Vision clinic will be held on March 9th and March 17th at Jeffers Hill E.S. this 21-22 school year.  Screenings will be provided to students in Kindergarten, 1st grade and all newly entering students to the state of Maryland that do not have a record of prior vision and hearing screenings within the last 12 months.  If your child has glasses, please make sure that he or she wears them on the screening day.  If your child does not pass either the vision or hearing screen, you will receive a letter from our school notifying you of this result.  It is then recommended that you take your child to have his or her vision evaluated by an eye care specialist or that you contact your child's medical provider for a referral to an audiologist for a complete hearing evaluation.  Please feel free to contact the school nurse if you have any questions. Nurse Marcia Hospedales can be reached at (410) 313-6872

Calendar Change

At the Feb. 24 Board of Education meeting, the Board approved a modification to the 2021-2022 academic calendar impacting the May schedule.  To better align with the Eid al-Fitr holiday, schools now will be closed for students Monday, May 2 and open on Tuesday, May 3.  Monday, May 2 will be a Professional Learning Day for staff and offices will remain open.  Tuesday, May 3 will be a regular school day.

Mask and Health/Safety Updates

Face masks are now optional in all HCPSS buildings and on the school bus.  Masks are still required in the health rooms. We will continue to have masks available for students and staff if they need them.  Please find updated information on contact tracing, quarantining, and other COVID-19 information on the HCPSS website.  We thank you for discussing the changes with your child(ren) so that they were prepared for this week and the weeks ahead.

Howard County DrugFree Updates:

Interested in learning new strategies to implement with your child that will continue positive results?  HC Drug Free provides parenting classes, Life Skill classes for students in grades 6-9 and provides information about resources available to parents in our county.  Review the fliers below for more information.


2022-2023 Online Kindergarten Registration

Parents/guardians of children who will be five as of September 1, 2022, must enroll their children in kindergarten for the 2022-2023 school year. Kindergarten registration kicks off March 7, 2022. Click here for more information on how to register for kindergarten.  

Pre-kindergarten Registration

The HCPSS prekindergarten program is a high-quality, half-day prekindergarten program. Students must be four years old by September 1, 2021 to be considered for enrollment in fall 2021. The comprehensive curriculum taught by certified staff supports early learning and school readiness and provides experiences that foster children’s academic, social, emotional and physical development. Click here for more information about the prekindergarten program. 




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Daily Attendance

Please send all absence notes to Please do not send paper copies.

Please include the following in your email: 

  • Student’s First AND Last Name

  • Grade

  • Date(s) of absence

  • Reason for the absence (we cannot excuse an absence without a reason)

Upcoming COVID Clinics

3/9/22  4-6pm  Savage Library 9525 Durness Lane, Laurel, MD 20723

3/15/22  4-6pm  Elkridge Library 6540 Washington Blvd, Elkridge, MD 21075

3/16/22  4-6pm  Miller Library 9421 Frederick Rd, Ellicott City, MD 21042

3/22/22  4-6pm  Miller Library 9421 Frederick Rd, Ellicott City, MD 21042

3/23/22  4-6pm  Savage Library 9525 Durness Lane, Laurel, MD 20723

3/29/22  4-6pm  Glenwood Library  2350 State Route 97, Cooksville, MD 21723

3/30/22  4-6pm  Central Branch Library 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia, MD 21044


Access the Family File by logging into HCPSS Connect at Once you have logged into the HCPSS Connect, select the Family File tab on the left-hand side, and then select the blue underlined "Family File" towards the center of your screen. Once logged in, parents/guardians will be asked to provide, update, or confirm the following information:

  • Student Information

  • Parent/guardian Contact Information

  • Emergency Contacts

  • Medical Information

  • Media Release (photo approval)

  • Data Confidentiality

  • PTA/PTSA Directory

Please note, if the section you are looking at is not allowing you to move forward, then there is a question/checkbox on that page that may still need to be addressed. Please make sure to read the prompts at the top of each tab, and click to expand each section. To access our quick help guides, CLICK HERE.

Parents who have forgotten their login credentials may click the “Forgot Password” link on the sign-in page. If you need additional assistance, please fill out the Connect Help Form.