Notes from the Administrators

Fri, 01/26/2018 - 1:46pm

Ms. Hough and Ms. Williams-McKinney

Band and Strings Concert
On Monday, January 22, 2018, students and families converged on the Jim Rouse Theatre at Wilde Lake High School to hear the sounds of Bryant Woods' band and string performers.  Students in grades 3 -5 shared their talents and demonstrated their progress since the beginning of the school year.  In addition to performances by the beginning and advanced band and strings, fifth grade student, Ainslee Torres, even performed a solo!!!  Ms. Zepp has served as our band and strings teacher for a number of years and she is applauded for her hard work and dedication to the fine arts at BWES.  As a reminder, strings students will be participating in the String Fling at WLHS on the evening of Thursday, February 1, 2018.

Families are encouraged to join the BWES PTA.  Our PTA helps to support and fund academic and cultural arts events at BWES.  Please consider becoming an active member through active membership.  If you have any questions regarding PTA membership, please contact the BWES PTA president, Kori Jones, at

Winter MAP Testing
In Grades 1-5, Winter MAP testing will begin on Monday, January 29th and will continue through Thursday, February 15th.  Students will take their MAP assessment in their normal classes.  Teachers will be sharing specific dates for their classes' MAP testing date on their Canvas pages. Please remember to allow your child to have a good night's sleep and send your student to school on time so that he/she is ready for testing on their assigned day.

Smoothie King Partnership
BWES has established a partnership with the Smoothie King in the Wilde Lake Village Center.  We are excited about this partnership and encourage families to visit our local Smoothie King and take advantage of the great specials and deals that they provide to the community.

Cold Weather Reminders

The varying temperatures these past few weeks are very confusing.  We have survived the polar vortex that visited the Eastern portion of the country during the first week of January and today's temperatures are almost spring like.  With that said, we'd like to remind our families to dress their students according to the weather.  Coats, hats, gloves, and scarves are staples in frigid weather.  If your student is in need of any of these items, please contact our school counselor, Ms. Armstead.  Additionally, we would like to remind families that in the event that temperatures dip below 32 degrees, students will have recess indoors.  We would also like to remind families that morning arrival drop off for students is at 8:10.  Students should not be dropped off earlier as temps are often frigid and students are not supervised until 8:15.


School Closings and Delays

Often times, weather events cause schools to close early, open late, or close altogether.  If you haven't already done so, please sign up for HCPSS alerts to receive emails and/or text messages that notify families of delays and closings as teachers are not always able to make individual phone calls.  Many thanks to all of those families who respond promptly to these notifications.


ACCESS Testing

Students who receive English Language instruction will participate in ACCESS testing during the month of January.  Students will have an opportunity to demonstrate a progression of knowledge and skills related listening, reading, writing, and speaking.  If your student receives ELL services and you have questions about ACCESS testing, please contact Ms. Arroyo.

The Council of Elders Awards Ceremony
On Thursday, February 1, 2017 at Long Reach High School, select students will be recognized for their academic achievement by The Council of Elders (TCOE).  TCOE provides a historical perspective of moral standing and spiritual leadership for children in the Howard County community.  We are looking forward to celebrating these scholars at the upcoming awards ceremony.



Educationally yours,

Ms. Hough, Principal

Ms. Williams-McKinney, Assistant Principal