Welcome to Howard Middle School!
The faculty and staff of Howard Middle School are committed to providing our students with quality educational experiences, integrating curriculum content with real world experiences. All students are provided opportunities to achieve and reach their full potential through rigorous instruction, relevant curriculum, and relationships with staff.
Home of the Mighty Bull -- We are an "IB World School!"
Applicants to HMS's AAIT (Magnet) program must be MCPS students with a good academic standing, good attendance, and an excellent discipline record. A completed HMS AAIT (Magnet) Application is required and additional details may be found on the following site: AAIT at HMS.
The Mission: Education with Pride
The Howard Middle School staff facilitates maximum academic achievement, promotes trust and compassion, and challenges students to gain and apply knowledge in the pursuit of lifelong learning.
Check this website weekly for information regarding the school calendar, staff, newsletters, SAC, clubs, and more. You are encouraged to email Howard staff with school related questions or website suggestions.
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2013-2014 Marion County School Improvement Parent Survey
Parents are now able to access the Marion County School Improvement Parent Survey beginning February 24, 2014. The link will end on April 7, 2014. The MCPS goal is to collect data from at least 40% of parents at each school. Please take a moment and complete your survey.
Parents may click on the following link to begin: Parent Survey
It is also available in Spanish: Spanish Parent Survey
Attention Parents - If Your Child Failed a Class
Being that the first semester is over, it is very important that all parents pay attention to their child's grades. If your child failed Language Arts, Math, Science and/or Social Studies, you need to contact the Guidance Office immediatley. Summer School is not an option for your child to receive their units. For your child to be promoted to High School your child must earn the following:
3 Language Arts (LA) Units
3 Math (MA) Units
3 Science (SC - Earth, Life, Physical) Units
3 Social Studies (SS - World History, Civics, U.S. History) Units
8th grade students who do not meet the above criteria by the end of the 2013-2014 school year will not be promoted to High School. You may contact your Guidance Counselors by email:
Heather.Jones@marion.k12.fl.us and/or Natasha.Oliver@marion.k12.fl.us.
You may view more details by clicking on the following link: Guidance and Counseling
HMS Yearbook Sale
Now is the time to place your order for your copy of the 2013-2014 HMS Yearbook. You may enjoy your yearbook for only $45. All yearbook advertising questions should be directed to Ms. Rosky. Please click on the following link to view the details for placing a Yearbook Ad. Yearbook orders may be placed with Ms. Rosky during homeroom. Yearbooks may be ordered by debit or credit card at ybpay.com. Simply enter the yearbook code 9324614 and follow the instructions.
Marion Soil and Water Conservation Contests
Where does your water shed? The amount of fresh water on earth is all we have. It is important to understand where the fresh water goes after a rain, after you empty your bathtub, or use it to water your plants. We have to take care of our fresh water as it gets used over and over again. Everyone lives in a watershed. All students are eligible to enter the Marion Soil and Water Conservation District contests. For more information and links to the many websites with all of the details, please click on the following link: 2014 Contests & Events. This link also includes various Community / Volunteer service opportunities.
Parents, please remind your students that if they come on campus for tutoring or meeting another teacher prior to school beginning they need to arrive at the appropriate time. Students that arrive too early will have to be sent to Extended Day and parents will have to pay. Repeat offenders could be given Lunch Detention for refusing to follow school rules. Students should not come to campus until approximately five minutes before they are to meet their teacher. The front office is not for students to enter for regular school attendance and the campus officially opens for all students at 9:15am. Car riders should exit their vehicles within the carline and walkers should enter through the east side gate (near carline). For the safety of all involved, student and parent cooperation is sincerely appreciated. Extended Day is a service provided by MCPS's and is available at HMS for before and after school.
Please click on Carline Reminders to view a copy of the procedures that have been put into place to ensure the safety of all our students and to keep the lines moving as quickly and safely as possible. State law prohibits anyone from smoking anywhere on school campuses; please abstain from smoking in your vehicle while on school grounds. For the safety of our students and staff, please refrain from using your cell phone while in the car rider line - distracted driving causes accidents. If you arrive early, passengers and drivers are to remain inside their vehicles. For the safety of all students, parents are reminded to use the carline to pick up their children. Please be courteous to our neighboring homes and businesses. Carline begins at 3:35pm and typically ends by 4:00pm. Once students enter the carline area, students are not permitted to leave until picked up by their ride. Students who are not picked up within 5 minutes after the end of carline will be sent to Extended Day, and parents are responsible for paying the required fee. Finally, all parents should consider carpooling to reduce the length of the carline. Extended Day is a service provided by MCPS's and is available at HMS for before and after school. Special carline assignments have been established this school year to help the after school carline move quickly each day. All special carline assignments are arranged through our principal, Mr. Hensel.
Why are we collecting pop tabs?
In addition to being a part of our IB Community and Service activities, recycling the tabs generates proceeds to donate to a local Ronald McDonald House. The tabs do not pay for treatment or night stays - only house operations. From the Ronald McDonald House Charities website, "Collecting pop tabs is a great way to teach kids about philanthropy and the importance of recycling, and raise funds to help children and their families at the same time." Collect them and bring them to school everyday. Every tab counts!