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.
Frequently Asked IB Questions: FAQ IB
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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You may click on the following link to view Howard Middle School's testing schedule. 2015 HMS Test Schedule
This is a reminder of the resources that are available to assist with parent communication on the new standards on the DOE website. Here are some links - you may waat to check out the written communication as well as the videos that help in explaining the shifts we are making as a State.
The following links provide access to general information about the Florida Standards Assessments (FSA) and training tests as well as links to other FSA websites and resources.
High-speed Internet service is no longer a luxury good. It has become an essential tool for succeeding in school. Teachers are increasingly incorporating digital tools in the classroom to enhance learning, assigning online homework, and using email to communicate with parents and post grades online.
If you have a child receiving free school meals and have not had Cox Internet service for 90 days, you may be eligible for low-cost, high-speed Internet service for $9.95 a month! Visit www.connect2compete.org/cox or call toll free 1-855-222-3252 for more information.
8th Grade Field Trip to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure
The 8thGrade Field Trip will be on Friday, May 15, 2015, to the Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure in Orlando! This trip is special to 8th graders only; Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure are closing down the park for their trip which is called Gradventure 2015 and the parks are open from 7pm to midnight. HMS students will be getting in earlier at 4pm, so we will be leaving HMS at 2pm. Students must be in school that day in order to go on the trip. Students must have a GPA of at least 2.0 for Semester 1 and may not have had any days of out of school suspension for the whole year. Only full payments are accepted - any partial payment, along with permission form, will be sent home with the student. In addition, permission forms without payment or payment without permission forms will not be accepted. Please click on the following links to view and print your forms needed for the field trip:
2015 8th Grade Field Trip Information Letter
7th and 8th Grade Elective Forms
All current 6th and 7th grade HMS students received their 7th and 8th grade elective forms for the 2015-2016 school year. Students should complete their form and return it to the front office as soon as possible. If your student has lost their form, you may click on the following links below and print yourself a new form:
8th Grade Elective Form
6th Grade Field Trip to Magic Kingdom
The 6thGrade Field Trip will be on Thursday, April 23, 2015, to the Magic Kingdom at Disney World in Orlando! All students who have paid for the field trip have made it onto the list to attend - it is officially closed to all other students. Students must have a GPA of at least 2.0 and may not have received a referral this school year. Should a student’s grade decrease or the student receives a referral prior and up to the day of the trip, the student will not be allowed to attend. Only full payments are accepted - any partial payment, along with permission form, will be sent home with the student. In addition, permission forms without payment or payment without permission forms will not be accepted. Please click on the following links to view and print your forms needed for the field trip:
2015 6th Grade Field Trip Information Letter
7th Grade Field Trip to Busch Gardens
The 7thGrade Field Trip will be on Tuesday, April 14, 2015, to the Busch Gardens in Tampa! Please note that there is limited space available, and participation is on a first come basis only. Students must have a GPA of at least 2.0 and may not have received a referral this school year. Should a student’s grade decrease or the student receives a referral prior and up to the day of the trip, the student will not be allowed to attend. Only full payments are accepted - any partial payment, along with permission form, will be sent home with the student. In addition, permission forms without payment or payment without permission forms will not be accepted. Please click on the following link to view and print your form needed for the field trip:
2015 7th Grade Field Trip Information Letter
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.