Howard Middle School

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.

Student potential cannot be achieved without strong community and parent support. Join us in educating our children by participating in the School Advisory Council and our Volunteer programs.

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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Attention: 7th Grade Students for the 2014-2015 School Year

Children entering the 7th grade must complete their immunization with one dose of tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis (TDAP) vaccine.  Students will not be permitted on the HMS campus if they have not the vaccine and have not provided our office with record of the immunization.  If your child has had the immunization or when your child receives it, please bring in the documentation to the HMS administration office so the record may be recorded and filed for your child.  If you have any questions concerning this requirement, please contact Linda Toon at 352-671-7225. You may click on the following link to receive more details from the Health Department and for scheduling an appointment for this immunization. 

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: and/or

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  Simply enter the yearbook code 9324614 and follow the instructions.

Morning Reminders

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.

 Carline Reminders

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!

Thank you to everyone who contributed with helping make Howard Middle School the official winner of the Pop Tab Contest for Marion County!
This year's winning homeroom is Mr. Hottenstein's 1A class.

HMS address

The HMS AAIT Program

The HMS IB Program

Guidance Services

Student Management

Upcoming Events


A Day - Periods, 2, 4, & 6

Today is an A Day and our block schedule will be with periods 2, 4, and 6. Students will report to homeroom (period 1A) for attendance and then move to period 2A.


B Day - Periods, 2, 4, & 6

Today is a B Day and our block schedule will be with periods 2, 4, and 6. Students will report to homeroom (period 1B) for attendance and then move to period 2B.


A & B Day

Today, students will report to period 1A for homeroom. Then students will have the following classes in the order listed: 3A, 4A, 3B, and 4B.


Team Howard Link for March of Dimes Walk

Team Howard Page


Team Howard - March of Dimes

Everyone is encouraged to register online for Team Howard in the annual walk at the Majorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway, Baseline Trailhead(4255 SE 58th Ave). Walk begins at 8:30am. Click on the other March of Dimes calendar website listing.


Please Sponsor Us!

Team Howard Page

 4/28/14 - 5/02/14

FCAT - 8th Grade Reading

8th grade students will take their Reading FCAT today.

 4/28/14 - 5/02/14

FCAT - 6th Grade Mathematics

6th grade students will take their Mathematics FCAT today.

Important Information

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.

  • Student's School Day -- 9:35 AM - 3:35 PM
  • Campus Open - Walk to homeroom -- 9:15 AM
  • Bell to be in Homeroom -- 9:30 AM
  • Tardy Bell/Start of Class -- 9:35 AM
  • Early Release Time -- 1:35 PM
  • Teacher Day -- 8:10 AM - 3:55PM
  • School Office Hours -- 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Lunch: $1.75 (If qualified, reduced: $0.40 or free)
  • Breakfast: $1.00 (If qualified, reduced: $0.30 or free)


Archived News


Get Ready for the FCAT
School Wide Expectations

Car Line Safety
Parent's FAQ High School Credit in Middle School
Potential Eligibility Letter And Warnings
School Supply List for 2013-2014
"Rachel's Challenge"

The No Child Left Behind Legislation requires schools to prepare an annual school report card and distribute to the public “prior to the opening of school” each year. The annual No Child Left Behind-School Public Accountability Report (NCLB-SPAR) serves as this report, and contains information about the progress of Florida’s public schools. In addition to detailing how well our schools are meeting the federal requirements of NCLB, this report also reflects our progress toward meeting the state’s standards. You may review HMS's report by clicking on this link:
School Public Accountability Account
It is also available for review in the Grants and Federal Programs Office and available for viewing on the DOE website at: NCLB Spar.

IB Reflections

As part of the International Baccalaureate - Middle Years Programme (IB-MYP), all students are reminded to keep their IB Journals up-to-date.  This may be a spiral notebook, composition book, electronic documents, or papers stapled together labeled IB Journal.  Students should use it to write down their refelctions or feelings after completing an IB lesson, activity, or community service event.  The same IB Journal should be used for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade.