Parent Information

Parent Portal

Registration for the Parent Portal continues. You must register at your child's school and provide a valid photo ID to the Portal Registration Clerk. The school will provide you an account number and PIN on a printout with instructions on how to activate your account from the Internet. For more details about the Parent Portal, please click on the following links:

Welcome Page to the Parent Portal

Account Activation to the Parent Portal

FAQ / Parent Resources about the Parent Portal

Advance Absence Form

Students learn at home, in school, and in the community; however, if your child is going to be out for an extended period, parents/guardians must complete an Advance Absence Form to apply for an "excused absence" prior to the missed day(s).  Please click on the following link to print your copy and follow the instructions included on the form: Advance Absence Form

Upon the absence of a student, a signed and dated note from a parent/guardian must be received within 3 school days of the absence.  A doctor's appointment must be validated with a note from the doctor.  For more details concerning attendance, please refer to the Code of Student Conduct, Section IV - Attendance.

Volunteer Information

Students learn at home, in school, and in the community. Research shows that parent involvement is the single most important indicator of school success. The staff of HMS is committed to excellence in education and encourages parents to become involved in their students' education. There are opportunities for parent and community involvement at Howard Middle School. Every effort will be made to find every parent a way to participate actively in his/her child's education. Volunteers are needed to tutor students, shelve library books, make games, file papers, and chaperon field trips. If you are interested in helping out, contact our School Volunteer Coordinator:
Ms. Elizabeth Omalley at 671-7225 or e-mail

Mentors and Tutors

Volunteers are needed at HMS to serve as mentors and tutors. Tutors and mentors assist students in preparation for FCAT, in developing reading skills, in exploring careers, and researching topics in the Media Center. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer and making a difference in a child's life at HMS, contact Ms. Elizabeth Omalley at 671-7225 or e-mail

You may click on Volunteer Form to open and print a document. Volunteer forms are also available through the Marion County Public Schools Volunteers webpage. You may access their page by clicking on:FORMS


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 want to check out the written communication as well as the videos that help in explaining the shifts we are making as a State.

Parents and Families - Newsletter, Blog, and Guides

Video Gallery of Classrooms in Action

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.

FSA Home Page

Student and Parent Resources

Training Tests

 Grades 6-8 FSA ELA Reading Paper-Based Training Test

Florida Standards Assessments - Information for Families

Class Size Amendment

How does the Class Size Amendment impact middle schools?

The final phase of the Class Size Amendment will take effect during the 2010-11 school year. Article IX, Section 1(a) of the Florida Constitution requires that action must be taken once a class exceeds the cap by just one student. To read more details about this issue, please click on the following link: Class Size Amendment

No Child Left Behind - School Public Accountability Reports

Federal and state laws require all public school districts to annually compile School Public Accountability Reports (SPAR).  The NCLB-SPAR report contains information about the progress of Florida's public schools.  In addition, the report details how well our district and schools are meeting the federal requirements of NCLB.  This report also refelects our progress toward meeting State Standards.  HMS’s NCLB-SPAR report is now available for parents and community stakeholders to view in our front office.  SPAR reports are also available for review in the Grants and Federal Programs Office, the Public Relations office, and may be viewed on the DOE website at the following links: NCLB-SPAR or HMS-SPAR

District Improvement and Assistance Plan

The District Improvement and Assistance Plan is now available on the Grants and Federal Programs Home page or by clicking on the following link: District Improvement and Assistance Plan.

Box Tops and Labels

HMS continues to participate in "Box Tops for Education" and "Labels for Education." Take your box tops and labels (from General Mills and Campbell's food products) to the school administrative office.  Or students may turn in their box tops at the school store, the Bull Pen.  Students will receive one bull buck for every five box tops submitted.


At Howard Middle School, individual teachers may offer tutoring.  More details are posted on the website calendar and announced in other manners as it becomes available.  The Howard Academy Community Center offers free tutoring during the school year.
Please click on the following links for more details:
Jade Hagans Tutorial Program and Tutoring Applications


National PTA

"Academic achievement has always been paramount. But, in today's changing economy the need for advanced skills and technical knowledge is growing. Showing our children that we value learning and education is important and will pay off in the long run as they mature. When parents are involved in their children's educations, student achievement improves." The following link takes you to the National PTA website where documents have been placed by grade level that explain the basics of Common Core. Parents' Guide to Student Success

Join Our Email List

Would you like to receive email notices of important happenings at Howard Middle School? By joining our email list service, you will receive notices via email about such things as report cards, progress reports, newsletters, and special events. Online registration is easy and your email address is kept strictly confidential. Use the following link to register today!
Join Our Email List


Did you know that our library is always open electronically? To access to all the resources available at our library, please click on the following link:

Destiny - Find it Fast!

High School Credit

Your child may be eligible to take high school level course work next school year due to his/her hard work and dedication to academic excellence. While taking courses for high school credit is a great way to challenge an outstanding middle school student, there are some things that you need to keep in mind as you make a decision on whether taking a high school level course is right for your child.  To find out more, please click on the following link:

High School Credit in Middle School

To receive more details about this information you may want to investigate the Florida DOE website and reference Florida Statute 1003.428 at the following link: FLDOE Home Page