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.

 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.

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 

Children entering the 7th grade must complete their immunization with one dose of the tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis (TDAP) vaccine.  Students will not be permitted on the HMS campus if they have not had 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. 

Summer Reading

This summer, HMS students will try to set a new world record for reading. We are participating in the Scholastic Summer Challenge, a global literacy program designed to prevent summer reading loss by encouraging kids to read for the world record. Our students will compete for top reading honors with schools around the world by logging as many reading minutes as possible from May 5 through September 5, 2014. The top 20 schools will be listed in the 2015 edition of the Scholastic Book of World Records.  Our school goal is 2,000,000 minutes of reading.  Each student has a personal goal of 1,500 minutes of reading.  Students that reach this goal will be invited to attend a celebration on the patio in September.  To find out how you may participate and how it works, please click on the following link:  Summer Reading at HMS

All AAIT/Magnet students have a required Summer Reading project to complete.  To find out more information about the required Summer Reading assignment for AAIT/Magnet students, please click on the following link to take you to the AAIT/Magnet page:  Required Summer Reading Project

 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!


Pinwheels for Peace

HMS address

The HMS AAIT Program

The HMS IB Program

Guidance Services

Student Management

Upcoming Events


Labor Day - No School

No school will be held today as we recognize the Labor Day holiday.


A/B School Calendar

Is it an A day or a B Day? Do we have school today? Click on the following link to review the A/B School Calendar


Bell Schedule

What time does homeroom begin? Click on the following link to review the Bell Schedule


National Junior Honor Society Officer's Meeting

- NJHS Schedule 2014-2015


Smile! - School Pictures

Smile! Today is school picture day! Flyers were sent home with all students on August 28th and 29th.


Coupons for Education

Coupons for Education 2014-2015
Sales begin today!


School Wide Expectations

Have a GRRReat Day the Bull's Way! Click on the following link to review the School Wide Expectations


National Junior Honor Society General Meeting

- NJHS Schedule 2014-2015

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

School Supply List 2014-2015
A/B School Calendar for HMS
Bell Schedule
Get Ready for the FCAT
School Wide Expectations

Car Line Safety
High School Credit in Middle School -
Parent's FAQ

"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 reports by clicking on the following links:
School Accountability Reports
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 reflections 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.