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.

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, 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


You may click on the following link to view Howard Middle School's testing schedule.  2015 HMS Test Schedule

FSA Calculator Funtions and Practice Sheet

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.

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

Is your 6th grader ready for 7th grade?

All students entering 7th grade must have a Tdap vaccine{tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis(whooping cough) booster}  You may receive this vaccine through your own doctor or you may receive it at the Florida Department of Health in Marion County.  The Florida Department of Health will be at HMS on Thursday, May 21st where your child may receive the vaccination for free.  Please click here for more details: Free Vaccine.  If you would like your child to receive the free vaccination, you must return the consent form to the front desk no later than May 15th

Tdap Letter for Parents
Tdap Consent Form

Connect2Compete: click here for more details

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 or call toll free 1-855-222-3252 for more information.

 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

7th Grade Elective Form

 Pre-Registration for Extended Day

Pre-Registration for the upcoming 2015-16 school year has begun and is held on every  Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of each week, through the end of school.  See the Extended Day site manager at Howard Middle School's Cafeteria to register.  The only hours to register is while Extended Day is in session {6:30am until school starts and from school dismissal until 6:00pm}.  $25 non-refundable registration fee plus a completed registration form will secure your child’s spot for the upcoming school year. Now is the time to avoid the long lines during orientation.  If you have any questions, feel free to call the Extended Day Administrative Offices at 352-671-4135.  Extended Day Program Website

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.  

HMS address

The HMS AAIT Program

The HMS IB Program

Guidance Services

Student Management

Upcoming Events


Memorial Day - No School

Memorial Day - No School.


Chorus Spring Concert

From 6:30 pm, in the Blessed Trinity Catholic Church Sanctuary, our wonderful chorus will present their Spring Musical Showcase. Free Admission!


Dress for Success

The Spirit Committee calls all Bulls to Dress For Success during the fourth Wednesday of each month.


Final Exam Schedule - 1A-3A-5A

Students will report to Period 1A for homeroom and attendance. Then they will follow the exam schedule for today. We will have a double period of Periods 1A, 3A, and 5A. School will end at 3:35 today.


Final Exam Schedule - 2A-4A-6A

Students will report to Period 1A for homeroom and attendance. Then they will follow the exam schedule for today. We will have a double period of Periods 2A, 4A, and 6A. School will end at 3:35 today.


8th Grade Dance

The 8th grade dance is today. Be sure to click on the following link for your parent letter with all the details: 8th Grade Dance

 6/01/15 - 6/03/15

No Bookbags / Backpacks

Students are not permitted to bring backpacks or bookbags to school today.


Final Exam Schedule - 2B-5B

Students will report to Period 1B for homeroom and attendance. Then they will follow the exam schedule for today. We will have a longer period of Periods 2B and 5B. School will end at 1:35 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

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:
SAR - Marion County
School Accountability Reports

Have you Heard about the Herd?

The PBS (Positive Behavior Support) initiative at Howard has a new name!!  We will now call this initiative the HERD (Howard Educating in the Right Direction).  We will still be focused on creating a school wide culture of positive behaviors.  The HERD organizes and sponsors various activities designed to encourage students to Do the Right Thing, at the Right Time, and for the Right Reasons.  Many of us are familiar with “Bull Bucks” and the “Bull Pen” store.  This falls under the HERD’s direction.  So keep an eye out for the HERD events!

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.

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.  For more details, please click: 2014-2015 Pop Tab Contest

Howard Middle School is the winner for the PopTabs Contest for Marion County for the 2014-2015 school year!