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Pikesville Middle School Newsletter December 2016

From the Principal's Desk

Python Pride in the New Year Ahead

Python Pride

As we conclude the first half of the 2016-2017 academic school year, I want to remind you of our vision, motto, and mission. The vision of Pikesville Middle School is for students to develop excellence in academics, character, and habits of mind by participating in student-centered learning experiences that promote 21st century skills. In order to be successful, students will need to think creatively, critically, and intuitively, solve real world problems, communicate effectively (verbal & written forms), work in teams, use technology to accelerate learning outcomes, and develop healthy, ethical life-style habits. Therefore, the Python Pride motto is one that students must observe daily and clearly states that students are Prepared, Respectful, Inclusive, Diverse, and Engaged! I encourage you to remind your child daily that embracing the Python Pride motto will ensure they are successful at Pikesville Middle School.

What are we thankful for?

At Pikesville Middle School, we are thankful for many things. I personally am thankful for our wonderful students, dedicated parents, diligent and competent staff, and loyal community members who support us throughout each school year. I am extremely lucky to be the principal of a school with such creative, smart, funny, ambitious, and respectful students filling the hallways day-in, and day-out. I am thankful for my wonderful staff and their tireless effort to improve their teaching and learning for ALL students. Community members, thank you for everything you do and for everything you contribute to make Pikesville Middle School great!

Parents, as we head into the winter break, please be reminded that the connection between home and school is immensely critical. When staff and parents work together, student educational experiences are enhanced. Student academic success and personal responsibility at Pikesville Middle School are dependent on a cooperative triangle comprised of student-teacher-parent/guardian. Through a close and shared partnership with all stakeholders associated with Pikesville Middle School, I am confident our school will continue to be a thriving environment for our students to learn and grow. Python PRIDE!

Sincerely, Mrs. Miller

Important Dates to Remember

December 9 Half Day, School closes 3 hours early

December 12 Sixth Grade String Orchestra, Choir, and Band Concert 6-7pm (INFO HERE)

December 13 Seventh Grade String Orchestra, Choir, and Band Concert 6-7pm (INFO HERE)

December 14 Eighth Grade String Orchestra, Choir, and Band Concert 6-7pm (INFO HERE)

December 15 COFFEE WITH THE PRINCIPALS from 9-10 AM | Social Studies classes will celebrate Bill of Rights Day

December 20 CHIPOTLE NIGHT to support the Family Association

December 21 Eighth Grade Choral Concert at Kennedy Krieger, 11am. Open to the public.


January 3 School Reopens

January 11 Family Association Meeting, 7pm in the library (INFO HERE)

Games Galore!

On December 21 students will have the opportunity to participate in Games Galore. Students will spend time with friends playing games in the cafeteria.

To participate, students must have no more than one unexcused absence, no more than four minor behavior incidents, and no team leader or administrative referrals.


6th Grade News Flash by Ms. Hammel

We had a great time at the first quarter Student Awards Assembly, which recognized our students who are demonstrating excellence in attendance, academics, and code of conduct.

  • Almost half of our 6th graders were honored with honor roll certificates!
  • Get ready sixth grade for the North Bay trip the first week of December.

Thank you for everything you do. Keep up the great work!

-Ms. Hammel

The 7th Grade Scoop by Mr. Sullivan

Ms. Morlock, Ms. Hendrix-Martin and I would like to thank our seventh graders for another month of hard work. Students and staff celebrated seventh graders' achievements on Tuesday, November 22, at the 7th Grade Student Awards Ceremony. Students were recognized for academic achievement (straight A's and Honor Roll), perfect attendance, interscholastic sports participation, overall improvement, and following Python PRIDE.

On a final note, we'd like to thank our seventh graders for awesome attendance! The seventh grade's attendance rate for November was 95.6%! Seventh grade Pythons know that success starts with arriving on time each and every day.

-Mr. Sullivan

8th Grade Updates from Ms. Franklin


On Wednesday, December 21, the Pikesville Middle School Eighth Grade Chorus will be performing their annual holiday concert for the patients and staff at the Kennedy Kreiger Institute at Johns Hopkins Hospital. This concert will take place in the hospital lobby at 11:00 a.m. and is open to the public.


We are asking eighth grade students to donate to the Kennedy Krieger hat and mitten drive. We are accepting children and/or adult sizes. Students can drop their donations off to Mr. Permenter’s room anytime between now and December 21.

Eighth Grade Student Awards Assembly

A special swag out to the 25 “Straight A” students and all the eighth graders who received awards at our Student Awards Ceremony this past month.

Kudos to you and keep up the great work!

-Ms. Franklin

It's Academic

On November 12, five eighth grade students represented Pikesville Middle School at the Baltimore County STEM Fair hosted by Cockeysville Middle School. Our STEM Team earned three medals at the event. The team was grouped with several other schools for each challenge and had the top performance for each challenge.

In the Beaver Dam Challenge, our team's structure held back water for 1 minute and 21 seconds, outlasting another team in their group by one second. In the Water Bucket Challenge, our team was able to transfer all of the water from the starting bucket to the ending bucket using a water-carrying device with 30 seconds to spare, while all other teams in their group used the entire time. In the Paddle Boat Challenge, our team created a structure that was able to move 56 cm, outperforming another team in their group by one centimeter. We congratulate our STEM Team for their excellent work.

The English Language Arts department is excited to announce the school-wide roll out of the non-fiction text attack strategy “Close Reading the Python Way.” Students will be supported across all content areas as they interact more deeply with informational text. Ask your child about this strategy.

Spelling bees are now taking place. The top two winners from every class will move on to the school-wide written spelling bee to be held before winter break.

In the Math classes this month, Math 6 GT is identifying rational numbers and placing them on a number line. Math 6 is working on fraction operations. Pre-Algebra 7 is getting started to work on Unit 2, Ratios and Proportional Relationships. Algebra 1 is working on writing and solving functions. Math 8 is starting Unit 2 Proportional and Non-Proportional Relationships. Geometry is finishing up Unit C, Geometric Reasoning, and starting Unit D, Parallel and Perpendicular Lines.

World Languages: Ask your child about Secret Students. Teachers are focusing on increasing the use of the target language in their classrooms. The Office of World Languages is working closely with our teachers to help create real-world engaging activities. Teachers are using a “secret student” to help students practice speaking their target language in the classroom.

Social Studies classes will be learning about the Bill of Rights. You can get involved by exploring information with your child HERE.


A Sound Investment!

The music department is pleased to announce that they have received a $2000.00 grant from the BCPS Educational Initiatives Foundation. The theme of the grant was “A Sound Investment.” All of the funds received will go to support the music programs at Pikesville Middle School. A huge shout out goes to Ms. Yadush for writing this grant!

Counselors' Corner: Career Fair to be held in April 2017

Pikesville Middle School will host a CAREER FAIR on Friday, April 7, 2017 and we're looking for Career Day Volunteers

The Counseling office would like to recruit 30 speakers from PMS families for our 2017 Career Fair. This presents a wonderful opportunity for our students to learn about a variety of careers through your first-hand experience.

The Career Fair will run from 8:00–10:00 am. Speakers will rotate through five classrooms and present for 15 minutes to each group about topics ranging from educational background to a typical day.

If you are interested in investing two hours of your time in the spring to share your career with our students, please contact the one of our counselors:

Mr. Mike Hess (Grade 6)

Ms. Dorsey Daeschner (Grade 7)

Mr. Richard Hecht (Grade 8)

You can also call the Counseling department at 410-887-6725.

Thank you,

The Counseling Department


It's flu season! Remind your children to wash their hands regularly. Click here for information.


Parents, please remind your child to charge their laptop each night. Students should arrive to school with their device fully charged. Don't forget the cord!


Our next meeting is Wednesday, January 11, 2017 in the Library. Read our flyer HERE.

Put our 2017 meeting datesin your calendar: Wednesdays at 7pm in the library

February 8, March 8, April 5, and May 10.

Please support our bake sales during the Winter Concert.

Do you shop at If so, consider designating Pikesville Middle School Family Association as your charitable organization. Go to:, click in the box that says "pick your own charitable organization"and search for Pikesville MIddle School Family Association. You will always need to start at to support Pikesville Middle School Family Association Inc. Start Shopping. It is that easy!

Community News

Pikesville Rec Indoor Soccer Registration Now Open! For information on how to register, please click HERE

Pikesville Middle School Choir to sing at Pikesville Greenspring Community Coalition Annual Meeting in January

For more info, please click HERE

Pikesville Middle School Vision

Pikesville Middle School students will develop excellence in academics, character, and habits of mind by participating in student-centered learning experiences that promote 21st century skills.

Pikesville Middle School Mission

Pikesville Middle School aims to promote a safe, equitable, learner-centered environment for all students. In order to prepare our students for high school, college and careers, we will:

  • Provide rigorous, relevant, and responsive instruction to all students.
  • Establish supportive respectful relationships that encourage responsive behaviors.
  • Instill healthy habits to support positive social, emotional, physical, and academic development.
  • Establish strong values and citizenship within and beyond the school community.

About Us

Principal, Mrs. Kalisha Miller

Assistant Principals
Grade 6: Mr. M. Sullivan
Grade 7: Ms. A. Franklin

Grade 8: Mrs. A. Hammel

To report an absence, please send a note in with your child upon their return to school.

FAX 410-887-1259

Other Important Numbers:

Guidance: 410-887-6725

Cafeteria: 410-887-1209

Library: 410-887-1272

Nurse: 410-424-9347