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Pikesville Middle School Newsletter January 2017

From the Principal's Desk

Dear Parents,

I am privileged that I get this opportunity to thank our Pikesville family consisting of students, parents and the entire Pikesville Middle School community for the significant work that we have achieved during the first half of our academic school year. The results of our work is evident. During the first half of the year, we celebrated students through our 1st quarter awards assembly, we held class meetings to discuss what we could do as a staff to support students. We sponsored several incentive activities to celebrate our students who consistently demonstrate their Python PRIDE daily by following our school’s Code of Conduct. We will continue to work in order to improve our school culture ensuring that we have created and maintain a safe and orderly school environment for all students. Having a safe and orderly school environment not only includes every student being physically safe, but it also includes all students having a sense of belonging to our school community. To support all students’ sense of belonging, and as part of our SPP plan, we have implemented a school-wide mentoring program. On December 15, we kicked-off our mentoring program with a Mentor “Pow Wow.” Every month, each mentoring group will meet with the same advisor to discuss a number of topics that will support a sense of belonging and promote success at Pikesville Middle School. The following are the topics of our monthly Mentoring “Pow Wow”:

o Dec: Building Relationships & Inclusion

o Jan: Goal Setting & Engagement

o Feb: Self-Advocacy & Diversity

o March: Conflict Resolution & Respect

o April: Community Service & Pride

o May: Leadership

o June: Self-Reflection

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 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. The Python Pride motto 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 a successful student at Pikesville Middle School. We will continue to introduce incentives to celebrate our students who follow our Code of Conduct as our goal is to include all students in our incentive activities. In addition to the Code of Conduct, attendance is a factor in our incentives activities. Students must maintain a 95% attendance rate to be included in the incentive activities.

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 successful place for our students to learn and grow. I am so excited and honored to be the principal of Pikesville Middle School. I look forward to meeting parents at the Principal's Tea this coming Thursday January 12 from 9-10am. Go Pythons!

Sincerely, Mrs. Miller

Important Dates to Remember

January 11 PMS Family Association Meeting, 7pm in the library (RSVP HERE). It's never too late to get involved! Be a part of making the Family Association into a PTA!

January 12 Principal's Tea & Coffee Hour 9-10am. Please RSVP HERE by 1/10/17.

January 13 School closes 3 hours early for students. Second marking period ends.

January 16 School closed in observance of MLK Jr. Day

January 17 School closed for students

January 18 Auditions for the school musical, Lion King, Jr, and the Talent Showcase (3-5pm)

January 26 Report cards distributed

6th Grade News Flash by Ms. Hammel

January 13th brings us to the end of the second quarter and the halfway point of the school year. We are so proud of the progress that the students have made this year, both academically and socially. In December, we rewarded our students who continuously demonstrate Python Pride with a Basketball Pep Rally and Games Galore. We encourage all students to strive towards these incentives by attending all classes on time and staying focused during instruction. Please remember to come to school with your devices charged and to bring in a written note if you need to be absent. We hope everyone had a relaxing holiday break and we look forward to a productive second semester!

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

-Ms. Hammel

The 7th Grade Scoop by Mr. Sullivan

On behalf of all seventh grade teachers, the seventh grade team leaders--Mrs. Hendrix-Martin, Ms. Morlock, and myself--would like to highlight what our seventh grade students have been involved in during the month of December. All students participated in a mentoring Pow-Wow in which they worked with staff members and other students to engage in meaningful conversations and debates about decision-making and positive choices.

We also held an exciting Pep Rally for students with near perfect attendance. At the Pep Rally, the Milford Mill High School marching band, as well as the Pikesville High School cheerleaders, performed for the crowd. To showcase more students who worked hard in the second quarter, we hosted Games Galore in which students who met the criteria enjoyed basketball, board games, and other fun games during the school day.

Congratulations to the 7th grade students who performed at the Winter Concert. It was an amazing event and we are very proud of all students who helped to make it such a successful winter concert.

Each month, we would like to remind families of the importance of student attendance. During the month of December, the 7th grade attendance was 95.2%. Seventh grade Pythons know that academic success starts with arriving on time each and every day.

Congratulations 7th grade!

-Mr. Sullivan

8th Grade Updates from Ms. Franklin

Community Outreach 103: “Music To Our Ears”

On Wednesday, December 21, 2016, the Pikesville Middle School 8th Grade Chorus did an awesome job performing their annual holiday concert for the patients and staff at the Kennedy Kreiger Institute at Johns Hopkins Hospital. A good number of hats and mittens were donated to the children at the hospital by the PMS staff. The performance was a success and well-received. Some of the patients participated with the chorus and bell ringers during the sing along. This concert put some love in the hearts of the patients and staff and brought a smile to their faces. Great job senior chorus! You ROCK!

Senior Shout-outs

Congratulations to our 8th grade students for continuously showing improvement in the WEEKLY ATTENDANCE rating for the month of December! Continue to come to school daily and Keep Up The Good Work!

December Fun and Games

Another round of well-planned, well-executed, and well-deserved Games Galore was held on Wednesday, December 22, 2016. Nice work, students! Please extend special gratitude to the Quarterly Student Incentives Sub-Committee members, Ms. Britt, Ms. Hendrix-Martin, Mr. Koehler, and Mr. Lavallee, and to all the staff volunteer chaperones, for a job well-done!

-Ms. Franklin

It's Academic

In English Language Arts, the second round of the spelling bee has just concluded and the top 12 students will convene in January for the final Pikesville Middle Spelling Bee. Sixth graders continue to study mythology as they wrap up unit two. In January, students will be composing original myth narratives. Seventh grade students are examining mood in literature through text to film and text to speech comparisons. Eighth graders have been studying humor in narratives through word choice and irony. Theater students have been continuing to utilize facial expression and body language to communicate their monologues.

In the Math classes this month, Math 6 is learning division of fractions. Math 6 GT is working on rounding and fraction/decimal equivalency, and Pre-Algebra 7 is learning scientific notation. Math 8 is working on slope, y-intercept and graphing, while Algebra I is analyzing data and making predictions, Geometry is working on triangle congruency.

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

Talent Showcase and Lion King JR Auditions

Attention all singers, dancers, actors, and performers--

Auditions for the Pikesville Middle School Talent Showcase and Spring Musical will be held on January 18–20 from 3:00–5:00 p.m. Rehearsals will be held after school on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Students selected to participate in the talent showcase will be assigned rehearsal times as needed.

For the talent showcase auditions, students will be asked to demonstrate a short portion of the song, act, dance, magic show, or poem that you plan to perform. You can be as creative as you want to be. Don’t be afraid to “show us your talent!” This can be your moment to shine.

The musical this year will be Disney’s Lion King, JR. For the musical audition, students will also be asked to sing a short song and read a page of dialogue from the script. You may indicate any specific parts you are interested in playing at the audition.

If you are interested in trying out for one or both of these events, please see Mr. Permenter in Room 46 for an audition date and time this week.The talent showcase and spring musical will take place on May 11 and 12 at 6:00 p.m.

High School Registration for Eighth Graders is Now Open!

Eighth grade students will be registering for grade nine in December and January. Students are assigned to their home high school based on the location of their residence. Home high schools are comprehensive high schools offering broad curriculum choices, preparing students for college or work. All students must register for their home high schools, even if they have applied to and have been accepted by another school or magnet program. If you are unsure which high school your residence is zoned for you can check the BCPS website

Academic achievement in grade eight is the basis for teachers’ placement recommendations for grade nine. Grade eight teachers will think carefully about your child’s achievement, skills, work habits, task commitment, and course ability levels. Please encourage your child to do quality work throughout the eighth grade to demonstrate their abilities and to prepare for the academic challenges of high school.

Please feel free to contact Mr. Hecht at 887-6725 if you would like to discuss your child’s progress in grade eight and/or plans for high school.

THE HEALTH SUITE: New Year's Resolutions and 5 Steps to Success

Get active and get fit with your children this year! Here are five simple steps to success from

1. Keep healthy snacks, like fruit, in a bowl for your children.

2. Take a walk with your family after dinner.

3. Plan a weekly menu, and let your middle schooler help in the healthy planning and cooking.

4. Turn off the TV during meals and discuss the school day at dinner time.

5. Get involved with the PMSFA and consider creating a school health team. Email Regina Gee if you're interested, especially if you work in a health field.


Find out Family Association news and updates on Facebook!

Our next meeting is Wednesday, January 11 at 7pm in the Library. It's never to let to get involved! Please RSVP for our next meeting HERE. On the agenda: transitioning to a PTA.

MEETING TEXT REMINDERS: would you like text reminders for upcoming PMSFA meetings? If so, click HERE for directions to enroll. Your cell phone number will remain private, and you will ONLY receive text reminders before meetings.

Put our 2017 meeting dates in your calendar:

Upcoming meetings will be held on February 8, March 8, April 5, and May 10 at 7pm in the library .

Thank you to all the students, parents, teachers and staff for supporting the Pikesville M.S. Family Association this year thus far. It has been fun skating and hanging out with you at Chipotle. The Family Association is on the right track to providing our students fun and rewarding events.

FINAL FUNDRAISING EVENT: Join us Wednesday, January 18 from 6:15 pm to 7:15 pm. All students, parents, teachers and staff are welcome to be a part of the fundraising committee. If you have any questions feel free to email

Keep turning in those BOX TOPS! Consider downloading the free Box Tops Bonus App where you have the chance to win $50 for you and 500 Bonus Box Tops for our school.

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 Council Winter Schedule

Everything from lacrosse, chess, winter soccer, to Hebrew and Spanish immersion classes. Check us out online HERE

Pikesville Middle School Choir to sing at Pikesville Greenspring Community Coalition Annual Meeting Tuesday, Jan. 10th 2017 at 7pm

For more info, please click HERE


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!

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