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Middle school matters:Middle River Middle School


In honor of national Middle Level Education Month, this March we are taking a closer look at Baltimore County Public Schools’ wonderful middle schools. Every day during March, one or two more school profiles will be posted. To see all that have been posted, please click here.

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Principal: Shannon Parker (quoted below)
Feeder Elementary Schools: Chase, Glenmar, Martin Boulevard, Middlesex, Oliver Beach, Orems, Seneca, Victory Villa, and Vincent Farm

School website:

Academic Achievements

“In alignment with our School Progress Plan, we have increased our MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) scores this year by 10% in math and 15% in reading.”

More than 300 students were recognized for the Honor Roll for the second quarter.

“A third – 34% – of our students are enrolled in one or more advanced academic classes, with our enrollment in these classes steadily increasing over the past three years.”

Recent Awards

The school received $10,000 worth of computer equipment for its participation in the Hour of Code.  “We also were recognized by the Maryland House of Delegates for our participation and for fostering appreciation and knowledge of computer science. Our students were engaged and were especially excited about developing their own app. They were able to save it to their mobile phones and share it with their families and peers.”

2013-2014 and 2015-16 Recipients of the Education Foundation Grant.  The funding put towards our sixth graders attendance at the Northbay Outdoor Adventure Camp where they experienced authentic, hands on learning activities while also teaching them about being responsible for themselves and their surroundings. 

Special Academic Programs

Spanish has been offered to our Grade 6 students since 2013. Next year, we will expand the number of Grade 6 students who take Spanish.”

PRIDE Time is a time built into our schedule every other week for 30 minutes in each subject area. Teachers pause to reteach or reinforce learning, offer time for students to engage in further development of concepts, and allow time for students to monitor their grades through BCPS One.”

“FLEX Time is a 30=minute window of time when our students engage in activities related to character education development as well as the development of good study and learning habits.”  FLEX occurs every other Thursday.

“We are a Professional Development School in partnership with Towson University. This semester we have five student teachers who are working toward earning their Middle School Certification. Through her work with Towson University, former State Superintendent Dr. Nancy Grasmick has visited Middle River to converse with our teachers and their student teachers and to see the program in action!”

Extracurricular Activities

Middle River Middle School offers many afterschool clubs for students, including sports, Quiz Bowl, and Student Government Association.

“All of our students staying after school receive an afterschool snack to fuel their mind and body.”

“In 2014 and 2015, our track and field athletes were recognized for their excellence in sportsmanship; and, in 2015, our girls’ track and field team placed first overall at the Baltimore County East Side Invitational.”

Special School Traditions

Each content area hosts a Content Night one night during the school year where families are invited to join their children to engage in fun-filled content-related activities. Math tricks, salsa dancing, and creating ScribbleBot robots are just a few of the activities in which parents and students are engaged.

“Positive achievements of our students are recognized and celebrated on a quarterly basis through our PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) committee. Students earn MR Prides for positive actions (both academic and behavioral) in order to attend the events. This year, our students have played kickball, participated in Dancin’ and Dunkin’, and we are currently preparing for a Carnival Craze!”

“This past December, our counseling office took on an Adopt a Family project led by Mrs. Mussini. Contributions from our students, staff and community made the project a huge success.”

Bet you didn’t know…

That “we have a teacher on staff who has spent her entire teaching career (29 years) right here at Middle River!“



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