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Middle school matters: Pine Grove Middle School
03/16/2016

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: Tina Nelson
Feeder Elementary Schools: Carney, Harford Hills, Oakleigh, Pine Grove, and Seven Oaks

Website: http://pinegrovems.bcps.org/

Academic Achievements

42% of students qualified for honor roll for second quarter.

Over a third of students are in advanced academic classes.

Recent Awards and Grants

Pine Grove has received the PBIS Gold Recognition Award and has been honored as a Maryland Center for Character Education School of the Year.

Pine Grove is participating in the Promoting School Safety: Emotional and Behavioral Health grant through the Department of School Safety. Recognized as a model school in the Safe Schools Ambassadors program.

Pine Grove was named a Maryland Green School in 2006.

Special Academic Programs

French, Latin, and Spanish are offered as world language options at Pine Grove Middle.

Students can participate in Gateway to Technology, part of the Project Lead the Way program.

Pine Grove is a Professional Development School in partnership with Towson University. This semester Pine Grove is hosting several interns building working toward their teacher certification.

Pine Grove contains cluster programs for the Communication and Learning Supports and the Deaf and Hard of Hearing programs.

Extracurricular Activities

Pine Grove offers students a wide variety of afterschool clubs and teams. From Honors Chorus, Jazz Band, and Guitar Club to Step Club, Gamers Club, and Intramurals, there is something to interest everyone.

The very popular Drama Club is busy rehearsing and will putting on a production of “Hairspray, Jr.” on May 5-7.

Some new clubs have come to Pine Grove this year. Carpe Linguas allows students to explore language and culture to enrich what they’ve learned in the classroom. Girls on the Run is a running group that promotes both physical and emotional health.

Pine Grove boasts several sports teams. Their badminton team recently represented their school with pride. Boys doubles placed first, mixed doubles placed second, and boys single placed third. They also won the northeast regional trophy for best all around! Two Pine Grove cross country runners ended in the top five of all sixth grade boys. Boys and girls basketball teams played hard this winter as well. This spring looks forward to tennis and track and field.

Special School Traditions

Each fall, sixth grade students participate in Disability Awareness Day. Run by the National Junior Honor Society, this event consists of activities that simulate various physical and mental disabilities. It is designed to help students gain empathy and a greater understanding of others.

Inclusion Play Day is held each spring. Pine Grove hosts students from Communication and Functional Academic Learning Supports programs from other schools. Students spend the day outside engaging in such activities as floor hockey, football toss, adapted baseball, and scooter boards.

Bet you didn’t know…

That on the first day of school each year, students are welcomed by bagpipers as they enter the building.

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