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Middle school matters: Pikesville 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: Diane Richmond (quoted below)
Feeder elementary schools: Bedford, Fort Garrison, Milbrook, Summit Park, and Wellwood International School, as well as some students from Woodholme and Owings Mills

School website: http://pikesvillems.bcps.org/

Academic achievements

More than 360 students have achieved placement on the honor roll or principals’ honor roll this year.

“Currently 37 percent of our students participate in at least one advanced academic class.”

“We are proud of an increase in academic achievement schoolwide this year as demonstrated in a 7 percent increase in our reading MAP growth scores and a 19 percent increase in our math MAP growth scores.”

Recent awards or grants

Four Pikesville students, Laura R., Ting C., Angel L., and Anusha B., participated in the BCPS Maryland History Day competition on March 12 at the Community College of Baltimore County. “Their projects were outstanding, and three students will advance to the state competition for their project on how the Chinese Revolution impacted the world.”

Each year, a Pikesville Middle School student is selected as a Carson Scholar based on teacher recommendations, academic achievement, and community service. This year’s Carson Scholar award winner is Haley S., who will be recognized at an awards gala and will receive $1,000 toward college.

Pikesville Middle School has received a grant from the Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools for multiple years. Last year, the grant helped fund transportation to New York City for a group of students and parents to see Wicked on Broadway. “This year, we received a grant to support purchasing electric guitars and equipment for our guitar club.”

Another musical achievement is that six Pikesville students were selected for All-County Choir and Strings Honors Ensembles this year.

Mr. McChesney, science teacher, was selected for the PASCO National Science Teacher Association STEM Educator Award for 2015 - 2016. He will be recognized at a national convention in April and receive $5,000 worth of engineering products for his classroom.

Special academic programs offered

“Pikesville Middle School is proud to be a Lighthouse School, and our innovative teachers have learned to use technology as a tool in multiple ways to support responsive, student-centered learning environments. Our students are truly engaged in meaningful learning!”

Pikesville offers Project Lead the Way Gateway to Technology in Grades 7 and 8. “We are expanding this program to Grade 6 next year because of its popularity, quality, and relevancy.”

College and Career Readiness classes for Grades 7 and 8 students also will be available to Grade 6 students next year.”

“Our World Language classes include Spanish, French, and Chinese in Grades 7 and 8. Next year, we also will offer Spanish in Grade 6.”

“Our Grade 6 students participated in NorthBay Adventure Camp this year and returned full of excitement and accolades for the great experience. We look forward to facilitating a trip to NorthBay each year in the future.”

Popular/unique extracurricular activities

Students participate in more than 25 afterschool clubs. “We are pleased to provide afterschool bus transportation on Tuesdays and Thursdays to facilitate maximum participation.”

STEM clubs include VEX Robotics, Environmental Club, 24 Challenge and Math Counts.

Visual and performing arts clubs include Drama Club, Guitar Club, Sound Sport, Clay Club, and Community Art and Sculpture. “We are looking forward to hanging the Community Art and Sculpture Club’s unity mural soon to be completed!”

Students also participate in Chess Club, Quiz Bowl, National Jr. Honor Society, Student Council, Newspaper, Yearbook, and Literary Magazine.

Pikesville Middle offers a full range of intramurals and inter-scholastic sports including cross country, badminton, basketball, track and field, and tennis. “Our tennis team won the county championship last year.”

“This year we held our first faculty vs. faculty basketball game to build school spirt. It was a lot of fun for all involved!”

Special school traditions

“Each year our drama club performs an outstanding musical showcasing our students’ tremendous talents. This year’s production is Into the Woods, Jr., being performed May 12, 13, and 14. The public is invited!”

Bet you didn’t know…

That “we are not positive, but we think Pikesville Middle was the first air-conditioned middle school in Baltimore County when it opened in 1968.”

That “we also have a small graveyard that dates back to the 1800s situated in the southern corner of our property.”

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