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Middle school matters: Parkville Middle School
03/18/2016

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: Erin O’Toole-Trivas (quoted below)
Feeder elementary schools: Elmwood, Fullerton, Oakleigh, and Villa Cresta

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

Academic Achievements

“We have an amazing number of students who make honor roll. First quarter, we had 56% of students and 97 of those had straight A’s. Second quarter we had 44% and 89 students had straight A’s.”

“Nearly half of our students are involved in Advanced Academics classes, and we believe in giving students with the interest and the potential the opportunity to take Advanced Academics classes.”

Recent Awards and Grants

“Parkville received the Silver PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) Recognitions Award, and we were honored to be recognized as a Maryland Center for Character Education School of the Year.”

Parkville is participating in the Promoting School Safety:  Emotional and Behavioral Health grant through the Department of School Safety, and more than 50 students have been trained as Safe School Ambassadors.

Special Academic Programs

Forty percent of Parkville’s students are part of the Exploratory Magnet program.  There are four magnet programs—Visual Graphic Arts, Engineering, Sustainable Engineering and Aquatic Sciences, and Mass Communications.  In Grade 6, students take a quarter of each.  In Grade 7, students take two of the four courses, and in Grade 8, they focus on one for the year.

“All 1,069 of our students take a Project Lead the Way course.” This year Grade 6 students took “Flight and Space.” Grade 7 students studied “Robotics,” and Grade 8 students took “Medical Detectives.”

Parkville Middle is a Towson University Professional Development School.  “We host several student teachers annually.”

Parkville Middle has a regional program for students who need Behavior Learning Support.

Extracurricular Activities

Parkville Middle has many, many afterschool clubs and teams. “We offer Badminton, Basketball, Black Saga, Builder’s Club, Cheerleading, Chess Club, Cross Country, Drama Club, Engineering Club, Forensics Club, Future Educators of America, Garden Club, Green Team Environmental Science Club, High School Portfolio Prep, Honor Band, Honor Orchestra, Intramurals, Jazz Band, Math 24 Club, Math Counts Club, National Junior Honor Society, Newspaper Club, Quiz Bowl, Robotics Club, Running Club, SADD, Spanish Club, Student Council, Tennis, Track and Field, and Yearbook.”

“Our Drama Club will perform “Thoroughly Modern Millie” the weekend of April 23.”

Special School Traditions

Each year, Parkville Middle hosts an Honorable Student Luncheon for each grade level. The luncheon is sponsored by Parkville Middle and John and Lillian Vincent, whose daughter, former student Caitlyn Vincent, passed away suddenly. The luncheon recognizes students who exemplify traits Caitlyn possessed—a positive state of mind, selflessness, compassion, kindness, and a willingness to help others.

“Our Community Committee sponsors Haunted Hallways the weekend before Halloween each year.  We invite our feeder elementary school students to attend. Our students run a variety of stations including a haunted hallway tour, arts and crafts, and games.”

Bet you didn’t know…

That President Obama visited Parkville Middle School in 2011 to make an announcement about national initiatives in science and technology education.

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