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Middle school matters: Windsor Mill Middle School
03/23/2016

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: Harvey Chambers (Quoted below is Assistant Principal Regina Ridley)
Feeder elementary schools: Dogwood, Randallstown, Winfield

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

Academic achievements

Windsor Mill Middle is proud to be a Lighthouse middle school, fully participating in the S.T.A.T. (Students and Teachers Accessing Tomorrow) initiative. “We are the only Lighthouse middle school in the southwest area.”

For the second quarter, 28% of Grade 6 students, 31% of Grade 7 students, and 26% of Grade 8 students achieved Honor Roll status.

Recent awards and grants

Principal Harvey Chambers is one of three finalists for BCPS 2016-2017 Secondary Principal of the Year. He is the only finalist leading a middle school.

The school received a 2015 Secretary of Defense Freedom Award for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. “We have several Guard and Reserve members on the school staff.”

A student, Kiersten, brought home a silver medal in the 2016 M&T Bank 24 Challenge mathematics competition.

Student Jasmine Wilson was selected to speak at 2016 State of the Schools.

Special academic programs

“In the next several years, we expect to offer an international studies magnet program. We are working toward that goal.”

Currently a nonmagnet school, Windsor Mill Middle does offer dance as an elective.

Although the school is small, just 511 students, it employs two Spanish teachers and offers Spanish I and II to students in Grades 7 and 8. “We hope to offer Spanish language courses to Grade 6 students in the fall.”

The school has a new makerspace to encourage student creativity and problem-solving.

Popular/unique extracurricular activities

“One of our most unique extracurricular activities is the Dream and Flourish Girls mentoring program. About 40 girls participate in this program, which is fully funded by United Way and Proctor and Gamble. The group meets twice each month, and every girl has a mentor employed by United Way or Proctor and Gamble. One of the two meetings each month is held at Proctor and Gamble so that the girls can see their mentors at work and meet other female role models. The girls take two college trips each year, and tomorrow they are going to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. In addition to a focus on college and career readiness, the program offers girls the opportunity to learn yoga, talk about etiquette and overcoming teen stress, and participate in community service projects. The Dream and Flourish girls began this school year by completing an Outward Bound activity at Leakin Park. A big closing ceremony is held at the end of each school year to celebrate all that the girls have done and learned.”

In addition to the sports that all middle schools now offer, including track, basketball, and badminton, other popular extracurricular activities include cheerleading and television production club.

School traditions

Just before the school year begins, before students return to school, teachers and staff gather around a cake and sing “happy birthday” to the new school year.

To celebrate Team BCPS Day each January, the school creates and shares creative photos and a video.

Bet you didn’t know…

That “we are the newest middle school in Baltimore County, having opened in 2006.”

 

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