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Middle school matters: Hereford 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: Cathy Walrod (quoted below)
Feeder elementary schools: Fifth District, Prettyboy, Seventh District, Sparks, and part of Jacksonville

School website:

Academic achievements

Hereford Middle School has been named a Maryland Blue Ribbon School and a National Blue Ribbon School.

More than 90% of Grader 8 students take at least Algebra I, and 99% have passed the math High School Assessment (HSA).

Two of Hereford Middle’s Destination Imagination teams are going to the state competition this year. In addition, two students are moving to the state level spelling bee, and the school’s geography team qualified for the state championship, which will be held in April 2016.

“Our Quiz Bowl team was undefeated for 4 years in a row, 5 years total.”

Recent awards and grants

““Five of our robotic teams have qualified to participate in the World Championships in Kentucky this year.”
“Last spring, our first tennis team became county champs.”

The school has received several Chesapeake Bay Foundation grants.

Northup Grumman and Becton Dickinson provide support to the school’s robotics program.

Special academic programs

“Our agriculture science program is unique in Baltimore County.”

“This year, we offered our first Engineering by Design class. In this problem based class, students have studied and done projects related to hovercrafts, maglev cars, and computer programming.”

This year more than 100 Grade 6 students took Spanish and earned high school credit. Next year all Grade 6 students will be able to take French or Spanish. Students at Hereford Middle also can study Chinese.

“Six students are involved this year in our Head and Shoulders program, which allows students to leave middle school with three high school credits in math – Algebra I, Algebra II, and geometry. This mostly online program is for students who are very gifted in math and who work well independently. Students test into it.”

Popular/unique extracurricular activities

“Some of the more than 35 afterschool clubs are related to our agriculture program. The poultry, horticulture, and animal science clubs are all very popular. The animal science club is taking care of rabbits. The poultry club raises chickens that produce eggs used in our cafeteria. Similarly, the horticulture club grows fruits and vegetables, served to our students, which are grown using hydroponics and other methods in our greenhouse and our gardens.”

Robotics and Lego teams are very popular at Hereford Middle, with 60 to 80 students participating at any given time.

“Our other afterschool activities include all the sports, music, service clubs, a literary magazine,
Drama, dance, newspaper, writing, Math 24, MathCounts, Geography Bee, reading clubs, and
Minecraft (a video game).”

To provide additional support to students, the school offers a teacher-led afterschool tutorial club.

Special school traditions

“Our biggest school traditions are our annual Bay Days. This is a two day event for our Grade 8 students. It is part of a huge interdisciplinary unit on the Chesapeake Bay. On the first day, the students go to Gunpowder State Park and return to have a crab feast. On the next day, they have their choice of 16 different field trips they can go on, including boat trips. They even make artwork pertaining to the bay.”

Bet you didn’t know…

“That because we are in such a rural environment, camels and llamas have been known to break free from area farms and show up on our school campus. We have even, a few times, had snakes manage to get into our lockers.”

“That most main streets in this area don’t have sidewalks and that all of our students are bussed to school. That takes 53 school buses.”

“That we are the sole feeder middle school to Hereford High School. That helps us a lot with articulation – aligning our courses and helping students move from one level to the next. In addition to the staff members of the Hereford Zone schools working closely together, the Hereford Zone principals get together for lunch at least once every two months.”


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