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2018 Summer Reading

  • HMS strongly encourages our students to continue their learning through the summer by reading a variety of books.  This year our summer reading requirements have changed.   We ask that students read one or more STEAM books from our recommended Summer Reading List and one or more SSYRA books.

    Summer reading will count towards our school-wide 20 Book Challenge this coming school year.  Happy Reading!Summer Reading


    STEAM Summer Reading List 


    2018 2019 SSYRA List

7th Grade Student Immunization Requirements

  • Immunization

    The state of Florida requires proof on immunization on all students entering, repeating, or transferring into the 7th grade. Please call your child’s doctor or health department for details.

21st Century Community Learning Center

  • 21st CCLC


    HMS is pleased to offer a free program that provides academic and personal enrichment opportunities, before-school, after-school, and during the summer.  


    Hours are:

    • Before school Monday through Thursday 8:10 a.m. - 9:10 a.m.
    • After school on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 3:35 p.m. - 6:35 p.m.


    21st Century Enrollment Packet 

    Click here for more information. 

The Reading Corner

  • Click here to visit our Reading Corner for book recommendations and ways to encourage reading at home.

    Just Take 20

    Just Take 20 (JT20) is a Florida initiative to improve student achievement in reading and literacy by recognizing that literacy begins at home!  JT20 gives parents an awareness of their essential role as well as knowledge and skill to deliver daily activities that promote literacy.

Magnet Program

  • Beginning the 2018-2019 school year, Howard Middle School's Magnet Program will be expanded to the entire campus.  All students zoned for Howard Middle School will be a part of The HMS Magnet Program with the The International Baccalaureate (IB) and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, & Mathematics) focus.  Any student not zoned for HMS will be able to complete an online application during the next Lottery Window.  This will fall under the new Lottery Application System being implemented by MCPS.  To view more details and for the links to apply, please click on: School Choice and Magnet Programs. Thank you for your patience as we transition into our new and exciting program. Magnet Schools of America


    Please keep in mind that the definition of a Magnet Student has evolved. Our entire campus is a Magnet School based upon the programs that we now offer - The International Baccalaureate (IB) and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, & Mathematics) programs. These programs are integrated into all of our classrooms; hence, all of our students are Magnet Students. Students who are eligible for advanced placement classes (formally known as Magnet Students under the AAIT Magnet Program) will still be eligible for Advanced Level classes based upon their state test scores and classroom performance. “What are Magnet Schools.” 


    All HMS students must qualify for the Advanced Level classes.  This may be attained by scoring a 4 and/or a 5 on their FSA (state test scores), as well as holding A's and B's within all of their classes for the preceeding school year.  A FSA score of a 3 will also be considered if the Scale Score is within the higher end of the spectrum.  HMS has the ability to hybrid student schedules - Students may have different level courses based upon their abilities.  Students will be placed into course levels where they may experience their best educational successes. 


    For our current students:  All of our current 6th or 7th grade students who are not zoned for HMS and who were previously accepted into HMS through the AAIT Magnet Program, will not need to reapply.  To continue attending HMS they must continue to have good attendance, maintain the required FSA Test scores, and have no discipline issues to stay in their Advanced Level Classes. 


Important Information for Parents and Students

Student Handbook

  • The HMS Student Handbook  contains our expectations for students. The handbook supplements information included in Marion County Public Schools’ Code of Student Conduct, and addresses topics such as dress code, attendance, and parent involvement.


  • Carline Information


    Please take a moment to review our carline information and reminders and updates with your child to ensure the safety of all of our students and to keep the lines moving as quickly and safely as possible.

Extended Day

  •  Extended Day

    Click here for information about our Extended Day Program.    

School Advisory Council and Volunteer Opportunities

  • Student potential cannot be achieved without strong community and parent support. Join us in educating our children by participating in the School Advisory Council and our Volunteer programs. 


FSA, Virtual School, and High School Credits

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School Information


    • Student's School Day: 9:35 AM - 3:35 PM
    • Campus Opens: Walk to homeroom - 9:15 AM
    • Bell to be in Homeroom: 9:30 AM
    • Tardy Bell/Start of Class: 9:35 AM
    • Early Release Time: 1:35 PM
    • Teacher Day: 8:10 AM - 3:55PM
    • School Office Hours: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Lunch: $1.75 (If qualified, reduced: $0.40 or free)
    • Breakfast: Free to all Students for the 2017-2018 school year!


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