MWMS Newsletter, 11/3/17

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 6:40pm

MWMS Newsletter                               

November 3, 2017


From the Principal’s Desk

As you know, the 1st quarter ends next week on November 10, and report cards will be sent home shortly after on November 17.   As we continue into November, the beginning of the second quarter also brings American Education Week from November 13 – 17, Meet and Greets on November 15, and parent conferences on November 20, 21, and 22. Please be sure to read through the information that follows for more information.

Save the Date!

Once again this year, on Wednesday, November 15, Mayfield Woods will host the third annual “Meet and Greetsprior to conference week, during American Education WeekClick here for more information about our “Meet and Greets”, including a description of the program and specific times for these events.


Parent Teacher Conferences Will Be Here Before We Know It!

The annual fall parent/teacher conferences will take place during Thanksgiving week on November 20, 21 and 22.  You may begin to schedule conferences this Monday, November 6, at 3:00p.m.  Click here for more information, including conference dates, timelines and conference times.  Please note: There is an initial 3-conference limit to give all families and opportunity to schedule conferences.  More information about this limit can be found at above link.


New! Bulldog BRAG Board!

We know your kids are doing amazing things outside of school, and we want to hear about them!  Click here to learn about our new “Bulldog BRAG Board”, that will be proudly displayed in our hallway, including a copy of the BRAG form and directions as to how to submit it!


HCPSS Needs Your Input: High School Attendance Planning Survey!

HCPSS is looking for feedback regarding options to relieve overcrowding in schools. We are working with Howard Community College to expand dual enrollment options where students may earn credits for college courses while in high school. This program is being considered for students scheduled to attend Centennial, Howard, and Long Reach

As HCPSS works on program offerings and other details, we want to ensure that community feedback is incorporated during the development process. If your child is in grade 8, please complete the survey at the link below by Tuesday, November 7.  Your feedback is greatly appreciated. Click here or visit this link:


Parent Night: MakerSpace!

Come and join us on November 7, from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., for a MakerSpace Introduction and Engineering Competition.  We will use common kitchen and household items to see who can build the largest structure.   Hope to see you there!


Federal Impact Aid Survey

This week a Federal Impact Aid Survey was sent home with your child. These forms are due back to school on November 28.  Please click here for more information. Thank you!


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay: Student Contest 2017-18

The Howard County Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission will host the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration on January 14, 2018 at Reservoir High School.  A highlight of the celebration is the presentation of awards to or HCPSS middle and high school students' essay contest winners. Click here to learn more about this event and the student essay contest.


Is Your Child Interested in a Leadership Opportunity?

Is your child passionate about student leadership? Is your child someone who wants to voice his/her opinions and make a difference? Does your child want to be a part of making history? If you answered yes to any of these questions, your child is the right person to step up for the Student Delegate leadership opportunity.  Want to know more and how to apply?  Click here!


#onemayfield Days

Yesterday we hosted our second #onemayfield day, this time with the 8th grade. If you have not talked to your child about this, please be sure to do so today; it was a wonderful event.  On December 14 we will host 1 more #onemayfield day for our 6th grade students.  Click here to learn more about the #onemayfield days, including our vision and goals.


Have a wonderful weekend!

Melissa Shindel


Citizens of the Month!

On November 1st we recognized 8 outstanding students as October Citizens of the Month! Each month teachers from 6th, 7th, and 8th grades, along with teachers from related arts choose two students to be “Citizens of the Month”.  This honor is awarded to students who demonstrate exemplary achievement, attitude, attendance, and BARK attributes:  Be Safe, Act Responsibly, Respect Self and Others, and Keep Focused.  Congratulations to the October selections for Citizens of the Month!!

  • 6th grade:
    • Christian Alvarado Rivera
    • Jessica Schmitt


  • 7th grade
    •  Lukis Burgin
    •  Ava Aria


  • 8th grade
    •  Winston Orrigio
    •  Mia Strauss


  • Related Arts
    •  Shaunak Marathe
    •  Taylor Hagen


Stay Connected

Main Office: 410-313-5022

Fax:  410-313-5029                                                                                                           

Guidance:  410-313-5025

Health Room:  410-313-5022

Twitter: @hcpss_mwms

Principal's Instagram: principal_shindel

PTA email:

PTA's Facebook Page:  Search “MWMS PTA”

PTA’s Website:


Save the Dates 

11/03              HCPSS GT Chorus  - Conductor Rehearsal (BMMS)

11/03              Last Day for the Yankee Candle Fundraiser

11/04              HCPSS GT Chorus – Conductor Rehearsal (GHS)

11/05              HCPSS GT Chorus Concert (GHS)

11/07              Play Rehearsal

11/07              Hearing & Vision Re-Screening

11/07              Parent Night: Intro to MakerSpace 

11/08              PTA Meeting, 7:00 PM, Media Center

11/09              8th Grade Field Trip to DC

110/9              Play Rehearsal

11/10              End of Marking Period – Schools Close 3 Hours Early

11/10              Play Dress Rehearsal

11/11              Maryland Junior All State Chorus - Auditions

11/13              Book Fair – Through 11/21

11/13              American Education Week – Through 11/17

11/13              MWMS Clubs

11/14              Play Rehearsal

11/15              3rd Annual “Meet and Greet”

11/16              Fall Musical – “The Sound of Music”, 7:00 PM

11/16              Book Talks (Rm. 214 or 210)

11/17              Fall Musical – “The Sound of Music”, 7:00 PM

11/17              Incentive Day

11/17              Book Talks (Rm. 214 or 210)

11/17              Picture Make-ups

11/17              Report Cards

11/20              Parent/Teacher Conferences – Schools Close 3 Hours Early

11/21              Parent/Teacher Conferences – Schools Close 3 Hours Early

11/22              Parent/Teacher Conferences – Schools Closed for Students

11/23-24        Schools and Offices Closed – Thanksgiving

11/30              Band Rehearsal for Concert & Symphonic Bands

12/05              Parent Night:  Celebrating MakerSpace Creations


PTA News

The next meeting is:  11/8/17, 7:00 p.m. - media center



The website includes:

•  On-going access to up-to-date MWMS and MWMS PTA news

•  Links for joining the PTA and volunteering in and out of school

•  Calendars of MWMS, MWMS PTA and MWMS Music events

•  Spirit Gear purchase info

•  MWMS Music Boosters Page

•  MWMS Teacher/Staff Gift Guide

•  And more …


We hope the new site will be a great resource for MWMS Families. Please take time to explore the site and bookmark us on your computers and smart devices today!

Our address is:


School News

A Message from the Health Room

Vision & Hearing Re-screening will be 11/7/17.


Thank you,
Tracy Jerome, RN
Cluster Nurse
Bryant Woods Elementary School
Mayfield Woods Middle School


A Message from the Cafeteria

Please be aware that the cafeteria is not able to break large bills and provide change for field trips, dances, or other events.  However, large bills are accepted for lunch accounts.

Please check your child’s lunch account and make sure there is an adequate balance to cover lunch purchases.  Account balances can be viewed at:


Community News

A new community news and programs webpage is now available!!  This page contains brief announcements of upcoming events and announcements from community organizations.  Please visit the HCPSS website for details about upcoming events or visit:


The Johns Hopkins Center for Language and Speech Processing invites any high school or middle school students who might be interested in language, psychology, math, or computer science to come to our campus for Puzzles, Pizza, and Prizes and to take part in the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad (NACLO). Computational linguistics is the science of understanding human language using logic, computer algorithms, and math. It is all around us! You use computational linguistics whenever you use Google, Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, Yahoo, and many other websites and applications. If you watched IBM's Watson take on Jeopardy champions several years ago, that was computational linguistics in action!


NACLO Main Events:

The first round competition, which selects the U.S. team for the International Linguistics Olympiad, is scheduled for Thursday, January 25, 2018. We are hosting an informational training session with Puzzles, Pizza, and Prizes on Saturday, January 13, 2018 on the Johns Hopkins Homewood campus. We will help your students prepare for the competition and learn about computational linguistics (and how it's used in cool research at major tech companies). They'll learn new ways to solve problems and puzzles, work together with other students, and earn prizes. Anyone is welcome to come to the practice session even if they can't make it to the competition! NACLO is open to students regardless of their background in math, science, linguistics, or languages.


Our website has more information about NACLO and Computational Linguistics:

You can find example problems on the NACLO site:



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