MWMS Newsletter, April 27, 2018

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 1:23pm

From the Principal’s Desk

PARCC starts on Monday!  The 2018 Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) assessments will be administered from April 30 – May 25, 2018.  Students will test in both English Language Arts (ELA) and math.  It is essential that all students come to school on-time on testing days, and we ask that you not schedule appointments or early dismissals on those days as well.  For more information, including your child’s PARCC test dates, click here for more information.


Our first Career Day was an overwhelming success, and we hope to make this an annual event for our 7th grade students. Thank you to all of the community members (some of them MWMS parents!) who gave up their time to spend the afternoon with our students: 

  • Edwardo Aguirre - Tissue Specialist
  • Patricia Anderson - Nurse Intern
  • Nazaret Berhane - Program Manager/Language Analyst
  • Heather Fountain - Medical Technologist
  • Kurt Hustead - FOX News
  • Brandon Lapp – Police
  • Kristin Mentz - Member Engagement Liaison
  • Nathan Mower and Company - Air Force, Military Linguist
  • Sandy Saperstein - Public Health
  • Rejil Solis, Sr. - Field Services Specialist
  • Calvin St. Juste - Social Media Specialist
  • Jenyese Tanner, Owner / Hairstylist
  • Lori Tolen – Occupational Therapist
  • Tina Zaky - Business Owner


The 8th grade “panoramic photo” will be taken this Tuesday, May 1!  Click here for ordering information.


Attention 8th Grade Parents:  Save the Date!  We are still working out the final details, but this year we will have our first annual 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony on Thursday morning, June 7 (or at least our first in a long time, no one is quite sure if Mayfield has done this in the past).  We are excited about starting a new tradition!  More details will be sent home soon, but in the meantime, we need your help.    We would like to have a slide show featuring each of our eighth graders.  We are looking for two pictures per student, one photo when your child was a baby/toddler and one photo that is more recent.  Please send the pictures to Ms. Hutzell electronically at no later than May 18. Thank you!


This week was Administrative Professionals Week, and I would like to take a moment to thank Ms. Mosso, Ms. Van Nort, Ms. Closson, Ms. Clark and Ms. Steele for everything they do to make Mayfield Woods a wonderful and safe place for our students, staff and community. I see the millions of things they juggle every minute - all with a smile on their faces, humor and care in their words, and kindness in their actions.  I wish to give them a huge, heartfelt THANK YOU for all they do!   If one of them has helped you or brightened your time while visiting Mayfield, please feel free to send them a note - I am sure they would appreciate it (their emails are linked to their names, above)!


As we head into the final 2 months of school, we ask that you please review a few things with your students.   Kids typically start to get “excited” as we head into May, and we want to have smooth ending. 


Dress Code

Per HCPSS Student Dress Code Policy 9210:

  1. Students are not allowed to wear hats, hoods, bandanas, or other head coverings unless it is for religious observation. Many students have begun to wear hoods in school, and some students need to be asked repeatedly throughout the day to remove them.   Please speak to your child about not wearing headcoverings (please contact your child’s counselor or an administrator if it is for a religious reason)
  2. Students are not permitted to wear attire that unduly exposes or reveals skin or undergarments. Many students have been wearing shirts that expose their midriff or undergarments, and others have been wearing pants too low, exposing undergarments. These items make other students and staff uncomfortable. If students come to school wearing clothing that unduly exposes or reveals skin or undergarments, students are going to be asked to call home for a change of clothes.

We respectfully ask that you review the dress code policy, specifically regarding the items listed above.  Violations may result in a loss of privileges at school, and we really do not want to have to do that. We appreciate your support and understanding.


Cell Phones

Our phone policy allows students to carry phones with them, but they must be off or silent during the school day.  Exceptions include lunch, recess, or in class WITH PERMISSION ONLY.  We should not see phones in use OR earbuds at any time, unless it is during lunch – this includes hallways.  We respectfully ask that you do not call or text your child during the school day unless you know when he or she is at lunch.  If you have an emergency message for your child, please call the office so we can assist. As a reminder, if students are in violation of our cell phone policy, we are going to take cell phones and return them only to parents during regular school hours.


School supplies

Students are expected to come to class with the materials they need.  Many students have been coming to class without pens, pencils, and loose leaf paper.  Please ask your child if he or she needs more supplies.  If you need assistance with supplies, please contact your child’s school counselor or an administrator. 


Thank you for your ongoing support, and for all you to do to partner with us to make Mayfield a wonderful place for kids

Have a wonderful weekend!


Melissa Shindel


Citizens of the Month!

On March 7th we recognized 8 outstanding students as February’s 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 February selections for Citizens of the Month!!

  • 6th grade:
    • Alexander Rosario Rivera
    • Lucy Howe
  • 7th grade
    •  Michael Reid
    •  Milan White
  • 8th grade
    •  Gregory Spiegler
    •  Amarachukwu Onaga
  • Related Arts
    • Griffin Haberern
    • Anna Jarrell-Brady


On April 11th we also recognized 8 outstanding students as March’s Citizens of the Month! Congratulations to the following students!

  • 6th grade:
    • Brandon Alford
    • River Wood
  • 7th grade
    •  Maria Jasmine Gnanasekaran
    •  Juana Molina-Sanchez
  • 8th grade
    •  Delbert Jackson
    •  Jocelyn Hibbard
  • Related Arts
    • Elmer Arroyo Jimenez
    • Michelle Ruano-Campos


School News

Attention 6th grade families!  Do you know that your child must have certain immunizations before the first day of school, of the 2018-19 school year?  Click here for more information. 


From the Cafeteria:

PLEASE NOTE:  As of the first week of May students will no longer be allowed to get a lunch unless there is adequate money in their lunch account.  Lunch accounts will not be allowed to go into a negative status.  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:

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. 


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

4/30-5/2          6th Grade PARCC Testing (ELA)

5/1                  8th Grade Panoramic Picture

5/3-5/7            7th Grade PARCC Testing (ELA)

5/8 & 5/10       8th Grade PARCC Testing (ELA)

5/9                   PTA Meeting, 7:00 PM, Media    

5/10                 Enrichment Fair, 6:30 PM

5/11-5/15         6th Grade PARCC Testing (Math)

5/16                 Book Talks

5/16                 7th Grade PARCC Testing (Math)

5/17                 Book Talks

5/17                 Interim Progress Reports

5/17 & 5/21     7th Grade PARCC Testing (Math)

5/18                 Inclement Day Make-up – 3 Hour Early Dismissal

5/19                “Reading with my Peeps”

5/19                 Mayfest

5/22                 5th Grade Students Visit Mayfield Woods

5/22                 MWMS Chorus Concert with LRHS

5/23-5/25         8th Grade PARCC Testing (Math)

5/25                 7th Grade Field Trip to Medieval Times

5/28                 Memorial Day – Schools & Offices Closed

5/29                 8th Grade Field Trip to Ft. McHenry

5/30                 Monster Mash – MWMS & BSES Kindergartners

5/30                 Outdoor Band Concert

6/1                   Field Trip – GT Expo

6/5                   8th Grade Music Awards – 5:00 PM         


PTA News

Our Next Meeting: 5/9/18, 7:00 PM, 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:


Community News

Howard County Parents for School Music is soliciting nominations for its annual Music Educator of the Year Award.  This is a huge honor for our music Educators as they must be recommended by an administrator, colleagues, parents and students.  If you know of a worthy music educator at your school, please help them be recognized for their efforts by ensuring their nomination.  You will find more information at the link to the award below or contact Jen Larsson at


Yiu Property

Please see the attached letter and plat plan concerning a pre-submission meeting for the Yiu property on Old Montgomery Road.  The meeting will take place on May 3, 2018.


Harbor Property

Please see the attached letter concerning the subdivision of the property located at 6205 Waterloo Road.  The meeting will take place on May 16, 2018.


Yiu Property.pdf 

Plat Plan.pdf 

Harbor Property Subdivision.pdf