School Supply List

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BCPS One-card System

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Principal's Message

Dear Families,

Greetings! Many great things are happening at Pikesville Middle School and the excitement is growing as we prepare for students’ return. Over the summer break the school has been cleaned, materials have been purchased for staff and student use, teachers engaged in professional development, staff was hired, and many hours of planning occurred to make this an outstanding school year. The front pagoda will soon be painted and our courtyard will be transformed into a fabulous outdoor learning environment. Our dedicated staff has been working hard to ensure a successful start of school on Wednesday, August 27, 2014.

 It has been a pleasure to meet many community and staff members this summer as I moved into my new role as principal of Pikesville Middle School. I am greatly impressed by the welcoming community members and the kindness, dedication and professionalism of the staff. We will build on a tradition of excellence and provide a world class education for all students. My priorities for the 2014 – 2015 school year include:
  • Supporting teachers as they provide meaningful learning experiences to develop 21st century skills in student-centered environments;
  • Developing mutually supportive relationships with students, families and community members to foster academic excellence and character development;
  • Enhancing the appearance of the school campus to reflect the high quality environment our students deserve; and
  •  Promoting Pikesville Middle School as an asset to the entire community.

 I am hosting a Parent Involvement Meet and Greet on August 14, 2014 from 6:30 – 7:30 PM in the school library to introduce myself, further discuss these goals, and provide an opportunity for families to meet each other and learn about opportunities to be involved in school events. Representatives from our Family Association and from the organization CHAI will also be present to share how they support Pikesville Middle. For those unable to attend, information will be reviewed at the first Family Association meeting on September 10, 2014 at 6:30 PM. I hope to meet you soon!

 Joining the administrative team this year is Ms. April Franklin. She is an experienced and talented assistant principal coming from Loch Raven Academy. Mrs. Wanda Frazier has transferred to Loch Raven Academy to continue her leadership role there as an assistant principal. Grade level administrators and counseling teams for 2014 – 2105 are:
  • Grade 6, Ms. Franklin, assistant principal, and Mr. Hecht, counselor
  • Grade 7, Mrs. Hammel, assistant principal, and Mr. Hess, counselor
  • Grade 8, Mr. Feeney, assistant principal, and Ms. Daeschner, counselor

 The assistant principal and counselor for each grade level aim to know each of their students well and provide guidance and support. They are your contacts for questions related to your student’s individual needs. I am confident you will find them extremely knowledgeable, capable and helpful.

 We have several new faculty members to welcome to the Pikesville team including: Kelly Bissell, art; Michael Lace, science; Laura Norris, instrumental music; Jean Filbert, language arts; David Backert, social studies; and Stephen Mathias, special education. Many of our new faculty members are experienced and transferring from other schools from within BCPS or from other school systems. With the mentoring and support of our veteran faculty, we know they will be highly successful in helping your children achieve. Welcome!

 As you enjoy the remaining weeks of summer vacation, peruse the information in this mailing to help you get ready for the opening of school on August 27th. Doors open at 7:45 a.m. and the late bell rings at 8:00 a.m.

 We offer an enthusiastic and warm welcome to our incoming sixth grade students.

Students entering grade six will receive their full schedules during the Sixth Grade Open House on August 22nd.  Sixth grade students and their parents are invited to attend between 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM. They will have the opportunity to find each of their classrooms and meet their teachers during the Open House. After visiting their classes, each sixth grade student is invited to visit volunteers from the Family Association in the front school yard and tie-dye a Pikesville Middle School t-shirt. Have fun! All sixth grade students will spend the entire morning of the first day of school with their homeroom teachers, so do not worry if you are unable to attend the Open House. We will be sure all new students have plenty of guidance and time the first day to feel comfortable.

 Students in grades seven and eight will receive their full schedules the first day of school during their homeroom periods. Refer to the mailing label for your student’s homeroom number.

 The bus stop number is located in the lower right-hand corner of the address label. The code for walkers is 0000. Consult the enclosed bus stop list to locate your bus name, bus stop, and beginning route time.  The pick-up time for the first stop is listed for each bus and each subsequent stop will be picked up a few minutes later. Students should arrive ten minutes prior to this time the first week of school. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding as the timing of the bus routes becomes more precise.

 Bus stops which are not being used will be discontinued; therefore, it is important that students ride the buses regularly, especially at the beginning of the year, both to and from school, if they expect to use the buses on occasion throughout the year. 

 A 2014 – 2015 school calendar is enclosed. A child’s attendance at school is very important. Please do not schedule family vacations when school is in session. We do understand that students may be absent due to illness. A written explanation is required upon the student’s return to school.

 A school supply list is included with this mailing for your convenience. Additionally, the supply list, along with other useful information about our school and activities is posted on our school website at The newsletter will be posted quarterly on the website. Other updates will be sent regularly via email. It is important that we have your email address on file so please check the contact information sheet carefully when it arrives home in students’ first day folders and make any necessary corrections.

 Many important papers are sent home with students the first day of school in a Pikesville Middle School folder. Be sure to save some time the evening of August 27th to review all of the forms and complete necessary information to return to school.

 The Baltimore County Public Schools’ website also contains a wealth of information for families. New to the website this year is Parent University which includes Blueprin 2.0, family resources, Board of Education agendas, news events, calendars, curriculum information and school closing information. Add to your ‘favorites’ list! Breakfast and lunch menus, along with prices, can also be found at under the “Students” tab.

 We know students are excited to see their friends when they return to school and selecting the right outfit to wear is often a big decision! It is important that students select clothes that are appropriate for an academic learning environment. Clothing should be modest and not reveal any undergarments. Athletic shorts are fine if they are long enough to appropriately cover the student when sitting or bending. Skirts may be no more than three inches above the knees. Tank tops for boys, spaghetti strap shirts for girls, shirts with inappropriate language or images, and jeans with excessive tears or large holes are not allowed. Flip flops may not be worn to school because they are unsafe. Clothing should not be a distraction to students’ learning and we do not want to remove a student from class due to inappropriate clothing. Please review appropriate school dress etiquette with your child. Thank you!

 Pikesville Middle School and The Baltimore County Public School System are committed to providing every student with a high quality education in a safe environment. As the next phase of Blueprint 2.0 rolls out, educators, parents and students will have access to information and resources through BCPS One, including an online Grade Book. In addition to this new web portal, a One-card identification system will also be implemented at the start of the school year. Please read carefully the enclosed letter detailing the new procedures that have been put into place to further strengthen school security and accountability for our students.

 On behalf of the entire Pikesville Middle School staff, welcome to the 2014 – 2015 school year! We promise to work diligently to create rewarding learning experiences for all students.  Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. We thank you for the ongoing support you give to your children and our school. We look forward to seeing you soon! 

Sincerely yours,

Diane Richmond



Upcoming School Events

Saturday, August 9

8:00 AM. - finished

School Beautification Volunteer Event– See website for details:

Thursday, August 14

6:30 – 7:30 PM

Parent Involvement Meet and Greet – Meet the principal, learn about school goals, meet other families and learn about the Family Association

Friday, August 22

9:00 – 11:30 AM

Grade 6 Open House – Sixth graders receive schedules, meet teachers, and tie-dye a complimentary T-Shirt!

Wednesday, August 27

7:45 AM Doors Open

8:00 AM Late Bell

2:25 PM Dismissal

First Day of School!

Monday, September 1

Schools Closed

Labor Day

Wednesday, September 3

6:00 – 8:00 PM

Back to School Parent Night

Grades 6, 7, and 8

Follow students’ schedules, meet their teachers, learn about class expectations

Wednesday, September 10

6:30 – 7:30 PM

Parent Association Meeting

Thursday, September 25

Schools Closed

Rosh Hoshanah

Monday, September 29

School Day

Summer Reading Assignments Due

See website:

Creating a Culture of Deliberate Excellence


Dear Pikesville Middle School Families,

Greetings! I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself as the new principal of Pikesville Middle School, effective July 1, 2014. I am honored by this appointment and feel fortunate to be joining an outstanding school community with a legacy of success. It is my intention to carry on high expectations and the commitment to each student’s achievement.
My background includes 22 years of experience in Baltimore County Public Schools as a teacher, mentor teacher, assistant principal and principal. As the assistant principal of Bedford Elementary School for three years and the principal of Summit Park Elementary School for 12 years, I understand and admire the community served by Pikesville Middle School.

I earned both my B.S. and Master’s degrees from Towson University. Later, I achieved National Board Certification as a middle childhood generalist and earned a certificate in Leadership in Technology Education from Johns Hopkins University. Presently, I am completing a PhD program, Instructional Leadership for a Changing Population, at Notre Dame University of Maryland. I have a passion for learning and it has always been my goal to apply my education and experiences in a middle school setting.
Middle school students are very exciting as they rapidly grow and learn. They require guidance as they learn to balance their desire for independence while feeling a strong need to be a part of a group. They have varied and changing interests, needs and priorities. I thoroughly enjoy working with this age group. I am a parent myself of a daughter in middle school and a son who is beginning college in the fall. I will work hard to continue the legacy of success established at Pikesville Middle School by building strong relationships with faculty and staff, parents, students and community partners. Our goals include providing challenging, meaningful and engaging learning experiences for students; involving all students in enrichment and extracurricular opportunities; and ensuring a safe environment of genuine respect and rapport. I anticipate a most successful year ahead as we work together to provide the students of Pikesville Middle School with the best possible opportunities in preparing them to be world-class citizens ready to master the challenges of the 21st century.

I look forward to meeting you and being a part of the Pikesville Middle School team to help students develop academically, socially and emotionally. I think you will find me to be open, honest and compassionate. I aim to earn your trust and respect. I will be scheduling opportunities to meet with you in the upcoming weeks. Enjoy the last few days of the school year and have a fantastic summer!

Sincerely yours,
Diane Richmond

Summer Reading Program

May 19, 2014   

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students,

Summer soon will be upon us with all of the traditional fun and excitement we associate with it.  We hope our students will also spend some warm, lazy afternoons reading a good book.  With this hope, we are continuing our required summer reading program.

Students attending Pikesville Middle School for the 2014-2015 school year are required to read two books over the summer.  Summer reading books may be selected using the suggested reading list on the back of this letter. However, students may also choose to read any Newberry, Corretta Scott King or Black-eyed Susan nominee,  or any grade-level appropriate novel of over one hundred pages.  Students must complete one project for each book read.  We are offering students a choice of three projects, and they are attached.  The two completed projects (one for each book) must be submitted to the student’s language arts teacher no later than September 29, 2014.  The grades that students receive on these two assignments will be part of their first quarter report card grade.

Extra copies of this packet will be located in the school office over the summer.  Copies of this book list will be available at the Pikesville Public Library, and will also be posted on our school website.

As we challenge our students to read beyond the classroom, we appreciate the encouragement of our Pikesville parents and guardians.  Students who read regularly receive the tremendous advantages of increased vocabulary and improved comprehension. The summer reading books will also count toward students’ 2014-2015 Strive for 25 reading goal. Please join us in making reading a rewarding part of your child’s summer.


Grade 6 Summer Reading List
Grade 7 Summer Reading List
Grade 8 Summer Reading List

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