The ViewPoint for 9/25/2020

Fri, 09/25/2020 - 1:23pm

The ViewPoint

September 25, 2020

Dear Falcon Families,

It is with great joy that I announce that The U.S. Department of Education recently recognized Mount View Middle School as one of 367 National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2020. Mount View was selected for the Exemplary High Performing Schools category, which honors the state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests. This acknowledgement of our students’ success as an example of how teachers, parents, and community leaders can work together to help students achieve academic and extracurricular mastery. Congratulations! Our community is an awesome example of love, support, and passion for children and content blended to support each Falcon.

Thanks for Your Support,

Lynnette Moore

MAP Assessments

On Wednesday October 7th and 14th, MHMS students will take the Measured Academic Progress (MAP) assessment. The data from the MAP assessment will help schools and teachers measure where your child is starting the year academically. The HCPSS intends to also give the assessment in winter and spring to measure how your child’s learning is progressing throughout the year. The MAP test does not affect grades and the difficulty adjusts depending on how your child responds. It is normal for students to only answer about half the questions correctly. To learn more about the MAP assessment, please visit:

  • The MAP Reading assessment will be administered on Wednesday October 7th at 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. (students enrolled in 8th Grade GT ELA, are exempt from the MAP Reading assessment). 
  • The MAP Math assessment will be administered on Wednesday, October 14th at 9 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. (7th Grade Algebra students, 8th grade Algebra students, and 8th Grade Geometry students are exempt from the MAP Math assessment), 
  • Students may choose to attend either the morning or the afternoon session. If your child is unable to attend, makeup testing will be offered during asynchronous learning times. 
  • Teachers will share Google Meet information and your student’s testing group as we get closer to the Oct 7th date. It is important that students are present in their Monday morning Flex period to receive technology updates and login information. 
  • Please reach out to Assistant Principal, Kimberly Hess if you have any questions.

Second Opportunity to Pick-Up Yearbooks

Yearbooks will be distributed again on Tuesday, September 29 from 7:30 am to 9 am. Please follow this map  for safe distribution. Questions? Please email

Flu Vaccine Clinic Information

HCPSS Flu Vaccine Clinics are being offered at various school sites this October 7-14th from 4pm - 6pm.  The flu clinic is being offered to HCPSS students and staff only.  You should receive a confirmation email after signing up.  If you do not, please check your spam folder.

Please contact the school nurse directly via email with any questions at  Thank you for helping to keep our community healthy!

Empowering Parents as Partners Conference

The HCPSS Department of Special Education invites you to attend the  Empowering Parents as Partners Conference from September 29-October 1st with two sessions each night; 6:30-7:30 and 7:45-8:45.   This year’s conference will be held virtually with session PowerPoints posted online for later viewing.  This conference will benefit both seasoned parents and those new to special education to help them advocate for their children, and be active and informed members of the IEP team. Staff from the Department of Special Education along with community partners will lead sessions including information on supporting your child and participating in the IEP process during virtual learning.  Parents will leave sessions with tools to support success and reduce stress during virtual learning. Register here. Registrants will be emailed all the session descriptions and links to choose from. The first 250 people will be admitted to each session. The deadline to register is Monday, September 28 at 5:00pm. For questions, please email This event is part of the ongoing Parent Empowerment Series sponsored by the HCPSS Department of Special Education. We look forward to collaborating with you!

PTA News

Virtual Scavenger Hunt

Congratulations to all the teams who played our 1st ever virtual Scavenger Hunt! We hope you had fun and it helped you connect/reconnect with your family and friends! We sure enjoyed seeing your hilarious photos and videos! For the top 3 place teams, please reach out to to collect your prize.

  • 1st Place - Team Should Have Stayed At Home
  • 2nd Place - Team Walker Meadows
  • 3rd Place - Team Dinosaur Membership:

​​​​​​​MVMS Membership is Now Open

Remember to renew your membership for the 2020-2021 SY. Click here to join now.Your membership helps support a variety of student center clubs and activities throughout the school year.

Reflections Contest

The MVMS PTA is excited to once again bring the National PTA Reflections Program to our community. The Reflections Program welcomes students of all grades and abilities to explore and be involved with the arts. Students are encouraged to reflect on this year's theme - "I Matter Because ..." and create original works of art in the categories of dance choreography, film production,literature, music composition, photography, and visual arts.
The logistics for this year's program are currently being laid out, but we wanted to get creative juices flowing. Be on the lookout for additional information regarding entry instructions and due dates to be disseminated on the MVMS PTA Facebook page, via school e-mails, and on the MVMS PTA website. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to Lisa Cumberland at

Community News and Events

Please visit the Community News and Programs page on the HCPSS website for announcements of upcoming events and programs sponsored by non-profit organizations.

Howard County Public Library 

Video Classes & Resources For Middle School Students 
It is included in the Learn from Home YouTube channel produced the HC Library.    
The Howard County Public Library and Howard County Public Schools work together in an A+ Partnership to support our students.

HCYP MVMS Girls Fall Basketball Information

  • Tryouts #1: Thursday, October 1, 2020, 5PM - 6PM
  • Tryouts #2: Saturday, October 3, 10AM - 11AM
  • Tryouts Location: Mount View Middle School, Outdoor Basketball Courts

All girls will be required to wear a mask and bring their own basketball.
Thank you for your help and please feel free to contact Head Coach: David Sloper E-mail address: if you have any questions or concerns.


Upcoming Dates

September 28    Schools and Offices Closed
October 21    PTA Meeting
October 16    School closes 3 hrs early