The Viewpoint 9/24/21

Fri, 09/24/2021 - 12:45pm

The Viewpoint

September 24, 2021

Volunteers Needed at MVMS

Mount View is looking for parent/guardian volunteers. 

  • We need help with supporting the operations of our Media Center.  If you are interested in volunteering 3 or 5 days a week please email
  • We are also looking for volunteers to help with our Student Picture Day on Thursday, October 21 full or 1/2 day options. If you are interested please contact  

Please read details about the Covid-19 safety procedure and volunteer training. 
Please note: This is the confidentiality training. Once you’ve completed this training, view the Child Abuse and Neglect Training for Parents

Congratulations to our Orchestra Students!

These awesome students successfully auditioned into the Howard County Middle School G/T Orchestra!

Matthew Baek, Ryan Baek, Caleb Choi, Christopher Chung, Chloe Chung, Jaylen Hu, Schofield Jung, Justin Kim, Sophia Lee, Stella Lee, Hannah Lee, Chris Lee, Shuya Li, Adeline Liu, Hongjoo Nam, Eura Park, Junie Ro, Nalina Yerikalapudi, Cindy Yu, and Eric Ahn.

Need to Report an Absence or Early Dismissal?

If your child is absent, late, or leaving early from school, please send all attendance notes to Please include:

  • Student First and Last Name
  • Grade
  • Reason for absence, lateness, or early dismissal
    • Absence/Late Arrival:  include the number of days (s) and/or time the student missed school and the reason
    • Early Dismissal:  indicate the time, reason, and if they will return
  • Parent/Guardian first and last name, phone number, and email address (in Family File)

In the subject line of the email indicate if you are requesting an absence, late arrival, or early dismissal.  Parents/guardians picking their students up for early dismissal must sign them out in the front office and show proof of identification before the student will be released. If a family member or friend is picking up your student they must be listed as an emergency contact in Family File.

Instructional Supports for Students in Quarantine

Students who must quarantine have several opportunities to continue learning and receive supports, which will help them easily transition back to instruction once they return to school.


The HCPSS Educational Partnerships 2020-2021 Annual Report has just been released. Each school’s partners are listed, as well as system-wide (at-large), curricular, and program office partnerships. The report demonstrates how partners work to make Howard County a thriving community that cares for all of its members.

Heritage Speaker Testing

The Office of World Languages will be testing our Heritage Speakers of Spanish to establish high school placement on 11/8/2021. Here is a flyer in Spanish with more information about the assessment. 

Student Services News 

Join Us for a FREE Zoom Program "Resilient You- Taking Care of Yourself During Stressful Times"

  • Hosted by: The National Family Resiliency Center, Inc. 
  • Date:  Wednesday, September 29, 2021
  • Time: 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Hey, Kids and Teens ages 11 - 18!  Have you been stressed because of all the changes related to the pandemic? Has it been hard getting back to in-person school, talking to friends with masks on, and completing your schoolwork? Well, if this sounds like something you’ve experienced, then this interactive program is for you.
Risa Garon, LCSW-C, BCD, CFLE, Pam Blackwell, M.Ed., LCPC, Carolyn Wohnsigl, M.Ed., are hosting a ‘wellness presentation’ and will share information with you, your parents, or caregivers. These counselors and a special panel of kids your age will discuss how you can change what you think, how you behave and feel. This program will also help you learn how to feel less stressed and be more resilient. 
We will learn how to ‘smash those ANTS (automatic negative thoughts)’ and ‘grow those mindsets’ to be happier, healthier, and empowered to do more of what you like to do regardless of what’s happening as a result of the Delta variant or other challenges that may come your way.
Click here to register: When you register via the above email, please tell us:

  • Parents’ names,
  • Child(ren)’s or teens’ name
  • Ages (reminder, this program for 11-18 year old’s)
  • Your email address for the zoom invite.

For questions, please email
NFRC thanks the Horizon Foundation of Howard County for supporting this program.

Listen and Learn

Students at MVMS are invited to participate in our Area Listen and Learn facilitated by the students of Howard County Association of Student Councils (HCASC). Students may RSVP here. Questions? Please contact 

PTA Outdoor Movie Night!

  • What? Jumanji
  • When: FRIDAY, Oct 15 at 6:30, Movie starts at 7:15
  • Where: Blacktop Area
  • All who attend need to RSVP
  • Popcorn/candy/water will be for sale ($0.50-$2), please bring small bills and change, cash only.
  • Bring a chair or blanket (extra blanket too as it might be chilly)
  • Bring a flashlight to help navigate while you walk around.
  • Pick up and drop off in bus loop ·
  • Parents- We need volunteers! Sign up here

PTA Warm Clothing Drive

As we mark the official end of summer, now is a great time to help others stay warm this winter!  The Howard County MultiService Center is currently collecting winter gear for all ages (infant to adult). Please consider donating new and gently used coats, gloves, mittens, and scarves. All you have to do is drop your cold-weather gear in the bin in the main entrance lobby from Wednesday, September 22 until Friday, October 1 and the PTA will deliver all donations.  Any questions?  Please email  2021-Coat-Drive-Multiservice-Center.pdf 

Concert Attire Donations Being Accepted

Please consider donating the following concert attire items to the MVMS Music Department. Read more...

Community News and Events

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

Upcoming Dates

  • September 28: Fall MCAP Testing
  • October 14: Hispanic Heritage Celebration
  • October 15: Schools Closed for Students
  • October 15: PTA Outdoor Movie Night
  • October 20: PTA Meeting, 6 pm, FACS room
  • October 21: Picture Day
  • October 22: Flu Vaccination Clinic