About Us

Richard Smart

Richard Smart Principal richard_smart@hcpss.org
Sometimes you get exactly what you wanted and asked for! That was my response when I heard I was coming to Patuxent Valley as Principal in June 2023. I am thrilled to be returning to middle school as I began my career in 2000 as a middle school history teacher in my hometown of Birmingham, UK. I have also served in Howard County as a social studies teacher at Oakland Mills High until 2014, and then a Leadership Intern and Assistant Principal in Howard County, serving Reservoir, Long Reach, Oakland Mills High, and the HCPSS Summer School. I am also a Howard County community member and have lived in HoCo since 2003. My core beliefs are Integrity, Dignity and Empowerment and I will lead Patuxent Valley by putting relationships and people at the center of our decisions. #BulldogStrong: Putting the First Things First!

LaVerne Porter

LaVerne Porter Assistant Principal laverne_porter@hcpss.org

Carol Ketterman

Ketterman, Carol Assistant Principal Carol_Ketterman@hcpss.org
I am thrilled to join the Patuxent Valley Middle School family and look forward to getting to know the staff, students, and community! During my nineteen years in education, I have worked as an elementary and middle school teacher, special education team leader, and middle and high school assistant principal. I'm excited to collaborate with the entire PVMS staff to provide students with rigorous academics and meaningful experiences to enrich their growth and development.

School Overview

PVMS Vision & Mission

In collaboration with our community, Patuxent Valley is committed to academic excellence, and will work towards empowering students to become responsible, productive citizens in a diverse society. With our commitment to academic excellence we educate our students and foster learning in a safe environment where we embrace diversity.

PVMS Value Statements

We value the relationships that we forge with our school community in an atmosphere that complements the educational process.  Involved families in a collaborative community enhance our understanding of the middle school student.  As a result, we will take bold steps to promote positive changes and ensure that we meet the needs of ALL learners.  These bold steps will be based on our knowledge of the student, the analysis of data, ongoing articulation, flexibility, and continued professional development.

School Profile: Patuxent Valley Middle School
Fast facts about Patuxent Valley MS listing special programs, total enrollment, accomplishments and more.

MSDE School Report Card
The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) School Report Card reflects overall school performance using a combination of academic and school quality indicators.

Community Superintendent

With a focus on instruction as a birth-through-graduation continuum, Community Superintendents better position the school system to support students throughout their entire journey with HCPSS. View community superintendents by regional area.

Community Superintendent Area 1: Patrick Saunderson

Board of Education Representative

Howard County public schools are divided into school clusters, which are assigned to individual Board members to facilitate school visitations, attend special events, and provide a point of contact for each school community. View all BOE school cluster assignments.

PVMS BOE Representative: Antonia Watts