School Services

8th Period After School Program

8th Period Programs


Patuxent Valley Middle School’s 8th Period programs will be running from October 18, 2016 thru May 18, 2017.   The programs will run from 2:30pm – 4:10pm.  Each program has a description, and it will be held during specific times of the year.  Some programs will have limited availability.  Students may bring a drink and snack to have at the beginning of the 8th period.  As these programs are an extension of the school day, PVMS school rules and HCPSS policies still apply.  Transportation may be provided.  It is strongly suggested that parents transport their children from the school due to the limited bus transportation availability.


**For permission forms, please see the contact information under each description.


This program is by invite-only, and it will be held on Tuesdays.  Students will learn the power of reading through an intervention program.  Students will learn specific reading strategies that will support them in their classrooms.  During the sessions, there will be time for students to work on homework reading assignments.  Start Date: 10/18



This program is by invite-only, and it will be held on Thursdays.  Students will receive instruction on Common Core Math skills.  Teachers will be teaching through hands-on activities and games.  During the sessions, there will be time for students to work on math class assignments and to review skills for upcoming assessments.  Start Date: 10/20



This program is by invite-only, and it will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Teachers will support students with organization, study skills, and homework completion.   Start Date: 10/18



International Sports Club

Matthew Kreitzer and Taylor Stetka will be leading the International Sports Club (ISC) on Wednesdays.  The club is designed to promote academic excellence as well as teamwork, sportsmanship, camaraderie, exercise, and fun. Bus transportation will not be provided to students participating in this program.


Creative Writing

Bridget Jones will be running a Creative Writing club on Tuesdays this fall.  The club will start Tuesday, October 18th.  Permission forms will be distributed through English classes. 


Dungeons and Dragons

Jonathan Glanz will be facilitating Dungeons and Dragons this school year.  The club will begin on Thursday, October 29th.  Permission forms may be picked up in Mr. Glanz’s room.  This afternoon activity has limited space due to the requirements of the game.  The maximum number of participants is 15 students.



The All Sports Club will be running on Thursdays under the direction of Ben Goodwin.  Each month a new sport will be highlighted for students to participate in.  The maximum number of participants is 25 students.  A permission form will be made available on the 15th of every month for students to sign up for the club. 


League of Gentlemen

The League of Gentlemen is a mentoring initiative to provide support for 6th, 7th and 8th grade boys mentally, socially, emotionally and academically.  League Gentlemen serves as an outlet for PVMS middle school boys to cultivate character, self-discipline, motivation and confidence while using basketball as a reward as the boys are held to a high standard excellence. Boy participants regularly review their grades and are able to get homework assistance if needed. Meeting days are Tuesdays after school from 2:30-4:10pm.  On these days all L.O.G participants are expected to dress professionally to reinforce positive self-image.  Contact:

Gifted and Talented Program

G/T Seminar Info:

What are G/T Seminars?

G/T instructional seminars are designed to extend student interests beyond the regular classroom. In these seminars, students develop a broad range of advanced level skills for in-depth study and creation of a product or presentation. Many of the seminars will include guest speakers or field trip opportunities, so students can work with experts in an area of interest. Applications are available in early September. See Ms. Bickerton if you wish to apply.

Important Things to Remember:

  • Do not apply for more than TWO seminars. If you are doing a curriculum extension unit, are in NJHS, or in Band or Orchestra, you should only apply for one seminar; otherwise you would be pulled from class too much.

  • Since the seminars meet during the school day, you must be responsible for all make up work.

  • Staple monthly pass in agenda, and write seminar in agenda in the period/ day

    for teacher to sign. Ask if you can be dismissed...don’t tell the teachers you are


If a test, lab, or other class where it is difficult to make up work, then you should

stay in class. See me or email me for missed work.

Current G/T Seminars 2016-2017 School Year:

Book Club

Students in GT Book Club will choose at least three books to read this year from the GT Book Club List. Students may also sign up to be book club leaders. Book club leaders create strong discussion questions, and facilitate the book discussion. Two or three students from book club may also participate in a county-wide discussion each month at the Miller Branch library.

Morning News Production: Open to 7th and 8th graders

Students in this seminar produce the live morning news show every morning. This team varies in jobs from technical (camera crew, switcher, teleprompter, and power point/ video crew) to our on-air talent.


In debate, students will research contemporary issues, write argumentative speeches, and organize arguments. They will use public speaking skills and etiquette to refute and close their arguments. In the spring, students on this team will debate in a county middle school competition at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab. Students should be strong readers, writers, and speakers.

This year’s debate resolution is: Homework should be banned in Howard County Public Schools.

African American History

In this seminar students learn about African American culture and the impact of historical events and figures on today’s world. This year, our focus is on the Harlem Renaissance. Students are researching what led up to this point in history, and various aspects of culture: art, music, dance, literature, and business.

During the 1st semester, students learned about Python, and several small teams participated in the Howard County Code Slam competition this fall at Oakland Mills High School. During 2nd semester, students will learn Java Script.

Documentary Film

In the Documentary Film seminar, students learn film techniques including camera angles, adding b-roll footage, transitions, and even animation! Students will create an I- Movie documentary on a topic of their choice. In the last three years, students working on environmental documentaries have been able to take a field trip to American University to work with students and professors in the film department, and students who finish their documentary by the deadline have been able to show their film at the AFI Theater in Silver Spring for an environmental film festival! 

Meals: Lunch & Breakfast

School Menus

HCPSS students and their families can now view menus and nutrition and allergen information for meals served in all HCPSS schools through Nutrislice, a website and free smartphone app.

This upgrade to school menus benefits school health professionals and parents who can easily access nutritional information and make informed choices for their child’s nutrition.

Download the Nutrislice mobile app for iOS or Android.


The Howard County Public School System recently transitioned to a new online meal payment system, This website allows families to easily manage student accounts and make payments online on personal computers and mobile devices.


Middle Student Breakfast

Middle Student Lunch

Meals purchased without a PIN incur an additional charge – $0.30 for breakfast and $0.60 for lunch. View prices for adult meals.


For more information on the HCPSS wellness policy, and information on nutrition and allergens, please visit the Food Services site.

Health Room

Students should not carry any medication on them while in school. If a student needs access to medication during the day, a medication form should be filled out and signed by a doctor. The school nurse will keep the doctor's medication order on file and will keep the medication in the health room for the child to have access to as stated by the doctor. There are some medications (like Epi-Pens and inhalers) that a doctor may give permission for a student to self-carry, but that must be indicated on the doctor's signed medication order. 

In the school health room, we do not diagnose your student. If a student is not feeling well, we will take their temperature and call the parent to inform them. The parent has the choice to come and pick up their child or to come and administer medication. However, students are automatically sent home if they have a temperature over 100.00 degrees (they cannot ride the bus). We can provide first aide for simple injuries but will call the parent or 911 for any serious injuries, or if we believe it may be something the child should see a doctor for.  We can administer daily medications or emergency medications with a doctor's order.  We will always call a parent if we have any concerns. 

Parents are encouraged to enroll their children in the school's Health & Wellness center so that they are not responsible for immediately coming to pick up their child and take them to a doctor for high temperatures or slightly more serious complaints. Students enrolled in the Health & Wellness center who report a sore throat, earache, or fever can be refered to the registered nurse at the health center for an exam. The nurse on staff may be able to administer medication and send the student back to class.  This is a great benefit for both the student and the parent!

Health and Wellness Center

Through a partnership between the Howard County Health Department and the Howard County Public School System, Patuxent Valley Middle School now has a new service available to our school community: A school based Wellness Center open two or more days a week. Health services provided include physicals, immunizations, treatment of illness, and treatment of chronic illnesses. The Patuxent Valley Wellness Center will be open several days each week when school is in session, the nurse practitioner covers both the BBES and PVMS Wellness Centers; days and times will vary depending on students' needs at each center. Appointments can be made by calling: 301-490-1655.

Please see the attached flyer for more information and frequently asked questions.

Useful documents for student enrollment:
Parent Consent Form
Billing information
Family Medical History Form