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HCMS pic.jpg5450 Beaverkill Road
Columbia, MD 21044 map

410-313-6929 Office
410-313-6931 Guidance
410-313-6934 Health Room
410-313-5612 Fax

Mr. Adam Eldridge, Principal
Mrs. Tiffany Carmean, Assistant Principal

 School Hours

Doors open at 7:55
Homeroom at 8:00

Don't Be Late!
Don't Miss Out!



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April 24 - School Closed
Professional Development Day
April 25 - Spirit Day - Crazy Hair and Sock Day!
All Star Basketball Game
May 2 - Student Spring Pictures
May 5 - HCMS Talent Show
May 7 - Interim Reports Issued
May 9 - HCMS 40th Anniversary Celebration!
May 15 - Enrichment Fair
A Showcase of Stars!
May 16 - School Closed
Professional Development/Articulation Day


Click on the link below and follow the instructions to activate your Family Portal account.

Having technical problems with your Family Portal account?  
Press the HELP! button below to access our help form.



HCPSS has announced that  FRIDAY, JUNE 20th will be the last day of school adding 2 additional days to the school year.  Schools will close 3 hours early Wednesday, June 18th - Friday, June 20th.   Summer school will begin on Wednesday, June 25th and end as scheduled.


If it is necessary to close or delay the start of school due to inclement weather or other emergencies, information may be obtained from the following sources:

HCPSS does NOT use or for any school delay
or closing notifications.

Local TV
WRC Channel 11
WBAL Channel 4
Local Radio
WTOP 103.5 FM
WBAL 1090 AM

IMPORTANT: Chaperone/Volunteer Training

According to MD State Law & HCPSS Policy 1030 - Service providers and/or volunteers are required to receive training on the reporting procedures of suspected Child Abuse & Neglect.  Please download the Chaperone/Volunteer Training powerpoint by clicking on the following link:

Once you view the training, you need to print the Certificate to be registered as a trained chaperone and/or volunteer.  We will provide trainings on an as needed basis throughout the school year.  

If you have already completed training at Longfellow ES, Swansfield ES, or Wilde Lake HS, you only need to bring us a copy of your signed completion form to be registered at HCMS.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Ms. Flores, Child Abuse & Neglect Liaison at 410-313-6931 or


Complete your membership form here!

    How to report a student absence from school

 email:  (no note necessary with email)

 call:  410-313-6929  (Please send a note to school with your child following a full or partial day absence)

Please help support HCMS and the PTA !

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Sign up for a Safeway card or re-designate HCMS as your  selected school for our PTA to receive credit for your purchases. eScrip is a great way to support HCMS by just signing up once with your Safeway card and going through the eScrip website when you make secure purchases online. Click on the eScript button to sign up online or call 877-723-3929 with your card #.  HCMS school code is #6512672.  

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We hope you have been clipping and saving Box Tops labels.  We have a Box Tops collection box in the front office.  Keep them coming!  

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HCMS PTA is participating in the Amazon  Affiliate Program.  To start shopping, click on the logo above.  Each time you shop using the logo above, the PTA will receive a percentage.  

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Visit or call 1-800-316-6142 to designate HCMS to receive up to 1% of your purchases when you use your REDcard® (Target Credit Card®, Target Debit Card® or Target® Visa® Credit Card).  Grandparents, alumni, friends and neighbors are all welcome to participate in the program. The more people we involve, the harder the program works for our school. Check out our school’s progress anytime at  Learn more at or stop in a Target store to apply.

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Click on the above logo to register and link your Vic card with our school by using the HCMS Harris Tetter ID #7984.

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Sign up or re-designate your Giant Food card today. HCMS Giant ID #01010.

Recycle Cell Phones, Batteries, Empty Ink & Toner Cartridges

Don't throw them in the trash!  We receive funds for cell phones, empty ink and toner cartridges that help pay our supply expenses.  Batteries are recycled to keep them out of the landfills and to reduce our carbon footprint!  Please have your children bring them to the front office!  All sizes and brands accepted. Thank you!



Harper's Choice Middle School and PTA will be hosting a picnic and community event on Friday, May 9 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. to reflect on the school's history and look towards its future.
Former staff, students, and community members are invited to celebrate 40 years of educating students.  The event will take place throughout the building and outside on the blacktop beginning at 5:00 p.m.  Events will include music by our current band, orchestra, and chorus students, displays of current students’ work, an inflatable for students of all ages, food and games.

Feel free to purchase food from local vendors such as pit beef from Good to Go Markets, waffles from the La Pearl Waffle truck, and Kona Ice at the event or bring your own.

We hope you can join us to recognize
40 great years!

The Howard County Public School System is committed to ensuring that all students learn in a safe and nurturing enviroinment.  Bullying, harassment, or intimidation are serious acts and will not be tolerated.  

If you are a student target/victim, the parent or guardian of a student target/victim, or a close adult relative of a student target/victim, or a school staff member and wish to report an incident of alleged bullying, harassment, or intimidation, complete the form below and return it to the Principal at the student target/victim’s school.

Contact HCMS at 410-313-6929 for additional information or assistance at any time.


Last Modified: Apr 23, 2014