About Us

Karim Shortridge

Karim Shortridge Principal Karim_Shortridge@hcpss.org

Peter Gaylord

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Peter Gaylord Assistant Principal peter_gaylord@hcpss.org 410-313-7057
Hello Clarksville! I am extremely excited to serve and be a part of the Clarksville Middle School's family and community. I believe that a strong partnership amongst all stakeholders is truly what it takes to give our middle schoolers the best educational experience. Middle school is the second most significant developmental stage (mental, emotional, and physical) in a young person's life, and it is my firm belief that it is our job to develop the strengths of the whole child. I wholeheartedly believe educating the whole child starts with building relationships and trust. I look forward to an exciting and productive school year!

School Overview

Our VISION is to be a world-class middle school, preparing our students for a global, 21st century society.

In a collaborative partnership with staff, students, home and community, Clarksville Middle School BELIEVES in:

  • Meeting the needs of all students, encouraging them to achieve their academic potential, and developing lifelong learners
  • Creating meaningful and memorable experiences for our students, in the classroom and beyond
  • Fostering a safe and positive school climate that promotes growth, respect and acceptance for all 

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

MSDE Individual School Performance Report
The Individual School Performance Report for each school is provided by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and reflects the school's proficiency levels on the Maryland School Assessment (MSA).

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: Marcy Leonard

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.

CMS BOE Representative: Mavis Ellis