About Us

Lisa J. Smith

Lisa J. Smith Principal lisa_smith@hcpss.org
I am very excited to be the principal of Clarksville Middle School. I have been dedicated to the field of education for 26 years as a teacher, leadership intern, and assistant principal. My educational journey began in Norfolk, Virginia where I discovered my passion for teaching middle school students. Upon graduating from Old Dominion University with my Master’s Degree in Education, I began teaching in the Norfolk Public School System. Making the decision to move back to Maryland, I spent one year in the Anne Arundel County School System. Subsequent to my time there, I joined the Howard County School System where I have remained for the past 20 years. My tenure in Howard County started as an English/Reading teacher and team leader at Patuxent Valley Middle School. As a result of the many leadership opportunities provided to me early in her career, I decided to further my education in administration. I earned a Graduate Certificate in School Administration and Supervision from Johns Hopkins University. My leadership journey continued at Dunloggin Middle School, Hammond Middle School, and Lime Kiln Middle where I served as the Assistant Principal. With each new journey, my most important role has been to make decisions that are best for all student success. I believe strongly in community building and restorative practices. I prioritize building positive relationships with students, staff, and families. I am elated to be named the Principal of Clarksville Middle School and is excited to work with such a dynamic staff. I am ready to collaborate with all stakeholders as a partner in education in order to ensure the social emotional well-being and academic success of all students. I look forward to watching every student at Clarksville ignite their personal genius!

Kim Scaife

Kim Scaife Assistant Principal Kim_Scaife@hcpss.org
Originally from upstate New York, I have spent the majority of my career in Maryland. I began teaching in Queen Anne’s County, MD and New York State as a special education teacher. I transitioned to middle school when I came to Howard County and taught 6th, 7th, and 8th grade reading and English Language Arts at Patapsco Middle School. I then served as a leadership intern at Elkridge Landing Middle School before becoming an assistant principal at Burleigh Manor Middle School for five years. I am honored to now be a part of the Clarksville Middle School community and look forward to continuing the progress and gains that we have made as a school. I believe in building strong relationships with staff, students, and families and I work hard to ensure that all members of the school community feel included and heard. I believe that middle school is a time of immense growth and development for students and I work to ensure that students are receiving the instruction, opportunities, and social-emotional support that they need while in the school environment. In partnership with Ms. Smith, I look forward to continuing our work at Clarksville Middle School. Please do not hesitate to contact me at Kim_Scaife@hcpss.org with any questions, concerns, or support that you or your child may need.

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 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.

CMS BOE Representative: Jennifer Swickard Mallo