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Ravens, Maryland Food Bank, Giant, and Matthew A. Henson Elementary school come together for the community.

The Principal’s Message:
Welcome to Matthew A. Henson Elementary School – a school where we “Work Hard to Get Smart!” Our objective is simple: we want all scholars to maximize their full potential, ensure that they progress with the skills to be successful in college and beyond. We are excited to welcome new and current scholars to the 2015-2016 school year. We look forward to seeing you out on the first day of school, Monday, August 31, 2015.
We know there is a lot of work to do for the 2015-2016 school year. We are also very proud of last year’s accomplishments. Please take a few moments to review Matthew A. Henson Elementary School’s Points of Pride:

  • Math assessments showed significant gains and four out of five grade levels outperformed district averages.

  • Literacy assessments showed significant gains and three out of five grade levels outperformed district averages.

  • Amplify reading assessments indicated that we outperformed district averages for reading gains.

  • Amplify reading assessments indicated that Kindergarten, 4th and 5th outperformed district averages on TRC.

  • Matthew A. Henson Elementary School finished sixth in the City for First in Math, a computer based program that supports and tracks math progress.

  • Matthew A. Henson Elementary School continues to benefit from the Raising a Reader grant. This ensures that all Pre-K and Kindergarten scholars have access to books they can take home and read with family members daily.

  • During the Baltimore uprising in April, MAHES served as a hub for the community. In partnering with the Maryland Food Bank, Baltimore Ravens, United Way & UPS we were able to disseminate over 30,000 pounds of food to our community.

  • Based on community partnership efforts, MAHES was awarded $5,000.00 stipend by CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield and UPS. Furthermore, UPS has adopted MAHES and will continue to support the school community.

  • Fulton Baptist Church funded our Back to School kickoff and helped launch digital photography class for selected 4thand 5th graders.

  • U2Can led numerous parent workshops and donated books to support scholars.

  • Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. donated time and financial resources to support field trips, Fun Day and our Book Room.

  • Our PTA and FCE team, led by Ms. Marlayna Davis & Ms. Copeland continue to raise funds and meet the needs of scholars and teachers.
Remember that when you WORK HARD you GET SMART. Success is a combination of good choices and strong effort. I encourage you to consider your choices and effort for a successful 2015-2016 school year.

We know when families and schools communicate and work together scholars achieve. Together we can help children raise test scores, improve attitudes, and develop self-esteem that will prepare them for college and career readiness. If you have any questions or need clarity you can contact the school at (410)396-0777 or you can reach me on my cell at (443)255-7044.

-David Guzman
Matthew A. Henson Elementary School
Important Information

The School Day: 

The instructional day begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 2:40 p.m.

Breakfast will start at 7:30 a.m.  and end at 8:00 a.m.


Dismissal & Pickup Procedures:

Scholars will be dismissed at 2:40 p.m. from their classrooms.

·         Pre-K and Kindergarten scholars are dismissed from their classrooms at 2:40 p.m.

·         1st – 5th grade scholars are dismissed on to the school playground at 2:40 p.m.

·         Scholars may wait to be picked up by parents in the main lobby.



Students are considered late at 8:15 a.m.



Matthew A. Henson has a mandatory school uniform policy. We applaud those parents who have supported this policy and made sure that their children are in uniform each day. Visitors comment on how great our students look. Thank you for your continued cooperation. We continue to have shirts on sale for $10.00. Please call the school to find out what sizes are available and the days that uniforms are on sale.



If your child does not have the immunizations required by the Maryland Health Department, you will receive a letter notifying you of the shots he/she is missing. Please comply with the request in your letter so that your child is not removed from school.  You may refer to page 14 of the Scholar Handbook for Vaccine Requirements.  Your child will receive this handbook during the first week of school.


Parent Involvement:

We are eager to get more parent and community involvement. We are looking for business and community organizations to partner with our school. Volunteers should come to the school office to sign our volunteer book so that they can receive credit for the hours they work. Volunteers will receive incentives for time donated. We also have a PTA. Please look for information from PTA President and Technology Room Lead, Ms. Marlayna Davis.