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  • Matthew A. Henson Elementary
    Points of Pride

    1st and 2nd grade scholars showed marked improvement in reading and mathematics based on Stanford 10 Assessment results.
    3rd grade scholars made gains in reading and mathematics based on the MSA results.
    4th grade scholars made gains in mathematics (75% proficient and advanced); both reading and mathematics showed double-digit increases as a
    cohort (comparing their 3rd grade scores to the following year’s 4th grade scores).
    5th grade scholars made gains in reading (71.4% proficient and advanced) and math (75.5% proficient and advanced).
    Matthew A. Henson Elementary School finished 8th in the City for First in Math, a computer based program that tracks math progress.
    We kicked off our school year by visiting the MLK Memorial in 2012, reflecting and developing new vision and mission statements.
    We invested over $10,000.00 into technology, purchasing iPads and ensuring that our building has wireless internet.
    Matthew A. Henson Elementary School was awarded a $2,500.00 grant by the Wright Family Foundation to support reading enrichment programming.
    Matthew A. Henson Elementary School was awarded a grant by the Raising a Reader program. This ensures that all Pre-K and K scholars have access to books they can take home and read with family members daily.
    The Summer Reads program allotted a dozen books and journals for all 2nd – 4th grade students.
    Coppin State University hosted our second annual Reading Explosion in 2013.
    Our PTA continues to raise funds and meet the needs of students and teachers.
    Coached by Bobbie Bundy, the Matthew Henson Husky basketball team placed second in city-wide competition.
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Matthew A. Henson Elementary Parents and Guardians:

 I hope have enjoyed your summer vacation.  We are excited to welcome you back and to greet others for the first time.  With the school year just a few weeks away I am touching base with some updates and a few friendly reminders.

 Our school’s leadership team has been working diligently this summer to ensure we continue the tradition of strong instruction and increased academic achievement at Matthew A. Henson Elementary School.  We have made gains in our scholars’ academic performance over the past two years and welcome you to the start of what we anticipate as being a most productive year for your child, the school, and the community.

 The mission at Matthew A. Henson ES is to provide scholars with powerful learning experiences while ensuring we promote critical thinking, social responsibility and the confidence to be prepared for college and career readiness.  To meet this goal it is imperative to work closely with families and ensure strong communication.  Consequently,  you will receive monthly newsletters with important information and dates.  Additionally you can make appointments to meet with teachers and/or administration for specific questions.  Finally, should you have questions or concerns throughout the school year feel free to email me at dguzman@bcps.k12.md.us or call (410)396-0776 (office) or (443)255-7044 (cell).  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. Please be on the lookout for information about our 3rd Annual Back-to-School Rally.  There will be refreshments, live music and entertainment.  The first 100 Matthew A. Henson ES families in attendance will get book bags with school supplies.  This will be an opportunity to meet with administration to ask questions and receive important information for the upcoming school year.  We look forward to seeing you!

 Please keep reading the back side of this document for important information.





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David Guzman


Matthew A. Henson Elementary School




Important Information


First Day of School:

Monday, August 25, 2014


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.