About Us

Melissa Shindel

Melissa Shindel.
Melissa Shindel Principal melissa_shindel@hcpss.org
Welcome to Glenwood Middle School! As the proud principal at Glenwood it is my honor to serve and work collaboratively with such an outstanding and supportive community of students, staff, parents and families. During my twenty-six years in education, I have worked as a middle school English teacher, university teaching and graduate assistant, project manager, instructional specialist, and middle school assistant principal, and have served as a middle school principal for fourteen years. I came to the Howard County Public School System in 2006 and to Glenwood Middle School in 2022. Born and raised in a suburb of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, my husband and I moved to Howard County because of the stellar reputation of its schools. I am proud to serve my local community, have my three children attend schools in HCPSS, and be a part of the tradition of educational excellence here in Howard County. It is important to me that each child at Glenwood feels a sense of belonging and value, and knows that they are loved and cared for by a group of educators who want to provide them with the very best middle school experience possible. Further, I believe that the collaborative partnership between school administrators, teachers, support staff, students, parents and the community is critical to the academic and developmental success of every child, and I welcome each of you to Glenwood Middle School as an important partner in your child’s education.

James Screven

James Screven Assistant Principal James_Screven@hcpss.org

Our GMS Vision and Mission


At Glenwood Middle School, we are committed to fostering relationships between students, staff and families that empower all members of our community to achieve success.

Mission: We will achieve our vision because we are committed to:

  • Demonstrating respect for ourselves and others.
  • Establishing and maintaining inclusive relationships.
  • Striving to do our best.
  • Empowering all community members to advocate for themselves and others.                    

Community Norms:

    1.    Stay Engaged- Include all voices and actively participate. Practice respectful listening.
    2.    Take Risks- Strive to reflect and problem-solve. Be willing to “unlearn” something you’ve been taught.
    3.    Speak Your Truth- Respectfully say what is in your heart. Empower others to do the same. Be open to new ideas and perspectives.
    4.    Persevere- Embrace the idea that our work is ongoing. Conversations may be unresolved.
    5.    Honor Confidentiality- Create safe spaces for our discussions so we can develop trust and grow.
    6.    Embrace Discomfort- Connect with your feelings. Graciously give and receive feedback from others.

(Adapted from Singleton & Lipton, Courageous Conversations About Race, 2006 & Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2020)


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.

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

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 2: Jennifer A Robinson

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.

GMS BOE Representative: Dr. Yun Lu