About Us

Dr. Joy Smith

Dr. Joy Smith Principal joy_smith@hcpss.org
As the principal of Stevens Forest Elementary School, it is my pleasure to welcome everyone to a new school year. I am honored and humbled to join the Stevens Forest community. As we begin the new year, I look forward to working closely with you to shape the future of our students. Here are some reminders to start the year off right: * Ensure that your child attends school regularly. Students should be in their seats ready to learn at 9:00 a.m. * Assist or review homework with your child Monday through Thursday. * Read with your child nightly. We are looking forward to working collaboratively with you to provide your child/child (ren) the best education possible. Together, we can make a positive difference in your child’s academic career. We welcome your suggestions and support. Joy B. Smith Principal

Mrs. Kathleen (Katie) Carter

Katie Carter Assistant Principal kathleen_carter@hcpss.org
I am very excited to be a part of the Stevens Forest Elementary School family and partnering with Dr. Smith. I began my teaching career in Loudoun County, Virginia then moved to the Howard County Public School System. During my career here in Howard County, I was an Instructional Team Leader and fifth grade teacher at Stevens Forest Elementary School, an Elementary Mathematics Support Teacher at Atholton, Gorman Crossing, Hammond, and Pointers Run Elementary Schools, and Assistant Principal at Veterans Elementary School. I look forward to serving the students, staff, and community of Stevens Forest. Please feel welcome to come to the office, call, or email with questions, comments, or concerns you would like to share. Sincerely, Mrs. Katie Carter, Assistant Principal

School Overview

Mission Statement

Through excellence in teaching, our mission is to establish and maintain a Safe, Fun, Enriching & Stimulating (SFES) learning environment that creates world-class students who are college and career ready.

  • Goal 1: Every student achieves academic excellence in an inspiring, engaging and supportive environment.
  • Goal 2: Every staff member is engaged, supported, and successful.
  • Goal 3: Families and the community are engaged and supported as partners in education.
  • Goal 4: Schools are supported by world-class organizational practices.

Vision Statement

Stevens Forest ES provides the highest quality education to every student in a safe and nurturing learning environment while preparing our students to be lifelong learners who can achieve excellence and become contributing citizens in a globally competitive world.

School Motto

At SFES we positively ROAR!

We are Respectful, Organized, Always Safe, & Responsible.

School Mascot


School Colors

Blue & White

SFES Student Handbook

Parent, Family, and Community Involvement Policy

The Howard County Board of Education believes that the education of children is a responsibility shared by parents, families, the school system, and the community.  The Board recognizes the parent as the child's first and lifelong teacher and that it is essential to involve parents in educational decisions as caring advocates for their children.  The Board encourages collaboration with parents and the community as participants in school governance and as active partners in forwarding the school system's goals and philosophy.  To learn more, read the entire policy at http://www.hcpss.org/board/policies/10000.pdf

Parent, Family & Community Involvement Resources

PDF icon Parent Family Comm Involv 2014-2015.pdf

PDF icon Spanish Parent Family Comm Involv. 2014-2015.pdf

PDF icon Frequently Asked Questions.pdf

PDF icon Spanish Frequently Asked Questions.pdf

LEED Certification

Logo: 2014 LEED Silver Certification

Stevens Forest Elementary School was given a LEED certified Silver Status in 2014.

LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. Stevens Forest Elementary School is among a small percentage of Howard County and Maryland schools to have earned LEED certification, which recognizes a commitment to environmental sustainability. 

School Profile: Stevens Forest Elementary School
Fast facts about Stevens Forest ES 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 3: Kendra V. Johnson, J.D., Ed.D.

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.

SFES BOE Representative: Dr. Linfeng Chen