About Us

Cynthia B. Dillon

patapsco principal group photo with students
Cynthia B. Dillon Principal CDillon@hcpss.org
Cynthia Dillon is proud to begin her eighth year in service to the school community of Patapsco Middle. She has been an educator with the Howard County Public School System for twenty-five years; working as a school-based administrator for seventeen of those years. Mrs. Dillon holds a Masters of Education in Supervision and Administration from Loyola University in Maryland and a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Maryland, College Park. Recently, Mrs. Dillon served as a Principal Leader working on the development of a program to promote National Board Certification for Principals. Mrs. Dillon is a resident of Howard County, where she lives in Ellicott City with her husband. She has three children who are products of the Howard County Public School System.

Mike Cometa

Michael Cometa Assistant Principal Michael_Cometa@hcpss.org

School Overview

At Patapsco Middle School, we inspire all students to become life-long learners and responsible citizens. 

Our Mission is To:

  • Provide meaningful and challenging instruction
  • Cultivate critical thinking and independence
  • Foster a physically and intellectually safe environment
  • Promote responsible citizenship in a diverse world

Staff Hours:  7:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Student Hours:

  • Doors Open 8:00 a.m.
  • Classes Begin 8:05 a.m.
  • Dismissal 2:50 p.m.


  • "Excellence is Our Tradition"
  • "The Knight Way is the Right Way"

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

MSDE Individual School Performance Report
The Individual School Performance Report for each school is provided by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and reflects the school's proficiency levels on the Maryland School Assessment (MSA).

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: Pat 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.

PMS BOE Representative: Mavis Ellis