PM Knight 12-04-15

Fri, 12/04/2015 - 2:15pm

PM KNIGHT 12-04-15

From the Principal’s Desk…

There are a number of events happening between now and the turn of the year and we hope to see you at one or more of them. Between music concerts, field trip and table soccer tournaments, there is so much to do!

On Thursday, just in time for the holidays, your student will bring home a second quarter interim report. Please use these as a way to troubleshoot problem areas and identify solutions that will help students meet the level of success you and I both know they can reach. In reviewing Canvas reports this month, I note that homework completion, and accordingly daily review of school materials, is an area where our middle schoolers need to focus. As you plan your winter break activities, please set aside time for your student to review and study class notes, assignments, and texts in order to be prepared for the school day, and all it entails, when we return. It is vital that students ‘interact’ with work products (notes, readings, & graded assignments) on a daily basis – especially while school is not in session.

I’ve noticed in the past few weeks an increase in controllable absences from school.  We certainly understand that family is a strong value in our community and we appreciate the desire to be nearer to those we love and care for during the holiday season. This is part of the reason why we enjoy a lengthy winter break. Please be aware that parents may hold students out from school for a total of three days per year: these are called ‘Discretionary Absences’.  We do not encourage or support the idea of extended trips during the school year.  The state expects each school to maintain an attendance rate of 96% or better. We can not hope to meet that standard if students are absent for controllable reasons.  Missed instruction can never be fully recovered no matter how many pages a child reads in a textbook. Once your son or daughter gets to high school, accumulated absences may result in loss of credit. Please keep this in mind as you prepare for your summer holiday. The last possible day of the school year is June 18th, so we advise that you do not plan trips until after that date.

For those who will begin celebrating the Festival of Lights this weekend, Hanukkah Sameach!

Cindy Dillon, Principal


12/7 & 12/8 – Winter Concert Series  12/10/15 – Interim Progress Reports Issued:  More Upcoming Dates


Did you know that December 4th is National Cookie Day?  Click on the link for a Healthy Cookie Recipe to try in the month of December!  

SPIRIT WEEK 12/14 - 12/18

Monday: PJ day

Tuesday: Sports/Jersey Day

Wednesday: Twin/Bowtie Day

Thursday: Decade/Wacky Tacky Day

Friday: Class Color Day

FluMist Clinic: 12/15/15

The FluMist Clinic at Patapsco will be held Tuesday, December 15th.  If you have not sent in your consent, please do so by December 7th.  Read more.

Bag Lunch Required for 7th Gr. FT

All 7th Graders going on the field trip to Goucher College, Chamber Theatre Productions on December 22nd must have a bag lunch. Read more.

PARCC Score Reports  and Information Nights

Students who participated in the PARCC assessments for grades 3–8 in the 2014–2015 school year will receive a Math and English Language Arts home report on Thursday, December 10, 2015.  Read more.

Patapsco Performers Presents: Into The Woods Junior  

Rehearsals begin December 8th with performances April 15-17, 2016

G/T Nomination – 6th and 7th Grade Students for Middle School G/T Content Classes for Next Year

Howard County Public Schools are currently in the process of accepting nominations for 6th and 7th grade students for possible participation in the middle school Gifted & Talented content classes (English, mathematics, science, and social studies).  Read more.

From the Health Educators

HUMAN SEXUALITY instruction will begin for current 6TH GRADE Health students during the week of December 7, 2015.  Please email Ms. Stielper or Mrs. Sellner if further information is needed regarding your child's participation in completing the requirements for this unit.  Thank you

From the PE Department

The remaining two units prior to winter break are soccer and badminton.  Most students will have a choice.  Those choosing soccer MUST be prepared with warm clothing - sweatshirts and sweatpants, hats, gloves - layers are highly encouraged.  Please remind your students to be prepared!  Thank you for your support.

MHHS 8th Grade Parent Night

Thursday, January 7 at 6pm in the MHHS Auditorium

Mount Hebron High School is inviting all 8th grade parents and students to come to an information night on January 7, 2016, prior to course registration in January.  Read more.

Patapsco Memory Books

2015-2016 Patapsco Memory books are available for pre-order NOW through the Jostens website.  Read more.


PTA Meeting December 15, 7pm - Media Center

Visit our PTA Website


There will be no Music Boosters' Meeting during the month of December.

We can't wait to see you all at the Winter Concert Series on December 7th and 8th at Mt. Hebron High School!

ECHO PROJECT:  Seeking Donations!

Howard County Parents for School Music (HCPSM) is an advocacy and service organization. Every year we collect used instruments for use in our school system. For additional information.



TREE & TRIM SALE sponsored by the Mt. Hebron Viking Backers Booster Club

A portion of every sale is donated to the Viking Backers.  For more information, contact Lisa Scarbath at

Hot chocolate and baked goods will also be for sale on the following dates:

12/4, 4-7pm and 12/5, 9am – noon, presented by the International Thespian Society and the Class of 2019;  12/5,  noon – 7pm,  by the Viking Girls Basketball team;  12/11, 4-7pm and 12/12 from 9am – noon, presented by the International Thespian Society and the Class of 2019; 12/12 4 – 7pm by the Aquatics club; 2/13 noon – 3pm by the Class of 2019



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