PM Knight 01-08-16

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PM KNIGHT 01-08-16



01/12/16 – MAP Gr. 6  01/13/16 - MAP Gr. 7 & Gr.8:  More Upcoming Dates


Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on February 4th and 5th. Please stay tuned for information about when you will be able to schedule appointments with teachers through Synergy.

Information Sessions

Patapsco Middle School would like to invite experts from the community to discuss topics relevant to students in middle school and their families. We are interested in parent feedback on the topics that are significant to our students here at Patapsco Middle School, you can fill it out in Google Forms. Please respond by January 22, 2016.

Policy 8030:  Graduation Requirement - Update for Families

In the spring of 2015, the Howard County Public School System Board of Education voted to accept revisions to Policy 8030 – Graduation Requirements.  In the revised policy, students who successfully complete high school level courses while in middle school can earn credit toward graduation requirements in up to three courses during their enrollment: Algebra 1, Geometry, and World Language (Spanish 1 or French 1).  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 December 10.  Read more.


Article on gluten-free diet and a recipe for gluten-free potato salad.  Read More.

Patapsco Memory Books

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



PTA Meeting January 19, 7pm - Media Center

The PTA “Snow Ball” Winter Dance – Fri., January 29 from 7:30-9:30pm

The Winter Dance is here!  Is your 6th, 7th, or 8th grader going stir crazy?  Blast away those winter blahs by attending the “Snow Ball” on Friday, January 29 from 7:30-9:30pm at Patapsco Middle School.  There will be a DJ and dancing in the gym,  and concessions (pizza, soda, water, candy, snow cones) for sale in the cafeteria.  Plus, tell your kids not to miss the super cool Frozen Photo Opp happening in the hallway, with props to help them get their selfie on!

Ticket Sales:  Tickets are $3.00 (cash or check made out to PMS PTA) and will be on sale during all lunch periods on the Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, before the dance (Jan. 27-29).   Students will also need a signed parent permission slip in order to purchase a ticket.  The permission slip is located on the PTA’s website under the “Forms” tab.  A hard copy of the permission slip will go home with students the week before the dance or may be picked up at the school’s front office.

Volunteers Needed:  Please volunteer for as much or as little time as you’re able.  You can sign up through Signup Genius at .  We need help to sell tickets during lunch hours, decorate, work with concessions, clean up, and chaperone throughout the building during the event.  [You need to create a Signup Genius account to volunteer through the link.  This is an easy process, or if you do not want to create an account please contact Caroline Bodziak.]

This is going to be GREAT!  Please contact Caroline Bodziak at or 443-812-5896 with any questions.


Spring Fling

After the Snow Ball, our next fun social is the Spring Fling scheduled for the evening of April 29.  The Spring Fling combines a cafeteria dance with an open gym and BINGO in the media center with amazing prizes.  We are recruiting 4 people to work together to organize this event – we have two so far.  Want to learn more?  Contact Caroline Bodziak at  

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The Patapsco Music directors and Music Boosters will host the annual "Meet the Directors" night in the PMS Media Center on Tuesday, January 12th at 7pm.  Mt. Hebron High School music directors and student performers will be on hand to answer questions about the programs and classes offered.  We especially recommend this event to 8th grade families as they work on their high school course selections, although younger students are welcome.  A brief Boosters' meeting will follow.  We hope to see you there!

Patapsco Middle School Jazz Ensemble

Patapsco Middle School Jazz Ensemble will be traveling to Towson University on January 15th,  to participate in the Towson Jazz Festival.  Three middle schools from Howard County will be attending this Festival.

Amazon Store

Do you have shopping to do on Amazon?  Please remember to use our Amazon link for your purchases...that yields both the PTA and Music Boosters big profits! Read more.

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.



Kids On Campus

Summer enrichment classes for students ages 7-17, June 20 - August 12, 2016.  Classes in art, computer animation, engineering, geography, languages, math, sciences, study skills, and more.

Registration begins Friday, February 5. For more information:  

Healing Dimensions Foundation Offers Stressless Tests

Stressless Tests Winter study skills classes. High School classes start January 27, meeting for four Weds evenings at Centennial High School. Middle School classes start January 19 and meet for four Tuesday evenings at Burleigh Manor Middle School. For more information, email or

Essay Contest - Commission for Women

The Commission for Women is holding its annual essay contest to honor Women's History Month. The theme of the essay is "Working to Form a More Perfect Union."

All students in Howard County, grades 6 - 12 are encouraged to participate in the contest.

Essays are due Friday, January 22, 2016.

A flier and contest guidelines can be found at the Commission for Women website, or call 410-313-6400 or email





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