PM KNIGHT 02-26-16

Fri, 02/26/2016 - 2:27pm

PM KNIGHT 02-26-16

From the Principal’s Desk…

For those of you who have not been tracking our use of Inclement Weather Days, we have used eight to date: that’s two more than the approved calendar planned for. So, without a doubt, our last scheduled day of school will be Thursday, June 16th. It’s too soon to tell if we will have to close for more days in the coming months, and we will not know if June 17th might be added as a makeup day in the final analysis. Therefore, I advise against scheduling any summer holidays until after the 17th; especially if you have kids in high school because exams can be and are scheduled through the very last scheduled day of school. For those who want an update on how many days are left in the 180 day school year, assuming we make up all eight missed days, it’s seventy-two. 72! Can you believe that?!


School closures and delays over the last month have impacted more than the movement of the last day of school. We’ve only held school on 28 days since returning from winter break. Accordingly, you may notice there are a limited number of grades for some of the classes your student began at the start of the second semester. I raise this to your attention because teachers will soon begin to  calculate interim grades for progress reports due to be sent home on March 11th. This dearth of grades often presents a skewed picture of student progress. So, as you review grades on Canvas this weekend with your student, keep in mind that over the next month, many more assignments will be added and thus, will change the grade average for those classes. If you have a question or concern about a particular class, do not hesitate to reach out to the staff.


There is so much scheduled during the next 72 school days. Before spring break, 8th graders will sit for the MSA Science exam on March 8-9th. Please make sure your 8th grader is in school on those two days to avoid having to schedule make-up tests.  I also ask that you check your calendars to ensure you have not scheduled any avoidable absences during the weeks of May 2nd and May 9th. These are the weeks we will be administering the PARCC exams. All grades will test during the test window. If you’ve inadvertently scheduled a orthodontist visit or a physical exam during this window, there is plenty of time to reschedule. Thanks in advance for taking care of that for us. If you have questions or other conflicts, contact the counselor assigned to your student now as we may be able to make adjustments to our scheduling to help. Finally, why not take a moment to click on the link below to visit the school calendar so you can join us for events that interest you and your family? We love to see you at as many events as you can fit into your busy schedules.


Enjoy the temperate weather this weekend. Who knows what next week will bring!

Cindy Dillon, Principal



02/29/16 – New Parent Orientation 7pm - Cafe    03/11/16 - Progress Reports issued   :  More Upcoming Dates

MAP Winter Reports

MAP Winter Reports were distributed today on 2-26-16, please ask your child for his/her report.

What to Expect in Middle School

Parent/Guardians of rising 6th graders slated to attend Patapsco Middle School in the fall are invited to join us for our annual Orientation scheduled on Monday, February 29th at 7:00pm in the cafeteria. Read more.

Do you know how to Snapchat?

Interested in learning about social media or other topics?  Patapsco Middle School is planning on inviting experts from the community to discuss topics relevant to students in middle school. We are interested in parent feedback on the topics that are significant to our students here at Patapsco Middle School. Have a topic of interest? You can fill it out in Google Forms. Please respond by March 11, 2016.

Private Showing of “THE RACE” for the Mt. Hebron HS Community

Remembering Jessie Owens, Saturday, March 5th at 10am, AMC Columbia Mall.  For additional information

Current 6th grade students Immunization Record

The Health Room recently sent letters to all 6th grade parents regarding immunizations needed for 7th grade.  Read more.

Intramural Announcements:

Spring Cross Country

The Spring Cross Country intramural will be held on Monday afternoons from 3:00-4:00pm, beginning March 14th and ending May 9th.

Read more.

Spring Soccer Intramural

The Spring Soccer Intramural with Mr. Capecci will begin Tuesday, March 15th and continue every Tuesday through May 17th.  Read more.

Rehearsal Information for “Into the Woods Jr.”

Rehearsal information for "Into the Woods Jr." has been added to a google calendar! Use this: Questions?

email Ms. Samantha Glass.

From the Music Department

Hersheypark permission slips have been distributed. They are due Friday, March 4th.

Wind Ensemble has two evening rehearsals coming up on March 7th and March 14th in preparation for Band Assessment at Hammond HS on March 17th.

2016 Summer Programs

The HCPSS summer school catalog has been posted. Tuition assistance is available for all programs. Contact the program you are interested in for more information.  Read more.

Patapsco Memory Books

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


PTA Meeting March 15, 7pm - Media Center

Are you concerned about the Common Core? Perplexed by PARCC ? Worried about redistricting? Then join us on March 15th during our PTA Meeting (7pm) to hear our superintendent, Dr. Foose, answer questions about these concerns and others. You will hear important information that impacts the future of our school system, our children, and our neighborhoods. We hope to see you there!


The Snowball Dance

Was snowed out – TWICE!  The crazy busy schedules of our schools and community mean we have to wait until April 29 for our next event, The Spring Fling.  Never fear, it’ll get here before you know it!  Money was refunded to students during lunch the week of February 15.  Remaining monies were donated to the PTA.


The Spring Fling - Friday, April 29 7:00-10:00pm  

Needs 4 volunteers to run The Spring Fling – we have 2 and are looking for 2 more.  Email if you can help or for more info!  Kids really look forward to this event which has something for everyone:  DJ and dancing in the cafeteria, basketball (some open gym, some organized games) in the gym, BINGO in the media center, concessions for sale, and tons of cool prizes!!  Please consider being part of this great event.

Visit our PTA Website


Patapsco Music Boosters Meeting March 8, 7pm - Media Center

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.


24th Annual Viking 5K Cross Country Race/Walk and 1 Mile Fun Run

Please mark your calendar for this annual event to be held on Sunday, April 3rd, 2016.  The course runs through some of the prettiest walking and wooded trails in the Mr. Hebron neighborhood and is followed by lots of raffle prizes. Details and registration for the event can be found at


HCYP Spring Break Basketball Camp 2016

Centennial High School March 28-April 1, 2016 For further information contact: Coach McDuffie at or 443-474-4211


CA Camps 2016

For more information or a camp guide, please call the CA Camp office at 410-715-3165 or visit


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.  For more information:  


Slayton House Theatre Camp of the Arts

A Musical Theatre Summer Camp 2016!

Like us on Facebook at Slayton House Theatre Camp of the Arts and visit our website @



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