PM Knight 06-03-16

Fri, 06/03/2016 - 2:08pm

From the Principal’s Desk…Today marks the last regular issue of the Patapsco Knight for this school year. I want to thank each of you for your partnership in the education of our students this year. We can’t do this job without your help and support.

As a staff, we would like to take this opportunity to thank our PTA Executive Board for doing such an outstanding job of supporting our students and staff. We are very grateful for all that the PTA does to support our students and staff. Thanks in advance to all parents who are able to come out and support our annual Beach Blast event on Friday, June 10th. We are still in need of volunteers for this school tradition to take place. Please read on and volunteer if you are able. You won’t regret it!

Congratulations to the following staff on reaching milestone years of service: Ethel Altman - 15 years; Carol Mertz - 15 years; Liddy Raiford - 15 years; Carol Richardson - 15 years; Bill Kenney - 25 years; and Kim Chamberlin - 30 years.  I particular, we want to congratulate Mrs. Burgess on reaching her 20 years service milestone working for the HCPSS here at Patapsco as she prepares to embark on life as a retired educator. Her imprint on our community and the students who have passed through our hallways has been a true gift.

To our eighth grade parents, we extend our best wishes for continued success as your child takes the next steps in their educational journey. On behalf of our entire staff, it has been a pleasure to teach this year’s graduating class. We look forward to hearing about their future accolades and accomplishments.

As we begin to wrap up the school year, please be aware of the following information:

  • Report cards will be mailed home by June 17th.
  • Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth graders who have not returned their textbooks or have outstanding fines at the end of the school year, will not receive their final report cards in the mail. You will be able to pick it up from our main office.
  • Textbooks, Media Center resources, and any other school materials borrowed by your child this year need to be returned in good condition. Media books were due on May 27th. Textbooks will be collected following final exams or as directed by classroom teachers: some of these have already been collected. Please make sure your student finds and returns any material still lying around your home. If you already know the book is damaged, contact the classroom teacher for replacement costs.
  • Any eighth grader who has not returned their borrowed Patapsco materials, or has not paid their outstanding school obligations, may not be permitted to attend end of year Eighth Grade activities.
  • Lockers will be cleaned out on Tuesday June 14th and students will not be allowed to use their lockers after the 15th.
  • Beginning June 15th, students should only bring a pen or pencil to school. Backpacks should not be carried on the last three days of school.
  • Supply lists for the 2016/2017 school year will be posted on the website by June 24th.
  • Yearbooks will be distributed on June 16th.
  • The school calendar for the 2016/2017 school year has already been added to our Google Calendar for those of you who like to plan ahead. While some dates are subject to change, we ask you to keep in mind vacations should not be scheduled until after the last planned make-up day which will be June 20, 2017.  You should also keep in mind that next year, Presidents Day (Monday, February 20) and Monday April 17th (part of Spring Break) are set aside as Inclement Weather Make-up Days and students may be required to attend school on those dates.

On behalf of Mrs. Ryan and all of the Patapsco Middle School Staff, we send you warm wishes for a productive and relaxing summer holiday.  We hope to see you around, but if not, be on the lookout for the Midsummer Knight in early August!

Hello Summer!  Cindy Dillon, Principal


6/6      Music Awards Night, 6:30pm

6/7      Farewell Reception, 3:30-5:30

6/10    Beach Blast, 6-8:00pm

6/15    8th Grade Promotion Ceremony - 8:30am @MHHS Auditorium

3/16-17 3hr Early Dismissal, 11:50am

3/17    Last Day for Students and Staff  

More Upcoming Dates for 2016-2017

(Really, there are dates for 2016-2017 already. So you can make that dental appointment now! #planningahead)

Mrs. Burgess is Retiring!

All are invited to a Farewell Reception on the occasion of Mrs. Ellen Burgess' retirement on Tuesday, June 7 from 3:30-5:30 at Patapsco Middle School. Please stop by our Media Center for refreshments and a chance to honor Mrs. Burgess for her 20 years of dedicated service to the Patapsco community. This event is open to all and we look forward to seeing families, friends, and community members on Tuesday. If you're unable to stop by, please consider sending your well wishes or favorite memories to Mrs. Burgess at or in care of Patapsco Middle School. There's nothing better than a few kind words to brighten the day!

Overdue Items - Library Media Center

All books checked out from our library were due back on May 31st. Read more.

8th Grade Families

We are so very excited to celebrate the 8th graders on their promotion to high school! We have a wonderful 8th grade dance planned and an off site pool party coming up. We do need more parents to help make this a success for the kids.  Read more.

Beach Blast

The 2016 Patapsco Middle School BEACH BLAST needs VOLUNTEERS!!  The Beach Blast is less than 2 weeks away and we still need MANY volunteer slots covered. Read more.

KTTR Bake Sale

Patapsco's, Knights to the Rescue Service Club is having a bake sale at the Miller Branch Library on Saturday, June 11 from 12:00-2:00pm.  All proceeds to benefit Grassroots Homeless Shelter.

ImPACT Concussion Baseline Testing Next Week

Impact Concussion Testing is MANDATORY for all HCPSS Student Athletes, Grades 9-12.   The Impact Testing Schedule is for ALL Incoming 9th Grade Students interested in trying out for a Fall Sport. Read more.

8th Grade Promotion Ceremony Details

With mixed emotion, we look forward to celebrating the successful conclusion of the middle school experience with our eighth grade class. As we prepare for the Promotion Ceremony planned for Wednesday, June 15th at the Mt. Hebron High School Auditorium, there is some information we’d like share with you in regard to dress, attendance, and procedures. Read more

8th Grade Information Packet

The 8th grade information packet was sent home with your student. Read more

Mt. Hebron Lancer Drill Team

Come join our Lancer Drill Team!  Tryouts June 6-8 from 5:30-8pm in the Mt. Hebron Cafeteria.  Please bring a water bottle, tennis shoes, and jazz shoes/sneakers if you have them.

Patapsco Memory Books

2015-2016 Patapsco Memory books are available for pre-order order.  As of today there are 34 yearbooks left for sale on a first-come, first served basis.   Read more.

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.

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

Religious and Cultural Observances Calendar Impact Survey

In an effort to better understand the impact of staff and student absences for religious or cultural observances, the Howard County Public School System has created a survey to gather data on how these absences would affect the school system’s ability to deliver instruction and operate facilities effectively. Read More


Beach Blast

Patapsco PTA's Beach Blast event, scheduled for Friday, June 10th on the grounds of Patapsco Middle School, from 6-8 pm. Read more.

Visit our PTA Website


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.


Mt. Hebron High School Viking Backers Booster Club

You’re Invited to the Mt. Hebron High School Viking Backers Booster club end of year party!  Monday, June 6th from 7 – 8pm in the Mt. Hebron High School Media Center.  Read more.

Mount Hebron PTSA

The Mount Hebron Parent Teacher Student Association Needs You! Read more.

Football Camp

Mount Hebron Vikings Football Camp June 20-23, 2016.  Registration form for grades 1-8 from 8am to 12pm at Mount Hebron High School. Registration form.

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:  



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