Patapsco Middle School Knight Newsletter 01-26-17

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 1:40pm

From the Principal’s Desk…

Quick Notes:

  • Second quarter ends today. That means gradebooks are being closed and grades submitted next Monday. You can expect to see report cards in backpacks on February 3rd.

  • With the turn of the semester, this is also the time when we start to identify students who may be required to attend an extended school year program (aka ‘Summer School’).

  • There will be parent-teacher conferences this winter, but they have been moved from the familiar February window to March 9-10. We will include information for signing up to meet with teachers in mid-February.

  • The wonderful staff in the Health Room have reported an increase of students texting parents from bathrooms to say they don’t feel good and ask to be picked up. If you are the recipient of one of these messages, direct your student to report to the Health Room. Please do not hop in the car and come to get them. We promise, we’ll call you if that becomes necessary. Please reinforce with your student that they should go directly to the health room so they can be cared for when they do not feel well. The last thing we want is a sick child to be alone in a bathroom.

  • The Annual PTA Snowball will be held tonight!

  • Congratulations to Nora Blanco on her correct responses during the final round of the school-wide Geography Bee. All participants did a great job and we are proud of their knowledge of the world around us.

Something New:

For some time now, we’ve been looking for a way to help students who need to access staff for second chance learning, to re-do or make-up assignments, or other related tasks that do not fit neatly into our scheduled day. Beginning next week, we will be implementing a new weekly schedule each Tuesday to include a period of time to meet these needs.

‘Knight Time’ will take place for thirty minutes at the beginning of the school day. Students will be able to: complete work, study, and get help from teachers. Students will use the time for: classwork, homework, studying, organizing, or reading student choice material. This will not be time for students to use electronic devices for purposes other than reading or completing school work. It is also not a time for students to socialize. So, it would be a great idea to help your student identify some choice reading material this weekend in order to ensure they can engage in sustained silent reading when they do not have school work to attend to.

In order to access extra time with teachers, students will prearrange to receive passes throughout the week prior (Tuesday - Monday). Space in some of these classes will be limited, so the earlier the student requests a pass, the better as only those with passes will be dismissed during Knight Time to work with the teacher of choice. Students who choose not to meet with a teacher that week will stay in their homeroom classes to work independently on homework, classwork, or can choose to read silently. Students are expected to follow our motto of being Reliable, Responsible, and Respectful while in Knight Time. We are really looking forward to a successful launch of this new schedule.

Enjoy your weekend,

Cindy Dillon



01/27/17 - Schools closed for students - Professional work day    02/03/17 - Report cards issued:  More Upcoming Dates

School Emergency Closing Information Sources


Chorus Sign-Up for 2017-2018

All 6th and 7th grade students are encouraged to sign up to sing in a Patapsco Chorus next year.  See Ms. Mills to sign up or ask questions.  The Sign Up will close on Wednesday, February 1st.


Heart and Sole Program coming to Patapsco this Spring!

Heart & Sole is a Middle School program that aims to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. Read more.


Howard County Middle School Literary Magazine

Our Voice 2016 submit your poetry, short story, or other creative composition to Ms. Glass by February 9.  Include a cover sheet.  Let your voice be heard!


From the Music Department

Field trip packets for the 7th and 8th grade Music in the Parks Festival in Hersheypark, PA, will be coming home with students at the end of the month.  If you would like to consider being a chaperone, please check your schedule for the date of our event, Friday, May 19th.  We will gather at PMS at 5:00am, ride charter buses to the performance venues and the park, and return around 10:00pm.  Thank you!


Student Leadership and Service Opportunity

Please attend Howard County Association of Student Councils (HCASC) meetings at the Homewood Cafeteria 10914 MD 108 Columbia, 21042. Read more.  For more information please contact or visit


Speakers and Volunteers Needed for Career Day

Career Day is coming back to Patapsco - and soon! Read more.


Patapsco Performers will be presenting "Peter Pan Jr."

Shows are March 31st, April 1st, and April 2nd and in order to put on a successful show, we need your help. Read more.


2017 yearbooks are available online NOW!

Go to to order.  Read more.


HCPSS Connect Text Messages



Don't forget to "like" us on Facebook: Patapsco Music Boosters

Seeking Donations  

The Patapsco Music Boosters are seeking new or gently used donations to our Concert Closet.  Items needed include black dress pants and black knee-length-or-longer skirts, white boys' or girls' long-sleeved oxford (button-up) shirts, and black dress shoes.   Questions?  E-mail Mrs. Mills at  Thank you!

Support the PTA and Music Boosters When You Shop On Amazon

Please remember to use our Amazon link for your purchases...that yields both the PTA and Music Boosters big profits! Read more.



PTA Meeting February 8, 7:00pm - Media Center.  Everyone is welcome!

The SNOW BALL dance is TONIGHT!  8:00-10:00pm

There will be a DJ and dancing in the gym.  Tickets were sold during lunches this week.  Concessions (pizza, candy, drinks) for sale in the cafeteria - everything is $1 or $2.  Please encourage students to bring small bills.  Please pick your student up promptly at 10pm.  Questions?  Contact Caroline Bodziak at

The SPRING FLING is the next School Spirit Committee social event for students, Friday, March 24 time TBD.  There will be a DJ and dancing in the cafeteria, BINGO with prizes in the media center, and basketball or other physical activity (maybe a dodgeball tournament??) in the gym.  More information including a permission form and SignUp Genius will be coming out in early March.  If you would like to help plan the Spring Fling, please contact  

International Committee

Interested in celebrating Patapsco’s many cultures?  Patapsco Middle School employs an International Liaison, Ms. Jamie Kim, who is interested in partnering with the PTA to explore ways to celebrate the diverse cultural heritages of our students and their families.  Ms. Kim has already built a committee of teachers and would like to explore working with the PTA as well.  The PTA is looking for interested parents to both lead and be members of a PTA International Committee.  Already the PTA is exploring adding a multicultural theme to the June 2017 Beach Blast event.  If this type of activity interests you, please contact the PTA Volunteer Coordinator, Erin Lanthier, at  

School Spirit Committee Upcoming Events:

* Spring Fling Fun Night - Friday, March 24

* Beach Blast - June 2017

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