Fri, 01/13/2017 - 1:33pm

From the Principal’s Desk…

Each year, during the annual Spelling Bee, I am reminded of how difficult the English language is. I am also reminded of how astounding our students are. During the bee, we chewed through 205 words before we were finally able to announce a winner. Congratulations to Holden Justice on his impressive win and to Yash Bajaj for finishing as first runner-up. We are really looking forward to the Geography Bee later this month.

On Tuesday, we met with the parents of our incoming 6th grade class and would like to formally welcome them to our Patapsco Middle School family. As we prepare for the arrival of our new students, we are also beginning the bittersweet process of preparing to send our eighth grade class off to high school.  Course recommendations forms went home with your student and should be returned no later than Friday, January 20th.   

As we prepare for what promises to be a messy weekend, I want to remind everyone that February 20th (Presidents’ Day) and April 17th (Easter Monday) have both been designated as possible inclement weather make-up days. What this means is that the school system may decide to have students report to school on these days should we have a school cancellation prior to those dates. Please keep this in mind as we move into what is typically our period of more severe weather. While we will certainly inform you if that becomes the case, I want you to be clear about the possibility in advance. Further, please keep in mind that the last possible day of school can be anywhere from June 13 - June 20 and is dependent upon weather closures. Let’s just hope Mother Nature continues to send the bad weather our way on weekends! Wouldn’t that be convenient? For more on school closings, click on the link in our list of news items below.

Finally, the annual PTA Snowball is coming up in a few weeks. This year, it will be on Thursday, January 26th. We sure hope to see a lot of our students there and want to thank those parents who have already pledge to volunteer their time a huge thank you.

Stay safe out there: ice is no joke!

Cindy Dillon


01/16/17 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day/schools and offices closed:  More Upcoming Dates

School Emergency Closing Information Sources

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!

8th Grade Baby Pictures

The memory book team is now collecting 8th grade baby pictures for the 2016-2017 memory book. Read more.

8th Grade Students 4 year High School Course Plan

Ms. Ivey and Ms. Kempthorn met with all 8th grade students to create a draft 4 year High School Course Plan. In doing so, students reviewed the process for registering for 9th grade classes, which included looking over their 9th grade course teacher recommendations! Read more.

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!


Chorus Sign-Up for 2017-2018

8th Grade Students interested in singing at Mt. Hebron next year should register for the course titled "Concert Choir."  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.

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

Whole Grain Heroes

The middle school Family and Consumer Sciences program, in cooperation with the HCPSS Food and Nutrition Services, will introduce the Whole Grain Heroes campaign for the month of January.  Read more.

Cold Weather Guidelines/ Outside Recess

Children are expected to wear warm clothing to protect them during cold weather when participating in recess or outside activities. Read more.


Doors Open at 7:45

Doors open for students at 7:45 am. As supervision is not provided before 7:45am students will wait outside until 7:45 am.  All students need to dress accordingly.

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.

Canvas Parent Mobile App

HCPSS is excited to share a new mobile app, Canvas Parent, designed to help parents/guardians monitor their children’s progress on the go.  Read more.

HCPSS Connect Text Messages


From the Patapsco Music Boosters

The Battle of the Box Tops Box between the music groups has begun!  Please put together your box tops and send them in between January 9th and 20th.  Band is the current champ - let’s see if they can continue or if they will be upset by Chorus or Orchestra!  Box Tops is one of our largest fundraisers!  We raised over $600 last year in Box Tops - these funds help purchase sheet music, go toward music instruments, etc.  If you have any questions, please email

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.


The Snow Ball Dance - Thursday, January 26 from 8:00-10:00pm.  Volunteers Needed!

NOTE:  There is no school Friday, January 27 so the dance is Thursday. Read more.  For questions or more information about the Snow Ball Dance, please contact Caroline Bodziak at


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 8-10 pm inc. DJ, dancing, open gym, BINGO, prizes & concessions sales

* Beach Blast - June 2017


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