In a fit of literary creativity, I decided to title this week’s newsletter. But I’m stuck: should I call it ‘The Frustration With Fidgets’ or ‘Say No To Spinners.’ The hot topic in school these days has been toys marketed as the ultimate answer to staying on task. You know what I’m talking about, that thing - be it a spinner or a cube - your kid came home and told you he ‘must have’ in order to be able to focus in class. Ask any teacher you meet and they’ll tell you, these toys do the exact opposite for both the user as well as for those around them. The trouble is, spinners can not really be used without others seeing and hearing them whirl. A simple Google search of ‘spinners and school’ nets thousands of results about the perils and pitfalls of these devices of teacher torture. Educational systems across the globe are banning them in order to preserve the educational environment. At the end of the day, spinners are toys. Toys our students are buying, selling, and making on 3D printers [again with the entrepreneurship!] and are therefore a distraction to our school day. Having said that, there may be students who require supports of this type. These students have a specific need documented on a learning plan and, in these instances, the ‘fidgets’ are provided by the school. So, thanks in advance for helping us make it through the last 17 student school days spinner free.
Teachers will be finishing work with ‘stay at home’ textbooks on a rolling basis over the next few weeks. Based on personal experience, you may want to have your student get ahead of the search and rescue process by locating all of these materials now - before they are due. Typical school textbooks fines are between $65-85 when lost or damaged. Media materials will all need to be returned in good condition by June 7. While you’re checking on the status of items that need to be return, please check to be sure your student has enough paper, pens, and pencils to get through the remainder of the year.
A few dates to note between now and the next newsletter:
Final MAP testing will take place on May 31 and June 1 for all grade levels. Please ensure your student is here on both days in order to avoid make-up testing.
Our Spring Concerts will be held on June 5 and 6 at Mt. Hebron High School - we sure hope you can join us for these showcase evenings.
Progress Reports - originally scheduled to be issued today - will not be issued until May 24. This is a county-wide calendar adjustment, so you can believe your student when they say they don’t have it.
Finally, a hearty congratulations to our former Knights graduating from high school this year. The bulk of our former students will be participating in commencement activities on Monday afternoon as Mt. Hebron High School sends the class of 2017 off to new adventures. We are proud of all of their accomplishments and are looking forward to hearing great things in the future.
Once a Knight, Always a Knight!
P.S. Good luck to our performance groups as they travel to Hershey Park tomorrow for the annual Music in the Parks adjudications.
05/19/17 - Professional Learning Day/ Schools closed for students 05/24/17* - Interim progress reports Issued: More Upcoming Dates
06/14/17* - Last day of school for students
2017 Memory Books
Order forms for check or cash payment available in the front office. Read more.
Note From the Health Room For Parents of Sixth Graders:
Please don't wait until the last minute! Vaccines must be updated by the first day of the 2017-18 school year or your 7th grade student will be sent home from school until the vaccines are up to date.
Parents of Sixth Graders- TWO additional vaccines are required for your student prior to entering seventh grade. These are MCV4 (Meningitis) vaccine and Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis) vaccine. After receiving these vaccines, please bring an updated copy of vaccine record to the Health Room.
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CHANGE MATTERS for GRASSROOTS CRISIS CENTER
Help Patapsco Middle School raise $2,111.00 for one day of crisis services in Howard County! Read more
Penny Wars Extends Through May 26th for additional information.
7th Grade Track Meet
On Thursday, May 25th, all 7th grade students will be participating in the annual 7th Grade Track Meet as an extension of our Track and Field unit. Read more.
From HCPSS Food & Nutrition Services
All lunch account balances through the last day of school on June 14, 2017 will carry over to the next school year. Outstanding meal charges need to paid in full by May 22, 2017. Payments can be made either in the cafeteria with cash or at www.myschoolbucks.com.
Lost & Found
Students misplace an amazing amount of personal items. Please take a moment to write your child’s name on items that he or she brings to school. Please be aware that we donate unclaimed items to charity on a weekly basis.
For 8th grade Parents/Guardians
The 8th grade Promotion Ceremony is scheduled for the morning of Monday, June 12th. Due to the space limitations of the MHHS auditorium, each student will receive two tickets to the event. The annual 8th grade Celebration will be held at Patapsco on the same date in the the afternoon. For more information, please visit our website.
Academic Honor Roll
Patapsco Middle School is pleased to announce the honor roll students for the 3rd quarter of the 2016-17 school year. See who made the list!
If you have any Music concert or event photos from the 2016-17 school year that you would like to submit for our Music Slideshow, please e-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, May 26th.
Reminder of Upcoming Events:
5/19/17, 5 AM: Hersheypark attendees report to the PMS cafeteria in Concert Attire. T-shirts will be distributed on buses after performances. Bring a lunch and snacks to eat on the bus. No glass, please. Electronics are the responsibility of the individual student on the trip. Buses will return at 10 PM. Please be prompt for pick-up.
6/1/17, 3-4 PM: Spring Concert Dress Rehearsal for all Treble Chorus and Chamber Singers members in the PMS Cafeteria. Mandatory.
6/5/17: Spring Concert at Mt. Hebron HS, Mandatory. Chamber Singers and Treble Chorus report to the MHHS Chorus Room for attendance at 6:30 PM: 8th graders will get recognition ribbons. 6th Grade Chorus members report to the MHHS Auditorium for attendance at 6:45 PM.
6/5/17: Spring Concert at Mt. Hebron HS Orchestra reports to MHHS Band room at 6:15 PM.
6/6/17: Band Spring Concert at Mt. Hebron HS Band reports to MHHS Band room at 6:30 PM.
Volunteers are still needed to assist with both concerts - please sign-up at:
The final Battle of the Box Tops
The final Battle of the Box tops will begin on Monday, May 22nd! Send your box tops in, give to your child's music director.
Support the PTA and Music Boosters When You Shop On Amazon
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PTA Meeting June 7, 7:00 PM - Media Center. Everyone is welcome!
Support the PTA: Learn about our current Pledge Drive
BEACH BLAST Friday, June 9th, 6:00-8:00 PM
Please join us for the BEACH BLAST party on the blacktop and the ball fields behind the school to kick off summer and celebrate the end of a great school year! The BEACH BLAST is open to rising 6th graders of our feeder schools (SJLES/Waverly/Hollifield) through graduating 8th graders and their families. Read more.
Books in Bloom
Books in Bloom, Columbia's inaugural book festival will be held on June 11th from noon to 5 PM in Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods. For additional information.
National Aquarium's Grade A Student Night promotion
Grade A Student Nights are set for June 22 and June 29. The student and one adult will be admitted for free. Admission for other family members will be admitted for $5 per person. For additional information.
Howard County Recreation & Parks Youth Ultimate Disc League
Starting June 7 for 8 weeks
What is Ultimate? It’s a non-contact team sport that combines elements of soccer, football, and basketball into one fast-paced game. Lime Kiln Middle School, Ages 6-17, at Lime Kiln Middle School. Registration: 410-313-7275 www.howardcountymd.gov/rap
Viking Basketball Camp
For Boys Grades 2-9 June 26-June 30/8:30AM to 3:30PM. Register for camp at www.vikingcamp.net
Viking Soccer Camp
For Boys and Girls Grades K-9 July 24-July 28/9:00AM to 12:30PM. Register for camp at www.vikingcamp.net
2017 Mt. Hebron Lady Vikings Camp
Learn the fundamentals of basketball from coaches with over 40 years experience. Directed by Coach Tony and staff, (Kevin Broadus & Ellen Johnson). Mt. Hebron High School, July 10-14 from 8:30 PM - 12:30 PM, grades 3-8, player fee $140.00. For additional information contact Anthony_Bell@hcpss.org
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