PM KNIGHT 01-12-18

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 2:06pm

From the Principal’s Desk…

Oh my gosh! I have to tell you, I really love the Spelling Bee. Not because I am particularly good at spelling - I am not. Perhaps that is why I love the Bee so much; I am inspired by our students who put forth the effort to learn to spell such complex vocabulary words. Anyway, words are awesome and the kids who can spell well are too!

This year, the final round was a hard fought battle between our Spelling Bee winner Aditi S and runner up John K.  After 84 minutes and 98 words, Aditi spelled two consecutive words correctly to win the Patapsco School-wide Spelling Bee: gimlet and martingale. The final rounds between these two remarkable spellers required them to spell words that were not on the 2018 Spelling List. The ‘Additional Words’ list was used in the final rounds to get to the heart of who would be our winner this year. Aditi and John went back and forth 16 times before a winner could be declared. It was nothing short of nail-biting.

The Bee is broadcast for the whole school and the pressure is tremendous. Can you imagine being in front of a camera trying to spell words without benefit of paper and pencil (or Siri)? The words that stumped our spellers this year included (in no particular order): utterly, hermetically, boroughs, propaganda, indolent, callous, gandiouse, engulf, manner, barrette, marmalade, bowler, superintendent, mulberry, rife, subterranean, unpropitious, lazily, sinewy, prominent, gauss, seafaring, residential, bicycle, truculently, fluorescent, Pyrenees, interpolated, Celiacs, and pulmonary.

Want a sampling of what they spelled correctly?  Be ready to be impressed:  commissary, medivac, deja vu, hibiscus, electioneer, patriotism, mimicking, pestiferous, frontispiece, incongruous, putrefaction, formaldehyde, vicissitudes, Kilimanjaro, ichthyosaurus, gnaw, laborious, eburnated, tonsure, donjon, noctograph, posthumous, and xylorimba.  What’s remarkable about these words is that we don’t commonly use them in our daily discourse. I hazard to guess there are some on this list that adults can’t even define, much less spell. I’d say that raises the whole affair to the level of outstanding, wouldn’t you?

Congratulations to all of our participants. Each of our spellers won a preliminary bee in their ELA classes earlier this year: Ambika A, Jacob B, Hanna C, Bridget D, Anika E, Gary G, Steven J, Akhil K, Jason K, Sorabh K, Mason L, Jeffrey M, Sion M, Cyril M, Advaitha M, Khalil M, Alex N, Erickah O, Shade P, Srihan P, Rohan R, Prad R, Ahmad R, Joseph R, Anik S, Anoushka S, Akhil S. Katia T, Roger Z.

Hoping you have a wonderful weekend,

Cindy Dillon



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2018-19 Chorus Sign-Up

Registration has begun for next year's Chorus classes.  Current Chorus students will sign up for next year's classes during class.  If your son or daughter is in 6th or 7th grade and enjoys singing, but is not currently in the school Chorus, please have them see Mrs. Mills in Room D-11 to sign up for next year!


8th Grade Student Information

January is an exciting month for our 8th grade students! Ms Lee and Ms Kempthorn have met or will meet with students during their Social Studies class on January 11th and January 12th to discuss their high school 9th grade course recommendations and to develop a four year plan. Read more.


“Our Voice”

The Howard County Literary Magazine is looking for submissions. Read more.


From the Health Room

There has been an increase in the number of students texting parents and asking to be picked up for minor ailments such as sore throat, headache, stomach ache, etc..  Students are texting parents prior to coming to the health room.  Students should report to the health room when they are not feeling well.  The RN and/or Health Assistant will assess the student.  Based on the assessment, it will be determined if the parent should be contacted and if the student should go home.  

Questions or Concerns please call the Health Room at 410-313-2574


Career Day 2018

Patapsco Middle School is looking to showcase a variety of careers and to show students that there are many paths to success. Read more.


2018 yearbooks are available online NOW!

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PTA Meeting Wednesday, January 17, 2018

January 19 Snow Ball Fun Knight

It’s only one week away so mark your calendar for the second of the PTA’s student social Fun Knights on Friday, January 19 from 7:00-9:00pm. There will be a DJ and dancing in the cafeteria, basketball and games in the gym, BINGO with prizes in the media center, plus pizza, candy and drinks for sale.  Also, the kids won’t want to miss a special Guest Appearance by Patapsco’s very own teacher band Death of Knowledge or DOK!! Mr. Dymek, Mr. Na, Mr. Azat and Mr. Price will be rockin’ it out for the kids from 7:30-8:00 in the cafeteria.  As always, we need plenty of parent volunteers to pull this event off from selling tickets during lunch to chaperoning the event.  You can check out the SignUp Genius here:  Volunteer at the Snow Ball .  Permission forms are going home with the kids this weekend but you can print your own off the PTA website at Find Permission Form Here.  Tickets are being sold during lunches Wed-Fri next week for $3 cash or check made out to Patapsco PTA.  Questions?  Contact Caroline Bodziak at


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Come join us at our next meeting on Tuesday, February 13th at 7pm in the Media Center. ( 03/13, 04/10, 05/08)

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Waverly Elementary PTA Basket Bingo/Silent Auction

The Catonsville Lodge, Saturday, February 24, 7-10 pm, visit for additional information.

1-Mile Bootcamp

Grab your sneakers and your kids, and get active on a 1-mile bootcamp course in the Columbia Mall with exercises at our favorite stores! Exercises are designed for kids and adults all fitness levels. This kid-friendly event is for kids ages 3-17 and their favorite grown-ups.  Visit for additional information.

HCYP Baseball & Softball

Spring Registration Going on Now! 



A+School Rewards

Patapsco Middle School –ID#: 00999  has the opportunity to participate in and earn CASH from A+ School Rewards, a great fundraising program run through your local Giant! Read more.



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