PM Knight Newsletter 02-23-18

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 2:02pm

PM KNIGHT 02-23-18

From the Principal’s Desk…

I came to school today with a lot of ideas about what I was going to write about today. Some topics were of the more serious nature, while others were more celebratory. But, as things usually go in the land of middle level education, the day has gotten away from me. Here I sit with 10 minutes left to the week and not a word on the screen. So, I will save those deep thoughts for next time and will give you a few words from my heart.


Yesterday, I was hoodwinked! I was called to the cafeteria under the guise of being needed ‘immediately’. I was shocked to find 711 students sitting perfectly silent in order to surprise me. Have you ever seen 711 middle schoolers sitting perfectly quiet in the same place at the same time? Me either - it’s both amazing and disconcerting all at the same time! I am both humbled and honored by your words of praise and support. The recognition I received yesterday is a pure reflection of this community, this staff, and your children. The best part of the whole experience was the reaction of your kids and the kind, thoughtful, and sincere enthusiasm they extended to me. Patapsco is one of the best places to work and learn. I’m convinced of that.


With gratitude and thanks,

Cindy Dillon



03/07/18 - Interim Progress Reports Issued     03/29/18 - Career Day:  More Upcoming Dates

2017-2018 Calendar Update

Due to inclement weather days used, schools will now be in session April 4(B), 5(A), 6(B) and for a half-day May 18(B). Learn more.


Academic Honor Roll

Patapsco Middle School is pleased to announce the honor roll students for the 2nd quarter of the 2017-18 school year.  See who made the list!



Our Math department has a different idea for recognizing Pi day in the Patapsco Middle School community.  The Math department is sponsoring our school’s Student Service Learning Project as a fundraiser to support Grassroots Intervention Center and Change Matters, for all grade levels. Read more.


From the Music Department

Attention parents of 7th and 8th grade musicians:  Hersheypark Music in the Parks packets were sent home last week and notify directors now if there is a financial concern.  Please review and complete forms and payment as soon as possible.  The deadline is March 16th.  Copies of the packet can also be downloaded from your child's Canvas course.

Attention 8th graders:  The annual 8th Grade Recital Night:  "A Little Knight Music" will take place on Wednesday, April 25th at 7 PM in the Patapsco Cafetorium.  This event is a music talent showcase for any individual or groups of 8th graders.  Please stop by Mrs. Mills' room, D-11, to pick up an application.


Did you know that April is Autism Awareness Month?  

During the 3rd week in April, Patapsco Middle School will be participating in a disability awareness week. Mark your calendars for APRIL 17! We will be celebrating Autism Awareness Day by having a blue out. Want something blue to wear and support our cause at the same time? Help us show our pride and support for Autism Awareness by clicking the link below to order a Patapsco Autism Awareness shirt. Any questions? Please contact Michelle Castillo, Shante Owens, or Ryan Pfoutz.


Choose Civility 2018 Poster and Video Contest: #choose2Bkind

Design a poster or create a video illustrating the theme of how kindness creates community. Use your imagination, creativity, and artistic talent to show others how the little things we do everyday can make our community stronger and inspire others. Read more.


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!

Go to to order.



PTA Meeting Wednesday, March 21st at 7pm in the Media Center. (5/16)


Spring Fling Fun Knight March 23 7:00-9:00pm

Bring on Spring!  We’re celebrating the end of the snow and the start of the warm season with the PTA Spring Fling at school on Friday, March 23 from 7-9pm.  There will be a DJ and dancing in the cafeteria, concessions for sale, basketball and other activities in the gym, and BINGO with prizes in the media center.

As always, we can’t do it without your help.  We’re in need of ticket sellers, chaperones, concessions help, and cleaner uppers.  Please check out Volunteer at the Spring Fling to see if there’s a job right for you!

Tickets will be on sale for $3 (cash or check made out to Patapsco PTA) March 21-23 during all lunches.  A signed permission slip is required for ticket purchase and can be found on the PTA’s website here: .  Forms will also go home with students the week before the event.

Please contact Caroline Bodziak at with any questions.


Fun Knight Coordinator Position Open!

The current Fun Knight Coordinator is graduating out of Patapsco Middle School this year so the PTA is looking for someone new to coordinate these fun social events for the kids for the 2018-2019 school year.  This is a great job for friends to share also.  Caroline Bodziak, the outgoing coordinator, has all of her records on a thumb drive to give to the new team.  Please email her at if you have questions about this volunteer position, or contact PTA President, Cherrie Webb, at to throw your hat in the ring.  If you are thinking about it, it's not too late to shadow Caroline for the final Fun Knight of the year on March 23.


Diversity and Inclusion Survey

A PTA Council of Howard County (PTACHC) survey in November 2017 showed a desire to make county PTAs’ leadership and membership more reflective of the school communities they serve.  PTACHC asked Dr. Kevin Gilbert, Director of the HCPSS Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Community Outreach for help.  The hope is that his office can help support an initiative to form diversity/inclusion/outreach committees at every school.  Read more.


Screenagers – Growing Up in the Digital Age, Mount Hebron High School-March 1

Reserve your spot(s) NOW for your seats at our community screening of “Screenagers – Growing Up in the Digital Age.”  Read more.


PTA Membership

Like us on Facebook – search Patapsco Middle School PTA.



The next Patapsco Music Boosters meeting is Tuesday, March 13th from 7-8 pm in the media center (04/10, 05/08).

The Mt Hebron High School Marching Unit Music Boosters President will be joining us to provide information and answer questions about the marching unit. This is a great opportunity for 8th grade parents to learn more about Marching Unit and how to get involved. Additional information will be coming home.


Don’t’ forget to check out our Patapsco Music Boosters website .  Come check us out!  You can also always reach at or on Facebook at




“Community Notices” events are neither sponsored nor endorsed by the Howard County Public School System."

Stress Management and Executive Functioning

Join us for an informative evening and interactive presentations on Stress Management and Executive Functioning (planning, organization, and connecting to emotional regulation) Tuesday, March 13th, 7-8:30pm Hollifield Station Elementary School. Read more.


HCYP Baseball & Softball

Spring Registration Going on Now!  


Columbia Association Camps 2018

Discounts available!  November 1 - February 28, Early Bird Registration 10% off all camps.  Registration form can be found at



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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