Fri, 03/09/2018 - 2:00pm

From the Principal’s Desk…

The laundry list of things we have to communicate this week doesn’t seem very fun, but the notes are necessary, so here goes:

  • Check the backpack: We sent home progress reports and course recommendations for 6th and 7th graders on Thursday. Questions about course recommendations should be directed to the classroom teacher.
  • Coming soon:
    • Winter MAP reports: The scores on this are very good indicators for how well a student will perform on the PARCC assessment that will be administered in the spring. Conversation points around this data might include: whether or not the student reached the target; how invested they were while taking the test; if the student was well prepared (good nights rest, breakfast,...); and, what test taking strategies they used while taking the test. MAP and PARCC scores are used together with other measures when making decisions about course placement. So, it’s important that our students give them their all.
    • 8th graders: On Tuesday and Wednesday of next week, March 13-14, 8th graders will sit for the Maryland Integrated Science Assessment (MISA). Questions on the test will include content students have been exposed to from the 6, 7, & 8th grade science curriculum. The test consists of four sessions that will be administered during periods 1&2 and 6&7 each day.
    • Spring Fling, March 23: The PTA is looking for volunteers. Come! Join us! It’s fun! Promise.
    • Career Day, March 29: Last I heard we need a few more people to round out the morning sessions. Please contact if you have time to donate between 8:00-11:00.
  • Pi-Day: Students are currently collecting coins to cover the operating expenses of the Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center. Ask them about it! The fundraiser runs through next Thursday.
  • Cell Phones as Hotspots: If your student carries a cell phone - or other device - to school, please remind them they may not use that device as a hotspot for our school based technology. If they do so, they are violating school system technology agreements as it permits them to bypass our safety filters. It also slows down our network, which is frustrating. Students found in violation of Policy 8080 will receive consequences (i.e. loss of privilege to carry technology during the school day).
  • Coming to Visit or Pick up your Knight?: Please be prepared! To ensure student safety, follow these simple steps:
    • Step One: Ring the Bell
    • Step Two: We’ll say, “Can I help you?” You’ll answer with -
      • Your name;
      • the name and grade of your student; and,
      • your purpose for visiting.
    • Step Three: Bring your ID with you. We will ask for it and you don’t want to have to run back out to your car.
    • Step Four: Feel good for supporting us as we work to ensure the safety and security of our school community!


Finally, the clocks change this weekend. You’re going to lose that extra hour you found way back in November as Daylight Saving Time begins anew. I’m sorry I forgot to remind you a few weeks ago that you’ll need to spring forward on Sunday morning at 2:00 am. I know; I can’t believe I forgot either. Here’s something to make up for it: the Spring Equinox is on March 20. As our hemisphere begins to tilt back toward the sun, our days will get longer and our toes will be warmed by the sun! [So, in my next newsletter I’ll probably be writing to you about the dress code…]


Bring on the spring!

Cindy Dillon



03/11/18 - Daylight Saving Time Begins      03/29/18 - Career Day     03/30/18 - 04/03/18 - Spring Break:  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.



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.


HCASC Meeting, March 14, 2018

All HCPSS middle and high school students are invited to the March general meeting of the Howard County Association of Student Councils (HCASC). This month’s meeting includes the Student Member of the Board Candidate Forum, a chance for students to learn more about the candidates. 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)


Career Day Hospitality Suite

The PTA would like to provide the career day presenters with a Hospitality Suite. Please check the link below for details on how you can help. Thanks!


Chaperones Needed for the Spring Fling March 23!

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.


PTA Membership

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


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."


The Mount Hebron Lacrosse Programs present the 15th Annual Golf Tournament on Monday, April 16, 2018, at Turf Valley Resort.  Registration fee includes breakfast, refreshments on course, catered lunch, prizes, range balls, and goodie bag. The cost is $150 individual/$550 foursome, or consider having your business sponsor a hole for $125. Tickets can be purchased online at select the Events/Lax Golf Outing menu.  All proceeds benefit Mt. Hebron High School Lacrosse Programs. For additional information contact Michele or John Demek at


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

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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