Fri, 06/01/2018 - 1:47pm

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Community Members:

Today marks the last regular issue of the Patapsco Knight for this school year. I want to thank each of you for your partnership in the education of our students this year. We can’t do this job without your help and support.

As a staff, we would like to take this opportunity to thank our PTA Executive Board for doing such an outstanding job of supporting our students and staff. We are very grateful for all that the PTA does to support our students and staff.

Congratulations to the following staff on reaching milestone years of service: 15 years - Rhonda Best and Mike Ordovensky; 20 years - Beth Eckert; 25 years - Odell Greer and Susan Sellner; and 30 years - Suzanne Aubin. We would also like to congratulate Mr. Kim Chamberlin, Mrs. Jere Abernathy, and Mrs. Susan Sellner as they prepare to embark on life as retired educators. We appreciate all the contributions these valuable staff members have made during their time here at Patapsco and their dedication to helping shape our Knights.

To our eighth grade parents, we extend our best wishes for continued success as your child takes the next steps in their educational journey. On behalf of our entire staff, it has been a pleasure to work with this year’s graduating class. We look forward to hearing about future accolades and accomplishments as we are certain there will be many. No matter where your adventures take you, we want parents, students, and families alike to remember: Once a Knight, always a Knight!

As we begin to wrap up the school year, please be aware of the following information:

  • Report cards will be mailed home by June 20.
  • Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth graders who have not returned their textbooks or have outstanding fines at the end of the school year, will not receive their final report card in the mail. You will be able to pick it up from our main office.
  • Textbooks, Media Center resources, and any other school materials borrowed by your child this year need to be returned in good condition. Media books were due on May 29. Textbooks will be collected following final exams or as directed by classroom teachers: some of these have already been collected. Please make sure your student finds and returns any material still lying around your home. If you already know the book is damaged, contact the classroom teacher for replacement costs.
  • Any eighth grader who has not returned their borrowed Patapsco materials, or has not paid their outstanding school obligations, may not be permitted to attend end of year Eighth Grade activities next Friday.
  • Lockers will be cleaned out on June 12 and students will not be allowed to use their locker after June 15.
  • Beginning June 15, students should only bring a pen or pencil to school. Backpacks should not be carried on the last three days of school.
  • Supply lists for the 2018/2019 school year will be posted on the website by June 22.
  • Lunch shifts on June 15, 18 and 19 will be abbreviated. Only those students who will be eating a school prepared lunch will go to the cafeteria.
  • Yearbooks will be distributed on June 15.
  • The school calendar for the 2018/2019 school year will be added to our Google Calendar by the end of June for those of you who like to plan ahead - many dates are already there. While some dates are subject to change, we ask you to keep in mind vacations should not be scheduled until after the last planned inclement make-up day of the school year which will be June 21, 2019.  

One last thing, our final concert series of the school year are set for Monday, June 4 (Chorus/Dumming) and Tuesday, June 5 (Band). Please say you’ll come and enjoy some free entertainment! Our students and staff have worked their hearts out and are ready to put that hard work on display for your pleasure. The concerts will be held at Mt. Hebron High School in the Auditorium.

On behalf of Mr. Cometa and all of the Patapsco Middle School Staff, we send you warm wishes for a productive and relaxing summer holiday.  We hope to see you around, but if not, be on the lookout for the Midsummer Knight in early August!

Hello Summer!

Cindy Dillon, Principal



06/04/18 - Spring Concert (Chorus)   06/05/18 - Spring Concert (Band)  06/06/18 - 8th Grade Visit Mt. Hebron HS :    More Upcoming Dates        

Important Reminders

Friday, June 15-Tuesday, June 19: All schools dismiss three-hours early.

Tuesday, June 19 the last day of school for the students. (3 hour early dismissal)

2017-2018 Calendar Update. Learn more.


From the Music Department

June 4th and June 5th Concerts:  Please sign up to volunteer! 

We welcome everyone to our final two Spring Concert programs of the season:  Chorus on June 4th at 7 PM at Mt. Hebron High School and Band on June 5th at 7 PM at Mt. Hebron High School.  June 5th will be Mr. Chamberlin's final concert at Patapsco after 42 years of teaching band!!

All bow ties and cummerbunds borrowed from the music department for concerts are on loan from the Patapsco Music Boosters.  Students who do not return their items in good condition will be assessed either a damage fee or a $12 replacement fee.


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 will donate all unclaimed items to charity on June 5.


Mt Hebron's Color Guard Tryouts

Mt Hebron's Color Guard, the Cavaliers, are holding tryouts June 5 - 8 from 6-8pm in Mt Hebron's main gym. Please wear comfortable clothes and sneakers.  No experience is necessary.  We will teach you all you need to know about spinning and dance.  Contact with any questions. 


Lancer Dance Team-Dance Perform Compete

Rising 9th Graders at Mt. Hebron

Auditions for the Lancer Dance Team will be Wednesday - Friday, June 6-8 5:30-8pm in room 136 at Hebron High School.

All days are required for your best chance.

We are looking for dancers for Fall Marching and Spring Competition season. Do one or both!

For more information, contact Mr. Barker at Mt. Hebron.  EMAIL


Note From the Health Room

Sixth Graders - TWO additional vaccines are required for your student prior to entering seventh grade.  Read more.

Medication Pick-Up for the end of this school year, read more.


From Patapsco Middle School Student Services

Please contact the Patapsco Student Services at 410-313-2850 if you are moving over the summer, or if you already know that your student will not be returning to Patapsco Middle School next year. Read more.


Patapsco Memory Book 2017-18

Memory Book order forms for check or cash payment available in the front office. Memory Books purchased by order form are first come-first served.  For cash or check payments, order form or contact Ms. Salsman at






June 4th and June 5th Concerts:  Please sign up to volunteer!  


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."


Libraries Rock!  Enroll in Summer Reading

Enrollment begins June 1, 2018, read more.

Kickoff Saturday, June 2 from 10 am to 2 pm at HCLS Miller Branch!


Mt. Hebron Viking Backers Booster Club

Attention parents/guardians of current 8th graders!  The Mt. Hebron Viking Backers Booster Club, an all volunteer parent organization, is having an OPEN HOUSE/GENERAL MEETING on June 4th 6-7 pm in the media center. Read more.


P.L.E.D.G.E. Summer Leadership Camps

P.L.E.D.G.E. (pride, leadership, education, diversity, gang resistance, evaluation) Summer Leadership Camp is a free, one-week program designed to help students entering the ninth grade develop leadership skills.

Camp Brochure

Registration Packet

Please complete the registration packet and fax it to 410-313-2611 or email application to  or

OR mail completed packet to:

Howard County Police/PLEDGE

ATTN: Sgt Jason Morrill

10741 Little Patuxent Parkway

Columbia, MD 21045


VOTING DAY June 26, 2018

Primaries for National, State, and Local leaders

To see candidates in every race read more.


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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