May is Mental Health Awareness Month! According to the National Alliance on Mental Health 1 in 5 people are affected by mental illness in their lifetime and half of all mental health conditions begin by age 14. Taking care of mental health will help our children access their education and be their strongest selves. Howard County is hosting a Mental Health forum at the Board of Education on May 16th at 7:30pm. Students, Families, and Community Partners, are always welcomed to reach out to Ms. Kempthorn and Ms. Lee, to become informed and have a safe conversation about Mental Health.
“Your mental health is a priority. Your happiness is an essential. Your self-care is a necessity.” -Anonymous
The week of May 6-10 is Teacher Appreciation Week! We are so lucky to work with some of the best teachers in Howard County! We appreciate their dedication to our students and helping us be the best counselors possible!
“A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning” -Brad Henry
Ms. Kempthorn and Ms. Lee
Mental Health Forum
My name is Ambika Siddabathula and I am the Student Member of the Board of Education. On May 16th, 2019 form 7-8:30, we are having our first ever student-led mental health forum at the Board of Education. This event, open to ALL middle and high school students, has a great lineup of activities which are used to educate students of the resources and supports present in our county regarding mental health while teaching them a variety of methods to relieve stress.
We, as a new generation of students, have the power to change our perception of Mental Health and create a more accepting and inclusive environment. This forum will also act as a safe space to start a conversation. Students from around the county will have the opportunity to learn what different schools are doing to combat the stigma associated with Mental Health.
Rising 6th Graders
Patapsco is excited to welcome our Rising 6th graders from Hollifield Station, St. John’s Lane, and Waverly Elementary, on May 21st for 5th Grade Visit Day! On this day two members of each 6th and 8th grade homeroom will show our newest Knights around the school and share their tips for succeeding in Middle School. Students will be introduced to our Patapsco Staff and get a real feel for what is like to be a Knight!
Our 8th Graders are getting ready to become Mt. Hebron Vikings! On June 5th, we will attend Activity Day, where our 8th graders will hear from different clubs and organization, sports teams and School Counselors in preparation of their transition to high school.
We are so excited about these upcoming events, the end of the school year is a busy time! Keep an eye out for further details on all the fun things we have planned.
Summer School Information:
The HCPSS Comprehensive High School Summer Program is designed to provide diploma-bound students entering Grades 9 through 12 with opportunities to support academic achievement and acceleration. The program offers high school credit-bearing courses in a variety of content areas and levels.
The program Snapshot Sheet provides information in regards to course offerings, tuition, and registration. This program is an opportunity for students to have access to courses for recovery or acceleration for student success.
Contact Innovativepathways@hcpss.org with questions.
Reminder- Course Requests for 2019-2020 school year:
Course requests and recommendations for rising 7th and 8th grade students were sent home with students on Friday, March 1st. Families should also have received a digital copy via email. Any students wishing to request a Course Placement review must submit the Course Placement Review form to Student Services by Friday, March 15th. Please contact your student’s counselor with questions.
“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”
Ms Kempthorn and Ms Lee