Knightly News 11/09/18

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 12:07pm

Knightly News

Dear Patapsco Families:

November is a month full of exciting learning and activities. Please follow the Knightly News, calendar, and information on the Patapsco website to see all of the events and activities that are coming in the next few weeks. Some of the highlights are: American Education Week, Parent-Teacher conferences, Turkey Trot, canned food drive, Faire Day, etc.

Report cards from quarter one will go home on November 14. This is a great time to discuss your student’s progress and goals. It is also a good time to schedule parent-teacher conferences to discuss progress with your student’s teachers. The window to schedule conferences closes on November 15.

Next week is American Education Week—November 12-16, 2018.  This week is a perfect opportunity for families to celebrate public education and our OnePatapsco. We welcome all families to join us at Patapsco Middle School to visit your student’s classes. Please be sure to bring an ID with you and check in with the front office. In addition, we will have a special “Coffee and Chat” with the Administrative Team (Ms. Reid and Mr. Babe)  in the media center on Wednesday, November 14 from 8:00-9:00 AM. Feel free to stop by for a cup of coffee before visiting some classes. That same evening, we will have our next PTA meeting at 7 PM in the media center.

We also want to recognize all of our Veterans in the Patapsco community. November 11 is designated as Veterans Day in the United States of America.  Originally known as Armistice Day in recognition of the end of World War I on November 11, 1918, this special day was renamed in 1954 to honor all of our veterans.

At this time we are reminded of the sacrifices that our veterans have made in order to preserve the freedoms that we all cherish.  Their sacrifices include separation from loved ones, long stays in unfamiliar places, being put in harm's way, and for some, perishing on the battle lines defending the United States and democratic freedoms around the world.  

We salute Mr. White from the Patapsco Staff... who served in the Air Force.  We also want to express our appreciation to all of the Patapsco Middle families and community members who have served with in of our military branches. Thank you for all that you have done ... your service to our country is truly appreciated.

Thank you for your continued partnership and support. We hope to see you during American Education Week, Parent-Teacher conferences, Music Boosters Meeting, or the next PTA meeting.


Go Knights!

Mike Babe



Patapsco- a place where everyone is valued and important!



11/12-11/16: American Education Week

11/13: Music Boosters Meeting

11/14: “Coffee and Chat” with the Administrative Team at 8:00 AM

11/14: PTA Meeting

11/14: Canned Food Drive due date

11/19 - 11/21: Parent-Teacher Conferences

11/19: Turkey Trot

11/20: Faire Day

12/3-12/4: Wonka Auditions

12/4: ELA Field Trip

12/10: Orchestra Concert

12/19: Band Concert

12/20: Chorus Concert


Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-teacher conference sign-up windows opened November 7th. From Wednesday, November 7th, 8:30 AM through Thursday, November 15th, 12 PM, parents/guardians can log into HCPSS Connect to view and select available time slots to meet with teachers.


The purpose of this conference window is to allow parents/guardians the opportunity for a quick meet and greet with staff to discuss general student progress. Accordingly, each conference slot is ten minutes long. If you have a pressing concern, you are strongly encouraged to contact the teacher to discuss it outside of the conference window. Synergy Conference Management allows users to schedule time with individual teachers. When creating your schedule, be certain to build in travel time from one conference to the next, as it is important to stay on schedule. We do not recommend scheduling your conferences back-to-back as you will lose meeting time while traveling from one classroom to the next.


For step by step directions, please refer to the video or document. We look forward to seeing you during conference week. Should you have any questions or require assistance scheduling your appointments during the scheduling window, please contact Vanessa Hooks, Student Services Secretary, by calling 410-313-2850 or via email at For questions about availability or course specific questions, please contact the teacher directly.


Patapsco Schoolwide Turkey Trot and Food Bank Donations

From the PE Department:

Patapsco Middle School is gearing up for our annual SCHOOLWIDE Turkey Trot. The race is Monday, November 19th (inclement weather will result in event cancelation) from 8:30 am - 10:00 am and will include a 1.3 mile course that goes through the neighborhood. All grade levels will participate in the run. Volunteers and staff members, along with the Howard County Police Department will be supervising the event to ensure safety of participants as we run through the community roads.  We need volunteers to chaperone students on the course and to time at the finish line, sign up to volunteer.

Additionally, in the season of sharing, we will be collecting food donations in partnership with the Howard County Food Bank. Please remember we can't distribute expired food.  Some eligible items: canned meat, canned vegetables, soup, pasta, baby food, canned & dried fruit, pasta sauce, cereal, rice, fruit boxes. Students should place their food donations in their Social Studies classroom. We are doing this as a grade-level competition. So far, 7th grade is leading the way!

As always, thank you in advance for your support. Have a wonderful holiday season!

*All food donations must be turned in by Wednesday, November 14th.                          


Patapsco Middle School Physical Education Staff


Patapsco Middle School Problem of the Month Results for October 2018:

Congratulations to the following students for participating in this new program at Patapsco Middle School: Jie H., Rishith D., Daniel M., Sam N., Samyuktha A., Aman S. and Lea B. The correct answer to the problem titled “An Interesting Integer” is 103,845. There are two winners of the prize for this month: Jie H. and Samyuktha A. Congratulations to all of you for your participation and effort in this program.

Please look out for next month’s problem which is posted. Reminder: this program is open to any student at Patapsco Middle School. The problems are posted on the bulletin board in the C Hallway. The first 50 submissions will be accepted and graded by Mrs. Cozzo.

Also, for those of you who are looking for a more challenging problem, please see the “Math Jester” problem which is also posted on the bulletin board in the C Hallway. Problems from the “Math Jester” will be posted in addition to the regular Problems of the Month, but “Math Jester” problems will only be posted about once a quarter.

Please contact Mrs. Cozzo if you have any questions about this new program at Patapsco.


Wonka Auditions

This year the students will be putting on a Willy Wonka Jr. production! We are calling all actors to come out and audition. Auditions will take place Dec. 4th & 5th. Audition forms will be available outside room D9. The play will take place on May 10th & 11th. Flyer.


Student Delegate

Are you passionate about student leadership? Are you someone who wants to voice your opinions and make a difference? Do you want to be a part of making history? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are the right person to step up for the Student Delegate leadership opportunity.

This year, we are again offering the Student Member Convention. SMOB serves alongside adult members of the Board of Education and advocates for the voice of the students. Your voice is needed!

Each middle and high school will select student delegates to attend the convention at Wilde Lake High School. Two candidates, who best amplify the voice of the students, will be selected to run for Student Member of the Board of Education.

To apply to be a delegate to represent Patapsco, please let Mr. Babe know you are interested in this leadership opportunity. All interested students must complete an application and ask two teachers to complete an evaluation form as part of the application package.


Application packages are located in the Front Office and are due to Mr. Babe by November 30, 2018. An application and evaluation sheet are attached here.


Student Leadership and Service Opportunity

Wednesday 11/14 Leadership and Service Opportunity for All Middle and High School students interested in:

-Sharing the Student Voice on HCPSS Policy and Community Issues

-Gaining Leadership Skills

-Practicing Community Service

-Working with student leaders from across HCPSS

We welcome all interested students to attend Howard County Association of Student Councils (HCASC) meetings throughout the year on the second Wednesday evening of each month.

Next Meeting Wednesday 11/14 7-8:30 at the Homewood School 10914 Clarksville Pike,  Ellicott City, MD

Students interested in leadership and service opportunity please visit this website.

For more information please contact


Faire Day

On Tuesday, November 20, students will have the opportunity to participate in the Patapsco Faire.  A yearly event, the Patapsco Faire promotes community and celebrates the culmination and successes of the first quarter.  For a portion of the day, students will select activities to participate in such as board games, movies, sports, knitting, origami, chess, computers, reading, etc.  In addition, this year, we will have three activities that students can “purchase” entry into with their Sir Prize dollars. These activities are making a solar car with Mr. Eyes, making cookies with Mrs. Humm, and badminton with the PE staff.  We are looking forward to an exciting day at Patapsco where our students are able to build relationships with one another and staff members outside of the traditional classroom.


7th Grade ELA Field Trip to Goucher College

Tuesday, December, 4, 2018 students will take a trip to Goucher College.

Please look for permission forms that have been distributed to your student for our 7th grade trip to Goucher College's Chamber Theater Productions.  The students will view five plays read in ELA classes. Please make sure your student has a good breakfast as we will be eating a later lunch when we return to school.

If you have any questions, please email Sharon Vasquez


Counselor Corner

Upcoming News

8th grade parents, be on the lookout! Throughout the month of December, Student Services will start the conversation around transitioning to high school. Mt Hebron staff will visit our students and Ms. Lee and Ms. Kempthorn will teach a lesson on the Top 10 Topics 8th grade students need to know before starting high school.

“Unity is strength...When there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.” Mattie Stepanek


Ms. Kempthorn & Ms. Lee


Sexual Health Unit

There will be three sessions to preview sexual health materials during parent/teacher conferences. These sessions are not mandatory for parents/guardians to attend; instead, they are provided as an option for parents/guardians who wish to preview the material. The sexual health unit will begin in mid-late December, and continue through the duration of the second quarter. During this preview, handouts and diagrams which are used during the unit will be available for your perusal, and health teachers will be available for brief questions. These previews will be available at the following times: Monday, 11/19, 1:30-2:30 PM, Tuesday, 11/20, 5:30-6:30 PM, and Wednesday, 11/21, 9:00-10:00 AM. Please note, students should not attend this preview. There will be an additional opportunity in spring if you cannot attend.




Dear Families,

THANK YOU:  We have almost met our mark for the $10K donation and membership drive! The final results will be shared at our PTA meeting in November. We are very fortunate to have such supportive families and staff at PMS!


- Please support our Turkey Trot on Monday, Nov 19th. We need parent Volunteers to be on the course to cheer the kids on and be there for safety. Please use this link to sign up:


Our next PTA meeting is on Wednesday, November 14 from 7-8 pm in the media center.  


Contact us at:

Facebook: Patapsco Middle School PTA or @patapscopta


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Happy Fall to ALL!



Music Boosters

Boosters' Meeting:  Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 13th at 7 PM in the Patapsco Media Center.  All parents of students in Band, Chorus, and Orchestra are invited to hear about our efforts to assist the Music Ensembles and directors at Patapsco.We have a number of positions available and hope to see you there!  We also invite you to visit our Patapsco Music Boosters Facebook page and website for more information.

Giving Clubs: The Music Boosters relies on donations to support the music department. In the last year, the donations were used to purchase a cello, tuba, and percussion instruments; repair of other instruments; and sheet music. We greatly appreciate your support and encourage families who have not yet donated to consider donating. The Music Boosters Giving Club includes multiple donation levels and donations are recognized in the concert programs. Information went home with your students, and is available on the Facebook page and school website.

Concert Closet:  We are once again seeking gently used clothing donations for our Concert Closet.  We are in need of boys' white, collared, button-down (oxford) shirts as well as black dress pants and long black skirts.  Black dress shoes in good condition can also be donated. Please place clothes/shoes in a bag labeled "Concert Closet" and drop off at school or have your child deliver it to their music director.  If you are in need of Concert Attire, please e-mail your director as soon as possible so we can help select items for your child. Thank you in advance for your support of our student musicians!

Calling Concert Volunteers:  Our Winter Concerts are December 10 (Orchestra), December 19 (Band) and December 20 (Chorus) at Mt. Hebron HS.  A SignUp Genius will be sent home soon with available volunteer positions for each of these events. Please mark the dates on your calendar now, especially if you are able to help on a night other than your child's concert.  The directors are grateful for your support!






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