Knightly News - Happy Thanksgiving

Mon, 11/26/2018 - 7:57am

Knightly News

Dear Patapsco Families:

Happy Thanksgiving!  The Patapsco Middle School community has had a fantastic start to the year.  As we celebrate Thanksgiving this week, join us in giving thanks for ...

Our 715 students who come to school each day motivated to learn, investigate, analyze, and discuss new subjects, ideas, and concepts.  First Quarter Attendance was over 97%! Congratulations to our 500+ First Quarter Honor Roll Students … Special Congratulations to the 112 students who earned a First Quarter GPA of 4.0!

Some of the amazing highlights are:

 - The 6th Grade Outdoor Ed trip

 - The 8th Grade Mount Vernon Field trip

 - The Fall Family Fun Knight

 -  The Patapsco Turkey Trot

 - The Student Recognition initiatives: Student of the Month, quarterly lunch pep rally, etc.

 - Our annual Food Drive...Congratulations to our 7th graders who won!!!

Our 80+ colleagues who are caring, intelligent, innovative, inspiring, creative, and dedicated professionals.  Every day, they invest tremendous energy in helping our students explore new topics and providing opportunities for students to succeed in so many different ways.  We are always amazed at the classroom lessons and field trip experiences organized by our staff members.

Our 650+ families that get involved in so many ways in our school community.  We greatly appreciate our PTA and Music Boosters for all that they do for our students, staff, and families. PTA continues to sponsor our Fun Knights, teacher grants, our assembly, and so much more! Special thanks to all of the families who have participated in the PTA Staff Appreciation events this fall ... Monday’s Fall Conference Lunch was wonderful! I encourage all families to join or donate to the PTA as they are such a huge support for our students and school. Thank you to all the families who came during American Education was great to see our partnership in action. Finally, thank you to all the families who came to Parent-Teacher conferences because we know students succeed best when we can collaborate.

Our terrific Clubs and Intramurals!  There are so many opportunities for students to get involved in school. We have a club or activity for every student and if a student imagines something they would like to create, we will find a way to get it started so every student has an opportunity to be engaged in the school culture outside of the classroom. Check out our website for Intramural information.

Wow- all of this and we have only completed the first quarter! In addition, we were recently informed that Patapsco Middle has been designated as one of the Top 15 public middle schools in the state of Maryland … another great achievement for our school community!

While there will always be challenges and new projects to take on, we thank each and every one of you for all that you do… none of this could be possible without the contributions of so many people.  Enjoy this time of rest and fun with family and friends. Please be safe if you are traveling. When you have some time this week, reflect on all of the positives in our lives ... we often forget with the daily issues we face and the fast paced nature of life today, but there are truly so many things to be thankful for ...  Happy Thanksgiving!

Thank you for sending us your best!

Mike Babe


Patapsco- a place where everyone is valued and important!


12/3-12/4: Wonka Auditions

12/4: ELA 7th grade Field Trip

12/10: Orchestra Concert

12/19: Band Concert

12/20: Chorus Concert


Students of the Month


6th Grade

7th Grade

8th Grade

Daniel B.


Teniola A.

Oscar C.

Jayson M.

Abdul B.

Lilly G.

Laura M.

Eddowyn B.

Junior I.

Nishtha M.

Jimmy C.

Will K.

Alex N.

Jackeline C.

Estiben M.

Matt P.

George C.

Khalil R.

Brandon R.

Peyton E.

Greg S.

Isobel S.

Makenzie F.


Lauren S.

Gabriel G.


Caleb S.

Michelle L.


Trinetra V.

Andrew P.


Rohan R.


Andrea R.


Darius S.


6th Grade

7th Grade

8th Grade

Alex L.

Natalie M.

Ava P.

Jackson M.

Dana L.

Tajiri W.

Charlotte S.

Sophia W.

Hardik P.

Eliksandra P.

Iva D.

Serenity H.

Gianelle M.B.

Nishtha M.

Caeden L.

Rachel  M.

Maggie B.

Owen S.

Tyler B.

Patrick M.

Laasya M.

Charlotte L.

Giselle G.

Ashrutha L.


Caroline M.

Jackie S.


Zach G.

Gene H.


Kyra K.

Alyssa D.


Madison N.


Food Drive Results


Total Items Collected














6th Grade


7th Grade


8th Grade






Turkey Trot Winners

6th Grade



Rashawn S.

Ava S.

Cole W.

Ally M.

Miles R.

Kaly S.


7th Grade



Jake H.

Caroline M.

Lucas E.

Trinetra V.

Matthew P.

Dana L.


8th Grade



Sam J.

Katia T.

Gene H.

Gabby T.

Guy S.

Emily C.

News from the Health Room:

As we enter flu season, this is a reminder that good hand hygiene and covering sneezes and coughs with tissues are essential steps to preventing the spread of "germs." Also, remember that despite concerns about school attendance, your child's health (and the health of other children). For this reason, we ask you to please:

-Please call the health room to let us know if your child is absent from contagious illnesses such as strep throat, flu, or pink eye etc. Please provide any documentation from your physician about diagnosis and release to return to school.

-Keep your child at home if he/she has a fever of over 100. Students must be fever free for 24 hours without medications before they can return to school.

-If your student needs medication while at school, a medication order form must be filled out by the doctor. Medication order forms can be obtained from the health room or you can go online to

If you have any questions please contact the health room 410-313-2574.

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. Please refer to this flyer for more information.


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. See application and evaluation sheets are here.

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

Music Boosters

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!

Community News

Please visit the Community News and Programs page on the HCPSS website for announcements of upcoming events and programs sponsored by non-profit organizations.