Knightly News 12/7/18

Fri, 12/07/2018 - 9:28am

Knightly News


12/3-12/7: Inclusive Schools Week

12/10: Orchestra Concert

12/12: Shelter in Place Drill

12/18: Student Assembly- Tatyana McFadden

12/19: Band Concert

12/19: Locker Cleanout

12/20: Chorus Concert

12/21: Teacher recommendations due

1/03: Parent Information Night at MHHS

1/09-1/10:  9th grade course recommendations reviewed / Students

complete online registration (through Social Studies)

1/16: PTA Meeting

1/18: 9th grade Course Requests/Registration

Finalized and Course Placement Review Forms Submitted

1/25: Family Fun Winter Knight


Honor Roll Celebration

Today we celebrated and recognized over 500 students who made first quarter honor roll. We are so proud of our students’ academic accomplishments and cannot wait to celebrate even more students after quarter two.


FARMS: Free & Reduced-Priced Meals

The Free and Reduced-Priced Meals (FARMs) program provides access to an array of services for qualified families, including free and reduced-priced breakfasts and lunches, free SAT and ACT registration, free tuition to take college courses at Howard Community College while still enrolled in high school, free college applications, reduced AP exam fees, reduced costs for a nuumber of services provided by Howard County Rec and Parks, Columbia Association and Comcast, and much more. Visit HCPSS website for more information and to apply.

Hour Of Code

Every Patapsco student participated in Hour of Code this week. Each student had the opportunity to be introduced to computer coding.  The goal of our Hour of Code activity is to give students a fun, first introduction to computer science. Families and students can continue to learn with engaging activities from Hour of Code.  Visit  for much more!


No Place for Hate®

The Howard County Public School System and Patapsco Middle School believe that having a school community where your child feels safe and respected is an important foundation to their academic success. That is why Patapsco Middle School and all other HCPSS middle schools will be participating in No Place for Hate®, a national program supporting schools in their commitment to celebrating diversity, promoting respect for differences, and challenging bias and bullying at all levels.

Developed by the ADL (Anti-Defamation League) – a leading civil rights organization that has worked for over a century to “secure justice and fair treatment to all” – No Place for Hate® will help us incorporate new anti-bias and bullying prevention resources into our existing programs in order to have one consistent message of inclusivity.

You and your child can help support our No Place for Hate® program in a number of ways:

Join our No Place for Hate® Committee to help oversee the program, assess school climate, and plan or volunteer at No Place for Hate® events!

Along with your child, sign the No Place for Hate® Promise/ Resolution of Respect to commit to challenging bias and bullying! Practice No Place for Hate® at home! For family resources on challenging bullying and bias, visit

To learn more or to get involved with No Place for Hate® at Patapsco Middle School, please contact Morgan Kempthorn via email at  With your help, we will make our school community an even safer and more welcoming space for all.

We kicked off our No Place for Hate® today with students watching our Inclusive and #OnePatapsco video. Students then learned about No Place for Hate® and signed the resolution of respect, which will be displayed in our cafeteria.


Inclusive Schools Week

Patapsco is a school that values inclusion and therefore inclusive education practices year-round. Inclusive education practices involve all students receiving high quality instruction, interventions, and supports that enable them to meet success. For National Inclusive Schools Week, students and staff came together to recognize the importance of togetherness and created a display to highlight our individuality. "We may all be different fish, but we swim together in this school." Thanks to the students and staff who volunteered to be part of this important week. This week’s initiatives were led by Michelle Whelan and our Special Education Team.


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) is essential. For this reason, we ask you to please:

  • Please call the health room to let us know if your child is absent due to 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.


Math Problem of the Month Results for November 2018

Congratulations to the following students for correctly answering the November Problem of The Month: Daniel M., Rishith D., Sreevardini R., and Siya Reddy M. The correct answer to the problem titled, “Election Day in Prealgpoweria” is 6,480 eligible voters: candidate A received 4,104 votes, Candidate B received 4,320 votes, and candidate C received 3,456 votes. Each of their names were submitted into a prize drawing, and Daniel M. won a special prize.

Congratulations also to Samyuktha A. for providing the correct answer to the Math Jester Problem. She has also received a special “Math Jester Problem” prize.

Congratulations to each of you for your participation and effort in this program.

The December problem of the month has already been 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 (submitted by the due date listed) will be accepted and graded by Mrs. Cozzo. Please be sure to write your full name (legibly) and grade on your submission.

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



Sewing Intramural will be starting on Tuesday, January, 8th, 2019 after school for an hour.  If interested, pick up an Application outside F5, the Cooking Lab. Space is limited to the first 12 entries.


Counselor Corner

Hello from Student Services,

December is an exciting month for our 8th grade students! This week Ms. Lee and Ms. Kempthorn met with students during their Social Studies class to discuss the Top 10 Things to Know About High School. Students were given information about high school graduation requirements and most importantly, registration information for high school courses!

New this year, students and families will complete the registration process online through Synergy.

Please review the dates below to stay on track with the high school registration process. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your student’s School Counselor: Ms. Lee (beginning Jan. 4) A-L or Ms. Kempthorn M-Z


Upcoming Important Dates and Registration Information:

December 11th: MHHS Visit 8th grade students during their 3rd period Related Arts

December 21st: Teacher recommendations due

January 3rd: MHHS Parent Info Night

January 9th and 10th: 9th grade course recommendations reviewed / Students complete online registration (through Social Studies)

Friday January 18th: 9th grade Course Requests/Registration Due in Synergy for School Counselors to review requests.


Music Boosters

We are looking for a few volunteers to assist with the upcoming winter concerts at Mt. Hebron High School. The orchestra concert is Monday, December 10th at 7 pm. Students need to arrive at 5:45.  

To volunteer, please visit this link: The band concert is Wednesday, December 19th, and the chorus concert is Thursday, December 20th at 7 pm. Call times will be e-mailed to parents by the directors.To volunteer for the band and chorus concerts, please visit this link:


The next Music Boosters meeting is Tuesday, January 8th.


Yearbooks are on sale!

They can be purchased online at

Books will be distributed the last week of school. For cash or check orders, please contact



Dear Families,


-Date Change! Our next Family Fun Winter Knight has been moved to Friday, Jan 25th 7-9pm.

-Our next PTA meeting is Wednesday, January 16th from 7-8 pm in the media center.

-Our PTA Sprit wear Sale has closed and orders are being placed. We will send updates on delivery days. The items will go home via backpack from homeroom teachers.

-Find our meeting minutes on our website if you were unable to attend to stay up to date!


FIND US AT: Contact us at:

Facebook: Patapsco Middle School PTA or @patapscopta


Square Online Store:


Happy Holidays to ALL!



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.


Your child can be a SHREK Younger Cast Member (YCM) at Atholton High School!

Auditions are Sunday, Dec. 9, 1:30-2:15 PM. Children who are ready to be YCMs will stay until 4:15 PM

Not in high school yet but want to perform on the Atholton High school stage with high school students, a full orchestra, costumes, sound and lighting?

SHREK The Musical

This year we are inviting students, grades 3-8 to join us as part of our spring musical.

If interested, please send an email to Stephanie Gurwitz Zurier

with Shrek YCM in the subject line.

We want to meet your child on Sunday, Dec. 9, 1:30-2:15. There’s a good chance that we will invite your YCM to stay and rehearse until 4:15. It’s important for parents to read email updates because we are doing a performing arts project over the winter months. We will start and end on time, and children must be picked up on time. Find the form you need and the details here:



Wednesday, 12/12 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 is Wednesday 12/12 7-8:30 at the Homewood School 10914 Clarksville Pike Ellicott City, MD 21042

For more information please contact


Mount Hebron Marketplace

The Viking Backers Booster Club is sponsoring a new community event this year, an arts & crafts festival called “MTH Marketplace.”  The event will take place inside Mt. Hebron on March 16, 2019 (snow date 3/23). We would love to have our students, parents, and staff showcase their talents for the community!

We have 100+ spaces that are approximately 8’ x 8’ in the lobby, cafeteria, gym, and common areas.  Spaces are $40 on a first-applied  basis, and are also open to the community at large. There is no admission fee for the public on the day of the event.  Concessions will be available.
Details, general rules and the vendor application can be found on our website or on the event website