Knightly News 02/08/19

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 10:46am


2/12: Music Booster's Meeting 7:00 PM

2/18: Presidents Day - Schools and offices closed

2/20: MAP

2/21: MAP

2/22: MAP

2/26: Orchestra Assessment 3:00 PM

2/28: Orchestra Adjudication 2:00 PM

3/08: Spelling Bee 7:00 PM at River Hill High School

4/12: International Day


Dear Patapsco Families:


Are you enjoying all of this “Maryland Weather” like we are? It is winter one moment then spring and then winter again. Let’s hope the groundhog was right and we are able to see spring full time in the near future.

We want to remind you to check that your student is dressed appropriately for the cold temperatures in the coming weeks. As a reminder that we encourage students to go outside during recess as it is healthy to get exercise and important for our students to have a break during their academic day. We want our students to be able to enjoy recess even on the colder days.  In accordance with HCPSS guidelines, children will go outside unless there is precipitation or the outside temperature combined with the wind chill drops below 20 degrees.


We hope you were able to see the post on facebook, instagram, or twitter that this week was National School Counseling Appreciation Week. We would like to take this time to recognize Ms. Morgan Kempthorn and Ms. Kendra Lee for all that they do to support our students. We are lucky that they are part of our #OnePatapsco.

Thank you for sending us your best,


Mike Babe


Patapsco- a place where everyone is valued and important!


MAP Testing

HCPSS middle schools are administering the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP®) assessment to provide information on student instructional skill levels and growth over time. In order to gauge progress, MAP will be administered at Patapsco Middle.

Testing is scheduled for the winter administration as follows:

    MAP: February 20, 21, 22


We ask that you try not to schedule appointments during your student’s test time/day in order to avoid having to take your student from classes to make up the assessment. Also, please make sure your student gets a good night’s rest, eats breakfast, and is ready to do their best on each testing day.


Report Cards and Honor Roll

Report cards were distributed in homeroom yesterday. We will celebrate our students who received Honor Roll or Principal’s Honor Roll on Friday, February 15th during their lunch shift.


Geography Bee

It was an exciting Geography Bee with very tough questions!! All of our students did an amazing job and we would like to congratulation Daniel Mason, who is our 2018-2019 Patapsco Geography Bee champion, and Achyutha Duddebanda who is our runner-up. Thank you, Mr. Ordovensky and Mr. Dubbs for organizing the Geography Bee.

Kudos to all of our 2018-2019 participants!!

-Ben Koch

-Trinetra Vijayakumar

-Evan Althouse

-Noah Johnson

-Reidar Blanco

-Brandon Fox


Beyond School Hours Program

This past January launched the start of Patapsco's Morning Academic Intervention Program. The program focuses on supporting student skills needed to be successful in the classroom and on standardized tests, specifically with math and reading comprehension. We hope to encourage our students and celebrate their successes and improvement. That being said, we still have around 10 open spots for 6th grade and 20 open spots for 7th & 8th! Please check out the original letters for more information, and if you would like your child to attend, please complete the form as soon as possible. The program starts at 7:15AM and will run through May 17th, 2019. Please contact Mr. Price (, the PMS Beyond School Hours Coordinator if you have any questions or if you did not receive a letter but feel that your child would benefit from this academic intervention program.


School Procedures

Over the past few months we have seen an increase in students being tardy to school or using their cellphones during instructional time. We would like to provide you with the school procedures so you can talk with your student about the importance of arriving to school/class on time and not using their cell phone in class unless directed by a staff member. Cell phones/devices are only to be used for instructional purposes under the HCPSS BYOD guidelines.

School Procedures


HCPSS G/T Advisory Seeks Nominations for Educator Recognition:

Now through February 15, 2019, advanced-level learners and/or their families are invited to recognize a G/T Resource Teacher, content or classroom teacher, or administrator who has enriched their educational experience.  ALL educators who have a letter of recognition submitted on their behalf will be honored at the annual GTAC Educator Recognition Event on April 2, 2019 at 7 p.m. at Reservoir High School.

·         Submit the GTAC Educator Recognition Form by February 15.


Upcoming Intramural Activities!


The month of March will see two new Intramural activities starting. Ms. Mitchell will be running an after school activity where a mural will be created in the school. A great opportunity for our budding artists to work on a fun project.


In addition, Mr. Weeks will be sponsoring a Volleyball after school activity in March. Let's get our kids active and off those screens!


Each activity will be announced in school, and forms will be made available in school. You can also follow our Intramural page for more details.

As always, students taking part in after school activities do need a ride home promptly at 4pm.


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.


Counselor Corner

February 8, 2019

6th and 7th grade Guidance Lesson Updates!

This week Ms. Lee and Ms. Kempthorn met with 6th grade students to help them create an academic S.M.A.R.T goal for the 3rd quarter. Take a moment to review your students goal and consider ways you can support them at home. Ms. Lee and Ms. Kempthorn will meet with students at the end of the 3rd quarter to check their progress!

Coming up for next week, Ms. Lee and Ms. Kempthorn will meet with 7th graders during Social Studies to discuss Emotional Control. 7th grade can be a tough year. Ms. Lee and Ms. Kempthorn will share strategies and discuss the importance of being purposeful when dealing with their emotions.


Attention 8th grade Parents!

Health and  Lifetime Fitness Course Registration Update


Eligible Students

There has been a change as to which students will be eligible to take Health and/or Lifetime Fitness during the Innovative Pathways High School Summer Program (formerly Comprehensive Summer School).

Students are not officially in high school until their first day of 9th grade in September. Therefore, rising 9th grade students are not eligible to take Health/Lifetime Fitness prior to 9th grade.


Registration for Fall 2019

Health and Lifetime Fitness are pre-selected as recommended courses for all rising 9th graders. Students are expected to complete Health and Lifetime Fitness in grade 9. Rising 9th grade students are no longer permitted to take Health and Lifetime Fitness over the summer and have it count towards high school graduation requirements.

If a student would like to participate in another elective, in place of Health and Lifetime Fitness, a Course Placement Review form and an updated four-year plan must be completed with the middle school counselor. Health and Lifetime Fitness are recommended for completion by the end of grade 10 and should be reflected as such within the four-year plan. Options may include taking the course during grade 10 or through the Innovative Pathways Evening Program.


“History has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.” Michelle Obama

Ms. Kempthorn & Ms. Lee

If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to reach out to Student Services staff for assistance.


Culture Day- we need volunteers!

Patapsco Middle School will be changing our traditional Career Day this year.  Instead, we will host our first Culture Day. We are excited to continue the important task of encouraging our community to embrace diversity and culture! Career Day will be back next year and every other year after. We need our wonderful community and parents to help make this happen!  Please consider donating your time and energy to this wonderful cause by completing the online interest form. More information here: Culture Day


Help Us Earn Easy Money For Our School!

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!

To participate:

  • Visit  and SIGN IN to your online account. If you do not have an online account, click REGISTER and follow the prompts to create your online account.  You will need your 12-digit Giant Card number and the School ID #.

IF YOU DON’T KNOW YOUR Giant Card NUMBER CALL 1-877-366-2668 OPTION #1

To earn points:

  • Use your Giant Card each time you shop at Giant, and you will earn CASH for my school. You can track the number of points you are earning for our school by checking your grocery receipt.

  • At the end of each month, your points are calculated and converted to CASH rewards. These CASH rewards for our school are updated monthly. You can track our progress when you sign in to your online account.

  • Our school will receive one CASH rewards check at the end of the program and can use this cash for any of its educational needs.

Thank you for supporting our school.


Dear Families,



-We need a President and VP officer for the 2019-2020 year and committee chairs for Hospitality, 8th grade, (new) Howard County Drug-Free advisor rep, and PTACHC reps. Without a President we cannot use any of the PTA funds in the bank for next year…please consider taking a position. You will be supported! Contact if interested in any positions to discuss them further.

- On the horizon for PTA:

  • Friday, March 29th Tentative Date - Spring Fling Fun Knight- plans in the works.

  • April, 12th -Supporting PMS International Day during the school day (instead of career day this year). Sign up here

  • May 6-10th Teacher Appreciation Week. SignUp Genius to come in April.

  • May 15th- Last PTA meeting and elections

  • June date TBD due to snow days- 8th grade promotion ceremony at Mt. Hebron HS; and a 8th grade class celebration. The PTA will fund most of this celebration but we will need many parent hands and donations of food/ drinks for all celebrations.  SignUp Genius to come in May.

  • June date TBD- Parent organized (not a HCPSS function) 8th grade Pool Party at North St. Johns Pool. Separate info and permission slip with a SignUp genius to come from parent organizers for event.

-Our next PTA meeting is Wednesday, March 20th from 7-8 pm in the media center

Here’s to an early Spring!

FIND US AT: Contact us at:

Facebook: Patapsco Middle School PTA or @patapscopta


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Music Boosters

Music in the Parks festival to Hersheypark, PA for 7th and 8th grade musicians will be on 5/17/19:  We are in need of about 50 chaperones for this trip! We anticipate sending permission slips home with students on 5/9.  Please read the information in the chaperone section carefully, complete, and return to school ASAP. Chaperone seats are first-come, first-served.  If you have questions after reading the packet, please e-mail Ms. Mills at


The next meeting of the Patapsco Music Boosters is this Tuesday, February 12th at 7 PM in the PMS Media Center.


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.


Leadership and Service Opportunity for All Middle and High School students interested in...

-Sharing the Student Voice on changes to the HCPSS Grading and Homework Policy and the Dress Code Policy in addition to 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.

For more information please contact


Saturday Math Academy

The Howard County Public School System’s BSAP Saturday Math Academy (BSAP-SMA) has been in existence since 1992. The program was developed in collaboration with the HCPSS and parents as a response to requests for opportunities to network. The priority was to learn instructional mathematical strategies to support their children at home and to accelerate academic achievement.

Certified teachers work with a diverse population of students on all levels of mathematics. Teachers assess student levels before placement in classes and plan accordingly. In addition to receiving weekly instruction, students have multiple opportunities to engage in STEM related activities such as robotics and MESA (Math, Engineering, Science Achievement) and 30-minute chess instruction, which is taught by chess tutors and community volunteers.

The BSAP Saturday Math Academy is open to all students in grades 3–12 in the Howard County Public School System. Students must be registered in order to attend the fall or spring sessions, which meet on Saturday mornings from 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. at Oakland Mills Middle School (new location).

Community members and parents of enrolled students are introduced to a variety of math related topics during weekly information meetings.

Registration: Spring registration will open January 12, 2019

Spring Session Dates

Sessions are from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

  • February 2, 9, 23

  • March 2, 9, 16, 23

  • Chess Tournament, March 23

Payments can be made either online or in-person. Parents can make on-site payments until 12:00 p.m. at Oakland Mills Middle School. Online payments can be accessed until 11:59 p.m. (link will be posted during registration)

The registration fee is $80 and must be paid on January 12, 2019.

Here is the website for details and registration:


The International Parent Leadership Program

(IPLP) will be held at Mt. Hebron HS this March.  The program is open to any international parents who would like to learn about the school system.  If you are interested in participating, please go to to register.   The registration will close on 2/22/19. If you have any questions, please contact


The sessions are: 3/4/19, 3/11/19, 3/18/19, 3/25/19, 6:00-8:00pm.  You must attend all 4 sessions.