Knightly News

Sun, 05/17/2020 - 4:50pm

Dear Patapsco families:

I hope this email finds you and your family safe and well. I want to take this opportunity to thank all of the families and especially our fantastic PTA who made our teachers and staff feel loved and appreciated last week during Teacher (and Staff) Appreciation Week! We are lucky to have the best parents and families who show constant support for Patapsco and their child’s education.

As we continue our Continuity of Learning, we are excited about a few updates at Patapsco. First, our morning news is back! Our students are producing and creating the material for a weekly morning news broadcast for our Patapsco students. I am proud of their creativity, passion, and collaboration! All morning news videos are posted on Canvas under “Patapsco Middle School Student Resources.” Thank you, Ms. Glass for inspiring and supporting our Knight News Network crew. In addition, our Student Recognition Committee is bringing back Class Shout-Outs and Positive Referrals to recognize our students. Look for Class Shout-Outs on the morning announcements and a phone call from the administration about Positive Referrals in the near future. 

Finally, we have posted some Canvas Help tutorials for parents and guardians on our website. If you or your student need Canvas or Technology assistance, please contact our media specialist, Mrs. McNabb at

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Mike Babe


Knight News Network News Online Now!

Knight News Network (KNN) news is online for you!  Catch up with your Classmates, Teachers, and Administrators during Patapsco's KNN weekly news show.  

Students - make sure to “Favorite” the Patapsco Middle School Student Resources course in Canvas so you can view KNN online!  Look for Birthday announcements and Class Shout-outs to be featured in future shows.

In addition to our news show, the Patapsco Middle School Student Resources course is where you can view announcements from SMOB, Student Services, and Library Media.

How do I "Favorite" a course in Canvas?  check the following links for a review: How to Favorite a course.  (Links to an external site.)

From the Media Center

Please Help Maintain Our Library Media Center For 2020-2021

We are delighted that many of our students currently have Patapsco Middle School library books checked out.

Over the next couple of weeks, you will be receiving emails from our library paraeducator, Mrs. Murach. The emails will provide a list of books your student has checked out. Please work with your child to locate and secure the books so they can eventually be returned.

Returns will most likely occur in August to the school your child will attend. 8th graders will return books to the high school, and 6th and 7th graders will bring them back to Patapsco. Thank you for your support keeping our book collection in good shape for the future.

Electronic Books Available

In the meantime, students can access ebooks and audiobooks through Mackinvia on their homepage. They can even download the Mackinvia app and check out ebooks to read without Internet access.

New! Go to MackinVia/Databases/Capstone for a large selection of non-fictions eBooks in English and Spanish. Check out the 10 Minute Project series for fun make-it-at-home activities.

Reminder: If you haven’t tried checking out ebooks and audiobooks from the Howard County Public Library, you are missing out on an amazing resource. HCPL has significant eContent available online, including e-books and e-audiobooks; streaming TV, movies, and music; online classes; and digital subscriptions to newspapers and magazines. Students can log into their HCPL account by visiting the page and selecting the HCPL button. HCPL will waive fines for materials that will become due during the time we are closed. Additionally, the period of time in which you can pick up requested items will be extended so you don’t lose your items on hold.

Drop by our virtual “Patapsco Library” for Lunch with Mrs. McNabb beginning Tuesday May 19th!

Tuesdays at 11:30 for 6th Grade

Wednesdays at 11:30 for 7th Grade

Thursdays at 11:30 for 8th 

We are hosting optional lunchtime Meets to informally discuss books with students. Meet codes to this and all lunchtime activities, are available through the Patapsco Middle School Student Resource Canvas course announcements.

Student Member of the Board (SMOB) Election

Our 2020 Student Member of the Board (SMOB) elections will take place from June 2-3 via Canvas. Join the Howard County Student Community Page  to find more information about our two candidates, Josh Drasin and Zach Koung. 

Watch videos, read their answers to questions and find out more!  Want more information about who the current Student Member is and what she does? Follow your Student Member of the Board on Twitter @HoCoSMOB and @_hcasc_on Instagram check out our website or email our advisor

Serve as an informed citizen- know what’s going on in your school and throughout HCPSS.

Many Students One Voice- Howard County Association of Student Councils


Community News

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