Knightly Newsletter

Fri, 12/11/2020 - 3:37pm




12/14:   Homeroom/SEL Lesson (8th grade) - Introduction to High School, 10:50 AM

12/15:             PTA Fundraiser at Chipotle, 4-8 PM

12/16:             Mt.Hebron State of the Art, 7 PM flyerPDF icon Mt. Hebron State of the Arts.pdf

12/18:        MHHS Virtual Visit Video for students, 11:00 AM

12/21:             Homeroom/SEL Lesson (8th grade) - High School Registration, 10:50 AM 

12/24 - 1/1:     Schools Closed - Winter Break

1/7:                 Mt. Hebron Virtual Parent/Guardian Info Night for rising 9th graders, 6:30PM

1/14:               Rising 6th Grade Parent/Guardian Orientation, 6:30 PM


Dear Patapsco families and community:

Thank you to all of our families who were able to join us for our Virtual Family Support Sessions last Monday. If you were unable to attend but would like to receive information, we have posted the presentations on our website. Kudos to our staff Family Engagement Committee for their efforts and facilitation of this evening. 

This past Tuesday, we had the pleasure to have Dr. Martirano, Superintendent of HCPSS, attend Mr. White’s second period class. It was great to have our Superintendent in attendance and see our amazing students “solve a crime” using the circulatory system. 

This coming Tuesday, we have our PTA Chipotle fundraiser. It is an easy dinner to order online, enter the code, and pick-up your meal and a percentage goes to the PTA. 

I hope you have a wonderful weekend,

Mike Babe



Students of the Month for November

Congratulations to the following Knights who have been nominated by our staff to be the November Students of the Month. They have exhibited being Resilient, Responsible, and/or Respectful!





Alexa S.

Alaiyo J.

Adefolafunmi (Fola) A.

Ava D.

Alexander K.

Aidan S.

Brooke N.

Alexandra B.

Allison Y.

Carlos M. G.

Aryan U.

Autumn W.

Chloe H.

Bridget S.

Benjamin F.

Dawson I. C.

Brody D.

Conrad E.

Ethan C. V.

Elise E.

Heath C.

Farah S.

Euna W.

Heidy T. C. 

Grace M.

Hannah P.

Janhavi G.

Hadley R.

Hector L.

Junior I. L.

Hayden S.

Ian C.

Justin M. A.

Hiedi C. S.

Ilene M.

Kiran T.

Hope D. V.

Iniya G.

Mariah M.

Jaini B.

Jadin B.

Nina (Mika) P. P.

Janis T. C.

Katharine E.

Nolan M.

Jazib A.

Nadia G.

Peter O.

Kamara E.

Sean O.

Precious A.

Kamila V. V.


Ryan L. 

Krish J.


Talia B.

Lillian F.


Van A.

Mark L.


Muhammad A.


Raquel W.


Ryan B.


Sarayu K.


Snigdha G.


Zahra G.



Spirit Week

Patapsco Middle is having a virtual spirit week from December 14-18, and we are looking forward to having as much participation as possible to pump ourselves up the week before winter break!

Monday: Crazy Sock or Crazy Hair Day

Tuesday: Sports Day

Thursday:  Pet/Stuffed Animal Parade Day

Friday: Patapsco Spirit/Color Day 

Period 1 teachers will keep a tally of who has participated and at the end of the week, the grade with the most participation wins!!

In order to participate you need to turn on your camera to show your teacher, change your avatar to the spirit wear theme, or send a picture through Inbox to Ms.Glass or Ms.Lee with your grade in the subject line. 

For more information, check out the Patapsco Resource Page, KNN broadcast next week, or send Ms.Glass or Ms.Lee an email. We are looking forward to spirit week so have fun, and show your school spirit!!


Holiday Food Support

See flyer for more information File Holiday Supports.docx


Winter Break Meals Adjustments

Please plan ahead! There will be no meal service December 24-January 1. To ensure children have access to essential nutrition during the holiday period, families may pick up additional meals in advance of the break, by visiting any open meal site on Wednesday, December 23.

Additionally, pre-ordering will not be available for meals picked up December 21–23 or January 4–6. Walk up (non-pre-ordered) meals may be picked up those and other days schools are in session.

For more information and updates for Winter Break meal services, please read the latest information



Just a reminder!  Chipotle next Tuesday evening December 15th 4 -8PM

The Patapsco Middle School PTA will be having a fundraiser at Chipotle on Rt 40. To make it even easier, you can order online and pickup. Here’s how:

  1. Access the Chipotle app or order from their website.  (

  2. Choose “Pickup” and select the location of the Ellicott City restaurant (9120 Baltimore National Pike Lot A-1 Ellicott City, MD 21042 Near Baltimore National Pike and St Johns Ln)

  3. Build your order with all your favorite items.

  4. Once you’re ready to place your order, input your unique online fundraiser code “MCJMGFK” in the “Enter a Promo Code” section. Don’t forget to click “Apply.”

  5. Provide payment information and submit your order for pickup (not delivery). Reminder, pickup must be within the hours (4 PM to 8 PM) of your scheduled fundraiser.

Flyers: Information       Información en español

Givebacks is a new fundraiser! You get to save on things you can actually use - and our PTA gets up to 20% back! 

For more information:


Preferred Name

A new process will be enabled in January 2021 to allow students to show a preferred name in Synergy, Canvas and Google. Students can follow this process.

  1. Go to

  2. Go to Synergy

  3. Click on “Student Info” in the lower left

  4. Look for the “Preferred First Name” field to see what is there now.

  5. This name will show in Canvas and Google beginning the first week of January, 2021.

  1. If you do not want this name to show or would like something else to show, contact your administrator  by December 21, 2020.

  2. If you do want this name to show, you don’t need to do anything.

Note: The preferred name will carry over from year to year unless a change is requested. Once a requested change is made, that preferred name will remain for the student’s HCPSS career unless another change is requested through the school secretary/administrator. 

For students who are transgender or gender non-binary, there is an additional procedure to mask their legal name and/or gender assigned at birth, providing additional confidentiality. If you think this may apply to you, please reach out to your school counselor to discuss. Let your counselor know that you are interested in learning about the presenting name option/masking process.


Counselor Corner






Dec. 21st 6:30-7:30pm

  • Counselor Drop-in Hours for High School Registration Questions

  • Google Meet Code: PMS-Registration (use HCPSS credentials)

Dec. 21st to Jan. 15th 

  • Students/parents in rising 9th grades enter additional course requests, including 4 alternate classes, in HCPSS Connect (Synergy). Students and Parents at this time can also fill out a Course Placement Review Form (CPR) if they would like to request a different course than what was recommended by the teacher.




Dec. 14th and 21st at 10:50am

  • Homeroom / SEL time Lessons:

    • Introduction to High School (Dec. 14th) 

    • High School Registration (Dec. 21st)

Dec. 18th at 11:00am

  • MHHS Virtual Visit Video for students

  • Google Meet: PMS-HSvisit

Mt. Hebron Virtual Parent Information Night

Jan. 7th, 2021 at 6:30pm

This is a time where important information will be shared to ensure a smooth transition and successful experience for the Class of 2025. 


A Glimpse of the Topics to be Discussed:

  • Graduation Requirements

  • Scheduling for 9th Graders

  • Extracurricular Opportunities

  • Academic Area Presentations

  • Parent Groups, Resources & Supports

  • Meet Instructional Team Leaders

Career Academy Virtual Information Session:

Thursday, January 7, 2021, 7-8 p.m. — Online

Parents/guardians of, and students in grades 8-10 are invited to attend a virtual information session on the HCPSS Career and Technical Education Career Academies. Participants will learn how CTE Career Academies provide high school students with opportunities to earn college credit, scholarships, and industry certifications, participate in worksite and mentorship experiences, and become creative problem solvers by participating in hands-on project-based learning.


Click the link below to register for a session:


Interested in JROTC? 

Applications are open now thru January 5th! JROTC is available at Atholton High School, Howard High School, and Oakland Mills High School. For more information please visit the JROTC News Page.


Supporting a Student’s Mental Health 

For more information: mental health and wellness information and supports 

Scripps National Spelling Bee

This year, the Scripps National Spelling Bee has developed an online testing platform that will allow Patapsco Middle to host an online school spelling bee, while your children are learning remotely from your homes.

More information is located on our website:


HCPSS COVID-19 Dashboard

HCPSS launched a new COVID-19 dashboard, aimed at identifying positive COVID-19 cases of students and staff who have been in HCPSS facilities. The dashboard will be updated every Wednesday by 11 a.m., consistent with Maryland Department of Health reporting. Any cases reported after Tuesdays will be included in the next week’s update. More information.


HCPSS 2020-2021 Inclement Weather Protocols

For the 2020-2021 school year, while in virtual, small groups or hybrid instructional models, HCPSS may transition to fully virtual instruction during inclement weather days. This will allow the school system to make a decision earlier when inclement weather is expected and provide families with earlier notice so they may make necessary adjustments. More information.


Memory Books (Yearbooks from 2019-2020) 

Did you miss out on last year's memory book or are you looking for an easy gift for your student that you can receive now? We still have some available for purchase and distribution. If you are interested in purchasing one, please click here Online School Payment





Community Notices

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