Knightly Newsletter

Fri, 12/18/2020 - 2:43pm





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

12/24 - 1/1

Schools Closed - Winter Break


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


PTA Meeting, 7 PM


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


Schools Closed - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day


Schools Closed - Professional Work Day


Back to School Knight (second semester) Save the Date


Report Cards Posted


Music Boosters Meeting, 7 PM Zoom


Rising 6th Grade Parent Orientation

On January 14 at 6:30 PM, we welcome our rising 6th grade parents to attend our Virtual Orientation to learn about middle school, the 6th grade schedule, and answer any questions about the transition to middle school. We will be meeting at the code PMS-Orientation. Please use your student's username and password (credentials) to access the Google Meet. 

We look forward to seeing you at orientation! Go Knights!

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

New Intramurals

Love to Read!

Join our book club where we will select an outstanding book from Maryland’s student nominated Black-Eyed Susan list with stories that connect to your own lives and experiences.  We will share insights and impressions on the books that we read.

Meeting Dates:  1/25/21, 2/1/21, 2/8/21, 2/22/21, 3/1/21, 3/8/21

Meeting Time:  3:30-4:30 pm

Meetings will be virtual.  Google Meet code will be PMS-lovetoread

Google form (clickable link) response  will be accepted until January 15, 2021

Sponsored by Ms. Vasquez & Ms. Mahoney

Scratch Code Club 

Are you interested in making an online game? Want to code to create a choose your own adventure program? Maybe you just want to be creative? Scratch coding club is the place to be if you want to learn and share some neat Scratch projects! Sign up for the after school club from 3:15 to 4:15 on Tuesdays. 

Scratch is a block-based visual programming language and website targeted primarily at children to help learn code. Users of the site can create projects on the web using a block-like interface.  Students can create their own interactive stories, games, and animation. 

Dates: 1/19, 1/26, 2/2, 2/16, 2/23, 3/2 

Meeting Time:  3:15-4:15 pm 

Meetings will be virtual.  Google Meet code will be provided prior to the first meeting. 

Sign Up Form*:

Sign Up is limited to the first 25 participants!

Sponsored by Mr. Dymek

Delta Scholars

Mentoring Program - Academic Support

A group for 7th and 8th grade African American young ladies who will be mentored by the Mount Hebron Delta Scholars group. The students will be given time to get help with homework, free time, as well activities that will help them get through middle school years. If interested email

Sponsored by Ms. Lee

Do you need to Report an Absence from School?

Click here for more information and feel free to email attendance notes to:

Counselor Corner




Dec. 21st at 10:50am

  • Homeroom / SEL time Lessons: High School Registration (Dec. 21st) 


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.

Mt. Hebron Virtual Parent Information Night

Jan. 7th, 2021 at 6:30pm 

Parent/Guardian Information and Breakout

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:

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.

Maryland Association of Science Teachers (MAST)

MAST Outstanding Educator Awards - Accepting Nominations 

For more information  MAST.pdf

HCC Kids on Campus

HCC’s well-known Kids on Campus program provides enrichment education for youth ages 8 to 17. Topics range from Art from Around the World, Roblox, Nature Explorers, Math enrichment, World Languages, and SAT Prep. HCC Kids on Campus has something for every interest! This could be a great opportunity for students to supplement around content areas they want to learn more about or need support in! Upcoming available courses can be found here.  A limited number of scholarships are available for families who need financial aid. If you believe you may be eligible for financial aid, please complete this application and submit it via email to as soon as possible. 




Community Notices:

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