Knightly News

Fri, 04/30/2021 - 2:48pm


Upcoming Events:

5/3 - 5/7

Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week 


No School for students - Professional Learning Day


MAP Reading Testing, 8-11 AM (more information will be posted in May)


PTA Meeting, 7PM (socially distanced in the parking lot)


MAP Math Testing, 8-11 AM (more information will be posted in May)


No School - Memorial Day

6/10, 11, 14 and 15

3-Hour Early Dismissal Days


Last day of School for “B” day students


Last Day of School for In-Person “E” Students & “A” day students


Congratulations to all the students who earned Honor Roll for the third quarter! 

All students: 519

Principal's (All A’s): 287

Gold (A’s or B’s with 3.0 or higher): 177

Silver (A’s, B’s, and one C with 3.0 or higher): 55


School Bus Evacuation Drill

Your child’s safety is our concern. In the case of an emergency while on a bus (ride to/from school), students need to know how to properly evacuate the bus. Thus, it is very important for students to practice how to evacuate a bus. At Patapsco Middle, our students will participate in a bus evacuation drill on May 4 (A day students) and May 7 (B day students). Car riders, we appreciate your patience while bus riders practice bus evacuation.

The drill will be implemented as follows:

  1. To begin the drill, the driver will say "Evacuate by the rear door".

  2. Students should leave all loose belongings such as books, backpacks, etc., on the bus.

  3. Students will evacuate from the front of the bus toward the rear door while alternating rows.

  4. Students should step down from the bus to the pavement. Jumping could cause a fall or serious injury. Students may sit on the floor at the rear exit and scoot out the door, if they prefer.

  5. Upon leaving the bus, students will form a line at the front door to await further instructions.

Please, contact Mrs. Harmon at if you have any questions.


Drop Off and Pick Up

Due to the increase in car riders, please be sure to follow the arrows , closing any spaces between cars, during arrival and dismissal.


Tardy Student Protocol

If your student arrives late to school, they will need to go to Student Services to obtain a late pass. If your student is late due to an appointment or illness, please send them in with a parent or doctor note or email


Commit to participate in the HCPSS 2021-2022 Digital Education Center (DEC) by May 5, 2021

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HCPSS is planning for a full-time online option for students entering grades K-12 who wish to learn virtually for the 2021-2022 school year. Once finalized, the Digital Education Center (DEC) program will give students the opportunity to take classes and earn credits virtually, while receiving support services from both the DEC and their assigned home school.

Parents/guardians who wish to commit to the DEC should log in to HCPSS Connect Synergy by Wednesday, May 5 at 4 p.m. (see directions below). Families must commit to the DEC for the full 2021-2022 school year. Click here for more information.

To access the commitment form:

  1. Log in to HCPSS Connect Synergy using parent/guardian credentials

  2. Select More Options from the left panel

  3. Select Digital Education Center Commitment from the middle of the page

  4. Complete the questions in the form for each child and select “save”


Patapsco Middle School Library Media Center – Closing June 1st. 

The Patapsco school library will close for this school year on June 1st.  All books must be returned to the Patapsco library by June 1st.   

In a few weeks, a note will be sent to 6th and 7th grade students with directions for checking out books to borrow and keep at home over the summer.  This opportunity will be available to rising 6th and 7th graders only.  Students who want to participate in summer book checkout must have returned all Patapsco books borrowed during the 2020-2021 school year by June 1st. 

If you have questions regarding the library, please email Suzanne McNabb, LMS at


From the Health Room 


If you believe your child has symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or your child is a close contact with someone with COVID-19 symptoms, including anyone who lives in your home, please keep your child home from school and contact your Megan Blouse, School Nurse immediately. 

For more information on HCPSS Emergency Preparedness, please visit the HCPSS website.

Medication Drop Off

Medication Drop off for all students will be every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday between 8:30-2:00.

When you arrive at the building, please go to the door and ring the buzzer. Let the front office know that you are dropping off medication and the nurse will come get the medication from you.

Please make sure all medications have a physician order, and that both the physician and the parent have signed the medication order form. All prescription medications must have the pharmacy label on the bottle. All over the counter medications must be in a new unopened bottle. Be sure to check that the medications are not expired. Please have the medications and orders clearly labelled with the student’s name and grade in a zip lock bag.

If you are unable to drop off medications during these days and times please contact the nurse at or 410-313-2848 to make other arrangements.

Here is the link to medications forms:

Parents of 6thgrade students…

Reminder that all students entering 7th grade are required by the State of Maryland to have the MCV4 and Tdap vaccines prior to the first day of 7th grade. Many students may have already received these immunizations, but the Health Room may not have the updated immunization record.  Please contact your child’s doctor and email an updated copy of your child’s immunizations to

**Symptom Check Daily**

Parents/guardians, please remember to perform a symptom check daily, prior to your child’s departure from home. Please reference the Health Room Updates Google doc for details.


**IMPORTANT** Parent Contact Information


Please ensure your contact information is current and up to date so that we can contact you in the event of an illness or emergency.  If possible, have a secondary emergency backup person identified who will be able to pick up your child if you are unable to.  All ill students must be picked up from the health room.



Menu for students who are eating breakfast/lunch at school or picking it up from school.


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Community Notices:

In response to community requests for resources, HCPSS’ new Community News and Programs website makes it easy for families to find educational and recreational resources, events and after-school programs beyond the school day by non-profit organizations.”

Community organizations requesting their announcements be shared in school newsletters should visit for more information. Questions should be directed to the Public Information Office at