Knightly News

Fri, 05/28/2021 - 2:49pm

Upcoming Events:

5/31   No School - Memorial Day

6/02   MAP Make-up Day Testing (for students who missed on 5/19 and/or 5/26)

6/10   3-Hour Early Dismissal Day

6/11   3-Hour Early Dismissal Day

          8th grade celebration at 1:30 PM

6/14   3-Hour Early Dismissal Day

6/15   3-Hour Early Dismissal: Last Day of School

6/16   12:00 p.m. - Report cards available for students/parents to view Synergy

8/30   First day of School for 21-22


Dear Patapsco families:

As we enter Memorial Day weekend which is a federal holiday to honor and mourn the military members who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. The holiday is observed on the last Monday of May. 

Memorial Day is also considered the unofficial start of summer.  While things are starting to return to more “normal”...the pools are opening and the Bar-B-Ques are heating up, we must not forget those who gave their lives so that we can have ours.  I’m sure many of our Patapsco community members know someone who was in the military. 

This weekend is also close to the start of the end of our academic year. I want to thank everyone for their support of our students, our staff, and our school. We have two and half weeks left of the 20-21 school year, and we will end strong. We are looking forward to our 8th grade celebration where we can celebrate our 8th grade students as they go on to high school next year.

Let’s honor the ones we have lost but also celebrate the times we have with one another. I hope you have an enjoyable weekend with family and friends.

Mike Babe



School Pictures

We have received the students’ pictures for those who ordered them. They were delivered to the 1st period teachers this week. Please check with your student if you have not received them. 


Student Immunization Clinics at HCHD

Do you have a student that needs Tdap, MCV4, Varicella, MenB or HPV?

When: Every Thursday afternoon in June from 1:00-3:30pm

Location: Howard County Health Department 8930 Stanford Blvd, Columbia MD 21045

How: Call 410-313-7500 to make an appointment.

Bring your immunization record!


MAP Reading & MAP Math Make Up - Scheduled for June 2

Students who either missed or need to complete any MAP assessment should plan to attend the following time designated per content on Wednesday, June 2:

9:00AM - 11:00AM for MAP Reading

12:15PM - 2:15PM for MAP Math

Virtual students will participate from home and In Person students should report to the cafeteria at Patapsco Middle.  

All students should join the google meet session using this code: PMS-aharmon

It is okay to join a session late, if needed.

Feel free to contact Mrs. Harmon at if you have any questions.


Attention All 8th grade Families!

8th Grade Celebration 

The staff have been diligently working with administration and the PTA for our 8th grade celebration and we are excited to announce some of the details! All students will view the virtual video and annual slideshow on June 11th during their morning classes (this video will also be shared for all families to view). This video includes pictures of our 8th grade students, student speech, messages from staff, the annual speech from Mr. Babe, and more!


On June 11th at 1:30 PM, we will have a live drive-through parade and celebration at Patapsco Middle! Families and students can drive in their car (we encourage families to decorate their cars!) to Patapsco where they will participate in an all-staff celebration and traditional clap-out. Students will receive their certificate, a gift from staff, and a photo opportunity with a surprise backdrop (bring your camera/phone), and more. We look forward to this momentous occasion!  

We would like all of our 8th grade students to wear their Patapsco 8th grade tee shirt, provided by the PTA (You may come to school Monday-Friday from 8:30 to 2:30 to pick up your students shirt if you have not already picked up a shirt). Let’s celebrate our 8th grade students and wish them well as they go on to high school. We will miss them so much!

In order to accommodate everyone for the photo opportunity and to be able to read each student name, students and families will arrive by car to campus during a specific window based on last name. Please place first and last name on a piece of paper to hold in the window in large legible writing.

Last Names and Time:




The Photo Opportunity backdrop will remain available until 7 PM for any families who would like to come back to take a picture or more pictures around outside of the school. 


Rising 9th Grade Visit Day Information to Mount Hebron

All 8th grade students who are attending Mount Hebron High next year will have the opportunity to do a virtual visit on June 9 from 9-10 AM. 

See flier for more information PDF icon MHHS 8th Grade Virtual Visit Day Flier.pdf


Three Hour Early Dismissal Schedule (June 10-15)




Period 1


Period 2


Period 3


Period 4


Grab & Go

At end of Period 4, virtual students are dismissed. In-person students remain with Period 4 teacher. Classes are sent to cafeteria in shifts to pick up grab & go lunches and will return to Period 4 until dismissal.


Course Requests for Current 6th and 7th Grade Students

Current 6th and 7th grade families please note that student course requests for the 2021-2022 school year were made available for review in HCPSS Connect on Thursday, May 13th. Please review the course requests with your child. If there is an error, please contact your child's teacher and/or current school counselor immediately. Please note this is not the final schedule and there may be future adjustments due to course availability and/or staffing. To view course requests, parents/guardians should:

  • Log in to HCPSS Connect Synergy using parent/guardian credentials

  • Select “Course Request” from the left panel


Student Withdraws from HCPSS

If you have a current 6th or 7th grade student who will not be returning to Patapsco Middle School next year, please email  to arrange your child’s withdraw from Patapsco. If your student is not attending an HCPSS school next year, you will also need to return their HCPSS issued Chromebook to Patapsco upon their withdraw.

Chromebook Summer Drop Off

If you would like your child’s HCPSS issued Chromebook to be stored at Patapsco over the summer, you may return the Chromebook to the school or a Technology Support Center. If you plan on returning your child’s HCPSS issued Chromebook, please email

Families who choose to keep the Chromebook over the summer should review the Chromebook Care guidelines with their child to ensure that the device is kept safe over the summer.


End of Year Reminders from the Library Media Center   

All Patapsco Middle School library media materials are due back on June 1st. 

Take Home Books for Summer – 6th and 7th graders only! 

If you are a 6th or 7th grade Patapsco student and plan to return in the fall, you may be eligible to borrow 6 Patapsco library books for summer. These books can be taken home for summer and do not need to be returned until September. For all the details, check out the Summer Reading form at 

Howard County Public Library Summer Reading Challenge for ages 11-17.  Win a book and log your summer reading.  More information at 

  1. Summer Reading will run from June 1 - August 31, 2021 

  2. For children Ages birth - 4; Ages 5-10; Ages 11-17; and adults 18+. 

Register and participate online at (Links to an external site.) or download and print a paper copy at (Links to an external site.) (coming soon). 

Looking for reading suggestions?   

Check out this awesome list,  This list was developed by Howard County Public School Library Media Specialists in collaboration with Children’s Instruction and Research Staff from the Howard County Library System.


From the Health Room 

Dental Hygiene Resource:  Please see the attached flier regarding resources on dental hygiene.  Dental.pdf

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.


Health Room Updates

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

2021-2022 Academic Calendar: Click Here to DOWNLOAD in monthly format.


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Community Notices:

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