Knightly News

Fri, 06/04/2021 - 2:35pm


Upcoming Events:

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  Time 8:05 AM – 2:50 PM


School Pictures

Virtual student pictures are here for those who ordered. You may come any day M-F 8:30-2:30 to pick them up.


Student Immunization Clinics at HCHD

The Howard County Health Department Immunization Program will be holding vaccination clinics during the month of June for children and adolescents who need to get current on their immunization schedule.Any student aged 12 and up who gets up-to-date on school vaccines, will be guaranteed an appointment at an upcoming clinic for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine!

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!


Attention All 8th grade Families!

8th Grade Celebration 

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:




To maintain traffic flow, we are asking families to exit their car for a brief picture who would like to take a picture and then we ask that families return to their car in a timely fashion.

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 iconMHHS 8th Grade Virtual Visit Day Flier.pdf


From the PTA

Patapsco Middle School needs 6th and 7th grade parent volunteers to help with the 8th Grade Car Parade on Friday, June 11th from 1PM - 2:45PM. Please click the link to help!


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.



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.




All students are able to keep their Chromebook over the summer unless they are leaving HCPSS for the 2021-2022 school year. In that case, the Chromebook must be returned by June 15 to our Media Specialist, Suzanne McNabb, or Technology Support Center. 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.


If your child is having issues with the device over the summer, please bring it to:

  • Old Bushy Park Elementary School, Room E2 (door to the left of the front entrance), 2690 Route 97, Glenwood (Building is between Glenwood Middle School and Bushy Park Elementary School)

  • Old Cedar Lane, Gymnasium (door on the left side of the building; follow the signs), 5451 Beaverkill Road, Columbia (Building shares a parking lot with Harper’s Choice Middle School)

Hours of operation are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., and Tuesday and Thursday from 2-5 p.m. Please note that Technology Support Centers are closed any day that HCPSS offices are closed.



End of Year Reminders from the Library Media Center   

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 

Reminder: If your child has medications in the health room please pick up by the last day of school. If you are unable to pick up the medication please contact the health room to make other arrangements.

Medication for next year: If your child will need medication when he/she returns next school year, your child’s doctor or nurse practitioner must complete the attached medication form.  Please be sure that all portions of the form are completed and signed by the parent and doctor or practitioner.  Orders for the coming school year must be dated on or after July 1st. All medications must be in properly labeled containers that include the following information:

• Student name

• Medication name

• Dosage to be given

• Time and frequency of medication

• Date of medication order

• Prescriber’s name

• Expiration date of medication

Pharmacy bottles will usually contain this information.  Over-the-counter medications such as cold, allergy, and headache medications should be labeled with the student’s name in black marker and brought to the school in new, unopened containers.

* Remember, if this is the first time your child has taken the medication, the first dose should be given at home, prior to bringing it to the health room, in the event that they have an adverse reaction.

You can access the appropriate medication forms through the attached link.


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.


eCybermission Competition 

Some of PMS 7th Grade students won 1st place in eCybermission competition that was conducted by AEOP (Army Educational Outreach Program).

MD State 1st: eCybermission

Team Name: Aqua Ducks



From Right to Left: Vishva Rao, Aarush Kejriwal, Akhil Dommaraju, Mohith K Gudipati with Parent Advisor Padmaja Gade.



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