Knightly News

Tue, 06/15/2021 - 11:22am

Upcoming Events:


3-Hour Early Dismissal Day: Last Day of School


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


First day of School for 21-22   Time 8:05 AM - 2:50 PM


Dear Patapsco families and community:

Last Friday was a wonderful celebration of our 8th graders. We celebrated each student individually and collectively. Thank you to our staff who brought the love and energy and did not let weather rain on our students’ parade. Thank you to the band from Mount Hebron and Patapsco who played for over an hour! Thank you to the PTA and parents for organizing the photo opportunity and bringing so many tents to keep our staff and our student-band dry. The 8th grade video and slideshow is available for students and families on Canvas. The event was so much fun and we will miss our 8th grade students!

I want to also take this opportunity to ask you to join me in wishing a few of our staff members farewell as they transition to their next chapter next year. Elena Ahn, special educator, will be transitioning to another school in HCPSS. Julie Mills, chorus teacher, will be moving to another county to be closer to family. Finally, Paul Eyes, tech ed teacher, is retiring after over 20 years of dedicated service to the Patapsco community. Please feel free to email these wonderful and dedicated educators who have made Patapsco a great place to be!

This year has been a year we will never forget. However, we could not have done it without our fantastic students, committed staff, and supportive families! We truly showed how strong our #OnePatapsco community is! 

I wish each and every one of you a relaxing summer. I look forward to seeing our Knights on August 30, the first day of the 21-22 school year.

Take care,

Mike Babe



Students of the Month for May & June

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





Aaditi P.

Abdullah I.

Abdul K.

Amanda B.

Angel G. M.

Andy G.

Amy P.

Aniyah H.

Brendan R.

Andrew C. 

Ayomide S.

Charlie B.

Austin P.

Erica H.

Gemma L.

Cameron B.

Gabriel V.

Hakeem S.

Carter V.

Genesis C. C.

Isaiah K.

Colin D.

Henry A.

Leni F.

Colin S.

Jackson B.

Nate R.

George J.

Kaelyn C.

Roman W.

Hayden S.

Katie E.

Ryan D.

Jamie S.

Madelyn R.

Saffi C.

Justin K.

Sammy P.

Sree R.

Kaitlyn W.

Theeksha M.


Kevin R. C.

Tyson S.


Lavanya A. 

Wunmi L.


Liana K.


Matthew O.


Mercy Y.


Musa A.


Nicole C.


Soanny L.


Sophia C.


Zain S.


Free Summer Meals

HCPSS will continue providing free meals this summer to any HCPSS students and all children 18 and under. Meals will be served Mondays and Thursdays, June 21-August 13 at locations throughout the county. In addition to the summer meal service for the public, free meals will be provided to all students participating in HCPSS summer programs at the 33 program locations.


From our Family Engagement Staff Committee:

With the 2020-2021 School Year coming to a close, we want to hear from the parents/guardians in our community. Please fill out the survey linked below to share how you liked to be engaged by the school. Share what positive experiences you have had in the last year and any feedback you might have. With this information, it is our goal to better engage our families to help all of our students be successful.  We look forward to working with you and here is to a great start to the 2021-2022 School Year.


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!


COVID Vaccine Clinic and MCV4 and Tdap offered by the Howard County Health Department:

COVID clinic next Monday, June 14 at Deep Run Elementary school from 4-7pm. They will also have Tdap and MCV to offer to students  who need it for school.

Registrations and walk-ins for covid. To pre-register for vaccine click here: No pre-registrations for Tdap and MCV, just walk in.  There is no cost for these vaccines.

Important Information:

  • Adolescents ages 12 - 17 can only receive the Pfizer vaccine. Please note the vaccine type provided at a clinic before making your appointment.

  • Parents are encouraged to accompany their children into the Pfizer vaccination clinics. 

  • The clinic list is updated weekly when additional vaccine shipments are confirmed by the Health Department.

  • Minor consent forms for COVID-19 vaccination can be found here: Pfizer Vaccine Minor Consent Forms


Clothing GiveAway, June 26 and 27

Howard County Public Schools has partnered with Neediest Kids and COAD to provide an opportunity for families in need to receive some new, free clothing.

PDF icon Neediest Kids Flyer Final.pdf


June is recognized as Pride Month for HCPSS

LGBTQI+ Month is recognized in June in the Howard County Public School System. HCPSS is committed to providing an educational and work environment that is free from discrimination, fosters equitable opportunities, and values diversity and commonality. Our Patapsco school  community works to ensure the safety, comfort, and healthy development of LGBTQIA+ students. Let’s all continue to work together to ensure all students feel they are seen, heard, and valued.

Shake Shack in Columbia is giving HCPSS Pride/HoCo Rainbow Conference 25% of their sales on our last day of school - June 15th! What a great way to end the year AND to help us fund Rainbow-related activities for the 2021-22 school year. You MUST use code DONATE25 when ordering through the app or show the attached flyer at checkout for us to receive credit. Please refer to this attached flier:  PDF icon HCPSS Pride Donation Day Flyer (1).pdf


MAP Test Results

MAP test results are available  to view in Synergy. To access previous test scores:

  1. Log in to HCPSS Connect

  2. Select More Options from the left panel

  3. Select Standardized Test Scores from the middle

A PDF copy of the student MAP progress report has also been posted. Learn more.


Mrs. Blackburn is retiring!

Did you attend Hollifield Station Elementary School?  You may have heard that after more than 20 years at Hollifield, Mrs. Blackburn is retiring!  To let her know how much she was loved and appreciated in this community, the teachers at Hollifield are organizing an outdoor "Goodbye, and Thank You" at 12:15 on Tuesday June 15th featuring a brief performance from some high school band students.  If you are interested in attending, please arrive in the HSES parking lot at 12:15 to celebrate Mrs. Blackburn before student dismissal at 12:25.  Hope to see you there!


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. PDF icon 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.


School Opening/Closing Times and Secondary Schedule for Next School Year

As HCPSS looks to normalize operations for Fall 2021, start and ending times for each school will return to the original, pre-COVID schedule, and middle and high schools will return to the 7-period schedule for the 2021-2022 school year.  Learn More.

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


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.


Returning HCPSS Devices for Students Leaving HCPSS after the 2020-2021 School Year

Students leaving HCPSS after the current 2020-2021 school year, including those un-enrolling or graduating, must return their assigned HCPSS technology devices, including laptops, Chromebooks, etc. Students who will remain in HCPSS schools for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year may continue to borrow HCPSS technology devices over the summer. Click here for more information.

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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