PM Knight Newsletter 04-22-16

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 1:55pm

From the Principal’s Desk…


In case you missed it, the last day of this school year will be June 17th. Dates for end of the year activities have been adjusted on our school calendar. To see where things stand, click on the link for ‘More Upcoming Dates’ below.


Next, it’s time for my annual plea for you to make edits to your child’s wardrobe. This past month, temperatures have soared into the 80’s. The shorts and cute tops are out in full fashion. And, face it, after the deep freeze we had this past January/February, freeing our toes is heavenly! Trouble is, teenagers actually grow while the rest of us hibernate during the winter months and that warm weather gear that was put away last October might not fit quite right anymore. I always wait to see if this will be the year when kids try on their clothes and look in a mirror to assess fit before walking out the door. Alas, it was not. Some of the clothing we’re seeing in the hallways has been a bit too short, tight, get the idea. So, please, take a bit of time this weekend to assess warm weather attire. While you’re at it, make sure nothing is hiding in bottom of the closet or back of a drawer - they will find it and they will wear it, whether they should or not.

PARCC Assessments will be administered from May 2-5 (ELA) and May 10-12 (Math). Each student will take one unit of the test on each day during that testing window. Please avoid any controllable absences on those days. If you know of an absence during that testing window, please contact your son or daughter's school counselor ASAP.

Finally, the week of April 24-30 is known nationally as Administrative Professionals Week. We would like to to thank our Administrative Professionals for the hard work they do to help ensure we are able to maintain a safe and nurturing environment here at Patapsco. We need to thank them for taking our calls, helping to get messages, binders, and forgotten lunches to our kids, preparing for special events, printing and folding programs, certificates and the like and in general, just for being there. Thank you: Wendi Grant, Principal’s Secretary; Diane Howse and Rhonda Best, Teachers’ Secretaries; Kate Zimmer, Data Clerk; and Vanessa Hooks, Student Services Secretary. While we appreciate you all year long, we want to take a moment to be sure you know it!


Cindy Dillon


04/22/16 - Report cards issued     04/26/16 Schools and offices closed/Primary Election Day     :  More Upcoming Dates

Lost Items…

The lost and found cabinet will be emptied of its contents on Friday, April 29 read more.

Academic Honor Roll

The honor roll list for the 3rd quarter of the 2015-16 school year has been updated. See who made the list!

It’s allergy season and we’re out of tissues. Please consider sending in a box to your student's homeroom teacher.

HCPSS STEM Fair & Festival

The Countywide STEM Fair & Festival was held on April 9th at Atholton High School. Congratulations to the following Patapsco Middle School students: Madison Ho, 1st place in Chemistry and Rashi Kejriwal, Award for Achievement in Optics and Photonics.

From the PE Department

Just a reminder to parents that students will start going outside for PE beginning Thursday, 4/21.  Please remind your child to bring dry socks and shoes, especially for morning classes, and sweatshirts.

Responsible Use of Technology

At the beginning of the school year, all students signed Responsible Use    of Technology and Social Media Agreement.  Specific rules about responsible use here at Patapsco are also included in the school handbook on pages 2 and 8. Please be reminded that students are responsible for the maintenance and safety of their personal technology. HCPSS is not responsible for any device or data loss, theft, damage or other associated costs of replacement or repair incurred during the school day or at home. Students are asked to be sure their technology locked in their locker when not on their person.  For more information, or to review the Responsible Use of Technology and Social Media policies, please review Policy 8080.  

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!!  The 7th grade track meet will be held Thursday, May 26 from 1:00-2:50 p.m.  All 7th graders will participate unless they have a medical excuse.  We are inviting parents to volunteer as timers, measurers, scorekeepers, and general supervisors.  Wouldn't it be wonderful if a team of parents would run the relay as a special surprise for our students!! Email a member of the PE dept if you are interested in volunteering.


Click on the link for a Banana Ice Cream Recipe.

Current 6th grade students Immunization Record

The Health Room recently sent letters to all 6th grade parents regarding immunizations needed for 7th grade.  Read more.

2016 Summer Programs

The HCPSS summer school catalog has been posted. Tuition assistance is available for all programs. Contact the program you are interested in for more information.  Read more.

Patapsco Memory Books

2015-2016 Patapsco Memory books are available for pre-order now through the Jostens website. Order forms for check or cash payment available in the front office.  Read more.


Next PTA Meeting:  Tuesday, May 17  7:00PM  Please join us at the next PTA Meeting in the media center.  PTA meetings are open to all PTA members.


At the April 19 Patapsco MS PTA meeting the following slate of officers was nominated for the 2016-2017 school year:

President - Chris Klein

1st VP - Christine Taylor

2nd VP - Jenise Dunn

Treasurer - Kellie Mason

Recording Secretary - Deanna Collins

Corresponding Secretary - Pamela Rochlin

Please join us at the next PTA meeting, Tuesday, May 17 at 6:30pm in the media center for the vote.


The Spring Fling - Friday, April 29 7:00-10:00pm 

The countdown is on! The Spring Fling is right around the corner! The fun includes DJ and dancing in the cafeteria, basketball (some open gym, some organized games) in the gym, BINGO in the media center, concessions for sale, and tons of cool prizes!! Read more.

Visit our PTA Website


Patapsco Music Boosters Meeting May 10, 7pm - Media Center

Amazon Store

Do you have shopping to do on Amazon?  Please remember to use our Amazon link for your purchases...that yields both the PTA and Music Boosters big profits! Read more.


Money Matters Fair

Mark You Calendars!!!  Wilde Lake High School will be hosting a Money Matters Fair on Sunday, April 24th, from 11am-2pm.  And best of all, it is FREE!  Read more.

Football Camp

Mount Hebron Vikings Football Camp June 20-23, 2016.  Registration form for grades 1-8 from 8am to 12pm at Mount Hebron High School. Registration form.

Band-a-Thon to Benefit Mount Hebron Marching Unit

Don’t stop the music!

Join us on Friday, April 29 from 3 to 9pm at Mt. Hebron High School for the 3rd Annual Band-a-Thon. This FREE event features continuous music from MTH student groups including the Marching Unit, Jazz Band, Percussion Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, Cavaliers and more! For a small donation, you can join the fun by being a guest conductor or a guest musician (bring your instrument and join the band on stage). A special appearance by the University of Maryland Indoor Guard and surprise guest conductors will be featured. Dinner or snacks can be purchased at food and dessert trucks (including UpSlide Down Dave’s), as well as the concession stand. Stay for the evening or drop by for a short visit—it’s up to you. Band students are looking for sponsors for this event. Proceeds benefit the award-winning Mount Hebron Marching Unit as it represents our community in local and national festivals.

Elementary and middle school students are invited to bring their instruments and join the Wind Ensemble up on stage. They can also enjoy an informal "kids clinic" hosted by high school musicians in a sectional format. (Times TBD)

For additional information, contact Karen Freerksen:

CA Camps 2016

For more information or a camp guide, please call the CA Camp office at 410-715-3165 or visit

Spanish and French Language Summer Camp 2016

Terp Talk!  University of Maryland, College Park for students entering grades 6-9 from July 11-22, 9am to 3:30pm.  Additional information at

Kids On Campus

Summer enrichment classes for students ages 7-17, June 20 - August 12, 2016.  Classes in art, computer animation, engineering, geography, languages, math, sciences, study skills, and more.  For more information:  



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