PM Knight 09-02-16

Fri, 09/02/2016 - 2:49pm

PM KNIGHT 09-02-16

From the Principal’s Desk…

Greetings from Patapsco! We have had an outstanding opening week. Thank you so much for sending us your kids well rested, fed, and ready to learn. And, thank you for the positive feedback you’ve provided thus far; we appreciate knowing your kids are happy here at school. The Superintendent was here to visit and was very impressed by our students as we walked the hallways. We agree with her assessment!


Back to School Night is scheduled for Thursday, September 15th at 6:30 pm. We are looking forward to providing you with an informative experience and hope you’ll appreciate being able to hear from the grade level teams. In order to help us meet your expectations for a pleasant evening, we have arranged for shuttles to transport BTSN guests from nearby parking lots to the school grounds. It would be helpful if folks could car pool, and then hop on one of these shuttles: we don’t want to inconvenience our neighbors by blocking their driveways. Parking on school grounds will be reserved for staff and visitors in need of handicap parking. For the full scoop on BTSN at Patapsco Middle, check out the BTSN news item on our website. This year, we’re also inviting you to come for Back to School Days on September 20-22nd. Parents are welcome to come sit in on a class or three or five on days scheduled immediately after BTSN.


This week, we reviewed school-based emergency procedures with our students and conducted a few practice drills. I am pleased to say the kids were spectacular. Today, we conducted a drill between classes. This is classically the type of evacuation drill that is the most confusing for students and we fully evacuated the building in a minute and a half. We are required to conduct 16 drills throughout the school year. These drills will consist of a combination of building evacuations and in-place drills. We will do our best to strike a balance between getting in the required drills and maintaining our focus on teaching and learning. We need you to take some time over the holiday weekend to review the guidelines with your student. Ask them to show you where the information is in their handbook (pages 1 and 3) and make sure they completed the assignment on the Emergency Procedures page.


Speaking of safety and emergency situations, are you the parent or guardian of one of the 522 students with updated Emergency Contact Info? You rock!  We don’t have 100% yet, but we are closing in on it at 76% (this is a 12% improvement from this time last year). If you receive an email directly from me, and you think you’ve already completed this task, please double check. I took the time to email the families of students without submission dates, so we want to be sure there isn’t a problem with your account. We really want to be able to reach you in case of emergencies, so a proper annual update is important.


Finally, I want to thank the PTA on behalf of the staff for the fabulous breakfast they provided on our opening day. What a great way to start the year!


Wishing you a great weekend,

Cindy Dillon



09/05/16 - Labor Day/ Schools and offices closed     09/15/16 Back to School Night    :  More Upcoming Dates

Flu Vaccine

One of the best ways to prevent the flu is through vaccinations. Once again, HCPSS will work with the Maryland Partnership for Prevention to offer flu clinics at  elementary and middle schools in October and November. Your child will bring home the vaccine information statement on Tuesday, September 6, 2016. If you want your child to be vaccinated please return the consent form no later than September 9, 2016.

Parent Volunteer Information

Thank you for your interest in volunteering within the Howard County School System! We value our volunteers and the contributions they make to our students and schools.  According to HCPSS Board Policy, all parent volunteers must complete a Confidentiality Training Course about protecting the privacy of our students, staff, and schools. Read more.

You’re Invited

Attention parents/guardians: All Patapsco students will be enrolled in Health Class for one semester of the school year. Human Sexuality is an important instructional unit. Anyone desiring information regarding the content objectives is invited to join Mrs. Sellner and Ms. Stielper in room F4 from 7:00 to 7:30 on September 14, 2016 - just before our PTA meeting.

6th Graders Head to Northbay

The 6th Grade class will once again travel to North East, Maryland to participate in a very exciting outdoor educational experience.   A parent information meeting is scheduled for September 8th at 7:00pm.  We hope to see you there! Read more.

PE Uniform Ordering

If your student still needs to purchase a PE uniform, the last day to order from the online store is on Friday, September 9th.   Read more


PTA Meeting September 14, 7:30pm - Patapsco Media center.  Everyone is welcome!

Join the PTA at Back-to-School Night!  Memberships start at $15.00/single, $20.00/family and your additional tax deductible donations are always welcome.  All of our revenue is used in support of our students, staff, and classrooms.  Payment accepted:  cash, checks (payable to Patapsco PTA), and we may be ready to take credit cards by Sept. 15.


Join us for these scheduled PTA-sponsored events during the 2016-2017 school year:

* Fri., Sept. 30 – Family Outdoor Movie Night 7:30-10:00pm FREE

* Fri., Jan. 26 – Snowball dance 8:00-10:00pm $3

* Fri., March 24 – Spring Fling dance & fun night 8:00-10:00pm $3

* June – Beach Blast TBD FREE

ISO Volunteers to help chaperone & make snow cones at Sept. 30 Family Outdoor Movie Night!  Please contact Caroline Bodziak at

The PTA website is currently in transition and will be updated for the new school year shortly.  We appreciate your patience!

Like us on Facebook – search Patapsco Middle School PTA.


Patapsco Music Boosters Meeting September 13, 7pm - Media Center

Please join us for the first Patapsco Music Boosters meeting of the 2016 -2017 school year on Tuesday, September 13th from 7- 8pm in the Media Center.  This is a great opportunity to learn all about the upcoming activities this school year.  The Music Boosters provides logistical support to our school's music directors so that concerts, adjudications, and field trips go smoothly.  In addition, we raise monies to keep our band, chorus, and orchestra in quality instruments, equipment, and sheet music.  Hope to see you there!  

Questions?  E-mail us at


Maryland State Boychoir Auditions

Quality music education and outstanding opportunities for performance and travel await boys who apply for membership in The Maryland State Boychoir.  Auditions are now being scheduled.  Please call 410.554.8644 for more information or visit:


Amazon Store

Please remember to use our Amazon link for your purchases...that yields both the PTA and Music Boosters big profits! Read more.



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