Fri, 12/16/2016 - 2:53pm

From the Principal’s Desk…

On Wednesday, just in time for the holidays, your student will bring home a second quarter interim report. Please use these as a way to troubleshoot problem areas and identify solutions that will help students meet the level of success you and I both know they can reach. In reviewing Canvas reports this month, I note that homework completion, and accordingly daily review of school materials, is an area where our middle schoolers need to focus. As you plan your winter break activities, please set aside time for your student to review and study class notes, assignments, and texts in order to be prepared for the school day, and all it entails, when we return. It is vital that students ‘interact’ with work products (notes, readings, & graded assignments) on a daily basis – especially while school is not in session.


Speaking of holidays and calendar events, this afternoon I found time to read through the proposals for the 2017-2018 Academic Calendar presented to the Board of Education last evening. If you find time, I recommend you take some time to do the same. There are two proposed calendars and both feature changes to our traditional schedule of days.


We are really looking forward to our Winter Concert series scheduled for Monday (band ensembles) and Tuesday (orchestra and choral groups) at Mt. Hebron High School. These concerts are a great way to ease our way into the winter break and we hope you will be able to join us.


Finally, as the winter break approaches, I would like to send the warmest of wishes for a safe and happy holiday season on behalf of the staff of Patapsco Middle School. We would like to thank each student, parent, and community member who has honored our staff with well wishes, kind words, and tokens of appreciation. We are sincerely appreciative of your thoughtfulness and, more importantly, your support. This business of education is only possible with the help of our parent base. Thank you for all you do to support our school community.


Our next regular newsletter will be posted in 2017.  As we face the first blast of winter weather this weekend, please take care!

Cindy Dillon



12/19/16 & 12/20/16 - Winter concert at Mount Hebron High School :  More Upcoming Dates


Winter Concert Series

The Patapsco Middle School Music Department would like to invite you to attend our first performance series, read more.


School Emergency Closing Information Sources


Cold Weather Guidelines/ Outside Recess

Children are expected to wear warm clothing to protect them during cold weather when participating in recess or outside activities. Read more.

Doors Open at 7:45

Doors open for students at 7:45 am. As supervision is not provided before 7:45am students will wait outside until 7:45 am.  All students need to dress accordingly.


Attention Parents of current Health Students

Human Sexuality lessons will begin on or about January 2, 2017 for all grades.  Read more.


Parents and Guardians of 8th grade students,

Your 8th grade students have had a week full of high school preparation events - from classroom guidance lessons from Ms Ivey and Ms Kempthorn, a visit from MHHS counselors and students sharing all the fun activities students can get involved with, to a performance by the MHHS Dance Program during lunch on Thursday. We are getting your students ready! Read more.


Mt. Hebron High School Parent & Guardian Orientation Night 01/05/17

Class of 2021 Mt. Hebron’s Parent & Guardian Orientation Night, January 5, 2017 at 6:00 pm in the Mt. Hebron High School Auditorium (Snow Date: January 14 at 6 pm). Read more.


Speakers and Volunteers Needed for Career Day

Career Day is coming back to Patapsco - and soon! Read more.


Patapsco Performers will be presenting "Peter Pan Jr."

Shows are March 31st, April 1st, and April 2nd and in order to put on a successful show, we need your help. Read more.


2017 yearbooks are available online NOW!

Go to to order. 


Introducing the Canvas Parent Mobile App

HCPSS is excited to share a new mobile app, Canvas Parent, designed to help parents/guardians monitor their children’s progress on the go.  Read more.


HCPSS Connect Text Messages


Volunteer to Help in the Library Media Center

Assist with checking books in and out to students and help with shelving.  Help is most needed mornings from 8:00 – 8:30 am



Don't forget to "like" us on Facebook: Patapsco Music Boosters


Please join us in the Patapsco Media Center at 7 pm on Tuesday, January 10th for our annual Meet the Mt. Hebron Directors night.  This is an opportunity for PMS parents to learn about course offerings and extracurricular activities in the Music Department at Mt. Hebron prior to 8th grade course selection.  The directors will be there to answer parent questions and Mt. Hebron music students will give some brief performances and have a Q & A with our middle school students.  We hope to see you there!


from Mrs. Mills:

The Chorus Winter Concert is this coming Tuesday, December 20th at Mt. Hebron.  The call time for Chamber Singers and Treble Chorus is 6:30 pm to the Choir Room.  Attendance will be taken for full credit at 6:30, so please include time in your drive for traffic and parking.  The call time for 6th Grade Chorus members is 6:45 to the Auditorium.  The concert will begin at 7 pm with orchestra and will be over before 9 pm.  Students are expected to stay with their class for the duration of the concert.  We are excited to share our music with you!


The Viking SingFest! event for Chamber Singers and Treble Chorus (7th and 8th graders) will be held on January 11, 2017.  Students will eat lunch at PMS and head to MHHS at 12.  They will stay at MHHS until the 7 pm concert.  A pizza dinner will be provided.  Please arrange transportation for your child following the concert (approx. 8 pm), as there will be no return bus to PMS.


Seeking Donations  

The Patapsco Music Boosters are seeking new or gently used donations to our Concert Closet.  Items needed include black dress pants and black knee-length-or-longer skirts, white boys' or girls' long-sleeved oxford (button-up) shirts, and black dress shoes.   Questions?  E-mail Mrs. Mills at  Thank you!


Support the PTA and Music Boosters When You Shop On Amazon

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



Snow Ball Dance- January 26

Interested in helping plan the Snow Ball Dance in January?  Please contact Caroline Bodziak at  A SignUp Genius and more information will come home after the winter break.  


International Committee

Interested in celebrating Patapsco’s many cultures?  Patapsco Middle School employs an International Liaison, Ms. Jamie Kim, who is interested in partnering with the PTA to explore ways to celebrate the diverse cultural heritages of our students and their families.  Ms. Kim has already built a committee of teachers and would like to explore working with the PTA as well.  The PTA is looking for interested parents to both lead and be members of a PTA International Committee.  Already the PTA is exploring adding a multicultural theme to the June 2017 Beach Blast event.  If this type of activity interests you, please contact the PTA Volunteer Coordinator, Erin Lanthier, at  

School Spirit Committee Upcoming Events:

* Snow Ball Dance - Thursday, Jan. 26 8-10 pm (no school Friday!) DJ, dancing & concessions sales

* Spring Fling Fun Night - Friday, March 24 8-10 pm inc. DJ, dancing, open gym, BINGO, prizes & concessions sales

* Beach Blast - June 2017


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