Patapsco Middle Newsletter 03-24-17

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 2:47pm

PM KNIGHT 03-24-17

From the Principal’s Desk…


As we write the newsletter, the MESA Team is walking through the door with trophies! In today’s competition, they won: 3rd Basswood Bridge, 2nd Hovercraft, 1st Alice, and 1st Prosthetic Arm. This means they’re going to the state championship on May 18th -or- as the Bad News Bears chanted: WE'RE GOING TO THE SHIP! We also want to congratulate our Wind Ensemble for their overall Superior rating at the annual Howard County Middle School Band Assessment. Great job, Knights!

This past week, our 8th graders sat for the Maryland Integrated Science Assessment. The students did a really great job as they completed the assessment. The next time they will be tested in science will be in 10th grade as part of their graduation requirement. During the first two weeks in May, we will administer the PARCC End of Year Assessments. Each student will take one unit of the test on each day from May 1-4 and 9-11. The sessions will be scheduled throughout the school day at varying times in order to reduce the impact to regular instruction. Therefore, it is imperative that you make every effort to have your child attend school, on time, for the full day on assessment days. As always, we ask that you schedule student appointments outside of the school day, but especially on these days.

The 3rd marking period ends on April 7, the last day of school before the break. Between now and then, you should spend some time on Canvas with your student checking and double checking that they will have all assignments turned in and that they are ready for any end of quarter classroom assessments. The end of 3rd quarter is also the time when we start to identify and notify students who will be required to participate in summer programs for academic intervention and acceleration. These letters will be sent home through the mail. If your student is struggling with grades or content, please contact the assigned school counselor to discuss your concerns. 

Next weekend, our Patapsco Performers will be telling the story of “Peter Pan Jr.”  on March 31st at 7:00, April 1st at 2:00 and 7:00, and April 2nd at 2:00. We sure hope you’ll join us as they’ve worked really hard to put on this show.

We’d like to thank, in advance, our parent volunteers who are coming out to support our student social this evening. These types of events can not take place without the donation of your time and support.
Looking forward to seeing everyone at the Spring Fling tonight,
Cindy Dillon


03/31/17 - Patapsco Performers will be presenting "Peter Pan Jr."   *06/14/17 - Last day of school for students  :  More Upcoming Dates

*New date-HCPSS will extend its school year by one day to make up for the March 14 inclement weather closing.

Building Resilience: Workshop for Parents on How to Support your Child’s Emotional and Mental Health

Thursday, March 30, 6:00 – 8:00pm,  Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Rd, Columbia, 21044

Join local health professionals, community agencies and guest speaker, child psychiatrist – Jeff Bostic, EdD, MD for this incredible workshop for parents! Read more.

Patapsco Performers will be presenting "Peter Pan Jr."

Tickets for Patapsco’s Drama production of “Peter Pan Jr.” will go on sale next week. Tickets are $10.00 and will be sold at lunches and at the door. Performances are March 31st at 7:00, April 1st at 2:00 and 7:00, and April 2nd at 2:00. Come fly away with us to Neverland!

HCPSS World Language Day

Come join PMS at World Language Day! The HCPSS Office of World Languages is once again presenting its countywide World Languages Day. Read more.

2017 yearbooks are available online NOW!

Go to to order.  Read more.

From the Health Room:

1.  There has been an increase in the number of students carrying water bottles.  Please note that for students to carry a water bottle, there must be a Physician's Order with a start date and an end date.

2.  Parents of Sixth Graders- two additional vaccines are required for your student prior to entering seventh grade.  These are MCV4 (Meningitis) vaccine and Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis) vaccine.  After receiving these vaccines, please bring an updated copy of vaccine record to the Health Room.


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Upcoming Events

03/28/17 - Intramural Concert    04/04/17 - Patapsco Music Booster Meeting    04/26/17 -  8th Grade Recital Night: "A Little Knight Music."

Our next Patapsco Music Booster Meeting will be Tuesday, April 4th at 7pm in the Media Center, we hope to see you there.  

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Intramural Concert

The Patapsco Middle Music Department will host it's annual Intramural Concert this coming Tuesday, March 28th.  The concert will feature Percussion Ensemble, World Drumming Ensemble, String Quartet, and Jazz Club.  It will be held in the PMS Cafetorium at 7:00 PM and is open to the public.  Hope to see you there!

Also from the Music Department

Our annual 8th Grade Recital Night: "A Little Knight Music," will be held at 7pm on Wednesday, April 26th in the school's cafetorium.

Patapsco Music Boosters

Help Support the Patapsco's Music Program!  Donate to the Giving Club today!  The Giving Club is the primary funding source of the Patapsco Music Boosters.  We are currently $1,000 short of our annual goal.  Beyond the normal operating budget that funds sheet music, adjudicator scores, accompanist fees, bowties and cummerbunds, and special events, we are also looking to fund two tubas and a bass clarinet as soon as possible.  Please consider supporting the Patapsco Music Boosters through a Giving Club, and complete and return the giving club form which can be found here Thank you for your support!

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.


PTA Meeting April 5, 7:00pm - Media Center.  Everyone is welcome!  

(May 10, June 7)

The Patapsco Middle School PTA Needs You!

Open Patapsco Middle School  PTA Officer Positions for the 2017-18 School Year. Read more


Mt Hebron HS Viking Fest

Saturday, April 1st from 6:30-10 pm, $50/ticket!  Optional activities include a silent auction, raffles and our signature drink, the “Vike-tini!” – available for an additional charge. Read more.

Get your tickets to VIKING FEST at TODAY!

Volunteers are needed for the night of the event.  Please sign up here:

Mt Hebron HS Viking 5K and Fun Run

The Viking 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run will be held at Mount Hebron High School on April 22 at 9AM. The 5K is a cross country course around local neighborhoods and trails. There are many prize categories at many levels of experience. The race is organized by the Viking Backers, a volunteer parent group that supports all the athletics and extracurricular clubs at MHHS.  Please see the race WWW site for more information:

Columbia Figure Skating Club Presents:  Sing Into Spring  Columbia Ice Rink, March 25 & 26.  For additional information.


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