Knightly News Thanksgiving Edition

Tue, 11/26/2019 - 4:13pm


Knightly News Thanksgiving Edition   11/25



11/27/2019:  Schools Closed  For Students, Parent/Teacher Conferences

11/29/2019 - 11/30/2019:  Schools and Offices Closed, State Mandated Holidays

12/4/2019 Squisito's Fundraiser for PTA, 4-9 PM PDF icon Squisito Fundraiser.pdf

12/5/2019 Winter Band Concert at MHHS, 7-9 PM

12/7/2019 Table Soccer Tournament

12/18/2019 Club Day

12/19/2019  Winter Chorus Concert at MHHS, 7-9PM

12/20/2019 Assembly- Christylez Bacon

No December Music Boosters’ meeting


Dear Patapsco Families:

Happy Thanksgiving!  The Patapsco Middle School community has had a fantastic start to the year.  As we celebrate Thanksgiving this week, join us in giving thanks for ... 

Our 750 students who come to school each day motivated to learn, investigate, analyze, and discuss new subjects, ideas, and concepts.  First Quarter Attendance was over 98%! Congratulations to our 500+.  Special Congratulations to the 109 students who earned a First Quarter GPA of 4.0!

Some of the amazing highlights are:

  • Our fabulous 50th Anniversary commUNITY dinner and celebration
  • The 6th Grade Outdoor Ed trip
  • The 7th Grade Newseum Field trip
  • The 8th Grade National Museum of African American History & Culture
  • The Student Recognition initiatives: Student of the Month, Honor Roll Ice Cream Reward, Patapsco Stars, Positive Referrals, Sir Prize Dollars etc.
  • Our annual Food Drive...Congratulations to our 7th graders who won for the most collected per grade. We collected a total of 2374. More than double from last year’s 1109! 
  • The Patapsco Turkey Trot

Our 80+ colleagues who are caring, intelligent, innovative, inspiring, creative, and dedicated professionals.  Every day, they invest tremendous energy in helping our students explore new topics and providing opportunities for students to succeed in so many different ways.  We are always amazed at the classroom lessons and field trip experiences organized by our staff members.

Our 750+ families that get involved in so many ways in our school community.  We greatly appreciate our PTA and Music Boosters for all that they do for our students, staff, and families. PTA continues to sponsor our Fun Knights, teacher grants, our assembly, and so much more! Special thanks to all of the families who have participated in the PTA Staff Appreciation events this fall ... Monday’s Fall Conference Lunch was wonderful! I encourage all families to join or donate to the PTA as they are such a huge support for our students and school. Thank you to all the families who came during American Education was great to see our partnership in action. Finally, thank you to all the families who came to Parent-Teacher conferences because we know students succeed best when we can collaborate.

Our terrific Clubs and Intramurals!  There are so many opportunities for students to get involved in school. We have a club or activity for every student and if a student imagines something they would like to create, we will find a way to get it started so every student has an opportunity to be engaged in the school culture outside of the classroom. Check out our website for Intramural information. 

Our students have been selecting their top choices for clubs to participate in once a month at the end of the day in lieu of a Knight Time homeroom. We look forward to having all students engaged in an activity that helps build community, create friendships, and allows all students to be involved in a program of their choice. We look forward to our students having their first club day on December 18. 

Wow- all of this and we have only completed the first quarter! 

While there will always be challenges and new projects to take on, we thank each and every one of you for all that you do… none of this can be possible without the contributions of so many people.  Enjoy this time of rest and fun with family and friends.  Please be safe if you are traveling.  When you have some time this week, reflect on all of the positives in our lives ... we often forget with the daily issues we face and the fast paced nature of life today, but there are truly so many things to be thankful for ...  Happy Thanksgiving!

Thank you for sending us your best!

Mike Babe


Patapsco- a place where everyone is valued and important! 


Turkey Trot Winners

6th Grade



Connor Fries

           Madeline McShea

Aarush Kejriwal

           Elise Engelhardt

Vaughn Keeton

           Katie Essey

7th Grade



Ugo  Ezekwesili

               Ava Skaggs

Gus Senula

              Kaly Snype

Heath Capenera

             Ally Mackey

8th Grade



Jake Hayden  

            Trinetra Vijaykumar

Rishith Dathi

           Caroline McCaffrey

Sachhem Kafle

           Genevieve Rippeon


Counselor Corner


Upcoming News

December and January are busy months for our 8th grade students! In preparation for their transition to high school Mt Hebron staff and students will visit our 8th graders on Thursday, Dec. 5th. Ms. Lee and Ms. Kempthorn will then teach a lesson on the Top 10 Topics 8th grade students need to know before starting high school. Shortly after students return from winter break Ms. Lee and Ms. Kempthorn will start the online registration process, facilitating lessons through their Social Studies classes in early January. 

Parents of current 8th graders- SAVE the DATE!

Career Academy Information Session:

Dec. 10th at 7pm, Applications and Research Lab 10920 Clarksville Pike, Ellicott City

Learn how Career and Technology Education (CTE) Career Academies provide high school students with opportunities to earn college credit, scholarships, and industry certifications, participate in worksite and mentorship experiences, and become creative problem solvers by participating in hands-on project based learning. 

Interested in JROTC? 

Applications are open December 2nd thru January 3rd! JROTC is available at Atholton High School, Howard High School, and Oakland Mills High School. For more information please visit or contact Patapsco Student Services.

Mt. Hebron Orientation Night

Jan. 9th, 2020 at 6pm, Mt Hebron High School

This is a time where important information will be shared to ensure a smooth transition and successful experience for the Class of 2024. 

A Glimpse of the Topics to be Discussed:

  • Graduation Requirements
  • Scheduling for 9th Graders
  • Extracurricular Opportunities
  • Academic Area Presentations
  • Parent Groups, Resources & Supports

Meet Instructional Team Leaders


Watching the Amazon Black Friday deals?  Make sure to use this link to designate Patapsco MS PTA as your charity of choice as you do your holiday shopping!  

Don't forget to plan on eating pizza and pasta for Patapsco PTA on Dec 4th at Squisito's! PDF icon Squisito Fundraiser.pdf

Thank you and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

Community News

For more Community News visit the Community News and Programs page on the HCPSS website for announcements of upcoming events and programs sponsored by non-profit organizations.