Knightly News 12-6

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 2:43pm


No December Music Boosters’ meeting

12/7/2019 Table Soccer Tournament

12/18/2019 Club Day

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

12/20/2019 Assembly - Christylez Bacon

12/23 - 1/1/20 Winter Break

Schools and offices closed from December 23 through January 1 

1/2/2020 Schools are open

1/7/2020 Music Booster’s meeting, 7PM

1/8/2020 PTA Meeting, 7PM

1/13/2020 Orchestra Winter Concert at MHHS, 7PM


Announcing the winners of the Patapsco 50th Anniversary Math Challenge:


Congratulations to Akshay S. (grade 7) and Srihan P.  (grade 8) for providing the correct answer to the Patapsco 50th Anniversary Math Challenge Problem. This was a challenging problem, and both students did an outstanding job. If anyone wishes to see the answer key to this problem, please see Mrs. Cozzo. Each student will each receive a special prize. Well done!


Bus Number/Route Changes Effective Tuesday, December 10th


HCPSS Transportation has changed the following buses numbers;   

Bus 105 is switching with Bus 771  

Bus 893 is switching with Bus 308 

Bus 554 is switching with Bus 754 

The routes and time are all remaining the same. Just switching bus numbers.  




Congratulations to the following Knights who were 

Resilient, Responsible, and/or Respectful!





Monica K

   John S

   Angela R

Sean O 

    Anjali S

  Tatian V. R.

Tooni A

   Joshua D

  Lauren S

Gurleen K

   Heidy T. C.

  Aima V

Saged I

   Ahmed A

  Juliana R

Eera B

  Davi D. S. B

  Caleb S

Micah N

  Viola F

  Nick B


  Samyu A

  Noorain F


  Khai Lam 

  Eleni M


  Carinne W

   Rosie B


  Ynigo B

  Ivan A




Sixth grade science students who were selected to be weather ambassadors attended the "Weather to the Extreme" conference at the Howard County Conservancy on December 4th. They learned how to better understand extreme weather, its economic impacts, and how best to handle an extreme weather event. The featured presenters included: BGE, Davey Trees, HCPSS, Howard County Government, National Weather Service, NOAA, REI, and meteorologist Ava Marie from WBAL TV. The ambassadors will be working together to create a presentation for the rest of the sixth graders to teach them what they learned at the conference. Ask your sixth grader to tell you what they learn from these ambassadors when they see the presentation in January, and have them help to create your own emergency kit to keep at home! 


Club Day- December 18


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. 




Yearbooks are available for purchase now through They are on sale now through April. If you like to pay by cash or check, please contact Ms. Salsman at Patapsco Middle School or click here for an order form.


New Intramural


WEngineer is an engineering education intramural at Patapsco Middle School through which students will engage in activities and be challenged to step outside of their comfort zone. The intramural will teach a wide variety of engineering skills, including biomedical engineering, 3D modeling, isometric sketching, and electrical engineering. This advanced intramural will also give students a head start to acquire knowledge about engineering that can be applied at high school and college levels.


There are only a few remaining spots in this program and it covers new curriculum compared to the session that was run in the spring. It runs every Tuesday after school. If you are interested in this exciting opportunity please talk to Ms. Schluter in Room B5 or email!



From the Health Room:

We have had multiple parents call the Health Room to check on their sick child or come to the Health Room at school to pick up their sick child, when their child has not been in the Health Room at all.  Please instruct your students if they are contacting you due to an illness to please report to the Health Room for evaluation.  Thank you for your assistance in this matter.

Please do not send your child to school if they have a fever, vomiting, or diarrhea. Students must be fever free for 24 hours without medication before they can return to school.


If your child is absent due to a contagious illness such as the flu, strep throat, pink eye, upper respiratory infection, or GI illness please notify the health room at 410-313-2574 or



The Music Boosters is excited to announce the Sponsor A Chair Fundraiser to purchase Wenger student chairs for the music classrooms. We need to raise $15,000 to outfit the entire department. Thanks to earlier generous donations, the Music Boosters is able to kick-off the fundraiser with $2,000. To help raise the remaining $13,000, families can sponsor a chair. You can sponsor a full chair for $50 and half a chair for $25.All donations are tax deductible and a receipt will be provided. If you choose to contribute, your name will be added to a plaque that will be hung in the D hallway at the end of the fundraiser. Additional information including the sponsor form is available on the Music Boosters website - This fundraiser is in addition to the regular fundraising efforts, the Giving Club and donations at the concerts, which address the on-going needs of the music program. Thank you for your support of the Music Boosters and of Patapsco's music program! 


Winter Concert Volunteers:  Be on the lookout for a Sign-Up Genius for volunteer positions for the Band, Chorus, and Orchestra Winter Concerts.  The directors could really use your assistance to make these events smooth and successful for our young musicians.  You can volunteer for your own child's performance night or that of another group.  The Sign-Up Genius will be sent to those who registered as Volunteers through the Music Boosters next week and any remaining slots will be forwarded to all music department families the following week.


Concert Closet: The Boosters are currently collecting gently worn concert attire: long-sleeved, button-down, white oxford shirts, black dress pants, black skirts, black belts, and black dress shoes. We are especially in need of girls’ black skirts, black dress pants, and black dress shoes. Last year we helped students by giving out over 40 pieces of FREE concert attire that they can keep until they outgrow. Please send your donation to school in a bag labeled "Concert Closet." Thanks for your donations!


Patapsco PTA Hospitality - December Cookie Cart for Staff  


To celebrate the holidays, Mr. Babe is providing the staff with sweet treats from a decorated cookie cart on Monday, December 16th.  The Patapsco PTA will be providing the hot cocoa, juice and tea but we are asking our families to please help by donating cookies and desserts (no peanuts or tree nuts please).  Desserts can be dropped off at the front office between 8-8:30am.  If you need to arrange for another dropoff time, please feel free to reach out to Rupali Kumar at  




Shop at Amazon Smile for Patapsco Middle School PTA

Did you know that the Patapsco Middle School PTA has its own Amazon Smile page? Just in time for your holiday shopping. A percentage of all purchases will be donated to our PTA . Just use the link below.   




HCPSS Community News and Programs

Career and Technology Education (CTE) Information Sessions for middle/high school students and their families will be held on Tuesday, December 10th, 7-9pm at the Application and Research Laboratory 10920 Clarksville Pike, Ellicott City , MD 21042.

Leadership and Service Opportunity- All middle and high school students are welcome to attend the HCASC Meetings on the second Wednesday of each month at the Homewood School, 10914 Clarksville Pike, Ellicott City, MD 21042

We invite students to

  • Work with student leaders from across HCPSS
  • Meet with the Student Member of the Board of Education
  • Gain leadership skills
  • Turn ideas into actions
  • Learn about community service opportunities
  • Practice civic engagement and serve as an informed citizen

For more information, please contact


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.