MRHS Today's Topics - February 1, 2016

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 8:02am

Important Dates

Parent/Teacher Conferences – February 4th and 5th

PTSA Scholarship Information

MRHS Dance Auditions

Class Acts Audition Info

Student Member of the Board Applications

Ho Co Stem Festival

Navy Band Concert at MRHS



February 13 – Practice SAT (New Date)

February 19 – Coffee House (New Date)



Parent/Teacher Conferences – February 4th and 5th

The year HCPSS will be using the Synergy Conference Management to schedule parent teacher conferences; this is a change from Pick A Time.  Synergy Conference Management provides a simple user interface and easy navigation.  Starting today, Monday, February 1st, Marriotts Ridge High School parents can log into HCPSS Connect to view and select from the time slots provided by the teachers for their conferences.    Additional step-by-step information instructions are attached to this email for your convenience. 


Scholarship Opportunity for Seniors:

2016 MRHS PTSA Scholarships is now available on the PTSA website!  $1,500 awards will be granted to 4 seniors!

You can download and print from this site:

Remember to make sure you are member of the PTSA!

The student  must be a member no later than February 8, 2016.

You may contact membership chair, Patti Groman: for confirmation.


Monday Feb 1 - 2:30-6 Dance Studio Workshop-Students will learn combinations in jazz and contemporary.  Please wear proper dance attire and bring audition forms.
Tuesday Feb 2 -  2:30-6 Dance Studio Auditions-Students will sign up in groups of 4 in 15 minute increments to perform audition combinations.
Video tutorials are on MRHS Dance Facebook which is open to public.
Please contact Ms. Spruill at or call 410-313-5573 or 5568.


High School Talent needed!  Marriotts Ridge High School's version of America's Got Talent  needs you!  Class Acts will take place this year on Thursday February 18th from 7 - 9:30 pm in the auditorium.   In the past this classic MRHS event has taken place in May but is being moved to February due to academic demands on students and staff during the spring.  If you are interested in performing for your grade in this light-hearted competition then please see Ms. Adams in Room #353 for tryout information. 


Student Member of the HC Board of Ed Applications

Howard County Public Schools is now accepting applications for the next Student Member of the Howard County Board of Education.  Any current sophomore or junior in Howard County may apply for this position. The student must be regularly enrolled in an HCPSS high school, academically eligible, and a junior or senior in the 2016-2017 school year. The student elected by the students of Howard County will serve a one‑year term on the Howard County Board of Education, July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017. For more information on the application process please see MRHS Student Government Advisor Meredith Adams in room 353.  Applications are due February 12, 2016.


Howard County STEM Fair & Festival

The Howard County STEM Fair & Festival is an annual exhibition of projects developed by secondary school students interested in research. This year’s event reflects the same format as last year, to include both a judged fair portion (8:30 am - 12:30 pm) as well as a community festival of STEM. The community is invited to join us for this open event from 1 pm - 3 pm. The date for the event is Saturday, April 9, 2016



The MRHS Music Department is hosting the Navy Band for a concert this Thursday, Feb 4th at 7pm. Selected MRHS Students will be performing with the Navy Band. The concert is free and open to the public and no tickets are required.





Information from Previous Today’s Topics

Classes at Glenwood Library

Babysitting 101

Learn the essentials of babysitting with a University of Maryland Extension Instructor. Participants receive a certificate after attending all three sessions. Ages 12-18. Registration required. Must attend all three sessions.

Feb 2nd, 3rd & 4th, 6-8pm


Knit 'n Chat Knitting Group

Beginners and experts welcome! Spend time with other teen knitters and learn to make cool items. Supplies provided. Ages 11-17.

Fri, Feb 5th, 3:30 - 5 pm


Donations needed for the Mustang Flea Market on 2/27!
Items needed: housewares, books, small cleaned appliances, clothing, shoes, purses/totes,  sporting equipment, furniture, craft items, video/audio equipment, movies/CD's, toys/games, any children's items, knick knacks, and more!  You name it, we want it!

Gently used items can be dropped off at the storage units in the MRHS parking lot next to the cafeteria at the following times:
    Saturday, February 13, 9 AM - 12 PM
    Friday, February 19, 6 PM - 8 PM
    Saturday, February 20, 9 AM - 12 PM
Please hold approved large items (e.g. furniture, large sports equipment, etc.) until Friday, February 26, 4PM - 8 PM.  Please drop them off in the Commons. (sofas not accepted)

Questions?  Please email Cindy Rinaldi:

In case of inclement weather, check for details.

Donation receipts available upon request.


PRACTICE SAT – Rescheduled

Take a full-length Practice SAT under realistic testing conditions.  Catalyst Prep is offering a Practice SAT Test at MRHS.  Proceeds benefit the MRHS PTSA. 


When:  Saturday, February 13 – 9am – 1pm

Cost:  $15  Pre-registration is required.  Walk-in students will be  accommodated as space allows.

Visit to enroll.

For more information, or if you have difficulty enrolling online, please email or call 800-235-0056.


Reminder:  The Child Development Center parking spaces (which are marked) are solely for the use of parents dropping off or picking up children enrolled in the program. 



The MRHS Boosters Club will host the annual Mustang Madness Event on March 12 at Players Bar and Grill. Come join other parents for a night of fun and fundraising. There will be dinner, music, raffles, prizes and a silent auction. We are offering an incredible early bird ticket price of $35 on January 25 and 26 only through the Boosters Online Store. The ticket price increases to $45 on January 27 through March 10 and then ticket prices at the door are $50. Beginning January 25, go to to buy your ticket. Donations for the silent auction will be accepted until March 1. If you have game tickets, restaurant gift cards, services or items that you are willing to donate, please contact or 



LEADERSHIP U:  Is your student looking for leadership opportunities? Does he or she want to make a difference?  Consider joining the Leadership U Class of 2016!  Leadership U is an exciting leadership, teambuilding and community service opportunity for current high school sophomores.  This four-month program involves a week-long summer program of hands-on activities as well as involvement in a team community service project.

This program is for students with leadership potential, a desire to learn with others, and for those with an interest in the community.  Come to learn more and speak to some of our grads at our information session on February 10 at Central library or March 3 at Miller - all from 7-8 pm.  Parents and students are encouraged to attend.  Applications and information are available in the Guidance Office or at  Applications are due March 17, 2016.


Affordable & Convenient SAT & ACT Prep In Partnership with MRHS

Learn everything you need to know about the SAT or ACT without wasting your student’s time or your money!  Enable your student to gain confidence in his/her test-taking ability, work to improve his/her college applications, and support MRHS all at the same time:  20% of all tuition collected is donated to MRHS PTSA! 

 You choose the two-day class that works best for your family’s schedule:


Redesigned SAT Prep:  These classes are for students taking the March 5, 2016 SAT and/or any SAT after that date.

Winter/ Spring Class Options:  T/TH Feb. 9 & 11 from 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm

OR M/W April 18 & 20 from 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm


ACT Prep:  M/W Mar. 21 & 23 from 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm


Regular tuition is ONLY $139/class OR $219 for SAT/ACT Class Package.  Register at least one week ahead of your course and save $10!


HC Drug Free

HC DrugFree Teen Advisory Council Meetings: HC DrugFree’s Teen Advisory Council (TAC) meets one Monday evening a month from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM at The Barn (Oakland Mills Village Center) and is open to all Howard County high school students. The next TAC meeting will be held on February 22. Community service hours are available. For more information, please and go to the Teen Advisory Council page, or contact Joan Webb Scornaienchi, HC DrugFree’s Executive Director at or call 443-325-0040.  

Parents: Attend Free Training to Save a Life! If your child, spouse or friend is abusing opioids (prescription pain medication such as Percocet or Vicodin, and street drugs such as heroin), attend the free opioid overdose response training offered by the Howard County Health Department. Register by calling the Health Department at 410-313-6202.

Parents: Sign Up for HC DrugFree's Electronic Newsletter HC DrugFree is a non-profit in Howard County contracted by the Howard County Health Department to provide substance misuse prevention educational programs and services in the County. Sign up for HC DrugFree’s FREE electronic newsletter to learn about local drug/alcohol issues affecting everyone in Howard County. Learn about safe medication disposal and storage, policy changes and prevention programs to build community awareness in the County. To sign up for our electronic newsletter, please forward your email address to, call 443-325-0040 or sign up online and click on the "Join Our Mailing List" box. 



Parent Volunteers – PLEASE READ

HCPSS has developed a brief training module and certificate of completion for anyone that volunteers at Marriotts Ridge or any other Howard County Public School.   Both the module and certificate are located on the HCPSS website, and we’ll also create links from your schools to this page under the “Get Involved” navigation tag. Parents/volunteers please  complete the training and submit your certificate of completion to the school before registering as a volunteer.

The site is available:

Thank you to the many volunteers who have already completed this process and submitted their certificate to the front office.