Today's Topics - February 11, 2016

Sun, 02/14/2016 - 4:28pm

Important Dates

Strutting with the Staff

Message from Boosters

JZ Pizza Fundraiser

Leadership U


February 10 – Boosters Club Meeting – 7:00 pm

February 13 – Practice SAT (New Date)

February 18 -  Class Acts

February 27 – Flea Market

March 3 – Safe Driving Presentation at Howard High School (6:30 pm)




Strutting with the Staff – This evening our very own Dr. Kaufman, Ms. Senisi, Mr. Flynn, Ms. Ryal, Mr. Romash, Mr. Beall, Ms. Gaieski and Ms. Valdesuso will be performing a dance routine and competing against staff from other  Howard County High Schools.  This event will be held this evening, Thursday, February 11th at Centennial High School beginning at 7:00 pm.     Come out this evening to support the MRHS Staff as they perform while supporting a great cause.     Another way you can support the MRHS “Strutting” Staff is by voting for them


VOTE for your favorite Dancing team
 $1 equals 1 vote




This Dance Competition is to benefit the Bright Minds Foundation and the Students of the Howard County Public Schools. Join your friends, classmates, teachers, principals, & staff for a night of fun!​

Teams are competing for:

*   Most Money Raised    *   Judges Winner Choice   *    Audience Favorite

Bright Minds has provided over 800 computers to students, and awarded $94,000 in teacher grants!





Boosters is currently looking for board and committee members for the 2016-17 year. Volunteer positions are available for many of our fundraising projects and no experience is necessary. One of our key executive committee positions to fill will be Treasurer. If you are knowledgeable with Quickbooks and excel and like to get volunteer work done on your own time, this may be a position for you to consider. For more information, contact Lorraine Fike (Vice President) or Jo Ann Kohler (president) at



The JZ's Pizza Truck will be back next week: February 17th, 18th, and 19th from 2:45 until 7:00pm.  They are unique and delicious.  Cheese, Pepperoni, Buffalo Chicken, BBQ Chicken, Greek, Meatlovers, and Sausage.  Try a new one or one each night :)   Please consider ordering a pizza or more as it will support our very own girls' lacrosse program throughout the spring and it is our only major fundraiser! 

 If you'd like to pre-order to ensure a pizza please email and Coach Brady can send you an order form.   Walk Ups are welcome as well, but note we sold out last time.   The truck will be parked outside the Auditorium doors in the parking lot; it is a black trailer.  Please consider supporting our program while enjoying these delicious pizzas!


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 forcurrent 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 FINAL information session: March 3 – Miller Branch Library from 7-8pm.  Parents and students are encouraged to attend.  Applications and information are available in the Guidance Office or at

Applications are due March 17, 2016.


2016 AP Exam Registration is now open!

Information regarding the 2016 AP Exam Registration and Fee Waiver Application is located on the Naviance Home Connections page.  Registration is not complete until a signed copy of the registration survey and payment is received in Student Services.


Deadlines:    March 15 to avoid late fees
                   March 16 - April 1 - $20 late fee per registration
(Note: no registrations will be processed during Spring Break, March 25 - April 1)                 
                   April 2 - April 15 - $55 late fee per registration

2016 AP Exam dates:  May 2 - 6 and May 9 - 13

Location:  Again this year, all exams, other than world languages, will be held at Circle D Farm in Lisbon. 

Contact:   Mrs. Nan Dove, AP Testing Coordinator, in Student Services or                                  





Information from Previous Today’s Topics


The first Flea Market Donation Day is this Saturday, February 13!

Gently used items can be dropped off at the storage units in the MRHS parking lot next to the cafeteria from  9 AM - 12 PM.  Donation receipts available upon request.

Additional donation dates:

Friday, February 19, 6 PM - 8 PM and 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.


This Friday, February 12th, the Girls Basketball Program is hosting their annualRed Out Game in order to raise awareness and funds for the American Heart Association. The evening will be filled with fundraising activities such as a bake sale, a raffle, red out t-shirt sales at the door, and a knockout competition during halftime of both the JV and Varsity games. All proceeds will be donated to the American Heart Association. Please come dressed in red as we hope to have a complete 'Red Out' at both games. The JV girls play at 5:15 and the Varsity girls tip off at 7pm at MRHS. Thanks so much for supporting our program and this great cause! -Coach Bay


Do you shop at Harris Teeter?


Grocery rewards are an important source of income for the PTSA. 

This year Harris Teeter will double their contribution if MRHS earns at least $1000. 

Simply ask the cashier next time you’re shopping to link your rewards to MRHS.

No cost to you and a great way to support our school!


Thanks- more info on other rewards programs to support the PTSA can be found here:



Want to Make a Difference in Haiti this Summer?
High-school students, college students and professionals from Howard County and beyond — join us for a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Haiti this summer (July 6-15, 2016)! As part of the Columbia, MD-based Build Haiti Foundation's (BHF) Global Leadership Program, you will experience Haitian culture, participate in interactive community leadership activities with Haitian students, and work directly with native Haitians on strategies for addressing alternative energy, waste management, preventive medicine, vocational training and business initatives. You will also visit a health clinic, tour the city of Cap-Haitien and the capital of Port-au-Prince to learn about the urban challenges Haitian people face, organize a soccer tournament with local youth, enjoy scenic beaches and the historic UNESCO mountaintop Citadelle, visit local markets and restaurants; and listen to Creole music. The program cost is $2,954 for flights, local transportation, lodging, food, insurance and tourist fees. ravel is open to all high school and college students in Howard County and neighboring areas. For more information, join us February 9, 7 pm in the Glenelg Country School Upper School library, contact BHF president Bob Anantua ( or 443-285-3956) or David Weeks ( or 443-794-4302) or visit If you would like to speak to past participant students, or their parents, please contact Alison Davis at alis

 "Being truly immersed in the Haitian culture was both an exciting experience and time to think about what matters to me.” (Drew Davis, 19)

"Haiti opened my eyes to what real poverty is, but on top of observing, I had the chance to meet and interact with Haitians who I still talk to today.” (Tim Davis, 17)


Parents/Adults Can Win $100, $75, $50, or $25 from HC DrugFree: HC DrugFree wants to thank parents for their support of our In the KNOW about prescription pain medication campaign. Parents/Adults go to to enter to win. 


HC DrugFree Teen Advisory Council Meeting - Monday, February 22: HC DrugFree’s Teen Advisory Council 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. Community service hours are available. For more information, please visit and go to the Teen Advisory Council page, or contact Joan Webb Scornaienchi, HC DrugFree’s Executive Director or call 443-325-0040.  


Film-Savvy Teens Win $100 by Winning the HC DrugFree Category at HoCo FilmFest: HC DrugFree is looking for film-savvy teens to enter the HC DrugFree Category in the 2016 HoCo FilmFest. The winning film will be used as a public service announcement throughout Howard County. Entries must focus on prescription pain medication (opioids) misuse, which often leads to heroin use. Feel free to call HC DrugFree's office at 443-325-0040 if you have any questions. To view the 2015 winning film and see the 2016 guidelines, please visit our Events page at Deadline to enter is March 19, 2016. The HoCo FilmFest will be held on Friday, April 8 at 7:00 PM at the Charles E. Miller Library in Ellicott City. 


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 at410-313-6202.

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 at and click on the "Join Our Mailing List" box. 



On Wednesday, March 2nd, the Howard County Office of Consumer Affairs and Consumer Advisory Board will host a Student Loan Forum and Resources Fair, “Know Before You Owe!”. The purpose is to help prospective students and families make informed decisions on how to: finance higher education, determine manageable debt loads, shop for student loans and avoid consumer scams surrounding higher education. Our speakers include representatives from Howard County Consumer Affairs, HCPSS, Howard Community College, US Department of Education, the MD Attorney General’s Office, and the Consumer Finance Protection Board. 

Date / Location: Wednesday, March 2, 7-9pm  - George Howard Building, Ellicott City, MD

Format: We will host a forum with multiple speakers from education and consumer protection organizations, followed by a reception with light refreshment. The fair will offer resources from a variety of exhibitors. 

More info about Howard County Consumer Affairs:




In an attempt to give our students some exposure to both national college admission examinations an ACT mock test will be administered.  The ACT mock test is designed to give the students who plan on taking the April or June official ACT some exposure to the test.  It also will give the students who have no knowledge of the ACT a glimpse of what the test has to offer. The mock test is scheduled for Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. at Wilde Lake High School.  The fee for the mock test will be $10 (cash).  The test is open to the first 100 students who register.

To register go to the following link you will receive an email to confirm your registration.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mr. Rose by email: Registration will close on Wednesday, February 17, 2016.






Safe Driving Presentation – as part of the HCPSS procedures, all students who plan to drive to school and at least one parent/guardian MUST ATTEND a mandatory safe driving presentation.   This mandatory meeting must be attended each school year. Students will receive a parking permit once both the student and parent/guardian attend a safe driving presentation and the application process is complete.  The next safe driving presentation will be held on March 3 at 6:30 pm at Howard High School.  


Senior Speaker Auditions

Graduation activities speech audition information will be shared in English classes in January.   All interested students are encouraged to submit a speech to the media center by 7:25 AM on February 12th.  Further information can be found on the school website or by contacting Mrs. Rashid in the media center or via email.



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, live music, raffles, prizes and a silent auction. The ticket price is $45 online at through March 10 and then will be $50 at the door.  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 


Spring Sports Season

The Spring Sports season will begin Tuesday, March 1st. The following information will be helpful for any student who plans to try out for Girls and Boys Lacrosse, Outdoor Track, Baseball, Softball, Tennis and Allied Softball. Allied Softball tryouts will begin later than March 1st. That date still has not been determined.

Students must be academically eligible. They must have a 2.0 GPA with no more than one failing grade for the second marking period.
All Students must be insured.
They must have the following documents on file on March 1st.

Current Physical dated after 4/1/2015   A physical is needed yearly.
Copy of Birth Certificate- if they have tried out before, this document is already on file.
Proof of Residency- every sports season. BGE bill is best.
Athletic Participation- needed each sports season
Concussion Testing- once taken, this is good for 2 years.
Sudden Cardiac Arrest- once a year

All forms can be taken from the MRHS website. They should be turned into the coach prior to tryouts.

Concussion testing for spring sports will be given in the Media Center Computer Lab by our trainers, Phyllis Sanders and Carly Hayes, at 3:30 and 4:30 on the following dates:

2/22   Boys Lacrosse

2/23   Girls Lacrosse

2/24    Softball

2/25    Baseball

2/29    Track (Pole Vaulters Only)   and any Make Ups

Track (except Pole Vaulters)  and Tennis Athletes do not need to be tested.

Session will begin on time. Lateness will exclude you from the session.

Spring Sportsmanship night will be held on Thursday, March 10th at 7pm. One parent or guardian is expected to attend. Students do not need to attend.

Contact Information for Coaches

If you have questions or concerns, here is the contact information for the coaching staff :

Varsity Boys Lacrosse- Tony Incontrera

JV Boys Lacrosse- Matt Richter

Varsity Girls Lacrosse- Amanda Brady

JV Girls Lacrosse   Kelsey Bassolino

Varsity Baseball- Paul Eckert

JV Baseball-  Josh Molnar

Varsity Softball- Karyn Curley

JV Softball-  Renard Parson

Track- Mark Dubbs    

Tennis- Scott Dingman

Allied Softball- Kim Burke


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.


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


Classes at Glenwood Library

Celestial Searchers Young Astronomers Club

Feb 29th: Subject will be listed online

Mon: 29th, 7 – 8 pm




Get ready for Valentine's Day with a variety of fun crafts to make and take for family and friends!

Ages 9 & up; 60 min.

Sat, Feb 13th, 3:30 – 4:30 pm


SAT Changes

A Princeton Review instructor discusses the upcoming SAT test changes with students and parents. For students in the Class of 2017 or younger. 60 min.

Tue, Feb 16th, 7 - 8 pm



Fandom Fridays

Meet with friends and fans of all kinds to talk about fan fiction, books, movies, anime, tv, and music. Activities, crafts, and refreshments. Ages 11-17. 60 min.

Fri, Feb 19th 3:30 – 4:30 pm


Lego® Challenge

Bring your best building skills at our monthly LEGO® challenge! Ages 9-17.

Sat, Feb 27th, 3:30 - 4:30 pm


Do Not Open Until 2020

Use your extra leap day to create and decorate a time capsule. Bring a few photos and/or other small items you want to preserve until the next leap year in 2020!
All ages; 60 min. Registration required for each person attending.

Mon, Feb 29th, 4 – 5 pm




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!



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.