Message from the Principal (May 22)

Sat, 04/30/2016 - 2:43pm

Dear Parents/Guardians:

It was a tough week for all of us; however, the week concluded on a high note with continued celebrations and successful outcomes.  I want to thank all of the students, staff, and parents for their cooperation and involvement during a stressful time.  Students and staff continued with their focus on teaching and learning while administrators and counselors handled the students' individual needs and sharing of information.  The successful outcomes were a result of student, staff, and parent cooperation and assistance.  I thank everyone for their patience as we worked through the various reports that were brought to our attention and their support while we followed policies and mainatined the confidentiality of those involved.  Students and staff were safe and able to move forward without event.

Events should be happy and celebrated.  As we near the conclusion of the year for the Class of 2016, we are celebrating at many events.  Since my last message, our Annual Dance Concert “Baby I’m A Star” was held; the student performances was incredible.  Each year, Mrs. Spruill and her dancers take their talent to the next level.  The student choreography was amazing; they inspired me to consider taking dance lessons in my retirement!  Congratulations to the students in Dance 1, Dance 2, Dance 3, Junior Company and Senior Company.  And join me in congratulating the following seniors who performed at the concert: Katie Brown, Bridget Cavanaugh, Allison McAuley, Rachel Paul, Cara Remondini, Kendall Robey, Ashley Hood, Abreena Jones, Brooke Kenerson, Laurel Lenz, Sophia Martin, Isabella Miremadi, Maris Schad, Rachel Thomas, Allison Allgair, Natalie Blessing, Carlie Caplan, Torrie Kim, Maura McNeil, Isabelle Ruffing, and Erika Wolf.   I also want to thank everyone who purchased a ticket for this performance as partial proceeds from the ticket sales are going towards the MRHS Relay for Life Team to benefit the American Cancer Society.  Finally, I hope you will join me in thanking those who have become Dance Department Patrons: Mr. & Mrs. Martin, Mr. & Mrs. Blessing, The Lenz family, Mr. & Mrs. Giannino, Ms. Weggeman, Mr. & Mrs. Sherman, The Buchwald Family, Ms. Cruz, Mr. & Mrs. Wolf, Mr. & Mrs. Sanschagrin, Mr. & Mrs. Cavanaugh, Mr. & Mrs. Sander, and the Miremadi Familly.  Your support makes a difference!

Many parents supported our teams this last week.  Over the weekend, our baseball team won their first game in the section finals and on Tuesday, they won the section finals defeating Francis Scott Key H.S. 15-1.  Congratulations to Varsity Baseball and their coaching staff.  They played a great game on Friday afternoon although they will not be moving on.  We look forward to now seeing our track stars and our tennis champions continue in their quests for State championships.

On Tuesday evening, we held our Senior Evening of Excellence at which time seniors received awards from community and business organizations, as well as clubs and other extracurricular activities and athletics.  Seniors were recognized for receiving scholarships from the House of Delegates, Maryland Senate, Glenwood Lions Club, Howard County Community Foundation, Jack and Jill of America, Howard County Poetry and Literature Society, the Armed Forces, Howard County Striders, Palmer’s Book Fund, United States Air Force Academy, US Presidential Scholars, US Figure Skating, the Howard County Executive, National Young Arts Foundation, and Virginia Tech ROTC.  Congratulations to all of our seniors who were recognized for the scholarships, as well as awards from Boosters, PTSA, SGA, Music Foundation, FBLA, Oyster Club, Future Educators of America, Student Government, POMS, and much more.  The following students were honored:  Katie Albert, Cheyenne Harold, Brady Galt, Jola Olukoya, Nidhi Chandran, Grant Zawodniak, Ben Skopic, Leah McLean, Christopher Ingersoll, Jacob Hejeebu, Micah Meekins, Devan Carberry, Grace Yi, Ibrahim Jirdeh, Samie Costa, Amen Okojie, Ryan Tuma, Nick Santangelo, Kendall Robey, Samantha Price, Zach Seals, Kyle Wiggins, Matthew Ault, Srinirmal Chebrolu, Grace Ellrich, Justin Jones, Greta Li, Kyle Roop, Emma Groman, Jon Dryja, Charmaine Yuan, Eric Winik, Alexis Dorsey, Julia Suter, Rushika Nayak, Sim Vaswani, Carly Fabian, Eunice Cho, Maris Schad, Chase McCottry, Matt Blango, Christian Hallam, Mackenzie Hockensmith, and Garrison Ferrell.  Additionally, we presented awards from the Athletic Department for a male and female Unsung Hero: Bladen Miller and Mackenzie Hockensmith and male and female Outstanding Athletes: Troy Hensh and Micah Meekens.  Congratulations to all of the students who were honored and recognized.  It was an honor and a privilege to spend the evening with family and friends.

Also this week, at the tennis county tournament, the MRHS Tennis Team won the County Cup for the first time in school history! Congratulations to the Girls’ Tennis Team on winning the County Championship with the best record in MRHS history and to the entire Tennis Team on the County Cup.  Specifically, congratulations toIshan Shah and Veronica Cuellar who advanced to regionals in mixed doubles, Mifrah Baqai and Avani Badugu who advanced to regionals for girls doubles, Abby Thornton for winning the county championship in girls’ singles and Cade Buch and Stephen Alam for winning the county championship in boys’ doubles.  We are so proud of our Tennis Team, as well as Coach Roberts and Coach Dingman.  Thank you to all of the parents who have supported the team and encouraged them throughout the season.

Congratulations to the 831 students who made 3rd Quarter Honor Roll.  With approximately ¾ of our student body on the honor roll, we continue to experience teaching and learning excellence.  We are looking forward to a strong 4th quarter with an increased number of students making honor roll.  Keep up the great work!

On Thursday, The members of the French AP and French 4 honors classes headed to Petit Louis Bistro at the Columbia Lakefront on Thursday afternoon to sample some classic French café fare.  Served family-style, the students dined on canapés, quiche and an assortment of scrumptious gourmet desserts, all detailed on a custom-printed menu to take home!  A delicious time was had by all and the sun even managed to find its way out for some fantastic photo ops!

On May 19th, Ms. Franklin joined Nate Keeney and his mom at a Kids-Helping-Kids Awards Ceremony.  Sponsored by the Maryland State Department of Education, the Maryland Food Bank, and Harvest for the Hungry, the ceremony acknowledged the students at various schools throughout the state, for their contributions from their food drives.  Congratulations to our SGA for organizing and facilitating the food drive and thank you to our outstanding community for supporting such a worthy cause.  

I hope you all had a great weekend, and we look forward to our last week with seniors.  With senior exams, the senior breakfast, Class Night, the senior picnic, and our Farewell & Awards Assembly, we expect to have a wonderful and memorable week.  Please remind your children that all school rules and policies remain in affect; we want to ensure that all of our seniors are in attendance at graduation on May 31st.   We want them to make good decisions, use good judgment, and overcome obstacles with confidence and success.


Addie Kaufman, Principal