Today's Topics - January 10, 2017

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 8:47am

From the Principal's Desk:

Parents/Guardians Make a Difference

Keep five strategies in mind when it comes to teens and discipline.  The part of his brain that controls impulses and helps him make good decisions is not mature yet.  That’s one reason why teens need structure and discipline.

      Your efforts to teach your teen how to maintain control will pay off in all settings, especially home and school.  Remember to:

  • Expect difficult moments. When your teen acts first and thinks later, blurts out the wrong thing or is moody, it is not necessarily because he wants to hurt you. Try not to take it personally.
  • Be firm, yet flexible, with your teen. Make sure he knows the limits and the consequences for violating them. Consider granting him more freedom as he shows more responsibility.
  • Always know where your teen is, who he is with, what he is doing and when he will be home.
  • Distinguish between an explanation and an excuse. Our teen’s age and brain growth may provide an explanation for some of his behavior. But they are not an excuse for being rude or defiant.
  • Focus on the big issues. These include things like schoolwork, safety and respect for others. Try not to nag your teen about the smaller issues, such as the occasional messy room.

Source: D. Walsh, Pd.D, Why Do They Act That Way? A Survival Guide to the Adolescent Brain for You and Your Teen, Atria Books.

“Good habits formed at youth make all the difference.” -- Aristotle


Citrus Sale Update

MRHS Citrus 2 Pick-up Rescheduled for Saturday, 1/28* due to rainy weather in the growing region -- can't pick citrus in the rain.  We are hoping to hold pick-up in the early afternoon on 1/28 as we requested early delivery.  *Pick-up date and time are tentative until a week before delivery.  If you are not able to pick up your citrus order on 1/28, please find someone to pick-up for you and let us know at

Pick-up Date and Time will be emailed about a week before 1/28.  Pick-up information will also be posted on our web site at


This Week’s Calendar

Monday, 1/9

Course Registration forms for SY 2017-18 were distributed to students during Period 3  read more

Tuesday, 1/10

Allied Bowling vs Mt. Hebron at Normandy  3:00
Wrestling vs Hammond/Centennial at MRHS  4:00  Students $3 / Adults $4
PTSA Meeting  7:00 in Student Services

Wednesday, 1/11

Girls Basketball at Centennial  JV 4:00  Varsity 5:30
Boys Basketball vs Centennial at MRHS  JV 4:00  Varsity 5:30  Students $3 / Adutls $4
Mustang Booster Meeting  7:00  First Floor Staff Lounge
HoCo Association of Student Councils (HCASC) monthly meeting  7-8:30 at Homewood Cafeteria  read more . . .

Thursday, 1/12

Allied Bowling vs River Hill at Normandy  3:00
Cheerleading at HoCo Winter Blast at Centennial  6:00
Incoming Ninth Grade Parent Information Night  7:00 in the Auditorium  read more

Friday, 1/13

Course registration forms for SY 2017-18 will be collected during Period 3 
Boys Basketball at Mt. Hebron  JV  5:15  Varsity 7:00
Girls Basketball v Mt. Hebron at MRHS  JV 5:15  Varsity 7:00  Students $3 / Adults $4

Saturday, 1/14

Varsity Cheerleading at Manchester Valley Stampede  3:30


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Monday, January 16 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday / Schools and Offices CLOSED

January 17-20  9th Grade Mid-Term Review Sessions  read more . . .  

January 24-26 Mid-Term Exams  Daily exam schedule is available on the MRHS Activity Calendar

January 24-26 -- Students Not Enrolled in Howard County Public School System  Parents of students attending private schools can register by making an appointment January 24-26, 2017.  Please contact Ms. Deison, Registrar, at 410-313-5446.  The 2017-2018 Course Catalog can be found at

January 31 PSAT Information Night  HCPSS will host a PSAT information night on at Long Reach High School.  Parents and students are invited to attend and are encouraged to bring score reports to the event.