Today's Topics, 4/19/17

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 5:01pm

Today's Topics, 4/19/17

Environmental Club would like to encourage the MRHS community to participate in Howard County’s 20-minute clean up in honor of Earth Day.  On Thursday, 4/20, or any day this week, please consider cleaning up your local community or place of business.  The MRHS Environmental Club is leading a clean-up effort on the school grounds this Thursday.   Please see the attached flier for more details.   If you would like to snap a picture of your clean-up effort, please send it to Mrs. Kol our club sponsor at   It will be included in our 2018 Green School re-certification under community outreach.  Thank you so much for your support!


Student Book Club will meet on Monday, 4/24 to discuss, The Diviners by Libba Bray.  Stop by the media center to pick up a copy and read over Spring Break.


Tickets for HCPSS Student Performance at Merriweather Post Pavilion

HCPSS's Fine Arts Program is celebrating Columbia's 50th Birthday with a student performance at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Sunday, April 23 at 4pm.  The event will include performances from all 12 HCPSS high schools and will honor Jim Rouse's legacy of community, collaboration, integration, diversity, vision, and human voice.   

Four MRHS students will perform . . . Grace Mann, Julia Mann, Makarand Parigi, and Haley Rodrigue.   

This is a free event, but tickets are required for general admission seating within the Pavilion.  We have been given tickets to distribute; please stop by the front office if you plan to attend and would like to sit in the covered Pavilion.  

The general admission Pavilion tickets do state that all ticket holders must be seated by 3:30 p.m., with the show beginning at 4:00 p.m.  Gates open at 2:30.  Any empty general admission Pavilion seats will be filled prior to the start of the performance; so plan to arrive on time to secure your seats.  Lawn seating at Merriweather is available and does not require tickets.


ARL Showcase Night – April 274:30-6:30 p.m.

10920 Clarksville Pike, Ellicott City  21042

The Applications & Research Laboratory (ARL) invites you to the Showcase Open House:

  • Stroll the hallways and check out the innovative projects underway across all of the Career Academies.
  • Hear from students firsthand about the positive impact that their mentorship experience has had on their learning, what they’ve gleaned from in-depth laboratory research, or how they plan on transitioning from the classroom to the real world after completing an Academy.
  • The ARL is home to so many fantastic programs, and they look for forward to the opportunity to sharing them with the community.



Concessions Help is needed for Thursday’s Track & Field Event!  Please volunteer and signup to help!






AfterProm – 

Help us GLOW!  The after prom theme is glow in the dark and we need your help!  We are in search of black lights we can use for our "Glow in the Dark" room.   If you have any we can borrow for the evening of April 29th,  please contact Theresa Yodzis at Thank you!

Parent Volunteers Needed  We are need of parent volunteers to help make our 2017 “Glow In the Dark” AfterProm Party as successful as possible. We have a fun night lined up with lots of food, games & activities  but need your support to pull it all off! AfterProm party is from 11:30 p.m. on April 29th to 3:30 a.m. on April 30th at Glenwood Community Center in Cooksville. Whatever time you have to volunteer, beginning with set up activities @ 9:00 p.m., is greatly appreciated.  Please use our sign up link:

Or contact Karen Chase @   


Ticket Sales  All Juniors & Seniors are invited to come “Glow in the Dark” at our MRHS 2017 AfterProm event!  You do not have to attend Prom to come to this AfterProm event. Your approved  prom date/guest is also able to attend with you.

         Don’t miss out on the great food, prizes, and awesome activities including Family Feud game show, pig races, carnival games and much more! 

         Tickets for AfterProm, as well as one way bus transportation from M&T Bank Stadium to Glenwood Community Center, will go on sale Tuesday, April 18 through Friday, April 21  during all lunch shifts.  Look for our ticket sale table in the Commons!   

         After Prom tickets are $10 each.  You must have a completed & signed waiver  (form also found on MRHS PTSA website) for all attendees, including prom guests, in order to purchase tickets.  Bus tickets are $10 each.  Checks should be made payable to MRHS PTSA.

Contact Karen Chase @ with any questions. 


AfterProm Waiver (2-sided) 

Bubble Soccer Waiver 



PTSA Nominating Committee Seeks Interested Candidates

The Marriotts Ridge  PTSA Nominating committee is in search of candidates to take on the important roles on the PTSA Executive Board for the 2017-18 school year. The purpose of this committee is to recruit talented and motivated candidates to fill open PTSA officer positions for the following 2017-2018 school year.  This very important goal can’t happen without your help!

The committee is seeking all persons interested in serving on the PTSA Executive Board or desiring to recommend to the Board qualified persons to contact David Brown at 410-480-2721 or, if you have any questions or would like to volunteer.



Community Events of Interest

The following events are neither sponsored nor endorsed by Marriotts Ridge HS nor the Howard County Public School System.

RISE (Research In Science and Engineering)  Centennial High School is hosting a science conference called RISE.  This conference is held in conjunction with the I/M program and sponsored by Science National Honor Society.  It aims to educate and inspire young STEM-driven minds. The first annual RISE conference will be on TuesdayApril 18 from 6-9:15 PM.  Interested students should register for RISE using this link:


Howard County Association of Student Councils (HCASC)

All Middle and High School students interested in

· Learning about Leadership and Service Opportunities

· Sharing the Student Voice on HCPSS Policy and Community Issues

· Gaining Leadership Skills

· Practicing Community Service

· Working with student leaders from across HCPSS

are invited to attend HCASC meetings.  Next Meeting Wednesday 4/19  from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Board of Education on Route 108. Meet the students running for Student Member of the Board of Education at our Candidate Forum.  Can’t make the meeting?  Watch the event live and send in your questions through Twitter@hcpss_hcasc    Come join your fellow student leaders and work together to make Many Students One Voice.  For more information please contact or visit


2017 Howard County Environmental Symposium, aims to expose students to the prevalent uses of environmentalism in a variety of settings such as activism, research, community service and education.  This symposium, set for April 20th from 6 to 8:30 PMat River Hill High School, is extended to all Howard County Public High Schools students.  Attending students will have the opportunity to listen to speakers, view booths set up by various environmental organizations, learn about environmental internships and volunteer opportunities that they can get involved in today, and network with fellow students.


HoCo Hacks Hackathon  If you are interested in computer science, come to the 3rd Annual HoCo Hacks Hathathon!  High school students from around the county will gain programming experience by spending the day coding a project that fits the theme presented at the event.  The Hackathon includes a presentation by guest speak Dr. Singh, Associate Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University.  Students may work in groups of up to three members and food will be provided.  The Hackathon will be held at Centennial High School on April 22 from 10a.m. – 6p.m.  For more information and to sign up for a spot, visit the HoCo Hacks 2017 website at


Not My Child…Yes, Your Child presented by HC DrugFree in partnership with the River Hill High School PTSA will be held on April 25 at River Hill High School at 7:00 p.m.Free and open to the public. WANTED: High school and middle school parents (grandparents, aunts/uncles, and any adult working with teens) who think their children will never get involved with drugs and those parents who are already suspicious or dealing with a child’s experimentation! You are strongly encouraged to attend this event to learn more about the drugs used and abused in Howard County, what we all need to know and do about the rise in overdose deaths happening here, how parents and the community can better arm ourselves to help our children (whether pre-teens, teens or adults), and more. Speakers include representatives from the Howard County Public School System, HC DrugFree, the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office, the Howard County Police Department, parents with stories to share, and others. For more information, contact      HC DrugFree at, or visit


Drug Take Back Day  The HC’s Drug Free Teen Advisory Council will host a drive-thru Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Wilde Lake Village Center.  Read more . . .


Youth Police Academy The HoCo Police Department is hosting a free one-week, overnight, Youth Police Academy (YPA).  This is an excellent opportunity for youth interested in law enforcement to explore what a challenging and rewarding career in law enforcement can be!  Many of our retired and current officers have sent their children through the YPA and really enjoyed the experience.  It is open to youth ages 15 – 18 with a GPA of 2.0.  See the attached brochure and application for more information on eligibility requirements.  

If you or someone you know has a child that is interested, please forward the information or see our website at  

DEADLINE is April 28, 2017 (NO EXCEPTIONS) 

Send application to:  or PFC Nicki Fulton, Youth Services Section, 10741 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Md. 21044.  If you have any questions, please call 410-313-2620.


The Glenwood Branch of the Howard County Library System offers the following:

Intro to College Applications and Essays The college application process can be daunting, so let local expert Gail Jacobson guide you with successful strategies for applying to colleges and for writing your college essays. Parents strongly encouraged to attend with student. Ages 14-18; 60-90 min.

Navigating the College Application Process
Mar 29 (7 - 8:30 pm) Register:
May 3 (7 - 8:30 pm) Register:
Writing the College Essay
Apr 25 (7 - 8 pm) Register:
May 20 (3:30 - 4:30 pm) Register:



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