Today's Topics 4/5/17

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 6:31pm

News from MRHS Parent Groups and Community Events

Are you available to volunteer your time tomorrowThursday, 4/6 from 10:15-12:15 to help the Class of 2018 sell Prom tickets?  The class advisors appreciate all the support from our parents! 

Use this link to volunteer:




Next meeting will be Thursday, April 6, at 7PM in Student Services.  JOIN US!!

Tonight -- Jazz at the Ridge – April 5, 2017 @ 7PM 




Next meeting will be Thursday, April 6, at 7PM in the first floor staff lounge.


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. 



PTSA Senior Scholarship application deadline has been extended until 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 18 to allow seniors that are members of the MRHS PTSA some extra time during Spring Break to complete their application.   All applications MUST be submitted no later than 2:30 p.m. on April 18th.  There will be no further extensions or exceptions.  The application is available on the PTSA website at





Join us tonight at 7PM in the first floor staff lounge for our monthly meeting.  


CONCESSIONS for Spring Sports   The concession stand is staffed for all Boys and Girls Lacrosse home games, plus one home Track & Field Meet.  Volunteers are needed to keep it running. Please use the link below to volunteer a little of your time to support our students.  Boosters Club uses proceeds to benefit ALL students in clubs, sports, music, dance, etc.  MRHS students may sign-up for service hours! 



​​Summer Camps!

2017 Registration is OPEN

Music, Sports & Cooking Camps!


Fun for ALL Ages!

Camp Information & Schedule - Click HERE!

Registration Form - Click HERE!

To Register Online - Click HERE!




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 Dale Carnegie Young Adult Leadership Program (Y.A.L.P) is designed to differentiate students for their futures.   This is the world famous Dale Carnegie Course customized for teenagers.

Young Leaders learn how to: 

  1. Communicate more confidently in front of groups and with teachers, parents, coaches, and peers
  2. Enhance Leadership abilities within sport teams, clubs, group projects, and extracurricular activities
  3. Better manage attitude, procrastination, and stress
  4. Build Confidence and expand comfort zone
  5. Sell ideas and themselves in interviews and college applications

This upcoming Y.A.L.P is open to teenagers 14-19 years old.   There are four program sessions:  June 22nd & 27thJuly 11th & 14th.    Each session runs from 9am-5pm and are held at Cattail Creek Country Club in Glenwood, MD. The program is eligible for college credit and it looks great on college applications and resumes.  For more information contact Hillary Doyle  hillary.doyle@dalecarnegie.com410-560-2188 ext.112    Visit our website for student and parent testimonials:


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

Exploring Computing Language through Humanoid Robots 

Learn the structure and design of artificial intelligence. Explore the concepts needed to program a human to robot interactive conversation and investigate recent technological advances like the Amazon Echo. Register once for all four sessions. Registration required. Ages 11-18. 

Date: 4/10/2017, 4/11/20174/12/20174/13/2017
Start Time: 1:45 PM End Time: 3:15 PM

Registration is limited, sign up here:


Virtual Reality 

Bring your ideas to life by developing and experiencing virtual reality environments using Unity and Oculus Rift. Register once for all four sessions. Registration required. Ages 11-18.  

Date: 4/10/20174/11/20174/12/20174/13/2017
Start Time: 3:30 PM End Time: 5:00 PM 

Registration is limited, sign up here:


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:


Read about more Community News and Programs of Interest. . .