Principal's Message of November

Tue, 11/03/2015 - 7:41am

Dear Parents/Guardians:

By mid-day, we were able to determine the source of our odor from this morning.  Apparently, the odor stemmed from a piece of equipment that was serviced last week.  The gentlemen from our Maintenance Department removed the item and replaced the part which was defective.  The building is safe and free from the foul smell.

I hope you all had a nice weekend.  We ended last week with a parade sponsored by the Child Development Center (CDC); the little ones looked adorable in their costumes.  Seeing our two – five year old children with their high school friends brings a smile to everyone’s face!  The Child Development Center program brings joy to our school community, and we value their participation in our activities and events.  Students and staff throughout the building work with the kids and enjoy their participation in learning activities.  They are an integral part of our school.  The staff of our CDC asked me to make one request or send a reminder to our high school parents as the new season begins.  There are several spaces in the back lot by the weight room and wrestling room.  They are reserved for CDC drop-off and pick-up parking.  The parents, who are coming to get their children, need a close space in order to get their little ones and maintain safety.  There are signs indicating that the parking is reserved for CDC; please do not park there or wait to pick up your children in those spots.  Thank you very much for your cooperation in this matter.

While our little ones were learning their alphabet and preparing for their parade, our high school friends were actively involved in many activities and field trips.  On October 22, Career, Research, and Development (CRD) students Chris Meekins and Sean Armiger werehonored guests at the Chamber of Commerce Member Luncheon.  They had the opportunity to hear VADM Carter, Superintendent of the US Naval Academy, speak about the Naval Academy's role in national defense and its impact on Maryland's economy.  On October 12, senior CRD students toured HCC, attended the National College Fair in Baltimore, and toured Camden Yards to learn about careers associated with the stadium.   Our CRD programs offer students real life and real world experiences as they become College and Career Ready.  Thanks to Mrs. Moulds, our CRD teacher, who facilitates and organizes these events.  Congratulations to Chris and Sean on their selection as honored guests for the Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

From academics to extracurricular activities, our students represent themselves well!  On October 18, 2015, 21 teams representing eight high schools in the state of Maryland competed in the 3rd Annual Maryland Bass Nation High School State Championship, which launched out of Smallwood State Park on the Potomac River.   The team from Marriotts Ridge High School, comprised of Ian and Riley McGann, came away as the 2015 MBN High School Team Champions!  They came to the scales with a weight of 14.20 lbs, and also brought in the big fish for the day at 3.51.  Marriotts Ridge’s second team of Sean Armiger (Marriotts Ridge HS) and TJ Barlow(Glenelg HS) also competed in this event.  Ian and Riley will also be advancing to a National Tournament, which will be announced at a later time.  The Marriotts Ridge Bass Fishing Club is advised by math teacher Don Storr.  Its purpose is to promote and encourage youth fishing through education of fishing ethics, sportsmanship, techniques, and conservation of our natural resources, while also fulfilling all responsibilities we owe our school and community.  The Marriotts Ridge Bass Fishing Club is recognized by but not affiliated with Marriotts Ridge HS or Howard County Public Schools.  It is a non-school sponsored activity.  Congratulations to our fishermen!

Congratulations to MRHS music students, Benjamin Giroux, Caitlin Fildebrandt, and Samuel Lam all of whom participated in theHarmony for Peace Concert on October 24, 2015 at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia.  Ben, Caitlyn and Samare members of the Johns Hopkins University Peabody Youth Orchestra (PYO), which was invited to participate in the “Celebrate Peace for UN70” events.   World renowned composer of “The Lord of the Rings” Symphony, Johan de Meij, conducted “Gandalf” from The Lord of the Rings Symphony, and “Mother Earth” from Symphony No. 3 Planet Earth. PYO Music Director, Dr. Harlan Parker, conducted “Jupiter” from Gustav Holst’s The Planets.  Dr. Yeou-Cheng Ma, violinist and sister of Yo-Yo Ma, was among other celebrated musicians to perform. The concert celebrates the United Nations longstanding efforts for global peace and universal rights, using music as the vehicle of communication.  Congratulations to Ben, Caitlin, and Sam on their participation in such an outstanding and prestigious event!

Our Mock Trial team recently got under way; tryouts for the Mock Trial Team have now concluded.  Thank you to Mr. Ralph Doyle for sponsoring our team for the second year in a row.   Our new team is anxiously awaiting the arrival of this year's case, which will be distributed to us on November 12th.  After losing only four Class of 2015 seniors to graduation, the team remains optimistic about its chances to place in this year's competition.  We wish our Mock Trial Team the best of luck as they pursue the new case.

The GT Independent Research classes will be going on a field trip to the UMBC library on Thursday, November 5th. The students will be working with a UMBC Research Librarian to further their breadth and depth of college level sources on their chosen research topics. She will be instructing the students on the research skill expectation for the UMBC freshmen so that our students can hit the ground running when they do research in college. Our own Media Specialist, Mr. McDonald, will also be assisting the students in using the resources at the seven story Albin O. Kuhn Library as well. 

MRHS recently received a $500.00 grant from the Howard County Education Federal Credit Union in conjunction with The Credit Union Foundation MD/DC.  This payment will support us in the first year of a three-year grant and our Club’s Performance Agreement.  These funds will be used by Mrs. Burke and the student members of our Millionaire’s Club to start their entrepreneurial project.  They will purchase the Stock Market Game and the Personal Finance Challenge.  All funds will be used to foster the success of this new club.  We wish the club members well as they embark upon unchartered territory!

Talking about unchartered territory, the MRHS community is preparing for the arrival of our first service dog on the Mustang campus.  Beginning mid-November, there will be a service animal at Marriotts Ridge High School for the 2015-2016 school year.  The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) allows people with disabilities/medical conditions to utilize service animals, as a reasonable accommodation for access to participate fully in everyday activities.  Service animals are specifically trained to perform a task or work for the students.  If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Storm, in our Health Room.  She has been working diligently to prepare our students and staff for the dog’s arrival.

In order to support all of our extracurricular activities and programs, the PTSA and Boosters, along with the Music Foundation, Mustang African-American Awareness Committee (MAAAC), Chinese Parent Organization and Korean Parent Organization sponsor fundraisers.  One big PTSA fundraiser is just beginning.  Outside of membership in these organizations, you can assist us by participating in the MRHS PTSA “What’s For Dinner” contest.  Every student and staff member is encouraged to purchase tickets.  For more information, please go to the PTSA website, which has a link from the MRHS website.

Have you downloaded the Twitter app so you can follow the many events at MRHS?  If not, please join at hcpss_mrhs on Twitter.  The administrators spend a great deal of time at school activities and events; you can get current information and see fabulous pictures of your children by accessing the account.

The latest pictures on Twitter are from Saturday evening’s Marching Unit performance at Arundel Mills High School and Fridayevening’s football and soccer games.  Congratulations to our Mustang Marchers who performed beautifully at the competition on Saturday evening; I watched the performance with tremendous pride!  And, I want to congratulate our girls’ and boys’ soccer teams for advancing to the playoffs this week, as well as our football team for their amazing victory over Mt. Hebron.  Ms. Franklin, Ms. Senisi, and I look forward to seeing our field hockey team play Glenelg today, our soccer teams play at River Hill and Oakland Mills later this week, and our Varsity cheerleaders compete at Regionals in Hereford on Saturday.  Mr. Rahnama is presently at Golf; watch for his pictures from the Awards Ceremony.  He will also be attending the Varsity football game at Reservoir on Friday evening and the Cross Country Regional meet at Liberty High School on Saturday.  We hope to see many of our fans at these events over the next week.

Have a wonderful and safe week.  


Addie Kaufman, Principal