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Fri, 01/15/2016 - 9:07am

Important Dates

Student Book Club

Career Academies Information Session at ARL TONIGHT

Midterm Review for Current 9th Graders


January 29 – Coffee House at 6:00 pm in the Commons


Student Book Club
Our next meeting will be Thursday, 1/28 in the media center during break to discuss Red Spikes by Margo Lanagan.  It's a quick read!  Stop by the media center if you need a copy!



Is your student  college and career ready?

Focus on Your Future

You and your family are cordially invited to a Career Academies information session on Thursday, January 14, 2016 at the Applications and Research Laboratory • 10920 Clarksville Pike, Ellicott City from 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Learn how the Career Academies at the ARL and each high school provides students with opportunities to earn college credit, scholarships, and industry certifications, participate in worksite and mentorship experiences, and become creative problem solvers by participating in hands-on project based learning.

For sign language interpreter, contact Colleen Rice,

For foreign language interpreter, contact Claire Kang,

For more information, go to or call the Office of Career and Technology Education, 410-313-6629.


MIDTERM REVIEW for current 9th Grade Students:

During the week of January 11th – 15th, 2016, 9th grade teachers will host after school review sessions to help students prepare for midterm exams. Sessions will begin at 2:15 and last until 2:45/3 pm. The schedule for review sessions is as follows:

Thursday 1/14/16- Science

Friday 1/15/16 – World Languages

Should you have any questions regarding exams, please contact your teachers, or feel free to


Information from Previous Today’s Topics


PRACTICE SAT – Take a full-length Practice SAT (the new SAT test) under realistic testing conditions.  Catalyst Prep is offering the new Practice SAT Test at MRHS.  Proceeds benefit the MRHS PTSA. 


When:  Saturday, January 23 – 9am – 1pm

Cost:  $15  Pre-registration is required.  Walk-in students will be  accommodated as space allows.

Visit to enroll


For more information email or call 800-235-0056.


JZ’s Pizza Truck is Back this week……

It's a New Year and you might as well try some Brick Oven Pizza this week.  It's too good to pass up! They are unique and delicious.  Cheese, Pepperoni, Buffalo Chicken, BBQ Chicken, Greek, Meatlovers, and Sausage.  Try a new one or one each night :) 

The JZ's Pizza Truck is back and will be serving us January 13th, 14th, and 15th from 2:45 until 7:00 each of those nights.  Please consider ordering a pizza or more as it will support our very own girls' lacrosse program throughout the spring and it is our only major fundraiser!  SPECIAL DEAL: Order 3 pizzas for $50 and receive a set of 4 free Coca-Cola glasses while supplies last.  

 If you'd like to pre-order email and Coach Brady can send you an order form.   Walk Ups are welcome as well.   Please consider supporting our program while filling your belly!


LEADERSHIP U:  Is your student looking for leadership opportunities? Does he or she want to make a difference?  Consider joining the Leadership U Class of 2016!  Leadership U is an exciting leadership, teambuilding and community service opportunity for current high school sophomores.  This four-month program involves a week-long summer program of hands-on activities as well as involvement in a team community service project.

This program is for students with leadership potential, a desire to learn with others, and for those with an interest in the community.  Come to learn more and speak to some of our grads at one of our information sessions:  January 25 at Miller Branch library, February 10 at Central library or March 3 at Miller - all from 7-8 pm.  Parents and students are encouraged to attend.  Applications and information are available in the Guidance Office or at  Applications are due March 17, 2016.


After Prom Party:  It is time to start planning for the greatest party of the year, the After Prom Party.  Everyone is invited to attend our first planning meeting on Monday, January 25 at 7:00 p.m. in the staff dining room.  Even if you are a freshman or sophomore parent, we encourage you to attend and help so that you will be "in-the-know" when your students are ready to go to the prom.  This event is sponsored by the PTSA.  Contact Jane Jones at with questions.



 Next Class runs from 1/12/16 - 1/29/16. (Limited Seats Available!)

Street Smarts of Maryland provides their students with several course options with their goal of making each student a safer driver in all types of roadway conditions. Their curriculum is defensive driving based and many of their instructors are either retired law enforcement officers or school teachers. Because of their law enforcement background, Street Smarts has also been featured in the Baltimore Sun! Please click on the following link to watch a short video which accompanied the Baltimore Sun article and learn more about their company:   The link can be found at

The Marriotts Ridge Boosters will receive a tuition referral for each student that enrolls in the program. Classes are held at MRHS directly after school from 3:00 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. If your child needs drivers education, please support the Boosters and enroll your child in one of these afternoon sessions at the school.

 The Street Smarts program boosts the following:

*Certified MVA Instructors
*Management has over 200 Years of Combined Law Enforcement Experience
*Thirty (30) hours of Classroom Instruction
*Standard, Advanced, or Premium Behind the Wheel Instruction


DATES: 1/12/16 - 1/29/16

DATES: 2/11/16 - 2/25/16

DATES: 3/7/16 - 3/18/16

DATES: 4/4/16 - 4/15/16

DATES: 5/11/16 - 5/22/16

Evening and Weekends Classes available at their main office located at Normandy Shopping Center in Ellicott City

To register for any session on-line, please visit the Street Smarts website at:

Please email their office at with any questions regarding their program


Scholarship Opportunity for Seniors:

2016 MRHS PTSA Scholarships is now available on the PTSA website!  $1,500 awards will be granted to 4 seniors!

You can download and print from this site:

Remember to make sure you are member of the PTSA!

The student  must be a member no later than January 31, 2016.

You may contact membership chair, Patti Groman: for confirmation.


Student Leadership Opportunity

HCASC invites all middle and high school students interested in leadership with a purpose to participate in our unique student-run monthly meetings the second Wednesday of every month-

-learn leadership skills and best practices

-discuss current events impacting students in HCPSS

-explore ways to make a difference in their schools and communities

-have fun!

Come see what 100 student leaders, athletes, and artists, who meet each month already know- HCASC is for students who want to get involved and work together to make their schools and HCPSS as strong as it can be.

 Next meeting Wednesday 1/13 7-8:30 at the Homewood School 10914 MD-108, Ellicott City, MD 21042. For more information contact



Mindfulness for Teens:


Learning Life Skills for Less Stress


MONDAYS – 7:00-8:30PM


NOTE: The course is divided into two parts--participants can choose to attend for 5 or 10 weeks.


Location: Centennial High School, 4300 Centennial Lane, Ellicott City, MD



Affordable & Convenient SAT & ACT Prep In Partnership with MRHS

Learn everything you need to know about the SAT or ACT without wasting your student’s time or your money!  Enable your student to gain confidence in his/her test-taking ability, work to improve his/her college applications, and support MRHS all at the same time:  20% of all tuition collected is donated to MRHS PTSA! 

 You choose the two-day class that works best for your family’s schedule:


Redesigned SAT Prep:  These classes are for students taking the March 5, 2016 SAT and/or any SAT after that date.

Winter/ Spring Class Options:  T/TH Feb. 9 & 11 from 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm

OR M/W April 18 & 20 from 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm


ACT Prep:  M/W Mar. 21 & 23 from 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm


Regular tuition is ONLY $139/class OR $219 for SAT/ACT Class Package.  Register at least one week ahead of your course and save $10!




STEAM Punks – Squishy Circuits

Explore STEM & Art concepts with make and take activities. Ages 10 & up. 60 min.

Thursday, Jan 14th, 3:30 - 4:30 pm Registration:


Lego® Challenge

Bring your best building skills at our monthly LEGO® challenge! Ages 9-17.

Saturday, Jan 16th, 3:30 - 4:30 pm


HC Drug Free

Teens Ask and Experts Answer on January 26! HC DrugFree is proud to partner with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to encourage Howard County teens to submit their drug or alcohol questions as part of NIDA’s 2016 Drugs and Alcohol Chat Day. NIDA’s expert scientists will be available to answer teens’ questions on Tuesday, January 26 between 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM. All Howard County teens may login at and use Howard County’s access code f2f58. This access code number will be required for each student to log into the chat, create a user name, and submit questions to NIDA’s panel of experts. For more information, contact HC DrugFree at or 443-325-0040. For a list of the 869 questions submitted by Howard County teens in January 2015, please visit

HC DrugFree Teen Advisory Council Meetings: HC DrugFree’s Teen Advisory Council (TAC) meets one Monday evening a month from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM at The Barn (Oakland Mills Village Center) and is open to all Howard County high school students. The next TAC meeting will be held on February 22. Community service hours are available. For more information, please visit and go to the Teen Advisory Council page, or contact Joan Webb Scornaienchi, HC DrugFree’s Executive Director at or call 443-325-0040.  

Parents: Attend Free Training to Save a Life! If your child, spouse or friend is abusing opioids (prescription pain medication such as Percocet or Vicodin, and street drugs such as heroin), attend the free opioid overdose response training offered by the Howard County Health Department. Register by calling the Health Department at 410-313-6202.

Parents: Sign Up for HC DrugFree's Electronic Newsletter HC DrugFree is a non-profit in Howard County contracted by the Howard County Health Department to provide substance misuse prevention educational programs and services in the County. Sign up for HC DrugFree’s FREE electronic newsletter to learn about local drug/alcohol issues affecting everyone in Howard County. Learn about safe medication disposal and storage, policy changes and prevention programs to build community awareness in the County. To sign up for our electronic newsletter, please forward your email address to, call 443-325-0040 or sign up online at and click on the "Join Our Mailing List" box. 




Are you purging before and after the holidays? We know Goodwill is close by, but the Music Department is hoping you will save your unwanted items for our Annual Mustang Flea Market on February 27!

As you collect items, please set them aside for us! We will be collecting bagged and boxed items (and more!) on February 13 and 20.  Large items (such as furniture and sporting goods) may be dropped off on February 26.  No sofas accepted.

Questions?  Please email Cindy Rinaldi:



Parent Volunteers – PLEASE READ

HCPSS has developed a brief training module and certificate of completion for anyone that volunteers at Marriotts Ridge or any other Howard County Public School.   Both the module and certificate are located on the HCPSS website, and we’ll also create links from your schools to this page under the “Get Involved” navigation tag. Parents/volunteers please  complete the training and submit your certificate of completion to the school before registering as a volunteer.

The site is available:

Thank you to the many volunteers who have already completed this process and submitted their certificate to the front office.