Today's Topics - February 26, 2016

Sat, 02/27/2016 - 10:15pm

Important Dates

Weekly Athletic Calendar

Music Foundation Flea Market Tomorrow – 2/27

AP Exam Registration Now Open

Lifetouch Photography – Message for Seniors

HC DrugFree presents Senior Week:  Staying Safe in Ocean City

PTA Council of Howard County Scholarships

Becca’s Closet – Dress Drive - Tomorrow 2/27


February 27 – Flea Market

March 3 – Safe Driving Presentation at Howard High School (6:30 pm)

March 12 – Boosters Mustang Madness Event at Players



3/4 and 3/5
Varsity Wrestling at State Tournament at Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro   3/4 2:30  3/5 9:30  Admission $10.00  MPSSAA passes only



The Music Department of Marriotts Ridge High School will have an indoor Flea Market this Saturday, February 27 from 8AM - 1PM in the Cafeteria and Commons.
$1 donation to the MRHS Music Department upon entry
  If you are planning to donate any large items (e.g. furniture, large sports equipment, etc.) on Friday, February 26, please drop them off in the Commons next to the Cafeteria between 4-8pm.
(we are unable to accept sofas)


Questions?  Please email Cindy Rinaldi:

In case of inclement weather, check for details.


2016 AP Exam Registration is now open!

Information regarding the 2016 AP Exam Registration and Fee Waiver Application is located on the Naviance Home Connections page. Registration must be done through the student’s (not parent’s log-in.)Registration is not complete until a signed copy of the registration survey and payment is received in Student Services.


Deadlines:    March 15 to avoid late fees
                   March 16 - April 1 - $20 late fee per registration
(Note: no registrations will be processed during Spring Break, March 25 - April 1)                 
                   April 2 - April 15 - $55 late fee per registration

2016 AP Exam dates:  May 2 - 6 and May 9 - 13

Location:  Again this year, all exams, other than world languages, will be held at Circle D Farm in Lisbon. 

Contact:   Mrs. Nan Dove, AP Testing Coordinator, in Student Services or                                   




Lifetouch Photography will be at Marriotts Ridge High School on March 2nd for anyone who has not yet had their senior portrait (drape/tuxedo pose) for the yearbook.


On March 2nd, they will also be doing retakes for seniors wishing to have their picture taken in the blue cap/gown.  


Pictures will be taken by appointment only.  Appointments can be made in the front office. 



HC DrugFree presents Senior Week:  Staying Safe in Ocean City

Tuesday, March 15 at 7:00 pm at Howard High School or

Tuesday, March 22 at 7:00 pm at Atholton High School.

Speakers:   Joan Webb Scornaienchi

Cpl. Howard Caplan, Ocean City Police

Sgt. James McVey, Ocean City Beach Patrol (also a Howard County teacher)


Every year PTA Council of Howard County offers four different scholarships to graduating seniors throughout the county.  The deadline for the Scholarship applications is coming up quickly (April 15) and we are asking that your PTA/PTSA could submit a short announcement in your upcoming school newsletter alerting senior students of this opportunity. 

PTACHC offers four scholarships that are available to all seniors in the Howard County system and can be used at any college, university, trade, technical, or community college:

Teacher Education Scholarship,
Academic Scholarship,
Dr. Charles Ecker Scholarship for Community and/School Service
M. Thomas Goedeke Scholarship for 2-year trade, technical field or associates program such as for a community college program.  

The application and information can be accessed on website and the applications are due APRIL 15th, 2015. For further information, contact Laurie at

The mission of the PTA is that it continues to be "a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for the education and well-being of every child." These scholarships serve to meet the intent of that critical mission.. 

PTACHC Scholarship Committee




The Atholton High School Becca’s Closet needs your help! 

My name is Adrienne Vaughn. I am a student at Atholton and am club President of Atholton's chapter of Becca’s Closet.

Volunteer-led Becca’s Closet chapters throughout the U.S. donate formal dresses to high school girls with financial need so they can attend their school-sponsored military balls, homecomings and proms in style. New and gently worn dresses are donated to our chapters by generous individuals, retailers and manufacturers, and chapter volunteers donate them to local girls who need them.

Last year, the Atholton chapter collected over 100 dresses. This year, our goal is to collect and distribute even more! On February 27th we will be hosting a dress drive in Atholton's lobby. 

How can you help? Below is information that can go in your schools news section on your website and in your newsletter. Lastly, there is a 150 character Twitter post below. This would help us to spread the word and let your students and parents know about the upcoming event!

We sincerely appreciate any promotion you can provide. Please feel free to contact me, chapter president, if you have any questions. 

Adrienne Vaughn (Club President) -







Information from Previous Today’s Topics


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 our FINAL information session:  March 3 – Miller Branch Library from 7-8pm.  Parents and students are encouraged to attend.  Applications and information are available in the Guidance Office or at

Applications are due March 17, 2016.



 Now is the time to register for the Healing Dimensions Foundation's Stressless Tests© Study Skills classes. High School classes start March 1, meeting for four Wednesday evenings at Centennial High School from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.Middle School classes start March 1 and meet for four Tuesday evenings at Burleigh Manor Middle School from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. The basic fee is just $165.00 including the textbook. A 6-month payment plan is available at no extra cost. 

 Subjects include · How to Study More Effectively ·Time Management *Overcoming Procrastination ·Test-taking Skills ·Focusing, Concentrating and Getting Organized·Taming ADD ·Dealing with Boredom and Overwhelm ·Effective Self Advocacy, and more. Great for students who have never learned how to study and those who are creative thinkers whether they are gifted learners or struggling students. 


Remember, study skills are not part of the curriculum of HCPSS. Our students have shown improved grades, learning, testing, and self-confidence throughout the 12 years of our program. 

For more information, you can email Betty at or go to



Click on the following link to RSVP to the Italian, German and French Clubs’ Carnaval POTLUCK Celebration.


 What:  Italian, German, French Clubs celebrate Carnaval!

When:  Tuesday, March 15th

Where:  MRHS Cafeteria

What time: 6-8 pm

Who:  ALL are WELCOME!!  Please bring a small dish to share!

Come support our less commonly-taught languages while enjoying delicious food and fun games!



Europe for Spring Break 2017!!!  Travel to France, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Germany for Spring Break 2017. Any Howard County Public School student is welcome to participate as long as they meet the requirements.  Email Susan Pennington at or attend the information meeting at Wilde Lake High School on Thursday, March 3rd at 6 PM in Room 324 to find out more!!!  Travel changes lives!!!


Spring Sports Information

The Spring Sports season will begin Tuesday, March 1st. The following information will be helpful for any student who plans to try out for Girls and Boys Lacrosse, Outdoor Track, Baseball, Softball, Tennis and Allied Softball. Allied Softball tryouts will begin later than March 1st. That date still has not been determined.

Students must be academically eligible. They must have a 2.0 GPA with no more than one failing grade for the second marking period.
All Students must be insured.
They must have the following documents on file on March 1st.

Current Physical dated after 4/1/2015   A physical is needed yearly.
Copy of Birth Certificate- if they have tried out before, this document is already on file.
Proof of Residency- every sports season. BGE bill is best.
Athletic Participation- needed each sports season
Concussion Testing- once taken, this is good for 2 years.
Sudden Cardiac Arrest- once a year

All forms can be taken from the MRHS website. They should be turned into the coach prior to tryouts.

Concussion testing for spring sports will be given in the Media Center Computer Lab by our trainers, Phyllis Sanders and Carly Hayes, at 3:30 and 4:30 on the following dates:

2/22   Boys Lacrosse

2/23   Girls Lacrosse

2/24    Softball

2/25    Baseball

2/29    Track (Pole Vaulters Only)   and any Make Ups

Track (except Pole Vaulters)  and Tennis Athletes do not need to be tested.

Session will begin on time. Lateness will exclude you from the session.

Spring Sportsmanship night will be held on Thursday, March 10th at 7pm. One parent or guardian is expected to attend. Students do not need to attend.

Contact Information for Coaches

If you have questions or concerns, here is the contact information for the coaching staff :

Varsity Boys Lacrosse- Tony Incontrera

JV Boys Lacrosse- Matt Richter

Varsity Girls Lacrosse- Amanda Brady

JV Girls Lacrosse   Kelsey Bassolino

Varsity Baseball- Paul Eckert

JV Baseball-  Josh Molnar

Varsity Softball- Karyn Curley

JV Softball-  Renard Parson

Track- Mark Dubbs    

Tennis- Scott Dingman

Allied Softball- Kim Burke


Around town…….


Glenelg High School – BagA-Palooza BINGO

On March 16th at Glenelg High School



HC DrugFree

Parents/Adults Watch New FBI/DEA Film: HC DrugFree encourages parents to watch this new film, and remember, the prescription drug epidemic is in our community too. Education is necessary to protect your family.

Parents/Adults Can Win $100, $75, $50, or $25 from HC DrugFree: HC DrugFree wants to thank parents for their support of our In the KNOW about prescription pain medication campaign. Parents/Adults go to to enter to win. 

Film-Savvy Teens Win $100 by Winning the HC DrugFree Category at HoCo FilmFest: HC DrugFree is looking for film-savvy teens to enter the HC DrugFree Category in the 2016 HoCo FilmFest. The winning film will be used as a public service announcement throughout Howard County. Entries must focus on prescription pain medication (opioids) misuse, which often leads to heroin use. Feel free to call HC DrugFree's office at 443-325-0040 if you have any questions. To view the 2015 winning film and see the 2016 guidelines, please visit our Events page at Deadline to enter is March 19, 2016. The HoCo FilmFest will be held on Friday, April 8 at 7:00 PM at the Charles E. Miller Library in Ellicott City. 

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, call 443-325-0040 or sign up online at and click on the "Join Our Mailing List" box. 


Announcing a New Business Patron Tier for the MRHS Music Foundation

Marriotts Ridge High School consistently offers a top-notch music program to its students, thanks, in part, to the generous financial support of local family and business patrons.

In response to recent feedback from small business owners, the Marriotts Ridge Music Foundation will now offer a Copper tier of support for businesses wishing to donate less than $100.  Copper contributors’ names will be listed in the business section of the music concert programs.

All new family and business patrons must submit their donations by Friday, April 15 if they would like to be recognized in the Spring Concert programs.  The names of those who donated earlier in the school year will already be included in program listings. The MRHS Music Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization, so your contributions are 100% tax deductible. 

You can find information on the program, and how to donate at

If you have any questions, please send an email to

Many thanks for your generous patronage!


Support Grassroots at the 8th Annual Soup’rSundae with your family and Friends. 

Soup’r Sundae & Silent Auction – NEW!!!!

Sunday, March 13th

11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Wilde Lake High School

$20/adult - $5/kids under 12

Soup – Bread – Ice Cream – Family Fun!!

 Tickets can be purchased online at or at the door.

 All proceeds go to support Grassroots, Howard County’s only 24-hour crisis service center and homeless shelter.


Boosters is currently looking for board and committee members for the 2016-17 year. Volunteer positions are available for many of our fundraising projects and no experience is necessary. One of our key executive committee positions to fill will be Treasurer. If you are knowledgeable with Quickbooks and excel and like to get volunteer work done on your own time, this may be a position for you to consider. For more information, contact Lorraine Fike (Vice President) or Jo Ann Kohler (president) at



Do you shop at Harris Teeter?


Grocery rewards are an important source of income for the PTSA. 

This year Harris Teeter will double their contribution if MRHS earns at least $1000. 

Simply ask the cashier next time you’re shopping to link your rewards to MRHS.

No cost to you and a great way to support our school!


Thanks- more info on other rewards programs to support the PTSA can be found here:



On Wednesday, March 2nd, the Howard County Office of Consumer Affairs and Consumer Advisory Board will host a Student Loan Forum and Resources Fair, “Know Before You Owe!”. The purpose is to help prospective students and families make informed decisions on how to: finance higher education, determine manageable debt loads, shop for student loans and avoid consumer scams surrounding higher education. Our speakers include representatives from Howard County Consumer Affairs, HCPSS, Howard Community College, US Department of Education, the MD Attorney General’s Office, and the Consumer Finance Protection Board. 

Date / Location: Wednesday, March 2, 7-9pm  - George Howard Building, Ellicott City, MD

Format: We will host a forum with multiple speakers from education and consumer protection organizations, followed by a reception with light refreshment. The fair will offer resources from a variety of exhibitors. 

More info about Howard County Consumer Affairs:



Safe Driving Presentation – as part of the HCPSS procedures, all students who plan to drive to school and at least one parent/guardian MUST ATTEND a mandatory safe driving presentation.   This mandatory meeting must be attended each school year. Students will receive a parking permit once both the student and parent/guardian attend a safe driving presentation and the application process is complete.  The next safe driving presentation will be held on March 3 at 6:30 pm at Howard High School.  



The MRHS Boosters Club will host the annual Mustang Madness Event on March 12 at Players Bar and Grill. Come join other parents for a night of fun and fundraising. There will be dinner, live music, raffles, prizes and a silent auction. The ticket price is $45 online at through March 10 and then will be $50 at the door.  Donations for the silent auction will be accepted until March 1. If you have game tickets, restaurant gift cards, services or items that you are willing to donate, please contact 


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 February 8, 2016.

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


Howard County STEM Fair & Festival

The Howard County STEM Fair & Festival is an annual exhibition of projects developed by secondary school students interested in research. This year’s event reflects the same format as last year, to include both a judged fair portion (8:30 am - 12:30 pm) as well as a community festival of STEM. The community is invited to join us for this open event from 1 pm - 3 pm. The date for the event is Saturday, April 9, 2016



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:  Spring Class Options:  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!



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.