Message from the Principal March

Fri, 03/25/2016 - 8:01pm

Dear Parents/Guardians:

I hope you all have a wonderful spring break and a happy holiday.  In the last message to parents, I neglected to thank our Student Services Office; they donated money to purchase our new marquee as well.  Please join me in thanking our Student Services staff for providing the additional funds necessary to bring this desire to reality.  We can’t wait to see the new sign!

Once again, over the last few weeks, I have made announcements congratulating our students for so many accomplishments.  It gives me such pleasure to share good news and recognize the students and staff who continue to achieve success and represent MRHS in a positive manner. 


From Coach Brady

This week, Coach Brady and several of our students participated in a March madness basketball tournament. According to the coach, four of our current students volunteered their time to help referee the games; they gave up close to five hours of their evening and the middle schoolers really looked up to them. The tournament was a success largely in part of their efforts. Coach Brady stated that he was reminded of the great community in which we teach in.  Thank you to the following students who participated:  Cooper Stepke, Casey Sullivan, Brie Held, and Cole Brown.  

Speech & Debate News

Join me in congratulating our Speech and Debate Team on their TEAM WIN at States on Saturday!  MRHS swept the speech sweepstakes and the debate sweepstakes.  They WON the tournament.  Thanks to Ms. Hanon and many other very dedicated parents, our Speech & Debate Team is nationally recognized.  Congratulations to our 3 individual champions - David Polefrone who won in extemporaneous speaking, ​Julia Mann who won in Oral Interpretation, and Mindy Kang in Declamation!     We also had finalists in Public Forum Debate, Lauren Shen and Audrey Hager, and in Lincoln Douglas Debate, Rachel Yu.  Several students have now Qualified for Nationals!   What a great season! Congratulations to all.


A guest of Dr. Foose

Congratulations to Hammad Baqai, a freshman, who was selected to join Dr. Foose as her guest at the Leadership Howard County Big Event Luncheon on April 14th at Turf Valley.  This event is an opportunity for students to gain lessons on leadership by listening to a special guest speaker, Captain Richard Phillips.  Richard Phillips is an author and the story of his capture by Somali pirates at sea is featured in the movie, Captain Phillips.  We look forward to Hammad sharing this wonderful experience with the staff and students at MRHS.

Delta Scholars

The Delta Scholars Program is designed to set a standard of culture, class, and confidence and to promote continued academic excellence in young ladies.  The annual Delta Scholars Leadership Conference was held on March 15, 2016.  Our members of the Delta Scholars Program had an opportunity to participate in various leadership sessions, network with members of the Delta Scholars Program from other high schools, and interact with the Delta Scholars College Student Panel during this event.  At the conclusion of the conference, each of our Delta Scholars shared at least one new concept that she learned about leadership.  Thank you to Mrs. Franklin and Mrs. Schmidt for attending the conference and working with our students.


Alpha Achievers
Eleven young men from Marriotts Ridge attended The 10th Annual Harambee Conference on Tuesday, March 22, 2016, at Howard Community College. The theme of this year's conference was "Careers 2020: Your Passion, Your Preparation, Your Talent!" Upon arrival, students received information on financial aid and resources from Howard Community College and other colleges and universities. Students participated in two sessions- one on Passion and Interest and the other on Career Planning. After each session, there was not only a discussion amongst their tables, but there was also a discussion with all conference attendees.  Thanks to Mr. Williams and Ms. Hawkins, the Alpha Achievers sponsors for working with our students and attending this conference.


National History Day

Congratulations to the following students who participated and/or placed in the HCPSS History Day competition:  In the Senior Individual Exhibits: Alyssa Evangelista for Penicillin: How the ‘Wonder Drug’ Impacted World War II –3rd place; Acadia Noll for Jacques Cousteau: The World Beneath the Waves; In the Senior Individual Documentaries: Yoshihiro Saito for Sherlock Holmes: The Pioneer of Modern Forensic Science – 1st place; Annabelle Gao for The Space Race: A Legacy of Impact and Impression, Senior Group Documentaries: Stephen Alam and John Liparini forHuman Exploration and the Galapagos; Senior Individual Performance: Roman Johnsonbaugh for Impacts of European Settlement in Canada on the Algonquin Tribe’s Way of Life – 1st place; Senior Papers: Amaris Hester forWilsonian Self-Determination Past and Present – 2nd place; Vinay Parikh for The Continuity of Apartheid: The Encounter of Its Effects in Today’s South Africa – 3rd place.  Thanks to Mr. Malt, Mrs. Rashid, Mr. McDonald, and Mr. Incontrera for their guidance and support of students throughout the National History Day research process.

National Aquarium Summer Volunteer Program

Congratulations to Yoojean Han, a sophomore at MRHS.  He was one of the students that applied for the National Aquarium summer Volunteer Program, which is a very competitive program.  Yoojean was notified that he was accepted to attend this program.  We are proud of Yoojean.



The Silver Mustang Moves on…

From Mrs. Miers-Bond:  It is time once again for the silver mustang to gallop on! He is traveling upstairs to a person who works hard to keep our most challenged students on track. Whether she is chasing down missed assignments, setting up parent conferences, co-teaching or just checking in for feedback, Amanda Schearer does it with professionalism and caring. Thank you for your hard work and compassion! Congratulations Ms. Shearer; she is a wonderful addition to the Mustang staff and special education department.



General Information

Dr. Foose has created a blog, which is linked to the HCPSS Facebook page. There is a section on strengths and strengths based learning. Parents are encouraged to visit the blog and make comments regarding the initiative.  I hope we will see postings from our MRHS parents.  As a school, the students and staff are learning a great deal about their strengths and the many ways in which we use our strengths to engage students and staff.


The 2016 AP Exam Registration is still 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.


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  & May 9 - 13

Location:  All exams, other than world languages and studio art, will be held at Circle D Farm in Lisbon. 

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


Did you know....
Besides just the typical HoCo recycling of paper, plastic and metal, MRHS Environmental club also recycles:
-Used Batteries
-Used Markers (any type and any brand)
-Old Cell phones
-Used ink cartridges

Please bring them to room 234 and we'll be happy to take care of them for you. Boxes can be found outside the door for markers and batteries. The boxes for the cell phones and ink cartridges are inside the classroom.

Thank you!




Chris Spano won all four of his matches!  In the State Championship, Chris pinned his opponent in 3 minutes, 5 seconds to win the 1A/2A 106-pound State Championship title. Chris finished the season with a perfect 43-0 record.  Chris is also the first wrestler from Marriotts Ridge to win a State Championship!  Congratulations to Chris and the Spano family.

Chris Morath went 2 for 4 with a home run and 2 RBIs versus Hammond’s Preseason All State pitcher and helped lead the baseball team to an opening day 6-5 victory.  Chris also played well in the field and on the base paths.  Chris is a senior leader on the club and an All-County selection from last season.  Congratulations to Chris and his family.





We will be celebrating with our State Champion golfers right after school ends on the 3 hour early dismissal day – April 8th at 11:15.  Thanks to Mrs. Beschner and Coach Dubbs for facilitating this event.  Each golfer will receive a watch and recognition for a job well done!

Congratulations to Nick Rosen who represented MRHS at the 2-16 Scholar Athlete for our school.  Each year, the Greater Baltimore Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame hosts a ceremony for schools in the Baltimore region.  Nick was celebrated at the 53rd Annual Scholar Athlete and Awards Dinner on March 9, 2016. Congratulations to Nick and his family.


Music News:

Last night our Choral Department participated in the HCPSS Choral Assessment where they performed and were rated by judges. The Mustangs did a spectacular job and made us proud. The Mustang Chorale received an overall excellent rating. The Advanced Women's Ensemble received an overall superior rating and the Madrigal Singersreceived an overall superior rating with a perfect score. Way to go MRHS Choirs and Mr. Aucoin!



Staff Accolades:


The Artists Gallery is featuring a piece of art created by our very own art teacher, Mrs. Miers-Bond in their March exhibit. The gallery reception was held last Friday evening.  Congratulations Mrs. Miers-Bond.  It is quite special when our art teachers’ works are featured.


National Merit Scholarship Finalists

Congratulations to the following students who are National Merit Scholarship Finalists: Lucy Park, Anna Xi, Courtney Loeb, and Nick Santangelo.



2016 Reflections Winners

Congratulations to the following students who are the Marriotts Ridge High School Reflections Winners: Kavya Kumaran, Divya Kapoor, and Grace Underwood for Literature; Wendy Yang for Visual Arts; and Samantha Ichniowski and Jenny Luo for Music.  Their entries have now moved on to the State level.  Join me in wishing them luck as they enter the Maryland PTSA Reflections Contest.


Class Ring Purchases for Sophomores:

Sophomores met with representative from Balfour regarding the purchase of class rings.  Rings will be sold on 3/15 & 3/16 in the Commons during lunch and after school from 4 – 6 p.m.  There are many nice varieties at various costs to accommodate all families.  I highly recommend that students purchase a class ring; it is a wonderful keepsake and reminder of a great 4 years in high school.  MRHS hosts a ring ceremony in the fall of junior year at which time students receive their rings, learn about the history of class rings, and turn their ring for the first time.  It’s a lovely event, and I encourage all sophomores who purchase rings to attend.  It’s a great night for the family to begin celebrating the journey to graduation.



Congratulations POMS; they got 1st place in Jazz for both captain and team. They also received a 1st place captain medal in Short Pom.  We wish them well at States on March 19th.  Thanks to Ms. Hawkins and Mrs. Scott, sponsors.


Dance News:

Congratulations to our 8-10 students from all levels of Dance who will travel to NYC to attend master classes and Broadway musicals.  After taking a class with members of Aladdin they see the evening performance.  Other classes include a Hip hop class at Broadway Dance Center and African class at the Alvin Ailey Center.  Dinners, sightseeing, shopping  and seeing the musical Matilda round  out the trip which includes dancers from River Hill.  Thanks to Mrs. Spruill for facilitating and participating in this trip.  It sounds like they will have a great time.


Once again, I hope you all have a wonderful spring break.


Addie Kaufman, Principal