Today's Topics - October 5, 2017

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 10:44pm


The PSAT will be administered to students in grades 9-11 on Wednesday, October 11th during periods 1-3.  Please make sure your student brings their calculator and two No.2 pencils.  We can not hold up testing for parents to deliver calculators, and additionally we will not be interrupting testing for calculators delivered to school after 7:25 am.  Thanks for you cooperation.  To read more about the PSAT/NMSQT, click here.

Wed., Oct. 11  / A-Day Schedule

7:20 – Late Bell

7:25-10:45 – Testing Occurs

10:45-12:15 – Lunch and Period 4A

12:20-1:10 – Period 5

1:15-2:10 – Period 6

WHAT ABOUT SENIORS?  Traditionally, seniors have used this day to prepare for college and career readiness.  This is a good day to visit colleges and potential career sites and work on their college application.  Seniors may also decide to come to school to complete work and should report directly to Student Services.  Due to testing, the Media Center computers will not be available on this day.  If you plan to be absent to work on college and career prep, please complete the discretionary absence form and return it to Mrs. Romero in the Front Office.




The 2016-2017 Yearbook will be distributed to the Class of 2018 at the end of Crab Feast on October 9th and the rest of the student body the week of October 9th during their 4th period on A days only.  Class of 2017 graduates have their books sent directly from Jostens, but underclassmen’s books come to the school and we have to organize and sort the books; therefore, it takes underclassmen longer to received the book than the Class of 2017 graduates.  If you have any questions, please email the adviser, Allison Wichmann, at

Thank you for your patience and understanding with this student-run production.


ARL SHADOW DAY for Students in Grades 9 & 10 -- November 7-9





The ARL is hosting Shadow Day opportunities for student in 9th & 10th grade

Tuesday Nov. 7th, Wednesday, Nov. 8th, and Thursday Nov. 9th


If you are interested in exploring any of the academies listed below please fill out the appropriate permission slip (available in Student Services) and return to Ms. Nelson in Student Services by October 27th.  Attending a Shadow Day can play an important role in a student’s decision making as they go through the scheduling process for next school year.  Remember that the academies are countywide programs and some Academies fill up quickly.


Below are the dates for the academy specific Shadow Days:


Tuesday, Nov 7th Morning (period 1 and 2) - 10th graders only

Construction Management, Biotechnology, Computer Essentials-Cybersecurity, Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Animation & Interactive Media


Tuesday Nov 7th Afternoon (periods 5 and 6) – 10th graders only

Health Professions (Certified Nursing Assistant and EMT), Hotel & Restaurant Management


Wednesday, Nov 8th (periods 1 and 2) - 10th graders only

Computer Networking-Cybersecurity, Architectural Design, Academy of Finance, Graphic Design, Automotive Technology, Systems and Project Engineering 


 Thursday, Nov 9th (periods 1 and 2)-current 9th graders only  

*Early College Program in Cybersecurity    * Aerospace Engineering-PLTW

* These Shadow Day experiences ONLY are open to current 9th graders


If you unable to attend the Shadow Day of choice,

you are welcome to call the ARL directly to schedule a visit at 410-313-6998


For detailed information about each Academy go to


For specific questions about the Academies and if they would be a good fit for your student, please contact your child’s assigned counselor.






Attn: Parent/Guardian of Seniors

The FAFSA powerpoint presentation from last week’s Regional Financial Aid Nights is available using this link:

Finding the Money – Understanding Financial Aid for High School Seniors & Families 




Safe School Zones Resolution At the September 8 Board of Education meeting, the Board of Education approved a resolution to support and protect the rights of all Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) students, regardless of immigration or citizenship status.  To read the entire resolution, click here.