Today's Topics - November 16, 2017

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 2:23pm

Parent Teacher Conference scheduling window closes tonight at 8pm.   Read more….

Picture Makeup Day is Tomorrow – Friday, November 17

Get a second chance at a picture-perfect image!  Retakes are also available.  Read more . . .


The Odd Couple, Female Version opens this week November 16-19 with performances on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7pm and Sunday at 3pm.  Tickets are $8 in advance at or $10 at the door.  Read more . . .


Afternoon Tea, hosted by National Art Honor Society and Art Club, tickets are still available for $10 and must be purchased in advance. Tea will be served at 1PM on Sunday, 11/19.  Contact LaVerne Meirs-Bond for reservations.


The World Language Department is asking for parent and teen volunteers to help provide food/paper products or help with set-up/clean-up/maintenance for the MRHS World Language Celebration taking place on Monday, December 18th, 2017, in the MRHS cafeteria, from 5-7pm.   

WL Celebration Food Sign Up

This fun family event will showcase and celebrate different cultures, hosting a potluck-style, international buffet. Food from Chinese, French, Italian, Spanish, German and Korean cultures will be featured! Please sign up below if you can provide a dish native to one of six cultures.  We hope to have a broad selection of appetizers, main courses, and desserts representing all languages!  There will also be games, music, entertainment, and crafts.  

            Food should be dropped off in the MRHS cafeteria on the day of the event, between 4:00 and 5:00pm. Earlier drop off is available upon arrangement.  Hot items should arrive warm and, if possible, in a heated container labeled with your name. Please mark all non-disposable containers and provide serving utensils, with identification.  In addition to food, we will need help with set-up, decorations, and clean up.  We are also looking for volunteers to be our lead contact (for receiving food and set up on the day of the event) for the Spanish, French, and Korean buffet. Chinese and Italian are assigned.  

            Thank you in advance for your help!   If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Reier at  or Meredith Parks at



Opportunities to Donate . . . .

Donations for Veterans ends November 17.  Members of Leadership U are collecting supplies to donate to McVets, a facility for homeless veterans in Baltimore, Maryland.  Donation box is located outside Student Services.   They need coats, hats & gloves; combs & brushes; detergent; feminine hygiene products; new undergarments;  school supplies; shaving cream; shower shoes; soap & shampoo; toothbrushes & toothpaste.

Donate “Gently Used” Shoes to benefit the American Red Cross.  Collection boxes are located outside the front office, outside the cafeteria, and in the media center.   Drive ends 12/15/17.


SAVE THE DATE . . . December 11 @ 7pm

MRHS Gifted & Talented Research Program Information Night     




Superintendent Leadership Characteristics Survey

The Howard County Board of Education is seeking public input as it moves forward with the process of selecting a permanent superintendent, who will be appointed to a four-year term to commence on July 1, 2018.  Community members are invited to submit desired leadership characteristics and priorities by completing a survey. The survey responses will be shared with the Board of Education and will inform the superintendent search process. 

The online survey is available on the HCPSS website.  Electronic responses from the online survey will be collected through 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 22. 
Paper copies may also be downloaded on the HCPSS website. ( Printed responses from the paper survey will be collected through noon on Wednesday, December 6.   
The Board of Education will host two forums for the public to attend and provide direct input on the superintendent search process. These forums will be held on:

November 30, 2017 from 4-5 p.m. at Centennial High School
December 5, 2017 from 7-8 p.m. at Wilde Lake Middle School

In May 2017, the Board appointed current Interim Superintendent Dr. Michael J. Martirano to a one-year term, which extends through June 30, 2018. The Board voted on August 17 to move forward with the process to select a permanent superintendent and a public hearing was held September 28.



International High School Exchange Opportunity Summer 2018
Interested in traveling to Cergy-Pontoise, France or Tres Cantos, Spain this summer?  Students studying French or Spanish, level III or above, have the opportunity through Columbia Association’s (CA) Sister Cities program to spend two weeks in July with a French or Spanish host family, then host a French or Spanish teen for two weeks upon returning home from Europe.  An information sessions will be held on Wed., Nov.  15  from 7-8pm at the CA headquarters, located 6310 Hillside Court, Columbia 21042. For more information, contact Laura Smit (410)715-3162 or


Information Session for Summer 2018 Leadership Program in Haiti
Make a difference and experience Haitian culture as a member of the Haiti Global Leadership Program in the village of Camp Coq, near Columbia’s sister city of Cap-Haitien from July 7-16, 2018. Participate in community leadership activities with Haitian students and work directly with Haitian youth on strategies for addressing alternative energy, waste management, preventive medicine, vocational training, and business initiatives. For more information, contact Bob Anantua (443) 285-3956 or