Today's Topics - November 28, 2017

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 6:15am

Student Services News
Important Dates for Parents:

Dec 2 SAT Test Day

Dec 9 ACT Test Day

Dec 20 Alumni Chat with the Class of 2018

Dec 25-Jan 1 Schools Closed - Winter Break

Jan 12 ACT Registration Deadline for 2/10 Test

Jan 15 Schools & Offices Closed - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Jan 19 ACT Late Registration Deadline (late fee) for 2/10 Test

Jan 24-25 High Schools Close 3 Hrs early - Mid-terms

Jan 26 All Schools Close 3 Hrs early - Mid-terms


The “Directory of Mental Health Services in Howard County,” provided by the Howard County Mental Health Authority, is available to the public and can be found at the following link:

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A more comprehensive newsletter will be issued every two-three weeks.



SCHOOL WIDE CLOTHES SWAP sponsored by Environmental Club

Hello Marriotts Ridge Community! On Friday Dec. 15th, at 4:30pm the Environmental Club will be hosting a School Wide Clothes Swap organized in the Auxiliary gym at the same time as varsity double header basketball games and just before the MVMS choral concert. This Swap supports our Green School Initiative and is meant to promote reusing and recycling clothes instead of throwing away and buying new ones. We will be collecting clothes in the weeks leading up to the event. Please go through your unwanted clothes and consider donating to this event. Clean clothes of any size and age range are welcome. There will be boxes in the Commons and near the front office or they can be brought to Ms. Kol's room (234). Then join us on the 15th and see if there is anything you could use. There is no cost to participate and although we hope that you donate, you do not have to donate clothes in order to go "shopping" in the Auxiliary Gym on the 15th. Any leftover items, after the event, will be donated to charity.  Thank you for participating!


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest Deadline for submissions extended until Friday, December 8   Howard County middle and high school students are invited to participate in the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission’s annual Student Essay Contest.  This year’s essay question is “How do you translate Dr. King’s vision in today’s times?”  Visit the commission’s website for complete essay contest rules.


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. Information sessions will be held on Tuesday, Dec.5; Thursday, Jan. 11; and Wednesday, Jan. 17 from 7-8pm at CA headquarters, located at 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, work directly with Haitian youth on strategies for addressing alternative energy, waste management, preventive medicine, vocational training and business initiatives. Information sessions for the Global Leadership Program in Haiti will be Monday, Dec. 4 and Tuesday, Jan. 16 from 7-8pm at CA Headquarters, 6310 Hillside Court, Columbia. For more information, contact Bob Anantua (443) 285-3956 or