News from Student Services, 1/2/18

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Student Services News, 1/2/18

Important Dates / What You Need to Know

Important Dates for Parents

Jan 4                          Midterm information session for parents of 9th graders – 7:00 pm

Jan 11                        Incoming 9th grade Parent Orientation – 7:00 pm 

                                    (snow date – Jan 16)

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

Jan 31                        PSAT Score Review Presentation at Homewood – 6:30 pm


Course Request Timeline and On-Line Recommendations SY 18-19

New process this year! Course registration forms for the school year of 2018-2019 will be submitted on line. Students will receive a hard copy of their course registration form on January 8, 2018.  Course registration process will open January 8, 2018. Course registrations are required to be submitted on line by the end of the school day on January 19, 2018. Students will see the courses which were recommended by content teachers. The form will contain directions which will explain how to make course request for electives and alternates. The student and parent/guardian should use the Catalog of Approved School Courses to review course selections for the upcoming school year. The online course request  and catalog can be found at HCPSS Connect. Note course descriptions and pre-requisites. If you do not have access to a computer, need assistance, or want to make changes after January 19, 2018, please contact student services. If you have concerns about or disagree with any of the course recommendations, you may complete the reverse side of the course registration form and submit to student services.



MRHS Student Services will host an Online Course Registration Help Session on January 11, 2018, 6:00 - 8:00pm, in Student Services. Current students please stop by to receive assistance with your online course registration and ask questions. We are here for you! 


Next Generation Science Standards
"All standards for all students."
Visit the link below to learn more about the new standards and how the changes will impact your student.


New Student/Parent Orientation – Class of 2022!

Orientation for new students and parents of the Class of 2022 will be held on Thursday, January 11, 2018.  Topics include graduation requirements, Grade 9 courses that will be offered, course registration process and more.

Date:  Thursday, January 11, 2018  (Snow date is Jan. 16)

Time:  7:00 – 9:00 pm

Place:  MRHS Auditorium



The 9th Grade Team is preparing a few upcoming events to assist 9th Graders with preparing for their midterms. On Thursday, January 7th, parents of 9th graders are invited to attend an informational meeting in the media center during which we will discuss the impact of midterm exams on grades as well as study tips. As we have done in the past, we have planned Midterm Madness for the week prior to exams. All teachers of 9th graders in science, math, English, and social studies classes are asked to host after-school review sessions for their students according to the following schedule:

  • Tuesday 1/16: Social Studies
  • Wednesday 1/17: Science
  • Thursday 1/18: Math
  • Friday 1/19: English

Review sessions will begin at 2:15 pm.


PSAT Score Review – Get help interpreting PSAT score results, learn more about your student’s PSAT score, and how your student can best prepare for the SAT.  HCPSS will host a PSAT parent night on Wednesday, January 31, 2018, at 6:30 p.m., at Homewood Center, 10914 Clarksville Pike, Ellicott City, MD 21042


THE APPRENTICE WRITER – High School writers are invited to submit their poetry, prose and photography for publication and prizes.  Submissions will be accepted through March 15th.  In addition to being published in the 2018 edition, selected writers will be chosen by a published author to receive the prize of Outstanding Writer ($200), or runner up ($50), in both prose and poetry. 


Questions:  Contact Codie Nevil Sauers at The Writers Institute, Susquehanna University, at


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:


CRISIS TEXT LINE – Text START to 741-741 


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