Today's Topics, 11/4/2019

Thu, 11/07/2019 - 10:06am

HCASC welcomes All Middle and High School Students to attend HCASC Meetings the second Wednesday evening of each month at the Homewood School 10914 Clarksville Pike Ellicott City, MD 21042

Middle and High School students who attend will-
-Work with student leaders from across HCPSS
-Meet with the Student Member of the Board of Education
-Gain Leadership Skills
-Turn ideas into actions
-Learn about Leadership and Community Service opportunities
-Practice civic engagement and serve as an informed citizens

Next Meeting Wednesday 11/13 7-8:30pm at the Homewood School

For more information please contact

Picture Retakes and Make-ups

Senior Picture Make-ups are scheduled for November 4,6,and 7.  Postcards with information were sent to your home address. 

Underclassmen Picture Make-ups and retakes are scheduled for November 8.

Additional questions? Contact Lifetouch at Customer Service Dept. at 410-644-7700 or 1-800-445-1189.

Winter Sports – parent information meeting

The Winter sports parent information meeting will take place on November 11th at 6pm in the MRHS cafeteria.

The following information will help parents and students as you prepare for the Winter sports season:

  1. The fall sports season begins on November 15th. Some teams will start later than that. Information is in this document.
  2. All students must be academically eligible (2.0 first quarter gpa and no more than 1 failing grade)
  3. All students will need the following to register:
    1. Current physical: Must be dated after April 1, 2019.
    2. Proof of residency. This may be a BGE bill, phone bill, etc.
    3. You can register your student at, on the left hand column you will see a tab for “HS Athletic Registration” near the bottom of the page
    4. All student athletes must have current health insurance

The following is a list of all fall varsity head coaches including their email address and first practice date and time.

Sport                           Coach                         Email                                                  Start

Wrestling              Jason Conley                              11/15

                                                                          Wrestling room 2:30pm


Girls Basketball    Sarah Miller                                11/15

                                                                          Gym 2:30pm


Indoor Track         Doug Smith                               11/15

                             Thomas Brandel   

                                                                          Track 2:30pm


Boys Basketball    Tim Brady                                  11/15

                                                                          Gym 4:30pm


Cheerleading        Sugene Shin                               11/15

                                                                          Room 116  2:30pm         


Allied Bowling       Kim Burke         Practice will begin in early December


Applications and Research Lab (ARL) Shadow Days are Coming!

Howard County Public School System offers a path for students interested in studying specific career areas while in high school.  A Career Academy provides an opportunity for students to enroll in a specific set of courses associated with a designated career area. 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 popular programs fill up quickly. For detailed information about each Career Academy go to

Interested students can obtain permissions slips in Student Services.  Permission slips for the first ARL Shadow Days are due in Student Services by November 8th. Don't forget...students are required to obtain signatures from a parent/guardian, both teachers whose classes will be missed and their counselor.  

Below are the dates for the academy specific Shadow Days:

Wednesday, November 20th AM Periods 1 & 2 Current 10th Graders Only

Cybersecurity Essentials                        


Graphic Design


Systems and Project Engineering             

Agricultural Science  

PLTW- Aerospace Engineering

Thursday November 21st AM Periods 1 & 2 Current 10th Graders Only

Computer Networking- Cyber                   


Academy of Finance                         


Homeland Security                 



Early College Program in Cybersecurity (current 9th graders ONLY)        

Thursday November 21st PM  Periods 5 & 6 Current 10th Graders Only   

Health Professions


Peter and the Starcatcher -

A prequel to Peter Pan

Featuring over 75 students in cast & crew!

In an evocative and fast-paced adventure on the high seas and on a faraway island, an orphan boy named Peter and his mysterious new friend, Molly, overcome bands of pirates and thieves in their quest to keep a fantastical secret safe and save the world from evil. This impossible-to-put-down tale leads readers on an unforgettable journey—fraught with danger yet filled with mystical and magical moments. (Rated PG)

Thursday, November 14 @ 7 PM

Friday, November 15 @ 7 PM

Saturday, November 16 @ 7 PM

Sunday, November 17 @ 3 PM

Ticket sales are now live! Please use the following link to purchase:


The MRHS NHS will be hosting a series of “For Students, By Students” Workshops this year, the first of which will be “Internships & Resume-Building” where students can come get information/testimonials from NHS students with experience in these areas.

When: Monday, November 11, 2019

What time: 2:15 – 3:15 pm

Where:  MRHS Cafeteria


AP Exam Registration – Extended through November 8.

As you know, College Board adjusted the registration window for AP exams from spring to fall.  Marriotts Ridge has communicated these changes through Back to School Night, AP teachers, Today’s Topics, and the school’s homepage. As a result of the new timeline, AP Exam Registration opens on October 1st and closes November 1st. Any student who plans to take an AP exam in May must register during that window. Students received instructions through their teachers for how to register. These instructions are also available on the school’s homepage. Students must register in BOTH the MyAP Portal (which is new this year) and in Naviance (as they always have). The AP Portal is the only mechanism for ordering exams, and exams will only be ordered for students who go into the Portal and select the exams they want to take. They must do this for each exam, using the Join Code provided by their teacher. Naviance is how the school tracks payment, fee waivers, and permission for students to be off campus. It is essential the students complete both steps of the process. You can also find information on fees and exam location on the Marriotts Ridge homepage. If students have any questions, they can see Mrs. Scott in the Testing Office (next to room 249). You can also email Mrs. Scott at

Thank you for your understanding as we all navigate this new process.


Lisa Scott

A.P. Coordinator


2020 Yearbooks are NOW ON SALE.  Current price is $78.    The best deal of the year.  This deal ends 10/26/19.   Price will go up . . . so ORDER TODAY online at


Prospective New Student Information Night

Are you interested in learning about the fourteen dynamic and innovative Career Academies located at the ARL? If so you are invited to attend the Prospective New Student Information Night on Wednesday November 13th from 7:00-9:00 pm. Learn how Career and Technology Education (CTE) Career Academies provide high school students with opportunities to earn college credit, scholarships, and industry certifications, participate in worksite and mentorship experiences, and become creative problem solvers by participating in hands-on project based learning. More details here,