Today's Topics, 12/11/19

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Today's Topics


Today’s Topics

Marriotts Ridge High School

December 11, 2019


Greetings!  In case of emergency, it is vital the school can contact parents and guardians.  The front office has a list of students whose Emergency Info is not verified as current. 

Please logon to Canvas as an Adult (not as the student).  Along the left hand side of the screen, there is a place to click on Family File. Please ensure the info is up-to-date and accurate.

Thanks so much for your cooperation. 

Every family MUST update the family file every year! We would like to reach 100% completion this year! We still have over 400 students that need their family file updated. In order to keep our students safe, and to be able to contact families if there is an emergency, students will be required to have an updated Family File.

HCPSS uses Family File for parents/guardians to complete emergency information. Parents/guardians must verify and/or update information for each child, and can do so by logging in to HCPSS Connect at and selecting the Family File tab and then clicking on Family File. Once logged in, parents/guardians will be asked to provide or update the following information:

Student information
•    Parent/guardian contact
•    Emergency contacts
•    Medical information
•    Arrival/dismissal procedures
•    Media release (photo approval)
•    Data confidentiality
•    PTA/PTSA directory

Changes of address may not be made through Family File. If you have recently moved, please contact our Registrars’ Office at 410-313-5446. Resources on how to access Family File may be found online. Parents who have forgotten their login credentials may click the “Forgot Password” link on the sign in page. Thank you! Synergy-parent-access.pdf

Please note: Canvas works best in Google Chrome and Firefox on a computer or laptop. The app won't let you update the family file.


Winter Music Department Concerts!

Please join us at the MRHS Auditorium to hear our wonderful student musicians.  Tickets are $5 and good for both nights. Ask about the family rate!

 Wednesday, Dec 11 - Winter Music Concert I    7:00pm

Percussion Ensemble, Women's Ensemble, Madrigals, Concert Strings, Concert Band

Thursday, Dec 12 - Winter Music Concert II    7:00pm

Concert Choir, Symphony Strings, Symphonic Winds, Symphony Orchestra, Combined Finale


Parents and students, please be mindful of our designated pre-school parking spaces in the rear of the building. They are not to be used between 6:30am and 6:30pm except for pre-school drop-off and pick-up.


On behalf of the MRHS Speech and Debate Team, we are happy to report a very successful competition at this weekend’s George Mason University Patriot Games Classic 2019 Tournament. 


This was a national-level tournament with participation from eligible public and private high schools throughout the nation.


Following is a list of the MRHS students selected to compete and their accomplishments:



 Annie Wang

Original Oratory

Megan Li  -Semifinalist
Rena Bi 

Public Forum Debate

Daniel He and Yuvraj Nayak  - Triple OctaFinalist
Alex Kim and Minhee Kim - Triple OctaFinalist
Sophia Moylan and Eunice Khor 
Kelly Yang and Priya Nayak 
Abi Velumuri and Vedant Patel 
Joy Ghosh and Sai Matukumalli 

Student Congress

Diya Amlani - -Semifinalist
Jason Lee 




Special thanks to Mr. & Mrs. McLagan for leading and helping the speech and debate students achieve their best. 


Please join us in congratulating these students for their hard work and distinguished accomplishments, and wish them well as they move on to compete at other national tournaments. 


The Spanish Honor Society will be selling Yuda Bands (bracelets) from December 9th-20th.

The money raised from these bracelet sales is used to pay school fees for youth in developing countries so they can attend high school. The bracelets will be $7 and there are so many different symbols that they will make great holiday gifts. 


Here is the profile of the student we will be sponsoring through the Yuda Bands project! His name is Marcos Geovany Ruiz Paredes and lives in Guatemala. He needs 424 more bands to be sold in order to fully cover his education. Hopefully we will be able to cover a good amount of this goal!


Here is a link to see what the bracelets look like.


Please help Marcos Geovant Ruiz realize his dreams!  Thanks for your support!


 Looking for a cute holiday gift? Have itchy skin? Want to support the MRHS ALS team? Well we have the perfect item for you. The ALS holiday fundraiser has begun and the students are excited about making and producing their very own body scrubs in two amazing scents: peppermint or strawberry vanilla! Each 4 oz jar will comes personally labeled with a name tag, wrapped in ribbon and a clear gift wrap just for you. Each jar is only $5, what a steal!


Your purchase is not only giving our students exposure to vocational skills in our school building but helping to raise funds for an end of the year field trip. Orders will be ready the week of the 16th. Checks can be made out to Marriotts Ridge High or cash is accepted as well. The google link here can be filled out or you can email Mrs. GC directly at



We thank you for your support to our program - Ms. Santangelo and Mrs. G.C.




MRHS Spring Musical Audition Announcement - Addams Family

Auditions for the character of Pugsley will be held on Monday, December 16th between 2:30 - 4:15. 

This role is open to boys in grades 5 through 8 with unchanged voices.  
Call backs will be: Thursday, December 19th 

If cast, your child must be available for ALL show dates: March 19th - 22nd, 2020

Auditions will take place in the Choir Room at Marriotts Ridge High School (12100 Woodford Dr. Marriottsville, MD 21104). Please enter at the front office for check-in.

Readings will be provided during the audition.

Use this link to access the SighUpGenius to schedule your audition time:



Mustangs!  Next Monday, December 9th marks the start of the NHS Toys for Tots Drive.  

Last year, MRHS donated a grand total of 832 toys to local children and families for the Holidays.  We need YOU to help us beat that total and reach our 2019 goal of 900 toys!

Donations of new toys will be collected in second period classes and monetary donations will also be accepted, the link will be available on the MRHS website, just bring in a receipt from the donation website to give to your second period teacher.  

The toy drive will go until Friday, December 13th, and the second period class with the most donations will win a Prize!

Link for online donations can be found here.


New Student/Parent Orientation  - Class of 2024!

Orientation for new students and parents of the Class of 2024 will be held on Thursday, January 9, 2020.  Topics include graduation requirements, Grade 9 courses that will be offered, course registration process and more.

Date:  Thursday, January 9, 2020  (snow date:  Jan. 14)

Time:  6:00 - 8:00 pm

Place:  MRHS Auditorium



Midterm Madness Care Packages

Please click here for the flyer/order form.


Holiday Jazz Cabaret

The Marriotts Ridge High School Annual Holiday Jazz Cabaret will be held Tuesday, December 17th at 7pm.  Join friends and family for a relaxing and joyful evening.  Enjoy fabulous treats (including a chocolate fountain!), appetizers and beverages while listening to some amazing holiday music performed by the MRHS Jazz Band, Women’s Choir, Madrigals and several amazing soloists

Tickets are $12 and sold at the door.

Donations and Volunteers (parents and students) are needed to make Jazz Cabaret a success!

Jazz Cabaret donations:


Jazz Cabaret volunteers:




Best Buddies is a fun and dynamic club for students with special needs and their peers. Would you like to join us? We hold several large events throughout the year including the Match Party, the Halloween Party, Holiday Events, and more. Peers and their Buddies go out together to Bowling events, the Mall, the Movies, and more. Please consider joining us. Contact Ms. Goldszmidt at if you are interested.


Getting ready to do some holiday shopping?  Please consider adding the Marriotts Ridge High School Boosters to your Amazon account to generate Amazon Smiles income for Boosters!  This COSTS you NOTHING and takes just a few minutes to set up. 

How do I set up Amazon Smiles? It’s easy!  Go to and select “Marriotts Ridge High School Boosters Club Incorporated”  to receive donations from your eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at will result in a donation to Boosters.

How do I remember to use Amazon Smiles when I am shopping? That’s easy too.  When you sign up, you will be given an option to add an Amazon Smiles Bookmark button to your browser!  Start your amazon shopping at the bookmark each time you shop at Amazon and all your eligible purchases will generate income for Boosters.

Why should I support Boosters?  Boosters supports EVERY student at Marriotts Ridge through our annual budget.  So far this year, Boosters has provided SGA Homecoming support, wrestling mats, Band expenses and Science Olympiad support. And we are just getting started!


Senior Parents!  How does a $2000 scholarship award sound?  The MRHS Boosters Club awards two Senior Scholarships to help pay for enrollment at any accredited institution of high learning.  How do you apply?  Step One is making sure that your family is a member of MRHS Boosters!  To Join boosters, go to  To get more information about the Boosters Scholarship application, go to





Did you receive a PTSA newsletter on Monday? 

If not, please register your family’s information on our website below, and you will know WHAT’S HAPPENING with the PTSA! 




Looking for a way to “Give Back” to our community?  Support the Homewood Center


Preparations for Thanksgiving and Winter Holiday gift giving are in full swing at the Homewood Center. The Homewood Center is the only alternative middle school and high school for the Howard County Public School System. Suzanne McMurtray, the Community Outreach Coordinator for Homewood, works tirelessly for these kids and appreciates any help you can offer.

1) They are currently collecting food and gift cards for their Thanksgiving holiday outreach. They need help stocking their food pantry, so please review the available slots on the SignUp Genius. In addition to items on the signup genius, their pantry is also currently low on deodorant and lip balm. Donations need to be in handed in no later than Wednesday, November 20th. 

2) Homewood is also collecting attic treasures for its Recycled Attic Treasure Sale.  During this event, it allows the students to use their grades to "purchase" items for loved ones for the holiday season. If you would like to donate, items do not need to be new but should be in good, clean, working condition. Gifts for boys and men are needed the most. Other items on the “wish list” include sporting goods, video games, ear buds, toys, games and stuffed animals, holiday decorations, lotions and perfumes, and candles. Donations of new winter coats for preteens and teens also are requested. Gift bags, wrapping paper and tape come in handy to support the operation. These items are due by Friday, December 13th.

Link to the Thanksgiving Signup Genius:

Gift cards can be mailed to:
Homewood Center
c/o Suzanne McMurtray
10914 Clarksville Pike
Ellicott City, MD 21042

You can deliver donations directly to the Homewood Center (10914 Clarksville Pike) OR drop off to the front office OR email Theresa Yodzis at to coordinate delivery.