Today's Topics 8/27/2021

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Today’s Topics

August 27, 2021


Cheerleading Tryouts – September 1

Hello Mustangs! Did you miss tryouts? Have no worries! Cheerleading will be having a second tryout this coming Wednesday, September 1st between 3:30-5:30pm. Hope to see some of you there!

If anyone has any questions, please contact:

Amaka Okoronkwo


 Yearbooks Have Arrived


For individuals who had their yearbook shipped to the school, you may pick the book up in the front office during office hours. (Monday thru Friday 7:30 - 3:00)


Class of 2022 Parents & Guardians:


MRHS counselors will be walking parents/guardians through the process for applying to post-high school options (such as college/trade schools/military). The same information will be presented that week to 12th graders taking a Marriotts Ridge-based English class. If your student is taking their 12th grade English course through HCC (or would like to hear the presentation a second time), please have them join us on 9/9.


What: Senior Parent Night Presentation (Post-secondary application process)

When: September 9th, Thursday, 6:00pm

Where: MRHS auditorium (in-person presentation - masks are required)


This large group format will not allow counselors to address questions that are specific to your child. If you have a student-specific question, please request an appointment to speak with your student's designated counselor separately:


Marriotts Ridge School Counselors (Listed by Student Caseloads)

·       Mrs. Jessie Little (A-Cha)- 

·       Mrs. Jodi Dubbs (Chb-Han)-

·       Mrs. Pauline Baek (Hao-Lam)- 

·       Mrs. Katie Tasch (Lan-Od)- 

·       Mrs. Jenn McKechnie-Howe (Oe-Shi)- 

·       Mr. Andrew Johnson (Shj-Z)-   


The Student Services Department is looking forward to supporting your student through this milestone year!



Fall 2021 Registration for HCC-Based JumpStart Dual Enrollment Courses 


Fall 2021 Registration for Courses at HCC!  Interested in earning college credit or dual credit through HCC? You can now enroll for Fall 2021! You can find available courses here: Schedules & CatalogsEnroll in college courses for “college credit” or for “dual credit”.  Register soon as classes may fill up. Tuition discounts are available for all high school students.   Interested students should contact their high school counselor and attend the collaborative hour every Wednesday at 1pm now through August 25th! Questions can be directed to and, or drop into one of the many support sessions found here

Details: The Fall 2021 semester runs from August 28th, 2021 - December 19th, 2021. Detailed instructions can be found here: Opportunities for support with the application and registration process are available daily - please click here for details. 


Additional funding opportunities for ALL JumpStart students are available. Outreach information is available here -



Sophomores Can Apply for the Fall 2021 Student Climate Change Institute by Sept. 28, 2021

More Information can be found here:

Parking Permits

Schools will not be hosting the safe driving presentations this year. Students will submit the parking permit application and safe driving contract, along with the $15.00 fee, to get a parking permit. We will share more information, and the parking permit application/safe driving contract, once it has been released for this school year.


Family File & Student Emergency Card Update

It is time to update your student's Family File information in HCPSS Connect! Family File provides emergency contact and other important information for students within the Howard County Public School System. Completing Family File also ensures you are receiving importation information and updates for HCPSS and MRHS. This information must be updated EACH school year for EACH student.

A video tutorial that explains the Family File process and written directions can be found below:

    Video Tutorial at this link
    Family File Directions at this link
    Spanish Version at this link

Please note, updating your Family File is the only way families will be able to view teacher assignments for the upcoming school year. Student courses will be available August 25th, 2021. In addition, the school needs this critical information prior to the first day of school.

If you have already completed your Family File, we thank you! If you have not completed your Family File for the current school year, please complete the following as soon as possible:

    Log in to HCPSS Connect Synergy using parent/guardian credentials
    Select “More Options” from the left navigation
    Select “Family File” at the top of the page
    Complete each page of Family File
    On the last page, select the blue Submit button

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

Parents who have forgotten their login credentials for Family File may click the “Forgot Password” link on the sign-in page. If you need additional assistance, please call the school or complete the Connect Help Form.

Important Note: A change of address cannot be made through Family File. If you have recently moved, please call the school at 410-313-5568 to make arrangements to send updated documents to staff.

Parents new to the Howard County Public School System will receive a welcome email with instructions on how to activate an account.

Parents may also check a variety of student information and classroom instructional tools offering personalized communication and timely, relevant, and easily accessible information relating to their student through HCPSS Connect


Chromebook Information For All Students

· Every student needs to bring a device to school on a daily basis for the 2021-22 school year. Plan to bring your fully charged HCPSS Chromebook or personal device to school each day.

· Personal devices from home will not connect to the HCPSS wireless network and will not be able to print to school printers. Only the guest WiFi is available for non-HCPSS devices.

· Chromebook carts, media center desktops and general purpose computer labs no longer exist in the high schools. Classroom teachers will be utilizing and expecting students to have a personal computer.

· Charge your Chromebook NOW! Turn it on, be sure it works.

· Damaged Chromebooks must be assessed and exchanged at a HCPSS Technology Support Center. Locations and hours can be found here


Do You Need a Chromebook?

Pick one up in the media center before school or during lunch periods beginning on 8/30. 


Forgot Your Username or Password?

· Go to and click on “Forgot Username or Password”.


Technology Accounts for New Students

Beginning August 2, 2021, families with students new to HCPSS and whose registration has been finalized will receive an email from with the subject “Technology account information for new HCPSS student.” The email will be sent to the email address used during the student registration process. The email contains personalized and important information regarding new students’ technology accounts. If you have a child new to HCPSS and do not receive the email and/or cannot locate the email in the junk/spam folder of the email account you used during registration, you can use the Forgot Password or Username button on the student landing page to retrieve both your child’s username and password. Directions for Account Self Service directions are posted online.