February 8, 2007
“Choosing Excellence in all that we do”
We would like to share some good news and highlight some
our First Semester County
assessments, Marriotts Ridge ranked first among all county high schools in 3 of the 13 areas –
American Government, English 10, and German 1 – during First Quarter. Of the 15 tested areas during Second
Quarter, we ranked first among the
county’s high schools in 5 areas – Introduction to Geometry, Geometry,
US History, English 9, and English 10.
Congratulations to our students who are taking these courses and to
our teachers who implement fantastic lessons each day! Keep up the good work!
- 109 of our students rose to the
academic challenges placed before them and achieved Perfect 4.0 GPA status for Second
Quarter. In addition, over 400 other students earned
Academic Honor Roll status. We
thoroughly enjoyed recognizing these students with a special dessert
celebration earlier this week – thanks to our PTSA and Boosters for their
financial support of these initiatives.
this is Black History Month, we
are focusing on highlighting the contributions of African Americans
throughout history and in our own school community. We recognized our highest achieving
African American students at a special ceremony last week. We will hold a Performing Arts Assembly, spotlighting African American
compositions in music and dance, later in the month – our Mustang African
American Awareness Club will host this event. In addition, one of our students, Dysheena Brown, was chosen based on her academic
achievements as one of ten African American freshmen countywide to
participate in a televised round table discussion about what makes a good
student. This show will be broadcast
February 21 through March 31, every Saturday at 10 AM, 2 and 9 PM and
every Tuesday at 5, 7, and 9 PM.
Check it out!
- At the
Howard County PTSA Reflections
Program last week, Naomi Kromer earned the
designation of Outstanding (First place) in the Dance Choreography
category and Elinor Oziel
received an Award of Merit (Third place) in the Film division among
hundreds of students from across the county who entered this competition
in a variety of categories. Naomi
and Elinor will advance to the state
finals. Congratulations and good
to all of our Instrumental and Choral students for their participation in
the Howard County Solo and Ensemble
Festivals. Marriotts Ridge sent
45 students who participated in 38 events.
All individuals and groups received Superior and Excellent
ratings. Well Done!
Katie Smalley and Abbey Marvenko were among
three students selected from Howard County as All State Dancers at the Maryland State Dance Showcase. Outstanding – kudos to their dance
teacher, Ms. Spruill also!
Art Department continues to garner impressive awards. The sculptures
of several MRHS students are being showcased at the Department of
Education Gallery from February 7 to February 28. The Gallery is open Monday – Friday 8:30
AM – 4:30 PM. Congratulations to
our students and their teachers, Ms. Miers-Bond
and Ms. Ayres!
PTSA has asked me to thank everyone who participated in the Book Drive again. Over 400 books for families in need were
collected. Special Thanks to Mr.
Paul Eckert and the FEA (Future Educators of America) for their help.
phenomenal Media Team Leader, Mr. John McDonald, was selected as the MICCA Outstanding Technology Using
Educator of the Year for Howard County. He will represent our county in the
competition for statewide recognition.
A well deserved honor for an excellent educator!
5-9 has been declared Employee
Appreciation Week by the Howard County Board of Education. In addition, this week is designated
nationally as School Counseling
Week. Please join us in
saluting all of our staff members for all that they do. Thanks
to our PTSA and Boosters for hosting a Staff Appreciation Dinner
during conferences on Thursday.
want to commend one of our students, Tyler
Dunn, for the outstanding work that he has done this year in helping
to create and maintain our school
website, www.marriottsridge.net. Under the direction of Mr. Reg Hahne,
Tyler spends many hours each week updating and expanding our website. We applaud Tyler for his efforts and
commitment … he deserves quite a bit of credit for this vital
communication link to our community.
Thank you, Tyler!
application and selection process for the Marriotts Ridge Chapter of the National Honor Society will begin
next week with a kick-off assembly for all juniors who have achieved at
least a 3.4 unweighted GPA during their high
school careers through first semester of this year. All of these students will be invited to
apply if they wish to do so. Membership
in National Honor Society is based on academic achievement, character,
involvement in a variety of activities, and community service. The induction ceremony will take place
in early March. In future years,
this process will take place in the fall.
will also celebrate our winter sports teams and school spirit with a Student-Staff Volleyball Game next
week. We are already practicing –
the students are going down!
- On a
different note, we must address several concerns that have arisen in our
community over the past week regarding the building issues occurring at Mt. Hebron High. I have spoken with several Board of
Education and County Council members over the past few days and they have
told me that Marriotts Ridge is not a factor in any plans related to Mt.
Hebron at this time. We wish the
Mt. Hebron students, staff, and community the best as they work to resolve
their facility issues.
how could we end this update without mentioning Jukebox: Episode II?
Everyone is looking forward to another
outstanding production from our Performing Arts students and faculty. We have thoroughly enjoyed watching this show
evolve, from participating in the discussions related to music selections
months ago to watching the last minute touches yesterday. You are missing out if you don’t come see
this show. Thanks to Mr. Terry Eberhardt, Ms. Sally Livingston, Ms. Trish Spruill, Ms.
Rosemary Lather, Mr. Nick Ellis, Ms. LaVerne Miers-Bond, and Ms. Jaye Ayres
for leading this production that involves over 100 students. Performances will be held on Thursday,
Friday, and Saturday at 7 PM – tickets are $10 at the door …and worth every
penny. Come on out!