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Mount View Middle School

April 24, 2015

Upcoming Dates

May 1

Schools closed for students

May 7

Interim Progress Reports issued

May 25

Schools and Offices closed

Principal’s Corner

Teach About Long-Term Goals

As children grow older, they’re assigned more long-term projects. Organization is the key to doing them well. Students should learn this planning process:

  • Set a clear goal. For example, writing a paper, studying for a test or raising a grade. Mark its deadline on a calendar.

  • Break the project into small parts. This makes it much less intimidating. Decide when each step will be completed, and write it on a calendar.

If your child has to build a model, for instance,

she might make this plan:

Monday…………………..………………..Choose what to build

Tuesday……………..Draw what the model will look like.

Wednesday……………………..…………List supplies needed.

Thursday………………………………Buy supplies with mom.

Friday…………………………………………………Build the model.

  • Check the calendar every day. Have your child add tasks to her daily “to do” list. Before she knows it, she’ll have completed lots of small steps, and one big project!

  • See how things went. When the goal is reached, ask your child about it. What would she do differently next time? What would she repeat?

Source: The Parent Institute

High School Courses Taken in Middle School

The updated policy includes a MAJOR change for high school courses taken in middle school.

  • High school courses taken in middle school beginning in the 2015 - 2016 school year:

    • passed courses will count toward the 21 credit requirement.

    • grades and credits will be reflected on the high school transcript.

    • grades earned will NOT calculate into the GPA.

  • If a high school student retakes a course taken in middle school:

    • the high school grade will be calculated into the GPA.

    • only one credit will be awarded.

Spring Testing Dates at MVMS
All students will be participating in the EOY (End of the Year) assessments for PARCC in Math and English Language Arts (ELA). Please make sure that your child arrives to school on time on the day of his/her test. The testing schedule for these assessments are:

  • Monday, April 27, 2015~ All 8th grade students will be taking the PARCC Math EOY assessment.

  • Tuesday, April 28, 2015 ~ All 7th grade students will be taking the PARCC Math EOY assessment.

  • Wednesday, April 29, 2015 ~ All 6th grade students will be taking the PARCC Math EOY assessment.

More information about the PARCC assessments can be found on the Mount View Middle School website under HCPSS Resources. The following website will also provide additional information: www.parcc.org.

From the Health Room


Immunization Requirements for the 2015-2016

                                School Year


Students entering 7th Grade for the 2015-2016 school year are

required by the State of Maryland to have a meningitis vaccine and a Tdap vaccine by the first day of school, August 24, 2015.

Please contact your child’s health care provider to obtain documentation of these vaccines (if they have previously been administered) or to schedule an appointment to receive the required vaccinations.  Failure to provide proof of updated immunizations by the first day of school next year could result in your child being excluded from school.  Please turn in the necessary documentation to the Health Room as soon as possible.  Physician’s offices may fax immunization documentation directly to the Health Room at

410-442-8050.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Health Room at 410-313-5550.  Thank you!
Green Tip of The Month:  Plant Butterfly Weed NOT Butterfly Bush

Butterfly bush is an invasive species that only provides nectar for butterflies.  You'll commonly see it being sold in garden centers because it does attract many butterflies.  The problem is that butterflies can't lay their eggs on butterfly bush, so it's difficult for them to reproduce and survive.

Please think about butterflies when you choose plants for your yard.  Purchase native species like butterfly weed and Joe-Pye weed to ensure that your plants are both beautiful AND helpful!

If you want to learn more about how to construct a butterfly garden, the Green Team will be available at the G/T Open House on May 19th from 6:30-7:30.  They can give you a tour of Mount View's butterfly garden and answer your questions!

PTA News

Spring Spirit Wear Sale

This spring only online orders will be accepted to spirit wear orders.  Please visit the PTA website here http://mvmspta.yolasite.com and scroll down to find the link to the store.  Orders will be accepted until May 8th and items will be delivered to Mount View at the end of May.  If you have any questions please contact Linda Ferbert at lferbert@gmail.com. 
TOGETHER IN EDUCATION:  It’s not too late to link your Harris Teeter card to the MVMS account so that our school earns money!! Simply, ask the cashier at Harris Teeter to link your card to MVMS - ACCOUNT CODE IS #2942.  Then, when you purchase Harris Teeter generic brand items, the MVMS account will be credited a percentage of your purchase.  There’s another payout by May 31, so please remember to support MVMS. Thanks so much!!!

The Gift of Thanks Program is here for the End of the School Year!
Use this link to learn more about the Gift of Thanks program:


Use this link for a Gift of Thanks order form (staff listing):


Thank You!

Many thanks to all the families and students that made it out to the Ice Cream Social in support of the Alice's Dream Foundation (http://www.alicesdream.org).  With your support we raised nearly $500!  That's great and thanks again for all your support!

Needs volunteers for next school year!!
Don't be shy!  It is a great way to learn more about the PTA and meet new people in your school community.   Use this link to see OPEN positions for next school year:


If you have an interest in joining a committee or just want to learn more, please contact Theresa Yodzis, 410.531.4929 or yodz@comcast.net or Chris Johansen at  chrisj@pfgc.com.

Send in those soda pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House!

The Community Outreach Committee is collecting soda pop tabs (aluminum) for the Ronald McDonald House. The funds generated from recycling these aluminum gems help offset expenses for families so they can have a home away from home with children receiving medical care.  This collection of pop tabs goes until the end of the school year.  Collection containers can be found around the school or send in directly to Mrs. Parson's classroom.  Thank you - every bit makes a difference!

Karaoke & Pizza Night - RESCHEDULED!

The MVMS PTA Community Outreach Committee cordially invites you to join us for Karoake and Pizza!

DateThursday, April 30th

Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Where: MVMS Cafeteria

$2.00 per slice (cheese or pepperoni)

Purchase of pizza includes FREE bottomless Caesar salad and drinks and refills (lemonade and iced tea)

Dessert: baked goods will be provided by the Community Outreach Committee student members and sold for $1.00. We will have ice cream too!  Proceeds to support Operation Smile (http://www.operationsmile.org). Operation Smile provides free surgeries to repair cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities for children around the globe.  Every three minutes a child is born with a cleft. A child with a cleft has twice the odds of dying before their first birthday. Children with cleft conditions who survive may have difficulty eating, speaking, hearing or breathing properly. In some places, they are shunned and rejected. And in too many cases, their parents can't afford the surgeries they need to live a productive life.

Questions? Contact: Theresa Yodzis at tbone119@comcast.net, Chele Ruetsch at chelediello@yahoo.com or Mrs. Parson at Nicole_Parson@hcpss.org.
MVMS Website

The MVMS website has a new look! Visit http://mvms.hcpss.org and bookmark for future reference.

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Marriotts Ridge High School 10 Year Anniversary Celebration 

May 30th 

Fun Run 8:00am

Breakfast 8:30am - 10:00am

Anniversary Celebration Ceremony - 10:00am

Celebration Activities from 10:30am - 1:00pm 

for past, present, and future Mustangs


Ultimate Frisbee Tournament

Tug-of-War Tournament

Alumni Art Walk

Musical Performances

Cutest Dog Competition

Big Wheel/Power Wheel Races for future Mustangs

Remote Control Car Races for Mustangs of all ages

Carnival Games

Run for Coffee 5K

Run for Coffee-As our middle schoolers transition into HS, fun events like this may get them excited about the MRHS Mustang Cross Country Team. May 2, 2015 at 10 am at Hopewell Park, Columbia MD. Walkers and  runners, are invited for this family fun race. This is a great first time 5K for middle schoolers, or practice for those who have run a 5K. Runners and walkers and strollers are invited to join us on this beautiful course around Lake Elkhorn in Columbia. Participants encouraged, but not required,  to find sponsors. Those who collect at least $50 in pledges will receive a tee shirt. Minimum donation is $25. All proceeds from the Run For Coffee enable Guatemalan families to clear their small plots of land and plant strong young coffee plants as a cash crop and income for the family. Our Church has close ties to a Presbyterian Church in Guatemala and we personally deliver the proceeds.


Come support the CHS Music Programs and try to win some fabulous prizes at this family fun event.  $10 entry includes bingo card (3 plays) and an ink dauber. Purchase family (max. 5 people/household) tickets and save! Just $40. Concessions will be available for purchase and you won’t want to miss the CHS Jazz Band performance.

See link for more details: http://www.centennialmusic.org/bingo-and-silent-auction.html

Contact:  Terri-Ann Chiu  tachiu@comcast.net
Community Information:

The following announcements have been approved by the Public Information Office for school newsletters and distribution. These events are neither sponsored nor endorsed by the Howard County Public School System. 

Recreation and Parks

Recreation & Parks has established local baseball teams for several age groups in your community.  We are writing to invite you and your neighbors to participate in the Columbia Baseball League (CBL). Come help us bring baseball back to your community.  First time and experienced players are welcome.  Thanks to support from the Howard County Public School System, permits for your local school fields were issued to Recreation & Parks.  We recognize some families could use a little extra assistance with the price of registration.  Recreation & Parks has a sliding scale for financial assistance program.  Howard County residency is required for financial assistance.  To apply for financial assistance, a scholarship application and acceptable proof of income must be submitted.  Applications and income verification can be faxed to 410-313-4658, emailed to registration@howardcountymd.gov or mailed/delivered to Howard County Recreation & Parks, 7120 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia, MD 21046.

Kennedy Krieger

We are recruiting children ages 8-12 to participate in an MRI research study to learn if there are differences between the brain’s structure and its function in children with and without ADHD as well as with and without High Functioning Autism.

The study involves participating in 2 seven-hour days of paper and pencil tasks, computer activities, and a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the brain. Parents will receive a report of the IQ assessment administered to their child as well as the radiology report. All testing is done free of charge and you get to choose the dates you participate. For more information about this study, please contact Alyssa Tiedemann at 443-923-9263, Mary Martinelli at 443-923-9258, or Kristie Sweeney at 443-923-9254 or by email LNIR@kennedykrieger.org

The First Tee

A unique youth development program that teaches children and youth ages 7-14 core values and healthy habits through the game of golf. Classes begin in Apr. at Fairway Hills Golf Club in Columbia and additional program locations will be offered around the county this summer. Sessions are $60-$150 and scholarships are available. For more information call 410-730-1114. info@thefirstteehowardcounty.org


Host Families Sought for AFS Exchange Students:  Next school year, some twenty AFS exchange students from around the world will come to Howard County for a life-changing year of cross-cultural sharing.  Exchange students live in a family such as yours and attend the locally district HS from your address.   

Contact Christina McGarvey at 410-997-7087 or ckmcgarvey@tahoo.com More information is also available http://www.afsusa.org/hosy-family.

Sculpture of the Human Form fundraiser, Fri., Apr. 24, 5-8:30 p.m., Anderson-Becker/Lee Andersen Factory, 9010 Maier Road, Unit 101, Laurel, MD. For information call 302-725-5555, info@manneqart.org

Howard County Conservancy

FREE Earth Day Celebration on Sat., April 25, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Howard County Conservancy, 10520 Old Frederick Road, Woodstock, MD.  Families and groups of all ages are welcome.  For more info and to register please visit www.hoecoconservancy.org
Howard County Government

Womenfest, A Health & Wellness Event for Women, Sat., Apr. 25, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. FREE

Gary J. Arthur Community Center at Glenwood, Cooksville, MD.

For more information visit the event’s website at www.howardcountyaging.org/WomenFest or call 410-313-5440.

Harpers Choice Community Association

Health and Safety Fair, Sat. Apr. 25, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Kahler Hall, 5400 Old Tucker Row Columbia, MD.


Help fight lung cancer. Join us for Breathe Deep Columbia, a 5K walk in Town Center on Sat., Apr. 25 sponsored by the LUNGevity Foundation. Register at www.LUNGevity.org/columbia.

Howard County Concert Orchestra

A Baroque Feast, Sun., Apr. 26, 4 p.m., the concert takes place in the wonderful acoustics of St. John's Episcopal Church, 9120 Frederick Rd. The HCCO's concerts are free to those 17 and under accompanied by a paying adult. For more information, please visit www.hococo.org or call 888-921-7230.

Columbia Association

Mixed Media Mania with Korey Rosenbaum ages 5-10, Tues., April 26 - May 18, or Sun., June 7-28,1-2:30pm. Note: Drop-ins for one or two classes are welcomed. To register, please call Columbia Art Center at 410-730-0075 or email art.staff@columbiaassociation.org.

Columbia Association

Painting Exploration and Design with Manique Buckmon begins with the basics for ages 6-9, Tues., Apr. 28 - May 19, 5:30-7 p.m. or Tues., May 26-June 16, 5:30-7pm. Painting by Design with Kate Cavanaugh explores composition and color theory for students ages 10 and up begins Mon., April 27 - May 18; or Mon., June 1-22, 5:45-7:15pm. Both classes are $60 resident, $70 non-resident. To register, please call Columbia Art Center at 410-730-0075 or email artstaff@columbiaassociation.org.

Slayton House

On Camera Kids, Learn techniques for Acting on Camera and how to get started in the television/films. Classes begin Weds. Apr. 29, 5-6 p.m., for three weeks for $60.00. Both classes are held at Slayton House in the Wilde Lake Village Center. For More Info please call Slayton House at 410-730-2380.

Howard Community College

Offered through Howard community College’s Continuing Education Division. howardcc.edu/ConEdTeen Denim-Mania for students 11-15. Offered at the Hickory Ridge Building, HCC, Friday, May 1, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. School is out for the day. Students will be engaged in a “reimagined” activity, recycling out-of-style, worn clothing into new, wearable fashions. Offered through Howard community College’s Continuing Education.

Slayton House

Sign up now for these spring workshops in the Performing Arts

Razz-A Ma Tap-Shuffle off to Buffalo and learn techniques of Tap dance for fun, Exercise or that next audition. Classes begin May 12 on Tues., for grades 3-10. For more information call 410-730-2380.
Robinson Nature Center

Native Plant Palooza, Sun., May 12- 4:30 p.m./ FREE

Come shop Robinson Nature Center’s native plant sale and learn how best to care for native plants that can attract wildlife while reducing the need for pesticides and fertilizers in your lawn and garden. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of all plants benefits educational programs at the Nature Center. See www.howardcountymd.gov/RNCplantnative.htm
Town Center Community Association

Art in the Afternoon, Sun, May 17, 3-5 p.m. Historic Oakland 5430 Vantage Point Road Columbia, MD. FREE admission.  Registration preferred 410-730-4744.

Benjamin Banneker Historical Park

Colonial Market Fair. Sat and Sun., June 13 & 14, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Benjamin Banneker Historical Park, 300 Oella Avenue, Catonsville, MD. A $5.00 donation for parking is requested.

Columbia Association

Schools Out Botanical Printmaking, June 17; Dimensional Explorations, June 18. To register, please call Columbia Art Center at 410-730-0075 or email art.staff@columbiaassociation.org

Forest Hill Swim and Tennis Club

Swim America swim lessons, 3, 2-week sessions starting June 22- July 31. Learn to dive lessons, 5, 1-week sessions starting June 22-July 20, 4310 Columbia Road Ellicott City. For more information go to FHSTC.com and click Swim Lesson and or Dive Team tab.


Centennial High School Boosters

2015 Lady Eagles Basketball Camp, girls ages 8-14, July 13-17, 9 a.m.- 12 p.m., Centennial HS, 4300 Centennial Lane, Ellicott City, MD. For information contact Bobby Macheel, 443-474-5558, macheelr@gmail.com

UMBC Summer Day Camp
The UMBC summer Day Camp will be celebrating it’s 36th year of existence in 2015, and we hope that you will send your child to spend all or part of the summer with us. Please let us know if you have any questions 410-455-2638 or email us at summercamp@umbc.edu
Junior Achievement

JA BizTown Summer Venture for young people ages 9 to 12. Dates: June 22 – 26, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Junior Achievement of Central Maryland, 10711 Red Run Blvd., Suite 110, Owings Mills, MD. For details or to register, contact Rebecca Golloub at rgolloub@jamaryland.org or 410-753-3292 http://jamaryland.org/programs/summer-camp  

Savage Boys and Girls Club

Savage Recreational Baseball, register now and learn from the 2014 Maryland High School Coach of the Year. Coach Adam Leader of the Reservoir Gators will conduct free in-season Coach & Player clinics this season. Ages 5 - 14 can register at savagebgc.org or call Ken Harn at 443-605-6977

Baseball Factory

July 6-10, 2015 at Kiwanis-Wallas Park, July 13-17, 2015 at Kiwanis-Wallas Park.

All Star Camp Designed for boys and girls ages 8-11. Grouped according to age and ability, players will learn the fundamentals of baseball through individual, group and team instruction. 

Elite Camp This camp is for boys ages 12-15 and is designed to teach fundamentals, advanced skills and strategies of baseball. Learn and improve skills through an intense week of instruction, drills and simulated game experiences. All proceeds benefit the Factory Athletics Foundation, the charitable arm of Baseball Factory.

www.baseballfactory.com/camp Mark Lemon at 800.641.4487 x 109


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