Just a few more days before break. I know many of you have some of the same questions we do—when is graduation, is the last day of school still June 11th, etc. If we get any of these questions answered before break, we’ll be sure to let you know. But be prepared for a lot of information in the coming months about both graduation and the end of the year. I hope you get a chance to enjoy some time off with your family next week.
The following news is provided to help keep you informed:
Safe Driving Presentation for Parking Passes
Mon., Apr. 23, 6 p.m., Howard HS
High school students who plan to drive to school must attend a Safe Driving Presentation with a parent/guardian in order to obtain a parking pass. Permit cost is $15. Attend the presentation at any high school.
River Hill Guitarpalooza
River Hill Guitarpalooza
Thursday April 19
River Hill Auditorium
Suggested donation for admission $5
An evening of guitar jams featuring the River Hill Guitar classes and several guest artists.
River Hill is in Need of Cameras
The Photography program at River Hill is a dying breed and we need your neglected or just unused old film cameras to help keep it going. We are fortunate enough to be one of only a handful of high school programs in the country to offer traditional darkroom photography to students as part of the Visual Arts department. Along with learning to shoot digitally and using our computer lab, we also teach students to shoot film, process it, and print photographs the "old-fashioned way." Howard County supplies the funds to keep these disciplines alive and a few years ago when the County was forced to decide between paying up to three times more per student or cut funding for photo, they thankfully left our program intact. However, we need your help. One of the most necessary parts is the camera. If you have an old 35mm film SLR (Single Lens Reflex) camera, digital camera, or any photo or darkroom equipment that is not getting use and you would like it to have a new life please consider donating it to River Hill. Many students do not have access to camera equipment and we find that parents, neighbors, or relatives have this equipment gathering dust. We ensure it will go to good use and promise to make great art out of your donation.
You may contact Jacob Cecil, Fine Arts Chairperson, River Hill High School email@example.com to arrange a pickup/dropoff, or to ask questions about what we need or any other questions. Thank you for your support.
Seniors and Parents of Seniors
The senior class SGA is working on the senior slide show to be shown during the Senior Farewell assembly on May 25. We could use many more images for the slideshow. Please take part in this tradition by submitting images of members of the senior class. Images could include baby pictures, group shots, involvement in sports/clubs, etc.
Email your images to Natalie Bird at firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure the names of ALL seniors in all photographs are included. Thank you for your contribution!
Student Member of the Board of Education SMOB Candidates 2012
To fulfill the requirements of the position, the SMOB will be expected to spend at least two evenings per month in attendance at Board meetings. As a voting member of the Board, the Student Member must devote considerable time prior to each meeting to reviewing policies and programs scheduled for action or review by the Board. In addition to the twice-monthly Board meetings, the student member attends public Board functions and all Howard County Association of Student Councils (HCASC) meetings. As a Board member, there will be numerous other meetings and events, and a large part of the position will be speaking to other students and community members to gather information and opinions to be used when making informed decisions.
The 2012 SMOB candidates are:
Jake Kotler - Atholton High School
Cole Rosenberg - Hammond High School
Careers in Animal Science, Veterinary Medicine, Agribusiness and Plant Pathoology
AgDiscovery is an outreach program to help students learn about careers in animal science, veterinary medicine, agribusiness and plant pathology. This 2-4 week program allows participants to live on a college campus and learn about Agricultural science from university professors, practicing veterinarians and professionals working for the U.S. Government. Students chosen to participate in AgDiscovery will gain experience through hands-on labs, workshops, field trips and other group and team building activities.
Engineering Innovation Summer Program
Engineering Innovation (EI) is an exciting college-level summer program for motivated high school students with math and science aptitudes and an interest in or curiosity about engineering. Taught by university level instructors, students learn to think and problem-solve like an engineer. Of our EI alumni, 85% have gone on to major in engineering or science.
Through EI, students put engineering concepts to the test. Applying their knowledge of math and science to labs and hands-on projects, concepts they’ve learned in their high school classrooms are linked to real-world practice. Students’ confidence grows as they attend college-level lectures, tackle problems, test theories, and ultimately learn to think like engineers.
EI is offered at several locations in Maryland and Washington, DC.
Recommended for highly motivated 10th, 11th or 12th graders who have:
Completed Algebra II; Completed Trigonometry; Completed a Lab Science; A’s or B’s in math and science courses
Some key benefits to students:
Explore many different types of engineering; Gain insight while attending college-level lectures; Solve problems; generate solutions; test theories; Develop team building skills and make new friends through team projects; Earn Johns Hopkins University credit if receive a grade of A or B; Experience a college campus
Program Overview for Maryland and Washington, DC sites
· $55 application fee
· Tuition: $2,100
· Additional Residential fee (Johns Hopkins Baltimore site only) $2,600
· Dates & Times: July 2 - July 27; Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
· Need-based scholarships are available for commuter students
Deadlines for Maryland and Washington, DC sites
· March 15 for need-based scholarships and residential students
· April 15 for all others
For more information or to apply, please visit our website:
Engineering Scholorship Competition
Northrop Grumman is now accepting applications for the engineering scholarship competition. These scholarships are presented in support of promising high school seniors who will be pursuing careers in engineering related fields. The student must plan to attend an engineering program at a four year accredited university. The applicaiton deadline is March 31, 2012. For more information go to:
VA Tech Summer Engineering Program
Virginia Tech is hosting a two week summer program to help high school girls explore the many options available to them in the field of Engineering. C-Tech2 is designed for young women completing the 10th and 11th grades. Participants in the two week program will gain hands-on experience with faculty and students in a variety of Engineering disciplines. The application deadline for this program is Monday, April 16, 2012. http://www.eng.vt.edu/ctech2 Susan Arnold Christian,email@example.com, 540-231-3973
Geospatial Discoveries Summer Program
Washington College is offering a Geospatial Discoveries Summer Program. It is a particularly good camp for students interested in STEM disciplines, and it gives them real life, hands-on experience in a college setting. The camp has been run for ten years, with five of them being at Washington College, and is a very unique program.
There are three tracks,
3D Visualization and Virtual World Development
CSI - Crime Analysis and Geospatial Intelligence, and
Marine Exploration and Discovery.
and it is offered for grades 7-12. If you would like more information, you can visit our website at http://gis.washcoll.edu, and I've attached a flier. Also do not hesitate to call us at our offices. Our main contact is:
151 Dixon Drive, Suite 3
Chestertown, MD 21620
National Security Agency
Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) students in high school and college can find out about the National Security Agency's work study programs, scholarships, interships and cooperative education programs at:
Alfred University is offering summer academic enrichment programs for high school students in STEM fields. There is a new Renewable Energy Engineering Camp along with Computer Engineering, Engineering the Elements, Robotics and Consumer Chemistry Camps. For more information, see:
Earth Day Celebration
Earth Day Celebration at the Howard County Conservancy
Saturday, April 21st
The Day’s Schedule:
8:00 am Bird hike led by the Howard County Bird Club
9:00am-1:00pm Tree planting, invasive species removal & other service projects
11:30-12:30pm Children’s Earth Day craft activity Participants are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch, and please remember to visit our Nature Center and outdoor animals including goats, chickens and barred owl. Families and groups of all ages are welcome
Women’s Science Forum
The Space Telescope Science Institute will be hosting a 2012 Women's Science Forum. Girls in grades 6-12 are invited to take part in hands on activities related to science and engineering. To register, please visit:
Science – STEM Opportunity- 2012 Kavli Science Video Contest
Kavli “Save the World Through Science & Engineering” Video Contest - The Kavli Foundation is challenging Grades 6-12 students across the world to brainstorm and share their ideas! Students worldwide are invited to submit entries to the 2012 video contest, with cash awards and prizes for the top entries. The best videos will be shown at the Festival Expo during April 27-29, 2012, where hundreds of thousands of science fans are expected to gather in Washington, D.C. The first place winner will also receive a travel stipend to attend the Expo.
State and Local Health Insurance Programs
If you or someone you know needs health insurance or would like to find out more information about state and local health insurance programs, a staff member at the Door to HealthCare would be happy to help. Located in the Health Department at 7178 Columbia Gateway Drive, the Door to HealthCare is open Monday-Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm. Our staff is ready to answer your questions about program eligibility and application status, help you apply to health care programs, collect any documents missing from your application, and help connect you with doctors who will accept your insurance. If you are unsure what program you may be eligible for, you may call us to make an appointment to complete an electronic application with a staff member. For more information, visit our website atwww.healthyhowardmd.org or call us at 410.988.3737 ext. 10.
Lena Bloom Hershkovitz, MPH
Eligibility Services Manager
Healthy Howard, Inc.
Calendar of Events
As always, you can find a calendar of all our events at:
Hope to see you out supporting River Hill!! Go Hawks!!