Principal's Newsletter

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 12:21pm

September 1, 2017

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WELCOME BACK!!! We cannot wait for the students to return!! We are looking forward to a new school year and are dedicated to making the high school experience for students, parents, staff, and the community one you will never forget.   Please get involved, visit our links listed above, and let us know if you need anything.  Hebron continues to be an amazing place for students to be academically challenged, participate in extracurricular activities (we have over 91 clubs) and have a meaningful high school experience. The Hebron staff is dedicated to the success of all students. Our goal is to support and encourage each student in achieving his/her maximum potential by instilling an intrinsic sense of worth, academic curiosity and a life-long love of learning. Please, never hesitate to communicate any concerns you may have to your child's teacher, another staff member, or me—we are all here to support you and the students in the pursuit of excellence. Thank you for your commitment to Mount Hebron High School. Every two weeks we will celebrate our students in our newsletter. If you have news to share, please do not hesitate to email me or you can send information directly to our secretary, Ms. Bergreen at

Congratulations to alto saxophone superstar Zachary Costello! He is a 2017 NAfME All-National Honors Ensemble Band member and will be performing in Walt Disney World in November. He is one of the twenty students representing Maryland. This is an amazing accomplishment for Zack!  He was selected for this prestigious ensemble via video audition from among thousands of eligible high school student musicians.  In order to be eligible, a student must first have been selected to play in their All-State Band (or orchestra), so only the best of each state are allowed to audition.  Maryland levies an even more stringent requirement in that students must make a Maryland All-State ensemble two years in a row before being eligible for a NAfME All-National Honors Ensemble.

Congratulations to the following MTH Athletic Teams and Coaching Staff as they were in the TOP 50 HCPSS Athletic Teams of the 2016-17 School Year, as recognized by the Howard County Times:

#49 – MTH Indoor & Outdoor Track & Field

#46 – MTH Wrestling

#23 – MTH Volleyball

#6 –   MTH Boys Soccer

Congratulations to Mallaika Majid for applying and receiving approval for Mt. Hebron HS to host a TEDx talk on November 2.

Congratulations to our counselors, Irene Bademosi and Pat Miles, who were recognized by the University of Maryland College Park and MIT, as influential staff members to their students.

Congratulations to our 2017-2018 tenured teachers! We are so proud of you Matt Anderson, Takhia Gaither, Josh Rettenmayer, Zoya Riaz, Donna Smith, and Tracy Richter!

Congratulations to Wesley Notrton and Timothy Packard who were found worthy of the rank of Eagle Scout on July 6, 2017. Truly, what an incredible accomplishment!

Congratulations to the students and staff of MHHS!!!! Niche released their 2018 Best Schools in America rankings and Niche Grades and I'm happy to share that our school ranks as our #10 Best Public High School in Maryland for 2018. Our school also received an A+ Overall Niche Grade, which recognizes the overall quality of our school.

Congratulations to the Marching Band Unit and Mrs. Sobel for an outstanding show this past Friday at Pass in Review! In addition, students performed last Friday for over 700 HCPSS employees at our staff welcome back kickoff! Thank you to all of the parents that volunteered over the summer to help get the various tasks done to make this a successful band camp.

Thank you VERY much

Summer student volunteers such as John Ogungbemi and Lara Abedin for all the hours you gave the school during the summer. We were able to accomplish so much with all that you did for us!

Thank you to our incredible SGA and Ms. Sugg for the staff welcome back breakfast on Thursday, greeting the new staff members, helping with the new student orientation, helping with the HCPSS regional kickoff, and working so hard to create such a positive climate here at Hebron.  Thank you to our Viking Backers for helping us out with an amazing staff luncheon last Friday when we realized too late that our meeting(s) would last all day.  Thank you PTSA, Terri Gainey, Joanna and Georgia Fichter for a DELICIOUS staff luncheon. Thank you to our incredible staff for coming back to school energized, excited and ready to have an incredible year!


Welcome new staff to MTH

We are so excited for you to meet our new Hebron staff members. Please welcome:

Tierney Ahearn                  Physical Education

Matthew Anderson            Special Education

Steven Barker                   Theatre Arts/English

Irma Brito                          Custodian

Caroline Creeden              Art

Kyle Farson                       Paraeducator

Semanti Gangopadhyay    ESOL

Rachel Gostomski             Paraeducator

Cheryl Grimes                   BSAP Coordinator

Farah Jawhar                    Math

John Jentsch                     Special Education

Gabriela Joseph                World Languages

Jan Richter                        Media Paraeducator

Rachel Stein                      Art

Michele Wilder                   Health Assistant


School is starting!

Visit Get Ready for the 2017-2018 School Year! webpage for a roundup of tips and information.


First day of school: September 5

Parking/Drop-off/Pick -up

We strongly encourage all students to ride the bus. Here is the bus information-

Our new and improved School and Bus Locator is now online. The new locator offers an enhanced map, pop-up messaging, same day updating capability, and additional school information. Type in your address to see your child’s school and bus schedule.

Parents dropping off students must enter through the student drop off between the hours of 6:45 and 7:20.  Parents picking up students for dismissal must enter through the student drop off between the hours of 1:45 and 2:20.  Please be mindful of our student drivers and walkers in the parking lot.

Back-to-School Night Information:

Wednesday, September 6

5:00 pm ESOL meeting

The ESOL department at Mt. Hebron will be hosting a get-to-know-you meeting for the families of our ESOL students at 5PM in room 126 on September 6th before the school's Back-to-School Night. We will begin with pizza and drinks as we meet and talk. Then we will have a short presentation explaining the ESOL program at Mt. Hebron and answer any questions that may arise. Interpreters will be on hand to help. We look forward to seeing our ESOL families!

6:00 pm         HC DrugFree Video about the current opioid epidemic in Howard County- Auditorium

6:05 pm         PTSA/Viking Backers & Parent Groups information and  message/announcements from the Administration - Auditorium

6:30 pm         Begin class rotations

Any volunteers able to help with Back-to-School Night? Our new student designed WE ARE HEBRON shirts are now on sale for parents and the broader community.  We are looking for two parent volunteers who could help sell the shirts during Back-to-School Night on September 6th.  Please contact Lisa Viglotti, if you are available.

Hebron Hula Information
SGA's annual Back-to-School Dance, the Hebron Hula, is Saturday, September 9, from 7 - 10 pm.  Tickets are only $5.  This dance is for all students, grades 9 - 12.  Tickets will be on sale during all lunch shifts starting the first day of school, Tuesday, September 5, and will continue that week through Friday, September 8.  See you at the Hebron Hula!

Sign up and join us for the 25th Annual Mt. Hebron Viking Backers 5K Cross Country Race and 1 Mile Fun Run and Walk.  Register online at Location: Mt. Hebron High School intersection of Rt. 99 and St. John’s Lane. The race is Sunday, October 8 at 9:00 am.

Yearbook Distribution Information

We will distribute the 2017 Yearbook during the first two weeks of school in lunch shifts.  If you did not pre-order one last year, but wish to purchase the yearbook, we have a very limited supply to sell after all prepaid books have been distributed.  Some of you are already on our hold list.  If you'd like to be added to the list to secure a book, please email  If you are uncertain about a purchase, please contact Mrs. Goodwin.

Hope for Henry 5K information

This event is organized by our MTH students Sophie Bronow, and Mack Stro
Run a 5k to Make a Kid's Day 
Cypressmeade Park 3100 Fawnwood Dr Ellicott City, MD 21042
Saturday, September 9th, 2017
Onsite Registration Starts at 8:00am on Race Day
Online Registration Below
Run a 5k to Make a Kid’s Day raises money for Hope for Henry, an amazing organization committed to improving the lives of kids in the community who are bravely fighting cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.  The Hope for Henry Foundation throws parties and other events for children stuck in hospitals so that they are able to experience the same things healthy kids are able to experience. The event goal is to attract more than 200 runners and to raise enough money to host events including birthday parties, spa days and movie nights for children and families seeking care at Children’s National Medical Center and MedStar Georgetown Hospital’s Lombardi Cancer Center.



Does your child want to be involved in creating ideas and events for their grade here at Mt. Hebron? Class Board is the best way to get involved in our Hebron traditions and creating new events! Each grade has their own sponsors and anyone can be involved! The Class Board does things such as the Homecoming Spirit Wall and Parade Float, school dances, school dinners, Prom, Crab Feast, and other celebrations and events. 

Here are the class sponsors:

Class of 2021: Mr. Mike Tittsworth and Mr. Tommy Tittsworth

Class of 2020: Ms. Lydia Kang

Class of 2019: Mr. Greg Murach and Ms. Lisa Vitali

Class of 2018: Ms. Lauren Baylor, Mrs. Melissa McCarthy, and Mrs. Gail Zik

Do not hesitate to email the sponsor if you have any questions (First name_Last

We Are Hebron / Culture Fest 2017 will be held on Friday, October 6th and will help kick off our Spirit Week and Homecoming Celebration!  This event is an opportunity to celebrate our Mt. Hebron family through various activities to be shared among our staff, students and community.  The event will begin at the beginning of 4th period on October 6th through the end of the school day and re-open in the evening at 6pm for friends, family and the community.  If your organization or club is interested in participating or performing in the Culture Fest, contact Kara Brooks-Odom or Dina Reyes.  We look forward to seeing you at Culture Fest 2017!

Fall Play Revealed….

Mr. Sankey and Mr. Barker, our new theater teacher, are happy to announce that the fall show will be IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE.  Tryouts will be held in the auditorium on Thursday September 7 at 7 PM and on Friday September 8 at 2:30 PM.  Students may pick up an information sheet from Mr. Sankey in Room 207 or from Mr. Barker in the Theatre classroom.

Muslim Student Association Meeting

Tuesday September 12th, Muslim Student Association is having a Post Eid, Welcome Back Meet and Greet in room 149 from 2:15 - 3:00.

Art Club Information

The first meeting for all students interested in joining the MTH Art Club and the National Art Honor Society will be on Thursday, Sept 14th at 2:15 in room 121.  Everyone is welcome and you do NOT have to be enrolled in an art course to participate.

Please JOIN our PTSA & Viking Backers! 

Parent involvement is a key to success at our high school and an important way to do this is by joining the PTSA and Viking Backers. Your membership dues and donations provide the PTSA & Viking Backers with the necessary funds to make a positive difference for every student and staff member at MTH and gives Hebron a strong voice at county, state and national levels.  At MTH, the PTSA supports Academic Enhancements, Senior Scholarships, After School Buses, Staff Appreciation, the Reflections Art Program, our amazing After Prom, School-wide Communication, and much more! Our Backers support any and every club (over 91 clubs at Hebron) and athletic team.  Their support and funding keep our programs thriving. Membership is open to all parents, family members, students, and staff.  Please help volunteer by signing up for the concession stand.

To sign up for Concessions:

News from the Health Room

New vaccines for 9th and 10th Grade Students

  • MCV4 (Meningococcal {meningitis}) vaccine

  • Tdap vaccine (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis {whooping cough})

      (Bring a copy of your child’s immunization record to your appointment)

             These vaccines are needed in addition to current school vaccination requirements.

** Please check with your child’s doctor to see if they have already received them, and bring a copy of the record to school.**

PTSA Information

Please read the September Issue of the Viking Voice- There is a lot of valuable information here

Update Your Family File Information Before School Begins!

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 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 your child’s school as soon as possible. For students who are bus riders, please note that bus numbers and routes shown in Family File may be subject to change. Please check the school/bus locator  on the HCPSS website after August 16. 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. If you need additional assistance, please fill out this Connect Help Form.

Student Services Information

All students must have an appointment to see their counselor.  Our goal is to have students miss as little instructional time as possible. To make an appointment with their counselor, students should sign up on the clipboard outside of their counselor’s office before school, after school and during lunch.

Counselor caseload assignments:                                                   

Mr. Dan Peabody, ITL, Counselor (LI-Pa)

Ms. Irene Bademosi, Counselor (A-Ch)

Ms. Tina Flynn, Counselor (Ci-He)

Ms. Robin Luongo, Counselor (Hi-Le) – Ms. Kendra Lee will be filling in for Ms. Luongo until the end of September

Mr. Pat Miles, Counselor (Pe-Si)

Ms. Trish Marton, Counselor (Sk-Z)

Additional Student Services Staff:

            Ms. Linda Mathias, Secretary

            Ms. Kimberly Tracy, Registrar

            Ms. Sheila Winters, Registrar

            Mr. John Klyap, School Psychologist

            Ms. Jamie Kim, International Counselor

            Ms. Cheryl Grimes, BSAP Coordinator

The Student Services Department will continue to publicize dates and information through the Student Services links on the Mt. Hebron website ( ), Viking Notices, newsletters and Naviance.

Schedule Changes:

During the first two weeks of school, no schedule changes will be made unless:

      - a student’s schedule is incomplete

      - a Senior is missing a graduation requirement

      - a teacher has recommended an academic level change

      - a student has passed a class and it appears on the schedule again.

Attention Seniors:


Seniors and their parents/guardians are encouraged to attend our College Night presentation on September 28th at 6:30 pm in the auditorium.  We will be reviewing the college process.

Reminders for Seniors:

            Please remember to turn in your:

            -Diploma Signature Forms by September 15th

            -Waiver of Rights Form to receive your college folder

            Also remember to complete your Counselor Information Form and Teacher Information Forms in Naviance!

Upcoming SAT and ACT dates:

SAT- Students must register for the October 7th SAT by September 8th

ACT- Students must register for the October 28th ACT by September 22

We encourage Juniors to take the SAT and/or ACT as early as January. Please see  and for dates and registration deadlines.

The Mt. Hebron CEEB school code is 210512

Community News

Please visit the Community News and Programs page ( on the HCPSS website for announcements of upcoming events and programs sponsored by non-profit organizations.