8th grade Information

Wed, 01/02/2019 - 2:18pm
8th Grade Parents - High School Options

Dear BBMS Families,

Currently, 8th Grade Students are preparing to select their high school courses for next year.  We know this can be a challenging time, especially if this is your first student going through the process.  Please be sure to ask us if you have any questions about what you need to do to get ready.

We have been asked to share the following news with you about different high school options available to our students based on overcrowding in HCPSS schools:

“Due low numbers of applicants, HCPSS will not move forward with the following options for students at Centennial and Howard High Schools:

1) Biomedical Science, Computer Science, and Aerospace Programs at Marriotts Ridge HS open to CHS, HoHS, and MRHS students.

2) Reassignment to Glenelg or Marriotts Ridge HS with transportation provided by HCPSS.

HCPSS will allow CHS and HoHS students request Reassignment to GHS or MRHS under the existing Policy 9000, “Student Residency, Eligibility, Enrollment and Assignment” procedures. Families will need to provide their own transportation but students would be immediately eligible to participate in interscholastic athletics and other activities as a member of the GHS or MRHS community, as reassignment would fall under a Board of Education approved special exception. Interested students and families should email student_reassignment@hcpss.org with questions."

Ms. Germroth and Ms. Savage are meeting with 8th grade students this week to teach lessons about the high school course selection process and this will be a part of their presentations.  Our goal is to make sure each student at BBMS is ready to make a smooth transition to high school, so please let us know if you have any questions to help make that a reality for your child.


Drew Cockley



Dear 8th Grade Families, 


Happy New Year!  Are you and your 8th grader excited about high school?  We are excited for you and want to share that high school registration lessons are next week!  Please review all of the dates below and mark your calendars.   


8th Grade High School Lesson Schedule:


Wednesday, January 9th and Friday, January 11th-  High School lessons in Mr. Cooper’s classes 


Thursday, January 10th and Friday, January 11th-  High School lessons in Mr. Skold’s classes


These lessons will be taught by a school counselor.  Lessons will focus on teaching students about high school graduation requirements, and how to use Naviance or other online resources to view course information and complete the 9th grade high school registration process at home with parents.  All students will receive a packet of information to take home on Friday, January 11th.  This packet will include instructions for registering for 9th grade classes online. 


County Information and High School Information Nights:


Now through January 11, 2019-  JROTC Student Interviews available.  Contact JROTC instructors to schedule interviews.  (Students who are IN the Oakland Mills, Howard, or Atholton High school districts and wish to take JROTC do NOT need an interview.)


Monday, January 7, 2019 @ 6:30 p.m.

         Glenelg High School Parent Information Night @ Glenelg


 Tuesday, January 8, 2019 from 6-8 p.m.

         Howard High School Lions’ Night @ Howard

         Location for incoming 9th grade families:  Auditorium

Following the grade level sessions, attendees will have a chance to attend the course expo and speak to staff members about course choices in English, Math, Science, etc.


Wednesday, January 9, 2019 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Long Reach High School Parent Information Night @ Long Reach High School


Thursday, January 10, 2019 @ 6:30 p.m.

Marriotts Ridge High School Parent Information Night @ Marriotts Ridge High School


8th graders are encouraged to attend these high school information nights with their parents.  If your 8th grader lives in the Howard district and you are considering Marriotts Ridge or Glenelg due to overcrowding, we recommend you attend both high school presentations.  Similarly, we also recommend that you attend the Long Reach and Howard presentations if your 8th grader is a student in the Long Reach district and applying for JROTC at Howard.


Please call the Student Services office at 410-313-2584 or contact your child’s school counselor if you have any questions.  This is an exciting time and we look forward to working with you and your child to prepare for high school and beyond.


Mrs. Germroth (Last names A-K) and Mrs. Savage (Last names L-Z)

Debbie_germroth@hcpss.org and Margaret_savage@hcpss.org