Retriever Report April 14, 2023

Fri, 04/14/2023 - 9:23am

Message from Dr. TRESler and Mrs. Moraff:

Dear Retriever Families,

The celebrations continue at TRES! Thanks to our wonderful and dedicated technology teachers, Stacie Walker and Patti Jenkins, TRES has earned the CS100 Award for committing to reach 100% of our students with Computer Science education. We encourage you to ask your child about what they have learned this year during their dedicated technology class.

April 4th was National School Librarian Day! Our amazing school librarians, Laura Spangler and Patti Jenkins, are invaluable members of our school staff. Not only do they manage the library collection, with the help of our outstanding media paraeducator Jan McVey, they also teach our students literacy, research, citizenship, technology, and critical thinking skills. They put care into making sure that our school library is an inviting space for all of our students and encourage a love of reading!

Lastly, we would like to say a big THANK YOU and celebrate all of our volunteers, including our parent field trip chaperones! Our volunteers do so much to help our students and teachers. From Walking Wednesday, to community events, PTA,  and running our PBIS prize carts (just to name a few activities/tasks), we could not offer so many of these TREaSured extras without you!

We look forward to a great fourth quarter as we end the year strong!

Dr. Tiffany TRESler, Principal TRES
Mrs. Heather  Moraff, Assistant Principal TRES

TRES Twitter Handle: @hcpsstres

Upcoming Events

Please visit the TRES calendar webpage to view important upcoming dates.

  • April 14 - Retriever Run Packet Pickup, 5:30-8:30pm
  • April 15 - Retriever Run 5K
  • April 17-20 - Career Week (see below)
  • April 18 - Report Cards Issued, 4pm (see below)
  • April 18 - Red Bird Bistro Celebrity Server Night
  • April 19 - PTA Chat and Chew
  • April 20 - 2nd Grade Field Trip - Baltimore Museum of Industry
  • April 20 - Kindergarten Worm Day
  • April 21 - Schools Closed for Students
  • April 24 - 5th Grade Panoramic Photo
  • April 28 - Last Day to Complete IEES Survey (see below)

News and Information

Career Week at TRES Begins Monday, 4/17

Students will be participating in Career Week beginning Monday, April 17th, and continuing through Thursday, April 20th (no school for students Friday, April 21st).  This event is dedicated to showcasing college and/or career readiness. We’ve planned spirit week activities to celebrate.  Please have your students join us:

  • Monday, April 17th - Hats off to college and/or careers (hats, caps, gowns, college spirit wear). You can wear high school and tech gear too!
  • Tuesday April 18th -Time to interview Tuesday (dress to impress).
  • Wednesday April 19th - My future's so bright, I have to wear sunglasses!
  • Thursday April 20th - Career Day!! Dress in a career of your choice.

Register by June 1 for 2023-2024 Bus Service

Families whose students are eligible for HCPSS-provided transportation are required to register by June 1 to receive bus service for the coming 2023-2024 school year. Families who reside in non-transportation areas and those who have students who receive transportation as part of their Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 Plan do not need to take any action.

Quarter 3 Report Cards

Quarter 3 report cards will be available in HCPSS Connect Synergy after 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 18th. Directions on how to access report cards can be found online.

Spring MCAP Testing for 3rd, 4th, 5th Grades

The Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program (MCAP) is the overarching term used for all state assessments.  Students in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades will take the English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics assessments beginning April 24th.  Please see the schedule below:

  1. 4/24: MCAP ELA - 3rd (9:00 am), 4th (10:15 am), 5th grade (9:00 am)
  2. 4/26: MCAP ELA - 3rd (9:00 am), 4th (10:15 am), 5th grade (9:00 am)
  3. 4/27: MCAP ELA - 3rd (9:00 am), 4th (10:15 am), 5th grade (9:00 am)
  4. 4/28: MCAP ELA - 3rd (9:00 am), 4th (10:15 am), 5th grade (9:00 am)
  5. 5/1: MCAP Math - 3rd (9:00 am), 4th (10:15 am), 5th grade (9:00 am)
  6. 5/3: MCAP Math - 3rd (9:00 am), 4th (10:15 am), 5th grade (9:00 am)
  7. 5/4: MCAP Math - 3rd (9:00 am), 4th (10:15 am), 5th grade (9:00 am)
  8. 5/5: MCAP Math - 3rd (9:00 am), 4th (10:15 am), 5th grade (9:00 am)

Although we will offer make-up sessions, it’s always best for your child to take the assessment with their class on the designated day. There is no need for your child to study for the MCAP assessment.  Please make sure they are well rested and eat a hearty breakfast the day of testing. If your child wishes to bring in their own personal headphones on testing days, they may choose to do so.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Heather Moraff, Assistant Principal and School Testing Coordinator at

Please Complete This Survey by 4/28

As part of our school improvement process, we are asking families to provide input about their equity priorities at our school. Please use the link below to complete the HCPSS Indicators of Educational Equity Survey by April 28, 2023. We will use your input, along with other school data, to refine our school improvement plan for next year.

This survey is anonymous and available in multiple languages. If you have children at more than one school, please complete one survey per school.

English survey
Spanish survey
Chinese survey
Chin survey
Korean survey

If you have any questions, please contact Principal Tiffany Tresler or DeNeatra Barkley, Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) Coordinator. or

Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten Registration for 2023-2024 School Year

Kindergarten registration for the 2023-2024 school year is underway.  Children must be 5 years old by September 1, 2023, in order to enroll in kindergarten.

Pre-Kindergarten registration for the 2023-2024 school year has also begun. Children must be 4 years old by September 1, 2023, in order to enroll in pre-kindergarten. TRES will have a pre-kindergarten program on site. Anyone wishing to register must first complete an application that the HCPSS Early Childhood Office reviews for qualification. You can review more information about eligibility on the HCPSS website.

Please visit the TRES Website and click on the front page link to learn more about enrolling for the fall.

HCPSS Hosts Viewing/Panel Discussion of Our Turn To Talk, 4/26 at Centennial High School

HCPSS is hosting a viewing and panel discussion of Our Turn To Talk, a film that features teens sharing the impact of social media, sexual identity, gender identity, racism, and the pandemic on their mental health. This program will be at Centennial High School on Wednesday, April 26th, from 6:00-8:00 pm. The film is sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Howard County, the Howard County Public School System, Horizon Foundation, One Voice, Active Minds, and the Howard County Health Department. Families and staff may access the trailer and registration  form for more information.

The event will feature the following panelists:

  • Jennifer Marshall (Executive Producer, Principle Pictures)
  • Peace Williams (WLHS student, Active Minds member)
  • Stephanie Reid (Youth and Family Support Services, Howard County Health Department)
  • Ivan Croft (Instructional Facilitator for Psychological Services, Howard County Public School System)
  • Oliver Song (President, Howard County Association of Student Councils)

Volunteers Needed to Assist During Lunch/Recess

We currently have a need for extra assistance during lunch and recess.  Please consider volunteering! Your gift of time is greatly appreciated!
Sign up HERE.

Upcoming Events and News

Our TRES website is a valuable resource for all our families to find upcoming events including testing dates on our school CALENDAR.  Our school newsletters are also posted there for review/reference under the NEWS tab.

When Your Child is Absent From School

Please see guidance for reporting absences or early dismissals HERE.


A communication with all PTA News will be emailed Monday. Please look for that correspondence.

Community News and Events

The HCPSS Community News and Programs website makes it easy for families to find educational and recreational resources, events and after-school programs beyond the school day by non-profit organizations. Community organizations requesting their announcements be shared in school newsletters should visit for more information. Questions should be directed to the Public Information Office at