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Dr. Cohen/Mr. Smith's Newsletter to the SVHS Community

January 24, 2021 Edition

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REMINDER: Culture of Respect Lessons

Attention SVHS Students and Parents:
MCPS has developed a comprehensive student training to take an active role in ensuring that our students are informed and able to recognize signs of bullying / cyberbullying, harassment (including sexual harassment), hate-bias incidents, hazing, intimidation, and student gender norms. The module is also designed to educate our students on the various ways to report alleged/concerning incidents, as well as provide school leaders with valuable student voice data in order to assess the current culture and climate of respect at our school and plan for improvements.
Students will earn 2 SSL hours for full completion of the training module. The training module is asynchronous and is accessible by all students in myMCPS Classroom. Students were given time in 5th period Advisory to complete the training, but if they didn't finish during that allotted time, the expectation is that they complete it on their own. The training should take approximately 30 minutes to complete and is available in English as well as in Spanish. Students should complete the training by the end of the second quarter on January 29, 2021.
Contact with any questions

NEW: This Week's Notes from the College & Career Center

FAFSA & MSFAA - Seniors

The FAFSA & MSFAA are financial aid forms to request financial aid to help pay college. Those students not eligible to apply for the FAFSA should consider applying for the MSFAA. Please see the SVHS College & Career Financial Aid Page (linked below) for more information about both forms. If you haven’t done so already, I strongly recommend that you begin working on these forms ASAP they are due by March 1!!!

Feel free to reach out to Mr. Nalda if you have any questions.

Upcoming Scholarships

  • January 25* - Dominion Energy Educational Equity Scholarship Program - 20-$5,000 awards for 2-year programs and 40-$10,000 awards for students pursuing 4-year degrees (renewable); senior; historically underserved students who self-identify as Black/African American, Hispanic or Latino, America Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, or Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander; min 3.0 GPA; enroll full-time at a two or four-year college, university, or tech school in the fall; transcript; copy of first two pages of the most recently filed IRS Form 1040.
    • *Scholarship closes at 4:00 pm on Jan. 25.
  • January 28* - Equitable Excellence Scholarship Program - 369 awards of $2,500, $10,000 or $25,000; senior; U.S. Citizen or legal resident; must attend a two- or four-year school in the fall; students who have achieved an extraordinary community service accomplishment through hard work and effort will be identified; academic record, leadership, participation in school and community activities, and work experience will also be considered; essay; online recommendation; willing to provide a release to publicize their identities and information about their achievements along with photographs for use in program promotion and information; see link for full rules and guidelines.
    • *Scholarship closes at 3:00 pm on Jan. 28 or when 10,000 applications are submitted, whichever occurs first.
  • January 29 - The Ola Carter Berry Scholarship - $1,500; senior; resident of Montgomery County, MD; may attend any college or university; one essay; financial need; 3 letters of recommendation; official transcript; SAT/ACT scores.
  • January 29 - The Golden Soror Scholarship - $1,500; senior; resident of Montgomery County, MD; plan to attend a Historically Black College or University (HBCU); min 3.0 GPA (unweighted); one essay; 3 letters of recommendation; official transcript; SAT/ACT scores.
  • January 29 - The Xi Sigma Omega HBCU Scholarship - $4,500 (pays $1,500 in first year and $1,000 per year over the next 3 years); senior; resident of Montgomery County, MD; plan to attend a Historically Black College or University (HBCU); must have and maintain a min 3.0 GPA (unweighted); must be able to document an extraordinary number of SSL hours with outstanding community service; demonstrated leadership; two essays; 3 letters of recommendation; official transcript; SAT/ACT scores.
  • January 29 - The Bernadine M. Pindell Scholarship - $1,500; senior; resident of Montgomery County, MD; plan to major in mathematics or engineering at any college or university; one essay; 3 letters of recommendation; official transcript; SAT/ACT scores.
  • January 29 - The Patricia Moore-Batten Scholarship - $1,000; senior; resident of Montgomery County, MD; plan to major in education at a Historically Black College or University (HBCU); one essay; 3 letters of recommendation; official transcript; SAT/ACT scores.
  • January 29 - The Mangham-Woods STEM Leadership Scholarship - $1,000; senior; resident of Montgomery County, MD; plan to attend major in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) field at a Historically Black College or University (HBCU); must have and maintain a min 3.0 GPA (unweighted); must be able to document an extraordinary number of SSL hours with outstanding community service; demonstrated leadership; one essay; 3 letters of recommendation; official transcript; SAT/ACT scores.
  • January 30 - Technology Addiction Awareness Scholarship - 1-$1,000 award; 9-12 grade; U.S. citizen or legal resident; write a 140-character personal statement answering the following: Instead of spending time with technology, I'd rather...; top 10 applications will be selected as finalists and asked to write a 500- to 1,000-word essay about technology addiction.
  • January 31 - National Ag Day Essay and Video Contest - 1-$1,000 + trip to DC (essay winner) & 1-$1,000 award (video winner); grade 9-12; U.S. Citizen; submit an essay (450 words or less) or video (max 2 minutes) on the following topic: Food Brings Everyone to the Table; see link for details and guidelines.
  • January 31 - USDA 1890 National Scholars Program - full tuition, employment, employee benefits, fees, books, and room and board each year for up to 4 years to selected students pursuing a bachelor's degree at one of the 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Universities (see list); senior; U.S. citizen; min. 3.0 GPA (unweighted); study agriculture, food, natural resource sciences, or other related academic disciplines; demonstrate leadership and community service; official transcript; signed application.
  • February 01 - Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship - (due at 5pm EST) roughly 60 awards up to $30,000 over four years; senior; U.S. Citizen; plan to a four-year school in the U.S.; leadership potential; demonstrate a dedication to community service; present evidence of financial need; letter of recommendation.
  • February 01 - EGIA Foundation Scholarship Program - up to 20 awards of $2,500; senior; US Citizens, US Nationals, or US Permanent Residents; min 2.0 GPA; pursuing an Associate’s Degree, Certificate, or Diploma in an HVAC technical program after high school; essay; transcript; FAFSA SAR report.
  • February 01 - Nancy Etz Scholarship - 1-$1,000 award; senior; accepted into a college or university for Fall 2021; submit a 500-word essay that answers the following prompt: “Discuss a special attribute or accomplishment that sets you apart.”

College Board Scholarships - opportunity to win up to $40,000! For Juniors & Seniors. Available to Seniors through February 28, 2021.

Click here to see the SVHS Scholarships Page for more opportunities.

Next Week's College Visits - Juniors & Seniors

Savannah College of Art and Design 1/28/21 8:15 AM

Upcoming Events

Moving Forward College and Career Readiness - For Juniors

Juniors, let's start planning! We enthusiastically invite you all to participate in the following workshops to get a head start in planning for life after high school!

All workshops are from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm. Click here to see the flyer and list of all sessions . Click Here to Register.

· Wednesday, January 27 - HBCU (Historically Black Colleges) Information Session

SVHS Naviance Presentation and Q & A Sessions - All Grades

Attention SVHS Students and Families...Learn more about Naviance and ask questions!

Hosted by the SVHS Resource Counselor, College/Career Information Coordinator, and ESOL Parent Community Coordinator. Sessions will take place from 6pm - 7pm on the following dates:

§ Wednesday, January 27 (in Spanish / en Español)

§ Thursday, February 4

§ Thursday, February 25 (in Spanish / en Español)

Click here for the flyer with meeting links - información en Español

HBCU Presentation - Seniors

January 27th from 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM we will be presenting on HBCU (Historically Black Colleges & Universities).

  • What is an HBCU ?
  • Black Common Application
  • Preview of the MCPS HBCU February 12th & 13th
  • Preparing for ON-THE-SITE-ADMISSIONS Interviews
  • How to register for ON-THE-SITE-ADMISSIONS
  • And more….


Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 892 7592 8566

Passcode: 510510

NACAC Virtual College Fair - January 31

13th Annual HBCU College Fair (Virtual) - Feb 12 (Seniors, on-the-spot interviews) & Feb 13 (All grades)

Once I receive more information and a list of schools participating in the on-the-spot interviews, I will share that information.

SVHS December/January College & Career Newsletter

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NEW: IB/MYP Spotlight

Send us prepared students a la IB… It is the ‘best’ high school prep curriculum an American school can offer.” - Director of Undergraduate Admissions, MIT

Highlighting colleges' and universities' IB credit policies:

Salisbury University recognizes the rigor of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme and awards college-level credit to students who have achieved commendable scores on the associated examinations. Additionally, the Office of the Registrar recognizes the unique, interdisciplinary nature of the IB Diploma Programme and views completion of the IB Diploma as a strong indication of academic potential. Students who earn an IB Certificate will be awarded 3 – 8 semester hours of credit for each Higher Level IB exam completed with a score of 4 or above.

Students who earn an IB Diploma will be awarded 3 – 8 semester hours of credit, up to 30 credits, for scores of 4 or above on both the higher level and the standard level IB exams. See the chart at to see the specific credit that is awarded for each IB Examination accepted.

The University of Maryland awards IB credit to students who have completed IB exams with a minimum grade of 5. Credit is not awarded for all exams offered by IB and is based on departmental approval. Review this chart to see how IB credit is awarded.

Interested in learning more about the IB program?

Have questions about the IB Diploma Program, IB Career-related Program, or IB courses contact If you have questions about the IB Middle Years Program (9th and 10th grade) contact

You can also complete Questions about IB Google Form and Ms. Ezerski and/or Ms. Becraft will follow-up with you.

NEW: Announcement from the Literary Magazine: "Depths of the Valley"

Do You Want Your Voice to be Heard??? Make a Submission to our Literary Magazine!

If you love POETRY and like to express yourself through influential strong words then submit YOUR TALENT to have a chance of showcasing it in this year’s 2021 LITMAG!

Do you live to write but don't have anywhere to display your work? Submit your stories to Lit Mag and have your work placed alongside the works of other up and coming writers.

Do you like creating art? Do you want it to be shown to your schoolmates? Tired of all these questions? Then submit your art to the Lit Mag to be showcased!

Use this link to submit your art, poetry, or prose to Volume V of our Literary Magazine: Depths of the Valley!

NEW: Identity Program Opportunity

Program opportunity for 9th, 10th and 11th grade students

Enroll in Identity’s program! Be part of our group and form lasting relationships with fellow students, while you gain knowledge for future success. Learn how to set, and reach your goals, create, and maintain healthy relationship and strengthen your community. All enrolled participants will receive gift cards during the program and have opportunities for earning SSL hours. Sign-up to enroll by February 15th.

For enrollment or more information contact Addison Coryell 301-820-5326 or Jennifer Garcia 301-820-5335.


Oportunidad de programa para estudiantes en el grado 9º, 10º, 11º

¡Inscríbete en el programa de Identity! Se parte de un grupo en donde podrás crear amistades mientras que adquieres conocimiento para éxito en tu futuro. Aprende cómo poner y alcanzar tus metas, cómo crear y mantener relaciones saludables y fortalecer tu comunidad. Todos los participantes podrán recibir tarjetas de regalo y tendrán oportunidades para hacer horas comunitarias (SSL) durante el programa. Inscríbete antes del 15 de febrero.

Para inscribirse o para más información llamar a: Addison Coryell 301-820-5326 or Jennifer Garcia 301-820-5335.

REPEAT: Board of Education Votes to Remain in Virtual Learning Until March 15

Dear Parents, Staff and Students:

On Tuesday, Jan. 12, the Board of Education voted to delay the start of returning small groups of students for in-person instruction from February 1, 2021 to March 15, 2021, on the condition that health metrics are met or health guidance is adjusted as a result of vaccine distribution. The COVID-19 new case rate and test positivity in the county remain significantly above the thresholds adopted by the county and state.

We understand that many MCPS families will be disappointed that we are unable to return to in-person instruction on February 1. The safety of students and staff has, and will continue to, guide our return to in-person learning. The current numbers simply do not support a return at this time.

We remain committed to enhancing the virtual learning experience for our students. During the Board meeting, MCPS staff shared several improvements that will be made in the coming weeks that will improve the learning experiences for all students, with a focus on the secondary level. These improvements include:

  • Focused outreach services for struggling students
  • Greater use of the Wednesday virtual check-in day for students who need academic and social-emotional support
  • At the secondary level, providing opportunities to request an abbreviated schedule to lighten course load and take a course over the summer or in future semesters instead
  • Relaxing restrictions to allow students to take up to two courses Credit/No Credit (also known as Pass/Fail) instead of a letter grade
  • Providing additional instructional times that may involve Saturdays, including for Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses
  • Tutoring and homework help options
  • Providing additional professional development for staff to help strengthen the virtual learning experience

In order to take advantage of some of these options, students/parents will need to consult with their school counselor to make any schedule adjustments for the second semester and to ensure progress toward graduation requirements and post-secondary planning.

These adjustments for the second semester are in addition to adjustments that are already in place with curriculum, assessments and grading for the second marking period.

Additionally, MCPS continues to plan for the fall sports season and will provide updates regarding interscholastic athletics and extracurricular activities in the coming weeks.

What’s Ahead
We must all continue to work together to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. The Board will meet again on Feb. 23, 2021, to determine if metrics can be met by March 15 for a safe return to in-person learning. More information will be shared with the community following the Feb. 23 Board of Education decision. Over the next few weeks, MCPS will continue working with school administrators to finalize what in-person experiences will look like once students return to school buildings. Thank you for your continued support of our students.

Montgomery County Public Schools

REPEAT: TENTATIVE Graduation Date and Location

Our 2021 commencement ceremony is TENTATIVELY scheduled for Monday, June 14, at 2:30 p.m. at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. Please note that this date is tentative pending finalization of contracts with the graduation venues, as well as COVID-19 health and safety metrics within Montgomery County and the local government authorities associated with the graduation venues. As more information is communicated, we will continue to update the community.


As a result of the Board vote to delay the return of in-person experiences, the PSAT scheduled for January 26 is cancelled. Grade 11 students who are interested in qualifying for the National Merit Scholarship Program will still be able to through alternative entry. More information on alternative entry can be found here.

REPEAT: Winter Virtual Play

Tickets are now on sale for Seneca's first ever virtual winter play, Almost, Maine! Visit for the ticket link.

The premiere and viewing party will be held on February 5 at 7pm. The link will be available for viewing February 5 until February 14. Ticket prices are "pay what you can".

The recommended donation is $5 per anticipated view per person, but if you are able to give more please do. We are grateful for your generosity as it allows us to provide our students with wonderful opportunities.

If you would like to donate your chosen ticket price by cash or check, or are unable to donate at this time but would still like link access, please email

We can't wait to welcome you to Almost.

REPEAT: VOTE for our New Mascot Name

For over a month now, we have been asking the school community for input on the new mascot's name. We have compiled the list and are now ready to ask for votes on what it should be! Please see the google form linked here and cast your vote. Each student is asked to submit their top three (3) choices of the list provided.

REPEAT: Virtual Aquarium Field Trip

On Wednesday January 13th, twelve students from the Green Team attended a Virtual Field Trip to the National Aquarium while one student went in person with her family!! The Aquarium Educators, Ms. Rachel and Mr. Kameron led the students through the Maryland: Mountains to Sea exhibit and introduced the students to the variety of species found in the different ecosystems. Students asked questions and discovered the importance of protecting our environment and the impacts on the health of our water.

REPEAT: Health Professions Club Guest Speaker

On Tuesday January 19th at 2:45pm, the Health Professions Club will host our own parent Mr. Timothy Fuss to speak to students about the exciting profession of Nursing. All SVHS students are welcome! If you would like to attend, please contact Mrs. Shute at for the Zoom link.

REPEAT: "Let's Talk Careers" Forums

The next two episodes of Let’s Talk Careers sessions are on Wednesday, January 27th and February 3rd both from 10-11:30am!

The January 27th Bioscience session will feature speakers, including: Dr. Gavin Imperato from the United States Food and Drug Administration, Dr. Stephanie Chung from the National Health Institute, Dr. Katharina Maisel from University of Maryland and Mr. Aubrey Watkins from Emergent Biosolutions.

The February 3rd Arts & Entertainment session will feature a comedian and actor, a violinist and an actor/singer/songwriter: Lewis Black, Brian King Joseph and Tatiana Wechsler.

Students can submit questions prior to the sessions here and live through YouTube chat. Students and staff can watch here or on MCPS-TV (Comcast 34, Verizon 36 and RCN 89).

We are hoping to get as many secondary students as possible to tune in and submit questions in advance for both sessions.

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  • High school students from across the Washington Metropolitan Area are invited to submit poems to the Gaithersburg Book Festival Poetry Contest. Entries must be no longer than one page, single spaced, 12-point Times New Roman and are due by February 18, 2021. Download contest rules HERE.
  • The Montgomery County Youth Media Festival invites all middle and high school students, plus young adults ages 18-25, in the DMV to submit original works of video and art for consideration. Selected entries will be shown at the festival in April, when winners will be announced. Submissions are due by March 20, 2021. Click HERE for contest rules and the submission form.


The next meeting of the Black-Eyed Susan Book Club is Monday, January 25th, from 2:45-3:30 pm. Please join book aficionados for a books-that-have-been-made-into-movies Kahoot! trivia contest that is sure to be a ton of fun! Then, plan to meet up again on February 8th to discuss the book A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi -- it’s available in our online reading platform, Sora.

Our third Project LIT discussion will take place on Wednesday, February 3rd, from 2:00-3:00 pm. We will discuss the book The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo an empowering book, written in free-style verse, about a teenager growing into her body. ALL ARE WELCOME! Learn more about accessing this book and others through Sora by clicking on the “Read Online” flag in the Virtual SV Library Media Center.

REPEAT: Interested in running for the Student Member of the Board of Education (SMOB)

Attention current 10th and 11th graders: Are you interested in being the next Montgomery County Student Member of the Board of Education?!?! The SMOB nomination period is now open through January 28. Check out the MCPS webpage to find the SMOB election timeline, protocols and nomination form (pages 29 & 30):

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REPEAT: Student Feedback Survey

We are seeking input from our students to identify what it means to be a Screaming Eagle. This survey is part of a broader process to define what it means to be a part of the Seneca Valley community. Please take the time to complete this short survey here. It is also linked in the image to the left. Thank you!

For spirit wear purchases:

Seneca Valley Online SPIRIT WEAR!!!

Seneca Valley is excited to offer online sales of the spirit wear we used to sell on-site (and more!) through our local vendor, VerTee Shirts. Check it out!

VerTee Shirts: (T-shirts, sweatshirts, lounge pants, fleece jackets, and masks)

SVHS Spirit Wear can also be purchased at the following sites.

Squad Locker:


Want a SVHS License Plate? Please visit the School website for details.


In December, MCPS expanded its Bookmobile pilot program to include Seneca Valley. Seneca students may now borrow physical copies of print books from the collection at Northwest High School. Here is the process:

  1. Browse/search the Northwest High School Library Media collection to find a book you’d like to read. Directions with screenshots are provided HERE.
  2. Complete THIS GOOGLE FORM to reserve your book.
  3. Go to one of these locations on Wednesdays in January (1/13, 1/26) to pick up your books:

· 12:30-1:30 pm West Side Drive at 4-way intersection at top of hill

· 1:40-2:40 pm Clopper Mill ES

· 2:55-3:55 pm McNair ES

Questions? Please contact Ms. Little at SVHS or Ms. Myers at NWHS.

REPEAT: Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL): Create a Digital Account

Students aged 13 and older may apply for a digital account (younger than 13 apply with their parent/guardian), which provides online access to all our resources and the student may place holds on library materials, which then may be picked up through the Holds2Go program.

  1. Go to:
  2. Click on “Get a Library Card”
  3. Click on “Get a Digital Library Card Now”
  4. Fill out the Online Registration form completely (including Library = select any of our libraries)
  5. Check your email and record your account number and note the PIN that you selected.

More information about the many resources available through MCPL is available in the “Read Online” flag in the Virtual SV Library Media Center in myMCPS Classroom/Canvas. Please also feel free to reach out to Ms. Little, our school librarian, if you have any questions about creating and using an account with MCPL.

REPEAT: Free Online Access to the New York Times for Students

On Friday, January 8th, we re-sent invitations to create free New York Times accounts to all students whose families completed the SVHS Combined Technology Consent Form, giving permission for the use of MCPS-approved 3rd party apps. These invitations were sent to school gmail accounts ( Students who did not receive an invite and who did not previously set up an account may complete the form now. Students whose families completed the form but still did not receive an invite may email Ms. Little for assistance.

REMINDER: Counselor LIVE Chat

Counselors are now available for live chat sessions EVERYDAY via Zoom. Please use your student's sign in credentials to access the session. Click HERE to access counselor's availability. *Please note that you may be required to wait briefly in the waiting room while the counselor is meeting with another parent and/or student."

REPEAT: Gradebook Symbols and their Meaning

WIth interims that just were released, it is important to remind parents/families of what some symbols in ParentVue and StudentVue represent. Please see below some important examples of these symbols.

  • A "0" means:
    • That assignment can no longer be made up.
    • That assignment does NOT show up as a missing assignment.
    • There has been two-way communication regarding the fact that the assignment was never completed.
  • The letter "z" or "Missing" in the comments menu means:
    • That assignment CAN still be made up.
    • That assignment calculates in the final grade as a zero until it is made up.
    • That assignment shows up as a RED MISSING in parent and student Vues.
  • An assignment left BLANK means:
    • The assignment does NOT get reported as missing.
    • The assignment does NOT show up in the student or parent Vues at all.
    • The assignment is not weighted in the student's grade at all.

REPEAT: Senior Portraits Available

Seneca Valley High School Senior portraits, including make-up day portraits are now online for viewing and ordering! You should have received an email from Freed Photography with your student's private gallery information. If you have not received this (check your spam too), please contact them at or call 301.652.5452.

REPEAT: Ask your Librarian" Zoom Office Hours

  • Do you need help troubleshooting a tech problem?
  • Are you looking for a good book to read?
  • Do you need help with research for a class assignment?
  • Are you confused about APA or MLA styles for citing sources?
  • Could you use an extra set of eyes to look at your EE, IA, or college essay?
  • Do you just want to drop by to say "Hi"? 👋

Ms. Little, our school library media specialist, hosts weekly Zoom Office Hours to support students with all of the above and more! She has “drop in” office hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:45-3:30 pm and Wednesdays from 12:00 - 1:30 pm, and is also available by appointment. The link for the Zoom and more information are available in the Virtual Library Media Center in myMCPS Classroom/Canvas.

REPEAT: Technology Reminders for SVHS Students

Do you need a Chromebook?

If you do not currently have an MCPS Chromebook and would like one so that you can participate and engage in your classes, please call the main office at 240-740-6400 or email Mr. Johnson, our Media Services Technician, at We will make arrangements for you to pick one up at school. When picking up your Chromebook, please arrive prepared with your student ID# and don’t forget to wear a mask.

Do you need to replace a broken Chromebook?

If your MCPS Chromebook is not working, you will need to take the broken device to 45 W. Gude Drive in Rockville for a replacement. Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. No appointment is necessary. Effective 11/11/20, distribution moved to the left side of the building - look for the black gate between the loading dock and reserved parking spaces. Arrive prepared with your student ID# and don’t forget to wear a mask.

Do you need a MiFi for Internet Access?

Ask a SVHS staff member to request a MiFi on behalf of a student. Once approved, the MiFi will be delivered to SVHS and a staff member will contact the family to make arrangements to pick up the device at the school. Parents/guardians will need to sign a permission form (English|español) when picking up the device. Directions for setting up the device are available in English and español.

Do you need tech support?

Please email Community Tech Support at or call 240-740-7020 or 240-740-7022 between 7am - 8pm, M-F. NOTE: Seneca’s own ITSS, Mr. Josh Dillow, answers calls placed to 240-740-7022 between 5:30-8:00pm M-F.

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REPEAT: SVHS Cybersecurity Club - Join Now!

Do you love spending time on your computer and game consoles? Do you like playing games and solving puzzles? Are you interested in developing skills in code breaking, ethical hacking, and password cracking? Are you interested in joining a club that functions totally online, in this virtual world??? Join the CYBER SECURITY club at SVHS where you can work with other students to develop skills in cyber security by playing fun competitive games! Anyone of any grade can join! No previous computer or cybersecurity knowledge is necessary! It’s easy and fun to get started, and you haven’t missed any meetings yet! We’ll be having our first meeting soon. Email Mr. Vargo at for more info or to sign up!

REPEAT: Free Online Access to the New York Times for Students

On Friday, November 20th, all students whose families completed the SVHS Combined Technology Consent Form, giving permission for the use of MCPS-approved 3rd party apps, should have received an invitation from The New York Times newspaper to create a free account. These invitations were sent to school gmail accounts ( Students who did not receive an invite but would like a New York Times account may complete the form now. Students whose families completed the form but still did not receive an invite may email Ms. Little for assistance.

REPEAT: Mindfulness Mornings

Attention ALL students,

We invite you to participate in a series of morning meetings focused on learning and engaging in mindfulness practices.

Join us every morning starting Nov. 10 at 8:30am! Find the zoom link and other details in the flyer below.


The Counseling Department

REPEAT: Dual Enrollment Registration for Spring Term is underway!

Is your student interested in taking Montgomery College courses for credit while they're in high school? Registration for spring term Montgomery College courses through Dual Enrollment is currently underway and classes are filling up. Current Dual Enrollment students should login to their Dual Enroll account to register for their classes. Interested prospective students or families who have questions should contact the Dual Enrollment Coordinator, Mr. Yarmus, at

REPEAT: Who do I go to for help?

If you need assistance or support with anything leading up to the school year or once virtual learning has begun, please do not hesitate to reach out to any of the following staff. They are here to support you in any way they can.

Main Office Telephone Number: 240-740-6400 (This is a new number)

Student Support

Ms. Crawford

  • Social Emotional Support - Students with last names beginning with A - C
  • Class Support - Class of 2022

Mr. Davidson (Ms. Rahmati - Long Term Substitute until Semester 2)

  • Social Emotional Support - Students with last names beginning with D - J
  • Class Support - Class of 2021

Mr. Smith

  • Social Emotional Support - Students with last names beginning with K - P
  • Class Support - Class of 2024


  • Social Emotional Support - Students with last names beginning with Q - Z
  • Class Support - Class of 2023

Ms. Riddick

  • Business, Finance, and Operations

Counselor Student Support Assignments

Counseling Website

Counseling Telephone Number: 240-740-6420

Ms. Fellows - Students with last names beginning with A - Card

Ms. Patel - Students with last names beginning with Cardi - Del Mar

Ms. Murray - Students with last names beginning with Del Pilar - F

Ms. McCarthy - Students with last names beginning with G - King, C.

Mr. Matthews - Students with last names beginning with King, D. - Nunez Enriquez

Ms. Teixeira - Students with last names beginning with Nunez Rodriguez - Shad

Mr. Yarmus - Students with last names beginning with Shah - Z

Ms. Rina Chaves ESOL Transition Counselor

Ms. Rosa Santos ESOL Parent Community Coordinator

Ms. Rogena Parrish Secretary

Ms. Linda McCabe Registrar

Mr. Carlos Nalda College-Career Information Coordinator

Mrs. Margaret Drew School Psychologist

Mr. Tony Maturana Pupil Personnel Worker (PPW)

Mr. Daryn Moore Aces Coach (11th-12th grade)

Class Sponsors

Class of 2024 - Freshman Class

Class of 2023 - Sophomore Class

Class of 2022- Junior Class

Class of 2021 - Senior Class

REPEAT: Wellness Resources

The safety and wellness of our students remains a top priority. Below are resources to support the physical, social and psychological well-being of our community. If you believe your child is in crisis, please contact the Montgomery County Crisis Center at 240-777-4000. Students can also reach out to their counselor and school psychologist to set up a confidential appointment.

Waymaking Video Series

Mindful Moments Video Series
Tips on Addressing Student Grief
Tips for Preventing Youth Suicide

REPEAT: Community Resources

Below is information regarding food/grocery access beyond the MCPS school meal sites:

Food Assistance Resource Map: The Montgomery County Food Council created an interactive map of food assistance providers and benefits application assistance sites in Montgomery County. It is searchable by location, food assistance type, accessibility and many other special features. This resource can give principals and families a quick view of local resources in their area. The information indicates where, when and how to access the resources. **We would caution parents and staff supporting parents to pay particular attention to how one qualifies to access food as some sites state requirements.

Weekend Bag Program: MCPS, Manna Food Center, and Women Who Care Ministries are distributing weekend backpacks with groceries to the families of MCPS students each Friday. The location of distribution sites and times are listed at the bottom of the webpage.













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