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Dr. Cohen's Newsletter to the SVHS Community

November 8, 2020 Edition

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REMINDER: November Calendar Changes

Last week, MCPS made revisions to the November calendar. We have made revisions to our school calendar in response to these county changes. Most notable among the changes are the following:

  • Monday, Nov. 2 will follow the Wednesday Virtual Check-In Schedule.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 4 is now a Professional Day. There will be no school for students.
  • Nov. 11 and Nov 12 are now full days of school. Both of these days are A-Days.
  • Nov. 23 and Nov. 24 are now half-days to allow for parent conferences. Stay tuned for announcements regarding scheduling conferences.

Additionally, Wednesday, November 18 was originally a FULL Virtual Check-in Day and will NOW be a 1/2 Virtual Check-in Day. This is a change to the calendar and is specific to Seneca Valley High School.

To view the revised calendar in its entirely, please click here.

NEW: Congratulations to our new Minority Scholars Program student leaders

We are excited to announce this year's officers for the SVHS Minority Scholars Program.

1) Hello, my name is Maryschka Aziaka , and I am the SVHS 2020-2021 Minority Scholars Program (MSP) President. I love to discuss important issues around diversity and representation today. As one of the MSP leaders, I strive to increase our club membership. I want all my peers to feel included so we can have great discussions on how to face challenges in a positive way!

2) Hi! My name is Femi Rossman and I'm a proud senior Screaming Eagle! I am extremely passionate about being the Vice President for the wonderful club that is the Minority Scholars Program. I am all about diversity and inclusivity of all people. I want to make sure every voice is heard and that each individual, regardless of their differences, feels welcomed at our beautiful Seneca Valley High School.

3) Hi! My name is Kelsey Cabanayan, and I am so happy to be your 2020-2021 SVHS Outreach Coordinator this year for the Minority Scholars Program (MSP). I am a junior here at Seneca Valley and I really hope to push and make sure everyone is represented and feels a sense of belonging. I’m very excited for more people to join us and spread awareness of current social issues. Join MSP to take part in change and make a positive difference! 🌟

4) Hi, my name is Rachel Orosco, and I'm a senior at Seneca Valley High School. I am excited to be your Secretary/Historian for the Minority Scholar Program (MSP). With the vast amount of diversity that we have at Seneca, I know that I will be able to help students' express thier voices. Having everyone feel welcome is our goal! I hope to spread our message throughout the school so that we can become more educated about those around us.

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NEW: IB Spotlight

As we focus on IB each month, we will provide quotes to support the ATL skill category, ATL skill cluster, and LP of the month.

ATL Skill Category Quote for THINKING SKILLS:

"The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing."—Albert Einstein

At the heart of all Thinking skills, is curiosity and questioning. We must question all aspects of our lives from the information we read, our own assumptions and bias, to our current solutions and processes. This constant state of curiosity ensures that we activate critical and creative thinking to question current knowledge, build new knowledge and solutions, and transfer our knowledge across disciplines and into our everyday lives.

ATL Skill Cluster Quote for CRITICAL THINKING:

"Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider." ~Francis Bacon

We hope to develop critical thinking skills that encourage us to be reflective on new information- to avoid quick conclusions and leave time to weigh different perspectives. We aim to look at information objectively and to avoid starting with the ultimate goal of refuting or contradicting it so that we may evaluate it or as Mr. Bacons states, "to weigh and consider" it.

Learner Profile Quote for RISK-TAKER:

“I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it. “ ~Pablo Picasso

We encourage our students to be Risk-Takers by trying new experiences and facing challenges with bravery, resiliency, and resourcefulness. Without being a risk-taker, we cannot find innovative solutions and achieve new goals, but most importantly, we cannot grow as human beings. Through this process, we must both work independently, but also realize the importance, strength, and wisdom of working with others.

Don’t forget to recognize a staff member or student for doing a great job with ATLs or the LP in class. Recognize a Student or Staff Member


All IB Registration Google Forms & payments are due by Friday, Nov. 6th!

· IB Registration Information Video: This video includes an explanation of the benefits of taking IB exams, as well as an overview of the registration and payment process.

· IB Registration Google Form (include MCPS Fee Waiver Request Form): This is the formal IB Exam registration form. It includes a section for student’s to request an MCPS Fee Waiver and digitally sign.

· Link to Online School Payment system to pay for IB Exams

As always, please contact Kim Becraft, IB MYP coordinator ( or Natasha Ezerski, IB DP & CP Coordinator ( with any suggestions or questions.

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

Attention Students of all Grades!!

If you think you may qualify for Free/Reduced Meals, please apply. FARMS status can qualify you for College Application Fee and/or testing waivers.

· Click for more information

College Applications - Seniors

College application deadlines are approaching! Please keep working on your College Application Packet. Everything you need to do for submitting college applications, including instructions, is on this document. Please review the steps outlined on this document to make sure you are organized and on track to start submitting applications.


See the link below for fee waiver codes for a few Maryland Colleges or Universities (and 1 Virginia University). These codes can be used regardless of FARMS status. Please note the deadlines listed as most must be used by the 2nd week of November.

College Testing - Juniors

I am starting to get many questions from Juniors about the SAT and/or ACT. For Juniors, we are encouraging them to wait and take the PSAT later in the school year. Hopefully, depending on the status of schools, we will be able hold PSAT testing. If not, students could certainly take the SAT and/or ACT at some point in the spring if locations are available.

In the meantime, check out Khan Academy and other sources which provide free test prep. Those resources can be found on the SVHS Site using the link below:

Which Test Should I Take?

· Should You Take the ACT vs. SAT? (Kaplan)

· ACT vs. SAT Comparison (Princeton Review)

Upcoming Scholarships

· November 06 - The Black Neighborhood Scholarship Fund - $2,000 awards; senior; U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident; min 2.5 GPA; attend a college or university next fall; submit an essay on 1 of 3 topics (minimum of 500 words); 3 rounds of the application process; see link for essay topics and scholarship details.

· November 10 - The Prudential Spirit of Community Award - $1,000 - $5,000; available to students in grades 5 through 12; significant amount of SSL hours; you must have participated in volunteer activities in the past 12 months to be considered for this award; see link for full guidelines and details.

· November 12 - Create Real Impact Scholarship Contest - multiple $1,500 & $500 awards; 9-12 grade; U.S. Citizen, legal residents, or DACA recipients; create an original work showcasing your idea for a solution or strategy to fix reckless & distracted driving; submit in one of four categories: creative writing, video, graphic design, or music; click link for full rules, guidelines, and details.

· November 15 - Elks Most Valuable Student Award - 500 awards ranging from $1,000-$12,500 per year for four years; senior; U.S. Citizen; judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need; top 20 national finalists traditionally win a leadership trip to interview for $20,000 - $50,000 awards.

· November 30 - MoreWithUs Fall 2020 Scholarship Competition - 1-$300 award; senior; must sign up for a MoreWithUs profile to be eligible; in one standard double-spaced page, talk about an Everyday Job or volunteer position you’ve had; see link for specific essay prompt and full guidelines.

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

Next Week's College Visits - Juniors & Seniors

· William and Mary - 11/10/20 8:00 AM

· Moravian College - 11/10/20 11:30 AM

· Elizabethtown College - 11/10/20 3:00 PM

· Bates College - 11/11/20 8:00 AM

· Shepherd University - 11/11/20 11:30 AM

· University of Lynchburg - 11/12/20 8:00 AM

· University of Louisville -11/12/20 11:30 AM

· Alvernia University - 11/12/20 3:00 PM

· Suffolk University - 11/13/20 11:30 AM

To participate in college visits, students must register in Naviance. To see a full list of College Visits, see click the link below.

· List of College Visits

Upcoming Virtual Events

Mt. Calvary Baptist Church Virtual HBCU College Fair

§ Friday, November 13 (4pm - 8pm) & Saturday, Nov 14 (10am - 2pm)

§ Students of all ages are welcomed to attend. There will be on-site admissions* and application fee waivers will be available for seniors.

§ *Seniors must register and submit application to schools by Nov. 9th to be considered for on-site admissions.

§ Click here to see the flyer

§ Click here to register

Common Black Application Free HBCU Worldwide College Fairs

§ Next Fair Date: Saturday, Nov 14 - 1pm (Click here to see the flyer)

§ Click here to register

MCPS Virtual Hispanic College Fair

§ Tuesday, Nov 17 - 2pm to 6pm

§ Click here to see the flyer (Español)

§ Click here to register

FAFSA - Seniors

The FAFSA is now open for eligible seniors to start filling out! The FAFSA is the financial aid form to request financial aid to go to college. Please see the SVHS College & Career Financial Aid Page to for more information about the FAFSA:

Montgomery College's FAFSA Days - Seniors

Please sign up to get assistance completing the FAFSA. The remote sessions are available every Monday from 1 - 4 pm & Tuesday from 4 - 7 pm starting the week of October 12th through November and then again in February 2021.

§ Click here to sign up

SVHS November College & Career Newsletter

NEW: Dual Enrollment Registration for Spring Term Opens November 9th

Registration for spring term Montgomery College courses through Dual Enrollment opens Monday, November 9th. 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

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One of the PTSA’s missions is to support our staff and show them how much we appreciate all they do for their students.

Our teachers and staff have always worked really hard to support their students and this year, they are taking it to a whole new level. They are truly awesome and it is so very sad that we have been unable to hold any of our typical staff appreciation events to say thank you. Therefore, we are trying something new.

MD PTAs have recently been given the thumbs up to giving staff gift cards as a show of appreciation, as long as every staff member gets one for an equal amount that cannot exceed $25. SVHS has 230 staff, so we are asking for your help to raise the funds to provide all staff with a gift card as a small token of our appreciation.

We understand that some people may not be in a position to donate, but if you are, can you please consider donating? Any amount would be greatly appreciated!

You can donate via GoFundMe or Paypal

If you prefer to donate via check, checks can be mailed to the school, payable to the SVHS PTSA 19401 Crystal Rock Drive, Germantown, MD 20874.

The PTSA is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization and your donation may be tax-deductible. Please consult your tax advisor.

REPEAT: Graduation Requirements for the Class of 2021

To ensure clarity about graduation requirements for the Class of 2021 as it relates to the Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program (MCAP), the high school graduation requirements document for Class of 2021 has been updated, here. Note that MCAP requirements include passing MCAP assessments OR taking no fault assessments this school year.

REMINDER: Live Conversation with Broadway Actor/Actress

On Thursday, November 12 at 5:30pm the SV Birds of Play Theatre Troupe will host two Broadway Actors for a conversation with students and parents. Sign up at to participate in this exciting and free opportunity! Anyone with an MCPS login can join. Our guests are Steven Cutts and Tracee Beazer, both with Broadway, Film, and Television credits and fantastic experiences to share.

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REPEAT: ESOL Parent/Guardian Letters - Padres / Tutores de ESOL

ESOL Parents/Guardians: The Parent Notification Letters are in your student's English class as an assignment for you to review, sign, and submit electronically. There is a step-by-step video explaining the process. ESOL student EL Plans (accommodations) are being updated for this school year and will also be in students' English classes as an assignment for you to review.

If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Sprehn, ESOL Resource Teacher at


Las Cartas de Notificación a los Padres están en la clase de inglés de su estudiante como una tarea para que usted las revise, firme y envíe electrónicamente. Hay un video paso a paso que explica el proceso. Los planes EL para estudiantes de ESOL (adaptaciones) se están actualizando para este año escolar y también estarán en las clases de inglés de los estudiantes como una tarea para que los revise.

Si tiene alguna pregunta, comuníquese con Lisa Sprehn, maestra de recursos de ESOL en

REPEAT: SVHS Senior Portraits

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

If you missed the portrait day or would like a retake, please make an appointment for November 23, 2020

REPEAT: ACES Application Now Open!

ACES Application Open Now! Are you a 10th grade student at a participating ACES High School? Do you want to attend college? Achieving Collegiate Excellence and Success (ACES) is a collaborative program among Montgomery County Public Schools, Montgomery College, and the Universities at Shady Grove that provides you with a seamless and supportive pathway to college completion. As a qualifying 10th grader*, you can receive: Individual coaching Preparation for college entrance exams College and financial aid application support Leadership development opportunities Career readiness training and skills Student success workshops Visit for important information and to apply.
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REPEAT: Chromebook Damage Financial Responsibility Information

Students and their families are now financially responsible for any intentional or accidental damage of any Chromebook loaned out to the student. The Office of Technology and Innovation has created a technical document outlining the Chromebook obligation process. This document identifies the costs associated with each type of repair or replacement, as well as where students and families can go to have a repair performed. While 45 West Gude is the only available repair site at this time, additional sites will be identified and added.

To see the Chromebook Obligations document, please click here.

This document links out to four relevant articles.

  • Chromebook Repair Sites. See here.
  • Chromebook Repair Costs: See here.
  • Chromebook Acceptable Use Policy: See here.
  • Regulation IGT-RA: See here.

REPEAT: Student Chromebook Issues? Need a Wifi Hotspot?

Students/Families in need of a WiFi Hotspot can go to 45 W. Gude Drive in Rockville between 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. any weekday to pick one up.

If students have a broken chromebook, they should also be brought to 45 W. Gude Drive in Rockville between 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. any weekday.


Our PTSA board of directors invites you to visit the link below and join! They are already hard at work planning for the 2020-2021 school year and cannot do it without your membership.


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

  • 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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