SVHS Green and Gold
Community Edition - March 26, 2023
ATTENTION CLASS OF 2024!!! NACAC National College Fair Field Trip
It’s time to begin your college search! On Wednesday, April 19th, SVHS Juniors will have the opportunity to attend the NACAC Montgomery County (MD) National College Fair as part of a school-wide field trip. This year’s event will take place at the Adventist Healthcare Fieldhouse (formerly the Maryland SoccerPlex) in Boyds, MD, and host over 275 Universities and Colleges. Admission representatives will be there to answer your questions about Admission Requirements, College Essays, Financial Aid, Scholarships and more.
Signed permission slips & payment are due to Mr. Nalda by Tuesday, March 28!
This notice serves as a reminder that students may only park on campus if they have secured a parking permit from the school business office. See the process below. Students who park on campus without a permit may be issued a ticket with a temporary daily parking fee obligation of $10.00 per day or may have the vehicle towed at the owner’s expense. Please read below for information on how to obtain a parking permit.
Permits for assigned parking spots will be issued, by semester, to Seniors Only with valid driver’s licenses on a first-come, first-served basis, with preference given to students who have out-of-the-building internships already built into their schedules. Permit applications must have all required documents and be hand-delivered to Ms. Riddick in the business office so she can verify eligibility for parking. Second semester applications are accepted on a rolling basis starting on January 14, 2023.
Parking applications are available from the Business Office or on www.senecavalleyhighschool.com under SCHOOL PAYMENTS, Student Parking. The MCPS permit fee is $37.50 per semester and non-refundable plus a processing fee. Payments may be made in cash, check or money order. Credit card payments are accepted online only at https://mcpsmd.schoolcashonline.com/Fee/Details/2935/354/False/True All checks should be made payable to Seneca Valley High School or SVHS. Please include the student’s name and ID number on all checks and write Parking Permit in the memo section. Returned check fees are $25.00 per check and are obligated toward the student’s account until paid.
The application must be signed by a parent or guardian even if the student has age of majority (18). The form must be completed in its entirety. Include a photocopy of the student’s driver’s license and proof of car insurance. The student must be clear of all financial obligations before a permit will be issued.
Parking permits are limited to the number of spaces available. Only one parking tag will be issued per approved application. Multiple family vehicles can be included on the application. A parking tag is only issued to the student for the family vehicle(s) registered on the application and may not be loaned or transferred to anyone else. Students are to report changes of license plate number or registered vehicles to Security, as well as lost or stolen parking tags. Students must purchase a new permit whether the tag is lost or stolen.
TEMPORARY DAILY PARKING PASS
Temporary daily parking passes are available for $10.00 a day on a first-come, first-served basis. Students must register their vehicle with security upon arrival. A $10.00 obligation will be issued daily for any student who parks on the premise without a parking permit or temporary pass.
Students must park in the space assigned by security. Students are not permitted to park in the visitor or staff parking spaces at any time. Students found parking in these spots may be ticketed and/or towed. The school is not responsible for the automobile or its contents.
All student drivers must be licensed and covered by insurance.
All student vehicles parked on school grounds must be registered with the school and must display the current parking tag on the rear-view mirror of the vehicle.
The speed limit on school property is 5 miles per hour. Speeding or reckless driving on school grounds is prohibited and may result in the permanent loss of the parking tag.
Students may only return to their cars during the school day/hours with a pass from a teacher or administrator.
Parents and students consent to the search of a motor vehicle where school authorities have reasonable grounds to believe drugs, alcohol, stolen property, and other contraband might be present. This search without a warrant is a condition precedent to the issuing of the parking permit.
SVHS follows the MD Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) laws and therefore requires that a student with a PROVISIONAL LICENSE follow all MVA regulations and restrictions for the transport of passengers. Specifically, for 151 days after the provisional license is issued, the student is prohibited from transporting any passenger under age18 except family members, i.e.; sister, brother, stepsister, or stepbrother and relatives living at the driver’s address.
Arriving late, leaving early, or skipping classes can result in the loss of the parking permit without refund.
Parking is a privilege and regulations are strictly enforced. Violations of parking regulations will result in the issuance of a temporary daily parking fee obligation of $10.00 per day or towing of vehicle at the owner’s expense. This privilege may also be revoked for any of the following reasons: academic concern, poor attendance, tardiness to school or class, or behavioral issues in which case the $37.50 per semester parking fee will be forfeited.
Save-the-Date: College Information Night for Rising Seniors: Tuesday, April 25, 2023, 7-8 PM (Virtual)
Rising seniors and families, please join the Seneca Valley Counseling Services team for our annual College Information Night on Tuesday, April 25th at 7:00 PM. This will be a virtual meeting.
Important information will be shared about the college application process, transcripts, test scores, service academies, financial aide, scholarships, and more.
Please plan to attend this important meeting!
Are you looking for a way to decrease the cost of prom?
Cinderella’s closet is a program run here at SVHS for students looking for gently used FREE prom dresses!
Click on the image below for more information about how to access this resource.
Celebrating our Students
SVHS Minority Scholars Program (MSP) leaders were featured in the official MCPS twitter thread.
Fatu Kamara, Anathea Kinol, and Gaby Saravia are featured facilitating a student discussion session in the upper left box. This was at the this past weekend's countywide MSP retreat that was attended by almost 1,000 MCPS students (inc. MS and ES students too).
Junior Emma Finn is Seneca's First Archery Award Winner
I wanted to let you know that Emma Finn, a junior at SVHS, competed in the MD NASP State Archery Tournament on Saturday. The tournament is broken into two divisions- The bullseye and 3D. Emma placed third in the 3D division of the tournament. Her score qualifies her to participate in the NASP National Tournament in May. She was also the #25 female archer out 295. She represented SVHS well in both divisions.
Thanks to Mr. Markel and the PE team for teaching archery in PE so that students like Emma can compete in this National youth program.
Opportunity: SVHS Depths of the Valley Literary Magazine
Welcome to the Depths of the Valley! Are you a creative writer or artist? Consider submitting to the Seneca Valley Literary Magazine. A collection of unique, student made prose, poetry, and art. Your artwork could even be considered for the cover page! The Literary Magazine is an amazing way to showcase your own personal work. You can submit your work through this link by March 30th. Come join us in the beauty of writing. Click here to enjoy all the previous issues of the Depths of the Valley Literary Magazine!
The Literary Magazine will also need a new eagle art cover for the 2023 issue. Send in your cool eagle art pieces to the competition! We will review the art entrees and pick out one for the art cover! We will send you an email telling you who has won the competition when it’s over. We take all visual art!
Are you interested in supporting student creativity? Are you interested in helping our efforts to display the creative minds of Seneca Valley? Then please consider sponsoring the SVHS Literary Magazine, From the Depths of the Valley. Amounts of $20 and above will go a long way in helping us publish and print Volume VII of our Literary Magazine. Any donations can be made at SchoolCashOnline, click here. All subscribers will receive a printed copy of the completed Literary Magazine and a sneak peek at some student work every month! After donating, be sure to supply your email address for the sneak peeks by completing this brief form.
Plant a native tree!
We have been asked to share the following message:
Plant a native tree! The Richard Montgomery High School Climate Club is working in collaboration with the nonprofit Tree-Plenish to sell native trees for $5. Make our community more sustainable by clicking here to order a tree to plant in your own yard. The last day to order trees will be Wednesday, March 29th. For more information, please visit the Climate Club's website or email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
RMHS Climate Club President
This Week's Notes from the SVHS College & Career Center
SVHS College & Career Monthly Newsletter - March, 2022-23
NACAC National College Fair Field Trip – Juniors
Attention Class of 2024!
It’s time to begin your college search! On Wednesday, April 19th, SVHS students will have the opportunity to attend the NACAC Montgomery County (MD) National College Fair as part of a school-wide field trip. This year’s event will take place at the Adventist Healthcare Fieldhouse (formerly the Maryland SoccerPlex) in Boyds, MD, and host over 275 Universities and Colleges. Admission representatives will be there to answer your questions about Admission Requirements, College Essays, Financial Aid, Scholarships and more.
Signed permission slips & payment are due by Tuesday, March 28!
Click here for more information
Students and families will have the opportunity to attend the evening session on April 18, including optional workshop opportunities.
April 18, 2023 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm (see workshops)
Seniors - Colleges Admissions Results
Continue to keep track of college admissions results and scholarship offers in Naviance! Once you hear back from colleges via email or letter, please record your results. You can also share this info with me and I can help with input. MCPS asks us to track this information every year, and we can add you to the display outside of the main office! 🙂
How to update admission decisions/results in Naviance (video instructions)
If you were accepted and offered a merit scholarship, congratulations! Here is how to add your offered scholarship in Naviance (video instructions)
Note: Under $ Awarded, enter the amount. If you see that your award is renewable, please multiply the amount by four (for four years of college).
Next Week’s College/Career Visits to SVHS
University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus - Tue March 28 @ 10:30 AM
SUNY Binghamton University - Wed March 29 @ 8:35 AM
Moving Forward College & Career Readiness Series 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 virtual workshops are during lunch, from 11:25 am - 11:50 am. Feel free to bring your lunch to the College & Career Center (Room 2408) to watch these presentations! Get tips and information that can help you prepare for Senior Year and beyond!
Thursday, March 28 - College Essay Writing
Tuesday, April 25 - Introduction to Financial Aid
Once registered, a zoom to link will be sent to you before the workshop.
Click to register: bit.ly/4forward2023 | Click here for the flyer
Military - U.S. Service Academy Summer Opportunities 2023
U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen would like to share information regarding an exciting opportunity that may be of interest to students this summer.
Juniors (students in the Class of 2024) who have an interest in learning about opportunities to attend a U.S. Service Academy for college are encouraged to apply to participate in a summer program. Each Academy’s summer program provides a week-long immersion into the academic, military, and social life of that Academy. The Academies are ranked among the top undergraduate public universities in the country. The U.S. Naval Academy also offers a Summer STEM Program for rising 9th-11th graders.
Click here for more information
March 29 - HSINTELLIGENCE Minority / Indigenous Nurse Leader Scholarship - 2-$750 awards; senior; first generation, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and person of color) student; interested in and planning to pursue studies in nursing; submit a 400-600 word essay on how you hope to help the world through your medical career and how you plan to positively impact the healthcare of minorities and marginalized groups.
March 31 - 2023 Sherry S. Hintz Scholarship Fund - up $20,000 per year for as many as four years; junior, graduating high school senior or a high school graduate under 22 years old; resident of Montgomery County, MD; min 3.0 GPA; have lost a parent or primary guardian to breast or ovarian cancer; member of a family with demonstrated financial need; involved in a school, community, or athletic activity, ideally in a leadership position; wish to attend college; Statement of Goals essay sheet; FAFSA Student Aid Report; transcript; Academic Recommendation Form; Leadership Recommendation Form.
March 31 - Damascus American Legion Post 171 Scholarship - 4-$2,000 & 2-$1,500 awards; senior; U.S. Citizen; min 3.0 GPA; will attend an accredited post-secondary academic institution, accredited vocational, trade, or business school; 350 word essay; 2 letters of recommendation; flyer.
March 31 - Louis Goaziou Lodge #1953 Scholarship - 1-$500 award; senior; min 2.5 GPA; plan to attend a college or other educational program after high school; completion of a short quiz about Freemasonry in the history of the United States and today.
March 31 - “$1,000 A Daring Path” No-Essay Scholarship - 1-$1,000 award; open to current high school students (9-12 grade), ages 14+; attending school in the US; all GPAs will be considered; all majors are encouraged to apply.
March 31 - Zeta Phi Beta Sorority - Eta Pi Zeta Scholarship - awards of up to $1,000; senior; min 2.5 GPA; accepted to a 2- or 4-year college or university; proof of community service hours; personal essay; two letters of recommendation; transcript; flyer.
March 31 - EGIA Foundation HVAC Hero Scholarship - 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.
March 31 - WISER Scholarship - 2-$1,000 awards; senior pursuing post-secondary education; must have documented learning and/or accessibility needs; demonstrate engagement in their community (including, but not limited to, volunteering, caring for a sibling or elder, working for a local business, etc.); 3 short answer responses (typed or recorded); signed Student Certification Statement; signed Guardian Certification Statement; Letter of Documentation; Letter of Recommendation & Recommendation Form.
March 31 - Legacy of Life Scholarship - 2-$5,000, 2-$3,000, and 6-$1,000 awards; senior; write an essay or produce a video convincing others to register to be organ, eye and tissue donors; winners must attend a "Donation 101" training and participate in one WRTC-approved event.
March 31 - OCA-UPS® Gold Mountain Scholarship - $2,000 awards; senior and attending college this fall; must identify as Asian American or Pacific Islander (AAPI); must be first-gen, meaning your parents did not complete a college or university degree; do not need to be a U.S. citizen, DACA students or undocumented students must have a SSN or ITIN; short bio; transcript; essay; two short answer responses; experiences; two references.
March 31 -Lockheed Martin Vocational Scholarship* - (*deadline is 4pm on 3/31) up to $5,000 to as many as 150 recipients; senior; U.S. citizen; plan to enroll full-time or part-time (minimum 6 credit hours) at one of the following types of accredited institutions: vocational-technical school, trade school, two-year community college, or state college; pursue an associate’s degree, credit-bearing certificate, or an industry-recognized credential, in one of the fields of study listed on the website (see link).
April 01 - The Esperanza Education Fund - (application opens in January) awards ranging from $5,000-$20,000; senior; must be born outside the U.S. or have two parents born outside the U.S.; must enroll full-time in the fall; must have had a household income in 2022 of less than $100,000; recipients selected based on hard work, resourcefulness, perseverance in the face of adversity, academic achievement, and commitment to one's community; transcript; two essays; two letters of recommendation.
April 01 - Chris Jackson Computer Science Education Scholarship - 1-$5,000 award; senior; applicants will be required to discuss their interest in pursuing a computer science degree, their career aspirations, and why they think they should receive the award; 300-500 word essay.
April 01 - The Bernie Scholarship - multiple awards; seniors, including undocumented students who qualify as Dreamers; min 2.0 GPA; live in Montgomery County, MD, and receive housing assistance from Housing Opportunities Commission (HOC), the Scotland Community or from housing owned/managed by Rockville Housing Enterprises, Edgewood Management or Forest Park Apartments, and other students who can prove they have a Section 8 or Public Housing rental subsidy; transcript; community service; at least 2 references; statement of goals; see link for full details and guidelines.
April 01 - The League of Educators for Asian American Progress (LEAAP) - $2,000 awards; seniors of Asian descent who plan to major and pursue a career in the field of education; min 3.0 GPA; experience supporting the community and/or an organization; essay; official transcript; list of awards, extracurricular and community service activities; two letters of recommendation.
SVHS PTSA Scholarship
April 20 - SVHS PTSA Jane Sowers Scholarship - (deadline is 12pm/noon on 4/20) 1-$600 award; senior; min 3.2 unweighted GPA for each year of high school; must have completed all Student Service Learning (SSL) hours; transcript; one-page essay; submit application to Mr. Nalda in the College & Career Center.
SVHS Boosters Scholarship
April 28 - 2022-23 SVHS Booster Scholarships* - (*applications due to Mr. Nalda by noon on this date!) 2-$1,000 awards; senior at SVHS; min 3.0 cumulative unweighted GPA at the end of 1st semester of senior year; plan to pursue post high school education (technical school, community college or four-year university, etc.); completed all Student Service Learning (SSL) hours; earn(ed) a varsity letter on a team in their senior year OR be an active member of an SVHS sponsored club (Club activism will be confirmed by SVHS Club Sponsor); transcript; one page essay; resume.
Click here to see the SVHS Scholarships Page for more opportunities.
Montgomery County Rec Department Job Fairs
Work with Recreation this Summer! Available positions include lifeguards, camp counselors, camp directors, and more!
* Saturday, April 1 | 10am - 2pm | Plum Gar Community Recreation Center
Click here to see the flyer with all dates and locations
Summer Opportunities for Students, Grades 9-11
Click here and/or here to explore a list of additional camps, pre-college programs, and other opportunities for students for Summer 2023. If interested, please review as many opportunities have Spring deadlines to apply.
MYP Verification Visit: Our MYP Verification is on Mon., April 17th and Tues., April 18th. This the final step for SVHS to become an official IB Middle Years Program (MYP) school! B will meet with SVHS staff, but also community members. If you have a 9th or 10th grader and are interested in providing your experiences with our Middle Years Program, please email Kim Becraft at Kimberly_M_Becraft@mcpsmd.org .
Support Our IB Program by purchasing IB swag! Please support the IB Programs at SVHS and show your SVHS Pride by purchasing a T-shirt designed by Adriana Montes Lopez, a current SVHS sophomore and future IB Diploma candidate! The funds raised will be used to recognize and celebrate our amazing IB students! Please complete the order form and then pay cash or check (made out to SVHS) to Ms. Ezerski in Room 3510 or pay online.
MYP PP & IB LP: Student’s Product Slide and Final Reports were due last Friday, March 24th! Mrs. Becraft will continue to accept student work through the deadline on Friday, March 31st. Both the Product Slide and the Final Report must be submitted to earn SSL and the .5 MYP Research Seminar credit (only for 10th graders).
IB Practice Exams: We had our first Mock IB exams over the past two weeks and over 70 students used this opportunity to address test anxiety, identify areas to study, and just the overall experience of sitting for timed test.
Donation Requests: We would love donations of snacks for IB exams, support sessions, and/or monetary donations to support the celebration of IB students. Please contact Ms. Ezerski at Natasha_L_Ezerski@mcpsmd.org if you are willing to help!
LIBRARY MEDIA NEWS: ACCESSING NATIONAL NEWSPAPERS
Extra! Extra! Read all about it! 📰
Did you know that our school community can access full-text articles from The New York Times (1985-current) and The Washington Post (2014-current) through our subscription to Gale General OneFile? In addition, our school has a digital subscription to The Wall Street Journal. To access the login credentials for these resources, please visit the Virtual SVLMC on Canvas/MyMCPS and click on the Online Resources flag or visit the library media center for assistance.
Borrow a Book for Spring Break!
Stop by the LMC to borrow a book for Spring Break - we have lots of new books and something for everyone! Remember that students can also access books in ebook and audiobook format in Sora, our online reading app/platform, and we are pleased to share that we recently added the entire Demon Slayer graphic novel series to our Sora collection! Directions for accessing Sora are available in the Virtual SVLMC on Canvas/MyMCPS (click on the Read Online flag).
This Week In The LMC
Tuesday, March 28th - The Girls I’ve Been Book Club Discussion during lunch
Thursday, March 30th - “That’s What She Said” Trivia Contest drawing during lunch
Creativity Contests & Reading Challenges Concluding This Week
- Keeping It Safe (KIS) Coalition 30-second videos about the risks and dangers of underage drinking are due by March 31, 2023. Click HERE for more information and contest rules.
- Montgomery County Public Library (MCPL) and the Washington Wizards have partnered to promote reading! For the chance to win tickets to a Wizards game, THIS GAME BOARD is due to any of the MCPL branches by March 31st.
Academic Support Opportunities
Academic Support Center
The Academic Support Center is open during lunch Monday through Friday in room 2109. Students can receive academic support with their regularly scheduled classes and their Project GRAD (credit recovery) courses. Students can also get support with organization, time management, and planning.
Our CARES Tutoring program is intended to provide students with ongoing high-dosage tutoring in order to provide students with the skills necessary to be successful in their classes. Students that sign up for CARES must commit to attending weekly tutoring sessions.
Our CARES Tutoring program is currently full. Students can submit this form to be added to the waitlist and will be contacted if a spot becomes available.
Virtual Tutoring Opportunities
All MCPS students have access to free, virtual tutoring services through FEV Tutor and Tutor Me Education.
FEV Tutor and Tutor Me both:
- Offer free on-demand tutoring for homework help, no scheduling needed
- Offer free scheduled tutoring for ongoing support, scheduling required
- Record sessions, take session notes, and communicate directly with families.
- Can be accessed by students through Clever
FEV tutor does not use a camera and TutorMe uses a camera for tutor and student.
To set up tutoring sessions with FEVTutor, contact email@example.com.
To set up tutoring sessions with TutorMe, fill out this request form. You can also contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (240)618-2549.
Tutor Me Education Flyer (English)
Tutor Me Education Flyer (Spanish)
Contact Elizabeth_Maxey@mcpsmd.org if you have questions about which opportunity is best for your student.
SVHS Student and Family Resources Page
Click here for a list and links to resources and supports available for students and families in the Seneca Valley Community. SVHS Student and Family Resources Page
SVHS CUSTOMER SERVICE FEEDBACK
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