SY 21-22 Admirals Weekly Update

VOL 19 - 04 February 2022

ROM Guidance

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Free Tutoring for Military Families is a program that provides on-demand, online tutoring and homework help at no cost to eligible service members, civilian personnel, and their dependents. As you may know, this has been recommended as a resource for families (especially during remote learning) but it was not on the ACL. I'm excited to announce that this disconnect has been resolved - is now on the ACL!

Families can register at

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CURRENT National Honor Society MEMBERS

National Honor Society members are those who have been initiated into NHS. There has been a lull for a few years in NHS chapter activity, and we are now excited to be in the process of revitalizing our dormant chapter. This is the current list of NHS members:

Colin Clark

Sarah Chambers

Owen Bond

Andrew Curtis

Isaac Hagood

Marley Hasselbring

Kyra Hertz

Nolan Hutyra

Amanda Rogers

Presley Sachs

Daphne Sundberg

Edward Sundberg

Joshua Tadeo

NHS Meetings are the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month from 3-4 in room #103. See the bulletin board outside room #103 for news.

CURRENT National Junior Honor Society MEMBERS

Saira Ali

Ryan Baird

Isabel Berdugo

Olivia Bussey

Fleur Eaton

Christian Suarez

Benjamin Clark

Samara Lindsay

Brandon Luna

Eiva Louise Claire Maizano

Brian Mullins

Mateo Quitiquit

Alexis (Lexi) Rice

Ronald Ryder

Noemi Suarez

NJHS Meetings are the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month from 3-4 in room #103. See the bulletin board outside room #103 for news.

Students who are NHS or NJHS members from other schools may also join us. Transferring Active Membership

Have you moved from another school? NHS and NJHS memberships are transferrable from one active chapter to another. Simply get a letter from your current school’s principal or adviser verifying membership. You will be automatically granted membership but will need to meet the eligibility requirements of your new school within a reasonable period, usually one semester. Your new school may have a higher cumulative GPA required for membership, for example.

The current members of NHS and NJHS have also been invited into two Google “classes” set up to assist with clarity of information to the members. If you believe you are a member, but not on these member lists, please, see the Chapter Advisor, Ms. Tierney, in room #103.

The members of NJHS are 7, 8, and 9th grade students who have been initiated into NJHS.

Based upon the 1st semester grades for the school and checking the disciplinary records of the school, invitations will soon be sent to those who are eligible to apply to request to be new members of NHS or NJHS, so they may apply if they choose.


Ms. Tierney


Advisor of National Junior Honor Society

Advisor of National Honor Society

Human Proportions Masks

Students created colorful clay masks to capture the spirit of a totem, emotions or Carnival/ Mardi Gras. Students were asked to research a personal connection to either carnival or mardi gras and apply facial proportions using a CCRSA artist Statement. They used plaster to create impressions of their own faces and constructed a 3d mask using clay. These are some of the impressive outcomes that came out of the project.


World Lit 9 students learned to play Hnefatafl, or the King's Board, as we work through Viking mythology. Hnefatafl is an Old Norse game that has been found in many Norse archeological sites and was popular from antiquity up until around the 1700s. It predates chess in Europe, but is also a game of strategy. In fact, Hnefatafl was an intellectual pursuit that Norse warriors boasted about.

Students: 1st and last photo: Ryan Baird, Kat Fleming, Eva Berdugo, and Bella Cardenas; 2nd photo: Fleur Eaton, Mia Werner

Junior parents your help is needed!

Dear Junior Parents:

Our class is still raising money to put on an exceptional prom! We have the middle school Valentine’s Dance coming up February 11th. Please sign up to donate food items below and thank you for supporting our class!

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Silk Road Simulation

Mrs. Johnson’s Global Studies class has been learning about the Qin and Han Dynasties of Ancient China. This week the classes “traveled” the Silk Road with products to trade. They learned that not only goods, but religion, culture and technology, as well as disease, were items that dispersed along this famous trade route.

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February Scholarship & Resources

February SLO Newsletter

Message from Administration

This week saw a couple of student assemblies that discussed student expectations and dress code for Rota MHS. Review the school website for any information regarding the dress code.

Edwin Caballero

DGF Rota Middle High School

Assistant Principal

Office: +34 956-82-4181

Direct: +34 956-82-4275


Dress Code Changes

You will notice STUCO posting Gender Neutral Dress Code Posters in the hallways and for your classrooms. STUCO worked with students and Administration in the creation of a non-gender targeting representation of our dress code in an easy visual model with neutral wording. These are designed intentionally not single out any one specific gender for dress code violations. Everyone has the same rules: Tops must reach from the top of the armpit to the top of the opposite armpit. Any sleeveless top must have 2” straps. Bottoms/shorts/skirts/dresses must reach mid-thigh, the torso must be covered at all times. Masks are mandatory as well.

We hope this makes referencing of our current dress code clear and concise for everyone.

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DGF Rota MHS Earns College Board AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award

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For Immediate Release: 1/27/2022

DGF Rota MHS Earns College Board AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award

Recognized for Closing the Gender Gap in AP Computer Science Principles

Rota,Spain─David Faragut Glasgow (Rota) Middle High School has earned the College Board AP® Computer Science Female Diversity Award for achieving high female representation in AP Computer Science Principles. Schools honored with the AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award have expanded girls’ access in AP computer science courses.

More than 1,000 institutions achieved either 50% or higher female representation in one of the two AP computer science courses or a percentage of the female computer science exam takers meeting or exceeding that of the school’s female population during the 2020-21 school year. In 2021, Rota MHS was one of 760 recognized in the category of AP Computer Science Principles (CSP).

“We’re thrilled to congratulate our female AP computer science students on this step toward gender parity in computer science education,” said Mr. Ramos (CS educator) “We’re honored that our school earned this distinction and look forward to seeing these young women and others pursue and achieve success in computer science education and careers.”

“By encouraging young women to study advanced computer science coursework, Rota MHS is closing the gap in computer science education and empowering young women to access the opportunities available in STEM career fields,” says Stefanie Sanford, College Board chief of Global Policy and External Relations. “Computer science is the foundation of many 21st- century career options, and young women deserve equal opportunities to pursue computer science education and drive technological innovation.”

The first year of AP Computer Science Principles in 2016-17 attracted more students than any other AP course debut, and participation is on the rise. In 2021, more than 116,000 students took the AP CSP Exam—more than double the number of exam takers in the course’s first year. In 2021, 39,218 women took the AP CSP Exam, nearly three times the number who tested in 2017.

Providing female students with access to computer science courses is critical to ensuring gender parity in the industry’s high-paying jobs and to driving innovation, creativity, and representation. The median annual wage for computer and information technology occupations was $91,250 in May 2020. However, a analysis of 2017 Bureau of Labor Statistics data finds women represent just 24% of the five million people in computing occupations. Computing jobs are the number one source of new wages in the U.S., although 67% of all new jobs in STEM are in computing, only 11% of STEM bachelor’s degrees are in computer science.

That’s why College Board research about AP CSP is so encouraging. According to the data, female students who take AP CSP in high school are more than five times as likely to major in computer science in college, compared to female students of similar background and academic preparation who did not take CSP. The study also finds AP CSP students are nearly twice as likely to enroll in AP CSA, and that for most students, AP CSP serves as a stepping stone to other advanced AP STEM coursework.

These findings highlight the importance of schools nationwide achieving gender parity in AP computer science classrooms. Overall, female students remain underrepresented in our high school computer science classes, accounting for just 34% of AP Computer Science Principles participants and 25% of AP Computer Science A partcipants. Currently, 51% of the nation’s high schools teach foundational computer science. The 1,020 schools that receive this year’s AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award serve as inspirations and models for all U.S. high schools
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Note from Ms. Nancy

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Your DGF MHS Military Family Life Counselor (MFLC).

To All Students, Parents and Faculty,

I’m writing this from my home in the UK and I want to inform you that I am temporarily working

remotely. Additionally, I want to send a special Shout Out to the SIXTH grade Lunch Bunch

Groups which have been affected. I have high hopes of resuming in the near future.

During the last week of school before the winter break, I had the unfortunate experience of

learning that my immigration status to remain in Spain was insufficient and I needed to leave

Rota. It all happened rather quickly and I did not have the time or opportunity to tell you.

As a professional counselor that is certainly not the way I wanted to model closure. Please

accept my sincerest apology and know that I did not intend to abandon school abruptly without

any explanation.

I am anxiously waiting for my paper work to get processed and I’d love to stay connected. I can

be reached on my temporary work phone, via WhatsApp, in order to set up a meeting time. I will

then send you a link and we can meet virtually even if it’s just to check in and say ‘hi’.

I am only one time zone away and would love to hear from you.

Meanwhile let’s do our best and continue to take good care of ourselves and look after one


As always please know that I am happy to answer any

questions that you may have. I Look forward to seeing

you soon…virtually.

Temporary Work Phone / WhatsApp +1 580 574 7327



Nancy Pedagno, LICSW

Military Family Life Counselor, MFLC

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SCHOLARSHIPS: Please see the Scholarship newsletter below

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Home Work Club

Homework Club meets from 3:00-4:30 on

Mondays in Room 146 (across from the Nurse's Office) and on Wednesdays in the Library!

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MHS Book Club Every Tuesday

Book Club will meet in the library on Tuesdays during both lunches starting the week after Thanksgiving Break. See you there!

Multi Cultural Club~ High School

Join us on Wednesdays for Multicultural Club in Ms. R Brown’s room, #147, during the second lunch. Bring your ideas and your smiles as we plan and organize activities to celebrate the diverse cultures that make us great. Open to all high school students.

Looking for an e-Tutor?

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Scholarship Information

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) provides more than 1,000 merit-based scholarships each year for U.S. high school students to study abroad for a summer or an academic year in over 25 countries. These high school exchange programs prepare young Americans to succeed in the 21st century’s global economy by developing their foreign language skills, increasing their cross-cultural understanding, strengthening their leadership capacity, and fostering new academic insights and ambitions.

The application periods open this fall for the following programs:

These scholarship programs cover international airfare, tuition, program costs, meals and living accommodations (often with a host family). The programs have no language prerequisites, except for certain Youth Ambassadors programs. Applicants must be between the ages of 15 and 18 when the program starts. The U.S. Department of State is particularly trying to reach young people who would not otherwise have the opportunity to participate in a study abroad experience.

Please share this information widely with teachers, students, parents, and others in your networks who may be interested in these opportunities.

For more information, please refer to their flyer or click here. Contact the U.S Department of State at with any questions or to request promotional printed materials.

Thank you for supporting ECA and the U.S. Department of State's effort to build mutual understanding between people and communities around the world.

Hey, Admirals! What is SAC?

A School Advisory Committee is a team of elected and standing members who advise and provide recommendations to the Principal regarding concerns from the school community on a variety of topics, such as:

· Administrative procedures affecting students

· Allocation of resources to achieve educational goals

· Educational resources

· Instructional programs

· Policies affecting students and parents

· Pupil Services

· School lunch programs

· School transportation

· Student standards of conduct and discipline

The SY 21-22 Admirals SAC team members are:

· Chairperson – Priscilla Caprio, Parent Rep

· Vice-Chairperson – Sue Padalino, Parent Rep

· Co-Secretary - Amber Lamers Eric, Parent Rep

· Co-Secretary - Angela Sinnott, Faculty Rep

· Sanda Colombo – Faculty Rep

· Billy James – Faculty Rep

· Kyra Hertz – Student Rep

· Randy Lambert – School Liaison Officer

· Stephanie M. El Sayed – Principal

Join us for our currently scheduled virtual SAC Meetings on Tuesdays, 7 December, 1 Feb, and 3 May, at, from 3:30-4:30.

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School Liaison Officer's Corner - Newsletter & Scholarship Opportunities

See the link to the SLO Down Newsletter for December:

Looking for Scholarships & Resources? Then visit

PSS Admirals - Join our Parent Group today!

It is our mission to build the very best school experience for every student. To do this we support academic activities for all students through assisting with clubs, testing snacks, scholarships for boys/girls state, and volunteer opportunities. We support our teachers through assistance with clubs, meals during teacher development, and gifts during teacher appreciation week. We believe in our students, in our teachers, and in our DoD school. We believe that by supporting our school we build our future.

The worldwide pandemic severely limited our efforts during the 2020-2021 school year, but as we look to the new school year we hope to be able to return to more supportive efforts. If you would like to have a chat with Kathryn Johnson or myself regarding ways to plug into DGF and the PSS Admirals, please reach out to us with your questions, comments, or feedback. We’d welcome your input.

You can find us via email or our Facebook page.

Facebook page: Rota PSS Admirals

SAT & PSAT Tests and Registration Dates

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Moving after May 9th? Please read

Students that are PCSing with official orders that will be in school through the full day May 9th are eligible for 2nd Semester Acceleration. This program will allow them to request their work early finish all necessary work and exams in order to leave the school with completed grades for the year. Please contact us asap if you will be interested for the application. Ideally 8 Weeks prior is the best time to apply for the program so that your student has ample time to finish all of their work prior to leaving.
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COVID-19 Operational Guidelines & Protocols

Face Coverings Required - Masks are a very important component of staying healthy and reduce the risk of acquiring the coronavirus. Gaiter neck scarves and masks with valves are not approved for mask-wearing by the CDC guidelines. Students and staff will be required to wear masks throughout the entire school day, with the exception during lunch, where students will maintain at least six feet away from one another.

Visitor & Volunteer Policy - Keeping students safe is our top priority. This requires reducing the number of visitors to the school campus and classrooms. Until further notice parent visitors and volunteers are not permitted on campus during the instructional day unless visiting the school on official business. Examples of official business include dropping off and picking up students outside of normal times, attending a scheduled appointment, or completing an errand at the main office. We look forward to when our school can reopen our doors to parents and other visitors. Thank you in advance for your understanding of this policy.

Below (see attachment) parents can find the complete DoDEA Covid-19 Operational Guidelines and Protocols document. Parents can also find more information about school operations in Covid-19 at

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Required Home-Based Screening Standard Acknowledgment Form

Every enrolled student is required to have a signed parental Home-Based Screening Standard Acknowledgment form on record prior to the first day of school.

*Please complete the attached form below and return it to the main office or email it directly to our fabulous School Nurse at

Parents, caregivers, or guardians will monitor their children for symptoms of infectious illness every day through home-based symptom screening via the Home-based Screening Standard Acknowledgment. The prescreening provides a vehicle to determine if individuals should be referred to a healthcare provider or quarantine based on symptoms and exposure, including close contact.

NOTE: If a student is sent to the nurse's office, whether self- or staff referred, the nurse will assess the student for possible signs and symptoms of COVID-19. A student who is sick, and not showing signs of COVID-19, will be sent home for at least 24 hours. A student showing possible signs and symptoms of COVID-19 may be out at least 48 hours, depending on the course of action by the parent. Siblings of students who are sent home with possible signs or symptoms of COVID-19 may also be sent home.

The school will take a conservative approach when assessing students. Therefore, it is important for parents to keep their students home when not feeling well. This will prevent the spread of germs and ensures students do not miss extended periods of school.


New Students - Parents of new students requesting bus service, need to stop by the transportation office. The transportation office is located in the main lobby of the elementary school. Staff will set up services and issue a bus rider pass for your child.

Returning Students - Parents of returning students, if already set up bus services last school year, will not need to come into the transportation office. Students will receive their bus rider pass on the bus on the first day of school. If there has been an address change, parents will need to come into the transportation office to update the address and to receive a new bus rider pass.

Bus Stops: The transportation office will send out bus stop and pick-up/drop-off information to parents no later than Tuesday, August 17th. This information will be sent to the parent email on file in the student information database. Please make sure your current contact information is correct.

COVID-19 Restrictions: Students are required to wear masks while riding on the school bus. Students are seated with siblings and socially distanced from other passengers.


Student Meal Program

Wonderful News! The free meal program is continuing for the 21-22 School year! Registration is now automatically coordinated so you no longer need to stop by the customer service at the NEX or the school. Please keep an eye out for your welcome letter in your primary email used to register in DORS.

~You will receive a welcome letter from LINQ asking you to create an account through Titan.

~The letter will have your Student Identification # and Pin number. Do not lose this letter!

~Follow the directions in the letter to sign up

~The District is Navy Exchange.

~A meal registration document guide is posted below.

What's For Lunch

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DoDEA Online Registration for Students (DORS)

The DoDEA Online Registration for Students (DORS) is currently available for families registering in schools serviced by the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA). DORS reduces manual forms and makes it easy for parents to register their children for school.

Parents can enroll new and returning students at

For complete information about the registration process, including eligibility and enrollment please go to

After you finish the Registration online please contact the School at 727-4183/ 956 82 4183 to finish the process. Or email

Contact US

School Website


Ms. Stephanie El Sayed

Assistant Principal

Mr. Edwin Caballero

Administrative Assistant

Mr. Manolo Sosa



Mrs. Tanya Maghanoy


Registrar VACANT

Please contact Secretary

Guidance Counselor 6th-8th

Ms. Pamela Webb


Guidance Counselor 9th-12th

Dr. Marcy Bond


School Nurse

Ms. Sanda Colombo



Ms. Adwoa Essel-Akoli "AJ"




Bell Schedule with Two Lunch Groups

1st Lunch is Middle School 6th through 9t

2nd Lunch is High School 10th -12th with select 9th graders in mixed classes such as gym.