SVHS Green and Gold
Dr. Cohen/Mr. Smith's Newsletter to the SVHS Community
June 6, 2021- Edition
WE'D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU!
WE'D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU! As we begin to welcome students and the community into Seneca Valley High School 2.0, we'd love to get feedback from you regarding your experience in our school. We aim to please you 100% of the time. However, if we fall short, we'd like to know so that we can improve. We will use the feedback you provide to congratulate successes of our staff and/or identify areas of growth. Please consider completing THIS brief form to provide us with your valuable feedback.
NEW: Virtual Academy Application process
Dear Parents and Guardians:
The 2021-2022 Virtual Academy Application process opened yesterday, June 2, and will close July 2. As a reminder, MCPS will provide an in-person, five-day-a-week schedule for students in the fall. This plan aligns with the resolution passed by the Maryland State Board of Education. We are pleased to also offer a full-time virtual learning program for students in kindergarten through Grade 12.
MCPS initially identified specific criteria for the Virtual Academy to ensure we meet the needs of students and remain aligned with guidance and feedback we received from stakeholders on the return to in-person learning for the upcoming school year. We have made several updates to the application to further clarify that qualifying extenuating circumstances can include physical and mental health-related reasons, as well as demonstrated student improvement during virtual learning.
We apologize for any confusion and encourage all families who feel this program will be a good fit for their child to apply and provide any available supporting materials. All applications will be reviewed and responses will be provided on a rolling basis.
MCPS will host parent information sessions next week to provide you with an opportunity to have questions answered about the Virtual Academy and the application process. A flyer with dates and times of the parent sessions will be shared with the community soon.
As a reminder, parents/guardians can submit an application by July 2 by:
· Applying on ParentVUE.
· Dropping off a paper application and supporting documentation at the summer school office, located in Room 110 at Carver Educational Services Center, 850 Hungerford Dr. in Rockville, between 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.
· Emailing the application form and supporting documentation to MoCoVirtual@mcpsmd.org.
· Calling the Community Hotline at 240-740-7020 between 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Monday-Friday (coming soon).
For more information and to complete an application, visit the Virtual Academy website: https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/virtualacademy/. Parents/guardians can also send questions/comments to MoCoVirtual@mcpsmd.org. Thank you for your continued support.
NEW: Student Service Learning Graduation Requirement
Student Service Learning Graduation Requirement
Middle school and high school students may continue earning Student Service Learning (SSL) hours towards their graduation requirement by participating in SSL opportunities during the summer. There are a number of traditional in-person opportunities and virtual/remote opportunities that follow the temporarily amended guidelines posted on the SSL webpage. Current fifth grade students may begin participating in SSL opportunities starting on Thursday, June 17.
Requisito de graduación de aprendizaje de servicio estudiantil (Student Service Learning‒SSL)
Los estudiantes de las escuelas de enseñanza media y las escuelas secundarias pueden continuar sumando horas de Aprendizaje de Servicio Estudiantil (SSL, por sus siglas en inglés) para cumplir su requisito de graduación, participando en oportunidades de SSL durante el verano. Hay una serie de oportunidades tradicionales presenciales y oportunidades virtuales/en remoto que siguen las directrices temporalmente modificadas publicadas en la página web de SSL. Los estudiantes que actualmente cursan el Grado 5 pueden comenzar a participar en las oportunidades de SSL a partir del jueves, 17 de junio.
NEW: Long-Range Plan Addresses Student Math Performance
Long-Range Plan Addresses Student Math Performance
Nationally, the COVID-19 pandemic has had the greatest impact on mathematics performance than any other content area. Intentional adjustments were made to the content and pacing of curriculum to adapt to the virtual schedule and to address unlearned content from the beginning of the pandemic. MCPS has developed a long-range plan to address this. More information is available below.
Plan a largo plazo aborda el rendimiento en matemáticas de los estudiantes
A nivel nacional, la pandemia de COVID-19 ha tenido un mayor impacto en el rendimiento de matemáticas que en cualquier otra área de contenido. Se hicieron ajustes intencionales al contenido y al ritmo del currículum para adaptarlos al horario virtual y abordar contenido no aprendido desde el inicio de la pandemia. MCPS ha desarrollado un plan a largo plazo para abordar esto. Hay más información disponible a continuación.
NEW: Support the 10th Annual Give BACKpacks Campaign
Support the 10th Annual Give BACKpacks Campaign
Join us as MCPS kicks off the 10th annual Give BACKpacks campaign to raise funds, and coordinate the distribution of backpacks and school supplies to students in MCPS schools.
For just $10, you can provide a student with a backpack filled with school supplies. MCPS places orders throughout the summer with a goal of providing as many students as possible with a backpack and school supplies at the start of the school year. June, July and August are critical months to place orders. MCPS has set a goal to raise $300,000 to purchase backpacks and school supplies for students across our school system. Help spread the word about this campaign by sharing the campaign flyer with colleagues, family, friends and community members. Every donation helps a student in need. Learn more about Give BACKpacks.
Apoye la décima campaña anual "Give BACKpacks"
Acompañe a MCPS en el lanzamiento de su décima campaña anual GIVE BACKPacks para recaudar fondos y coordinar la distribución de mochilas y útiles escolares a los estudiantes de las escuelas de MCPS.
Por una donación de tan sólo $10, usted podrá proveer a un estudiante con una mochila llena de útiles escolares. MCPS realiza pedidos durante todo el verano, con una meta de proveer una mochila con útiles escolares a tantos estudiantes como sea posible al comienzo del ciclo escolar. Los meses de junio, julio y agosto son críticos para hacer pedidos. MCPS se ha fijado el objetivo de recaudar $300,000 para comprar mochilas y útiles escolares para los estudiantes de todo nuestro sistema escolar. Ayude a hacer correr la voz sobre esta campaña, compartiendo el volante de la campaña con colegas, familiares, amigos y miembros de la comunidad. Cada donación ayuda a un estudiante necesitado. Conozca más detalles sobre GIVE BACKpacks.
NEW: This Week's Notes from the College & Career Center
This Week's Notes from the SVHS College & Career Center
Senior Surveys & Final Transcripts
Have you filled out your senior survey yet?? We need ALL seniors to fill out the senior survey in Naviance ASAP!! For those who have college acceptances and scholarships, please add this information when filling out your survey!
You must complete this survey in order for us to know where to send your Final Transcript!
PLEASE NOTE: Final Transcripts will not be available until mid-July. We will send once we receive from MCPS.
June 12 - Abbott & Fenner Scholarship - open to juniors & seniors; submit a 500-1000 word essay describing your educational career and life goals.
June 15 - Thomas W. Fisher Conservation & Environmental Studies Scholarship - 6-$2,000 awards; senior; pursuing their education in conservation or environmentally related disciplines; 500-word essay; two personal letters of reference reflecting your interest and involvement in conservation or environmentally oriented studies and activities; copy of transcript; successful applicants will be requested to attend a meeting of the Rockville Chapter IWLA to receive their scholarship awards.
June 15 (postmarked by) - P.O. Pistilli Undergraduate Scholarship - 2-7 $4,000 awards (renewable for up to 5 years); senior; from an underrepresented group (African-American, Hispanic, Native American, female, or disabled); resident of the United States. (U.S. Citizenship is not required); min 3.0 GPA; high interest and achievement in math and science courses; express strong desire to pursue a career in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering or Computer Science; financial need; involvement in activities associated with the underrepresented group which you represent; 3 letters of rec.; official transcript; ACT/SAT scores; copy of tax return; copy of FAFSA (see link for specifics); personal letter.
June 19 - BigSun Organization Scholarship - $500 award; senior; all student athletes are eligible regardless of the sport they are engaged in or the capacity in which they participate; write a short essay of 500-1,000 words on how sports has influenced you during high school.
June 25 - Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. Ethiopian Heritage College Scholarship - 1-$1,000 to $4,000 (max) award; senior; Ethiopian Heritage; attend a two- or four-year college or university full-time in the fall; official copy of your transcript; copy of an acceptance letter from college or university; list of community service provided, by date; essay about one of the three topics (400 words max); signed application and rules sheet; attend awards ceremony.
June 30 - Delete Cyberbullying Scholarship Award - $1,000 award; grades 10-12; U.S. Citizen or permanent resident; submit an essay of 500 words or less about cyberbullying.
June 30 - Cirkled In "No Sweat" Scholarship - $2,500 award; grades 8 - 12; must be at least 13 years old; legal U.S. or DC resident; create a free Cirkled In account; complete your portfolio; no essay or min. GPA requirement!
June 30 - Automotive Hall of Fame Scholarship - senior; U.S. Citizen or hold a Student Visa; min 3.0 GPA; attend college or trade school full-time in the fall; acceptance letter; transcript; sincere interest in an automotive career; 2 letters of rec.
June 30 - MC Foundation Scholarship - awards range from $500 - $2,500; for all graduating seniors planning to attend Montgomery College; complete this application in order to be considered for all scholarship opportunities!
Class of 2021 - Cap and Gown Pickup
Attention Graduating Seniors - caps and gowns can be picked in the auditorium (to the left of the cafeteria from the Wisteria Drive parking lot entrance) at the following times, starting on June 4. Remaining dates:
Tuesday, June 8th from 9am-3pm
Wednesday, June 9th from 10am-12pm
HBCU College Forum (From A Student's Perspective)
Description: HBCU Virtual Chat
Lean In and Hear From Your Peers
The Theta Omega Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., will be hosting a virtual HBCU Student Forum for High School Students. The forum will consist of students from various HBCUs discussing their HBCU experiences and providing insight to current High School Students as they prepare for College.
Class of 2022 - SVHS Rising Senior Meetings
Current juniors & parents/guardians are invited to attend one of these two identical, informational meetings to learn more about what to expect during senior year. The second meeting will take place on Tuesday, June 8 from 6pm - 7pm. Click here for the flyer.
The following topics will be covered:
Next year’s course requests and/or schedule information
IB/AP and Dual Enrollment information
Post-Secondary College & Career Opportunities
College Application Process
NCAA, Financial Aid/Fee Waiver Information
Summer Workshops!!! - Juniors/Rising Seniors
Get ready for Senior year by attending summer workshops! Take advantage of these virtual sessions to learn more about the college application process, testing strategies, finances, the military, and more! Click below to the list of workshops and register today!
Pre-College / Summer Program Opportunities
A pre-college summer program offers high school students the opportunity to take classes at a college and experience college life during the summer. Many programs offer a residential and commuter option. Students can stay in dorms with their peers, or they can commute from home if they live close to the college.
Summer Programs & Internships - List of summer programs and internships created by MCPS College & Career Information Coordinators.
Terp Young Scholars - Pre-College courses offered at the University of Maryland
REPEAT: Notice to Graduating Seniors - Downloading Google Data
Your Montgomery County Public Schools Google Suite account will become inactive on June 30, 2021. After June 30, you will no longer be able to check your Gmail or access Google Drive. It is recommended that you do a full data export from your Google Suite account using Google Takeout before June 30.
You can export and download your data from the Google products you use, like your email, calendar, and photos. In a few easy steps, create an archive to keep for your records or use the data in another service.
- Visit the Download your data page. You might have to sign in to your MCPS Google Account.
- Choose which Google products to include in your download. To see more details and options for a product, select the More Info link.
- Select Next Step.
- Select a delivery method. “Send download link via email” is the recommended option.
- Select Export Once.
- Select Create Export
When your archive is created by using one of these options, Google will email you a link to its location. Depending on the amount of information in your account, this process could take a few minutes or several hours. Most people get the link to their archive the same day that they request it.
Thank you and have a wonderful summer.
REPEAT: Note to the Class of 2021 and their Families:
Our 2021 graduation ceremony will be held in the Al Thomas Memorial Stadium at Seneca Valley High School on Monday, June 14, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. If there is inclement weather, the rain dates/times are Monday, June 14, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. and Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at 9:00 a.m.
Earlier this week, the Montgomery County Council lifted all restrictions on capacity, activities, and business operations as of May 28, 2021. Therefore, we are pleased to announce that each senior will be allotted six (6) tickets for guests to attend the ceremony, instead of the previously announced two (2) tickets. Graduates do not need a ticket and guest names will no longer be collected.
The increased number is based on the size of our graduating class and the capacity of our stadium. Please note that each guest attending the graduation ceremony must have a ticket in order to enter. Children of all ages count as guests and must have a ticket to enter as well. Tickets for graduation will be distributed with caps and gowns during our materials collection and distribution days noted below. There is no need to complete another survey. Every graduate will receive six (6) tickets. We will not be redistributing any unused or unclaimed tickets.
Senior Cap & Gown Distribution
Students must pick up their caps, gowns, and tickets from the school auditorium on the following dates and times:
June 4 - 9 am - 3 pm
June 8 - 9 am - 3 pm
June 9 - 10 am - 12 pm
Other items such as cords and awards will be distributed as well.
Students who have paid all financial obligations and returned all materials, including Chromebooks, will receive their diplomas immediately following the graduation ceremony. Students who have not, will have their diplomas mailed once a plan for reconciling these obligations has been mutually agreed upon.
If you have any questions, please contact your class sponsors, Ms. Lee Ann Wolfe or Mr. Jonathan Main.
REPEAT: LGBTQ+ Youth Sports Field Day
Below, you will find the LGBTQ+ Youth Sports Field Day event flier.
This event is sponsored by Unmatched Athlete, a Maryland-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the mission to encourage LGBTQ+ and ally youth between the ages 5 - 18 years old to engage in sports and fitness. They will be holding a KanJam tournament and soccer drills for youth and adults to play and have fun for free! Allied youth and adults are welcome to attend too. The event will be held at the UA Field House at Fayette with Living Classrooms, Under Armour and Leveling the Playing Field as the sponsors.
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."
REMINDER: Where do I go for help?
We are here to support you in any way that we can. for more information about who to go to for the most commonly asked questions, please visit this link. There you will find resources for the topics listed below. We will continue to add to this list as needs evolve.
- Community Resources
- Wellness Resources
- Student Support
- Class Sponsors
- Technology Reminders
- Ask Your Librarian
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: https://svhs.spiritsale.com (T-shirts, sweatshirts, lounge pants, fleece jackets, and masks)
SVHS Spirit Wear can also be purchased at the following sites.
Want a SVHS License Plate? Please visit the School website for details. https://www2.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/schools//senecavalleyhs/about/ptsa/spiritsales/
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