SY 21-22 Admirals Updates
VOL 22 -March 2022
Black History Library Scavenger Hunt Winners
These are the winners of the Black History Month scavenger hunt in the library!
We had 57 kids enter the contest!!! They used ipads and QR codes to find books and information related to Black History Month.
Victoria Horton (1st place team)
Ana Westberg (1st place team)
Lexi Rice (1st place team)
Willa Sargeant (first to complete the contest)-no need to send/she picked hers up
Jules Maruska--no need to send/she picked hers up
Journey Glasgow (no need to send-I've already seen her today)
Happy St. Patrick's Day
Educators Rising Conference 2022
In January, the Educators Rising Club had our conference and final competitions. Mckenna Sachs, Presley Sachs, Victoria Bonavita, Elsie Bond, Lauren Dannels, Rebekah Lamers, Rachel Owins, Ella Scrivener, and Mayra Segura-Lopez had an awesome day of learning at our virtual conference- attending workshops, engaging in fun and rigorous activities, and learning the ins and outs of being an effective and culturally responsive educator.
We also placed in several competitions! Please wish these club members congratulations when you see them- Lauren Dannels and Rachel Owins placed 2nd in Scrapbook; Mckenna Sachs, Presley Sachs, and Rebekah Lamers placed 2nd in the PSA; and Presley Sachs placed 1st in Lesson Planning! Mckenna was also chosen to be on the Educators Rising Executive Board with students from other DoDEA schools, which will oversee the planning and execution of next year’s conference- hopefully in person! Be sure to wish all of our club members congratulations on a job well done for all of our competitions and learning a lot at this year’s conference. And if you’re interested in being in Educators Rising next year, let one of us know!
Glow Party ELA 8
Ms. Chavez’s LA 8 class finished reading The Giver by Lois Lowry, and wrote their own endings. If you’ve ever read The Giver, you know why (and if you haven’t- you should read it)! They focused their endings on the narrative writing standards, using imagery, figurative language, the five senses, tone, mood, and character development. They were so good, that we had to have a Glow Party! At the Glow Party, students shared their writing with each other, and gave each other “glows,” or positive feedback, looking for those narrative elements mentioned above. Students used highlighters, black light flashlights, and glow sticks to make it fun. Students’ glows were specific and relevant, and they enjoyed reading their peers’ work. We had a blast!
NJROTC Annual Military Inspection (AMI)
Dear Rota Admirals Community,
The DGF Rota's NJROTC Unit conducted its Annual Military Inspection (AMI) yesterday. More than just a gathering of the cadets together as a group and looking proud in their uniforms, the AMI serves as NJROTC's "Summative Assessment" for the year. It is the culmination of many months (years for the upperclassmen) of knowledge acquisition, confidence building and critical thinking development. I am pleased to report that our Unit passed this inspection with flying colors! Senior Chief James and I would like to take total responsibility for this success but we know we were not alone. Our entire school community was instrumental in this success! During the hour-long briefing with the Inspecting Officer retired Navy Captain Brent Canaday, the nine cadets in leadership positions spoke intelligently, confidently and with distinction. They were prepared and organized with their written materials and thoughtful with their responses to his questions. During the full unit formation, Captain Canaday inspected and spoke with cadets on all academic levels and was extremely impressed! Their presence, focus and determination were a result of ALL of our contributions to make OUR students the best!
On behalf of Senior Chief James, the NJROTC Cadets and I, thank you.
Jr. S2S Meeting Student Activity - Budgeting
Table with 2 students seated:
Left Ariana Ngo
Right: Benjamin Clark
Student seated alone: Julianna Meehan
Ms. Meli sharing how important budgeting is with the Junior S2S Admiral Ambassadors
Multi Cultural Club
**All students interested in joining the Multicultural Club please go to room 147 during second lunch on Tuesdays! Don’t miss out on all the fun in Multicultural Club………..
Artist Corner-Black History Month
Deavin Pitts, 12th grade
Clay, underglaze, glaze
My inspiration for this art piece was my imagination. My art is a mask of my face, and since it is my face, I decided to give it two of the defining qualities I feel I have as my personality. The center line isn't straight down the middle because just like me, there is a little more to one side than the other. The defining qualities that I tried to perceive is how I grew up being mixed with white and black. As I was growing up, each side wanted to dominate, like each side was trying to get me to other side; as a result, I am the person you see today who is a mix of both, never really going to either side. I have both experiences in my mind and that helps me further my understanding of both sides.
Artist Corner Black History Month
HeLa Around the World
Mckenna Sachs, 10th grade
In my artwork, I wanted to show the global reach that Henrietta Lacks' cells have had. In the background are the continents full of her cells carved into the plate, while the foreground is a portrait of Lacks raised above the plate using bas relief. Lacks’ face is also painted with bright colors. The texture and color help to place emphasis on the face. I want people to see the entire world to show the large impact Lacks had, but the viewer’s eyes should be drawn back to the face. The effect of this is to remember Lacks for who she was, as a human, and to give her some ownership of her cells that were stolen from her. The strengths of the work are the differences in subtractive and additive clay work and the contrast in color. The historical context that influenced me as an artist is that Lacks never got any credit and her family got no compensation for the work done by cells taken without her consent. The subject matter is a portrait with landscape in the background. I drew upon elements of postmodernism and was inspired by the color palettes of Andy Warhol.
EQUITY, ACCESS & MINDSET INITIATIVE
I W. I. S. H.
(My Ideal School)
What would your ideal school look like? For those of you who are hoping for change,
we are providing a venue to voice your ideas. We would like you to take time to
reimagine what school could be for you, as a student, parent, or community member.
Once we receive your brilliant ideas, we will share them with stakeholders who we
hope can effectively implement change.
Use the “I wish…” prompt to choose a category. Then create something to show your
wish. You can use the category and question to guide you, but you don’t have to stick to
just one focus! Be creative and dream big!
How would you get your voice heard at school for yourself and/or others?
How could you express your opinions respectfully?
What would make school better for you?
What kind of learning environment would you like to see?
What would help you be more successful at school?
Safety for All:
How could school be safe for all?
What would make you feel accepted at school?
What would a healthy school look like for you? (mentally, physically, environmentally,
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Who can participate? Students, Parents, Classes, Staff, and Other Community
What types of products can I submit? You can show us your “I wish…” in any way, but
here are some ideas in case you are stuck: video, podcast, poster, comic book,
song/song lyrics, poem, skit, collage, painting, dance, any art form, any written
expression. This can be an individual, group, or even family project. Get creative and
When are products due?: APRIL 13, 2022
How do I submit my product?
Digital products: MARLA.ECHOLS@STUDENT.DODEA.EDU Or
Physical products: EMAIL (above emails) to set up a location/time for drop off.
2022 Girls Who Code Summer Programs Application
Girls Who Code offers two FREE programs in the summer: the Summer Immersion Program and the Self-Paced Program. Applicants can apply for BOTH programs, if eligible, using this application. However, students can only participate in one Summer Program.
Black History Month Rota DGF
Celebrate Black History Month at the DGF Library!
Students can participate in the Black History Month scavenger hunt in the library throughout the month of February. Students should come in during lunch or seminar, check out a library iPad, scan a QR code, and fill out the contest questions using Google Docs. We already have some entries with 100% correct. Prizes will be announced at the beginning of March. There's still time to enter the contest!
Free Tutoring for Military Families
Tutor.com 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 - tutor.com is now on the ACL!
Families can register at http://military.tutor.com/home
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.
Advisor of National Junior Honor Society
Advisor of National Honor Society
March Formal Donations Needed Please!
The DGF Student Council is asking for donations for our March 12 Formal Dance at the school. Please use the sign-up Genius link to donate water, soda, napkins, paper plates, snacks or other items.
Your donation is greatly appreciated!
Drop off at the front office or room #31
February Scholarship & Resources
February SLO Newsletter
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.
Note from Ms. Nancy
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
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
Temporary Work Phone / WhatsApp +1 580 574 7327
Nancy Pedagno, LICSW
Military Family Life Counselor, MFLC
SCHOLARSHIPS: Please see the Scholarship newsletter below
Looking for an e-Tutor?
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 https://meet.google.com/cki-vksf-rhf, from 3:30-4:30.
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
Moving after May 9th? Please read
Please Contact Anna.email@example.com
A SAFE & HEALTHY RETURN TO SCHOOL
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 https://www.dodea.edu/covid-operations.cfm.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
FOR MORE SCHOOL BUS INFORMATION, CONTACT
Ms. Adwoa Essel-Akoli "AJ"
Student Meal Program
~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
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 https://www.dodea.edu/DORS/index.cfm.
For complete information about the registration process, including eligibility and enrollment please go to https://www.dodea.edu/registration-process.cfm
After you finish the Registration online please contact the School at 727-4183/ 956 82 4183 to finish the process. Or email email@example.com
Mr. Edwin Caballero
Mr. Manolo Sosa
Mrs. Tanya Maghanoy
Ms. Anna Ringer
Guidance Counselor 6th-8th
Ms. Pamela Webb
Guidance Counselor 9th-12th
Dr. Marcy Bond
Ms. Sanda Colombo
Ms. Adwoa Essel-Akoli "AJ"
Bell Schedule with Two Lunch Groups
2nd Lunch is High School 10th -12th with select 9th graders in mixed classes such as gym.