SY 21-22 Admirals Updates

VOL 23 -April 2022- Month of the Military Child

ROM Guidance

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DoDEA Europe EMS Robotics Competition

Congratulations to our Middle School Robotics teams that participated in the DoDEA-Europe EMS Robotics Competition in sectional rounds on Monday, March 21st and the championship on Wednesday, March 23rd. Six Rota Middle School teams participated in the event which hosted over 180 teams from all over Europe. Team MALD went on to the championship and placed 10th place overall. Great job everyone!!

Team Dave – Jeremy Morse & Parker Vandergrifft

MALD – Brian Correa & Brandon Luna

The Odd Squad – Ariel Macias, Bryce McCormick, Eva Nwosu & Natalie Ryder

Happy Face – Parker Mueller

Battle Bot Not – Lane Horton & Zac Van Slyke

The Pitbulls – Danielle Grimm, Victoria Horton & Ana Westberg

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Our biggest and best Yearbook ever is now available to order online:

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Art Club Drawing Contest Winner!

Congratulations to Eiva Maizano for winning the Art Club drawing contest for a character figure. There was strong competition! In April, submit an avatar or artwork/portrait of a teacher!

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Clay Mask

Alyssa Velazquez has finished her incredibly detailed ceramic mask.

Alyssa Velasquez, 9th grade


To show my understanding of human proportions, I made a mask. The theme I chose for my mask was Mardi Gras, which occurs in the spring. Mardi Gras masks usually include feathers, jewels, and flowers. I wanted to focus on the idea of spring and flowers. On the top half of my mask are dead and withering flowers. This half represents the flowers in the winter when all the vegetation starts to die because it is colder and the sun isn't out as long. I also included a worm to represent decomposition because worms play a part in putting dead matter back into the earth. The bottom half of my mask has thriving flowers to represent the rival of the vegetation in the spring when the sun is out longer and it starts to get warmer. Instead of a worm, I placed a butterfly to represent life and pollination. The butterfly helps other flowers grow while also using the nectar for its own needs.

To make the dead flowers, I rolled clay off my fingers to get rough edges and somewhat sad looking petals. To show the variety of flower species I used different techniques. For the live flowers, I formed the petals instead of rolling them off my fingers to create a soft edge. I curved my live petals and leaves upward and the dead flower petals downward to show depth and realism. For my subject matter, I observed life around me instead of photo material. I found that photo material wasn't as helpful because I couldn't see the dimensions and layers of the flowers.

I wanted my piece to depict that the cycle of life is always continuous and that although something may be dead in the present it will come back one way or another.

Expressionistic Portraits

6th graders have been learning how to draw faces in proportion in these expressionistic portraits!

Art Club


Cubism is a style of art which aims to show all of the possible viewpoints of a person or an object all at once. It is called Cubism because the items represented in the artworks look like they are made out of cubes and other geometrical shapes.
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April -Month of the Military Child

To celebrate and recognize our military children and youth during April- ‘Month of the Military Child,’ the Rota/ Sigonella Embry- Riddle Aeronautical Campuses, in collaboration with Mrs. Taryn Rimland, Program and Adult Development Manager for Girl Scouts Overseas in Europe, and Dr. Amaya Davis, NASA Ambassador and adjunct assistant professor with Embry-Riddle, are proudly presenting 2 virtual sessions Saturday, April 16.

In collaboration with Solar System Ambassador and Embry- Riddle alumnus Victor Blome, Dr. Davis will present on the topic of Women in Space and feature their journey into rewarding STEM careers.

Girls and boys are welcome to attend!

*A few days prior to the event, registered attendants will receive the Zoom link to enter and live attend the virtual presentations.

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NJHS and NHS Elected officers

Congratulations to the elected officers of the National Junior Honor Society

Fleur Eaton President

Ronald Ryder Vice President

Katherine Fleming Secretary

Olivia Bussey Treasurer

Brian Mullins Parliamentarian

Congratulations to the elected officers of the National Honor Society.

Colin Clark President

Isaac Hagood Vice President

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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!

World Citizen:

How would you get your voice heard at school for yourself and/or others?

How could you express your opinions respectfully?

Ideal School:

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?

Healthy Living:

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

have fun!

When are products due?: APRIL 13, 2022

How do I submit my product?



Physical products: EMAIL (above emails) to set up a location/time for drop off.

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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.

The Summer Immersion Program (SIP) is a live, virtual, 2-week introductory computer science course for current eligible 9th, 10th, and 11th grade US students and international students ages 14-18. SIP participants learn web development with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript while getting an inside look into the tech industry through incredible company partners. In addition to a completely free program, we offer grants up to $500 and tech support for qualifying students.

The Self-Paced Program is a 6-week flexible computer science course for current eligible 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade US students (including SIP alumni and graduating seniors) and international students ages 14-18 who prefer not to adhere to a set schedule. Self-Paced Program participants can choose to earn beginner-level badges in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript for web development or an intermediate-level badge in Python for cybersecurity. Students will also have the opportunity to build community through weekly live advisory sessions and Girls Who Code activities.

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

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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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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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!

Looking for an e-Tutor?

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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

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.

Please Contact

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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.



Ms. Adwoa Essel-Akoli "AJ"


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



Assistant Principal

Mr. Edwin Caballero

Administrative Assistant

Mr. Manolo Sosa



Mrs. Tanya Maghanoy



Ms. Anna Ringer


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.

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