Principal's Update

The Maury Commodore Report December 1, 2020

Dear Commodore Family,


I hope that you have had a restful break and an opportunity to enjoy time with family, and that this newsletter finds you and your loved ones healthy and safe.


Quarter 2 is underway and our entire staff is working diligently to support you and your student. Report cards have been mailed and should arrive soon. If your student was not successful first quarter, it is not too late to for them to improve their grade. We ask that you help us support our students by ensuring that they attend class daily and that they complete and submit assignments on time. Encourage your student to seek help when needed and to ask about their grades. Please check ParentVue regularly and don't hesitate to email your student’s teachers with questions and/or for support if needed. We are all here to help!


Winter sports start this month. If your student would like to try out for a winter sport, please ensure that they have met all of the requirements to participate. See the information in our Maury Commodore Sports section below.


Finally, we would like to extend well-deserved congratulations to all of our Quarter 1 Honor Roll students. Keep up the great work!


Remember, we are all in this online learning adventure together! If I can provide any additional support or answer any other questions, please let me know.


Sincerely,


Ms. Berg

Maury Principal

TEXTBOOK DISTRIBUTION

WARM THANKS!

Warm thanks to Maury staff and teachers who participated in the textbook distribution event that took place the week of 11/16 despite the freezing cold weather. Approximately 300 students showed up to pick up their books. Every department was well represented to support the students. Thanks again to Ms. Otto, Ms. Dingle, Ms. Swenson, Ms. Martin, Ms. Shook, Ms. Newman, Ms. Merritt, Ms. D. Allen, Ms. Mitchell, Ms. Pasko, Mr. O'Malley, Ms. Forbes, Ms. Bratten, Ms. Hess, Ms. Christie, Mr. Lawrence, Mr. Price, Ms. Lewis, Ms. Biddlingmeier, Mr. Knight, Ms. Cannon, Ms. Scott, Ms. Kershasky, Ms. Snelling, Ms. Johnson, Ms. Rascoe, Mr. Fox, and Ms. Zablocki.


For those students, whose teacher requested books but the student missed the opportunity to pick books up, they can send an email to kallen@nps.k12.va.us. Email should include the student's first and last name, the course, and the teacher. Expect a two-day turnover time.

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SCHOOL BOARD ADVISORY COMMITTEES

Join a School Board Advisory Committee


The School Board of the City of Norfolk is accepting applications for the following Advisory Committees (Special Education, Gifted Education, Career and Technical Education and the School Health Advisory Council) to receive valuable input and advisement to support Norfolk Public Schools and the School Board.


Applicants for citizen member positions must be residents of the City of Norfolk. However, committee members appointed to fill positions that represent related governmental bodies, agencies, service organizations or businesses are not required to reside in the City of Norfolk, preference may be granted to this group of applicants who are also residents of the City of Norfolk.


Individuals interested in serving on an Advisory Committee, click on the link (https://www.npsk12.com/Page/17364) to view the full description of “BCF. Advisory Committees to the School Board and BCF-R Regulation of School Board/Advisory Committees to the School Board” to learn more information. For a full description of the Advisory Committees or to complete an online application, click on the links below:


Special Education Advisory Committee:

https://www.npsk12.com/site/Default.aspx?PageID=14632


Gifted Education Advisory Committee:

https://www.npsk12.com/site/Default.aspx?PageID=14633


Career and Technical Education Advisory Committee: https://www.npsk12.com/site/Default.aspx?PageID=14634


School Health Advisory Council:

https://www.npsk12.com/site/Default.aspx?PageID=14635


Applications for appointment to School Board Advisory Committee positions that are currently open must be submitted no later than December 9, 2020. Selected members for each committee will be asked to serve for a three year term.


Visit our School Board Advisory Committee website at https://www.npsk12.com/Page/14631 for more information.

CONGRATULATIONS TO MAURY NJROTC!

Warm congratulations to Maury NJROTC! Cadets completed the Level One Joint Leadership Academic Bowl via Zoom. The Maury NJROTC Unit Academic Team, led by Cadet Alex Strong, was part of their first completion of the year. The teams performed well. Team One had a score of 83% and Team Two had a score of 78%. Cadets are looking forward to scoring high enough to move up to level two. Below are the teams' and Cadets' names.


Team One:

Cadet Alex Strong

Cadet Cassidee Bailey

Cadet Alden Rhodes

Cadet Tori Hubbard

Cadet Legend Grace


Team Two:

Cadet John Peck

Cadet James Baxter

Cadet Paris Barnes

Cadet Nevia Porter

Cadet Morgan Quevedo-Musashi

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE MAURY 2020-21 NEWLY ELECTED FBLA OFFICERS!

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CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2020-21 NHS INDUCTEES!

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MHSP ANNUAL WHITE SHIRT CEREMONY

The MHSP Annual White Shirt Ceremony honoring program seniors will take place virtually on Thursday, December 17th at 6 p.m (check the Maury webpage for the link)


This yearly tradition was modeled after the White Coat Ceremony each medical student experiences as they start medical school. During the medical student white coat ceremony, professors help the students don the white coat, a symbol and honor of the medical profession. The recitation of the Hippocratic Oath takes place as medical students begin their four-year journey of rigorous learning.


In a regular school year, there is an all-program White Shirt Ceremony assembly where each senior is recognized by the program faculty. They wear the specially designed white shirts gifted to honor their senior standing and recognize their achievement to this point. Once the recognition is completed, they recite the student Hippocratic Oath for the first time. It is a milestone all program students look forward to attaining. One student is selected by the program teachers for the prestigious "Spirt of the Oath" award. The keynote speaker each year is the recipient from last year's graduating class.


In lieu of the live ceremony, the virtual program Thursday December 17th at 6 p.m. will mark this passage. We know this is a very small acknowledgment of these students and are hoping to have a live graduation ceremony in May.

UNDERCLASSMEN PICTURES

Maury cannot have a picture day until students return to school. Given the uncertainty of when this might occur, here is a backup plan. Send a picture of yourself to mauryhsyearbook@gmail.com. We would also like students (including seniors) to send a selfie of themselves wearing a mask. The best will go on the cover of the yearbook! If you are still interested in getting a professional picture, Hayne Photographers offers a makeup picture session at their studios. A $25.00 sitting fee applies, but it is applied to the purchase of a portrait package. Anyone who purchases pictures each year may be interested in this. Haynes Photographers will make sure we receive the pictures.

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WINTER SPORTS TRYOUTS

Basketball tryouts start on December 7th. Swimming and Wrestling tryouts start December 14th. If your student is interested in trying out for a winter sport, please make sure they have met all of the requirements to participate including a valid physical dated after May1,2020, a signed concussion letter, and a signed COVID-19 letter. More information is provided in our sports section below.

ATHLETIC RETURN/COVID INFORMATION

After the video, a parent/athlete letter will appear. READ, PRINT and SIGN the letter acknowledging Covid19 information. This letter must be returned to the school’s athletic director before the student athlete is allowed to participate.

NEED A CONCUSSION FORM?

After the video, a parent/athlete letter will appear. READ, PRINT and SIGN the letter acknowledging concussion information. This letter must be returned to the school’s athletic director before the student athlete is allowed to participate.

NEED A PHYSICAL?

We will update everyone on when we will be able to host onsite physicals. In the meantime student athletes are encouraged to visit their family physician or they could visit Velocity Urgent Care to have a physical completed.

NPS Now Sports: Return to Athletics

HOLIDAY TOY DRIVE!

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CLASS OF 2024 PET SUPPLY DRIVE

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UPDATE YOUR INFORMATION IN SYNERGY!

Dear parents and students,

For parents not receiving robocalls, you need to be sure phone numbers are correct in synergy (aka parentvue). Click on the link below and update your information if you have already not done so. We would like to make sure that we have the most up-to-date information in synergy.

Thank you.

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ATTENDANCE MATTERS!

It is important for your child to attend their virtual classes every day. When a student misses a significant amount of school, even if the absences are excused, he or she misses critical instructional time and learning opportunities. This often has long- term, negative effects on a child, such as lower achievement and a greater chance of not graduating on time.


Attendance is part of the state accreditation status. In order to remain fully accredited, students must attend their virtual classes every day.


Questions? Contact our attendance technician, Ms. Edwards at kedwards@nps.k12.va.us

or Mr. Lawrence at hlawrence@nps.k12.va.us

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SCHOOL MEALS

Any person under the age of 18 may pick up a meal. Meals may be picked up at Maury High School in the administrative parking lot, off of Shirley Avenue where it meets Botetourt Gardens by the football field in the back. Click here for a map.


Meals are distributed daily, Monday-Friday from 3:00-5:00 inside the school’s cafeteria and cover supper for that night and breakfast, lunch, and a snack for the following day. Supper will be served hot while other meals will be a mixture of pre-packaged, ready to eat items as well as "heat and eat" items. Meal bags will come with preparation, food safety, and allergy information.


Additionally, when picking up meals please wear a mask per Governor Northam’s Executive Order 61 and observe social distancing practices inside the school building.


Families can find more information on School Nutrition's website below.

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DECEMBER

Friday, December 11th - Interim 2 Progress Grades Close

Monday, December 21st - Friday, January 1st - Winter Break

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ASYNCHRONOUS WEDNESDAYS

Asynchronous Wednesdays are considered school days. Asynchronous Wednesdays can be either Even(B) or Odd(A). Just follow the E-O block schedule below. Teachers will take attendance by requiring students to complete attendance assignment forms. Please make sure your student completes their attendance forms for each class. Asynchronous Wednesdays would be a great time for your student to complete missing work, to reach out to their teacher(s), their guidance counselor or even a club sponsor.

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ATTENTION SENIORS!

Seniors should have already submitted senior quotes and selfies for the Class of 2021 picture. To date, only one senior has submitted a selfie. Seniors should stand on grass, hold a phone above their heads, and look up at the camera. Take the picture, and send it to mauryhsyearbook@gmail.com. You can also submit a Class of 2021 selfie via webform. The yearbook staff will take all the pictures, and compile them in numeric formation to appear in the 2021 yearbook. Seniors can consult the Class of 2021 Yearbook Information sheet. Seniors who get their formal pictures taken before we return to school may submit their baby pictures for the yearbook free of charge. Just send the picture to mauryhsyearbook@gmail.com.

MAURY 2021 YEARBOOK WORDPRESS

Stay informed about the yearbook here.

SENIOR PICTURES

Senior Portraits Seniors may arrange to have their senior portraits taken at the Hayne Photographers studios, located at 4522 Pleasant Ave #A, Norfolk, VA 23518. Their phone number is 757-201-7973. You may book a time online

SOL TERM GRAD TESTING (only for those who plan to graduate this year)

January 7-22 for 1st timers, Retesters, and TG


January 25-28 TG


January 25-29 TG Expedited Retakes


Please email mbaker@nps.k12.va.us for more information.

TIS THE SEASON TO BUY A YEARBOOK!

The early bird yearbook sale has been extended through the end of December! Order your yearbook for just $45.00. That's $15.00 off the full price. Yearbooks may be ordered online at the Pictavo site.

BUY YOUR YEARBOOK HERE!

Enter code: 92090

MHS GIFTED/ACADEMIC RIGOR REMIND

Join Maury High School’s Gifted/Academic Rigor Remind to get the latest information about program opportunities, upcoming events, and other resources targeted for gifted and high-ability students.


Two ways to join…

Text @gifted1911 to 81010 (or text @gifted1911 to 1-754-220-7861)

Go to www.remind.com/join/gifted1911


Questions? Email Tanya Scott… tscott1@nps.k12.va.us

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ATTENTION JUNIORS AND SENIORS!

Check out this website below for lots of student workshops related to the college admissions/application process.
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SCHOLARSHIP STATION

This Web site will help both parents and students locate and acquire college scholarships.

NEED HELP OR HAVE ISSUES LOGGING IN?

Please feel free to email our technology helpdesk representative, Ms. Hess, at jhess@nps.k12.va.us.
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AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES

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"Please join us for our first Operation Smile meeting on Thursday 12/10 at 2:10. The link will be posted on Google Classroom and sent via Remind.com. Hope to see you there. Join us at Google Classroom (classroom.google.com) and sign in using the code: clt4drz and Remind by texting @mhsopsmile to 81010

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CLASS SPONSORS

CLASS OF 2021 Janita Hess and Justin Husser

jhess@nps.k12.va.us

jbrown2@nps.k12.va.us


CLASS OF 2022 Sarah Snelling and Amanda Tabb

ssnelling@nps.k12.va.us

atabb@nps.k12.va.us


CLASS OF 2023 Marisa Biddlingmeier

mbiddlingmeier@nps.k12.va.us


CLASS OF 2024 Emily Forbes

eforbes@nps.k12.va.us

Join Remind for updates and information text @86dg29 to 81010 @86dg29 to 81010

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Maury PTSA

Please, get involved. You and your student(s) can join the PTSA by following this link:

https://maury.new.memberhub.store/


You can also follow us on Instagram @maury_ptsa


The Maury PTSA officers:

Tamara Haines, President

Lori Rattan, Vice President

Carter Smith, Treasurer

Terry Grossman, Secretary

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WANT MORE MAURY NEWS?

Facebook—https://www.facebook.com/Maury1911

Twitter—@Maury19111

Webpage: https://www.npsk12.com/mhs

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HARRIS TEETER

Harris Teeter’s Together In Education program gives schools a chance to earn funds when you link your VIC card and shop Harris Teeter brands. Harris Teeter has donated over $27.4 million to Together In Education schools since 1998!

When you shop Harris Teeter brands, a percentage of your purchase is donated to the school that your VIC card is linked to. There are NO LIMITS to how much a school can earn.

Please remember to link your card every year and THANK YOU.

SAT AND ACT INFORMATION

When should you take the SAT? Watch the video below to find out!

Click on the link below to find out when the exam is given.


Do you want to take the ACT? Click on the link to find information on it!

https://youtu.be/b-GHyA6Ebec
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DRIVE FOR FIVE

This year NPS is striving to ensure we provide equity and excellence for All! Please take a moment and read Dr. Byrdsong's plan for achieving this goal with NPS' Drive for Five!


DRIVE FOR FIVE!

"Five Goals for Achieving Equity and Excellence for All..."

First, we will work to improve students' academic performance and we will work to integrate social-emotional learning into daily instruction.


Second, we will attract and retain highly qualified, effective teachers to teach our students.


Third, we will commit to improving our aging infrastructure so that our students are educated iin school buildings that are worthy of them.


Fourth, we will be more purposeful and strategic in developing and sustaining effective partnerships with our families and other community stakeholders.


Fifth, we will be more intentional in our efforts to foster a division-wide culture of caring.

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MAURY HAS C.L.A.S.S.

COMMODORES LEARNING BY ASKING, SHARING, AND SHOWING

"Maury High School is committed to a school-wide focus of effective questioning strategies, cooperative learning, and modeling that will encourage and promote

all students to be active in the teaching and learning process.”

Questions?

If you have any questions, concerns, issues, etc. that you need help with, please email Ms. Berg.

CONTACT LIST

Principal

Karen Berg kberg@nps.k12.va.us


Assistant Principals

Kristen Allen kallen@nps.k12.va.us

Christine Bouziane cbouziane@nps.k12.va.us

Tamara Dunn tdunn@nps.k12.va.us

Rodney Mangum rmangum@nps.k12.va.us


School Counselors

Zuri Cannon-Department Chair zcannon@nps.k12.va.us

Serge Bengono sbengono@nps.k12.va.us

Anne Christie MHSP achristie@nps.k12.va.us

Sammie Logan slogan@nps.k12.va.us

Stanley Jones sjones2@nps.k12.va.us

Cornel Parker coparker@nps.k12.va.us

Theresa Rave trave@nps.k12.va.us

Sheena Cox-Transcript Analyst scox1@nps.k12.va.us


Department Chairs

CTE –Allison Copeland acopelan@nps.k12.va.us

English – Wendy Dingle wdingle@nps.k12.va.us

Foreign Language –Emily Forbes eforbes@nps.k12.va.us

Fine Arts – Ryan Featherer rfeatherer@nps.k12.va.us

Health/PE – Jennifer Parker jparker@nps.k12.va.us

History – Helen Martin hmartin@nps.k12.va.us

Math – Kaleem Morris kmorris@nps.k12.va.us

Science- Donna Mitchell dmitchell1@nps.k12.va.us

Special Education Katie Lewis kflewis@nps.k12.va.us


Tanya Scott- Department of Academic Rigor

-Gifted Education/

Identification

-Governor's School for the Arts Liaison

tscott@nps.k12.va.us