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.
For those students, whose teacher requested books but the student missed the opportunity to pick books up, they can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Email should include the student's first and last name, the course, and the teacher. Expect a two-day turnover time.
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:
Gifted Education Advisory Committee:
Career and Technical Education Advisory Committee: https://www.npsk12.com/site/Default.aspx?PageID=14634
School Health Advisory Council:
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.
Cadet Alex Strong
Cadet Cassidee Bailey
Cadet Alden Rhodes
Cadet Tori Hubbard
Cadet Legend Grace
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!
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2020-21 NHS INDUCTEES!
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.
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 email@example.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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
HOLIDAY TOY DRIVE!
CLASS OF 2024 PET SUPPLY DRIVE
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
or Mr. Lawrence at email@example.com
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.
Friday, December 11th - Interim 2 Progress Grades Close
Monday, December 21st - Friday, January 1st - Winter Break
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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)
Questions? Email Tanya Scott… email@example.com
ATTENTION JUNIORS AND SENIORS!
This Web site will help both parents and students locate and acquire college scholarships.
NEED HELP OR HAVE ISSUES LOGGING IN?
AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES
"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
CLASS OF 2021 Janita Hess and Justin Husser
CLASS OF 2022 Sarah Snelling and Amanda Tabb
CLASS OF 2023 Marisa Biddlingmeier
CLASS OF 2024 Emily Forbes
Join Remind for updates and information text @86dg29 to 81010 @86dg29 to 81010
Please, get involved. You and your student(s) can join the PTSA by following this link:
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
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
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!
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.
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.”
Karen Berg firstname.lastname@example.org
Kristen Allen email@example.com
Christine Bouziane firstname.lastname@example.org
Tamara Dunn email@example.com
Rodney Mangum firstname.lastname@example.org
Zuri Cannon-Department Chair email@example.com
Serge Bengono firstname.lastname@example.org
Anne Christie MHSP email@example.com
Sammie Logan firstname.lastname@example.org
Stanley Jones email@example.com
Cornel Parker firstname.lastname@example.org
Theresa Rave email@example.com
Sheena Cox-Transcript Analyst firstname.lastname@example.org
CTE –Allison Copeland email@example.com
English – Wendy Dingle firstname.lastname@example.org
Foreign Language –Emily Forbes email@example.com
Fine Arts – Ryan Featherer firstname.lastname@example.org
Health/PE – Jennifer Parker email@example.com
History – Helen Martin firstname.lastname@example.org
Math – Kaleem Morris email@example.com
Science- Donna Mitchell firstname.lastname@example.org
Special Education Katie Lewis email@example.com
Tanya Scott- Department of Academic Rigor
-Governor's School for the Arts Liaison