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Dr. Cohen/Mr. Smith's Newsletter to the SVHS Community

November 15 2020 Edition

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IMPORTANT REMINDER - sign-up deadline 11/17 for Parent-Teacher Conferences being held on 11/23 and 11/24

Attention SVHS Families!

The staff at Seneca Valley High School are proud to offer: Optional Parent-Teacher Conferences for our parent community on November 23rd and 24th.

If you have questions or would like to meet with your student’s teacher(s) to discuss their progress in class,

please follow the instructions below to sign up for an appointment time via Zoom. Your student’s teachers are excited about this great opportunity!

Instructions for sign-ups (English)

Instructions for sign-ups (Spanish)

NEW: Boosters Engraved Bricks Campaign

About one more month to order your custom engraved brick for the new stadium concourse!

December 31, 2020 is the deadline for the first order. It's possible that there will still be available spaces in the spring but most are sold!

Please visit and choose up to 23 characters of personalized text on three lines.

Payment of $50 is through PayPal, credit or debit cards.

For questions, email

NEW: SVHS Athletics G Week

Attention SV Student Athletes- Gatorade is once again sponsoring a Gatorade Kit giveaway for our school. On Tuesday, November 17th, we will be giving the first 650 student athletes a pre-packaged Gatorade Kit with a variety of Gatorade products. This will be a drive up event and Covid 19 protocols will be followed. Please use this link for more information and a map for how to pick up your Gatorade products.

IMPORTANT REMINDER: ParentVue Information and Access

Many parents have reached out regarding issues around their ParentVue accounts. For a tutorial on troubleshooting at home or frequently asked questions, check out this presentation. Otherwise, for additional information, please go to this website: There, you will find a parent guide to classroom recordings, ParentVue information and other virtual learning supports.

Did You Forget?

You may have forgotten to sign up for ParentVUE!

ParentVue is the brand new, powerful, single location for all information about how your child is doing in school. ParentVUE is also a new tool we use to stay connected with you.

When you are logged into ParentVUE you can:

  • See your child’s schedule.

  • Check your child’s grades (and report card).

  • Check your child’s assignments.

  • Send a message to your child’s teacher.

  • Update your contact information

Soon, you will even be able to see a report on Student Service Learning Hours (SSL)!

If you haven’t yet activated your account, please be on the lookout for an email and/or a notification via U.S. mail because soon, we will send you a new activation letter. Once you’ve received your activation letter simply visit to activate your account.

If you have already activated your ParentVUE account, you will not receive a notification because you are already enjoying the benefits of ParentVUE. Parent Vue is built on the powerful Synergy platform; ‘Teachers put their energy into Synergy, and so should you!’

If for some reason you do not receive your notification in the coming weeks, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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NEW: IB Spotlight

As we focus on IB each month, we will provide quotes to support the ATL skill category, ATL skill cluster, and LP of the month.

ATL Skill Category Quote for THINKING SKILLS:

"The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing."—Albert Einstein

At the heart of all Thinking skills, is curiosity and questioning. We must question all aspects of our lives from the information we read, our own assumptions and bias, to our current solutions and processes. This constant state of curiosity ensures that we activate critical and creative thinking to question current knowledge, build new knowledge and solutions, and transfer our knowledge across disciplines and into our everyday lives.

ATL Skill Cluster Quote for CRITICAL THINKING:

"Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider." ~Francis Bacon

We hope to develop critical thinking skills that encourage us to be reflective on new information- to avoid quick conclusions and leave time to weigh different perspectives. We aim to look at information objectively and to avoid starting with the ultimate goal of refuting or contradicting it so that we may evaluate it or as Mr. Bacons states, "to weigh and consider" it.

Learner Profile Quote for RISK-TAKER:

“I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it. “ ~Pablo Picasso

We encourage our students to be Risk-Takers by trying new experiences and facing challenges with bravery, resiliency, and resourcefulness. Without being a risk-taker, we cannot find innovative solutions and achieve new goals, but most importantly, we cannot grow as human beings. Through this process, we must both work independently, but also realize the importance, strength, and wisdom of working with others.

Don’t forget to recognize a staff member or student for doing a great job with ATLs or the LP in class. Recognize a Student or Staff Member


All IB Registration Google Forms & payments are due by Friday, Nov. 6th!

· IB Registration Information Video: This video includes an explanation of the benefits of taking IB exams, as well as an overview of the registration and payment process.

· IB Registration Google Form (include MCPS Fee Waiver Request Form): This is the formal IB Exam registration form. It includes a section for student’s to request an MCPS Fee Waiver and digitally sign.

· Link to Online School Payment system to pay for IB Exams

As always, please contact Kim Becraft, IB MYP coordinator ( or Natasha Ezerski, IB DP & CP Coordinator ( with any suggestions or questions.

NEW: This Week's Notes from the College & Career Center

Attention Students of all Grades!!

If you think you may qualify for Free/Reduced Meals, please apply. FARMS status can qualify you for College Application Fee and/or testing waivers.


Today is the last day / this is the last weekend to use these codes for many schools!

See the link below for fee waiver codes for a few Maryland Colleges or Universities (and 1 Virginia University). These codes can be used regardless of FARMS status. Please note the deadlines listed as most must be used by the 2nd week of November.

University of Alabama Free App Week, November 16 - 20

College Testing - Juniors

I am getting questions from Juniors about the SAT and/or ACT. For Juniors, we are encouraging them to wait and take the PSAT later in the school year. Hopefully, depending on the status of schools, we will be able hold PSAT testing. If not, students could certainly take the SAT and/or ACT at some point in the spring if locations are available.

In the meantime, check out Khan Academy and other sources which provide free test prep. Those resources can be found on the SVHS Site using the link below:

Which Test Should I Take?

Upcoming Scholarships

  • November 15 - Elks Most Valuable Student Award - 500 awards ranging from $1,000-$12,500 per year for four years; senior; U.S. Citizen; judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need; top 20 national finalists traditionally win a leadership trip to interview for $20,000 - $50,000 awards.

  • November 30 - MoreWithUs Fall 2020 Scholarship Competition - 1-$300 award; senior; must sign up for a MoreWithUs profile to be eligible; in one standard double-spaced page, talk about an Everyday Job or volunteer position you’ve had; see link for specific essay prompt and full guidelines.

  • December 01 - Lamber-Goodnow Injury Law Team - College Scholarship - 2-$1,000 awards; senior; min 2.8 GPA; submit an essay of 500-750 words on how you are driven to innovate, how you plan to influence progress on any level in any space or how you have already affected positive change with creative thinking; transcript; chosen finalist essays may be posted on our website and voted on via social media; see link for full details.

  • December 01 - Lamber-Goodnow Injury Law Team - Nursing Scholarship - 1-$1,000 award; senior; submit an essay of 500-750 words on how what drives you and why you want to pursue a nursing degree or why you want to go to nursing school; transcript; chosen finalist essays may be posted on our website and voted on via social media; see link for full details.

  • December 06 - Hispanic Heritage Foundation Youth Awards - multiple awards of up to $1,000; senior; U.S. permanent resident, U.S. citizen, or qualify under the DACA; be of Hispanic heritage (includes Spain, Brazil, Philippines); enter school in Fall of 2021; min 3.0 GPA; essays; letter of recommendation; transcript; if selected, attendance to the virtual ceremony is mandatory.

  • December 15* - BURGER KING Scholars Program - multiple awards ranging from $1,000-$50,000; senior; min 2.5 GPA; must enroll at a school full-time next Fall; recipients are selected based on their grade point average, work experience, extracurricular activities and/or community service.

    • *Scholarship closes on Dec. 15 or when 50,000 applications are submitted, whichever occurs first.

  • December 15* - Equitable Excellence Scholarship Program - 369 awards of $2,500, $10,000 or $25,000; senior; U.S. Citizen or legal resident; must attend a two- or four-year school in the fall; students who have achieved an extraordinary community service accomplishment through hard work and effort will be identified; academic record, leadership, participation in school and community activities, and work experience will also be considered; essay; online recommendation; willing to provide a release to publicize their identities and information about their achievements along with photographs for use in program promotion and information; see link for full rules and guidelines.

    • *Scholarship closes at 3:00 pm on Dec. 15 or when 10,000 applications are submitted, whichever occurs first.

Click here to see the SVHS Scholarships Page for more opportunities.

Next Week's College Visits - Juniors & Seniors

Upcoming Virtual Events

MCPS Virtual Hispanic College Fair - All Grade Levels

MCPS Virtual Families' Night - All Grade Levels

  • Wednesday, Nov 18 - 6pm to 8:30pm

  • Follow-up to the Virtual Fall College Fair. Students and their families are welcome to participate. Our Families’ Night sessions will be held in English and Spanish.

  • The sessions will include information on the College Application Process; a College Admissions Panel with various colleges and universities; an MCPS Alumni Panel; and information on Financial Aid.

  • Click here to see the flyer (Español)

  • More information / más información

Navigating the Twists and Turns of Paying for College - Juniors & Seniors (and thier families)

College Prep Workshop - All Grade Levels

FAFSA - Seniors

The FAFSA is now open for eligible seniors to start filling out! The FAFSA is the financial aid form to request financial aid to go to college. Please see the SVHS College & Career Financial Aid Page to for more information about the FAFSA:

Montgomery College's FAFSA Days - Seniors

Please sign up to get assistance completing the FAFSA. The remote sessions are available every Monday from 1 - 4 pm & Tuesday from 4 - 7 pm starting the week of October 12th through November and then again in February 2021.

SVHS November College & Career Newsletter

NEW: Mindfulness Mornings

Attention ALL students,

We invite you to participate in a series of morning meetings focused on learning and engaging in mindfulness practices.

Join us every morning starting Nov. 10 at 8:30am! Find the zoom link and other details in the flyer below.


The Counseling Department

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REMINDER: November Calendar Changes

Last week, MCPS made revisions to the November calendar. We have made revisions to our school calendar in response to these county changes. Most notable among the changes are the following:

  • Monday, Nov. 2 will follow the Wednesday Virtual Check-In Schedule.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 4 is now a Professional Day. There will be no school for students.
  • Nov. 11 and Nov 12 are now full days of school. Both of these days are A-Days.
  • Nov. 23 and Nov. 24 are now half-days to allow for parent conferences. Stay tuned for announcements regarding scheduling conferences.

Additionally, Wednesday, November 18 was originally a FULL Virtual Check-in Day and will NOW be a 1/2 Virtual Check-in Day. This is a change to the calendar and is specific to Seneca Valley High School.

To view the revised calendar in its entirely, please click here.

REPEAT: Congratulations to our new Minority Scholars Program student leaders

We are excited to announce this year's officers for the SVHS Minority Scholars Program.

1) Hello, my name is Maryschka Aziaka , and I am the SVHS 2020-2021 Minority Scholars Program (MSP) President. I love to discuss important issues around diversity and representation today. As one of the MSP leaders, I strive to increase our club membership. I want all my peers to feel included so we can have great discussions on how to face challenges in a positive way!

2) Hi! My name is Femi Rossman and I'm a proud senior Screaming Eagle! I am extremely passionate about being the Vice President for the wonderful club that is the Minority Scholars Program. I am all about diversity and inclusivity of all people. I want to make sure every voice is heard and that each individual, regardless of their differences, feels welcomed at our beautiful Seneca Valley High School.

3) Hi! My name is Kelsey Cabanayan, and I am so happy to be your 2020-2021 SVHS Outreach Coordinator this year for the Minority Scholars Program (MSP). I am a junior here at Seneca Valley and I really hope to push and make sure everyone is represented and feels a sense of belonging. I’m very excited for more people to join us and spread awareness of current social issues. Join MSP to take part in change and make a positive difference! 🌟

4) Hi, my name is Rachel Orosco, and I'm a senior at Seneca Valley High School. I am excited to be your Secretary/Historian for the Minority Scholar Program (MSP). With the vast amount of diversity that we have at Seneca, I know that I will be able to help students' express thier voices. Having everyone feel welcome is our goal! I hope to spread our message throughout the school so that we can become more educated about those around us.

REPEAT: Dual Enrollment Registration for Spring Term Opens November 9th

Registration for spring term Montgomery College courses through Dual Enrollment opens Monday, November 9th. Current Dual Enrollment students should login to their Dual Enroll account to register for their classes. Interested prospective students or families who have questions should contact the Dual Enrollment Coordinator, Mr. Yarmus, at

REPEAT: SVHS PTSA is Seeking Staff Appreciation Donations

SVHS PTSA is seeking Staff Appreciation Donations! With Thanksgiving and the Holiday Season coming up, we'd love to be able to thank the SVHS staff for getting the school year off to an amazing start! We will be sending gift cards the first week in December so the staff can treat themselves to something special for the holidays. Please donate before November 30, 2020 if you would like to participate in this very special Thank You for the SVHS staff. As of now, we are about 30% of the way to our goal!

Our teachers and staff have always worked really hard to support their students and this year, they are taking it to a whole new level. They are truly awesome and it is so very sad that we have been unable to hold any of our typical staff appreciation events to say thank you. Therefore, we are trying something new.

MD PTAs have recently been given the thumbs up to giving staff gift cards as a show of appreciation, as long as every staff member gets one for an equal amount that cannot exceed $25. SVHS has 230 staff, so we are asking for your help to raise the funds to provide all staff with a gift card as a small token of our appreciation.

We understand that some people may not be in a position to donate, but if you are, can you please consider donating? Any amount would be greatly appreciated!

You can donate via GoFundMe or Paypal

If you prefer to donate via check, checks can be mailed to the school, payable to the SVHS PTSA 19401 Crystal Rock Drive, Germantown, MD 20874.

The PTSA is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization and your donation may be tax-deductible. Please consult your tax advisor.

REPEAT: Graduation Requirements for the Class of 2021

To ensure clarity about graduation requirements for the Class of 2021 as it relates to the Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program (MCAP), the high school graduation requirements document for Class of 2021 has been updated, here. Note that MCAP requirements include passing MCAP assessments OR taking no fault assessments this school year.

REMINDER: Live Conversation with Broadway Actor/Actress

On Thursday, November 12 at 5:30pm the SV Birds of Play Theatre Troupe will host two Broadway Actors for a conversation with students and parents. Sign up at to participate in this exciting and free opportunity! Anyone with an MCPS login can join. Our guests are Steven Cutts and Tracee Beazer, both with Broadway, Film, and Television credits and fantastic experiences to share.

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REPEAT: ESOL Parent/Guardian Letters - Padres / Tutores de ESOL

ESOL Parents/Guardians: The Parent Notification Letters are in your student's English class as an assignment for you to review, sign, and submit electronically. There is a step-by-step video explaining the process. ESOL student EL Plans (accommodations) are being updated for this school year and will also be in students' English classes as an assignment for you to review.

If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Sprehn, ESOL Resource Teacher at


Las Cartas de Notificación a los Padres están en la clase de inglés de su estudiante como una tarea para que usted las revise, firme y envíe electrónicamente. Hay un video paso a paso que explica el proceso. Los planes EL para estudiantes de ESOL (adaptaciones) se están actualizando para este año escolar y también estarán en las clases de inglés de los estudiantes como una tarea para que los revise.

Si tiene alguna pregunta, comuníquese con Lisa Sprehn, maestra de recursos de ESOL en

REPEAT: SVHS Senior Portraits

Seneca Valley high School Senior portraits are now online for viewing and ordering! You should have received an email from Freed Photography with your private gallery information. If you have not received this (check your spam too), please contact them at or call 301.652.5452.

If you missed the portrait day or would like a retake, please make an appointment for November 23, 2020

REPEAT: ACES Application Now Open!

ACES Application Open Now! Are you a 10th grade student at a participating ACES High School? Do you want to attend college? Achieving Collegiate Excellence and Success (ACES) is a collaborative program among Montgomery County Public Schools, Montgomery College, and the Universities at Shady Grove that provides you with a seamless and supportive pathway to college completion. As a qualifying 10th grader*, you can receive: Individual coaching Preparation for college entrance exams College and financial aid application support Leadership development opportunities Career readiness training and skills Student success workshops Visit for important information and to apply.
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REPEAT: Chromebook Damage Financial Responsibility Information

Students and their families are now financially responsible for any intentional or accidental damage of any Chromebook loaned out to the student. The Office of Technology and Innovation has created a technical document outlining the Chromebook obligation process. This document identifies the costs associated with each type of repair or replacement, as well as where students and families can go to have a repair performed. While 45 West Gude is the only available repair site at this time, additional sites will be identified and added.

To see the Chromebook Obligations document, please click here.

This document links out to four relevant articles.

  • Chromebook Repair Sites. See here.
  • Chromebook Repair Costs: See here.
  • Chromebook Acceptable Use Policy: See here.
  • Regulation IGT-RA: See here.

REPEAT: Student Chromebook Issues? Need a Wifi Hotspot?

Students/Families in need of a WiFi Hotspot can go to 45 W. Gude Drive in Rockville between 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. any weekday to pick one up.

If students have a broken chromebook, they should also be brought to 45 W. Gude Drive in Rockville between 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. any weekday.


Our PTSA board of directors invites you to visit the link below and join! They are already hard at work planning for the 2020-2021 school year and cannot do it without your membership.


REPEAT: Who do I go to for help?

If you need assistance or support with anything leading up to the school year or once virtual learning has begun, please do not hesitate to reach out to any of the following staff. They are here to support you in any way they can.

Main Office Telephone Number: 240-740-6400 (This is a new number)

Student Support

Ms. Crawford

  • Social Emotional Support - Students with last names beginning with A - C
  • Class Support - Class of 2022

Mr. Davidson

  • Social Emotional Support - Students with last names beginning with D - J
  • Class Support - Class of 2021

Mr. Smith

  • Social Emotional Support - Students with last names beginning with K - P
  • Class Support - Class of 2024


  • Social Emotional Support - Students with last names beginning with Q - Z
  • Class Support - Class of 2023

Ms. Riddick

  • Business, Finance, and Operations

Counselor Student Support Assignments

Counseling Website

Counseling Telephone Number: 240-740-6420

Ms. Fellows - Students with last names beginning with A - Card

Ms. Patel - Students with last names beginning with Cardi - Del Mar

Ms. Murray - Students with last names beginning with Del Pilar - F

Ms. McCarthy - Students with last names beginning with G - King, C.

Mr. Matthews - Students with last names beginning with King, D. - Nunez Enriquez

Ms. Teixeira - Students with last names beginning with Nunez Rodriguez - Shad

Mr. Yarmus - Students with last names beginning with Shah - Z

Ms. Rina Chaves ESOL Transition Counselor

Ms. Rosa Santos ESOL Parent Community Coordinator

Ms. Rogena Parrish Secretary

Ms. Linda McCabe Registrar

Mr. Carlos Nalda College-Career Information Coordinator

Mrs. Margaret Drew School Psychologist

Mr. Tony Maturana Pupil Personnel Worker (PPW)

Mr. Daryn Moore Aces Coach (11th-12th grade)

Class Sponsors

Class of 2024 - Freshman Class

Class of 2023 - Sophomore Class

Class of 2022- Junior Class

Class of 2021 - Senior Class

REPEAT: Wellness Resources

The safety and wellness of our students remains a top priority. Below are resources to support the physical, social and psychological well-being of our community. If you believe your child is in crisis, please contact the Montgomery County Crisis Center at 240-777-4000. Students can also reach out to their counselor and school psychologist to set up a confidential appointment.

Waymaking Video Series

Mindful Moments Video Series
Tips on Addressing Student Grief
Tips for Preventing Youth Suicide

REPEAT: Community Resources

Below is information regarding food/grocery access beyond the MCPS school meal sites:

Food Assistance Resource Map: The Montgomery County Food Council created an interactive map of food assistance providers and benefits application assistance sites in Montgomery County. It is searchable by location, food assistance type, accessibility and many other special features. This resource can give principals and families a quick view of local resources in their area. The information indicates where, when and how to access the resources. **We would caution parents and staff supporting parents to pay particular attention to how one qualifies to access food as some sites state requirements.

Weekend Bag Program: MCPS, Manna Food Center, and Women Who Care Ministries are distributing weekend backpacks with groceries to the families of MCPS students each Friday. The location of distribution sites and times are listed at the bottom of the webpage.













Are you #SVPROUD?

Are you proud to be a part of the SV community? We want to let everyone know how much we love being a part of the Screaming Eagle family. We have a challenge for you. Let's go viral!!!
  • Tweet, Snap, IB, FB, etc., a pic of you repping "The Valley" by wearing your Seneca gear.
  • And don't forget to use #svproud. Go Eagles!