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Dr. Cohen's Newsletter to the SVHS Community

October 19, 2020 Edition

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Calendar Revision

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.

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

Acting Assistant Principal Appointment

Mr. Davidson, assistant principal, is on medical leave through December 4th. As a result, Ms. Katie Rahmati, our staff development teacher, has been appointed to the role of acting assistant principal. Among her responsibilities, Ms. Rahmati will be supporting instruction in PE, Art, Music, CTE, NJROTC, Science, and Internship. She will also be supporting 12th grade academics and activities. If you need to reach Ms. Rahmati for any reason, please email her at

Welcome New Counselor

As we shared a few weeks ago, Ms. Moore has left Seneca Valley for a new professional opportunity. I am happy to share that Ms. Melissa McCarthy has joined the SVHS counseling services team in her place.

Ms. McCarthy was born and raised in Upstate New York, where she received her Master’s degree from the State of University of New York at Oswego. She has spent the majority of her School Counseling career in Syracuse City Schools. Her counseling experiences span the range from elementary, middle and high school and higher education and mental health settings. Ms. McCarthy will be taking over Ms. Moore’s caseload - Students with last names beginning with G - King, C.

Ms. McCarthy has shared that her role as a school counselor has truly been rewarding and she is excited to work with the SVHS students, teachers, administration and parents who are invested in ensuring student success. She encourages all students to strive to achieve their goals.

Please join us in welcoming a New Screaming Eagle to our Family! If you need to reach Ms. McCarthy for any reason, please email her at

Long-Term Substitute Teacher

As many of you may know, Ms. Santiago-Anaya, our World Languages Resource Teacher, is on long-term leave for personal reasons. We are happy to report that Dr. Ariel Ferrari will be serving as long-term sub in her classes. Dr. Ferrari is no stranger to the Screaming Eagle family, having previously served as a long-term substitute last year when another Spanish teacher was out on leave. He has a Masters Degree and a Ph.D., both in Spanish Literature.

Elizabeth Maxey has been approved to take on the role of Acting Resource Teacher. Ms. Maxey previously served as a Spanish teacher at Owings Mills Middle (in Baltimore County), Rocky Hill Middle, and Seneca Valley High School before taking on the role of coordinator for credit recovery. We are grateful to Ms. Maxey for her willingness to step into this role and we appreciate the support we know that she will provide the department.

If you need to reach Ms. Maxey, please email her at

A Message from your PTSA

Hi all,

We have our next virtual PTA meeting Tuesday Oct. 20th at 6:30 PM. All are welcome. You do not need to be a member to join us! Come here about the latest and greatest at SV from SV admin!

If you have any questions or comments for SV admin, please send them to by Monday evening so they can be prepared.

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

We hope to see you on Tuesday!


Math Honor Society

Ms. Fass is accepting applications for the Math Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta. These applications are due by October 16th. Here is the link for the flyer.

Project LIT Book Club

We are proud to announce the establishment of a Project LIT Community Chapter at Seneca Valley High School this year. Project LIT is a grassroots literacy movement through which hundreds of schools & communities across the country are encouraging readers and leaders to read, discuss, and celebrate books that make us feel seen, heard, affirmed, and valued. You can learn more on Twitter @ProjectLITComm and Instagram @projectlitcomm

This year, the SVHS Project LIT Chapter will read and discuss at least four Project LIT book selections (one each quarter). Our first book is Dear Martin by Nic Stone, a powerful story about race relations and social justice. Watch and listen to the author talk about her motivation to write the book HERE.

This book is currently "always available" to read online in Sora, our online reading app/platform; directions about accessing Sora are available in the myMCPS Classroom Virtual LMC. "Borrow" the book, start reading, and plan to attend our book discussion Zoom on Wednesday, October 28th, at 2:00 pm. Interested students should sign up to participate here or by emailing Ms. Little, Library Media Specialist.

This Week's Notes from the College & Career Center

College Applications

Attention Seniors!!

Seniors - Please keep working on your College Application Packet. Everything you need to do for submitting college applications, including instructions, is on this document. Please review the steps outlined on this document to make sure you are organized and on track to start submitting applications.

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

Upcoming Scholarships

  • October 17 - College JumpStart Scholarship - 1-$1,000 award; grades 10-12; U.S. cit. or legal res.; attend 2-year, 4-year or trade school; committed to using education to better your life & that of your family and/or community; answer 1 of 4 questions in 250 words or less.

  • October 25 - Horatio Alger Scholarship - 06-$25,000 (Nat’l) & 17-$10,000 (DMV) awards; senior; U.S. Cit.; min 2.0 GPA; for high school students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their young lives; enter a 4-year degree program in the fall after graduation; critical financial need ($55,000 or lower adj. family income); community service; integrity & perseverance in overcoming adversity.

  • October 30 - Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship - 30-40 awards of up to $40,000/year for four years; senior; min. 3.5 GPA (unweighted); for this year, they will not require applicants to submit test scores; financial need; judged on persistence, service to others, and leadership; essays, letters of recommendation; application also available on the Common App.

  • October 31 - Voice of Democracy Scholarship - 1-$30,000 top prize, other awards ranging from $1,000-$16,000; grades 9-12; although U.S. citizenship is not required, must be lawful U.S. permanent resident or have applied for permanent residency (the application for which has not been denied) and intend to become a U.S. cit. at the earliest opportunity allowed by law; write & record a 3-5 min. essay on the theme: Is This the Country the Founders Envisioned?

  • October 31 - Coca-Cola Scholars Program - (deadline is 5pm on 10/31) 150-$20,000 & 100-$1,000 awards; senior; U.S. Citizen, legal resident, refugee (see link for full eligibility list); min 3.0 GPA; achievement based scholarship; involved in school and community activities; transcript.

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

Next Week's College Visits - Juniors & Seniors

  • Dartmouth College - 10/19/20 8:00 AM
  • St. John's University - 10/19/20 11:30 AM
  • Case Western Reserve University - 10/19/20 3:00 PM
  • University of Delaware - 10/20/20 8:00 AM
  • Culinary Institute of America - 10/20/20 11:30 AM
  • Arcadia University - 10/20/20 3:00 PM
  • Lynn University - 10/21/20 8:00 AM
  • Hampden-Sydney College - 10/21/20 9:00 AM
  • York College of Pennsylvania - 10/21/20 10:00 AM
  • Rosemont College - 10/21/20 11:00 AM
  • Mount Aloysius College - 10/21/20 12:00 PM
  • University of Maryland-Baltimore County - 10/21/20 1:00 PM
  • Roger Williams University - 10/21/20 2:00 PM
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - 10/21/20 3:00 PM
  • Smith College - 10/22/20 8:00 AM
  • Rice University - 10/22/20 11:30 AM
  • University of Massachusetts-Amherst - 10/22/20 3:00 PM
  • Seton Hall University - 10/23/20 8:00 AM
  • Fairmont State University - 10/23/20 11:30 AM

To participate in college visits, students must register in Naviance. To see a full list of College Visits, see click the link below. Visits and other events can also be found on the College & Career Calendar.

Upcoming Virtual College Events - Juniors & Seniors

Real Talk: Maryland Colleges Edition - College Series for Black Students

Join College Board this Tuesday, October 20, at 7 p.m. ET, for the second event in our Real Talk fall series, "Real Talk: Maryland Colleges Edition." The event will feature colleges and universities in the state of Maryland, including Johns Hopkins University, Morgan State University, the University of Maryland, and more.

Inside Look at College Admissions - Seniors

This event for underrepresented minority high school seniors and college admissions officers, who are responsible for admitting students of color, is being held in recognition of the unique challenges facing underrepresented minority students, during the college admissions process. Click below to learn more.

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:

SENIORS (& their Families) - FAFSA & Financial Aid Events

Virtual Financial Aid Workshop - en Español

Virtual Financial Aid Night

Our FAFSA & Financial Aid Night Webinar is Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 6:30pm. Please register using the link below. Registrants will receive the Zoom link on the day of the webinar.

SVHS October College & Career Newsletter

Virtual Open House for SVHS Regional College and Career Programs - Oct. 19

On Monday October 19, 2020 at 6 PM, we will be holding a virtual open house to showcase our Regional College and Career Programs. We are excited to talk about the five Regional College and Career Programs available at SVHS: Construction Design and Architecture, Health Professions, Hospitality and Tourism Management Program, IT/Cybersecurity, and PLTW Engineering . They are designed to offer high demand, high skilled pathways that meet the needs of today’s economy while attending a Wall to Wall IB School (Middle Years Program, Diploma Progam, and Career-related Program). You can find more information on our Google Site:

All students interested in the five programs need to apply through their Synergy ParentVue account, even if Seneca Valley High School is your home high school.

Directions to support parents and students in completing the application will be available on the MCPS Special Programs website:

The Zoom information for our Open House is:

Passcode: 333085

We look forward to meeting you and answering any questions you may have about SVHS and our community.

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IB Spotlight

As a reminder, we are highlighting an IB Approaches to Learning skill category and cluster, along with a IB Learner Profile attribute, each month to support all of our students being part of the IB programs at SVHS. This month, our ATL skill category is Thinking Skills, with a focus on ATL skill cluster of Critical Thinking. We are focusing on the Learner Profile attribute of Risk-Taker. The document below provides a wealth of ideas and strategies to help our students improve their critical thinking skills, and meet the aspirations of being IB students and individuals who are risk-takers. We encourage all students and families to use it as a resource to help ensure success during digital learning and beyond.

Additionally, last month, we shared some resources in our Student & Community September IB Focus Support to help students with our September IB focus of the ATL skills of Self-Management and Organization Skills, as well as ways to support the Learner Profile attribute of Balanced. We would like to highlight some of our favorite strategies from last month!


IB Exam Registration is now open!

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.

Digital CItizenship Week, October 19 - 23, 2020

Seneca Valley High School is a Common Sense Education Digital Citizenship School, which recognizes our efforts to encourage students to make good choices, build positive relationships, learn skills for success, and stay safe when using technology. This is accomplished in everyday interactions, but also deliberately through a series of lessons delivered in Advisory, 9th grade English and Social Studies classes, and 10th grade Health classes.

This year, SVHS will continue to partner with Common Sense Education to deliver digital citizenship lessons that empower students to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly online. The first lesson will take place in Advisory on Tuesday, October 27th, and will address navigating election news and media, with a focus on finding credible information about candidates, voting, and the election. To preview resources that will be incorporated into this lesson, click HERE.

We hope you will join us, this week and throughout the year, in engaging your children in conversations about the ways we interact with technology and the impact these interactions may have on our lives. Here are some suggested digital citizenship activities and resources for families:

If you have any questions regarding digital citizenship instruction at SVHS, please contact Nicole Little, Library Media Specialist.

Message from Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL)

Hello from Montgomery County Public Libraries! We've put together a flyer (in English and in Spanish) with some of our resources to access audiobooks and ebooks, as well as to help with research for homework- a one-stop directory for learn at home help!

Also- did you know you can reserve books through our website and make an appointment to pick them up at your local branch? Check out this flyer (in English and in Spanish) for more information!

We invite you to a workshop discussing how you can checkout print materials, ebooks and audiobooks in English on Saturday, October 24th at 1pm : and in Spanish on Tuesday, October 27th at 6:30pm:

For more resources and help, see our website, call your local branch, or call our Ask a Librarian service


Saludos de parte de las Bibliotecas Públicas del Condado de Montgomery! Hemos creado un folleto bilingüe (en inglés y español) acerca de nuestro recursos en línea para acceder a audio libros, libros electrónicos, y ayuda con las tareas. ¡Un directorio único para aprender en casa!

Además, ¿sabía que puede reservar libros a través de nuestro sitio Web y programar una cita para recogerlos en una sucursal local? Para más información vea el siguiente folleto en inglés y español.

Le invitamos a un taller para aprender como reservar libros impresos, acceso a libros electrónicos y audio libros en español el martes, 27 de Octubre a las 6:30pm: Y en inglés, el sábado, 24 de octubre 2020 a las 1pm:

Para obtener más recursos y ayuda, visite nuestro sitio Web, llame a su sucursal local, o llame a nuestro servicio Ask a Librarian.

New Student Lunch Bunch

Are you new to Seneca Valley HS and looking to meet other students? Please join us for a virtual lunch bunch to get to know other students. We will meet once per week during lunch (Tuesdays 11:30-12:00) and complete ice breakers, play games, find things we have in common, and hopefully develop new friendships.

For more information, please reach out to your child's counselor.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 941 9602 4922

Passcode: Lunch

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.

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.


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

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

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.













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