Springbrook Weekly Digest

Week of March 26

A Message from Ms. Valentine, Principal

Greetings, Students, Staff, and Families,

I hope you had a productive week and a relaxing weekend. At the conclusion of this week, Spring Break begins. Travel to various destinations and free time increases during this pause in the academic calendar. Please remember to be safe as you enjoy time with family and friends.

Professional Day for Staff and Spring Break

As a reminder, Friday, Mar 31, is a professional day for staff and a no-school day for students. Spring break runs from Sat, Apr 1 - Mon, Apr 10; classes resume Tues, Apr 11. The main office will be closed during this week.

SSL Documentation Deadline

Seniors with 240 or more documented SSL hours qualify for the Certificate of Meritorious Service; students must submit the required SSL form to Ms. Latrice Curtis no later than Thur, Mar 30, 2023, to be eligible for the certificate.

Diploma Name Preference Card

Grade 12 parents and students, Diploma Order Cards were uploaded through the ParentVUE and StudentVUE portals in mid-January 2023. Please be sure to complete and submit your diploma preference name information by Mar 30, 2023. For questions regarding this process, contact Ms. Lisa Saunders, registrar, at Lisa_A_Saunders@mcpsmd.org.

This issue of the SWD includes:

  • Schedule for the week - New
  • March is Disability Awareness Month
and Women's Herstory Month - New
  • COVID self-reporting form
  • Learn about delayed or canceled buses
  • Follow Principal Valentine on Instagram @springbrookprinc
  • Weekly Math Trivia - New
  • Students Receive Distinguished UMD Scholarship - New
  • Outdoor Track Season Kickoff - New
  • Indoor Track at Nationals - New
  • MVP for Testing Coordination - New
  • Press Freedom Day - New
  • SGA and Class Council Deadline Approaches
  • Audition for Springbrook's Talent Show
  • Attendance Reminders
  • College & Career Corner - Hintz Scholarship and Summer RISE career-based stipend opportunities
  • Junior Class - Paid internships and NACA Mongomery County College Fair - New
  • PTSA
  • Free SAT Prep
  • See Something, Say Something QR Code
  • Senior Class Info
  • SBHS Tutoring
  • SSL opportunities - New

Schedule for the Week

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March is National Disability Awareness Month

Disability Awareness Month is annually celebrated in March in our nation as an opportunity to raise awareness, support, and appreciation for their contributions to our society.

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We Celebrate Women's Contributions to History, Culture, and Society During the Month of March.

This week we honor Gloria Steinem. She is an American feminist, political activist, and journalist. A leading feminist spokesperson since the mid-20th century, she helped launch a variety of groups and publications dedicated to promoting civil rights.
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Bus Route Information


If your child’s route is delayed or canceled, a ConnectEd message is sent to families. Please ensure your contact information is up-to-date.

  • Impacted bus routes are published the day before or the morning of by 6:15 AM.
  • Bus route information is published on the MCPS website and ConnectEd messages are sent to families.

The morning bus route information dashboard is updated every 15 minutes until 9:30 AM.

The afternoon bus route information dashboard is updated by 1:30 PM.

Follow Principal Valentine on Instagram and Twitter

Instagram @springbrookprinc

Twitter @SBHSPrinc

Requested COVID information for staff and students

Blue Devils, please use the self-reporting form (see the link below) to report POSITIVE COVID-19 test results. Any individual who tests positive MUST isolate for 5 days (regardless of vaccination status or symptoms). Please view the isolation and quarantine calculator to determine the return to school date:

Calculator Tool

COVID self-reporting form

Math Trivia Problem of the Week - Presented by the SBHS Math Honors Society

Email your response to 424454@mcpsmd.net for a chance at being recognized in the next digest. Congratulations to Mr. Price for his correct answer to last week's problem. The answer to last week's problem was K.

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Springbrook Students Receive a Prestigious Merit Scholarship

Seniors Simon Mosazghi, Anh-Mi "Mimi" Le, and Etana Heda, received the esteemed University of Maryland Banneker/Key Scholarship. Awarded to UMD Freshmen, the scholarship covers up to the full cost of tuition, mandatory fees, housing, food, book allowance, and admission to the Honors College. Congratulations to these students for their academic prowess and leadership.
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Outdoor Track Season Begins

Wed, Mar 22, Springbrook kicked off the outdoor track and field season by hosting the Springbrook v. Blake Track Meet. Students, Aniya Harris (grade 9), and Tarik Wright (grade 11) both won first place in the 100 and 200-yard dash.

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Indoor Track & Fields Nationals

Springbrook had an epic weekend at Nationals, which was held March 18 - 19.

  • Boys' Distance Medley placed first - Simon Mosazghi, Terefe Ormsby, Etana Heda, and Sofiane Compoare, won first place.
  • Girls 4x200m Relay placed second - Malak Fadlalla, Nwaamaka Agwu, Kyla Williams, and Ashante Williams
  • Boys 800m placed third - Sofiane Compoare
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MVP for Test Coordination

Thank you to Ms. Latrice Curtis, Ms. Lindsey Lipinski, Mr. John Weinshel, Ms. Tammy Patterson, Ms. Kerrie Olenick, and Ms. Sherryta Campbell (not shown) for their phenomenal work in coordinating the SAT/AP/IB/Accuplacer and SSL Day at the Brook.
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Annual Game Changer Conference

Accompanied by Mr. Francis Gyimah, assistant principal, Blue Devils attended the Male Youth Game Changers Conference Sat, Mar 25th at The Universities at Shady Grove (USG). Presenters focused on the pursuit of excellence and success in school and in the community.
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Press Freedom Day at the Brook

Tues, Mar 28, Springbrook celebrates Student Press Freedom Day. On this day, students celebrate contributions regarding the restoration of the First Amendment freedoms. Students interested in advocacy, law, and/or journalism hear from lawyers and activists in an effort to raise awareness surrounding the challenges that American student journalists face in protecting their right to Freedom of the Press.

Contact Ms. Jennifer Laskin for permission slips; or email her at jennifer.laskin@mcpsmd.net with questions. For additional information regarding Student Press Freedom Day click the link https://studentpressfreedom.org/.

Hope to see you there!

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SGA and Class Council Candidate Deadline Today

Sun, Mar 26, 2023, is the deadline for submitting applications for SGA and Class Council positions. Campaign materials must be approved by Ms. Sade Campbell, SGA sponsor. Campaigning begins Wed, Apr 19, 2023.

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Preparing for Springbrook's Annual Talent Show

Springbrook will host the annual talent show on Apr 28. Click here to sign up for an audition spot and contact Ms. Campbell if you would like to be considered for the role of MC.

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Advisory & Blue Devil Wednesday at the Brook

No Advisory this coming week

Blue Devil Wednesdays allow Springbrook staff and students to focus on well-being during the first half of the period; the second half of the instructional period is devoted to reteaching topics that may not have been mastered previously. Blue Devil Wednesday only occurs during full weeks of school.

Dates for Blue Devil Wednesday: Apr 26, May 3, May 10, May 17, May 24, and Jun 7

Attendance Reminders

Parents and caregivers, please write or email student excuse notes to Ms. Chantal Louis-Charles, attendance secretary. Phone calls will not excuse any absences until a note has been turned in to the main office. If you have any questions or need to email an excuse note, please contact Springbrook's attendance secretary Ms. Chantal Louis-Charles at Chantal_M_Louis-Charles@mcpsmd.org

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2023 Sherry S. Hintz Scholarship Fund is Available Now

An anonymous donor created the Sherry S. Hintz Scholarship Fund in memory of the women of the Hintz family. The scholarship recipient may receive up to $20,000 per year for as many as four years of undergraduate education. Find the eligibility requirements below:

Students are eligible to apply if they meet all of the following criteria:

  • Lost a parent or primary guardian to breast or ovarian cancer
  • Resident of Montgomery County, Maryland
  • Member of a family with a demonstrated financial need
  • High school junior, senior, or a high school graduate under 22 years old
  • Have at least a 3.0 GPA
  • Involved in a school, community, or athletic activity, ideally in a leadership position
  • Plan to attend college

All applications and attachments must be completed, postmarked, or delivered to the EveryMind office in Rockville by March 31, 2023. Please find the application form (non-fillable PDF and Word formats) and the Sherry Hintz Scholarship Fund flyer for posting.

Applications should be mailed or delivered to:

EveryMind c/o Taryol Latimer

Development and Communications Manager

1000 Twinbrook Parkway

Rockville, MD 20851

Summer RISE

The MCPS Summer RISE initiative collaborates with businesses, government agencies, higher education institutions, and nonprofit organizations. The program is for rising MCPS juniors and seniors; it provides career-based learning opportunities during the summer to students.
  • program runs five weeks, from June 26 - July 28
  • opportunities are a minimum of 50 hours either in-person, virtual, or a combination
  • stipends are available for students who complete the program
  • registration opens at 8:00 AM, Wed, Feb 1

Español / Français) Register for Student and Parent/Guardian Information Sessions

College and Career Readiness Series for Juniors

Grade 11 students, now is the time to search for schools, narrow down your list of colleges, research application deadlines, and explore military or trade schools. Contact Ms. Tammy Patterson, College and Career Coordinator at Tammy_R_Patterson@mcpsmd.org. The College and Career Office is in the counseling suite.
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Paid Internships

Urban Alliance has several programs offering paid internships. Please see the presentations and flyers below and apply.

  • Summer Internship application due April 7
  • School Year internships application due June 2

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NCAC Montgomery County Junior College Fair

The Annual NCAC Montgomery County Junior College Fair takes place on April 19 for Springbrook students. Students will have access to over 300 colleges and universities. Registration is required for all attendees. Grade 11 students interested in attending during the school day must register and submit permission slips to Ms. Tammy Patterson, college and career information coordinator by Fri, Mar 24.

Students and families will have the opportunity to attend the evening session on April 18, including optional workshop opportunities (see workshops).

For more information consult https://www.nacacattend.org/23MontgomeryCounty | Flyer with more information or contact Tammy_R_Patterson@mcpsmd.org.

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Support After-Prom

Please Sign-up to Volunteer. We need your support to host a safe event for our youth.

Please Donate Here. After Prom is 100% funded by donations from generous people like you. We appreciate any help you can provide. Thank you in advance!

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Healthy Fresh Produce Fundraiser Sponsored by the PTSA

Please join Seasonal Roots (online Farmer's Market) https://www.seasonalroots.com/Springbrook.

Thank you for all you do to support the Springbrook community.

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Free SAT Prep for High School Students Available

MCPS is pleased to partner with FEV Tutor to provide students with high-quality virtual tutoring sessions personalized for their needs. High school students can sign up for a free six-week course between now and May. Registration will close on Friday, March 10. Contact FEV Tutor at mcps@fevtutor.com or 855-763-2607 with questions.

Sessions are available:

    • Monday – Friday, 7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    • Saturday, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Sunday, 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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Blue Devils please remember the SBHS See Something, Say Something Initiative. If you've seen something concerning at school, please use this QR code to report the incident. Providing details, location, and timeframe is really helpful.
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Class of 2023 Graduation Packages Available to Order Now

This is an exciting time as we approach and prepare for the Class of 2023 graduation! Package 1 - the basic package is the only package available; the package includes the cap and gown and costs $120. Please contact Ms. Maria Peterson, senior class sponsor, for additional questions at Maria_P_Peterson@mcpsmd.org.

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Free Tutoring

FREE Tutoring is still going strong for the Second Semester!

  • To work with a Springbrook teacher / staff member, either in-person or virtually, please visit this Webpage for instructions.
  • To meet privately, virtually with a non-Springbrook tutor you can enroll in Tutor Me Education OR FEV Tutoring by clicking HERE.
  • If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Ms. Vicino-Coleman at michele_d_vicino-coleman@mcpsmd.org
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MCPS SSL Awards - Forms - Opportunities - Records

2022-2023 MCPS SSL Awards Information

High School students should continue earning SSL hours towards their SSL graduation requirement by engaging in SSL opportunities during the 2022-2023 school year, including traditional in-person opportunities and select virtual/remote opportunities that follow the SSL guidelines posted on the MCPS SSL webpage (www.mcps-ssl.org).

Please refer to important information about the MCPS SSL Awards that middle school and high school students are eligible to earn and the requirements for these awards provided below:

SSL Awards

  • Any high school senior who has submitted documentation showing the completion of 240 SSL hours or more by March 30, 2023, will earn the Certificate of Meritorious Service and a purple tassel for graduation.
  • Any middle school student who has submitted documentation to show the completion of the 75-hour SSL graduation requirement (for the first time in middle school) by March 30, 2023, will receive the Superintendent’s SSL Award.

The deadline for all documentation that qualifies seniors for the Certificate of Meritorious Service and middle school students for the Superintendent’s SSL Award is March 30, 2023.

All SSL forms (MCPS Form 560-51: Student Service Learning Activity Verification form - https://bit.ly/SSLReflection) should be emailed or turned in to the school’s SSL coordinator by the required deadline of March 30, 2023, to be considered for these awards.

Additional information about the MCPS SSL program is provided below:

MCPS SSL Hub for Students

Find SSL forms, translated resources, SSL guidelines, and much more!

Check out SSL forms, resources, and guidelines at https://bit.ly/SSLHubMCPS.

Nonprofit-Hosted SSL Opportunities

MCPS SSL organizations and opportunities are tagged with the blue MCPS SSL banner and graduation cap icon on the Montgomery County Volunteer Center (MCVC) Website

Spring Break is a great time to participate in SSL opportunities!

All opportunities (including in-person): https://bit.ly/SSLOpportunities

Virtual/remote opportunities:


For additional tips on how to search for opportunities, please go to https://bit.ly/SSLSearchTips

MCPS Form 560-50:
Individual SSL Request Form

Used to obtain pre-approval prior to service with a nonprofit organization not listed on the Montgomery County Volunteer Center (MCVC) Website

To request pre-approval for service, please complete https://bit.ly/SSLPreApproval -- for in-person service, submit this form to Ms. Latrice Curtis, SSL coordinator; for virtual/remote service, submit this form to SSL@mcpsmd.org

MCPS Form 560-51:
SSL Activity Verification Form

Used to verify and document SSL hours after service is completed

Student and supervisor must complete the form

SSL Activity Verification Forms (https://bit.ly/SSLReflection) submit completed forms to Ms. Latrice Curtis, SSL coordinator.

Student SSL Records on Student/ParentVUE

Step-by-step directions for viewing a student’s full SSL record

Step-by-step directions may be found at https://bit.ly/SSLonVUE

MCPS SSL Program Overview

Complete overview of SSL requirements, guidelines, process, awards, and forms

MCPS SSL Program Overview may be found at https://bit.ly/SSLOverview2020

For questions about the SSL program, please email Ms. Latrice Curtis, SSL coordinator, at Latrice_C_Curtis@mcpsmd.org.

Blue Devils Need SSL Hours to Graduate

Click the Student Service Learning button above to access the new SSL hub link for students and families and click the "Helpful Quick Links for Students" below for additional SSL opportunities.

As a reminder, students must earn a designated number of student service learning hours to graduate. Ms. Latrice Curtis, Student Service Learning Coordinator, has provided this resource for students and families.

Ways to Earn SSL Hours

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