SY 21-22 Admirals Weekly Update

VOL 14 - 19 November 2021


*Monday, 22 Nov - Interim I Make-Up Assessments

Nov 25-26 - Thanksgiving Recess - No School

Nov 30-Dec 1 - Accel Math 7/8 & Accel Math 8/Alg I Interim Assessments

Dec 2 - DEI Professional Learning Sessions

Dec 3 - Basketball Game vs Local Team

Dec 4 - SAT Testing

Dec 4-5 (Tiburones Lisbon Swim meet)

Dec 6-7 - Grade 7 and Biology CCRs Science Interim Assessments

Dec 7 - SAC Meeting, 3:30

Dec 9 - MHS Winter Concert, MPB Court Yard, 4:30 PM

Dec 10 - Basketball @ Sigonella

Dec 11 - Wrestling @ Vicenza

Dec 12 - Tiburones Brussels Away meet (ESB)

Dec 14 - IAC Meeting, 3:30

Dec 20-31 - Winter Recess

Jan 3 - Instruction Resumes - Happy New Year!

6th Grade Scientists Conduct Labs to Study Density

Our sixth grade Science students are studying the property of density. Density is a physical property of matter defined as mass divided by volume. Students have explored the density of many objects including natural sea sponges and rocks. A natural sea sponge is less dense than a rock of the same size because the volume is the same, but the mass of the sponge is much less than that of the rock. The district Instructional Systems Specialist in Science, Ryan Goodfellow, visited Rota this week and worked with students in the sixth grade science lab alongside teacher, Kathleen Tierney. In labs this week, students are observing how a change in temperature of water changes its density, because the molecular motion changes. Water is a unique molecule that expands slightly when it freezes, making ice less dense than liquid water. This is why ice floats on water. Students are applying this concept to studies of air masses, fronts, and ocean currents. Using hands on learning experience, the students are learning many new ideas and making discoveries.

Volcanoes on Campus

Our Team 8 Scientists are studying how volcanoes form and evidence of the movement of tectonic plates. They are studying the history of the ideas of continental drift and the life of the scientist and adventurer Alfred Wegener (1880-1930). Alfred Wegener presented his ideas the theory of continental drift in the early 1900s.

ART COMPETITION - Calling All Artists!

This is your last week to show your talent drawing people, faces, characters or facial features. There are separate categories for HS and MS. You can turn in a doodle or a finished work to Mx White in room 41 by this WEDNESDAY!


Junior Class Fundraiser!

The Junior Class is hosting a Pampered Chef Party to raise money for student activities. Pampered Chef started their Black Friday sale early this year with 25% off cookware, so you can start shopping today! 20% of all sales from this shopping link will be donated to the junior class:

For recipes, product demos, and link to the virtual catalog, check out this Facebook page:

Thank you for your support, and please feel free to share our link!!

We hope you have a wonderful weekend!

DGF Class of 2023

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Cheer Coaches Wanted!

The award winning DGF Cheerleading team is in search of volunteer coaches with competitive or collegiate cheerleading experience. If interested, the please contact Coach Matteson at
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MHS Book Club Every Tuesday

The MHS Book Club will meet on Tuesdaysafter school in the library. Everyone who likes to read is invited to join us for our meetings to help plan activities for the school year.

Multi Cultural Club~ High School

Join us on Wednesdays for Multicultural Club in Ms. R Brown’s room, #147, during the second lunch. Bring your ideas and your smiles as we plan and organize activities to celebrate the diverse cultures that make us great. Open to all high school students.

Looking for an e-Tutor?

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Scholarship Information

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) provides more than 1,000 merit-based scholarships each year for U.S. high school students to study abroad for a summer or an academic year in over 25 countries. These high school exchange programs prepare young Americans to succeed in the 21st century’s global economy by developing their foreign language skills, increasing their cross-cultural understanding, strengthening their leadership capacity, and fostering new academic insights and ambitions.

The application periods open this fall for the following programs:

These scholarship programs cover international airfare, tuition, program costs, meals and living accommodations (often with a host family). The programs have no language prerequisites, except for certain Youth Ambassadors programs. Applicants must be between the ages of 15 and 18 when the program starts. The U.S. Department of State is particularly trying to reach young people who would not otherwise have the opportunity to participate in a study abroad experience.

Please share this information widely with teachers, students, parents, and others in your networks who may be interested in these opportunities.

For more information, please refer to their flyer or click here. Contact the U.S Department of State at with any questions or to request promotional printed materials.

Thank you for supporting ECA and the U.S. Department of State's effort to build mutual understanding between people and communities around the world.

Hey, Admirals! What is SAC?

A School Advisory Committee is a team of elected and standing members who advise and provide recommendations to the Principal regarding concerns from the school community on a variety of topics, such as:

· Administrative procedures affecting students

· Allocation of resources to achieve educational goals

· Educational resources

· Instructional programs

· Policies affecting students and parents

· Pupil Services

· School lunch programs

· School transportation

· Student standards of conduct and discipline

The SY 21-22 Admirals SAC team members are:

· Chairperson – Priscilla Caprio, Parent Rep

· Vice-Chairperson – Sue Padalino, Parent Rep

· Co-Secretary - Amber Lamers Eric, Parent Rep

· Co-Secretary - Angela Sinnott, Faculty Rep

· Sanda Colombo – Faculty Rep

· Billy James – Faculty Rep

· Kyra Hertz – Student Rep

· Randy Lambert – School Liaison Officer

· Stephanie M. El Sayed – Principal

Join us for our currently scheduled virtual SAC Meetings on Tuesdays, 7 December, 1 Feb, and 3 May, at, from 3:30-4:30.

Updated Return to School Guidelines during COVID 19 - as of Oct 1st 2021

4. The child can return to school:

a. After 24 hours being symptom free, and a negative COVID-19 test performed by certified medical staff. A PCR test is recommended if available since it is more accurate.

b. After 24 hours being symptom-free (without fever reducing medications) with a written note from the Primary Care Team indicating low suspicion for COVID-19 and recommending return to school.

c. After 10 days and symptom free without medical evaluation.

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School Liaison Officer's Corner - Scholarship opportunities

See the link to the SLO Down Newsletter for October & November:

Looking for Scholarships & Resources? Then visit

MFLC Counselors

Ms. Nancy Pedagno, MFLC has joined DGF “Rota” M/HS to support our Admirals.

Military Family Life Counselors (MFLC) are available to provide broad-ranging support to military family members, children, youth and other adults who support them. Counselors all hold Masters and Ph.D. degrees and are available to perform situational, short term, problem-solving support available at no cost, and it is dedicated to augment existing military support services.

CYB MFLCs are available for children, youth and adults for in-person appointments via WhatsApp at:

+34-642-519-746 (CYP MFLC) +34-624-285-707 (MHS MFLC) +34-624-262-856 (ES MFLC)

If you would like to have your children have the ability to meet with the MFLC one on one for personal counseling then please fill out the attached form and return either via email or in person to the main office or middle school guidance office,

PSS Admirals - Join our Parent Group today!

It is our mission to build the very best school experience for every student. To do this we support academic activities for all students through assisting with clubs, testing snacks, scholarships for boys/girls state, and volunteer opportunities. We support our teachers through assistance with clubs, meals during teacher development, and gifts during teacher appreciation week. We believe in our students, in our teachers, and in our DoD school. We believe that by supporting our school we build our future.

The worldwide pandemic severely limited our efforts during the 2020-2021 school year, but as we look to the new school year we hope to be able to return to more supportive efforts. If you would like to have a chat with Kathryn Johnson or myself regarding ways to plug into DGF and the PSS Admirals, please reach out to us with your questions, comments, or feedback. We’d welcome your input.

You can find us via email or our Facebook page.

Facebook page: Rota PSS Admirals

Senior Seminar Fridays


Senior Seminar is in the Library with Dr. Bond on Fridays! Any senior who would like to come to the library on Fridays to work on applications, essays, academic resumes, questions, or anything post-secondary, is invited to come to the library on Friday. Be sure to sign-out of your Seminar class so your teacher knows each Friday you plan on participating!

SAT & PSAT Tests and Registration Dates

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COVID-19 Operational Guidelines & Protocols

Face Coverings Required - Masks are a very important component of staying healthy and reduce the risk of acquiring the coronavirus. Gaiter neck scarves and masks with valves are not approved for mask-wearing by the CDC guidelines. Students and staff will be required to wear masks throughout the entire school day, with the exception during lunch, where students will maintain at least six feet away from one another.

Visitor & Volunteer Policy - Keeping students safe is our top priority. This requires reducing the number of visitors to the school campus and classrooms. Until further notice parent visitors and volunteers are not permitted on campus during the instructional day unless visiting the school on official business. Examples of official business include dropping off and picking up students outside of normal times, attending a scheduled appointment, or completing an errand at the main office. We look forward to when our school can reopen our doors to parents and other visitors. Thank you in advance for your understanding of this policy.

Below (see attachment) parents can find the complete DoDEA Covid-19 Operational Guidelines and Protocols document. Parents can also find more information about school operations in Covid-19 at

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Required Home-Based Screening Standard Acknowledgment Form

Every enrolled student is required to have a signed parental Home-Based Screening Standard Acknowledgment form on record prior to the first day of school.

*Please complete the attached form below and return it to the main office or email it directly to our fabulous School Nurse at

Parents, caregivers, or guardians will monitor their children for symptoms of infectious illness every day through home-based symptom screening via the Home-based Screening Standard Acknowledgment. The prescreening provides a vehicle to determine if individuals should be referred to a healthcare provider or quarantine based on symptoms and exposure, including close contact.

NOTE: If a student is sent to the nurse's office, whether self- or staff referred, the nurse will assess the student for possible signs and symptoms of COVID-19. A student who is sick, and not showing signs of COVID-19, will be sent home for at least 24 hours. A student showing possible signs and symptoms of COVID-19 may be out at least 48 hours, depending on the course of action by the parent. Siblings of students who are sent home with possible signs or symptoms of COVID-19 may also be sent home.

The school will take a conservative approach when assessing students. Therefore, it is important for parents to keep their students home when not feeling well. This will prevent the spread of germs and ensures students do not miss extended periods of school.


New Students - Parents of new students requesting bus service, need to stop by the transportation office. The transportation office is located in the main lobby of the elementary school. Staff will set up services and issue a bus rider pass for your child.

Returning Students - Parents of returning students, if already set up bus services last school year, will not need to come into the transportation office. Students will receive their bus rider pass on the bus on the first day of school. If there has been an address change, parents will need to come into the transportation office to update the address and to receive a new bus rider pass.

Bus Stops: The transportation office will send out bus stop and pick-up/drop-off information to parents no later than Tuesday, August 17th. This information will be sent to the parent email on file in the student information database. Please make sure your current contact information is correct.

COVID-19 Restrictions: Students are required to wear masks while riding on the school bus. Students are seated with siblings and socially distanced from other passengers.


Student Meal Program

Wonderful News! The free meal program is continuing for the 21-22 School year! Registration is now automatically coordinated so you no longer need to stop by the customer service at the NEX or the school. Please keep an eye out for your welcome letter in your primary email used to register in DORS.

~You will receive a welcome letter from LINQ asking you to create an account through Titan.

~The letter will have your Student Identification # and Pin number. Do not lose this letter!

~Follow the directions in the letter to sign up

~The District is Navy Exchange.

~A meal registration document guide is posted below.

What's For Lunch

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DoDEA Online Registration for Students (DORS)

The DoDEA Online Registration for Students (DORS) is currently available for families registering in schools serviced by the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA). DORS reduces manual forms and makes it easy for parents to register their children for school.

Parents can enroll new and returning students at

For complete information about the registration process, including eligibility and enrollment please go to

After you finish the Registration online please contact the School at 727-4183/ 956 82 4183 to finish the process. Or email

Contact US

School Website


Ms. Stephanie El Sayed

Assistant Principal


Administrative Assistant

Mr. Manolo Sosa



Mrs. Tanya Maghanoy


Registrar VACANT

Please contact Secretary

Guidance Counselor 6th-8th

Ms. Pamela Webb


Guidance Counselor 9th-12th

Dr. Marcy Bond


School Nurse

Ms. Sanda Colombo



Mr. Ephraim Wertz




Bell Schedule with Two Lunch Groups

1st Lunch is Middle School 6th through 9t

2nd Lunch is High School 10th -12th with select 9th graders in mixed classes such as gym.


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A great opportunity to sort through

day to day stresses and learn from your peers.

Contact Ms. Nancy in the lunch room for an invitation.

*Parent Permission Necessary*

Nancy Pedagno, Military Family Life Counselor (MFLC)

624 285 707 - DSN: 727 4556