SVHS Green and Gold
Dr. Cohen/Mr. Smith's Newsletter to the SVHS Community
December 6, 2020 Edition
For spirit wear purchases:
Seneca Valley Online SPIRIT WEAR!!!
Seneca Valley is excited to offer online sales of the spirit wear we used to sell on-site (and more!) through our local vendor, VerTee Shirts. Check it out!
VerTee Shirts: https://svhs.spiritsale.com (T-shirts, sweatshirts, lounge pants, fleece jackets, and masks)
SVHS Spirit Wear can also be purchased at the following sites.
Want a SVHS License Plate? Please visit the School website for details. https://www2.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/schools//senecavalleyhs/about/ptsa/spiritsales/
NEW: Parent Survey Deadline Extended to Dec. 7
As MCPS prepares for the return of students, it is critical for parents to complete the preference survey indicating whether their child(ren) will remain exclusively in a virtual learning environment, or participate in a combination of in-person and virtual instruction during the second semester. The deadline to submit the survey has been extended to Monday, Dec. 7. Both options would allow students to take part in in-person athletics and extracurricular activities. Parents who select the in-person experience will be able to switch to virtual at any time. The survey also asks parents to indicate if their child needs MCPS-provided transportation.
NEW: Counselor LIVE Chat
Counselors are now available for live chat sessions EVERYDAY via Zoom. Please use your student's sign in credentials to access the session. Click HERE to access counselor's availability. *Please note that you may be required to wait briefly in the waiting room while the counselor is meeting with another parent and/or student."
Don't Forget to Activate Your ParentVue Account!
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 www.MCPSParentVUE.org 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.
Marc Cohen, Principal
Scott Smith, Principal Intern
NEW: The Sisters y Hermanas Scholarship
Here’s the link to apply: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe-Iu9VGca8L4yDdwn7doJ6--AOrVAcZVMuXqKwTZ6yZB-Vag/viewform
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.
College Applications - Seniors
If applicable, please keep working on your College Application Packet. Everything you need to do for submitting college applications, including instructions, is on this document.
If you plan on applying or have applied to Montgomery College, please also add MC to your list of schools in Naviance. This helps me and counselors keep track of where students are applying in case they need assistance. Thank you!
COLLEGE APPLICATION FEE WAIVERS! - Seniors
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. Some deadlines may have passed, but others are still active.
- 2020 VIRTUAL MARYLAND COLLEGE APPLICATION CAMPAIGN (VMCAC) - Waivers*
- Morgan State University has extended the deadline to use their code FREE20 to December 31, 2020.
College Testing - Juniors & Seniors
Important Note from MCPS about Testing: MCPS is moving forward with the December 5 SAT and December 12 ACT administration at selected high school test centers. However, based on changing health and safety guidelines and prioritizing the health and safety of students and staff, capacity will be reduced at each test center. Unfortunately, this may result in some students being unregistered for the December 5 SAT by College Board or for the December 12 test by ACT. When unregistering students, these organizations use their own processes for determining which students are cancelled, which is typically based on prioritizing seniors. College Board or ACT will contact students directly via email if there is a change to their registration status, as this is not managed by MCPS. MCPS will keep you updated on future testing opportunities in early 2021.
If you are registered for either of these tests, please be aware that some students may be dropped from the test. According to sources they will drop Juniors first. Please frequently check your email as a result.
Naviance - All Grades
Please make sure you can log into your Naviance account. Many students are starting Naviance lessons or will be soon. There are two methods to login: using a password and Single Sign On.
We are encouraging students to use the Single Sign-On* (click here to see how) as you do not need to enter your password to login. You need to be logged into your MCPS Google Account for this to work and for you to access the icon on your Google waffle. You may also sign into your account via the Naviance Link. If you have forgotten your password, you should be able to reset using your MCPS ID number or MCPS Google email.
If you are having issues logging in, please reach out to Mr. Nalda.
*Please note: Single Sign-On is only available to students at this time.
· 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.
- 15 - Finz & Finz Fighting Injustice Scholarship - 1-$1,000, 1-$500, and 1-$250 award; seniors; U.S. Residents; must plan to attend law school; transcript; photo; submit an essay of up to 1,500 words on the following topic: How have the events of 2020 impacted the fight against injustice and uplifted those who face unfair disadvantages?
Next Week's College Visits - Juniors & Seniors
Upcoming Virtual Events
USG Information Night for MCPS Families
§ Tuesday, December 8, 6pm - 7:30pm
§ Learn how to save thousands on a degree from a top Maryland university!
§ Learn how with the MCPS-MC-USG Pathway
College Application Q & A Session for Seniors
Class of 2021, do you still have a few more college applications to put in? Are you still looking for a college to apply? Do you have questions about how to apply to Montgomery College, HBCUs or scholarships? Please join your College and Career Information Advisors (Mr. Nalda and 3 other CCIC's) to get your questions answered. Let's take it across the finishing line! See link to flyer for more information.
§ Wednesday, Dec. 9, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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:
NEW: SVHS Cybersecurity Club - Join Now!
NEW: IB Spotlight
This month we are focused on the ATL category COMMUNICATION, which is also the MYP cluster. Our Learner Profile attribute is OPEN-MINDED..
COMMUNICATION is an essential experience in our lives. Communication is the activity of conveying information through the exchange of ideas, feelings, intentions, attitudes, expectations, perceptions, or commands, as by speech, non-verbal gestures, and writings. It is by communicating with others how people learn about our ideas and how we figure out what others think. Without communication no meaning is exchanged, no ideas are shared, and new ideas will remain unrevealed. Communication is especially important today in our society.
We need to develop strong communication skills to express ourselves with clarity, to ask strong questions and provoke big ideas. Through effective communication we will be part of the creation of concepts that might influence others and might become a turning point in a particular time, and it is for this reason that we need to be active listeners as well, for many times the opportunities for communicating and exchanging ideas will be around us, and we need to take advantage.
To be successful in this time when information inundates us, we need to be able to communicate ideas effectively. Students need to develop this vital skill, as it provides opportunities to learn more, to influence others positively , and to be part of change.
As OPEN-MINDED individuals, we “understand and appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values, and traditions of other individuals and communities. We are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience.”
IB students have a deep understanding of various cultures and views, bringing an appreciation of new views to both their academic study and their involvement in local and wider communities. The international mindedness compliments the missions of the best colleges, trade schools, and universities.
Students are especially open-minded during registration when they consider all their course options and can complement this with being a risk-taker and challenging themselves to take rigorous courses.
Students are effective COMMUNICATORS when they OPEN-MINDED to look at different perspectives. Other people’s views might be different to your own. OPEN-MINDED COMMUNICATORS actively listen to the perspectives of others and allow people the chance to convince you of their ideas or points of view.
Please don’t forget to complete the IB Student of the Month Survey to recognize an IB Student (full IB Diploma Career-related, or Certificate) for doing a great job or showing improvement with ATL skills or the LP in your classroom. Each month student(s) will be recognized in the last week of the month in Dr. Cohen's Smore newsletter.
STAFF SHOUTOUT for being open-minded and actively engaged in school wide MYP training as a BIG first step in implementing MYP in our Wall to Wall IB School. And a special SHOUT-OUT to Kim Becraft, the MYP Coordinator who took the lead on this training and did an amazing job organizing and effectively communicating with all throughout it.
Are you a rising junior interested in the FULL IB DIPLOMA PROGRAM or the CAREER_RELATED PROGRAM - please contact Natasha Ezerski (IB DP/CP Coordinator). And as always, Kim Becraft, (MYP Coordinator) is available to answer questions.
REPEAT: Principal Intern Takeover - December 14 to January 28
Dear Parents/Guardians, Students, and Staff:
The purpose of this letter is to provide you with additional information regarding Mr. Scott Smith, our principal intern at Seneca Valley High School. As I informed you at the beginning of the year, we are very pleased to have the opportunity to develop a future MCPS principal. Mr. Smith has adjusted very well to our school and has provided incredible support to our students and staff. Over the last few months, we have been working side by side co-leading activities and ensuring that our students receive a quality education every day.
I am very confident in Mr. Smith's ability to lead our school during the practicum. This practicum allows the principal intern an opportunity to serve in the principal role from December 14, 2020 to January 28, 2021. In order to make this experience more authentic and beneficial, I ask that parents, students and staff direct all school-related communications to Mr. Smith during that time frame.
In this virtual school setting, I will be preparing and planning for our student’s potential return to the school building. During the intern practicum, I will also support the principal intern not only during times of reflection, but also when the principal intern may need a sounding board to address a specific situation in the school. As a principal developer, I am committed to ensuring Mr. Smith an opportunity to develop into a highly effective school leader.
As always, I thank you for the trust you place in us to educate your children. While I will miss our interactions, I also believe that we all have to work together to continue to develop highly effective aspiring principals in Montgomery County Public Schools.
Best wishes for a safe and enjoyable holiday season.
Marc J. Cohen, Principal
REPEAT: Culture of Respect Lessons
Montgomery County Public Schools is committed to ensuring our students are equipped with the information needed to be able to recognize signs of bullying/cyber bullying, harassment (including sexual harassment), hate-bias incidents, hazing, intimidation, and student gender norms. An online student training lesson, entitled "Culture of Respect," has been developed for students in grades 6 through 12. This online training lesson provides critical information that will help students better recognize the signs of inappropriate behaviors, including the various ways to report alleged/concerning incidents. The training includes a student survey that will provide school leaders with valuable data to assess the current culture and climate of respect at their schools and determine potential next steps to plan for improvements. Students will earn two SSL hours to complete the training.
The objectives of the training module are for students to know and be able to:
• Review collective responsibilities in promoting a positive school culture and ensuring the physical, social, and emotional safety for all students in alignment with the MCPS Be Well 365 initiative. Define bullying, cyberbullying, harassment (including sexual harassment), hate-bias, hazing,
intimidation, and student gender norms.
• Recognize signs of hazing, bullying, and harassment, including sexual harassment/assault.
Identify reporting procedures to inform school administration of potential concerns and incidents.
• Analyze different scenarios and discuss possible consequences per the MCPS Student Code of Conduct Complete a feedback questionnaire, including an activity to help school administration gauge the level of concern in each of the areas addressed in the training module.
The Culture of Respect training will be completed through fifth period Advisory on December 11th or December 15th, 2020. Students may see the survey in their Canvas classroom before then, but do not need to do anything until their designated day in Advisory.
If you have any questions about the topics that will be covered, please contact me, or Elizabeth Maxey at email@example.com.
If you have any questions or concerns about the topics that will be covered, please contact your student's administrator or counselor.
Montgomery County Public Schools se compromete a asegurar que nuestros estudiantes estén equipados con la información necesaria para poder reconocer las señales de acoso/ciberacoso, acoso (incluyendo el acoso sexual), incidentes de odio-prejuicios, ritos de iniciación, intimidación y normas de género de los estudiantes. Una lección de preparación en línea para los estudiantes, titulada "Cultura de Respeto", ha sido desarrollada para los estudiantes en los Grados 6 al 12. Esta lección de preparación en línea proporciona información esencial que ayudará a los estudiantes a reconocer mejor los signos de conductas inapropiadas, incluyendo las diversas formas de reportar incidentes presuntos o preocupantes. La capacitación incluye un cuestionario para los estudiantes que proporcionará datos valiosos a los líderes escolares para evaluar la cultura y el clima actual de respeto en sus escuelas y determinar los posibles pasos siguientes para planificar mejoras. Los estudiantes obtendrán dos horas de SSL por completar la capacitación.
Los objetivos del módulo de preparación son que los estudiantes sepan y sean capaces de:
• Revisar las responsabilidades colectivas en la promoción de una cultura escolar positiva y asegurar la seguridad física, social y emocional de todos los estudiantes en consonancia con la iniciativa Be Well 365 (Estar Bien 365) de MCPS.
• Definir el acoso/intimidación (bullying), el ciberacoso, el acoso (incluido el acoso sexual), el odio prejuicios, los ritos de iniciación, la intimidación y las normas de género de los estudiantes. Reconocer los signos de ritos de iniciación, acoso y hostigamiento, incluido el acoso/agresión sexual.
• Identificar los procedimientos para reportar a la administración escolar posibles preocupaciones e incidentes. Analizar los diferentes escenarios y discutir las posibles consecuencias de acuerdo con el Código de Conducta de los Estudiantes de MCPS.
• Completar un cuestionario de comentarios, que incluye una actividad para ayudar a la administración
escolar a determinar el nivel de preocupación en cada una de las áreas abordadas en el módulo de capacitación.
La capacitación será completada durante el quinto período (Advisory) el 11 de diciembre o el 15 de diciembre, 2020. Estará accesible a todos los estudiantes a través de su página inicial de MyMCPS.
Si tienen alguna pregunta o inquietud sobre los temas que se tratarán, comuníquense conmigo o con Elizabeth Maxey en firstname.lastname@example.org.
REPEAT: 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 www.engravedbricks.com/campaign/svhs 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 email@example.com
REPEAT: PSAT Administration on January 26, 2021
- Based on College Board guidance and group size protocols, this PSAT administration would be offered to interested Grade 11 students only.
- Note that the January PSAT administration will have the same benefits as the October PSAT/NMSQT, including eligibility for programs administered by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
- As in previous years, interested Grade 11 students would register through an internal process at their local school, including paying the $17 testing fee for the assessment. Fee waivers from the College Board also are available through the school PSAT ordering process. Information on fee waivers can be found here.
- It is not expected that all Grade 11 students participate in the assessment, as the SAT School Day is also being planned for Grade 11 students in spring 2021.
- For the PSAT, interested Grade 11 students, students seeking SAT practice and official score reporting, and students interested in National Merit are encouraged to register.
- PSAT for Grade 10 students—PSAT 10—will have testing windows available later in spring 2021 and will not be part of the January administration.
More information forthcoming!
REPEAT: Project LIT
On October 14th, we hosted our first Project LIT book discussion. Students and staff met via Zoom to talk about the book Dear Martin by Nic Stone, a powerful story about race relations and social justice. 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
Last week, student participants helped select our next read, Like a Love Story by Abdi Nazemian, a coming-out and coming-of-age story set in New York City in the 1990s. We will meet to discuss this book on Wednesday, December 16, at 2:00 pm. Students who want to participate should sign up in the myMCPS Classroom Virtual LMC (click on Discussions from the left navigation menu) or email Ms. Little so that she can ensure we have enough copies of the eBook and audiobook available on Sora, our online reading platform.
REPEAT: Black-Eyed Susan Book Club Meetings Scheduled
The Black-Eyed Susan Book Award honors outstanding books chosen by Maryland students. Members of Seneca’s Black-Eyed Susan Book Club commit to read at least 3 of the 10 nominees from the high school category by April 15, 2021, and then vote to help select this year's winner.
Beginning on Monday, November 30th, the BES Book Club will begin to meet every two weeks. Our first 2 meetings will be on 11/30 and 12/14, from 2:45-3:30 pm. During the first meeting, we’ll discuss ALL the books and share our favorites. Then, we’ll choose which books we want to have more focused discussions about throughout the year. All meetings are optional, but a great opportunity to connect during the quarantine.
REPEAT: Free Online Access to the New York Times for Students
On Friday, November 20th, all students whose families completed the SVHS Combined Technology Consent Form, giving permission for the use of MCPS-approved 3rd party apps, should have received an invitation from The New York Times newspaper to create a free account. These invitations were sent to school gmail accounts (studentID@mcpsmd.net). Students who did not receive an invite but would like a New York Times account may complete the form now. Students whose families completed the form but still did not receive an invite may email Ms. Little for assistance.
REPEAT: 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
REPEAT: Dual Enrollment Registration for Spring Term is underway!
Is your student interested in taking Montgomery College courses for credit while they're in high school? Registration for spring term Montgomery College courses through Dual Enrollment is currently underway and classes are filling up. 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 Ian_J_Yarmus@mcpsmd.org.
REPEAT: Graduation Requirements for the Class of 2021
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.
REPEAT: Student Chromebook Issues? Need a Wifi Hotspot?
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.
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)
- Social Emotional Support - Students with last names beginning with A - C
- Class Support - Class of 2022
- Social Emotional Support - Students with last names beginning with D - J
- Class Support - Class of 2021
- 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
- Business, Finance, and Operations
Counselor Student Support Assignments
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 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
- Suicide Awareness
- Managing Stress and Anxiety for Students
- Managing Stress and Anxiety during Social Distancing
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.
VIRTUAL CRISIS WALK_IN CLINIC
MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT WEBSITES
Are you #SVPROUD?
- 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!