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Dr. Cohen's Newsletter to the SVHS Community

October 4, 2020 Edition

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Town Hall on Preventing Sexual Harassment and Assault Set for October 13

Let’s Talk Respect: Preventing Sexual Harassment and Assault, a student-led town hall, will be held via Zoom webinar at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13.

MCPS is collaborating with the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office, the Montgomery County Police Department, the Victim Assistance Sexual Assault Program, Choose Respect Montgomery, Coaching Boys Into Men, EveryMind and Identity to provide a forum for students and the community. Additional details will be shared with the community and posted online soon.

What is a Screaming Eagle?

WE NEED YOUR HELP! Over the next few months, SVHS will be partnering with an outside vendor to help the newly formed Seneca Valley 2.0 community define itself. Please take a few minutes to complete this simple survey. These same questions are being asked of Seneca staff, students, parents, and members of the broader community. The survey should only take you about five minutes, but we expect the results to have a long-term impact on our school brand. Thank you in advance for your help. The deadline for completion is Sunday, October 4.

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IB Spotlight

Last week, we shared some resources in our Student & Community September IB Focus Support to help students with 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 to support our ATL and LP foci below.

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

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. For letters of recommendation, please remember to ask your teacher before submitting your request in Naviance. Give them at least 15 business/school days advance notice before your college deadlines. Once they agree to write a letter of recommendation for you, feel free to submit the request in Naviance.

Upcoming Scholarships:

October 05 - AES Scholarship - 1-$500 award; senior; award given based on character, as determined by your 500-1000 word essay; see link for essay prompt.

October 15 - NSHSS

· Foundation STEM Scholarship - $1,000 awards; senior; min 3.0 GPA; desire to major in or pursue a degree one of the following (or closely related)

· STEM disciplines

· (see link); personal statement about STEM (500 words or less); list of STEM Activities; headshot; transcript; resume; 1-2 educator recommendations.

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.

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

Next Week's College Visits - Juniors & Seniors

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.

· List of College Visits

Upcoming Virtual College Fairs - Juniors & Seniors

NACAC Virtual College Fairs

§ Monday, Oct 12 - 1pm to 9pm (click here for the flyer)

§ Sunday, Oct 18 - 12pm to 8pm

Click here for more info & to register

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:

MC is also hosting FAFSA completion events. You can read about these in the Newsletter or see more information in the links below:

If there are no longer slots available for FAFSA Fever, explore the FAFSA Days dates. For those not eligible to complete the FAFSA, you may be able to complete the MSFAA: MSFAA - FAQs

SENIORS (& their Families) - FAFSA & Financial Aid Night Webinar

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. Link to register

Latest College & Career Center Newsletter

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.


Below, you will find the fall schedule and fall calendar

Note: These documents are in draft form and may change as direction from MCPS and the Department of Health and Human Services change. We will communicate any changes widely across our community.

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. Moore - 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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