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Dr. Cohen's Newsletter to the SVHS Community

September 20, 2020 Edition

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Diagnostic Reading and Math Testing

We want to share information about MAP Growth Testing, MAP - M (Math) and MAP - R (Reading), which will be administered to students within the next two weeks. The MAP diagnostic assessment is designed to inform instruction, recovery and intervention, and account for learning loss, as well as determine present performance levels on math and literacy standards. The purpose of a Fall diagnostic MAP testing for grades K-12 is to measure students' growth from the fall of 2019 to fall 2020 due to the impact of (COVID-19).

Here is the SCHEDULE for MAP Testing:

  • MAP - M Testing will be administered on Friday, September 25, 2020 in students' 5th period classes.
  • MAP - R Testing will be administered on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 in students' 5th period classes
  • MAKE-UP DAYS: Will be on Tuesday, October 6th during 5th period and Wednesday, October 7th during check in times

Please encourage your child to take these assessments seriously and try their best. These assessments help teachers determine supports, and approaches to teaching and learning that will better assist students' academic achievement.

Be Well 365, Student Specific Lessons and Family Resources

Be Well 365 Recovery Student Supports and Interventions

All schools will continue to implement social-emotional supports for students.

Student Well-Being Teams: Schools have designated student well-being teams that will receive referrals for student support from school staff and families. These teams will provide support to students who are struggling with social-emotional concerns, attendance, and engaging with online learning. They will also support the delivery and monitoring of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) lessons. The teams are comprised of school administrators, counselors, psychologists, pupil personnel workers (PPW’s), parent community coordinators (PCC’s) and other building staff.

Student Psychoeducational Lessons: All schools are required to implement a student psychoeducational lesson during a Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) schedule blocks before October 2, 2020. Student psychoeducational lessons provide direct crisis intervention support to students. This lesson will provide students crisis facts about the dual pandemic (COVID-19 and systemic racism) in our nation. It will also provide information on common crisis feelings/reactions, stress management strategies, and where to find help. Teachers will implement these lessons with coaching from the building counselors, psychologists, and other school-based mental health staff. Families who have concerns about their child’s ability to participate in the student psychoeducational lessons due to a mental health concern or a prior traumatic event should contact the school administration to request an alternative way of meeting the lesson objectives. The student will also be referred to the student well-being team for additional support.

Social Emotional Learning Lessons: Throughout the school year, staff will provide Social Emotional Learning lessons to help students effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.

Family resources: Parent Academy workshops are free workshops that provide information, resources, and tools & tips to support student success. The Parent Academy is designed to inform and empower families as advocates and partners in their children's education. Workshops provide families with useful information and resources to support their children's academic and emotional well-being, as well as helping them to be college and career ready. Through a variety of learning opportunities, we hope to strengthen our engagement with families and the community. We recognize that behind every successful student are supportive families, teachers, school staff and community members who take an active role in educating our students.

We want our families and students to remain engaged throughout the school year. While we may not be able to meet face-to-face, Student, Family and School Services is excited to provide "Parent Academy TO GO," a series of virtual workshops for families to view at home.

Families can access additional information about social emotional support on the following websites:

Be Well 365 (Estar Bien 365) - Apoyos e Intervenciones para Estudiantes

Todas las escuelas continuarán implementando apoyos socioemocionales para los estudiantes.

Equipos de bienestar estudiantil: Las escuelas han designado equipos de bienestar estudiantil que recibirán remisiones para apoyo estudiantil del personal escolar y las familias. Estos equipos brindarán apoyo a los estudiantes que estén experimentando dificultades con inquietudes socioemocionales, asistencia y participación en el aprendizaje en línea. También apoyarán la impartición y el monitoreo de las lecciones de Aprendizaje Socioemocional (Social Emotional Learning, SEL). Los equipos están integrados por administradores escolares, consejeros, psicólogos, coordinadores de asuntos estudiantiles (pupil personnel workers, PPW), coordinadores de servicios comunitarios para los padres (parent community coordinators, PCC) y otro personal del edificio.

Lecciones psicoeducativas para estudiantes: Todas las escuelas deben implementar una lección psicoeducativa para estudiantes durante un bloque de horario de aprendizaje socioemocional (SEL) antes del 2 de octubre de 2020. Las lecciones psicoeducativas para estudiantes brindan apoyo de intervención directa a los estudiantes durante situaciones de crisis. Esta lección les brindará a los estudiantes los hechos sobre la crisis relacionada con la doble pandemia (COVID-19 y racismo sistémico) en nuestra nación. También proporcionará información sobre sentimientos y reacciones comunes en situaciones de crisis, estrategias de manejo del estrés y dónde encontrar ayuda. Los maestros implementarán estas lecciones con entrenamiento de los consejeros del edificio, psicólogos y otro personal de salud mental de la escuela. Las familias que tengan inquietudes sobre la capacidad de sus hijos para participar en las lecciones psicoeducativas para estudiantes debido a un problema de salud mental o un evento traumático previo deben comunicarse con la administración de la escuela para solicitar una forma alternativa de cumplir con los objetivos de la lección. El/la estudiante también será remitido/a al equipo de bienestar estudiantil para recibir apoyo adicional.
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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.

Google, Youtube and Online Digital Tools Consent Form

Parents and Guardians, please complete these forms to give your student(s) permission to access and use technology resources as part of their online learning experience:

Seneca Valley High School Combined G-Suite Additional Services + YouTube Permission Form & Supplemental Online Digital Tools Consent Form (English and Spanish- traducción abajo)

Please note that the link above includes two forms.

  • The first page is the G-Suite Additional Services & YouTube Permission Form. MCPS uses Google’s G Suite for Education Core Services to provide students with access to tools and services such as email, online storage, and web-based applications -- all students have access to these Core Services. Student access to and use of additional G Suite services and YouTube, beyond the Core Services, requires parent/guardian permission. Please read this form and indicate consent at the bottom of the page.

  • The second page is the Supplemental Online Digital Tools (ODT) Consent Form. This form addresses student use of 3rd party apps, such as Kahoot!,, and The New York Times. All of the online digital tools used by teachers are vetted for safety and privacy requirements, but may still require “affirmative parent consent” for student use. If you are comfortable with your student using these technology resources, please indicate consent at the bottom of the page.

  • The third page requests student and parent/guardian names.

Failure to provide consent to Additional Services and Supplemental Online Digital Tools will not result in loss of access to the G-Suite Core Services, but will limit access to other technology resources used to facilitate teaching and learning. Consent remains valid for the entire time the student is enrolled in an MCPS high school and may be rescinded at any time.

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. Hosted by Ms. Elmore, school psychologist, and your school counselors; we will meet once per week during lunch (Tuesdays 11:15-12:15) and complete ice breakers, play games, find things we have in common, and hopefully develop new friendships.

Counselor Goodbye

We are sad to announce that Ms. Nina Moore's last day with us is this upcoming Friday, September 25. Please join us in sending her well wishes and good luck in her new job endeavor. She will surely be missed BUT as we all know, once a Screaming Eagle, always a Screaming Eagle!

We are working diligently and swiftly in hiring a new counselor to take Ms. Moore's position. For all students and families whom Ms. Moore serves directly, know that in the interim Ms. Sabrina Murray, Resource Counselor will help in her stead. As soon as our new counselor is hired, we will be sure to communicate with the community.


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.


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IB Spotlight

I don’t think there is anyone that doesn’t respect the IB.” (Panetha Carson, Harvard Admissions Officer)

Universities and colleges are becoming increasingly aware of the knowledge and especially of the skills IB students bring with them to college courses. IB is unique compared to other college preparatory programs in its focus on writing, research, and critical thinking. Each IB course includes an assessment where students mirror the methods of experts in the subject. This provides an opportunity for exposure to high level skills, as well as a deeper understanding of the content and the entire discipline. Studies have found that IB students are more likely to attend college and enroll in some of the highest-ranking schools around the world. IB students also feel more prepared to succeed and excel in their studies than students who do not participate in IB. Colleges like to see prospective students challenge themselves and those who risk their GPAs to take a more rigorous course of study stand out more than students with excellent GPAs who took a lighter course load.

During the third week of each month we will highlight colleges and universities and their IB credit policies. We kick this off with a local Maryland university.

Towson University recognizes that the IB program represents achievement beyond the standard American high school program and regularly awards advanced standing to students who successfully complete IB course work. TU requires a score of 4 or higher to earn credit for Higher Level (HL) and Standard Level (SL) courses.

  • Students who earn the IB Diploma will be awarded 30 units toward the Bachelor’s degree and receive sophomore standing!
  • Towson requires a score of 4 or higher to award credit for Higher Level (HL) and Standard Level (SL) courses.
  • Towson awards college credit for almost all of the SL courses offered at Seneca Valley completed with a score of 4 or higher.
  • At least 6 and as many as 8 units will be awarded for each Higher level exam completed with a score of 4 or above.

*A unit is another term for a college credit.

Seneca Valley Athletics Continues partnership with Lead ‘Em Up!

The Seneca Valley Athletic department is proud to announce that we have renewed our subscription to one of the top Leadership Development programs in the country. For the past four years, Seneca Valley has worked with Lead ‘Em Up and founder Adam Bradley to put together a program that takes our student athletes to the next level. At Seneca Valley we believe in developing our student athletes beyond the playing surface. With a variety of engaging activities, our student athletes are not only better prepared to be successful in their sport, but be successful in life. Please see the press release pdf attached to this message.

Please reach out to Athletic Director Jesse Irvin if you have any questions or concerns.

Go Screaming Eagles

This Week's Notes from the College & Career Center

College Applications

Attention Seniors!!

Seniors - if you have not completed or started on your College Application Packet, please work on this! This is especially important for students applying to schools with October application deadlines. You want to make sure you give your counselors and teachers at least 2 weeks to complete and submit any application requests, including letters of recommendation. Feel free to reach out to Mr. Nalda or your counselor if you have any questions.

Upcoming Scholarships

· September 30 - Don't Text and Drive Scholarship - 1-$1,000 award; 9-12 grade; U.S. Citizen; 140-character message about texting while driving; top 10 selected as finalists; finalists asked to write a 500- to 1,000-word essay about texting while driving; 1 winner chosen from 10 finalists' essays.

· October 01 - The SchoolHouse Connection Youth Leadership and Scholarship Program - minimum of 10-$2,000 awards; senior; must have experienced homelessness within the last six years; must reside in the United States; Undocumented students who meet these criteria are eligible; transcript, personal essay, and at least one letter of recommendation.

· 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.

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

This Week's College Visits - Juniors & Seniors

McDaniel College

Katherine Ridgway


9/21/20 8:00 AM

Lycoming College

Craig Washington


9/21/20 11:30 AM

University of New Haven

Julia Consorte


9/22/20 8:00 AM

Goucher College

Joseph Shields


9/22/20 11:30 AM

Loyola University Maryland

Rachel Scholten


9/22/20 3:00 PM

Merrimack College

Parez Parez


9/23/20 8:00 AM

George Mason University

Kelly Cardew


9/23/20 10:00 AM

Seton Hill University

Brittany Peterson


9/23/20 11:00 AM

Towson University

Melissa Stoker


9/23/20 12:00 PM

Stony Brook University, State University of New York

Rachel Wells


9/23/20 3:00 PM

Clark University

Terry Malone


9/24/20 8:00 AM

Roanoke College

Kelsey Sowder


9/24/20 11:30 AM

Brown University

Dayna Krakower


9/24/20 3:00 PM

University of Richmond

Jose Garcia


9/25/20 8:00 AM

Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus

Brett Hoffman


9/25/20 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.

· List of College Visits

Upcoming Virtual College Fairs - Juniors & Seniors

Student Panel College Fair

· September 21 - 26, 2020 - Hosted virtually, FREE. Watch live from anywhere, or register for recordings. Hear from interactive panels of current college students from over 100 universities. Register now (free)

Television Special - MPT’s annual Ways to Pay for College

Maryland Public Television (MPT) continues its tradition of providing viewers valuable insights into successfully navigating the college selection and financial aid process with Ways to Pay for College, a live, one-hour special airing Thursday, September 24 at 7 p.m. on MPT-HD. A live stream of the program also will be available at and remain there for viewing following the broadcast.

§ Click here for the flyer and more information

This Month's College & Career Center Newsletter

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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