Thunderblast Weekly

September 5 , 2021

Business As Usual

We were excited to get back to normal with a typical Thunder Day, Back to School Night, and Tailgate/ Football game. We know there is a fine line between reconnecting with students within our former framework and keeping everyone safe. We will continue to monitor this balancing act knowing that the data has been on our side. We are ready to shift protocols immediately if this changes. We know that 5 days in-person learning is right for our students and will do everything to ensure that we are able to continue this at Seneca.


As we get back to business as usual, we are planning to start clubs in a week. We requested activity buses to come at 4:30 Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday starting earlier than we ever have- September 13th. Currently, we have 11 club offerings and we will be looking to add more based on student interest.



  • Programming Club (we are still searching for a sponsor)
  • Basketball Club (we are still searching for a sponsor)
  • Jazz Band
  • Drama
  • Publications: Yearbook, Literary Magazine, etc.
  • Comic Book Club
  • Soccer
  • Drawing club
  • Sports Prep Athletics Club
  • Craftsman Club
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes



Lastly, we are continuing to use lockers. Students have options to visit less often or at different times. After the first few days, we have become much more efficient at opening them and there is very little time wasted during this transition. We had our first group of students decorating a friend's locker for their birthday this week. I'm happy to see the little things that make middle school special back in play.

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Classes are looking more and more normal as students are working together in various Science activities.

COVID Updates

Last year, the division communicated all positive cases for staff and students. This year, we will be conveying any COVID information through this Sunday Newsletter (or midweek if we feel there is something timely) to summarize what has been happening at Seneca. Currently, we have had zero positive cases in the building and two students who are quarantining based on positive tests within the family.


News from the clinic: We do appreciate that our families are keeping students home if they are feeling under the weather. I know it can be frustrating at times, but it is imperative to have students avoid coming to Seneca when they are feeling unwell. I hope you understand if we end up sending students home from the clinic at a higher rate than we would normally under different circumstances. In the first 6 days of school, our visits to the clinic have been typical of a normal year prior to COVID.


We appreciate our parents helping us to keep students outside during lunch through our Lunch Volunteer Sign-Up. Although we have been overstaffed the first couple weeks, as we begin to spread a little thinner administratively, this support will truly help us keep the bees away.

Battle of Route 7

We are excited to announce that the 5th Annual Battle of Route 7 is coming up soon! This is our annual soccer match against Sterling Middle School and is a wonderful night for school spirit and Seneca pride. We will be holding tryouts for the grade level squads, aiming to have about 20 players per grade. Tryouts will be held on September 14 and 15, after school from 3:30-4:30. Students selected for the grade level squads will have practices on Wednesdays leading up to the big game on October 15 at Dominion High School. (These dates are shifted back a week from what was on the announcements this morning due to a scheduling conflict.) If your child would like to try out for the team, please complete this


Permission Click Form - https://bit.ly/BattleOfRoute7


Go Seneca! Beat Sterling!


I added the picture below of Sterling's last win in 2017 for a little extra motivation.

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Tech Updates

LCPS provides a large library of supported instructional software that is available for teacher and student use found in LCPSGo. At Seneca, we will utilize Schoology and the corresponding calendar for our assignments and summative assessments, along with several other common software applications.


There may be certain instances where teachers wish to use software applications with students that require parental consent, because of age restrictions. If teachers are going to use any software applications that require parental consent, you will first receive a Permission Click that you will need to complete. Teachers will follow up with parents if the form is not completed. LCPS has a Student Software Catalog that families may use to review software applications, found here: https://www.lcps.org/Page/235938. Please reach out to the specific teacher, if you have any questions about applications that require parental consent.

United Mental Health Team (UMHT)

Did you know Seneca has a Unified Mental Health Team? Often referred to as UMHT? Please click here to see the members and a message from the team!


6th Grade: Troy Lucchesi

7th Grade: Evita Wilson

8th Grade Last Names A-M: Erin Bot

8th Grade Last Names N-Z & EL Newcomer/Intermediate: Sylvia Aldas

September 11- Patriot Day

I am very interested in hearing from our families about their experiences on September 11, 2001. Please share with nick.cottone@lcps.org
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PTO Corner

PTO Meeting: Our next PTO Meeting will be Wednesday, September 8 · 6:00 –7:00pm

Google Meet joining info
Video call link: https://meet.google.com/ome-sjqu-hjw
Or dial: ‪(US) +1 803-574-2985‬ PIN: ‪368 825 478‬#
More phone numbers: https://tel.meet/ome-sjqu-hjw?pin=7928330307406


Coffee Cart: The picture below says it all. Our PTO is always looking to build community with students and staff. Last week, the Tailgate was a huge success for our kids. This week, our teachers felt appreciated with a wonderful coffee cart sponsored by Atlantic Coast Mortgage and led by our amazing PTO Staff Appreciation Team. Thank you!!!


Join the Seneca Ridge PTO!!

Please head to our PTO website to join SRMS PTO Membership is free but donations are always welcome. If you’d like to get more involved, we have the following chair positions available.

  • Sponsorship Chair

  • 8th Grade Graduation Chair

  • Box Tops Rep

  • Restaurant Nights Chair

  • Odyssey of the Mind Chair

Please reach out to Kim Blough vicepresident@srmspto.org if you are interested.


Free Webinar Opportunity: Dr. Cameron Family Coach October 19 at 6PM -

Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to participate in a free webinar with Dr. Cameron, titled: "How to calm the teen drama" - This session will be presented via zoom. Seats are limited. Click on this link to register and to learn more about Dr. Cameron and the details of the webinar.


Welcome New Sponsors: A HUGE thank you to our newest sponsors and their support for our tailgate and to the PTO (Rai’s Pizza, Vocelli Pizza and Barakat Orthodontics). If you have a business that would like to be a sponsor, check out our sponsor program https://srmspto.membershiptoolkit.com/sponsors


Retailer Rewards Programs:

Join our retailer rewards programs to support SRMS PTO. Every time you shop, you support our school. Click on this link to learn more: https://srmspto.membershiptoolkit.com/retailer_rewards


SRMS Spiritwear: Please visit our spirit wear store and pick up some great apparel to show your school spirit.


Social Media: If you haven’t already, please follow us on:

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/senecaridgemiddleschool
Twitter https://twitter.com/@SRMS_PTO

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Thanks for visiting PE during Back to School Night and leaving some awesome messages for our kids!

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