The Seahawks Call

Week of October 26, 2020 Volume 7

Message from Principal Taylor

Preparation for Phase 2

Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) will begin Phase 2 on Monday, Nov. 9. In order for teachers to prepare for hybrid learning, instructional changes were made for the week starting Nov. 2. Outlined below are the changes and what they mean for CCPS students who remain in virtual setting:


  • Friday, Oct. 30: Last day for CCPS learning centers. This applies only to CCPS staff with children in a learning center.
  • Monday, Nov. 2: All CCPS staff report to school and teachers work in their classrooms to prepare for student's return in a hybrid setting. No live instruction for students. Students will have an asynchronous day, meaning teachers will provide assignments for students to complete at home.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 3: Primary Election Day - Schools are closed for students and teachers. This is not a school day for students. Students do not have assigned work or virtual instruction. Students may choose to complete school work.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 4: Regular asynchronous day. Students will complete assigned work at home.
  • Thursday, Nov. 5 and Friday, Nov. 6: Students will participate in live virtual instruction through StudentVue and Zoom. Teachers will utilize new technology to prepare for hybrid learning.
  • Monday, Nov. 9: Phase 2 begins, which means this is the first day that schools will have students reporting to the school building for instruction. Specifically, Somers will have 110 students reporting to school from 7:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Therefore, we need time to explain the new processes and procedures to ensure a smooth transition, which means there will be a delay for any student learning in the virtual setting. Students learning in the virtual setting will not join their first period class from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Students learning in the virtual setting will join their third period class, which begins at 9:00 a.m.

Technology Update

We are starting to receive our shipments of new laptops. However, we still aren't aware of how many laptops will arrive with each shipment. Therefore, schools have been encouraged to develop a distribution plan that is fair and equitable depending on the number of laptops that have been delivered. Please know, whenever it is time for your child to pick up his/her new laptop, you will receive an email with specific directions to ensure laptop distribution goes as smoothly as possible.


Just for further clarification, if you have multiple students in your household, they will most likely receive their laptops at different times. Remember, whenever it is time for that specific child to pick up his/her new laptop, you will receive an email with specific directions to ensure laptop distribution goes as smoothly as possible.

Internet Safety Webinar

The Student Services Department is hosting an Internet Safety Virtual Webinar from 6-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 4. Registration is required and available by clicking here. The webinar, features Joe Dugan, an internet safety specialist with the Maryland State Police and Internet Crimes Against Children task force. Mr. Dugan will focus on content covered in the documentary “Childhood 2.0.” The documentary highlights challenges kids face growing up in a digital age. Parents and other registered participants should watch the documentary before the webinar. The documentary is accessible online here. Participants can submit questions in advance by completing the Microsoft form linked here
Big picture

Beautiful Tomorrow Virtual Assembly

We are excited to hostThe Beautiful Tomorrow Virtual Assembly on Friday, October 30th at 2:15 pm. This 60-minute assembly will be an exciting, interactive presentation that will address topics such as: character development, college and career readiness, and anti-bullying. Although this is an optional assembly for students, we are hoping for record-number participation from our students since this is the first virtual assembly of the year!


On Thursday, October 29th at 2:15 p.m., a Youtube link will be eblasted to the Somers Community and posted on our twitter page @MiltonSomersMS. You may use a variety of technology including a cell phone to access the virtual assembly.

Transition Proofs of Domicile and Immunizations

Sixth Graders - Any 6th grader scheduled to report for IN-PERSON instruction on Nov. 9th who has not submitted their proofs of domicile WILL NOT BE ADMITTED TO CLASS!


Seventh Graders - Any 7th grader scheduled to report for IN-PERSON instruction on Nov. 9th who has not submitted their immunizations (Shot record) WILL NOT BE ADMITTED TO CLASS!

PTSO NEWS

This year may be a little different, but we on the PTSO Board look forward to supporting Somers teachers and students in any way that we can. No membership needed. We will post all our news here and on the PTSO tab of the school website. Occasionally, we will need your help. Volunteering one time is all it takes. PTSO makes it easy for you to volunteer in three ways:

· Donate an item requested

· Assist at a time-limited event

· Attend a Spirit Night


We are planning our next fundraiser in a similar fashion via Charles County food trucks in the Milton Somers parking lot. Supporting local food trucks keeps everyone safer from being packed inside a restaurant and these smaller local families need our support in these difficult times. Our plan is to offer dinner and dessert. Updates will be posted here.


PTSO Executive Board Members

President: Dawn Shafer

Vice-President: Melissa Morris

Secretary: Sherri Williams

Treasurer: Brenda Washington


Contact us at miltonsomersmsptso@gmail.com

Facebook: Milton Somers Middle School PTSO

Twitter: @SomersPTSO

Instagram: SomersPTSO

SCHOOL SUPPORTS

ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM

Marlon Walker - 6th Grade VP - mwalker@ccboe.com

Cynthia Panizzi - 7th Grade VP - cpanizzi@ccboe.com

Wualanda Thenstead - 8th Grade VP - wthenstead@ccboe.com

Sonia Matthew - Administrative Asst. - smatthew@ccboe.com


COUNSELING SUPPORTS

Kenneth Tojek - 6th Grade Counselor - ktojek@ccboe.com

Nancy Franklin - 7th Grade Counselor - nfranklin@ccboe.com

Brittany Williams - 8th Grade Counselor - bwilliams@ccboe.com


INSTRUCTIONAL LEADERSHIP TEAM

Andrea Johnson - Reading Resource Teacher (Reading) - afjohnson@ccboe.com

Jennifer Branham - Instructional Resource Teacher (Math) - jbranham@ccboe.com

Suzanne Johnson - Learning Resource Teacher (Gifted Education and Testing Coordinator) - srjohnson@ccboe.com

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Kathy Kiessling, Title IX Coordinator and Section 504 Coordinator (students), or Nikial M. Majors, Section 504 Coordinator (employees/adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, Maryland 20646. 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.