The Seahawks Call

Week of October 19, 2020 Volume 6

Message from Principal Taylor

Preparation for Phase 2

On Tuesday, October 13th, the Board of Education voted 5-2 to enter Phase 2 of its reopening plan, which includes special populations of students to return to school starting Nov. 9. Students in Phase 2 include:

· Students receiving special education services;

· English Learners (EL) students;

· Students who have a 504 plan;

· Students who do not have internet access at home;

· Students who are homeless or displaced/living in foster care;

· Students who are children of CCPS employees; and

· High school juniors and seniors enrolled in the following Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses.

· Robert D. Stethem Educational Center: Virtual Academy (Grades 10-12), Automotive Technician, Academy of Health Professions Pharmacy Technician, Academy of Health Professions Physical Rehabilitation, and Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC).

· North Point High School: Automotive Technician, Collision Repair, Academy of Health Professions Certified Nursing Assistant, Construction Design and Management, Electrical Construction, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts (ACF), Manufacturing and Welding.

· Henry E. Lackey High School: ProStart program

· Maurice J. McDonough High School: *Dance program (all students)

· All high schools: Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute (MFRI) program

Based on these special population groups, Somers will have about 112 students reporting for in person instruction on November 9th. School administration, ILT, counselors, building and food services staffs, and several other teacher leaders are working together to review schedules, establish traffic patterns, create PPE powerpoint presentations and videos for staff and students, prepare classrooms.....just to name a few to ensure a seamless transition to Phase 2 as we possibly can.

Please know that I will as transparent as possible and provide frequent updates to make sure the Somers' community remains informed.

United Against Bullying! Our first Virtual Spirit Week for this school year!

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. To show that our Seahawk family is UNITED against Bullying, we will participate in a virtual spirit week starting on Monday, October 19th - Friday, October 23rd. Look at the flyer below to know the theme for each day. Be sure to tweet @MiltonSomersMS and check our feed for all the Seahawks united against bullying! For a chance to be seen in our yearbook, send your photo to

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!


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

Sweet Street Donuts Fundraiser held on October 4th was a success!

Thanks to all of you for participating!

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

Facebook: Milton Somers Middle School PTSO

Twitter: @SomersPTSO

Instagram: SomersPTSO



Marlon Walker - 6th Grade VP -

Cynthia Panizzi - 7th Grade VP -

Wualanda Thenstead - 8th Grade VP -

Sonia Matthew - Administrative Asst. -


Kenneth Tojek - 6th Grade Counselor -

Nancy Franklin - 7th Grade Counselor -

Brittany Williams - 8th Grade Counselor -


Andrea Johnson - Reading Resource Teacher (Reading) -

Jennifer Branham - Instructional Resource Teacher (Math) -

Suzanne Johnson - Learning Resource Teacher (Gifted Education and Testing Coordinator) -

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.