The Seahawks Call

Weeks of October 18th and October 25th

Important Dates to Remember:

· October 18th & 19th - Drama Club Auditions in cafe' from 2 - 3:30 pm


· October 20th - UNITY Day (Wear Orange); VEX Robotics until 3:30 pm; All County Choir Auditions @ TSHS from 3-9 pm;


· October 21st - Newspaper until 3:30 pm


· October 26th - Drama Club Practice until 3:30 pm; Archery Tryouts until 3:20 pm


· October 27 – Co-Ed Golf Tourney @ White Plains Golf Course from 9-2 pm; VEX Robotics until 3:30 pm

Tik Tok Challenges

Currently, there are various social media challenges affecting school districts across the country. Last month, a viral trend on the social media platform Tik Tok called “Devious Licks” encouraged students to steal or destroy school property and then post photos or videos online. Some of our students participated in this trend and damaged property in our schools.


This resulted in costs to replace damaged or stolen property, as well as staff time to repair or replace equipment. Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) staff work hard to maintain our facilities and keep all students and staff safe.


There are additional social media challenges online, which are listed below, that span the remainder of the school year. I am reaching out to you to ask for your help. These challenges are not harmless pranks. Most, if not all of the challenges, violate behaviors outlined in the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) Code of Conduct. The challenges have the potential to result in consequences such as suspension, expulsion and possible charges by police. These challenges also affect the ability of school administrators and staff to focus on instruction.


Please talk with your child about social media challenges, and the consequences for participating in them while at school or at home. The trends being shared on Tik Tok are harmful and destructive. These are not behaviors students should model in school, or in their communities. Please take a few minutes to review the Code of Conduct with your child and talk to them about the seriousness of participating in these trends.


If you or your child have information about a possible school violation connected to the school setting, please report it to a school administrator or use our anonymous See Something, Say Something online reporting tool posted at https://www.ccboe.com/index.php/see-something-say-something-ql.


We appreciate your help in keeping our facilities and, ultimately, our students and staff safe.


Sincerely,

Principal Taylor


UPCOMING TIK TOK CHALLENGES

October - Smack a staff member on the backside

November - Kiss your friend’s girlfriend at school

December - “Deck the halls and show your B****” in school halls. Thinking this means boobs or butt or some other body extremity.

January - Jab a breast

February - Mess up school signs

March - Make a mess in the courtyard or cafeteria

Dress Code Violations still a problem!

We are still experiencing dress code violations especially our young ladies wearing ripped jeans and crop tops. As we indicated in a past issue of the Seahawks Call, students violating the dress code policy will be sent to the office and the parent/guardian is contacted to see if they are able to bring a change of clothes. If the parent is not able, we will then look in our "Student Need Supplies" which has new or gently-worn (CLEAN) clothes like: leggings, long shirts, or shorts. If we can't provide something to the student due to supplies running out or the student refuses to wear the item, they will be placed in In-School Retention (ISR) for the remainder of the day.


Parents/Guardians, please help us keep students in class or causing an inconvenience to you by checking out their outfit before they leave out the house or before you leave to go to work!

National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. As students are readjusting to in-person learning, they are learning how to navigate this "new normal" of social interaction. Please speak with your children about the importance of kindness and compassion as we all work to connect and re-connect with one another. To show that we are a school community united against bullying, please join us in wearing Orange on October 20th!
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Career Technology Education (CTE) Informational Night for 8th Graders - Save the Date!

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.........From the Library


Our students are so happy to have their books back! Since the school year began, they have checked out over 2000 books in the past 4 weeks! Students come to the library every 3 weeks with their Language Arts class. In addition, they may come any time during the school day with a pass to drop off a book or check out a new title.


Log those minutes in Beanstack! Our current challenge for October is Hallow-Read around the World so log those minutes! Students can access Beanstack through their Clever accounts. Logging minutes is super easy and a great way to track their own progress as readers. For every hour of reading in October, they earn a new badge. Students continue to enjoy the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, as well as Stargazing by Jen Wang, and Overturned by Lamar Giles.


Laptop Reminders – Remind your student that laptop bags are NOT book bags. When they carry too much in their laptop bags, they risk putting pressure on the laptop screen and causing it damage.


Mrs. H-J

Color-Coded System to monitor movement throughout the building!

Since we were unable to purchase agenda books this year, we had to come up with a system on how students would move throughout the building. It was important for us to ensure students reported directly to class when the bell rings and are not loitering in the hallways. Therefore, we created a system based on color codes. These colors allow staff at a quick glimpse to know if students are in their appropriate locations if seen in the hallway. Please refer to the Color Code Table below.


The hot pink passes can be given from any staff member to go to any location in the building, besides the bathroom. Most times, the hot pink pass is given to send a student to the nurse, the main office, their locker, etc. The other passes are strictly for students going to the bathrooms. The different colored passes are designed to send students to the closest bathroom from their current classroom.


If a student is found in violation of this new procedure, they can be issued a discipline referral and receive a consequence.

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SCHOOL SUPPORTS

ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM

Matthew Newcamp - 6th Grade VP - mnewcamp@ccboe.com

Marlon Walker - 7th Grade VP - mwalker@ccboe.com

Cynthia Panizzi - 8th Grade VP - cpanizzi@ccboe.com

Zachary Ortolano - zortolano@ccboe.com


COUNSELING SUPPORTS

Mike Simms - 6th Grade Counselor - msimms@ccboe.com

John Craddock- 7th Grade Counselor - jcraddock@ccboe.com

Nancy Franklin - 8th Grade Counselor - nfranklin@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.