The Seahawks Call

Week of September 20th through October 1st, 2021

The Seahawks Call is being sent on a bi-monthly basis.

VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE PROCEDURES

Remember, Open House is no longer in-person and is being held in a virtual format. It is scheduled for Thursday, September 23rd and will run according to the schedule below. To ensure this is a smooth process, teachers will be creating zoom meetings and posting the meeting links onto their LMS (Class Website) pages on Monday, September 20th.


In order for you to be admitted into any meeting, your display name needs to match the name of the parent or legal guardian of your student that we have on file.


6:00 - 6:25 Opening from Admin


6:25 - 6:35 Period 1


6:35 - 6:45 Period 2


6:45 - 6:55 Period 3


6:55 - 7:05 Period 4


7:05 - 7:15 Period 5


7:15 - 7:25 Period 6


7:25 - 7:35 Period 7


7:35 - 7:45 Period 8

Exciting News - Washington Post Principal of the Year Award Nomination Window is now Open

The Seahawks are nominating Mrs. Taylor for the Washington Post Principal of the Year Award! We think our principal is the best and we want her to win, so we need your help. Please consider writing a letter of support sharing why you feel that Principal Taylor should win this well-deserved award. Letters can include personal anecdotes and/or examples of how her leadership affects the school community as a whole.


All letters must include either a digital or physical signature and can be both printed and/or sent electronically. Please send all electronic letters to the Reading Resource Teacher, Andrea Johnson, at afjohnson@ccboe.com.


We would like to compile all the letters by October 15th, 2021, so please try to send in your letter before that date. Thanks for your support!

PICTURE DAY is scheduled for Friday, 9/24 & Monday, 9/27!

UPDATED CCPS COVID-19 PROCEDURES

CCPS has updated its protocols for the testing of sick students and staff by a school nurse. Students with a known exposure who want to test out of quarantine after seven days with a negative COVID-19 test must now visit their doctor, use an outside vendor or test through the Charles County Department of Health. The health department offers free testing three times a week. Families may also elect to quarantine their child for 10 days and return to school without testing.


Staff who are exposed outside of school will no longer be allowed to receive a COVID-19 test at school to end a quarantine early. Staff should visit their doctor, use an outside vendor or test through the health department on day seven, or wait until day 10 to return to work without a test.


Rapid tests will only be administered by nurses at their discretion for students or staff who display COVID-19 symptoms. Any student or staff member who pre-screens as potentially positive for COVID-19 will be offered a PCR test.


Staff and students may not return to school or school activities until the results of the test are known. Additionally, individuals who refuse the PCR test after pre -screening as potentially positive will be presumed COVID-19 positive and excluded from school and school activities for ten days. CCPS also updated the COVID-19 prescreening questionnaire.

COVID-19 Quarantine Instructional Support Plan

Our main priority for students who are placed on "COVID-19 quarantine" by the school is their health and safety. However, if you are able to work on your assignments, please continue to access your work via the gradebook and course content features of StudentVUE. Your teacher’s LMS pages (class websites) in StudentVUE will also have information about what you missed in class. Grade level content teachers are hosting daily optional opportunities for instructional support at assigned times.


Joining these instructional Zoom meetings are not mandatory while students are quarantining and will not suffice for full-on, live instruction. When quarantining we want our students to focus on getting well or staying healthy. But, if a student has academic questions or need clarifications in any of the four instructional content areas while quarantining, these Zoom meetings will be available for access and support.


Students on COVID-19 quarantine will have their absence marked "Medically Excused" by our attendance secretary for their entire quarantine period. This will ensure that students will have the opportunity to make up any missed assignments.


More detailed information on how Milton Somers Middle School supports students while on quarantine or isolation due to COVID-19 can be found on our school website under the tab section “Quarantine Instructional Support Plan” of the homepage or clicking here: Quarantine Instructional Support Plan (ccboe.com).

Early Fall MCAP Testing

Please review the attachment to get an overview of Early Fall assessments being required by MSDE. Testing will begin this week.

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

A letter from The Charles County Public Library went home on the first day of school offering all CCPS students the opportunity to have a virtual public library card. This virtual card will allow them to check out up to 15 public library items (including DVDs), and gives students access to all the digital resources that CCPL offers. If your child already has a physical library card- they can still have both! If you want your child to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity, there is nothing further that you need to do. If you decide that you would rather opt-out, please complete the form that was sent home and return it to the school.


If you signed the letter and returned it unintentionally, please contact me at hhartman-jansen@ccboe as soon as possible to change your child's status to OPT IN.

Still searching for PTSO Officers for SY21-22

Unfortunately, we still do not have any PTSO Officers for this school year. Therefore, we are opening up nominations again for PTSO Executive Board Members for the 2021-2022 school year. We know many parents just join PTSO and may not want to be an officer, but in every organization, we have to have leaders. Without PTSO officers, there can't be a PTSO!


Current positions available are:

President

Vice President

Treasurer

Secretary


Please email us at somersms@ccboe.com to submit your name and interested position.

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.