The Seahawks Call - Phase 2 Edition

Week of April 19, 2021 Volume 29

A message from Principal Taylor.........................

Working like a well-oiled machine

Our Phase 2 students are pretty comfortable with school procedures that have been implemented to ensure everyone's safety. They also understand classroom routines and teacher expectations that have been established to ensure hybrid instruction is a success.

With more students returning in-person next week, it is my hope that our Phase 2 students assist with Phase 3&4 students getting familiar with school procedures and classroom expectations through leading by example.

Phase 2 students will continue to report for in-person instruction 4 days per week. Specifically, they will report to Somers on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

Transportation Update

Student Code of Conduct REMINDERS

Internet Contract for Middle School Students

Now that students have their technology devices at school, we want to remind students of the acceptable uses of the internet using school system networks. They include:

• searching for information on school-related projects using approved search engines;

• accessing reference, newspaper or periodical services made available to students by subscription to Charles County Public Schools;

• downloading information related to schoolwork;

• communicating via email for school-related purposes.

• accessing the internet only for school-related activities;

• remaining responsible for their behavior on the internet just as they are for their behavior in a classroom or on school property;

• using language acceptable to the workplace and school on the internet;

• following the same code of conduct as required by CCPS Code of Student Conduct;

• reporting any harassment encountered on the internet to a teacher; and

• respecting the privacy of others.

Students may not:

• access social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.;

• bully or harass any other individual using electronic communications, either directly or indirectly, on or off school grounds;

• install their personal service provider’s software on school equipment and may not log in to their personal service provider using school equipment;

• reveal their home phone numbers, addresses or other personal information;

• use someone else’s password or account number;

• copy or download materials in violation of copyright laws;

• attempt to degrade or disrupt system performance or attempt to enter and/or destroy computer systems and files;

• repost personal communications without the author’s prior consent;

• make personal purchases or unauthorized orders using the school system’s name; and

• download or copy information onto discs, hard drives or other peripheral devices without prior teacher approval.

Should a student fail to follow the internet contract which has been clearly stated, he/she will be subject to being removed from face-to-face instruction and placed back into the virtual setting.

Dress Code Policy

1. Clothing must be suitable for all scheduled classroom activities including physical education, science labs, wood shop, and other activities where unique hazards exist.

2. Shorts and skirts are permitted as long as they reach the middle of the thigh, defined as shoulders relaxed and arms straight down alongside the body where fingertips touch the thigh. Slits in the skirt may not rise more than two inches above fingertips.

3. Clothing must cover the chest area, cleavage, torso, and undergarments. Tops may not be lower than mid-back

4. Spaghetti straps and garments that are both strapless and sleeveless are not permitted during the school day.

5. Undergarments must not be visible at any time.

6. Pants must be secured no lower than mid-hip.

7. Ripped pants are permitted as long as rips fall below the shorts length criteria, are limited to the front side of the leg, and do not exceed three inches in diameter above the knee. Skin exposed by all other rips must be covered by opaque clothing that is not underwear.

8. Leggings, biker-type/spandex shorts, or joggers must be opaque and worn with a top that meets the length expectations of shorts and skirts (see #2).

9. Backless and open-toed shoes with a hard sole are permitted as long as the shoes do not pose a safety hazard. Foam and similar soft-soled shoes, such as flip-flops or beach footwear, are prohibited.

10. Headwear is not permitted. This includes, but is not limited to, hats, skull caps, visors, bandannas, sweat bands, shower caps, and hoods. Scarves may be worn as a headband only. (Exceptions may be granted based on religious and medical reasons with proper verification.) Sunglasses are not permitted except during outdoor activities.

11. Sleepwear and sleepwear-type clothing are only permitted for certain activities, such as overnight field trips and spirit days.

12. Clothing that displays or symbolizes any language or material that is inappropriate for school or offensive to any group is not permitted. This includes, but is not limited to, material relating to drugs, alcohol, profanity, obscenity, racism, gang activity and violence.

13. The dress code is in effect for participating students at all school-sponsored events on and off campus.

Related Arts Course Selections for 6th and 7th Graders

Parent/Guardians of current 6th and 7th graders:

On Tuesday, April 20th, a link will be sent to each current 6th and 7th grade students' StudentVUE account which will allow them to indicate their related arts request for next school year. Please review the FORMS link with your child prior to submitting the form. No changes will be allowed once the form is submitted. The form is due by 3pm on Friday, April 23rd. No exceptions or extensions will be permitted. Students must be signed into their Office365 account for the link to open and submit properly.

Please note, students will remain in the same core class level (on grade level, enrichment, or gifted for Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies) unless you are contacted by your child's teacher to discuss a placement change for next school year. Teachers will be contacting parents April 22nd-30th with these recommendations.

6th grade, School Counselor: Mr. Tojek,

7th grade, School Counselor: Ms. Franklin,

Library News from Mrs. H-J!

Seahawks Read

Keep logging those minutes read in Beanstack! It’s a great way to track what you are reading. You can also invite your friends to join you so you can compare who is reading the most. Its super easy to do – just look for the Friends button on your home page. Let’s start strong in 4th quarter!

Library Reminders

Our library books are looking to reunite with their missing companions. Have a Somers library book still checked out? Please return it during school hours and make the other books happy.



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.