The Seahawks Call

Week of February 15, 2021 Volume 21

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Message from Principal Taylor......................................

Phase 2 students returning on March 22nd

As you know, CCPS recently provided parents with a return to school survey to begin planning for the reopening of schools. The Board of Education voted on Tuesday to begin Phase 2 on March 22nd.

In preparation for Phase 2, all staff and teachers will return to schools and offices on Feb. 22nd.


During Phase 2, our bell schedule will remain the same. Students, whether in-person or virtually, will have classes on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 7:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. and Wednesdays will remain asynchronous learning days for rest of the school year.


Has your child received their new school-issued laptop?

If the answer is NO, I encourage you to contact our office at 301-753-1787 and a date and time for pick up will be scheduled. If your child isn't in need of one, that is fine. However, please remember, whatever device your child is using, it MUST have a working camera!


New Code V

Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) has inclement weather procedures in place for Phase 1 – virtual learning for all students – for the 2020-21 school year. A new code, Code V, has been added to the procedures. Inclement weather announcements include procedures for both students and CCPS staff. A breakdown of inclement weather codes that affect students are posted on the CCPS website here.

Somers' Virtual Winter Choir Concert!

Grab a blanket and a cup of hot cocoa because this concert really gets you in the mood!


https://youtu.be/nntpvJKfd0M

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM NORTH POINT HIGH SCHOOL FOR 8TH GRADE CTE APPLICANTS

Just wanted to remind you of the deadline to submit North Point's CTE Interest Survey

by Wednesday, February 17th by 11:59 p.m. This is an important step in the application process for your students. The interest surveys are key component to measuring the student's interest.


Parents and student applicants were notified of the interest survey earlier this week through Synergy so please make sure your student doesn't miss the deadline!

Library News from Ms. H-J!


LET THE READING CONTINUE! Our SeaHawks read over 57,000 minutes in January! They met and exceeded the Winter Books Like Us challenge goals that were set for them. 7th grade readers lead to the end, but all grade levels contributed by reading and logging their minutes.


Our February challenge honors Black History Month and is a series of activities exploring African American contributions to art, music, Civil Rights, even the Green Book. Take some time to explore these activities with your student and see what new things you learn.


Curbside Book Pickup Students next opportunity for curbside pickup will be Tuesday, February 23. Students who have books out, are encouraged to return them to the book return box in the Somers lobby during school hours.

Somers Celebrates Black History Month

During the month of February, Somer's staff members will be sharing poetry and book excerpts centered around this year's Black History Month theme of The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity. Gather your family around our YouTube channel to listen. And be sure to check back weekly for new videos.


https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqrBKZUpwoGGr1U815k2FooLDS40RlYc6

Calvert Kettle Corn orders will be delivered to Somers for pick up on Saturday, 2/13 from 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

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.