The Seahawks Call

Week of December 14, 2020 Volume 13

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

I am happy to report that we have received our last shipment of laptops. Our Computer Analyst is diligently working to configure them for students so they will be ready for distribution before we leave for winter break. You will be notified when your child's laptop is ready for pick up!

Who is your LIFE CHANGER at Somers? Nominate them to be eligible for Cash Prizes up to $10K

We know at Somers, everybody rocks! Here is a nomination where YOU can decide who is your LIFE CHANGER? Any K-12 school employees are eligible to win cash prizes up to $10,000. The best part? It's completely free and takes just a few minutes. Nominate a Somers' Staff Member today: http://ow.ly/QkYj50CGb5a

Having problems with Connectivity? Low-Cost Internet Services available. See flyer below.

SUBMISSION OF PHOTOS FOR THE SCHOOL YEARBOOK!

This year, we are all photographers for the school yearbook! Each week, the yearbook staff will be asking for photos to help us capture the moments going on in the lives of our students and staff during the 20-21 school year.

Parents and/or students can submit photos. There are two ways to submit photos:

  1. Through the website: http://www.hjEshare.com .
  2. By downloading the app HJeShare


The code to submit photos is Somers. Unless specified, please submit all photos to the General Photos section. Submitting a photo does not guarantee that your photo will be included in the yearbook.

This week, the yearbook staff would like photos of what you have been doing while at home the past few months. Did you pick up a new hobby? Did you learn how to cook? Have you read through all the books in your house? Are you caught up on your Netflix shows? Take a photo that shows us what you’ve been doing or what you are proud of. We can’t wait to see what our Seahawks have been up to!

Weekend Meals start today!

  • Weekend Meals bags will be offered at distribution sites starting today, Dec. 11. The bags will include breakfast, lunch, dinner and a snack and is free to all children ages 2-18. Healthy meals are essential to successful learning. Let's help our students be successful and not hungry.

Reminder with having cameras turned on!

    Since we are well into the second quarter, schools will no longer be as lenient with enforcing the attendance policy as it relates to students who fail to have their cameras turned on during instruction.

    This is a reminder that it is CCPS policy (in order to verify attendance) for students who have a working camera for it to be turned on for the entire duration of the class period. Students who do NOT have a working camera must do the following in order to be marked present for class:

    1. Inform your teacher that your camera is not working.

    2. Make sure you participate in the lesson via the chat room or "unmuting yourself" to answer questions or share responses.

    3. Actively participate in other platforms (ie. NearPod, Discovery Education, etc.)

    If a student, without a working camera, fails to participate in other ways to truly indicate he/she is present, the teacher will mark the student absent.

    Thank you, in advance, for reviewing this CCPS policy with your child.

From the Desk of.........................Ms. H-J, Media Specialist


Encourage Your Student to Read and Log


In November, Seahawks lead the district by reading over 60,000 minutes and logging them in Beanstack! What is Beanstack? It is an app in student's Clever accounts, where they can earn badges for reading and doing reading-related activities. It is also available to download on your phone, to make logging minutes super easy.


Our Winter Reading Challenge begins January 1st!


Your students have multiple ways to get books to read. They can access eBooks and audiobooks through their Somers Destiny accounts, as well as put books on hold for Somers Curbside Pickup. The Charles County Public Library has even more titles available, plus daily Curbside Pickup. Encourage your student to spend some time every day, reading for pleasure!

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.