The Seahawks Call

Week of February 1, 2021 Volume 19

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

It's so hard to believe that the second semester and third quarter have begun. This is a great time for students to regroup and refocus. It is my hope there will be an increase in student attendance, an increase in the completion and submission of assignments, and an increase in the level of student engagement during class.

We recognize that learning in this virtual setting has been very challenging for students academically, socially, and emotionally. We know that it is important to recognize, praise, and reward students who exhibit good work habits, comply with procedures and policies, and adhere to teacher expectations. Therefore, we will be rolling out our virtual PBIS program this month to incentivize our students so they will continue to thrive in the classroom.

Should you have any suggestions on ways to motivate your child(ren), please reach out to your grade-level administrator or school counselor.

This week is National School Counseling Week and I'd like to recognize our counseling department for the fabulous work they do. Our counseling team works above and beyond the call of duty to connect with students and families to address any challenges you may be facing academically, physically, socially, and emotionally. If your counselor has helped you in any way, please take a moment to send an email, tweet, postcard, letter, or any other positive sentiment to say thank you.

#allinforallstudents #allaboutthekids #youmatter #greatlistener #confidant #bestinCCPS

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Top Left: Mr. Tojek, 6th grade counselor

Top Right: Mrs. Jenkins, PPW

Bottom Left: Ms. Williams, 8th grade counselor

Bottom Right: Ms. Franklin, 7th grade counselor

GIRLS WHO CODE CLUB! Now accepting applications!

Milton Somers is proud to announce the start of the Girls Who Code club for second semester. Girls Who Code is on a mission to close the gender gap in technology and to change the image of what a programmer looks like and does.


The club will meet virtually on scheduled Wednesdays for an hour to learn about coding skills, careers, and the women that have made it possible. For more information and a club application go to join.nearpod.com and enter the code: 5DKBZ


Application deadline is February 12th by 3 pm.

Library News from Ms. H-J!


Seahawks Read Our winter reading challenge, Books Like Us, is almost over. So far Seahawk students and staff have read over 54,000 minutes in January! 641 badges have been earned by 302 Active Readers. Kudos to our 7th graders who have really stepped up to read and participate – 207 of them have been reading and logging their minutes.


All students are encouraged to log in to Beanstack and record their reading. Students who are logging their minutes say that it helps them see their progress and growth as readers. They enjoy the challenge of seeing if they can read more from one month to the next. Students can find Beanstack in their Clever app – it is the yellow heart. Watch for our special Beanstack Black History Month activities next month!


Curbside Book Pickup Students next opportunity for curbside pickup will be Tuesday, February 9. Students who have books out, are encouraged to return them to the book return box in the Somers lobby during school hours.

Inclement Weather Schedule

Weather forecast possible chance of snow showers on Monday and Tuesday. Therefore, here is the inclement weather schedule in case there is a delay.
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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.