The Seahawks Call

Week of January 11, 2021 Volume 16

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

Our staff is really working hard to try and help students to be successful. Many teachers stay after during FLEX time to offer support and/or give students additional time to turn in assignments. Other teachers schedule time on (asynchronous) Wednesdays to meet with students who may need additional help. The school offered Grade Recovery to certain students who failed the 1st Quarter in Math, ELA, Science and Related Arts. Just in case, the days/times when Grade Recovery is scheduled are as follows:

  • Monday, Jan. 11th - Grade Recovery for Math from 2:15 - 3:15
  • Tuesday, Jan. 12th - Grade Recovery for ELA from 2:15 - 3:15
  • Thursday, Jan. 14th - Grade Recovery for Science from 2:15 - 3:15
  • For Related Arts, projects were assigned and must be submitted no later than Jan. 21st

Being successful is a joint effort. Students must take advantage of these supports. We can't make students stay back during FLEX time. We can't make students log in on a Wednesday to get additional help from their teacher. We can't make students who need to recover a grade from Q1 report to Grade Recovery on the assigned day/time.

Help us help your child/ren. I encourage you to check your child's progress by logging into ParentVUE. Don't just ask your child, "How are you doing in school?" or "What are your grades looking like?" You take a look at your child's grades first hand. If you are having trouble logging into ParentVUE, then contact your child's school counselor and they will be happy to assist you.

We know that all parents want their child/ren to succeed. At Somers, we have high expectations for our students. However, we understand the challenges that students continue to face during this pandemic and learning virtually. So, let's work together to make sure our children RISE to the occasion and do what we know they can do........Excel and Exceed all Expectations!

Guess What Time It Is? COLLEGE WEEK!

Did you know, there are scholarships you may qualify for as a middle school student? Want to know what you can be doing now to help prepare for higher education? This week is College Week! We look forward to participating with students in our College Spirit Week to bring awareness to their higher education possibilities and steps they can take NOW to prepare for the future. Our administration and counselor teams are also in the college spirit! See more about their college experiences and take advantage of the resources Charles County Public Schools has to offer in starting your higher education journey here: It is NEVER too early to start planning!

Throughout the week, students will be hearing about their teacher's college experiences during their classes and participating in the spirit week theme for the day. Please post pictures via twitter @MiltonSomersMS and share them with our yearbook staff at, password: Somers.

On Wednesday, we encourage students to visit this website: to explore more about the college experience.

College Week Spirit Week! Click on the link below to see what to wear each day next week!

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Let's Congratulate our SMECO Nominee ............................. Natalie Gilliom, 7th Grade math teacher

Congratulations Natalie Gilliom on being selected as our school nominee for the SMECO Award! We have several teachers who are nominated at the county level who should be recognized at the regional, state, and national levels. I believe in order to be recognized at these higher levels, we have to make our nomination packets STRONG and CONVINCING. You can help in this process by providing letters of support.

If you would like to help make Mrs. Gilliom's nomination packet STRONG and CONVINCING, please submit your letter of support to me by Friday, January 22, 2021.

Library News from Ms. H-J! Click on the link below regarding the Winter Reading Challenge.



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.