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Hello Hornets:

Here are some items that might be of interest:

1.  ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RECIPIENT FEATURED ON YOUTUBE CONCERT VIDEO.  We learned that Achievement Award recipient John Previti (72) is featured in a very high-quality youtube mini-concert video that may be found at  Fans of John, fans of jazz, and fans of Django Reinhardt are sure to enjoy this outstanding musical performance.

 The family of the late Bob Johnson (62) kindly donated to the Foundation's archives a number of Surrattsville-related items that were among Bob's effects.  Included in these items were copies of the program for the Class of 62's June 1962 Vespers event, a color program from a football game between the Hornets and St. Mary's of Annapolis, the program from the Class of 62's Ten Year Reunion, and a collection of Surveyors from 1960-1963.  These items now may be viewed along with the various other treasures that are displayed with the Archives at various School and Foundation events.  Many thanks to the Johnson family for this very fitting tribute to Bob's memory.  (See below for a remembrance of Bob's extraordinary life.)

[Ed Note:  Despite three years at Surrattsville of voraciously devouring every word of the very high-quality Surveyor, I never realized until seeing the copies sent by Bob's family that the name of our School paper was inspired by the name of the School.  The masthead of the Surveyors from that era actually reads "Sur-veyor," which was not the case in the very modern times of the late 60s and early 70s!  Might any of our readers know if the high quality of the Surveyor (and Sur-veyor) ever resulted in any awards?]

  The School-Based Instructional Committee at the School is seeking to compile data on alumni educational and career experiences after graduation from Surrattsville.  To help out with this effort, we're asking all of our readers to email to their data that can be added to the chart pasted at the very end of this e-Notice.  The Committee will then use this raw data to create aggregated data for the School.  Thanks for considering participating in this School-based effort.

.  The Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department is now accepting online applications for entry level fire fighter positions.  The website is


  This month's historical item is an article by an unknown author from the Clinton VFD Old Timers Club's great Historical Collection of the Clinton Community:  "The History of Surrattsville High School.  Surrattsville High School bears the name of one of the founding fathers of our community, John Surratt.  John Surratt came with his family and settled on a large plantation near the crossroads of what is now Clinton.  He and his wife Mary ran a tavern/boarding house on the site of the restored Surratt House.  Three weeks following the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln the town's name was changed to Robeystown, and then for no reason changed to Clinton in 1878.  The Surrattsville School was established in 1869, on a knoll at what is today the intersection of Route 381 and Surratts Road.  In 1906, the Board of Education ordered that Surrattsville School be hereafter run as a district high school and primary school combined at an additional cost not to exceed $400 per annum.  Thus, the second high school in Prince George's County was established."


And, speaking of history, Diane Day (71) sent two priceless articles featuring Surratts teachers Ben Collins and the late Barbara Hays.  They can be viewed on the School History page of the Foundation's web site at


In addition, Sandra Smith Simmons (70) submitted the 1968 and 1970 editions of the Prince George's County Schools English Department's "Samples and Swatches" books.  These books contained sample student literary works for English teachers to use in classroom instruction.  I'm very proud to report that the following Hornets from that era have their sample works included in Samples and Swatches:  Sandra, Chris Morgan, Bruce Marusich, Fred Goss, Carol Simmons, Roy Mock, Carol Stevens, Lee Morgan, Frank Zoeckler, Linda Gatewood, Frank DiSalvo, Deborah Riggs, Mark Bryant, Mary Ann Mosier, Linda Livesay, Linda Schwater, George Daye, Marcia Norcia, Rene Jungers, Darlene Richards, Peggy Green, and Linda Gottlied.  One of the editions contains an inspirational inscription from Sandra's Surratts English teacher, Eremein Jackson.

  Tom Satterfield (52) is seeking Boomerang photos of the sophomore class from September 1949 to June 1950.  Please email Tom at if you might be able to help.

The Class of 82 is beginning work on its 30 Year Reunion.  Please contact Scott Gavel at if you have any contact information on members of the Class of 82 or on members of their families.


8.  CLASS OF 76 TAKES LEAD AGAIN ON JUNE 23 "SURRATTSVILLE BLUE CRABS NIGHT."  We received the following from Class of 76 ORC Evan Vutsinas:  "Happy March Hornets!  Here are details for this years' 3rd Annual Surrattsville Night at Blue Crabs Stadium.  For the amazing price of $20.00 per person, attendees will receive parking, game admission into the left field party pavilion, and a two hour Texas Roadhouse all-you-care-to-eat buffet dinner including dessert and soft drinks.  Besides some pretty good baseball, don't miss the awesome fireworks display after the game as well!  This invitation is for Hornets from every era.  Last year the 50s through the 2010s were represented.

Here's the link to sign-up:  First, click on the link.  This will take you to a security page where you will be asked to type the letters that you see - this is case sensitive.  Once you pass that test, you'll be sent to the page where you will enter our secret code, which is SHS.  Again, this is case sensitive.  Finally you will be asked to enter the number of tickets you are purchasing and you'll be led through the traditional payment process.  We hope to see many of you at Regency Furniture Field in Waldorf on Saturday, June 23rd!  Evan,"

The Class of 97 is busy planning its 15 year reunion for mid-summer 2012.    The Class has a web page at  Please contact Monica Crown at if you would like information on the event or if you have any contact info for members of the Class of 97 or their families.

The Class of 71 is holding a reunion event near Annapolis on Saturday June 23, 2012.  For information, please join the "Surrattsville 1971" Group on Facebook (which is one of the first Surrattsville Class Groups on Facebook to have exceeded 100 members!), or contact Darlene Monaco (71) at, cell: 443-831-1643 or home: 410-544-1471.

The Class of 62 is planning its 50 Year Reunion.  Here are the details from the Reunion Committee: "Crystal City Marriott, Crystal City, VA, June 22, 23 and 24, 2012, Dinner on Saturday Night June 23.  Party like you're 18 again!  Party like it's 1962!  Reunion Committee: Terry Buckley Osman ( 410-320-2668 or 410-586-3911, Kathy Dorsey Larrabee ( 410-353-3432 or 410-897-0332, Jerry Spence ( 240-216-0189 or 240-419-2661, Len Owens ( 443-206-2567.  Please join us on Facebook if you are a member.

  Thanks to our readers, there are a number of new historical, and recent, photos on the "Photos" page on the web site at that might be of interest to many of our readers.  If you have any photos or other historical items that you think might be of interest to our readers and web site visitors or that might be interesting additions to the Foundation's Archives, please send them to me at or 1 W. Pennsylvania Avenue, Suite 950, Towson, MD 21204.

  Some of our readers use the web search function to do their web searching, and by doing so generate automatic contributions by to the Foundation.  To use as your search engine and to designate the Foundation as the beneficiary of donations by, simply go to and, at the "Choose Your Cause" button enter "Surrattsville Foundation" (and that will take you to a page that says "Surrattsville High School Foundation (Baltimore – MD)" (the mailing address for the Foundation).

Thanks for considering this painless, and free, way to support the Foundation every time you search the web!

  REQUEST FOR PRINCIPALS' PHOTOS FOR LEGACY WALL.  As noted in the last e-Notice, the Foundation is seeking photos of all of Surrattsville's Principals (since 1907!) to include on the new, Foundation-sponsored "Legacy Hall" at the School.  If you have any paper copies of photos of Principals that you would be willing to snail mail to us for scanning and a prompt return to you, please mail them to Henry Smith, 1 W. Pennsylvania Avenue, Suite 950, Towson, MD 21204.  If you have the ability to scan a digital copy of a Principal's photo – perhaps from your yearbook – please send me an email at so I can tell you if we already have that particular photo.  If we don't, and you could kindly scan the photo and email it to us that would be great.  (Especially if the scan is "high resolution," which is better for enlarging to 8 x 10 size for framing.)

Thanks in advance for any assistance you can provide with this latest Foundation project.

The Foundation's Facebook Group – called "Surrattsville Alumni" – continues to grow, and is now approaching 1400 members.  This is a great, and free, way for folks to stay in touch.  Similarly, the Class-specific Facebook Groups – that have names like "Surrattsville 1973" and the like -- continue to grow.  Please consider joining the Surrattsville Alumni Group, and your own Class-specific Group, to get the latest news on alumni events.

The Foundation has a limited supply of yearbooks from 1991, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2006.  If you'd like one of these yearbooks (which are available for $15 including shipping and handling), please send an email to

Thanks to the herculean work of Pat Becker Oles (71), the Foundation's 2000 Alumni/Faculty/Staff Directory has been updated for 2010, and now includes fascinating "what I'm up to" paragraphs from those who submitted directory information.  If you would like a copy of the Directory, send a $20 check payable to the Foundation to:  Henry Smith, One W. Pennsylvania Avenue, Suite 950, Towson, MD 21204.

Pat Becker Oles (71) also kindly handles the Foundation's "Surrattsville Alumni" window stickers project.  Pat notes that the stickers are not the "static cling type," that stick to the inside of a window.  Instead, they are the "stick to the outside type," that can stick on a window or bumper, and use "repositional adhesive" (meaning no sticky residue).  Information about purchasing the stickers can be found on the web site at


Here's hoping you're experiencing a gorgeous Spring!  Henry Smith (71)


In Memoriam

MARY HAYES (parent and feeder schools teacher) died on February 14.  Mary was a teacher at Surrattsville Elementary, Tanglewood Elementary, and Princeton Elementary, beginning in the late 1950s.  Her daughter Carol Hayes Pinkey (69) reports that Mary had very fond memories of her students and always talked highly of her students who later graduated at Surrattsville Senior High in 1967 - 1969.  Mary also was the mother of the late Marvin L. Hayes, Jr. (64), and is survived by her husband, Marvin L. Hayes, Sr. (41), who is 89 years young and who was a devoted and loving caregiver to Mary through the years of her illness.  The couple would have celebrated their 67th anniversary in April.

TEKAU RASAYON (2012) died suddenly on March 28 while running on the School track during PE class.  Tekau was a member of the National Honor Society, a leader in JROTC, a volleyball player and all around great young lady.  Memorial services were held on April 4 at Mt. Ennon Baptist Church in Clinton.  The ABC-7 News website carried the following report about Tekau's untimely death:  "The color pink was all over the campus of Surrattsville High School on Thursday, a tribute to a 17-year old senior who collapsed and died during gym class on Wednesday afternoon.  Tekau Rayason collapsed while jogging during a PE class.  Students at the Clinton school were donning the color while mourning and remembering the17 year old. 'She was a beautiful person,' Tristona Frey, Tekau's friend, said. 'She was just so kind.'  Prince George's County Public Schools officials say students wore pink in Tekau's honor Thursday. Classmates are also planning on releasing pink balloons at the school's track during the afternoon.  This comes after the 17 year old was jogging on the school's track when she collapsed. Tekau was treated on campus by the school nurse until an ambulance transported her to Southern Maryland Hospital.  She was pronounced dead at the hospital.  There is no word on what may have caused Tekau to collapse, but her father, Niyana, says his daughter told a friend during the physical education class that she was having chest pains just minutes before she collapsed in front of friends and classmates.  Frey, who is amongst the majority of students still in shock a day after Tekau's death, says she was in the lunch room with her only hours before she suddenly collapsed.  'Yesterday, we were just laughing about how her healthy diet was so much better than ours,' Frey said.  Family members say there were no signs or history of heart problems for Tekau, a vegetarian who loved to exercise. She appeared to be extremely fit and especially loved to dance, something she did with her father the night before she passed away.  Officials say counselors will be available at the Clinton campus throughout the rest of the week for grieving students and staff.  'She looked so happy,' Surrattsville student Zaria McCain said. 'She shouldn't be going now.' "

ROBERT "BOB" MILES JOHNSON (62) died on December 23 in his home, surrounded by his family after a brief illness.  Bob was the son of the late Robert Allen Johnson and Nellie Faunce Johnson, and is survived by his sisters Ann Johnson Collins and Sandy Johnson Highsmith.  Bob married Melinda Touchstone on November 25, 1992 in Key West, FL.  Bob was Student Council President at Surratts, and was recognized as Outstanding Senior Athlete, helping to win the State Championship in basketball.  He made 30 plus free throws, without missing one in the tournament.  He was also quarterback on the football team, and the catcher on the baseball team.  He earned a scholarship to Washington College, graduating in 1966 with a major in economics.  Upon settling in Frederick, he worked at Donald B. Rice Tire for 30 years, ultimately serving as Vice President.  He was a member of Frederick's Noon Rotary Club and served on the Board of, and as Trustee of, the Frederick YMCA.  In addition to his family Bob loved golf, bowling and the Redskins, and co-captained the "Dorothy Foster," a 42 foot buy boat built in 1917.  On his beloved boat and the years that followed he enjoyed friends, song and sun on the waters of his beloved Chesapeake Bay, where his ashes will be scattered.



Patricia Becker Oles (71)
Steve Profilet (71)
Nancy Miller (67)
Bob Marr (71)
Debbie Cox Marr (72)
Elizabeth Lee Gleisberg May (78), In memory of loving parents Ray and Dorothy Gleisberg
Sandra Smith Simmons (70)
Donna Rae Sturtevant Smith (70), In memory of Lt. Col. Benjamin Norcia (USAF, Ret), long-time Surrattsville substitute teacher, and Mary A. Norcia
Henry Smith (71), In memory of Lt. Col. Benjamin Norcia (USAF, Ret), long-time Surrattsville substitute teacher, and Mary A. Norcia
Tom Shultz (71), In memory of Earl and Charlotte Shultz
Duke Coleman (53), In memory of Donald England (53)
Kurt Aktug
Linda Dorsey Blum (66)
Coach Lew Jenkins (former faculty)
Lawrence Romjue, In memory of Lois Marie Osgood (57), "Rubber ball," "bouncy-bouncy, "bouncy-bouncy," "Bobby Vee"
Tom and Sally Travis (72)
Valerie Mercier (73)
Vicky Simontacchi Young (57)
Vera Twigg
Melissa Gilcrest (69)
Thomas V. Mike Miller (60)




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