Author: Charles County Public Schools Press Releases


Students at William A. Diggs Elementary School from prekindergarten to fifth grade are cracking the code of computer science during Hour of Code. The Code.org initiative aims to spark interest among students to further study computer science and coding while expanding access and participation among females and underrepresented minorities to the field. However, the road may not be a smooth one. “Failing is not a bad thing,” said Jason James, a systems engineer volunteering in technology facilitator Alesia McWillis’s class at Diggs. Failing leads to new avenues of thinking, going back to the drawing board and coming up with solutions Read more…


Twice a month, fourth and fifth graders at Berry Elementary School gather as part of the Just Say No Club. Under the direction of Olivia Coffey, school counselor, students discuss the importance of making good choices now and in their future. “The purpose of the club is to help good students make good choices as it relates to risky behavior,” Coffey said. “It also allows them to work toward making good choices in life as they get older.” Students discuss risky behaviors, play games and role-play scenarios that help them know what to do if they encounter negative behaviors. “I Read more…


High school seniors dressed in their finest, celebrated accomplishments and checked off a milestone at the Col. Donald M. Wade Joint Services Military Ball Dec. 1. Seniors from the county’s seven high schools – along with their dates – got together at North Point High School to mark their participation in each schools’ JROTC program. Joshua Redden, a Henry E. Lackey High School senior, comes from a military family. He was a member of the cadet program of the Civil Air Patrol, a civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force. Joining Lackey’s Air Force JROTC was a logical step for Read more…


Maurice J. McDonough High School Show Choir put on a show Nov. 17 for elementary school-aged fans and veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. The group visited William B. Wade Elementary School Nov. 17 performing songs made popular by Disney. After the show, veterans were treated to refreshments in the media center. Benjamin Stoddert Middle School held a Pink Out Day during which staff and students acknowledge the fight and hardships that can come with breast cancer. The day was held in honor of a Stoddert teacher who fought breast cancer and recently had surgery. School representatives said it supports Read more…


Westlake High School Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Engineering students get hands-on with goods cost analysis in Introduction to Engineering and Design. Engineers find solutions to problems and turn their ideas into reality. PLTW Engineering allows students to step into the role of an engineer, adopt a problem-solving mindset and make the leap from dreamers to doers, according to PLTW’s website. PLTW’s courses engage students in real-world challenges to make them collaborators and thinkers. William B. Wade Elementary School’s English Language Learner (ELL) students in Sally Pruitt’s class participated in a mini performance-based activity of planting fall flower bulbs. The Read more…


A Thanksgiving tradition continued at Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School when its students — past and present — along with staff opened the doors to senior citizens and guests Nov. 17 for the 31st Thanksgiving celebration. The event was started by the late Elvira Barnes, a guidance counselor at Mt. Hope. It has been continued by Connie Bannister, a secretary at the school, and a team of volunteers who spend the week leading up to the lunch shopping for ingredients and cooking. Invitations go out to senior centers and nursing homes, along with churches in the area, Bannister said. “It’s good Read more…


The SkillsUSA Maryland Fall Leadership Conference was held earlier this month in Ocean City. Students could earn the Statesman and Advanced Statesman awards and attend workshops and activities. Nineteen North Point High School students attended the conference. “It builds character,” said North Point senior Umi Daniels of being a part of SkillsUSA. Daniels, who is in the cosmetology program, said she used to be reserved around new people. “It helped me break out of my shell,” she said. North Point senior Nisha Lathrop, who is studying education careers, said SkillsUSA helped her build the confidence she’ll need as she moves Read more…


Every other Friday at Dr. Thomas L. Higdon Elementary School, excitement brews. It’s when Café Skillz opens its doors for teachers and staff who need a late morning caffeine buzz or sugar rush. Kimberly McCloskey’s Life Skills class runs a coffee shop, providing Keurig-brewed coffee and tea, along with scones, cookies and brownies. Everything sells for 50 cents, but the students are getting a wealth of experience. “Money skills, communication and social skills, color recognition,” McCloskey lists off the lessons her students learn through running the shop. “They’re learning to follow steps to complete a task. It’s a fun way Read more…


At the start of the day, Cora Stokes wasn’t sure about the robotics workshop her father signed her up for, but she was willing to give it a try. “I was nervous at first,” said the Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer Elementary School fourth grader. “But now I’m sort of excited.” The room full of girls ranging from third graders to high school seniors buzzed with teamwork, creativity, confusion and triumph during Girl Powered, a robotics workshop held last month at North Point High School. The science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) event also allowed students to build “21st century Read more…


As soon as he could talk, Matt Sallee was likely singing. The Maurice J. McDonough High School graduate can’t remember a time he wasn’t singing, and can’t imagine not doing it. “I sing all the time,” he said. “I don’t even realize I’m singing.” Sallee’s lifelong passion has landed him a spot with the a cappella juggernauts Pentatonix. Sallee, a bass, joins the group for the holiday season. “I landed in Los Angeles on Sept. 15 and recorded two songs the next morning,” he said. “I hit the ground running.” Sallee took over for Avi Kaplan, who left Pentatonix in Read more…

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