- Westlake High School recently held an ice cream social for students who had perfect attendance during the first quarter of the school year. Students who were referral free also were invited to attend. The ice cream social is just one event coordinated by Westlake staff to support its Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program. The social was held last month and more than 100 students participated.
- Students at Eva Turner Elementary School celebrated Red Ribbon Week in October. The motto for the week was “Proud to be Drug Free,” and students chose different themes for each day of the week. On Monday, students wore red to show they were proud to be drug free. Tuesday was “Sock it to Drugs” day in which students wore mismatched socks to show their support. On Wednesday, students signed pledges to remain drug free and wore orange to show their commitment against bullying. Students wore their tops backwards or inside out on Thursday during Red Ribbon Week to signify turning their backs to drugs. On Friday, students and staff wore school spirit items such as Turner Tiger shirts and school colors. Red Ribbon Week is celebrated highlighted in the fall.
- Westlake High School held a special ceremony on Nov. 8 to recognize students in the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Biomedical Science Program. During the ceremony, a group of 15 juniors and seniors received a white laboratory coat in recognition of their commitment to the program. PLTW students often pursue careers in the medical field after they complete the Biomedical program. Students in the program take courses such as principles of biomedical science and human body systems, to medical interventions and biomedical innovation.
- In preparation for visits to Salisbury University next month, several Thomas Stone High School students recently met with admissions counselors. Several Salisbury counselors visited with Stone students last month to talk with them about transcripts, how to make accomplishments stand out on a resume and shared other important tips about the college application process. Several students signed up for the chance to talk with a college admissions counselor during the school day.
- A group of students from Westlake High School recently traveled to Theodore G. Davis Middle School to talk about their experiences in the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program. The AVID program includes classes designed to prepare students for college-level coursework. Students enrolled in the program complete a challenging course load with a college prep path. AVID students also participate in activities focused on organization, use of learning logs and binders, team building and time management, public speaking and test-taking skills. Nine schools currently offer the AVID program – John Hanson, Mattawoman, Matthew Henson, General Smallwood and Benjamin Stoddert middle schools, and Henry E. Lackey, Maurice J. McDonough, Thomas Stone and Westlake high schools.
- Student actors at Westlake High School recently wrapped up their fall play production of “Game of Tiaras.” The show featured plot twists similar to those found in the television show “Game of Thrones” and included undertones of Shakespearean tragedy. Prior to the launch of the show, the Westlake Drama Club participated in a live video chat with the Game of Tiaras author, playwright Don Zolidis. Students interacted with Zolidis using the telepresence classroom at Westlake and learned some of the behind the scenes details of the script.
- Kindergarten students at Eva Turner Elementary School recently participated in a class lesson about the five senses. The lesson was unique in that teachers challenged the students to taste items from five different food groups: dairy, grain, vegetable, protein and fruit. Students in Taylor Frey’s kindergarten class participated in the lesson. Some enjoyed the lesson and new tastes, while other students voiced their dislikes.
- Thomas Stone High School, as well as the six other county high schools, hosted a financial aid night in the fall for parents, students and the school community. Stone’s college and career advisor, Ava Morton, planned the event and invited representatives from the College of Southern Maryland and Wells Fargo. Attendees learned about college funding options, how and when to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and how to maneuver the scholarship search process. All county high schools host financial aid nights annually in the fall.
Charles County Public Schools provides 26,900 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 36 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.
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