- Berry Elementary School celebrated more than just Valentine’ Day on Tuesday, Feb. 14. It was also the day when students were recognized for their academic performance from the second quarter during the quarterly honor roll assemblies. Students in grades 1-2 were honored if they received all “consistently demonstrating” on their second quarter report card. These students were also recognized for their hard work and demonstration of readiness for the next grade level. Students in grades 3-5 were honored for honor roll and principal’s honor roll, depending on their grade-point average (GPA). Parents filled the gymnasium for both assemblies to share in their children’s accomplishments.
- On Thursday, Feb. 16, fourth graders at Berry Elementary School had their first look at instruments they will be able to play as fifth graders. Band and orchestra teachers throughout the county played a concert for the students and demonstrated each of the different instruments. Fourth graders were captivated both by the abilities of the teachers to play the instruments, as well as the variety of instruments they can play next year. Susan Sweeney, the orchestra teacher at Berry, finds the concert to be a valuable recording tool. “Students can see ahead of time the different instruments, and begin making a decision about what they might want to play in fifth grade,” Sweeney said. During the next few weeks, students will receive additional information and permission forms for the instrumental music teachers to use in preparation for next school year.
- Berry Elementary School students who were referral free for the second quarter received a special treat on Friday, Feb. 17 from the Maurice J. McDonough High School Show Choir. The group made the trip from McDonough to perform their show “Dance Evolution.” Students watched in excitement as the choir sang and danced to hit songs from different generations of music. There was a song for everyone in the audience, from the youngest students all the way up to the teachers, who enjoyed swaying along and singing to songs. Teachers, students, and Berry Principal Sandra Taylor got in on the act during the segment of the show in which the choir performed current popular dances. This is the second consecutive year that the McDonough Show Choir visited Berry as part of a Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) sponsored event.
- Students at Dr. James Craik Elementary celebrated friendship and Valentine’s Day on Tuesday, Feb. 14. During the day’s events, students participated in team building activities and celebrated with their peers. Each grade level held activities for students.
- Students at Dr. James Craik Elementary School are participating in the countywide elementary Unified Sports basketball program. Craik has two teams – Team Pride and Team Tigers – that practice weekly and participate in games held at St. Charles High School on Saturdays. Team members enjoy working together and having something fun to look forward to each week.
- James Craik Elementary School hosted a quarterly awards ceremony for students on Friday, Feb. 10. Students were honored with awards in areas such as honor roll, Tiger pride, most improved and academic excellence. The school hosted two separate awards ceremonies so all students in grades kindergarten through fifth could be recognized. Hundreds of parents participated in the celebration.
- The Craik Tigers robotics team from Dr. James Craik Elementary School recently placed among the top 10 teams for skill matches and earned a fourth-place award among overall team matches at the Southern Maryland VEX IQ Challenge held Feb. 11 at Great Mills High School in Calvert County. For their accomplishments during the competition, and overall ranking, the team was invited to participate in the Maryland State VEX IQ Elementary/Middle School Championship planned for Feb. 25 at Calvert Hall College High School. Team members are Craik fourth graders Ayden Bragg, Cole Cruikshank, Travis Lehman, Ava Rowledge, Nate Sheffield and Joseph Smith, and Craik fifth graders David Alvarado, Christian Giovacchini, Luca Sabatino and Brooke Speidel. Team coaches are Britney Naughton, a science teacher at Craik, and Chelsea Beck, a second-grade teacher at Craik.
Charles County Public Schools provides 26,400 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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