Fernandez named Berry Geography Bee champ
- Stan Fernandez, a Berry Elementary School fourth grader, was named the school’s Geography Bee champion earlier this month. Fernandez, who spent days studying for the Bee and was quizzed by his mom, was excited and surprised to have won. “I felt very proud and very happy,” Fernandez said. “When I got home, my parents and sister surprised me with balloons and music. I was so happy that my family got to enjoy the celebration.” Fifth grader Ethan Ristu came in second place and Joyce Hebou, a fifth grade student, came in third. The Geography Bee begins with each of Berry’s fourth and fifth graders taking a written test. Next, the top 30 kids took part in a semifinal round, which determined the final 10 who participated in the finals. Jacob Gerding, library media specialist at Berry, was part of the leadership team that was in charge of making the bee happen. He was very impressed by what he saw in the finals. “The students [who took part in the finals] have a great understanding of the world,” Gerding said. “They’ve studied and prepared for the opportunity to be here. Just making it to the finals shows an exceptional level of talent.”
Math night at Hidgon
- Dr. Thomas L. Higdon Elementary School hosted an instructional family math night for parents of students in third through fifth grade on Jan. 17. The focus of the night was the inevitable subject of fractions. Although many adults may quiver in fear at the prospect of doing the math, Dr. Higdon proved to be made of bricks as families turned out in droves. Families learned about the concepts and strategies being used in classrooms, participated in hands-on activities for use at home and found out how fractions are used in composing music. The night would not have been complete without the assistance of several student presenters, National Junior Honor Society volunteers and a bake sale sponsored by the fourth- and fifth-grade math team.
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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