In Focus

In Focus

  • The automotive program at North Point High School was recently accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). The accreditation is valid for five years. The program was evaluated by the NATEF for standards of excellence in areas such as instruction, facilities and equipment. Robert Poore, the automotive instructor at North Point, worked closely with the NATEF to ensure the program met industry standards. “Students will be assured of a quality education, and shop owners will be assured of getting quality job applicants,” Poore said. The NATEF is a non-profit organization that evaluates and accredits entry-level technician training programs against standards developed by the automotive industry. Visit for more details.
  • The Thomas Stone High School Class of 2017 is hosting a car show 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 7 at the school. Registration for interested participants is 8:30 a.m. to noon and cost is $15 in advance or $20 the day of the show. Special awards will be handed out and there is a $5 spectator fee per car. There is no cut-off year for vehicles. A registration form is posted on the Thomas Stone website at Pre-registration should be mailed to the school at 3785 Leonardtown Road, Waldorf, Md., 20601 with a check payable to Thomas Stone High School. Proceeds will benefit the Class of 2017. Contact Matt Werner at for additional details. Rain date is May 14.
  • The Maurice J. McDonough High School music department is coordinating a March for Music 5k walk/run on Sunday, May 15 at the Indian Head Rail Trail. The event features a kids fun run at 8:30 a.m. followed by the start of the 5k at 9:30 a.m. Registration is $20 and family discounts are available. The starting point on the Rail Trail is the Mattingly Avenue – Park at Village Green area. Participants receive a free t-shirt and refreshments will be available. Prizes for participants and live musical performances are also planned. Contact TC Mazzeo at for additional information.
  • The Maurice J. McDonough High School show choir is presenting “Songs of America” at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 28 and Friday, April 29 in the school’s auditorium. Tickets are $5. Vocal director is TC Mazzeo, a McDonough choral teacher, and Caitlin Dunleavy, an instrumental music teacher at McDonough, is the technical director. Call 301-934-2944 for more information.
  • The Community Foundation of Southern Maryland is sponsoring a Green Apple Fund for Educators program for teachers. Grants range from $25 to $100 and are available for teachers in public and private schools in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties. Eligible teachers are those who work with students in grades one through eight. Applications are available on the Community Foundation of Southern Maryland website at Funds support the purchase of classroom materials. Applications must be submitted by 4 p.m., Monday, April 4. Grant awards will be announced in May and are for the current school year. Only one application per teacher will be accepted. The fund was established with donations from the Foundation’s Community Grant Fund by an anonymous retired teacher, the Kimble Family and the Chaney Team Fund to help support teachers who spend their own money on classroom supplies. Applications should be submitted electronically in PDF format to or by mail to Community Foundation of Southern Maryland, P.O. Box 716, Charlotte Hall, Md., 20622. Call 240-670-4483 for more information.

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,300 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 35 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.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Pamela K. Murphy, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.

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