- The La Plata High School Marching Band was honored last month as the overall Group 1A winner at the 2017 USBands Maryland State Championship. La Plata’s Marching Band earned the top spot among six other competing schools with a score of 91.425. This is the second consecutive year the band earned first place at the state level. The event was held at Towson University in Baltimore on Oct. 21. The band was honored by the Board of Education at its Nov. 14 meeting and is under the direction of Susan Eckerle, a music teacher at La Plata.
- Students and staff at Dr. Thomas L. Higdon Elementary School celebrated Unity Day on Wednesday, Oct. 25. Students and staff dressed in orange to demonstrate their commitment to help stop bullying. Students recited an oath and signed pledges, both in support of ending bullying. November is kindness month at Higdon and students and staff are focusing on their motto “Kindness is contagious.” The school coordinated a kindness hike and other activities to teach students about being kind in all they do.
- Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer Elementary School hosted a “Night of Learning” on Oct. 25 at the school. The event was open to the entire school community. Workshops were held for parents on topics such as math and reading, and attendees could rotate to several different learning stations. Also featured were sessions on topics featuring hands-on learning activities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The book fair was open during the event so students could shop with their parents.
- Students in the Life Skills and SOAR, which stands for Structured teaching, Opportunities for social inclusion, Active learning and Rigor, programs at Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer Elementary School recently visited Middleton Farms. During the Nov. 1 trip, students were able to apply skills learned in the classroom to farm activities. Students learned about farming, animals, and other outdoor activities found on farms. The students, as well as staff in attendance, also participated in a hayride.
- Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer Elementary School held its schoolwide Veterans Day celebration on Nov. 8. The Westlake High School JROTC participated in the ceremony during which more than 25 veterans were honored. During the event, veterans paraded through the school and were greeted by both students and staff. Jenifer coordinates the event annually during American Freedom Week to honor veterans for their service.
- Students in the La Plata High School Key Club recently helped to clean up litter on Rosewick Road in La Plata. The club participated in the clean up as part of the Charles County Adopt-A-Road Program. Emili Spencer, a mathematics teacher at La Plata, sponsors the Key Club and coordinated the student’s participation. The group has an Adopt-A-Road street sign in its name that is located near the intersection of Rosewick Road and Old Washington Avenue.
- Students in the La Plata High School Mural Club recently completed their fourth mural painting at the school. The most recent mural is located in the school’s English hallway and includes pieces of characters from literary works such as the Cheshire Cat from “Alice in Wonderland,” to the train station used for visitors traveling to Hogwarts in the Harry Potter series. The club created three other murals located in the math, science and social studies hallways. They include a sea scene with a sailboat and lighthouse, astronauts in space, and colorful abstract and linear shapes in bright colors.
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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