CCPS School News briefs

CCPS School News briefs

  • Maurice J. McDonough High School Show Choir put on a show Nov. 17 for elementary school-aged fans and veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. The group visited William B. Wade Elementary School Nov. 17 performing songs made popular by Disney. After the show, veterans were treated to refreshments in the media center.
  • Benjamin Stoddert Middle School held a Pink Out Day during which staff and students acknowledge the fight and hardships that can come with breast cancer. The day was held in honor of a Stoddert teacher who fought breast cancer and recently had surgery. School representatives said it supports anyone who knows someone with cancer or has battled cancer.
  • Benjamin Stoddert Middle School recently celebrated students who excel in Positive Behavioral Interventional and Supports (PBIS). The school held a Choose Your Own Adventure event Nov. 8 where students could take part in activities like Zumba, watching movies, playing basketball and playing card games.
  • Students in Heinz Nawuoh’s social studies class at the Robert D. Stethem Educational Center investigated and solved the case surrounding CSI: Florence — The Medici Assassination. Students used primary and secondary sources to site evidence and solve the murder Giuliano de’Medici, and the attempted murder of his brother, Lorenzo during the Renaissance in Florence, Italy.  The Medici clan was a powerful banking family that had just as powerful enemies. Student-detectives pieced together evidence by studying life in Florence at the time of the attacks, cracking codes and poring over letters written by suspects.  
  • Earlier this year, students in the Adult Independence Program (AIP) at the Robert D. Stethem Educational Center celebrated with a fall social. Students worked to plan the event, including decorating, making invitations, budgeting and shopping. During the social, the group and their guests played games, worked on crafts, painted kindness rocks and had lunch.
  • St. Charles Project Lead the Way (PLTW) students in the biomedical program received white coats in a ceremony held on Nov. 6. Students committed to the program by taking medical interventions, the third-year course or biomedical innovations, the fourth-year course. Dr. Margot Savoy, a family medicine doctor based in Wilmington, Del., was the speaker at the ceremony and Del. Edith J. Patterson presented each student with a letter celebrating their commitment to the program.
  • The imagination and logic of General Smallwood Middle School science students was out of this world when they were tasked with designing shock-absorbing shuttle devices to protect astronauts. Students sketched and held trials before setting up for a final launch. The activity was written in partnership with NASA.


About CCPS

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.


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 Patricia Vaira, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Nikial M. Majors, 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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