- Career Day at C. Paul Barnhart Elementary School on April 7 introduced students to various careers — from being a K9 officer to a dentist, working as a veterinary technician to being a Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) representative. Students were able to question presenters and learn about different occupations they can pursue in the future.
- Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) held its annual Unified basketball tournament March 11 at Thomas Stone High School. The game featured athletes from many Charles County elementary schools and a middle school. Teams competed in two brackets to find out which beginner team and which intermediate team would come out on top. In the end, the Berry Jaguars defeated the William B. Wade Wildcats to win the beginner’s bracket. After losing a game early, the Jaguars fought back through the elimination bracket to win the tournament. What really mattered was the fun and teamwork that all of the athletes and helpers experienced throughout the Unified basketball season and tournament, Berry fifth-grade teacher Nicholas Gardiner said. Berry fifth-grade teacher and a Unified coach, Jennie Kotlarsic, loves what Unified basketball does for the kids. “It gives kids the opportunity to be part of a team, and it gives [the helpers] the opportunity to be mentors for the Special Olympics athletes,” she said.
- First graders at Berry Elementary School recently completed their third quarter literacy unit “Differences Around the World.” The culminating activity of the unit is learning about a country and creating a class bulletin board with facts and details about the region that they have studied and researched. Each class then takes a gallery walk to each bulletin board to learn about different countries. The first graders enjoy learning about places different than where they live. Later this year, they will hold a fiesta to celebrate their first-grade accomplishments.
- The halls at Berry Elementary School were filled with different kinds of vehicles on March 24 as the kindergarten students paraded the halls in the annual Kindergarten Transportation Parade. Students created vehicles in creative ways. There were different types of transportation represented — things seen every day like cars and traffic lanes — to things that are rarer, like hot air balloons. Students had an exciting time sharing their vehicles with older kids in the school, and parents who came to visit. The Kindergarten Transportation Parade is part of the kindergarten literacy and content unit “Wheels Go Round.” Students learn about the different types of transportation, sing transportation songs and read different transportation stories. “The kids really enjoy learning about the different types of transportation, especially the ones they may have never heard of before,” Brigid Walter, a kindergarten teacher, said. The parade is one of Berry’s highlights of the year.
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