- Howard Bernstein, a meteorologist on WUSA/Channel 9, visited William A. Diggs Elementary School April 25 to talk with students about weather patterns. Bernstein met with students in third and fifth grades and talked about the importance of being safe in dangerous weather. He also talked with the students about the impact of the La Plata tornado, which caused devastation to areas in Charles County in April 2002. Diggs science teacher Michael Johnson arranged the visit.
- Dr. James Craik Elementary School hosted a pep rally on April 28 to help students prepare for upcoming assessments in fun and creative ways. Each grade level prepared a walk-up song they were able to perform for the entire school. Students in third, fourth and fifth grades were preparing to take the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, also known as PARCC, assessments and participated in Minute-to-Win-It games. At the pep rally, Craik Principal Michelle Beckwith shared test-taking strategies with students. During the testing, students who demonstrated the strategies earned a ticket for use at a chance to throw water balloons at their teachers. Students and staff even sang their own rendition of a PARCC testing song to lyrics from the popular Black Eyed Peas song “I’ve Got a Feeling.”
- Kindergarten students in Jennifer Friason’s class at Dr. Gustavus Brown Elementary School recently learned about agriculture and raising animals as part of a class lesson. On May 16-17, several baby chicks hatched in their classroom exhibit allowing the students to study the animals up close. Each student got the chance to hold a baby chick and were excited to learn about animals hatching.
- Dr. Gustavus Brown Elementary School hosted its annual Career Day event on Monday, May 22 at the school. Several parents, as well as community and business volunteers, came to speak to students about their career choices. Students were encouraged to dress for their future career aspirations. Several students arrived at school ready for Career Day in dresses, skirts, suits and ties. Presenters included members of the Charles County Sheriff’s Office, cake decorators and musicians.
- Students at William A. Diggs Elementary School recently launched a “Growing Green Club” to raise awareness about environmental science. The club is geared towards younger learners in grades kindergarten through second and meets regularly to plan green events for the school. Diggs teachers Cynthia Proctor and Gail Kearney founded the club so younger students had an opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities. In addition to studying the environment, the students plant and maintain a garden at school. Club members help to harvest plants, such as Rosemary, and sell their items through school fundraisers.
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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