• Several Students at William A. Diggs Elementary School are rewarded for demonstrating positive behavior, good character and personal responsibility through the school’s Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support (PBIS) program. One of the reward opportunities students can earn through PBIS activities is lunch with a school administrator. Students take turns having lunch with Diggs Principal Debra Calvert, or Nicholas Adam or Adam Todd, vice principals at the school. Earlier this school year, Diggs was recognized as a gold banner PBIS school for its efforts in supporting positive relationships and behaviors among students and staff.
• William A. Diggs Elementary School celebrated Computer Science Education Week with “A Night of Code” on Thursday, Dec. 8 at the school. Parents and community members were invited to attend the event, which featured a variety of computerized stations and hands-on activities to challenge visitors to think like a computer programmer. Parents and visitors worked together to navigate through the stations and enjoyed the opportunity to learn new things.
• The First Lady of Maryland Yumi Hogan created an artwork exhibition to feature student artists across Maryland. Maurice J. McDonough High School senior Chisom Ojukwu was chosen as a featured exhibition artist, and her painting titled “Captivating Chameleon” was selected as the overall exhibition winner. The overall exhibition winner is chosen for artwork that demonstrates an outstanding accomplishment in the visual arts. In addition to having her artwork featured in the hallway gallery of the Maryland House of Delegates for a year and receiving a cash prize, Ojukwu was also recognized by the Charles County Board of Education at its Dec. 13 meeting.
• Mary B. Neal Elementary School recently hosted its annual Harvest for the Hungry food drive. From Oct. 17 to Nov. 17, students and staff members brought in canned food and non-perishable items for local distribution to those in need. The drive resulted in a donation to the Southern Maryland Food Bank by Neal of 1,082 pounds of food. Neal’s donation is estimated to provide 54 local families with meals for two to three days.
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.
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.