In Focus

In Focus

  • The Air Force Strings, which is the official string ensemble of The United States Air Force, is hosting a free concert at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 10 at Henry E. Lackey High School. The ensemble performs a wide range of musical styles, from classical music and Broadway hits to classic rock and pop. Visit the ensemble’s website at for more information.
  • The James E. Richmond Science Center is hosting elementary school spirit nights in which members of a specified school community can take advantage of special opportunities. Attendees have access to discounted ticket prices, a double feature movie of their choice (selected by audience), discovery activities, door prizes and more. The following school spirit nights are scheduled and will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. They are: Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer Elementary School, Jan. 20-21; J.C. Parks Elementary School, Jan. 23; Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School, Feb. 10-11; Dr. James Craik Elementary School, Feb. 18; Gale-Bailey Elementary School, March 5; and Eva Turner Elementary School, March 11. Contact the Science Center at 301-934-7464 or for more information.
  • Matthew Henson Middle School counselor Dr. Sonya Ford will be recognized by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) on Jan. 30 during a White House recognition ceremony coordinated by the Offices of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. Earlier this school year, Ford was named one of 16 semifinalists chosen from school counselors nationwide for the national American School Counselor of the Year award. The awards program honors counselors who serve as student advocates, are innovative, contribute to student achievement and coordinate effective counseling programs. Visit for more information.
  • The physical education department at General Smallwood Middle School recently raised $1,125 for the American Heart Association through its Hoops for Heart fundraiser campaign. Sixth- and seventh-grade students participated and gave donations at the school and through the American Heart Association’s website. The campaign teaches students about basketball skills, but also emphasizes the importance of exercise, heart health, nutrition and community involvement. For more information about the campaign, visit

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,500 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.

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