In Focus

In Focus


  • Reines Maliksi, an eighth grader at General Smallwood Middle School, was recently selected by Governor Martin O’Malley’s office to represent Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) at the Governors Leadership Forum for Women and Girls held March 25. She was one of 30 Maryland middle school students chosen to participate in the event, which provided opportunities for attendees to meet with successful female leaders from various backgrounds and industries. Selected students were chosen for their leadership skills, academic achievements and participation in extracurricular activities. Maliksi maintains a 4.0 grade-point average, is a member of the VEX Robotics team, environmental club, Future Educators of America (FEA), Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA), Principal’s Advisory Council, Destination Imagination (DI), builder’s club and also serves as president for Smallwood’s National Junior Honor Society chapter. Outside of school, Maliksi volunteers at a local nursing and was recently recognized by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) for her accomplishments in gifted and talented education.
  • Glenn Stergar, a computer resource teacher at North Point High School, was recently recognized as an expert level instructor for his work with the CISCO Networking Academy. The award recognizes Stergar as one of the top 10 percent instructors globally in the following areas: participation in professional development, attention to student needs, student performance and use of resources.
  • North Point High School senior Christine Arter and Murugi Thande, a 2013 North Point graduate, were recently recognized by Herff-Jones, a manufacturing company that published the 2013 yearbook for North Point. Herff-Jones also publishes an “Ideas That Fly” book in which the company uses to show excellent examples of layout, spreads, writing and photography. Arter will be featured in the book for her exemplary layout usage in the yearbook, and Thande will be featured for a photograph she took at a school pep rally that displayed “raw emotion.” The “Ideas That Fly” book is also used by Herff-Jones during business meetings about publications they produce.

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 35 caring community 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, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX Coordinator and Section 504 Coordinator (students), or Pamela Murphy, Section 504 Coordinator (employees/adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, Maryland 20646; (301) 932-6610/870-3814. For special accommodations call (301) 934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.

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