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Philosophy

The Matthew Henson Middle School philosophy centers on the student.  The middle school years are a special time in the early stages of adolescence.  They have a great variety of physical, social, emotional and academic needs, which the school, the home, and the community must endeavor to meet.  Charles County offers a well-balanced middle school program by emphasizing basic skills and by providing opportunities to explore new, enriching, and challenging areas.  At Matthew Henson Middle School, the child is the focal point of all effort.  To develop each to his/her best intellectual potential is our mission.

 

Matthew Henson Biography

Matthew A. Henson Middle School was named in honor of Matthew Alexander Henson, who was co-discoverer of the North Pole and the first person in recorded history to set foot on the North Pole.  He was born in Nanjemoy, Charles County, Maryland, on August 8, 1866.

 

Henson served on expeditions with Admiral Robert E. Peary as his personal attendant and dogsled driver.  Henson was the only American who accompanied Peary when the explorers reached the North Pole in 1909.  Before his death in 1955 in New York City, Henson wrote A NEGRO EXPLORER AT THE NORTH POLE and lectured widely around the country.

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