In Focus

In Focus

  • The La Plata High School varsity football team was recently chosen to present a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Solider located at Arlington National Cemetery. The team traveled to Arlington, Va. on Monday, Oct. 20 to participate in a special ceremony to honor service men and women. La Plata seniors BJ Carter and Wyatt Potter, along with junior Tavian Brake and La Plata Head Football Coach Seth Pettit, placed the wreath at the Tomb. Pettit is a veteran and is active in the Army Reserve. On March 4, 1921, Congress approved the burial of an unidentified American soldier from World War I in the plaza of the new Memorial Amphitheater. The Tomb sarcophagus was placed above the grave of the Unknown Soldier of World War I. West of the World War I Unknown are the crypts of unknowns from World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Those three graves are marked with white marble slabs flush with the plaza. For more information, visit
  • 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: Berry Elementary School, Nov. 18, Nov. 20 and Dec. 18; Arthur Middleton Elementary School, Dec. 9 and Dec. 11; and J.C. Parks Elementary School, Jan. 23, 2015. Contact the Science Center at 301-934-7464 or email for more information on special events.

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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