In Focus

In Focus

  • The La Plata High School a cappella group Unplugged is hosting the International Championship of High School A Cappella (ICHSA) Mid-Atlantic semifinals at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 7 in La Plata’s auditorium. At the semifinals, Unplugged will compete against nine other high school a cappella groups for the Mid-Atlantic region finalist position. All first-place regional winners advance to the final event scheduled for April 17 in New York City. Tickets for the March 7 semifinals are available for $15 for adults, and $10 per student, and can be purchased online at Last school year, Unplugged earned first place in the ICHSA Northeast regional event and competed as a national finalist. To compete in a regional event, a cappella groups are required to submit an audition video.
  • The National Soccer Coaches Association of America recently presented the La Plata High School girls’ varsity soccer team with a gold version of the High School Team Ethics and Sportsmanship Award. The award recognizes teams that exhibit fair play, excellent sporting behavior and adhere to the laws of the game. The gold award is given to teams that completed the fall 2014 season without receiving any yellow or red cards, which indicate a caution or game ejection from a referee during play. The team is one of only 27 collegiate and high school soccer teams to receive the gold-level award for 2014. Kevin Barry, a social studies teacher at La Plata, is the team coach. More information about the awards program is available at
  • The James E. Richmond Science Center is hosting a special event called February Fun Day on Wednesday, Feb. 4, which is a scheduled day off of school for Charles County Public Schools students. Attendees can pick a feature show to view in the digital dome theater and participate in hands-on activities in the Center’s discovery lab. Tickets are $5 and doors open at 9:45 a.m. Visit to view available shows and viewing times.

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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