In Focus

In Focus

  • The Thomas Stone High School Key Club recently created dinner baskets for eight Stone families. This is the fourth year students have participated in the activity, which helps families in need within the school. The Stone Key Club is a 40-member student group comprised to help the school community.
  • A group of 36 Army JROTC cadets from Thomas Stone High School participated in the national Wreaths Across America project on Dec. 14 at Arlington National Cemetery to honor veterans for their service. The event demonstrated the students’ outstanding character and holiday spirit, and the cadets helped to unload trucks of wreaths and place them on grave sites in section 54. This is the third year that cadets from Stone have participated in the event. Additionally, a group of nine student cadets from Stone served as escorts during the Victorian Christmas event held at the Dr. Mudd House the weekend of Dec. 7-8. Each year, the Dr. Mudd House is opened to the public during the holiday season, and is decorated as it would have been during the Victorian period.
  • Danielle Leginze of North Point High School was recently selected for a corporate-sponsored special scholarship through the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). About 1,200 National Merit Program participants who are not named as finalists are awarded special scholarships provided by businesses and corporations. To be considered for a special scholarship, students must meet the sponsor’s criteria and entry requirements of the National Merit Scholarship Program. They must also submit an entry form to the sponsor organization. Students and their school officials submit detailed applications, and a committee of NMSC professional staff evaluates information about candidates’ abilities, skills and accomplishments and chooses winners of the sponsor’s special scholarship. Scholarships may either be renewable for four years of undergraduate study or one-time awards.
  • The University of Maryland A. James Clark School of Engineering selected North Point High School as one of its top 25 engineering source schools. As part of the University of Maryland, the Clark School of Engineering must draw 70 percent of its students from Maryland. Each year, the Clark School recognizes Maryland high schools for providing them with a high number of students. North Point serves as the Charles County Public Schools Science, Technology and Industry (STI) center and offers 17 specialty programs including engineering.
  • Three North Point High School band students were selected to perform during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City. Seniors Tony Teleky and Noah Gibson, and Benjamin Busch, a sophomore, marched in the parade that was featured on Channel NBC 4. This is the third time Teleky has participated in the parade and the second time for Gibson.
  • T. C. Martin Elementary School fifth grader Ryann Brown completed a service project earlier this year at the school. She completed the renovation of a rock garden located near the main entrance to the school, and also restored a school bench. During a two-week period, Brown cleaned up the rock garden by removing overgrown weeds, and sanded, stained and repainted the bench. In 2007, her Daisy troop began the service project, but was unable to finish the renovations. Brown is a member of the school safety patrol, chorus, band, school store volunteers, and the robotics and Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA) teams.

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 35 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 Connie W. Armstead, Section 504 Coordinator (employees/adults), at Charles County Public Schools, central office building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, Maryland 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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