Proposed government and health textbooks on display

Proposed government and health textbooks on display

New textbooks proposed by Charles County Public Schools for the 2014-15 school year are available for review at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building in La Plata, and several county schools.

One new series of textbooks is proposed for use at the middle school level as part of the health curriculum. The text, Glencoe/McGraw-Hill’s Teen Health, is a series of eight texts that supplement the Maryland health curriculum. The text includes online assistance for students and teachers, quizzes and tests, journaling opportunities and health skills activities. The books are on display at the Starkey Building, and Theodore G. Davis and Benjamin Stoddert middle schools.

One new textbook is proposed for use at the high school level with ninth-grade students. The text, United States Government – Principles and Practices, is published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and is proposed as an alternative and potential replacement for the current ninth-grade government text. The new textbook includes accompanying teacher resources created specifically for the Maryland High School Assessment (HSA), activities incorporating Common Core reading and writing literacy skills. The book also provides student resources that utilize partnerships with the Center for Civic Education, American Bar Association and the History Channel.

The proposed government text is on display at Maurice J. McDonough, North Point and Westlake high schools. The Board of Education is reviewing the books and will take action on the books at the March 11 meeting. Community members are encouraged to review the books and provide comment in writing to the Board of Education, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD, 20646; through e-mail to; or in person at the Public Forum on March 11, 6 p.m., at the Starkey Building.

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.

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