Proposed Microsoft textbooks on display

Proposed Microsoft textbooks on display

New textbooks proposed by Charles County Public Schools are available for review at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, and at La Plata, North Point and Thomas Stone high schools.

The textbooks are proposed for use at St. Charles High School as part of the school’s use of the Windows 7 Operating System. St. Charles is currently the only Charles County Public high school that has transitioned to the new operating system, and the textbooks are required for students to understand new Microsoft Office features and applications. The series of texts, Microsoft Office 2013 Illustrated Introductory, First- and Second-Courses, by David Beskeen feature information on enhanced software offerings and full-color pages that represent what students will see on computer screens when using Microsoft Office 2013. The texts also feature learning outcomes from lesson plans that tie into assessments.

Additionally, the textbooks feature instructor materials, a website and project manuals. The books were evaluated and selected by business teachers, who compared the materials to Microsoft certification exams, course syllabus, ease of use and level of student engagement. All other Charles County Public high schools will upgrade to the texts once the operating systems at their schools are updated.

The Board of Education is reviewing the books and will take action on the books at the Dec. 9 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 email to; or in person at the Public Forum on Dec. 9, 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.

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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