• Westlake High School Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Engineering students get hands-on with goods cost analysis in Introduction to Engineering and Design. Engineers find solutions to problems and turn their ideas into reality. PLTW Engineering allows students to step into the role of an engineer, adopt a problem-solving mindset and make the leap from dreamers to doers, according to PLTW’s website. PLTW’s courses engage students in real-world challenges to make them collaborators and thinkers.
  • William B. Wade Elementary School’s English Language Learner (ELL) students in Sally Pruitt’s class participated in a mini performance-based activity of planting fall flower bulbs. The science activity called for students to observe a tulip bulb, complete an observation sheet and watch a video on tips and techniques for planting. They planted the bulbs outside and are awaiting the blooms in spring.
  • Girls in third, fourth and fifth grades at William B. Wade Elementary School are off to a running start this fall by participating in Girls on the Run. The 10-week community program includes workouts and team building activities while promoting a positive self-image. The group celebrated the end of the season with a 5K run/walk at Regency Furniture Stadium Nov. 18.
  • Devette Price, Eva Turner Elementary School’s counselor, recently led students in an activity to promote the school’s November character trait of empathy. Students gather in a circle and toss a ball to each other to reveal questions and have an open dialogue on empathy.
  • Walter J. Mitchell Elementary School’s Parent and Teacher Organization recently created fall fun throughout the school. The long-standing tradition gives Mitchell families a chance to enjoy the season change while visiting with other Mitchell Bulldogs. The school was decorated and students and their families participated in a costume contest, dance party, cake walk, games and trunk-or-treating. Guests ate pizza and food from Chick-fil-a.
  • C. Paul Barnhart Elementary School held a Veterans Day assembly Nov. 9. The fifth-grade chorus sang, “American Tears,” to honor veterans who attended the event. Westlake High School’s JROTC presented the colors and performed a rifle ceremony during the assembly.
  • Students at Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School participated in an art show sponsored by County First Bank. The event highlights the artistic talents of third and fourth graders in the Charles County elementary schools. Participating schools receive monetary awards to further enhance the schools’ art department. Additionally, budding young artists have an opportunity to showcase their creativity to peers, parents and community members.
  • Tisha Tyler, the marketing and development manager for the Charles County Public Library, recently stopped by the Robert D. Stethem Educational Center. Students had the chance to meet with Tyler to talk about developing a new logo for the library. The meeting provided a real-world experience for aspiring graphic designers.

David M. Higgins II is an award-winning journalist passionate about uncovering the truth and telling compelling stories. Born in Baltimore and raised in Southern Maryland, he has lived in several East...