• Students at William B. Wade Elementary School are participating in the Black-Eyed Susan Book Award program this school year. The program is coordinated by the Maryland Association of School Librarians (MASL) and is a children’s choice award. Students participate by reading books chosen for the program. Categories include picture books, fiction, nonfiction and graphic novels. Students who read eight or more books in one category will vote in March for the overall state winners. Wade third, fourth and fifth graders are participating in the program with the assistance of Heidi Furman, Wade’s library media specialist.
• Several student artists at William B. Wade Elementary School were featured in the recent County First Bank art show. The show was held last fall at Mary B. Neal Elementary School and highlights the artistic talents of third and fourth graders. This year’s theme was “At the Heart of Our Community,” and 23 public and private schools participated. Wade was selected as this year’s “Show Prize Winner” and received funding to help support its art department. John Haldeman, art teacher at Wade, coordinated the students’ participation.
• Members of the Westlake High School Key Club volunteered last month during the Charles County Children’s Aid Society’s Christmas Toy Connection. Along with other volunteers and members of the Charles County Sheriff’s Office, the students helped to collect and organize donations. The club includes 27 students with six officers. Five students participated in the Christmas Toy Connection event and were joined by Key Club sponsors Rebecca Conrad and Heidi Ortolano, both teachers at Westlake. The Westlake Key Club supports other community events such as Lifestyles of Maryland’s Safe Nights program and the Walk to End Homelessness in Charles County. Students also support school-based activities such as coat drives and fundraisers to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and a local food pantry at Peace Lutheran Church in Waldorf.
• Charles County Public Schools students learned about computer coding last month during Computer Science Education Week. Highlighted by the school system annually in December, Computer Science Education Week activities are planned by school staff to help students learn hands-on about computer coding and programming. Students at William B. Wade Elementary School participated in the Hour of Code, an event in which students go online and learn how to code in 60 minutes. They created code through different activities from websites such as Tynker and Kodable, as well as Code.org lessons featuring popular games such as Minecraft, Monster High and Create Your Own Google Logo.
• To help spread cheer during the holiday season, the Thomas Stone High School chapter of the W.E.B. Du Bois Society helped to make cards for a church and its members. The chapter includes Stone students in all grade levels. The W. E. B. Du Bois Society is an academic and cultural enrichment program designed to engage students. Students made cards for those injured in the November 2017 shooting at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs in Texas.
• During the month of December, William B. Wade Elementary School hosts an annual Book Character House contest. Students select a favorite book and create a unique house to mirror their favorite book characters. The houses are displayed in the school’s library media center and students vote on their favorite. Winners are announced at the end of the school’s book fair and receive free books.
Charles County Public Schools provides 26,900 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 Nikial M. Majors, 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.