• Jalon Spencer, a Westlake High School junior, played on the U-18 National Team in the International Bowl. The International Bowl is a collaboration of USA Football and football governing bodies in each competing country. Each International Bowl features a series of practices, team activities, scrimmages and games for four high school-aged U.S. National Teams as well as U.S. Select Teams. Approximately 70 countries across six continents possess a national federation dedicated solely to American football.
  • Each year, the Matthew Henson Middle School counseling department organizes a College Awareness Week during the last school week in December. The week’s theme is to expose students to different schools, provide an introduction to specific college vocabulary and concepts, and help students understand the benefits of higher education. The week includes wearing college T-shirts and colors, dressing like a teacher or professor and dressing for success. Each morning, students watched videos or heard announcements about college and higher education. Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) students worked with counselors to research teachers’ colleges and decorated their classroom doors, with the best ones winning awards. A college scavenger hunt was a popular activity during which students engaged with their teachers, tracking down staff members who met certain criteria. College Awareness Week is capped with College Day with presenters sharing their knowledge with Henson students. Students see at least four presenters throughout the day. Counselors reached out to more than 300 colleges and universities around the country, requesting promotional materials and pendants.
  • The moon is not made of cheese, but it is made of Oreos in Megan Barrows’s first-grade class at Indian Head Elementary School. Students studied phases of the moon with the help of Oreo cookies. Students drew the phases of the moon on a graphic organizer and then made their cookies match. When the lesson wrapped up, the students were allowed to enjoy the cookies.
  • The Maryland Science Center’s Traveling Science Program recently visited Indian Head Elementary School. Presenters held an assembly for kindergarten, first and second graders. Another assembly was held for students in third through fifth grade. Students learned about solids, liquids and gasses while discovering that “chemistry is awesome.” Student volunteers were invited to assist in the presentations.
  • Students in St. Charles High School’s Environmental Science and Earth Systems classes taught by DeEtta Winemiller and Helen Dwyer visited Fort Washington National Park to experience hands-on learning with the Alice Ferguson Foundation through its Bridging the Watershed program. The students assembled wind turbines and used solar panels to determine how people can use renewable resources in parks, schools and homes.

About CCPS

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.