Charles County Public Schools News Briefs

County high school students appointed to state youth council

Two Charles County Public Schools students were recently appointed to participate in Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley's Maryland Youth Advisory Council.

Malcolm Young, a ninth-grade student at Thomas Stone High School, and Deshaun Hill, an eleventh-grade student at North Point High School, were each chosen to serve a nine-month term on the state council.

Students who serve on the council provide feedback and recommendations regarding public policies and programs and to take a leadership role in creating change. Both Young and Hill serve as members of the Charles County Youth Council.

Jenifer Elementary School recognized for recycling efforts

Staff and students at Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer Elementary School were recognized Nov. 19 by the Charles County Commissioners for recycling efforts initiated at the school and within the school community.

Jenifer Principal Thadine Wright was presented with a certificate of appreciation for her support and encouragement of recycling programs at the school.

At the beginning of the school year, Jenifer staff arranged for representatives from Charles County's Division of Environmental Resources to visit the school and talk to students about recycling, Jenifer has also implemented recycling into the school's Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) rules of respect.

Comcast and MSDE announce second annual parent award

Comcast and the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) are sponsoring the second annual Comcast Parent Involvement Matters Award program. The annual award recognizes parents and guardians whose contributions have led to improvements in Maryland public schools.

The program was created to highlight the positive impact parents have on public schools and to encourage parent involvement. Parents and guardians can be nominated for demonstrating significant, positive impact on public education in their communities.

Nominees must be a parent/legal guardian of a child in a Maryland public school, and a consistent advocate of public education. Nominees must have also demonstrated involvement in one of the five following areas within the last 24 months: communication; volunteering; learning; decision making; and/or community collaboration.

Nominations must include three letters of recommendation, a two-page narrative essay describing the nominee's contribution to public education, and completed nomination forms.

Nomination forms are on the MSDE Web site at Nomination packets must be postmarked by Jan. 16, 2009, and should be sent to: Maryland State Department of Education, Office of Academic Policy, 7th Floor, Attention:PIMA, 200 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD, 21201. Submissions will not be accepted online or by e-mail.

North Point golf team wins state title

The North Point High School golf team was recently named the 2008 Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association champion for the 1A/2A division.

The North Point team earned the title with a score of 659 against Glenelg High School of Howard County, which earned a score of 695, in the tournament held Thursday, Oct. 23 at Potomac Ridge Golf Course.

The 16 members of the team were recognized for their accomplishments by the Charles County Board of Education at its Dec. 9 meeting.

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