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Calvert County Public Schools Hosts International Night March 8

PRINCE FREDERICK—The English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Department of Calvert County Public Schools will host an International Night at Calvert High School on Tuesday, March 8 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The community is invited to attend.

The event will feature displays from many of the countries represented by students in the school system, including Latvia, India, China, Pakistan, Brazil, Honduras, Puerto Rico, the Philippines, the Ukraine, Mexico, Poland, South Korea, Germany, Nigeria, Italy, the Czech Republic, Venezuela and many others.

Activities are family oriented and will be led by students, staff and parents. Internationally themed stations include origami, henna tattoos, foreign board games, world language book reading, kid's yoga, character name writing, bingo and tinikling, a traditional Philippine dance.

Representatives of the Calvert High School Choir will sing at 6:00. Other musical performances include an African drumming group and traditional songs performed by students.

Jessica Rosnage Wins First Place in Essay Contest

PRINCE FREDERICK—Jessica Rosnage, 5th grader at Plum Point Elementary School, won first place in the Maryland State Conference NAACP Black History Month Student Competition. The writing contest, co-sponsored by Verizon, is held annually in recognition of Black History Month. The theme of the 2016 contest was, "We all matter. Together we can make a better world."

Beth Morton, principal of Plum Point Elementary, said, "Plum Point Elementary is exceptionally proud of Jessica's accomplishment as a first place winner. She is establishing herself as a rising author. We look forward to her future published works."

Jessica's essay, titled, "To Inspire Peace," was chosen as the winner from among hundreds of entries. She received a prize of $100 during a ceremony held at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture in Baltimore, Maryland.

The competition is open to students in elementary, middle and high school, and winners are chosen at each level. Students may submit either poetry or an essay.

Rising Freshman Orientation Nights

LEONARDTOWN—St. Mary's County Public Schools will host three Rising Freshman Orientation Nights mid-March. The purpose of the events is to provide an opportunity for rising 9th graders and their families to preview 9th grade course selections, learn about available Academies and Pathways, tour the schools and meet counselors and school administrators. The Rising Freshman Orientation Nights will take place from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 15 at Chopticon High School; Wednesday, March 16 at Leonardtown High School; and Thursday, March 17 at Great Mills High School.

Families are welcome to attend any night. All information will be repeated each night. For more information contact the Department of Teaching, Learning and Professional Development at 301-475-5511, extension 32104 or email

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