On Friday, January 24th, Mr. Conley, the new principal of St. Charles High School, visited La Plata High School to talk to the future students of SCHS. Due to the winter storm, his visit was rescheduled from Wednesday to Friday. Juniors and Seniors will stay at their current high school, while freshman and sophmores went to the assembly because they will be attending SCHS.
“I think the students will be very excited to have access to the new Digital classroom and Science on a Sphere,” Conley said. At SCHS, they offer a full curriculum and state of the art facility with access to technology that will help and support, learning to prepare students for 21st century college courses and careers. The overall goal of the new high school is to be interactive.
A big question about SCHS is how are sports going to work? All the other high schools have had their sports programs for years and have been playing against the same teams. Now a new school is going to be thrown into the mix, which means a new competitor. A big concern for future students is, are they going to be able to compete the first year? Is the school going to offer JV and Varsity teams? Are they going to be prepared enough?
Mr. Conley said that the plan is to offer everything they offer at all the other high schools. “I know it will be a big adjustment for all the students, and require much patience, but I hope they are willing to work as much as I am and it could be really fun!” Conley says they are going to offer JV and Varsity teams, and hopefully freshman basketball and football as well.
As students learn more about the new high school, they start to think more positive. “I’m excited for the high tech classrooms and projects they have to offer,” said a current sophomore at La Plata High School. “I’m most excited about getting to be the first kids to play in their sports program, I feel like we are making our mark.” said an upcoming freshman for SCHS.
Mr. Conley has traveled to other high schools as well as middle schools to talk with future students. He has discussed the timeline of signing up for classes and courses. On Thursday January 16th , Conley met with 8th grade students from John Hanson, Benjamin Stoddert, and Milton Somers. He has met with McDonough High School and is heading to Thomas Stone next week.
Mr. Conley says he is very excited to be selected as the first principal of the new high school and can’t wait to open all the new programs. He says that although he’s sure some kids are nervous and sad about leaving their friends and starting at a brand new school, he hopes they are just as excited to be a part of something new in Charles County. Looks like we’ll have to wait and see what the Spartans have to offer when they open next school year.