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A Note From School, v. 6

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This issue: Newsweek honors four CCPS schools, SMECO honors teachers, Wal-Mart honors teachers, Adult Independence graduates, Jenifer Elem. 20th anniversary, Somers 9/11 memorial, Hall Champion Scholars, La Plata senior - Destination ImagiNation Global valedictorian, CCPS earns two Cisco awards.


Nine students in the 2007 Adult Independence Program graduated Wednesday, May 16, in a ceremony held at the Waldorf Jaycee Community Center.

Certificates were presented to Azeezah N. Al-Uqdah, Donika Brand, Kyle Z. Deery, Demika R. Hicks, Michael H. Morgan, Brandon F. Prioleau, Linda K. Rudicill, Phillip D. Savoy and Jeremy L. Yorkshire.

The Adult Independence Program provides students with community learning experiences that parallel experiences of independent adults. Throughout the duration of the program, which is designed for student’s ages 18 to 21, students acquire adult skills and apply them to community environments.

Janet Stephanson, coordinator of special education, said the graduating students are trained in how to successfully search for a job, how to fill out job applications, how to access the public transportation system and how to acquire employment in the community.

Superintendent of Schools James E. Richmond presented each graduate with their certificate and Board members Collins A. Bailey, Roberta S. Wise, Maura H. Cook and Pamela A. Pederson congratulated the class of 2007.

Adult Independence Program: From left to right: Azeezah Al-Uqdah, Kyle Deery, Demika Hicks and Michael Morgan. A total of nine students received certificates presented by Superintendent of Schools James E. Richmond.


Staff, students, alumni and community members celebrated 20 years of excellence at Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer Elementary School in a ceremony held Sunday, May 20, at the school.

During the ceremony, Principal Susie Fowler recognized Jenifer employees, both past and present, and former and current Jenifer students. Kayla Thomas, a junior at Westlake High School and Jenifer alumnae, also spoke at the ceremony about how her experience at Jenifer shaped her into a well-rounded student.

The school opened in 1987 and was named after Jenifer, a public official who played a role in framing the Constitution. He served as a justice of the peace and a judge in Charles County Born. He also served on the Maryland Governor’s Council from 1773 until the beginning of the Revolution. 

In 1775, Jenifer was elected president of Maryland’s Council of Safety. Two years later, he was elected as president of the state Senate. He also won a seat in the Continental Congress from 1778 to 1782. Jenifer died on Nov. 16, 1790, in Annapolis.

In addition, ceremony attendees were invited to tour the school and classrooms, where artwork and projects of Jenifer students were on display. Fowler has been the principal at Jenifer since 2001.

Photo 1, left to right: Jenifer students Ciara Lopez, Emily Rawson and Emerald Gurganus and Principal Susie Fowler stand for the Pledge

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