Rising Freshmen Nights Scheduled
The Rising Freshman Orientation Night is scheduled for Chopticon on Wednesday, March 11 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. This is a great opportunity to learn about the various programs offered by St. Mary's County Public Schools. Students may attend any of the orientation nights no matter what school the student is assigned to attend. Click on the flyer for more details.
MSDE Launches 30-Day Countdown to PARCC Testing
MSDE is launching an intensive, month-long campaign to help parents #PrepareForPARCC. Beginning February 2, new PARCC resources and information will be released daily via MSDE’s Facebook and Twitter feeds, and on MSDE’s new Prepare for PARCC webpage – just go to www.marylandpublicschools.org and click on the icon to access our best resources for parents, including a new video message from Dr. Lowery, .
Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
An excerpt from the History Channel website states, "Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968) was a Baptist minister and social activist who played a key role in the American civil rights movement from the mid-1950s until his assassination in 1968. Inspired by advocates of nonviolence such as Mahatma Gandhi, King sought equality for African Americans, the economically disadvantaged and victims of injustice through peaceful protest. He was the driving force behind watershed events such as the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the March on Washington, which helped bring about such landmark legislation as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964."
As Chopticon celebrates its 50th year, we should take time to remember Dr. King and his efforts to end segregation throughout the United States. It was this movement which led to the creation of Chopticon High School in the mid 1960’s. Chopticon was built to unite Benjamin Banneker High School, which was a high school for African American students, with Leonardtown and Margaret Brent High Schools. The name of Chopticon was chosen to remember the Chopticon indians who had lived in the area and who, over time, had assimilated peacefully into other tribes. The goal of Chopticon High School was, and continues to be, to provide a safe environment where all students may be educated without fear.
Dr. King wrote “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.”
For more information about Dr. King, you can visit the The King Center.
Chopticon Ranked in 2015 NICHE Rankings
Chopticon ranked 97 of 208 high school in Maryland (the highest of the three county high schools) on the 2015 NICHE rankings. According to the NICHE website, a high ranking indicates that the school is an exceptional academic institution with a diverse set of high-achieving students who rate their experience very highly.
Twelve Chopticon Students Inducted into the National Technical Honor Society
Twelve students were inducted into the National Technical Honor Society during a ceremony at the Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center. The students are Haley Downs, Shelby Benton, Breanna Chagnon, Christina Combs, Chrystallyn Combs, Alexis Cook, William Hogan, Ceyonna Hogue, Kasey Long, Stephanie Morgan, Antonia Myers and Brandi Sheeder. Second year member Phillip Hogan assisted with the ceremony. To be considered for the NTHS, a student must have maintained a cumulative 3.25 GPA and demonstrated a history of service, leadership, and character.
*NEW* Chopticon Shoppe
Click here to view the latest offerings from the Chopticon Parent Booster organizations.
School Emergency Preparedness
The Department of Safety and Security has planned and developed a school emergency preparedness training program for parents and guardians of St Mary's County Public School (SMCPS) students. The program is designed to provide parents and guardians information on school emergency preparedness, increase understanding of required school emergency drills, and specifically explain what they can do to help and assist during the mitigation of any school emergency. County-wide training sessions (open to the public) have been scheduled to take place in the Board meeting room (Central Office) on , , and
The PSA and drill training video are available for viewing via the SMCPS home page or through this link.
Career Day for NAOF Students
Rising Freshmen Night, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. More info to come
Past Yearbooks for Sale
In the spirit of Chopticon High School's 50th anniversary, yearbooks from previous years are on sale through the school bank. There is an inventory of books for most years and for only $40 an alumni may purchase a yearbook and bring back the memories of their youth. Available while supplies last. Please contact Mrs. D'Ambrosio in the school bank for additional information.
CHS has been forwarded some 2014 yearbooks from the vendor. They are available in the bank for the original cost of $80. Purchases will be on a first come, first serve basis. If you still want a yearbook from last year, now is the time to get it!
Chopticon Identified as MBRT STEM Innovation School
Maryland Employers Join Forces to Give St. Mary’s County Students Greater Chance for Workplace Success - Chopticon High School in St. Mary’s County has been identified as a Maryland Business Roundtable for Education (MBRT) STEM Innovation Schools. Chopticon will have access to services and resources that transform the way schools and the workplace interact to strengthen student chances for success in college and careers.
New Immunization Requirements
Please click here for information on the new immunization requirements for students in 8-12 grades.
Phone Extensions (301) 475-0215
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School Bank Hours
The School Bank is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
with the exception of the following times:
9 – 9:15 a.m., 11:50 – 12:20 p.m., and 1:30 – 2:15 p.m.
Students may go to the bank during the student’s lunch period or after school
A Message From The Principal
As principal of Chopticon High School, I have the honor of working with a dedicated faculty and staff who provide a world class education for the students of St. Mary’s County. With millions of dollars earned in scholarship money each school year, our alumni are attending some of the top colleges and universities in the nation. In fact, three of our graduates are currently attending United States Military Academies. At Chopticon, we believe that academic rigor is the key to success. As a result, twenty-one different Advanced Placement courses are offered to our students. Those students who take five or more AP classes during their high school experience are designated “AP Stars” and receive special recognition upon graduating. Being a Chopticon Brave means setting your goals high and reaching for the stars. Our intention is to make each student’s dream come true. With self-discipline and hard work on the part of the students, the dedication of our faculty and staff, and the support of our parents and community, this can happen.
Mr. Garth E. Bowling, Jr.