SUMMER OFFICE HOURS
Summer office hours are 8 a.m. - noon and 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Schools and offices will be closed on Fridays through July 31, 2015.
Report cards were put in the afternoon mail on Tuesday, June 23, 2015.
Counselors work a limited number of days during the summer break. Please call to schedule an appointment. Counselors will be in the office as listed below:
APEX SUMMER RECOVERY PROGRAM
Chopticon High School (CHS) is now offering summer school recovery for failed courses. Apex Learning is a web based program that has been approved for use by St. Mary’s County Public Schools (SMCPS) and endorsed by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE).
Ms. Katherine Norton will be the contact for APEX. She may be contacted via email at email@example.com. Testing in the computer lab will not be available until after July 1 and should be arranged in advance by contacting Ms. North via email. Please check back on the website for updated information.
If a student has failed a course, he/she is eligible to recover course credit via Apex Learning. The student will need to recover all failed marking periods of that course. Students have until July 31st, 2015 to complete the on-line course work with a minimum, satisfactory grade of 70%. This, in turn, will replace the failing grade the student earned previously, thus recovering course credit (65%) and moving closer to completing all graduation requirements. The following courses will be offered during the summer session. Additionally, the box indicates what course and marking periods your student needs to recover. Click here for more information.
PARKING APPLICATIONS FOR 2015-16 SCHOOL YEAR NOW AVAILABLE
Parking applications are now being accepted for the 2015-16 school year. Applications for full year and fall sports permits are due by August 11, 2015. Applications received after August 11 will not be processed until after school begins. Students must have a valid permit on the first day of school to park in the school lot.
Students who drive to school without a valid CHS permit may be assessed a $20 school fine per incident and/or be referred to the grade level administrator for disciplinary action. A school parking permit is a privilege and drivers are expected to follow and obey all school policies and rules. All student drivers must meet the following criteria to become eligible for parking privilege and have a reason to drive to school as listed on the application form.
- Assigned to an 11th or 12th grade homeroom.
- Have a minimum GPA of 2.0 for the previous school year. (Sport permits are based on previous marking period)
- Have no more than 5 unexcused absences and no more than 5 unexcused tardies (to school or class) during the previous school year.
- Have no more than one day of in school intervention (ISI) or more than one day of out of school suspension for the previous school year.
- Have no school debt.
In addition, the owner of the vehicle agrees to keep the vehicle insured as to property damage and public liability as required by the laws of the state of Maryland. By accepting the permit as applied for, the owner and operator agrees that when the vehicle is located on the property of the St. Mary’s County Public Schools, the school principal or designee, in accordance with Maryland statute, may search the vehicle and its contents.
Please carefully read the application and be sure to include all requested information. A stamped, self-addressed envelope must be included with the application in order for the application to be processed over the summer.
Congratulations to the Class of 2015
Photograph Information - A Lifetouch photographer was at the ceremony the night of graduation to take pictures of seniors receiving their diplomas. Students and parents have the option, but no obligation, to order prints. Pictures and ordering information may be viewed online at http://events.lifetouch.com. You may visit the site, search for Chopticon and select event prior to the ceremony. There is an option to enter your email address and Lifetouch will notify you when photos are ready to view and order.
FEELING OUT OF THE LOOP?
Chopticon High School is pleased to offer the Remind service for parents and students who want to know about daily events at Chopticon. Remind is used to send text messages with reminders and daily announcements (as needed) to anyone who signs up for the service. For more information, click here. The contact person at Chopticon is Ms. Molen, 301-475-0215 ext. 38103 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations to Mrs. Mary Wheeler-Kennett
Chopticon's Selection for Educational Support Professional of the Year
Mrs. Mary Wheeler-Kennett has served as a Paraeducator II for the past seven years. Prior to that, she served as a substitute teacher/secretary for St. Mary’s County Public Schools. Ms. Wheeler started her regular employment as the ISI monitor and transitioned to the library media center position at the beginning of this school year. As a support professional, her performance has been exemplary and she has become a valued staff member. Her heart is in her job and she goes out of her way to assist staff members and students. Ms. Wheeler-Kennett maintains a professional demeanor at all times as she interacts with the students, parents, and teachers. She is well known for her patience and willingness to help others. She is well respected by students and staff members. Congratulations!
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.
*NEW* Chopticon Shoppe
Click here to view the latest offerings from the Chopticon Parent Booster organizations.
Last Day for Teachers
First Day of School
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.
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.