The Board of Education presented four resolutions to Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students and staff at its April 14 meeting. The resolutions are presented to the Board annually. The following resolutions were presented:

  • Administrative Professionals Week;
  • Child Nutrition Employee Appreciation Week;
  • National Physical Education and Sport Week; and
  • Teacher Appreciation Week.

CCPS highlights Administrative Professionals Week from April 19-25. This week focuses on the supportive role administrative professionals have in the workplace, and the importance of their contributions in maintaining efficient and effective office operations. Administrative Professionals Week also highlights the wealth of knowledge, clerical duties, awareness of procedures and public relations skills professionals demonstrate daily. Accepting the resolution at the Board meeting were Katrina Garvey, secretary to the principal at Mary B. Neal Elementary School and Shirlene Ogburn, secretary to the executive director of human resources. Board vice chairman Michael Lukas presented the resolution on behalf of the Board.

CCPS recognizes Child Nutrition Employee Appreciation Week May 4-8. This week celebrates the contributions of food service workers and food service staff, and their supportive role to the school system, students and staff. In the past school year, food service staff have helped CCPS serve more than 2.3 million lunches and 1.4 million breakfasts to students. Accepting the resolution at the Board meeting were Crystal Sopher, supervisor of food service for CCPS, and William Kreuter, supervisor of food service for CCPS. Board member Victoria Kelly presented the resolution on behalf of the Board.

National Physical Education and Sport Week is highlighted by CCPS annually in May. This year, CCPS recognizes the week from May 1-7 to highlight the importance of physical education and sports in the development of growing children. National Physical Education and Sport Week also highlights the positive impact physical education has on students, such as improving overall health, increasing mental alertness and contributing to a positive self-image. Accepting the resolution at the Board meeting were Ashley Buchanan, physical education teacher, Benjamin Stoddert Middle School; Brittany Nicolich, health teacher, John Hanson Middle School; and Jamar Nolan, physical education teacher, St. Charles High School. Board member Mark Crawford presented the resolution to the teachers on behalf of the Board.

CCPS highlights Teacher Appreciation Week annually, and recognizes National Teacher Appreciation Day this year on May 5. Teacher Appreciation Week is May 3-9 and highlights the contributions of teachers in the lives of children, as well as their positive impact within school communities. Teacher Appreciation Week also focuses on essential skills teachers have to support the smooth operation of a classroom, such as encouraging family learning and parental involvement, serving as a positive role model for children, and demonstrating a commitment to student success. Accepting the resolution at the Board meeting were Roberta Bragunier, special education teacher, Walter J. Mitchell Elementary School; Tia Holmes, third-grade teacher, Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School; Karen Rowledge, family and consumer science teacher, Maurice J. McDonough High School; and Joanne Shelak, science teacher, Theodore G. Davis Middle School.

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,500 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 36 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Pamela K. Murphy, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.

 

 

The Board of Education of Charles County is holding a public work session at 6 p.m., Monday, April 27, in the boardroom at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building. The agenda is as follows and is subject to change:

Executive session – 5:30 p.m.

Call to Order – 6 p.m.

  • Pledge of Allegiance

Public Forum

Work session

  • FY2015 Intercategory budget change request
  • GWWO Study

Adjournment

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,500 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 36 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Pamela K. Murphy, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.

 

 

Westlake High School Principal Chrystal Benson was recently named the 2014-15 Maryland Association of Student Councils (MASC) Wayne Perry Principal of the Year award recipient. The annual award recognizes principals who support student leaders and organizations as well as high learning standards for all students. Benson was nominated for the award by student leaders at Westlake for her commitment to student success and growth, and for her dedication to supporting a learning environment that provides students with leadership opportunities.

Benjamin Stoddert Middle School social studies teacher Danielle Carpenter, who also serves as the school’s student government association (SGA) advisor, was named the MASC 2014-15 Maryland Middle School Advisor of the Year award recipient. Selected honorees are recognized for their commitment to promote student involvement at their school, as well as at regional and state levels, and for helping to inspire young leaders to become involved in student leadership activities.

Benson was nominated by Andrew Williams, a senior at Westlake and the school’s student liaison to the Board of Education of Charles County. He, along with Westlake junior Kiara Williams, who serves as the Charles County Association of Student Councils (CCASC) secretary, wrote a letter in support of Benson’s award nomination that highlights recent successes at Westlake under her leadership.

“Ms. Benson has been the principal at Westlake since 2005. Her leadership has led Westlake to be ranked in the top 1,000 rigorous high schools in America. During her tenure, Westlake was also named as Maryland’s recycle bowl state winner for two consecutive years. She fosters academic achievement, and promotes afterschool mentoring and tutoring professional development sessions. She has worked hard to create a hardworking, intelligent and academically dedicated and challenging high school,” Williams wrote in the award nomination letter.

To support Benson’s nomination, Gary Winsett, a social studies teacher at Thomas Stone High School and advisor to the CCASC, wrote a letter on her behalf. Winsett said Benson has been essential in the expansion of student leadership programs at Westlake. “Her guidance and support of advisors are key ingredients to the rising participation and success of all student leaders of Westlake. Ms. Benson gives all of her energy, enthusiasm, and guidance to help shape her students into effective young leaders. She is an invaluable asset to Charles County Public Schools and a great role model for present and future leaders,” Winsett wrote in a nomination letter.

Carpenter was nominated for the middle school advisor award for her support of the student government and student leaders at Stoddert, as well as her support of the CCASC. At Stoddert, there is a high level of student involvement within the school community and Carpenter encourages the participation of her students at the local and state levels as well. Under Carpenter’s leadership, Stoddert is well represented on the CCASC and student leaders are also active in several MASC-sponsored events. She demonstrates a commitment to helping students succeed and learn leadership skills to help them prepare for their future.

Winsett has worked with Carpenter for the past five school years and said her enthusiasm and dedication is infectious. “Stoddert is routinely one of the most involved delegations present from Charles County and their enthusiasm in our regional meetings is infectious. I truly appreciate Carpenter’s professional approach to her responsibilities and sincerely believe that this is a main reason why the SGA at Stoddert is considered to be one of the finest in the state,” Winsett wrote in a nomination letter for Carpenter.

Benson and Carpenter were honored with their respective awards at the annual MASC convention held March 25-27 in Hunt Valley. More than 100 Charles County Public Schools students who participate in CCASC attended the convention, and CCPS was the largest school system represented at the event.

For more information about MASC, visit http://mdstudentcouncils.com/.

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,500 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 36 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Pamela K. Murphy, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.

 

Superintendent Kimberly A. Hill announced this week the appointment of Peter Cevenini as Chief of Instructional Technology for Charles County Public Schools (CCPS).

Cevenini, chief information officer for the Maryland State Department of Education, will focus on the use of technology for instruction while creating a technology vision for CCPS.

Cevenini previously served as Director, Education and Workforce Lead for Cisco Systems, an information technology business; principal of North Point High School; and director of the former CCPS Career and Technology Center.

“The chief of instructional technology is a vital position that I believe will have a direct and visible impact on student achievement. Mr. Cevenini’s proven track record of leadership in the academic setting as well as in the field of instructional technology make him an ideal person for this important role,” Hill said.

In his new role, Cevenini will supervise and monitor career and technology education, Project Lead the Way, technical education, business education and computer science programs. Additionally, he will oversee the technology department and act as the liaison with the Maryland State Department of Education on all technology initiatives. His position is part of the Office of Instruction.

“I am excited to return home to Charles County. I know that the experience I have gained will fully support Dr. Hill’s vision for a strong, connected and collaborative learning environment in our county,” Cevenini said. ”

Cevenini starts July 1.

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,500 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 36 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Pamela K. Murphy, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event. 

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) recently named North Point High School seniors Christain Barnes and Njuguna Thande as finalists in the 2015 National Achievement Scholarship Program.

Both students receive a single-payment scholarship of $2,500 and are two of 700 nationwide finalists recognized through the program. Students are considered for the scholarship program, which is supported by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, when they take the preliminary SAT as high school juniors.

Barnes is enrolled in the engineering program at North Point and plans to study aerospace engineering after he graduates. He is president of the North Point National Honor Society, a member of the Key Club and enjoys participating in school-related community service projects. Thande is also enrolled in the engineering program at North Point and plans to study mechanical engineering after he graduates. Thande has participated in robotics programs at North Point and is a member of Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA).

Both students have received several offers of attendance and scholarships from colleges and universities such as Stanford and Princeton, and the University of Maryland College Park. Finalists are selected for high academic performance and SAT scores, principal recommendation, and student and community leadership activities.

More than 160,000 students nationwide entered the 2015 National Achievement Scholarship Program, which recognizes African-American students for high achievement. In order to advance to the finalist level, semifinalists are required to submit a detailed scholarship application that includes academic record information, examples of participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, honors and awards received.

The NMSC is a non-profit organization that was established in 1955 to conduct the annual National Merit Program. Scholarships awarded through the program are underwritten by NMSC’s funds and more than 500 business organizations and other educational institutions with the goal of honoring the nation’s scholastic students and the pursuit of academic excellence. Visit www.nationalmerit.org.

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,500 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 36 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Pamela K. Murphy, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.

 

Six Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) teachers were recently named 2015 Outstanding Math and Science Teacher Honorees by the Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) for their accomplishments in the area of mathematics and science teaching. One teacher is selected annually at each level – elementary, middle and high school – for excellence in mathematics and science teaching.

Honored as Outstanding Mathematics Teachers of the Year are Jason Miller, St. Charles High School; Jeana Stanley, Theodore G. Davis Middle School; and Corrie Wutka, William A. Diggs Elementary School.

Honored as Outstanding Science Teachers of the Year are Jennifer Elder, Arthur Middleton Elementary School; Holly Fallica, General Smallwood Middle School; and Matthew Watkoski, Maurice J. McDonough High School.

Miller teaches Algebra I at St. Charles and works with ninth-grade students. Prior to the opening of St. Charles this school year, Miller taught mathematics at Thomas Stone High School. He began his teaching career with CCPS in 2010 at Stone and was nominated for the SMECO award for his efforts in helping his students excel in math. Algebra I is a content area in which high school students are tested as a graduation requirement, and Miller works with all of his students to make sure they not only understand the content, but meet the requirement. He helps with curriculum writing and has led the portion on math during new teacher orientation for the past two years. He also volunteers to work with new teachers on classroom management, math curriculum and planning, and has assisted with several professional development sessions.

Stanley teaches sixth-grade mathematics at Davis. Her classes include students in both accelerated math and grade-level inclusion math. She has also taught seventh grade math, pre-algebra and Algebra I. Stanley has been teaching at Davis since 2007, and taught at Mattawoman Middle School prior to the opening of Davis. She has been a teacher with CCPS for 11 years and sponsors the Destination Imagination team at Davis. Stanley is active on the school’s Relay for Life team and has also held other leadership positions that include team leader, math department chair and Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA) sponsor. Throughout her career, Stanley has also served on several curriculum writing committees.

Wutka is a third-grade teacher at Diggs and works with different levels of learners, including gifted education and special education students, as well as students who are on grade level in math. She has been teaching third graders since 2009 and previously worked with second-grade students for nearly four school years. She began her teaching career with CCPS in 2005 at J.C. Parks Elementary School, and transferred to Diggs when the school opened in 2006. Wutka has also taught accelerated math classes and classes during summer reading and gifted summer academies. For the past four years, Wutka has mentored students from North Point High School who are interested in becoming teachers. In addition to her nomination for the SMECO award, Wutka has been nominated for recognition through the Special Education Citizens Advisory Committee (SECAC) awards program three times.

Elder teaches science at Middleton and works with students in grades two through five. She has been teaching at Middleton for the past six school years and has also taught at Indian Head and Gale-Bailey elementary schools. She began her teaching career with CCPS in 2002 at Indian Head. In addition to teaching elementary school science, Elder has served on curriculum writing teams for science, as well as for reading and math. She has sponsored several student organizations and clubs including Destination Imagination, math teams, Just Say No and MESA. Additionally, Elder is in the process of completing an internship to finish her administrative certification.

Fallica has been teaching sixth grade Earth and space science at Smallwood for the past four school years and began her teaching career with CCPS in 2011. She is the co-team leader for the sixth-grade and sponsors the school’s environmental club. She also coaches the girls’ volleyball team and is an Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program mentor, in which she helps students prepare for college. In 2014, Fallica applied for funding through the Lowes in Education grant program and helped secure $5,000 to support an outdoor classroom area at Smallwood. She was also instrumental in helping Smallwood achieve a 2014 Maryland Green School designation, in which schools must complete a two-year application process to be eligible.

Watkoski teaches ninth grade Earth and space science and teaches honors level, inclusion and grade-level courses. He began his teaching career with CCPS at McDonough in 2009. In addition to teaching Earth and space science, Watkoski has also taught introductory engineering, advanced technology education, and college and career ready courses. He is an active participant in the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education and worked with staff from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center to create science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) based lessons for STEMnet, Maryland’s STEM Innovation Network for educators. The partnership helped McDonough earn recognition as a Maryland STEM Innovation School.

The teachers were nominated for the awards by staff, students and parents. Each was chosen for their outstanding performance in the areas of creativity, rapport with students, enthusiasm for teaching, professionalism, and for using innovative techniques and teaching methods in the classroom. They were honored by SMECO at an April 15 reception.

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,500 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 36 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Pamela K. Murphy, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.

The Board of Education at their Tuesday meeting unanimously voted in favor of changes to the coming school year calendar. Adjustments to the 2015-16 calendar include changes to spring break, the addition of two inclement weather days at the end of the school year and the opening of schools for students and teachers on the Friday in October that coordinates with the Maryland State Education Association (MSEA) convention. Additionally, two teacher in-service dates were moved.

The Board approved the following changes for the 2015-16 school year calendar.

  • Schools will be closed for students only on Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 12 for a teacher in-service day. Schools were originally scheduled to be closed for students only on Oct. 7.
  • Schools will be open for students and teachers on Friday, Oct. 16. Teachers interested in attending the MSEA Convention will be able to use administrative leave to participate in associated events.
  • Schools will be closed for students only on Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11, for a teacher in-service day and elementary school report card conferences. This was previously scheduled for Nov. 6, which is now a full day of school for students.
  • Spring break for students and teachers is March 24-28, 2016. Offices will be closed on Friday, March 25 and Monday, March 28.
  • Schools will be closed for students and teachers on Tuesday, April 26 for primary election day.
  • The last day of school for students with six inclement weather days built into the calendar is Thursday, June 16.
  • The last day of school for teachers with six inclement weather days built into the calendar is Friday, June 17.
  • Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 15, will be used as an additional inclement weather make-up date, if needed.

A proposed calendar for the coming school year was included on the April 14 Board meeting agenda due to a change in the 2016 primary election day. Last week, the Maryland legislature announced a change of primary election day from April 5, which aligned with the approved 2016 spring break, to April 26. Schools are closed for students on primary election day, causing Charles County Public Schools staff to readjust the calendar to add another attendance day for students. Maryland law requires schools to operate 180 days each school year and the Board generally approves the calendar two years in advance.

Additional adjustments to the 2015-16 calendar were presented to the Board to better provide instructional time for students and to address community concerns expressed in calendar surveys published by the school system. Charles County Public Schools annually posts a calendar survey on the school system website to solicit input from the community. Staff reviewed comments and input received from the calendar survey to make adjustments to minimalize disruption to the student schedule, and potential loss of instructional time due to inclement weather.

The deletion of school days in 2016 if they are not used will occur in the following order: June 16, June 15, June 14, June 13, June 10 and June 9. Days will not be added to spring break, allowing parents, teachers and the community to better plan for the approved time off.

A copy of the approved calendar is posted on the Charles County Public Schools website at http://www.ccboe.com/aboutus/calendar/201516ApprovedCalendar.pdf. The school system recently conducted a calendar survey for the 2016-17 school year. A summary of those results is posted on the CCPS website at http://www.ccboe.com/pr/school-system-provides-calendar-survey-results-summary.

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,500 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 36 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Pamela K. Murphy, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.

 

 

Charles County Public Schools recently published a web survey to solicit community input on the 2016-17 school year calendar. The survey was posted on the school system website, www.ccboe.com from March 23 through April 1 and nearly 5,000 responses were received. Each year, the Board of Education solicits input from students, staff, parents and the community on the calendar.

Calendars are generally approved two years in advance by the Board, which receives a calendar proposal as a meeting agenda item annually in the spring. The proposal is used to develop the survey and includes topics such as inclement weather days, early dismissal options and school holidays. The 2016-17 survey included eight-questions for input that included feedback on adding inclement weather days to the end of the school year; opening schools before or after Labor Day; adjusting two-hour early dismissals to two-hour delayed openings; and opening or closing schools on Columbus Day, Veterans Day and Election Day.

The following is a summary of results received, and includes data from 4,971 respondents, with more than half identifying themselves as parents. More than half of survey respondents, 66 percent, were in favor of adding inclement weather days on to the end of the school year. About 45 percent were in favor of using Presidents Day as a make-up date. A majority of respondents, 55 percent, preferred that schools open prior to Labor Day on Aug. 29, 2016.

The survey also polled respondents on whether or not they would support a change in two-hour early dismissals to two-hour delayed openings. A majority of responses, 61 percent, were not in favor of this change. A high majority of respondents prefer schools to be open on Columbus Day, with 82 percent in favor of students attending school that day. Responses for whether or not schools should be open on Veterans Day were split, with 55 percent of respondents in favor of opening for students that day, and 45 percent in favor of closing schools.

Additionally, the survey included space for respondents to leave feedback. A majority of the comments received included reducing the number of two-hour early dismissals; not taking away scheduled spring break days; adding additional inclement weather days; reducing the number of student days off during the school year; and shortening winter break.

The proposed school calendar for the 2016-17 school year was presented to the Board at their April 14 meeting, and will be voted on at their meeting in June. A copy is posted on the school system website at http://www.ccboe.com/aboutus/calendar/general.php.

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,500 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 36 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Pamela K. Murphy, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.

 

 

 

The Board of Education honored four Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) employees during the April 14 Board meeting including Megan Barrows, Bradley Grey, Kathleen Parry and Joanne Shelak.

Barrows is a prekindergarten teacher at Indian Head Elementary School, where she plays a critical role in providing developmentally appropriate instruction for her students. Barrows leadership, along with the assistance of teachers, support staff and the Title 1 parent liaison, has helped her plan curriculum focused family events for parents to learn how to be more involved in their children’s education. She also serves as the staff representative on the Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) board for the school and helps find volunteers throughout the school year. Indian Head Principal Timothy Rosin said Barrows is an asset to the entire school community. “Thank you Ms. Barrows for all that you do for the students in your classroom and in our Indian Head community. Because of you, we ‘Win as One Team,’” Rosin wrote in a recognition nomination letter.

Grey is a science teacher at Westlake High School and was recognized for his commitment to providing students with innovative and exciting learning experiences. He incorporates technology into classroom lessons to better engage his students and values collaborative learning with other teachers. Grey has also been instrumental in offering extended learning opportunities to students in Biology. In addition to his duties as a teacher, he is a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) small group leader, a volunteer with the Envirothon program and sponsors the Environmental Club. Grey supports all green school program efforts and coaches baseball at Westlake. Westlake Principal Chrystal Benson said Grey is a valuable asset to the Westlake community. “Mr. Grey aims to provide innovative learning experiences for his students. He works endlessly to improve his craft and meet the needs of all students,” Benson wrote in a nomination letter.

Parry is a music teacher at Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School where she has taught for the past 25 years. She embraces the use of technology in the classroom and regularly incorporates the Smart Board into classroom lessons. She strives to instill the love of music in all of her students and has initiated several programs to help struggling learners. Outside of the classroom, Parry helps with school related extracurricular activities and organizes the winter and spring concerts. She also coordinates a schoolwide talent show for students annually. Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Principal Kristin Shields said Parry is a lifelong learner who is dedicated to student success. “Kathy completes course work to enhance her professional growth. She participates in a variety of music workshops to enhance her teaching such as programs provided by the Kennedy Center,” Shields wrote in a nomination letter.

Shelak is a science teacher at Theodore G. Davis Middle School and has worked for CCPS for the past 20 years. She is instrumental in maintaining high levels of performance among students at all levels of learning abilities and is known for her instructional leadership. Shelak demonstrates an outstanding professional demeanor among her colleagues and shares information, ideas and data. She sponsors the school robotics team, Future Educators of America (FEA) chapter and teaches in the extended day learning program. She is also the Education Association of Charles County (EACC) representative at Davis. Davis Principal Stephanie Wesolowski said Shelak’s expertise in science instruction is impressive. “There are instructional leaders who, because of their commitment to education and students, must be considered exemplary. For these reasons I am pleased to nominate Joanne Shelak for recognition,” Wesolowski wrote in her nomination letter.

The Board honors several exemplary employees each month.

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,500 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 36 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Pamela K. Murphy, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.

 

 

 

 

 

The Board of Education honored four students on Tuesday, April 14, for excellence in academic achievement, personal responsibility and career readiness, which are the focus areas of the school system’s master plan. Honored were Jacob Gallagher, fifth grade, Indian Head Elementary School; Danielle Monopoli, fifth grade, Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School; John Canonizado, eighth grade, Theodore G. Davis Middle School; and Ricardo Cardoza, senior, Westlake High School.

Gallagher was honored by the Board in the area of career readiness. He is known for his perseverance and is a positive role model for his peers. He is a hard-working student who completes his classwork and homework assignments on time and consistently goes beyond expectations he has set for himself. Gallagher is a member of the fifth-grade orchestra, math team and Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA). He plans to become a United States Marine and pursue a career as a physical education teacher.

Monopoli was honored by the Board in the area of academic achievement and is consistently recognized by her teachers as a strong student and excellent role model. She has maintained exceptional grades throughout her school career including straight A’s each quarter for the past two years. Monopoli scored at the advanced level on the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) in both mathematics and reading. She is involved in MESA, the Kiwanis (K-kids) Club, math team and Just Say No Club. Outside of school, Monopoli plays softball.

Canonizado was honored by the Board in the area of academic achievement and is consistently recognized by his teachers as highly motivated, committed to personal success and passionate about achieving academic excellence. Canonizado’s dedication to hard work has placed him in the gifted education program and helped him maintain a 4.0 grade-point average. He is a member of the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS), and the school band. Canonizado plans to pursue a career in the medical profession after he graduates.

Cardoza was honored by the Board in the area of personal responsibility. He is currently enrolled and excels in all Advanced Placement (AP) classes. He aspires to become an engineer and participated in the nationally recognized engineering program, “Project Lead the Way,” to earn college credits while attending high school. Cardoza was recently accepted at Towson University, the University of Maryland College Park and the University of Maryland Baltimore County. He is a member of the National Honor Society and the Westlake football team.

Each month the Board of Education honors students for their success in academic achievement, career readiness and personal responsibility.

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,500 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 36 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Pamela K. Murphy, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.