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Career Day at C. Paul Barnhart Elementary School on April 7 introduced students to various careers — from being a K9 officer to a dentist, working as a veterinary technician to being a Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) representative. Students were able to question presenters and learn about different occupations they can pursue in the future. Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) held its annual Unified basketball tournament March 11 at Thomas Stone High School. The game featured athletes from many Charles County elementary schools and a middle school. Teams competed in two brackets to find out which beginner team and Read more…


Lauren Winkler, a senior at Maurice J. McDonough High School, was named the Career Research and Development (CRD) Student of the Year for 2017 at the annual employer/employee breakfast held April 21. Winkler worked at Chick-fil-A, a fast-food restaurant in La Plata. Winkler was selected for the award following three levels of competition both at the school and county levels. Committees composed of staff members, community members and business representatives interviewed students. As student of the year, Winkler received a $2,000 scholarship to be spent at a college, trade school or on certification classes of her choice. “I learned a Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) broke ground on Billingsley Elementary School today during a ceremony held at the school site. Construction of the school will soon begin, and Billingsley is set to open at the start of the 2018-19 school year for nearly 600 students. The school site is located off Billingsley Road, across from the Worthington neighborhood in White Plains. The state-rated capacity for the school is 758 students. The new school allows for future growth, and will also help to alleviate overcrowding at the elementary school level. Board of Education Chairman Michael Lukas welcomed guests to the groundbreaking Read more…


North Point High School’s mock trial team argued its way to the semi-finals with no objections. Starting in January, the 11-member team faced off against teams from other Southern Maryland schools showing cause for advancing through the ranks. In the playoffs, North Point won against teams from Leonardtown High School and Duval High School. In March, it faced off against Renaissance Classic Tutorial, a Prince George’s County homeschool cooperative, in the semis. The competition was fierce and the teams tied with the tie-breaking point going to Renaissance. “Our team did fantastic,” said Anna Newton, North Point social studies teacher and Read more…


Students at Dr. James Craik Elementary School celebrated St. Patrick’s Day and supported Relay for Life at its school dance, The Shamrock Shuffle. Students and parents attended the dance after school on March 16 where students participated in group dances, crafts and enjoyed food, including Leprechaun Punch. Students from Maurice J. McDonough High School assisted elementary students with crafts. All proceeds raised at the event benefited Craik’s Relay for Life team. Dr. James Craik Elementary School celebrated Autism Awareness Spirit Week April 3 through 7. During the week, the school participated in spirit days that included Light it Up Blue Read more…


A prophecy, murder, guilt, paranoia, madness and the original Queen of Mean. It’s pretty heady stuff for high school seniors to tackle — full of sound and fury and signifying something. Westlake High School English students are studying “Macbeth” and taking it to the stage with the help of the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C. For the past several years, English teacher James Mascia has applied for and been selected to participate in the theater company’s Text Alive program, a free, semester-long integration that takes Shakespeare’s works out of textbooks and onto the stage as the plays were meant Read more…


More than 240 teams — including 45 from Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) —competed in the Maryland Destination Imagination (DI) Tournament held April 1 at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Fourteen CCPS teams were recognized for placing in the top five teams in their challenge and level. Seven of these teams placed first, second or third and advance to the Global Finals Tournament set for May 23 to 28 in Knoxville, Tenn. More than 725 students in elementary through high school, in public and private schools, made up the 104 DI teams at the regional contest held at Theodore Read more…


The Board of Education and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kimberly Hill on Thursday, March 30 honored several Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) employees for their years of service to the school system and commitment to education during a ceremony held at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building. Honored were those employees who have contributed to the school system with careers that total 45, 40, 35, 30 and 25 years. Kerry DeFraia, a library media specialist at Eva Turner Elementary School, was honored for 45 years of service to the school system. She began her career at Pomonkey Elementary School and Read more…


The last day of the 2016-17 school year for Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students is Friday, June 9. Two-hour early dismissal days are June 6, June 7, June 8 and June 9. The last day of school for students in the Three’s program is Monday, June 5. The last day for teachers is Monday, June 12. The schedule is set, barring any unforeseen inclement weather circumstances. CCPS used only one of the six inclement weather days built into the school calendar this year. The school system closed on March 14 for inclement weather. Report cards for students in the Read more…


The Board of Education at its April 4 meeting honored four Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) employees for their commitment to children, education, and teaching and learning. Honored were Sean Anderson, Michael Johnson, Donald Mayer and Brittany Thomas. Anderson is a mathematics teacher at General Smallwood Middle School. He is the eighth-grade team leader and math department chair. He strives to establish and maintain positive relationships with students and demonstrates a high degree of pride in his work. Anderson arrives early each day, is organized and professional in all that he does. He sets high goals for his students and Read more…

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