Malcolm Elementary School will open tomorrow, Monday, March 30, for a full day of instruction. Maintenance staff worked over the weekend to have a 6,000-gallon tanker connected to Malcolm in order to pump water to the school. Additionally, staff has supplied Malcolm with bottled water and cups for drinking water.

The school system is working to have a contractor drill a new well as soon as possible. Maintenance and operations employees feel confident that the temporary system will work well until the new well is finished.

Last week, the well pump failed. A contractor determined on Friday that the pump was pulling sand through the well and pump screens, which damaged the pump. The school system has been advised a new well is needed. Both the State and County health departments have reviewed the temporary water supply plans for Malcolm.

As a reminder, school is open Monday, March 30, Tuesday, March 31 and Wednesday, April 1 to make up days missed due to snow. Wednesday is a two-hour early dismissal day.

Visit the school system website, www.ccboe.com, or call the Charles County Public Schools 24-hour information at 301-934-7410/301-932-6656 for the most up-to-date CCPS information.

 

J.C. Parks Elementary School was recently named one of only two Maryland schools nominated for the U.S. Department of Education’s 2015 Green Ribbon Schools (GRS) Award. Parks was chosen by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) as a national nominee. To be considered for the award, Parks staff had to complete and submit a lengthy application that documented how the school performed in three award areas of consideration: reducing environmental impacts and costs; improving the health and wellness of students and staff; and providing effective environmental and sustainability education, incorporating science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, civic skills and green career pathways.

Some of Parks’ accomplishments in the area of environmental education include their status as a Maryland Green School, which was awarded to the school in 2010 by the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE). Parks completed the Maryland Green School recertification process last year, which recognizes schools that use their sites to help students understand and act on environmental challenges, and model environmental practices in building and landscape design, and operation and maintenance. Green Schools are also recognized for building and maintaining partnerships with their local community to enhance environmental learning and to design programs to result in a healthier environment.

In May 2014, Parks was awarded the National Wildlife Federation’s Eco-Schools USA Green Flag Award. The award recognizes schools that demonstrate sustainability initiatives, monitor energy efficiency, waste disposal and other environmental impact areas, and support a commitment to incorporating environmental education in to the classroom. Schools must reapply for this designation every two years, and are a permanent Eco-School once it has gained its fourth Green Flag.

Additionally, Parks received $100,000 in grant funding from the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation for Education in Nature to support two outdoor classroom locations at the school. Some of the grant was used to restore and cleanup the wetlands outside the school building. The rest of the grant is being used on an outdoor classroom that includes benches, a paved walkway to the outdoor classroom lined with trees, plants indigenous to Maryland and concrete tables for students to use during classroom activities. A variety of learning opportunities are incorporated into the design of each accessible, sustainable and environmentally friendly space.

Parks’ science teacher, Deanna Wheeler, coordinated the application for the school. Applications for U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools were evaluated by a committee comprised of staff from state and national government agencies, state and regional environmental agencies, and private businesses.

In addition to Parks, MSDE nominated Northwest High School in Montgomery County for a school-based award and Howard County Public Schools for the district-level award. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will announce the award recipients on Earth Day, which is April 22.

For more information on the GRS program, visit http://www2.ed.gov/programs/green-ribbon-schools/index.html.

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 hosted the 2015 History Day competition on March 21 at Westlake High School. First- and second-place category winners advance to the state competition on May 2 at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

The following students placed at the Charles County History Day competition.

Winners in the Historical Paper, junior division, are

  • Nakhyla Ligonde, first place, eighth grade, Benjamin Stoddert Middle School, A Woman’s Work: The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act – Leadership and Legacy and the Fight for Equal Pay;
  • Nyla Jeanpiere, second place, seventh grade, Milton M. Somers Middle School, Malala Yousafzai and the Fight for Education Equality; and
  • Sara Jarboe, third place, sixth grade, Piccowaxen Middle School, The Seeing Eye: The Legacy of Dorothy Eustis.

 Winners in the Historical Paper, senior division, are

  • Shelby Lawanson, first place, junior, Westlake High School, Margaret Thatcher: The Iron Lady;
  • Andrew Williams, second place, senior, Westlake, Destroyer of Society Norms: Susan B. Anthony; and
  • D’Avian Thomas, third place, sophomore, Westlake, The Wonderful World of Walt Disney.

Winners in the Individual Performance, junior division, are

  • Julia Jones, first place, eighth grade, Piccowaxen, If You Don’t Use Your Head, You Might Lose It;
  • Finnley Brakke, second place, sixth grade, General Smallwood Middle School, Lincoln Lives On; and
  • Brynna Bode, third place, sixth grade, Smallwood, Margaret Brent: Colonial Leader.

Winner in the Individual Performance, senior division, is

  • Cheyenne Scott, first place, junior, North Point High School, Charles Bonaparte: The Real Man Behind the FBI.

Winners in the Group Performance, junior division, are

  • Haley Arnold, Kadyn Carter-Moore and Leigha Danielson, first place, seventh graders, Piccowaxen, Lewis Hine: A Fight Against Child Labor.

Winners in the Individual Documentary, junior division, are

  • Jordan Homan, first place, seventh grade, Piccowaxen, Walt Disney: A Leader in Animation;
  • Cole Smith, second place, eighth grade, Matthew Henson Middle School, Walt Disney; and
  • Carl Wachowski, third place, eighth grade, Stoddert, Catherine the Great.

Winners in the Individual Documentary, senior division, are

  • Jordan Queen, first place, junior, Westlake, Legacy and Leadership of Frank Land;
  • Will Moten, second place, sophomore, Westlake, Tuskegee Airmen: Flying from the Storm into the Light; and
  • Inioluwa Ogunsemowo, third place, sophomore, Westlake, Pocahontas: Powhatan Peacemaker.

Winners in the Group Documentary, junior division, are

  • Jake Burgess and Conor Vienneau, first place, seventh graders, Piccowaxen, To The Brink: JFK and the Cuban Missile Crisis;
  • Adam Cullen, Amara Gammon and Daniel Gonzales, second place, eighth graders, Theodore G. Davis Middle School, Steve Jobs and the Technological Revolution; and
  • Karina Robinson and Alyssa Simpson, third place, eighth graders, Piccowaxen, Theodor “Seuss” Geisel: Imagination and Enchanted Words that Changed the World.

Winners in the Group Documentary, senior division, are

  • Jamie Waugh and Sophia Blouin, first place, sophomores, La Plata High School, Eugene Schueller.

Winners in the Individual Website, junior division, are

  • Pierre Dela Cruz, first place, eighth grade, Stoddert, Shigeru Miyamoto: The Father of Modern Gaming;
  • Elizabeth Daniel, second place, seventh grade, John Hanson Middle School, Nelson Mandela; and
  • Trinia Blackmon, third place, eighth grade, Henson, Biography of Janet Collins and the Impact She Left on African American Ballet Dancers.

Winners in the Individual Website, senior division, are

  • Matthew Johnson, first place, junior, St. Charles High School, Steve Jobs: Bringing Technology to the World;
  • Marcus Marbray, second place, sophomore, Westlake, Moving the Masses: Leadership and Legacy of George Whitefield; and
  • Rebecca Bragg, third place, senior, Westlake, The Man Behind Classical Music.

Winners in the Group Website, junior division, are

  • Katie Czysz and Sydney Maddox, first place, eighth graders, Piccowaxen, Marie Curie Discovers Radium.

Winners in the Group Website, senior division, are

  • Monique Ford and Te’a Moreno, first place, sophomores, Westlake, Frederick Douglass;
  • Kennedy Smith and Jekko Syquia, sophomores, and Leslie Thompson, junior, second place, St. Charles, The Women’s Suffrage Movement; and
  • Kyler Wingfield and Colby Bommer, third place, sophomores, Phillis Wheatley: The Matriarch of Black Literature.

Winners in the Individual Exhibit, junior division, are

  • Madison Furman, first place, seventh grade, Smallwood, Our 40th President: Ronald W. Reagan;
  • Tyler Bergling, second place, seventh grade, Hanson, The Legacy of Albert Einstein; and
  • Kritchanan Yampai, third place, seventh grade, Hanson, Queen Victoria.

Winners in the Individual Exhibit, senior division, are

  • Efeohe Suleman, first place, junior, Westlake, Desmond Tutu: The Legacy That Sets a Country Anew;
  • Jasmine Andrade, second place, junior, Westlake, Leadership and Legacy of Pedro Pires and the PAICV African Party of the Independence of Cabo Verde; and
  • Zhuri Winfree-Givens, third place, sophomore, Westlake, Maya Angelou: The Heroic Poet.

Winners in the Group Exhibit, junior division, are

  • Heath Brocato and Mark Stubbs, first place, sixth graders, Hanson, Abraham Lincoln: The Emancipation Proclamation;
  • Teana Maloney and Lashauna Barbour, second place, eighth graders, Henson, Gandhi: A Man Who Lived and Breathed Freedom; and
  • Jordyn Cooks and Eyana Dixon, third place, seventh graders, Somers, Wilt the Stilt.

Winners in the Group Exhibit, senior division, are

  • Caroline Dinh and Nicole Buccelli, first place, juniors, La Plata, The Eve of Destruction;
  • Peyton Boelke and Breanne Sawall, second place, sophomores, Thomas Stone High School, William Taft and Dollar Diplomacy; and
  • Alexander Opiyo, third place, sophomore, Westlake, Sweetness: The Original Leader.

The following students received special awards:

  • Eris Wiggs and Kyielle Thomas, eighth graders, Henson, Leadership and Legacy: Frederick Douglass, award from the African American Heritage Society of Charles County;
  • Sara Jarboe, sixth grade, Piccowaxen, The Seeing Eye: The Legacy of Dorothy Eustis, award from the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Nu Zeta Omega Chapter;
  • Jack Koch, eighth grade, Piccowaxen, Leadership and Legacy: Arthur Wilson and the Disabled American Veterans, award from the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Nu Zeta Omega Chapter;
  • Julia Jones, eighth grade, Piccowaxen, Marie Antoinette: If You Don’t Use Your Head, You Might Lose It!, award from the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Sigma Alpha Lambda Chapter;
  • Cheyenne Scott, junior, North Point, Charles Bonaparte: The Real Face Behind the FBI, award from the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Sigma Alpha Lambda Chapter;
  • Christopher Morse, eighth grade, Henson, Steve Jobs, award from the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Sigma Alpha Lambda Chapter;
  • Will Moten, sophomore, Westlake, Tuskegee Airmen: Flying Through the Storm into the Light, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Omicron Delta Sigma Chapter;
  • Ciarra Grady, sixth grade, Stoddert, Julia Lowe and the Girl Scouts, award from the Charles County Antique Arts Association;
  • Trinia Blackmon, eighth grade, Henson, Biography of Janet Collins and the Impact She Left on African American Ballet Dancers, award from the Charles County Antique Arts Association;
  • Owen Butler, seventh grade, Piccowaxen, Robert Crain and His Road to a Legacy, award from the Charles County Archaeological Society of Maryland;
  • Amber Faasen, sixth grade, Piccowaxen, Thomas Stone: Leader of Charles County and Legacy to the Nation, award from The Charles County Genealogical Society;
  • Monique Ford and Te’a Moreno, sophomores, Westlake, Frederick Douglass, award from The Charles County Heritage Commission;
  • Ethan Olmsted, eighth grade, Somers, Theodore Roosevelt: Conservation Pioneer, award from the Charles County Historic Trust;
  • Abigail Rogalski, sixth grade, Piccowaxen, William Wilberforce: Breaking the Chains, award from The Friendship House Foundation;
  • Alexandra Channing, seventh grade, Henson, The Emancipation Proclamation, award from The Friendship House Foundation;
  • Madison Furman, seventh grade, Smallwood, Our 40th President: Ronald W. Reagan, award from The Friendship House Foundation;
  • Chloe Cooke, eighth grader, Hanson, Susan B. Anthony, award from the United States Daughters of 1812, Ella Virginia Houck Holloway Chapter;
  • Kayla Jurew, sophomore, Westlake, The Wright Way to Fly, award from the Duriel R. Holley Scholarship Fund;
  • Lilly Bull, seventh grader, St. Mary’s Bryantown School, Daisy: A Leader from the Start with a Legacy that Touches Everyone’s Heart, award from the Daughters of the American Revolution, Port Tobacco Chapter;
  • Jordan Homan, seventh grade, Piccowaxen, Walt Disney: A Leader in Animation; award from The Port Tobacco Players;
  • Finnley Brakke, sixth grade, Smallwood, Lincoln Lives On, award from The Port Tobacco Players;
  • Daniel Jones, eighth grade, Hanson, Governor William Stone Initiated a Legacy of Religious Tolerance in the United States, award from The Historical Society of Charles County;
  • Cole Smith, eighth grade, Henson, Walt Disney, award from The Historical Society of Charles County;
  • Kyler Wingfield and Colby Bommer, sophomores, Westlake, Phillis Wheatley: The Matriarch of Black Literature, award from The Historical Society of Charles County;
  • Heath Brocato and Mark Stubbs, sixth graders, Hanson, Abraham Lincoln: The Emancipation Proclamation, award from The Historical Society of Charles County;
  • Jordan Queen, junior, Westlake, The Legacy and Leadership of Frank S. Land, award from Sons of the American Revolution, Thomas Stone Chapter;
  • Kritchanan Yampai, seventh grade, Hanson, Queen Victoria, award from the Society for the Restoration of Port Tobacco;
  • Brynna Bode, sixth grade, Smallwood, Margaret Brent: Colonial Leader, award from the National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century, Lady Jane Sewell Chapter; and
  • Deion Woods, sophomore, Westlake, Home Run to Equality: Jackie Robinson, award from the Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Eta Omicron Sigma Chapter.

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.

Registration for the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) three-year-old program begins Monday, April 13 at county Title I elementary schools. Interested parents must schedule an appointment at their child’s zoned elementary school to complete the application process for the 2015-16 school year. Applications will be accepted by appointment only, and CCPS is no longer registering children in the three-year-old program on a first come, first serve basis.

The three-year-old program is located at C. Paul Barnhart, Indian Head, Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy, J.P. Ryon, Dr. Samuel A. Mudd and Eva Turner elementary schools. The program serves Title I elementary schools and students must reside within Title I school zones to be eligible. Title I is a federal program that provides funding to schools based on the percentage of students qualifying for free and reduced price meals.

Children must attend the appointment with their parent, and will participate in an observation and skill assessment. Additionally, completing the application process does not guarantee enrollment in the program. Children admitted to the three-year-old program must meet the following guidelines:

  • Reside in a Title I school zone;
  • Qualify for free- and reduced-price meals;
  • Demonstrate an academic need; and
  • Must be three-years-old on or before Sept. 1.

No appointments will be made before April 13. Contact the Charles County Public Schools Title I Office at 301-934-7408 with questions or for additional information. Parents can find out what school their address is zoned for by using the School Locator feature of the website at www.ccboe.com. Contact the department of student services at 301-934-7326 if you need information about registering a child who is moving to the area.

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 (CCPS) has expanded its instructional programs to offer high school students additional opportunities to complete the financial literacy graduation requirement. All high school students must complete a one-credit course in financial literacy to graduate. Students can complete the course as a sophomore, junior or senior, but the course takes the place of an elective or other class on their schedule. The expansion of opportunities to complete the financial literacy course requirement provides students with additional schedule flexibility.

CCPS offers three alternative options for students to complete the financial literacy course for free through the Robert D. Stethem Educational Center. Two of the options are self-paced, independent study courses available through the New Option-Vision for Effective Learning program, known as NOVEL, and one offering requires students to attend a class during the summer school program at Westlake High School.

Students must be enrolled in a Charles County public high school to participate, and out-of-county students cannot enroll. Interested students must obtain a registration form from their school counselor prior to registering. Available options are outlined below.

  • April 7 through July 30, 2015 – self-paced course and independent completion of assignments through the NOVEL program at Stethem. Interested students can register for this option at Stethem until Friday, March 27. Registration is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 23 and March 27, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on March 24-26.
  • June 30 through July 30, 2015 – course available as part of summer school program at Stethem. This option requires daily course attendance throughout the program, which will be held at Westlake High School. Interested students can register for this option on June 24-25 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Stethem.
  • Sept. 1, 2015 through Jan. 30, 2016 – self-paced course with independent assignment completion through the NOVEL program at Stethem. Registration will be held Aug. 4-27 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The course covers a range of financial literacy topics that include savings, investing, credit card usage, credit scores and financing higher education. Students will learn to manage credit and debit, make informed financially responsible decisions, develop goals and spending plans, and learn ways to save and invest to achieve long-term financial goals.

CCPS first offered additional options for students to complete the financial literacy course last school year and expanded offerings this year to accommodate more students.

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.

Graduation ceremonies for high school seniors in the Charles County Public Schools Class of 2015 are planned for May 29-30 at the Convocation Center at North Point High School in Waldorf. Ceremonies for La Plata, Thomas Stone and Westlake high schools will be held on Friday, May 29. Seniors from North Point, Maurice J. McDonough and Henry E. Lackey high schools will graduate in ceremonies scheduled for Saturday, May 30.

The schedule for May 29 is

  • La Plata, 8:30 a.m.;
  • Stone, 2 p.m.; and
  • Westlake, 7:30 p.m.

The schedule for May 30 is

  • North Point, 8:30 a.m.;
  • McDonough, 2 p.m.; and
  • Lackey, 7:30 p.m.

All Charles County public high schools, including St. Charles High School, will be closed on Friday, May 29. The childcare center at North Point and the Robert D. Stethem Educational Center will also be closed for students on May 29.

Additionally, students who attend William A. Diggs Elementary School and Theodore G. Davis Middle School will not have school on Friday, May 29. This is to accommodate expected traffic on the Davis, Diggs and North Point campuses.

All graduation ceremonies will be streamed live on the Charles County Public Schools website, www.ccboe.com. North Point is located at 2500 Davis Road, Waldorf, Md., 20603. Parents with questions about a specific school’s planned graduation activities should contact the office at their child’s 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.

 

Student actors in Charles County’s seven public high schools are preparing for spring plays, which begin this month. The following is a list of school plays, ticket and contact information for each high school.

Maurice J. McDonough and Thomas Stone high schools are presenting their spring productions on March 19-21. Student actors at McDonough are presenting “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” on March 19-21 at 6:30 p.m., and on March 21 at 2 p.m. The show is about a young woman from a small town in Kansas named Millie who travels to New York City with hopes of becoming successful. Millie dreams of marrying a rich man and the musical follows her through her experiences in the city. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students and senior citizens, and $7 for thespians and children under the age of six. Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) staff members are able to attend the show free by showing their school system identification badge. Tickets can be ordered at www.mcdonoughdrama.com. Call 301-753-1755 for more information.

Actors at Stone are presenting Robert Fulghum’s “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten,” on March 19-21 with a show time of 7 p.m. on all three dates. The play features short stories about things people learn when they are young that stay with them as they settle into adulthood. Included are stories that depict love, hope and determination and the innocence of childhood. Tickets are $7 for adults, and $5 for students and senior citizens. Tickets will be available for purchase at the school each night starting at 6:30 p.m. CCPS staff receive two complimentary tickets by showing their identification badge. Call 301-645-2601 for more information.

Student actors at four high schools are hosting their spring plays during the third weekend in April. Henry E. Lackey High School is presenting William Shakespeare’s “Comedy of Errors,” on April 17-18 at 6:30 p.m., and April 19 at 2 p.m. The play highlights the story of two sets of identical twins who were accidentally separated at birth. Comedy of Errors is one of Shakespeare’s earlier plays and includes rules for drama introduced by Aristotle. Tickets are $8 for adults, and $7 for students, senior citizens and military members. CCPS staff receive a free ticket, along with one guest, by showing their identification badge. Call 301-743-5431 for more information.

The North Point High School theatre department is presenting “Into the Woods” on April 16, 17 and 18 at 7 p.m., and at 1 p.m. on April 18. The musical is inspired by the Grimm Brother’s fairy tales “Cinderella,” “Rapunzel,” “Little Red Riding Hood,” and “Jack and the Beanstalk,” and follows the story of a husband and wife as they try to start a family. The couple encounter a witch who puts a curse on them. Tickets are $8 for general admission, and $5 for students and senior citizens. Elementary and middle school students can attend the matinee showing on April 18 for half-price admission. CCPS staff also receive one free ticket with their identification badge. Call 301-753-1759 for more information.

The St. Charles High School drama club is presenting “Once Upon a Mattress” on April 17 at 7 p.m., April 18 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and April 19 at 2 p.m. The show is a musical comedy that was written as an adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale “The Princess and the Pea.” The story follows Princess Winnifred and her desire to marry Prince Dauntless the Drab. His mother, Queen Agravain, creates a test for all princesses interested in marrying her son and the princess has to comply. Ticket prices are $8 for general admission, and $6 for students, senior citizens, military members and thespians. CCPS staff also receive a free ticket with their identification badge. Call 301-753-2090 for more information.

The Westlake High School theatre company is presenting “Leader of the Pack: The Ellie Greenwich Musical,” on April 16-18 with a 7 p.m. show time on all three dates. The musical celebrates the life and music of Ellie Greenwich, a popular artist well known for teenage pop songs during the 1960s. Popular songs featured in the musical include “Chapel of Love,” “Be My Baby” and “Do Wah Diddy.” Tickets are $8 for adults, $7 for senior citizens and $6 for students. School system staff can receive two free tickets with their identification badge. Call 301-645-8857 for more information.

La Plata High School student actors are presenting the classic “The Wizard of Oz,” on April 30-May 2 with a show time of 6:30 p.m. on all three dates. There is also a matinee performance at 2:30 p.m. on May 3. The play follows Dorothy, a young girl from Kansas, who finds herself in a strange place, the Land of Oz, after a tornado comes through her town. During the performances, the La Plata student actors will be joined by students from Mary H. Matula, T.C. Martin and Walter J. Mitchell elementary schools. Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $5 for students. CCPS staff also receive a free ticket with their identification badge. Call 301-934-1100 for more information.

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.

More than 800 Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students competed in the regional Destination Imagination competition held Saturday, March 14, at North Point High School. Forty-eight teams advance to the state-level competition, scheduled for April 18 at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

More than 150 teams from Charles County public elementary, middle and high schools, and regional private schools, competed to solve one of six problems in the long-term academic event that challenges students to work together to apply creativity, critical thinking skills and unique talents. Challenges are separated into three levels of competition: elementary, middle and high. Teams that place at the regional event advance to the state tournament.

The following Charles County teams placed in the top four spots at the regional Destination Imagination tournament.

Winners in the Creature Feature challenge are:

  • Elementary: Walter J. Mitchell Elementary School, Extreme Bulldogs team, first place; Southern Maryland Christian Academy, third-grade team B, second place; Mitchell, Awesome & Amazing Creature Creators team, third place; and Eva Turner Elementary School, GAP team, fourth place.
  • Middle: St. Mary’s Bryantown, the Bacon Bam team, first place.
  • High: North Point High School/Westlake High School, Umm What?!? team, first place.

The Umm What?!? team competed at the high-school level together because the team includes students from both schools.

Winners in the Making Waves challenge are:

  • Elementary: Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School, Science Surfers team, first place; Dr. James Craik Elementary School, Sound Queens team, second place; St. Peter’s School, Dazzling Divas team, third place; and Malcolm Elementary School, Mixed Up Mustaches team, fourth place.
  • Middle: Theodore G. Davis Middle School, D.I. Namic Avengers team, first place; and Benjamin Stoddert Middle School, ImproVisers team, second place.
  • High: La Plata High School, Lil Ppl Hate Science team, first place.

Winners in the Feary Tales challenge are:                            

  • Elementary: Dr. Thomas L. Higdon Elementary School, DI Live team, first place; Mary H. Matula Elementary School, Nuclear Rainbow Crush team, second place; William A. Diggs Elementary School, TBFPSP team, third place; and Turner, Once Upon a Fearyland team, fourth place.
  • Middle: Davis/Matthew Henson Middle School, Lazy Leeches team, first place; Milton M. Somers Middle School, D.I. Vengers team, second place; and General Smallwood Middle School, Roy-G-Bivians team, third place.
  • High: North Point, Converse_Krew team, first place; and St. Charles High School, Phobia Tamers team, second place.

The Lazy Leeches team competed at the middle-school level together because the team is comprised of students from both schools.

Winners in the Improv Games challenge are:

  • Elementary: Mary B. Neal Elementary School, Super Stars team, first place; T.C. Martin Elementary School, Neon Improv-ers team, second place; William B. Wade Elementary School, the Four Amigos team, third place; and Indian Head Elementary School, Randomizers team, fourth place.
  • Middle: Henson, Weirdziez team, first place; Somers, DIvas and DIablos team, second place; and Somers, DIstrict 5 team, third place.
  • High: North Point, North Point of No Return team, first place; North Point, NP.MD.LC. DI’NCEPTION team, second place; North Point, Broken Fingers team, third place; and La Plata, B.R.E.D. team, fourth place.

Winners in the Lose to Win challenge are:

  • Elementary: Southern Maryland Christian Academy, fourth-grade tornados team, first place; Craik, Awesome Saucers team, second place; Mitchell, Delta Force team, third place; and St. Peter’s, Engineers team, fourth place.
  • Middle: St. Peter’s, Dynamic Imaginators team, first place.
  • High: North Point, 2 Electric Boogaloo team, first place.

Winners in the Project Outreach: Brand Aid challenge are:

  • Elementary: St. Peter’s, Lightning Bolts team, first place; Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School, DI Food Birds team, second place; Craik, Smileys team, tie for third place; and J.P. Ryon Elementary School, Brand Aid Buccaneers team, tie for third place.
  • Middle: St. Mary’s Bryantown, Glue Sticks team, first place; and Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer Elementary School/Mattawoman Middle School, Hairflip Emojis team, second place.
  • High: North Point, North Point of No Return team, first place; Henry E. Lackey High School, DI Team, second place; and North Point, Power Puff Girls team, third place.

The Hairflip Emojis team competed at the middle-school level because the team includes students from both Jenifer Elementary and Mattawoman Middle schools.

Two additional teams – the DITWACA team composed of students from North Point and Westlake high school, and the Whosteamisthisanyway? team from Lackey, North Point and Westlake high schools – were invited to advance to the state level after placing in their challenge.

Additionally, the following teams earned special awards:

  • Spirit of DI Award – for exceptional spirit, teamwork, volunteerism and sportsmanship – Matula Animal Mish Mash Scouts team, St. Peter’s Engineers team, and Stoddert’s Chromatophobiacs team.
  • The Renaissance Award – for exceptional skill in the areas of design, engineering or performance – North Point’s 2 Electric Boogaloo team and Smallwood’s Little Rascals team.
  • DaVinci Award – for exceptional creativity, a unique approach to the problem and/or risk taking – Berry Elementary School Ninja Explorers team.
  • Torch Bearer Award – for teams whose solutions have had an extraordinary impact in and beyond their local communities – Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy’s DI Food Birds team.

The event is sponsored by Charles County Public Schools. Destination ImagiNation is an international program dedicated to enhancing the learning skills, creative problem solving skills, team skills, sportsmanship and knowledge of all students. Visit http://www.destinationimagination.org/ for more information.

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 has appointed Joseph Cormier of Waldorf to serve on the Board of Education Ethics Panel. He replaces a member who resigned due to an employment conflict. The panel is serving a four-year term that ends in June 2018.

Cormier joins panel members William Olmstead, a La Plata attorney, James Cornette of La Plata, Theresa Everette of Waldorf and Jessie Morris of Waldorf. Cormier is a veteran and serves as the president of both the Arthur Middleton Elementary School Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) and the Charles County Special Education Citizens Advisory Committee (SECAC).

The Board appoints the all-volunteer, five-member panel every four years prior to a Board of Education election. The ethics panel interprets ethics regulations and provides advisory opinions to Board Members and employees subject to the regulations. The panel also reviews complaints concerning any alleged ethics violation and receives and maintains all forms required to be filed under the ethics regulation.

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.