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Students at Benjamin Stoddert Middle School joined together for the Thanksgiving holiday on a mission to provide for the school community. “We wanted to help those who can’t celebrate with their families. It makes us feel good knowing we are helping,” said eighth grader Tayloni Ricks. Ricks, along with nearly 60 other students, is part of the Stoddert student government association (SGA). Over the past few weeks, the SGA sponsored a schoolwide food drive with the goal of helping families in need. Students and staff held a contest to see which homeroom class brought in the most donations. Items received Read more…

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Three Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students are preparing for what they refer to as “an opportunity of a lifetime.” Seniors Jonathon Moss, Kyle Smith and Ella Videgla will join other Maryland high school students in 2018 as Legislative Pages. Student pages work with the General Assembly for two weeks during the legislative session. Kennedy Harris, a North Point High School senior, was chosen as the student alternate. The selection process is competitive. Interested students must submit an essay detailing why they think they are good candidates for the program. Students apply because they are interested in pursuing a career Read more…

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A Thanksgiving tradition continued at Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School when its students — past and present — along with staff opened the doors to senior citizens and guests Nov. 17 for the 31st Thanksgiving celebration. The event was started by the late Elvira Barnes, a guidance counselor at Mt. Hope. It has been continued by Connie Bannister, a secretary at the school, and a team of volunteers who spend the week leading up to the lunch shopping for ingredients and cooking. Invitations go out to senior centers and nursing homes, along with churches in the area, Bannister said. “It’s good Read more…

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The Board of Education is holding an executive session 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 27 at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building to discuss personnel as permitted by the Maryland Open Meetings Act, Sections 3-305 and 3-103 of the General Provisions Article. About CCPS Charles County Public Schools provides 26,900 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 Read more…

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The SkillsUSA Maryland Fall Leadership Conference was held earlier this month in Ocean City. Students could earn the Statesman and Advanced Statesman awards and attend workshops and activities. Nineteen North Point High School students attended the conference. “It builds character,” said North Point senior Umi Daniels of being a part of SkillsUSA. Daniels, who is in the cosmetology program, said she used to be reserved around new people. “It helped me break out of my shell,” she said. North Point senior Nisha Lathrop, who is studying education careers, said SkillsUSA helped her build the confidence she’ll need as she moves Read more…

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The La Plata High School Marching Band was honored last month as the overall Group 1A winner at the 2017 USBands Maryland State Championship. La Plata’s Marching Band earned the top spot among six other competing schools with a score of 91.425. This is the second consecutive year the band earned first place at the state level. The event was held at Towson University in Baltimore on Oct. 21. The band was honored by the Board of Education at its Nov. 14 meeting and is under the direction of Susan Eckerle, a music teacher at La Plata. Students and staff Read more…

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The Board of Education honored five exemplary Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) employees at its Nov. 14 meeting for their dedication and commitment to teaching and learning, and for making a difference in the lives of students. Honored were James Thompson, science teacher at Berry Elementary School; Jane Murphy, food service manager at Dr. Thomas L. Higdon Elementary School; Natalie Potts, first-grade teacher at Eva Turner Elementary School; Brian Colaizzi, science teacher at Piccowaxen Middle School; and Oksana Mouchyn-Dobbs, special education teacher at La Plata High School.  Thompson has been teaching science at the elementary-school level with CCPS for the Read more…

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The Board of Education at its Nov. 14 meeting honored five Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students for their accomplishments in academic achievement, personal responsibility and career readiness. They are Parshva Patel, senior, La Plata High School; Joseph Arnold, eighth grade, Piccowaxen Middle School; Martina Marchi, fifth grade, Berry Elementary School; Macy Flint, fifth grade, Dr. Thomas L. Higdon Elementary School; and Darrell Jackson Jr., fifth grade, Eva Turner Elementary School. Patel was honored by the Board for his accomplishments in the area of academic achievement. He is an honor roll student and active in the La Plata school community. Read more…

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Theodore G. Davis Middle School celebrated Unity Day on Wednesday, Oct. 25. Students and staff were encouraged to wear orange to show their commitment to help end bullying. Throughout the day, teachers hosted class discussions in which students sat in circles and talked about ideas and strategies for use in bullying prevention. Students also viewed bullying and prevention videos, such as the popular “See Something, Say Something” released by Burger King earlier last month. Valeri Garrant, a physical education teacher at Davis, also hosted a candy cart where students could buy treats to benefit the Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) Read more…

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The kindergarten classes at Gale-Bailey Elementary School visited Middleton Farm on Monday, Oct. 23. Students learned about farm animals, how pumpkins grow, participated in a trip around the corn maze and enjoyed a hayride. At the end of the visit, each student was able to pick out a pumpkin from the patch.   Orange was on display in full force at Berry Elementary School on Wednesday, Oct. 25 as students and staff celebrated Unity Day. Unity Day encourages students to wear orange to prevent and end bullying. “Students need to be able to build positive relationships with their peers,” Principal Sandra Taylor Read more…

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