Two North Point High School Class of 2015 graduates placed in the top national spots at the 50th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) held in Louisville, KY last week. An additional 16 North Point Skills USA students placed in the top 10 in their respective categories. More than 6,000 students nationwide competed at the event in 89 career and technical education (CTE) competitions.

Nicholas Wiegand, a 2015 North Point graduate, earned a gold medal in the Electrical Construction Wiring category. Gold medals are the highest award given in the event. Alyssa Gonnella, who also graduated from North Point this year, received a silver medal award in the Early Childhood Education category. Silver medals are the second highest award a student can receive. Wiegand and Gonnella are two of only 22 students from Maryland who earned a gold-, silver- or bronze-level award at the national level.

The following North Point students placed in the Skills USA national top 10 in their respective categories:

  • Leah Pennington, Alyssa Raqueno and Jenna Williams, seniors, fifth place, Community Service;
  • Erin Green, Sarah Jones and Maya Kidane, 2015 graduates, sixth place, Outstanding Chapter;
  • James Adkins, Luke Gibson and Dennis Whitley, IV, seniors, Skye Corbin, junior, and Joel Rogers, 2015 graduate, seventh place, Quiz Bowl;
  • Patricia Atkinson and Dylan McCabe, seniors, and Stephanie McCarter-Dadzie, 2015 graduate, seventh place, Crime Scene Investigation;
  • Daphine Henderson, senior, seventh place, Welding Sculpture; and
  • Suha Ansari, senior, ninth place, Career Pathways – Health Sciences.

Skills USA students advance to the national level of competition as first-place medal winners at the state event. More than 5,100 students in Maryland participate in Skills USA and the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) coordinates two state events annually to prepare students for national competition.

Skills USA is a national partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure a skilled work force. The organization serves more than 300,000 high school and college students, as well as professional members, nationwide. Skills USA competitions showcase the talents of CTE students. The students compete locally and continue through the state and national levels. The philosophy of the competition is to reward students for excellence, to involve industry in directly evaluating student performance and to train students for employer needs.

Skills USA provides experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development. The organization focuses on quality at work, high ethical standards, superior work skills, lifelong education and pride in the dignity of work. For more information, visit the Skills USA Maryland Web site at http://www.mdskillsusa.org/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.

 

 

The Board of Education on June 22 approved tuition rates for the 2015-16 school year that include a slight increase for students enrolling from counties outside of Charles County, and for non-Maryland residents. For students residing in Maryland but who live outside of Charles County, the cost for the coming school year is $7,445, up about one percent from $7,300 for the 2014-15 school year. Students enrolling in Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) for the 2015-16 school year who live outside of Maryland will be charged $11,740, also an increase of about one percent from the tuition rate of $11,550 for the 2014-15 school year.

CCPS reviews tuition rates annually and the department of student services determines all school transfer requests that include out-of-county and out-of-state student placements. These requests must meet criteria, and schools must have adequate space, including in the particular grade and instructional programs. Additionally, CCPS does not provide transportation to any student who lives out of the county or Maryland. Applications for review are due May 1 annually.

On June 22, The Board also approved a change to some daily and hourly wage rates to reflect the increase in minimum wage. On July 1, the minimum wage rate in Maryland increases from $8 to $8.25. Some job categories in which a CCPS employee would earn minimum wage as a starting rate include a swim instructor or intern. The Board also approved an increase in the pay rate for some hourly employees, such as instructional assistants and food service substitutes. Information about approved pay rate changes is posted on the school system website, www.ccboe.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.

The Board of Education approved its fiscal year 2016 budget Monday night, providing salary increases for employees and funding the addition of a senior class at St. Charles High School.

The Board’s FY2016 operating budget is $334.2 million, reflecting a $6.8 million increase or 2.1 percent more than FY2015. The county provided an additional $4.2 million and state funding increased $640,512. To pay for mandatory cost shortages, the school system moved $5.2 million from the fund balance to the general fund and cut nearly $7.4 million from budget categories including lapsed salaries, technology replacement reserves and utilities. The school system is using the fund balance for general operations and to complete one-time maintenance projects, such as carpet replacements and school playgrounds.

“We value our employees and providing compensation was our first priority. This is an investment in our people who we expect to provide educational access, equity and excellence while making a difference in the lives of children each day. It’s important that we remain competitive so we are able to hire the best new teachers as well as retain our experienced staff,” Superintendent Kimberly Hill said.

Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) employees are two steps/levels behind on the salary schedule. Salary step and levels are incremental increases in salary based on previous qualifying professional experience. The last time the school system gave an across-the-board cost-of-living (COLA) increase was 2009.

Pending approval of the school system’s two employee groups, the Education Association of Charles County (EACC) and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), all eligible employees will receive a step/level increase. The budget funds a 2 percent COLA for certificated employees at levels 20 or 10, depending on the assigned salary scale. The budget includes a 1 percent COLA for support staff in steps 17 and above.

In addition to salary and the St. Charles opening, other mandated increases include the teachers’ pension, Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE) insurance premium, athletic trainers, bus contracts and Project Lead the Way (PLTW). There will be 24 staff members and additional supplies and materials added to St. Charles High School, which are critical to adding a senior class of more than 300 students.

Also affecting the budget is the increased cost of health insurance. To offset increases, the school system and unions agreed to raise health insurance copays for office visits and prescriptions by $5 and emergency room visits by $75, unless admitted. The change is anticipated to save the system $500,000.

Hill said staff worked to avoid program and staffing cuts while making budget reductions. Funding the increases requires reducing an additional $7.4 million beyond state and county funding levels. Savings came from lapsed salaries and FICA targets, increasing health insurance copays, decreasing classified pension plan funding, and eliminating reserve budgets for unanticipated expenditures in programs, technology and utilities.

The FY2016 budget increases the per pupil operating cost to $13,104.

“This budget does not reduce or eliminate successful programs or school improvements. This is a budget that will help us maintain our academic success and provide strong support to the classroom, our students and our staff,” Hill said.

A copy of the Board’s approved fiscal year 2016 budget summary is available at http://www.ccboe.com/aboutus/boe/budget.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 of Charles County is holding a public work session at 6 p.m., Monday, June 22, in the boardroom at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building. The agenda is as follows and is subject to change:

Executive session – 5 p.m.

Call to Order – 6 p.m.

  • Pledge of Allegiance

Public Forum

Work session

  • FY 2016 operating budget
  • Out-of-county tuition rates
  • FY 2016 daily and hourly salaries
  • Board goals

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.

 

 

The Board of Education honored several Charles County Public Schools employees at a June 11 retirement ceremony. Honored were employees who have retired since June 30, 2014, and those who have already announced their retirements at the end of this school year. Retirees are listed below by name, last position held, location and years of service.

  • James Adams, building service worker, T.C. Martin Elementary School, 24;
  • Bonnetta Adeeb, special education teacher, Thomas Stone High School, 34;
  • Linda Adgate, Maryland’s Tomorrow coordinator, La Plata High School, 29;
  • Garnet Anderson, school counselor, John Hanson Middle School, 48;
  • Constance Anderson, kindergarten instructional assistant, Walter J. Mitchell Elementary School, 16;
  • Cynthia Baker, director hearing officer and court liaison, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, 41;
  • Dorothy Bannister, building service assistant manager, Starkey, 20;
  • John Borge, special education instructional assistant, Westlake High School, 26;
  • Maryann Bourassa, content specialist for gifted education, Starkey, 39;
  • Mary Bowman-Proctor, food service worker, Stone, 24;
  • John Breedlove, alternative school teacher, Robert D. Stethem Educational Center, 40;
  • Elizabeth Brown, pupil personnel worker, Starkey, 43;
  • Agnes Bugin, business education teacher, La Plata, 19;
  • Stephen Butcher, auto/heavy equipment mechanic, Radio Station Road Annex Building, 43;
  • Carol Cairns, literacy instructional assistant, Piccowaxen Middle School, 33;
  • Wanda Chesley, building service worker, J.P. Ryon Elementary School, 35;
  • Ruth Cline, food service manager, Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer Elementary School, 26;
  • Edwina Conley, reading middle school instructional assistant, Theodore G. Davis Middle School, 21;
  • Beverly Dawkins, English as a second language teacher, Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School, 12;
  • Levi Dent, building service manager, Dr. Gustavus Brown Elementary School, 33;
  • Swee Kin Dressick, food service manager, Mattawoman Middle School, 7;
  • Maurita Edwards, special education teacher, Martin, 34;
  • Virginia Etter, kindergarten instructional assistant, Martin, 20;
  • Nancy Ewing, special education teacher, North Point High School, 28;
  • Shirley Farren, secretary in supporting services, Radio Station Road Annex I Building, 39;
  • Claudia Finley Bowalick, instructional specialist, Arthur Middleton Elementary School, 39;
  • Barbara Fitch, food service manager, Mary H. Matula Elementary School, 22;
  • Betty Fuller, secretary in supporting services, Radio Station Road Annex I Building, 42;
  • Joanne Good, computer programmer, Starkey, 40;
  • Susan Heath, secretary to the principal, Stethem, 33;
  • Sheila Heatley, school counselor, Davis, 44;
  • Dan Henry, vice principal, Maurice J. McDonough High School, 20;
  • Linda Hodgson, third-grade teacher, J.C. Parks Elementary School, 26;
  • Victoria Hoffmaster, secretary, Starkey, 22;
  • Betty Horton, first-grade teacher, Dr. Thomas L. Higdon Elementary School, 36;
  • Judith Howell, mathematics teacher, La Plata, 36;
  • Mark Howell, social studies teacher, Westlake High School, 36;
  • Dorothy Jefferson, Reading Recovery teacher, Parks, 37;
  • Dorothy Jenifer, job coach for the Adult Independence Program (AIP), Stethem, 14;
  • Drew Jepsky, director of instructional assessment, Starkey, 36;
  • Elizabeth Regina Johnson, fourth-grade teacher, C. Paul Barnhart Elementary School, 5;
  • Aly Khan Johnson Sr., coordinator of student activities, Starkey, 43;
  • Jeanette Kaufmann, special education teacher/individual education plan (IEP) facilitator, F.B. Gwynn Educational Center, 25;
  • Pamela Kelly Flowers, physical education teacher, Westlake, 32;
  • Brenda Kiker, preschool instructional assistant, Jenifer, 24;
  • Margaret Kolbe, media instructional assistant, Benjamin Stoddert Middle School, 14;
  • Diane Laveglia, vice principal, Gale-Bailey Elementary School, 29;
  • Webster Lee, building service manager, North Point, 33;
  • Edna Livingston, food service worker, Westlake, 20;
  • Thomas Lyles, building service assistant manager, Malcolm Elementary School, 35;
  • Donna Maki, speech therapist, Berry Elementary School, 31;
  • Roslyn Malloy, print shop manager, Starkey, 34;
  • Nancy Mathena, special education instructional assistant, Henry E. Lackey High School, 32;
  • Floria Mathis, technology facilitator, Eva Turner Elementary School, 8;
  • Michael Mazzeo, social studies teacher, La Plata, 34;
  • Toni Melton-Trainor, principal, Gale-Bailey, 30;
  • Ramona Millar, special education instructional assistant, Dr. James Craik Elementary School, 28;
  • Diane Morgan, language arts teacher, Hanson, 40;
  • James Morrow, pupil personnel worker, Mattawoman, 42;
  • Vivian Nelson, special education teacher, Stone, 37;
  • Penny Nye, principal, William B. Wade Elementary School, 43;
  • Linda Petersen, school counselor, Higdon, 26;
  • Brenda Peterson, first-grade teacher, Martin, 16;
  • Jerome Petty, vice principal, Milton M. Somers Middle School, 37;
  • Janet Porter, home economics family and consumer science teacher, Stone, 39;
  • Patricia Price, special education teacher, Higdon, 30;
  • Dorothy Radvany, food service worker, Higdon, 26;
  • Touissaint Rhone, building service worker, Matula, 6;
  • Lucile Rice, instructional specialist, Piccowaxen, 40;
  • Wanda Scott, secretary in instruction, Starkey, 31;
  • Mary Seremet, gifted education resource teacher, Starkey, 40;
  • Anthony Silva, instructional specialist, Starkey, 44;
  • Dell Simmons, building service manager, Ryon, 38;
  • Michelle Sirna, secretary, Martin, 27;
  • Christine Smith, instructional specialist in science, Starkey, 44;
  • Barbara Staebler, psychologist, Starkey, 32;
  • Sherella Swann, secretary in instruction, Starkey, 35;
  • Katherine Sweney, special education teacher, Jenifer, 43;
  • Deborah Taylor, mathematics teacher, Mattawoman, 40;
  • Kim Debora Taylor, kindergarten teacher, Wade, 36;
  • Charles Thompson, painter, Radio Station Road Annex, 40;
  • Renee Tolliver, home economics family and consumer science teacher, McDonough, 33;
  • Elaine Tubb, government resource teacher, Starkey, 36;
  • William Walter, physical education teacher, Malcolm, 43;
  • Charlotte Weirich, specialist in world language/English for speakers of other languages (ESOL), Starkey, 29;
  • Helen Welch, secretary to the principal, Martin, 45;
  • Cynthia Wells, pupil personnel worker, Piccowaxen, 35;
  • Deborah Williams, school counselor, Wade, 36;
  • Olivia Willis, second-grade teacher, Brown, 36; and
  • Catherine Wills, building service worker, Westlake, 16.

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 six Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) employees with Outstanding Personnel Awards on June 9. Honored were

  • Nghia Dang, computer analyst, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building;
  • Madonna Gaume, technology facilitator, C. Paul Barnhart Elementary School;
  • Eric McElhenny, electronic technician, CCPS Radio Station Road Annex;
  • BiJon Trice, secretary to the principal, John Hanson Middle School;
  • Gloria Renee Ward, head of accounts payable, Starkey Building; and
  • Victor Woodland, building service manager, Theodore G. Davis Middle School.

Dang has worked for the school system since 2009 and supports the technology needs of staff at both the Starkey Building and the F.B. Gwynn Educational Center. His strong technical knowledge of networking skills, computer hardware and software allows him to efficiently and quickly solve issues. He is well known among his coworkers as dependable and willing to assist anyone in need of technical assistance. Dang is professional and approachable and often sought out to mentor computer interns and computer analysts in schools and at other CCPS work locations. He assists with technology inventories, and the maintenance of technology and is knowledgeable with Smart boards, laptops, desktop computers and server hardware. Lora Bennett is the information technology manager for CCPS and wrote a letter in support of Dang’s award nomination. In her letter, she describes Dang as an important contributor to the morale of his team. “He works hard to keep the technology in all the buildings he supports functioning to enable the staff to create learning opportunities and support the mission of our school system. He is always willing to assist and prides himself on doing his work effectively and to the highest level of performance,” Bennett wrote.

Gaume has worked for CCPS since 1997 and began working at Barnhart as the school’s technology facilitator in 2004. She works hard to develop exciting and engaging lessons for students, and ensures her lessons match the skills of all learners. She plans lessons with grade-level teachers but also seeks out additional curriculum to support student learning in the computer lab. Gaume aims to provide fun learning opportunities for her students and is resourceful in completing all tasks. This school year she completed training to learn more about the school system’s partnership with Code.org so she can teach Barnhart students about computer coding. Gaume also volunteers to serve as the sponsor of the Computer Bowl team in which she helps students prepare for an annual current events quiz-style competition hosted on the Internet. Additionally, she helps coordinate several school-related events such as Breakfast with Santa, the Harvest Festival and Relay for Life efforts. Barnhart Principal Troy Barnes said Gaume is a valuable asset to the school. “She is resourceful, understands all aspects of her job, utilizes technology daily, fosters cooperative relationships within the entire school community, and demonstrates outstanding leadership,” Barnes wrote in an award nomination letter.

McElhenny has worked for the school system for more than 20 years as an electronics technician. In his role, he supports and maintains bell schedules at schools and fire alarm, clock, security and audio systems for CCPS. He is adamant in learning new technologies to support his duties and is diligent in maintaining, upgrading and replacing system components, as needed. He also supports antennae and cable systems at all schools and buildings, and oversees the public address systems, also known as the PA audio system, used in schools. McElhenny is well known among his peers for his professional attitude and strong work ethic. He strives to assist with any task he is given and is committed to excellence in his position. Mary B. Neal Elementary School Principal Carol Leveillee wrote a letter on behalf of McElhenny’s nomination and said his commitment to his profession is evident in all he does. “Eric is always dedicated to getting the job done. He is dependable and knowledgeable. He always has a solution to any issues. Whether it’s security, sound systems, speakers, intercoms, or whatever, Eric is on the job,” Leveillee wrote.

Trice has worked in the office at John Hanson since 2012 and handles several tasks for the school, including the school budget, payroll organization and financial reports. He also serves as the point of contact for technical and software support and helps to evaluate administrative operations. He manages the use of facilities calendar for Hanson and maintains all records related to the school’s accountability plan. Trice is well known among Hanson staff for his kind demeanor and professionalism. His dedication to detail and quality is evident in all jobs he manages. Trice offers his assistance when needed and strives to develop and maintain a positive rapport with students, staff and parents. In addition to his administrative responsibilities, Trice serves as a mentor for students and helps coach basketball. Hanson special education teacher Megan English said Trice is an excellent role model for students. “He establishes positive relationships with students within the school through coaching, participation in PBIS activities, and just by being a respectable presence throughout the building. Many of my students with special needs look forward to chatting with him on a regular basis. He is an excellent role model for our students to look up to and happily takes on that responsibility,” English wrote in a nomination letter.

Ward’s career with CCPS spans more than 34 years and includes positions such as word processor operator, certification clerk, computer operator, accounting assistant and head of accounts payable. Ward was named the head of accounts payable in 2013 and develops queries to maintain payment records, reconciles vendor statements and obtains reimbursements from vendors. She also helped implement an electronic funds transfer payment system for accounts payable and assisted in developing a comprehensive binder of accounts payable procedures. She created helpful hints for secretaries to use when receiving invoices in the computer system and trains employees in retrieving documents from Laser Vault, a document management system used by CCPS. She is professional and demonstrates a strong work ethic, attention to detail and volunteers to take on difficult tasks when needed. In an award nomination letter, accounts payable staff member Ann Peddicord said that Ward goes above and beyond. “There is no job that she will not tackle with every ounce of energy she has to give and have it completed on time and as near to perfect that is possible. She is one of the most organized people that I have met, and one of the hardest working people that I know,” Peddicord wrote.

Woodland began his career with CCPS in 2002 and worked at General Smallwood Middle School and Henry E. Lackey High School as a building service worker. He was promoted to the building service manager at the Robert D. Stethem Educational Center in 2004 and took over the manager position in building services at Davis when the school opened in 2007. He works with contractors and coordinates the use of facilities for the school, county and community events. He assists with bi-annual bus evacuations, prepares the building for all events and helps to maintain areas outside of the school. He works with school administrators to ensure the school is safe and orderly, performs daily facility checks and maintains building inspection records. As building service manager, Woodland also prepares daily assignments for his staff and is well known for his attention to detail and strong work ethic. Davis Principal Stephanie Wesolowski said Woodland has been an integral part of the instructional program at Davis since the school opened. “Maintaining a large facility is no easy task, but you wouldn’t know it from observing the leadership qualities of Mr. Woodland. He is always available no matter how large or small the request and he is extremely dependable. He is truly an exemplary employee,” Wesolowski wrote in a nomination letter.

The Board each year honors exemplary staff members who provide creative and quality services that support the effective and efficient operations of the school system.  

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.

 

Louis D’Ambrosio, a vice principal at William A. Diggs Elementary School, is the 2015 Charles County Public Schools Vice Principal of the Year. He was selected for the annual honor for his passion for working with children and commitment to education. D’Ambrosio has served as a vice principal at Diggs since 2011. He was recently appointed as principal at Arthur Middleton Elementary School for the 2015-16 school year.

D’Ambrosio said throughout his life he has encountered numerous people who have positively impacted his career and helped him get to where he is today. He is also humbled by the recognition and said after he was notified of his award selection, it took him a few minutes to realize the honor being bestowed upon him.

“I was instantly humbled. Everyone always says that they can think of a teacher or coach or one single individual that helped them at the right time in their lives. I can list numerous influences in my life starting from first grade and up to now that have had a positive impact in my life.  It truly does take a village to raise a child.  I am honored and humbled to be nominated as an important part of the village,” he said.

Criteria for the Vice Principal of the Year award include a strong work ethic, commitment to the success of students and staff, and the ability to help maintain a positive learning environment. In letters written on behalf of D’Ambrosio’s nomination, his peers, parents and students say that he embodies all of the qualities of a great educator who is passionate about student success.

Diggs fifth grader Brianna Tabayoyong said D’Ambrosio is always there for students when they need additional assistance, or positive emotional support. In her letter of recommendation, she said D’Ambrosio is a role model for students. “When you’re feeling down, he is there. Mr. D’Ambrosio always has something positive to say. He is always there for you if you need him,” Tabayoyong wrote in a nomination letter.

D’Ambrosio’s nomination includes several recommendation letters from Diggs grade-level teams that highlight his ability to connect with not only students, staff and parents, but the entire school community. Members of the third-grade team said his ability to connect with students and strong work ethic make D’Ambrosio a standout leader.

“From the moment he joined the William A. Diggs staff he has maintained a positive attitude and strong goal-oriented work ethic. He is a creative and original thinker. He is committed to his staff and student growth and establishes positive partnerships with the community by being involved in several school programs,” wrote the Diggs’ third-grade team of teachers Tracey Crawford, Jennifer Krex, Stephanie Mooneyham and Corrie Wutka.

As a vice principal at Diggs, D’Ambrosio is visible in school hallways and classrooms. He makes it a point to visit each classroom daily and serves as a mentor for struggling learners. He assisted with the creation of the school improvement plan and student learning outcomes, and helps to develop the master schedule and testing calendar annually. He also delegates bus coordinator duties and manages the school website.

D’Ambrosio is an active member of the Diggs Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) and attends several PTO events and spirit nights to support the school community. He also provides professional development for staff including presentations on differentiated instruction, the teacher observation process and the use of Edline. Additionally, D’Ambrosio has served as acting principal at Diggs while his principal was on extended leave.

Diggs Principal Sandra Taylor said D’Ambrosio is an exemplary part of her administrative team. “I have had the pleasure of working with Lou D’Ambrosio as my vice principal for the past four years. His leadership and administrative qualities have been invaluable. I truly believe there is no better candidate to receive this accolade. Last year, while I was out on maternity leave, Mr. D’Ambrosio proved that he is capable of running a school effectively. So it is without reservation that I nominate him for this award,” Taylor wrote in an award nomination letter.

D’Ambrosio began his career with Charles County Public Schools as a special education teacher at Milton M. Somers Middle School in 2001. In 2006, he was named as vice principal at Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School, and then transferred to vice principal at Indian Head Elementary School in 2007. D’Ambrosio served as the vice principal at Indian Head until 2011 when he took a vice principal position at Diggs. On July 1, D’Ambrosio starts his appointment as the new principal at Middleton.

He has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in special education, both from Mercyhurst University. He also has a certificate in advanced study in education from Notre Dame of Maryland University. D’Ambrosio was honored by the Board of Education on June 9. The Board honors one outstanding vice principal each year.

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 graduation ceremonies last month for six of the seven public high schools in the Convocation Center at North Point High School. Ceremonies for La Plata, Thomas Stone and Westlake high schools were held May 29, and seniors from North Point, Maurice J. McDonough and Henry E. Lackey high schools graduated May 30. In 2016, the school system will plan seven high school graduation ceremonies as St. Charles High School will promote its first senior class. Dates will be planned later this year.

Charles County Public Schools staff gave a report about graduation 2015 to the Board of Education at their June 9 meeting, and included data about scholarships, graduate totals, guests in attendance and live streaming view totals.

A total of 2,174 students received their diplomas on May 29-30. Lackey promoted 292 graduates, who received more than $7 million in scholarship offers. A total of 383 students graduated from La Plata and received more than $12 million in scholarship offers. McDonough graduates totaled 335 and their Class of 2015 earned nearly $9 million in scholarships.

The graduating class from North Point included 503 seniors and the school reported more than $18 million in scholarship offers. Thomas Stone graduates totaled 307 and students received more than $5.8 million in scholarship offers. Westlake’s Class of 2015 included 354 students and scholarship totals topped $10 million. The CCPS Class of 2015 earned a combined total of more than $62 million in scholarships, an increase of nearly $7 million from last year.

More than 18,000 people attended the ceremonies held at the Convocation Center. Throughout the weekend, a total of 22,067 people attended the ceremonies and assisted with graduations, including graduates, guests, Charles County Public Schools staff and vendors.

This was the first year Charles County Public Schools streamed its high school graduation ceremonies live on the school system website, www.ccboe.com. More than 3,800 viewers watched the ceremonies live on the website. Another 17,000 viewers have accessed the ceremony videos online, which are available on the CCPS website at http://www.ccboe.com/community/graduation/. A photo gallery of images taken during the graduations is also posted at http://www.ccboe.com/graduation2015.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 on June 9 approved the appointment of five new principals and 10 new vice principals for the 2015-16 school year. Additionally, Superintendent Kimberly Hill announced nine principal transfers, nine vice principal transfers and administrative appointments.

New principals include:

  • Christina Caballero, vice principal at Mattawoman Middle School, has been named as principal at Matthew Henson Middle School.
  • Louis D’Ambrosio, vice principal at William A. Diggs Elementary School, has been named as principal at Arthur Middleton Elementary School.
  • Kevin Jackson, vice principal at Theodore G. Davis Middle School, has been named as principal at William B. Wade Elementary School.
  • Kim McClarin, vice principal at North Point High School, has been named as principal at Theodore G. Davis Middle School.
  • Susan McCormick, vice principal at Thomas Stone High School, has been named as principal at John Hanson Middle School.

Hill also announced a number of principal and administrative transfers, including:

  • Evelyn Arnold, principal of La Plata High School, transfers to principal at the Robert D. Stethem Educational Center.
  • Douglass Dolan, principal of Mattawoman, transfers to principal at La Plata High School.
  • Sonia Jones, principal of Henson, transfers to principal of Mattawoman.
  • Kathy Kiessling, principal of Hanson, transfers to principal of General Smallwood Middle School.
  • Kathy Perriello, principal of Smallwood, transfers to principal at Henry E. Lackey High School.
  • Sabrina Robinson-Taylor, principal of Middleton, transfers to principal at Walter J. Mitchell Elementary School.
  • Verniece Rorie, principal of Mitchell, transfers to principal at Gale-Bailey Elementary School.
  • James Short, principal at Lackey, has been named as the Director, Hearing Officer/Court Liaison for the school system.
  • Stephanie Wesolowski, principal at Davis, has been named as Coordinator of Instructional Assessment.

Vice principal appointments include:

  • Paul Alvarez, administrative assistant at Thomas Stone to vice principal at St. Charles High School;
  • Shane Blandford, teacher from William B. Wade Elementary School to vice principal at Mary H. Matula Elementary School;
  • Nichole Bolden, teacher at Mattawoman to vice principal at Milton M. Somers Middle School;
  • Anthony Carroll, instructional resource teacher at Smallwood to vice principal at Henson;
  • Brian King, administrative assistant at Benjamin Stoddert Middle School to vice principal at Davis;
  • Gary Lesko, administrative assistant at St. Charles High School to vice principal at Mattawoman;
  • Jason Mackey, administrative assistant at Smallwood to vice principal at Lackey;
  • Shanif Pearl, administrative assistant at La Plata to vice principal at Thomas Stone;
  • Kevin Reisinger, administrative assistant at North Point to vice principal at Maurice J. McDonough High School; and
  • Todd Wonderling, teacher at Piccowaxen Middle School to vice principal at Mitchell.

Vice principal transfers for the 2015-16 school year include:

  • Nicholas Adam, from Malcolm Elementary School to Diggs;
  • Michelle Beckwith, from Mitchell to Middleton;
  • Patricia Mooring, from Middleton to Malcolm;
  • Tamra Nissen, from Henson to Hanson;
  • Carl Pascarella, from Lackey to McDonough;
  • Jean Ritter, from Matula to Indian Head Elementary School;
  • Steven Roberts, from McDonough to North Point;
  • Belinda Shatley, from Somers to Davis; and
  • Brad Williams, from Davis to Stethem.

Administrative appointments include:

  • Michael Heim, assistant supervisor of transportation as director of transportation.

Hill also announced the retirement of three principals: Penny Nye of Wade, Toni Melton-Trainor of Gale-Bailey and Wayne Freeman of Stethem.

The Board approved the Superintendent’s appointments on June 9. All new assignments take effect 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, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX Coordinator and Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Pamela Murphy, Section 504 Coordinator (employees/adults), at Charles County Public Schools, central office building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, Maryland 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’s next monthly meeting is Tuesday, June 9 at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building on Radio Station Road in La Plata. The public portion of the meeting begins at 1 p.m. and recognition starts at 4:30 p.m. The meeting is televised live on Comcast Channel 96 and Verizon FiOS Channel 12 and is rebroadcast throughout the week. Board meetings are also streamed live on the school system website at www.ccboe.com. Select CCPS TV and then choose the Live Broadcast tab. The following is a tentative meeting agenda and is subject to change.

Executive session – 12 p.m.

Call to order – 1 p.m.

Pledge of Allegiance, St. Charles High School

Swearing-in of new Student Board member

Recognition of high school athletes

Superintendent’s update

Reports of officers/boards/committees

  • Correspondence/Board Member updates
  • Education Association of Charles County update
  • American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees update
  • Student Board Member update
  • Graduations 2015
  • CIP update
  • Partnership between CCPS and the College of Southern Maryland
  • Legislative update

Unfinished business

New business and future agenda items

  • New business
  • Future agenda items

Recognition – 4:30 p.m.

  • Resolutions: Maryland/Charles County Teacher of the Year, Sarah Desrosiers, Life Skills teacher, Theodore G. Davis Middle School; Washington Post Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award, Gene Hopkins Jr., social studies teacher, Milton M. Somers Middle School
  • Outstanding Vice Principal of the Year – Louis D’Ambrosio, William A. Diggs Elementary School
  • Outstanding Support Staff – Victor Woodland, building service manager, Theodore G. Davis Middle School; Madonna Gaume, technology facilitator, C. Paul Barnhart Elementary School; Eric McElhenny, electronic technician, CCPS Radio Station Road Annex; Bijon Trice, secretary to the principal, John Hanson Middle School; Nghia Dang, computer analyst, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building; and Renee Ward, head of accounts payable, Starkey Building.

Public Forum – 6 p.m.

Action items

  • Minutes
  • Personnel
  • Educational Facilities Master Plan
  • 2016-17 calendar

Adjournment

Executive session

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.