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A 2017 North Point High School graduate who spent three years in the Academy of Health Professions Science, Technology and Industry (STI) program, was put to the test recently when she responded to an accident scene, rendering aid to an injured driver. Alexis Marshall was celebrating her birthday at the National Harbor in late May and as she and her mother were driving home, a car coming in the opposite direction flipped over. “I have to get out,” Marshall told her mother, who was not happy about her 18-year-old’s insistence. When Marshall got to the scene, she and other Good Read more…


More than 50 campers took to the grounds of North Point High School stadium for the Kops & Kids Football Camp June 21 to 23. The camp is open to boys and girls between the ages of 7 and 10 and is in its fifth year. The three-day camp focuses on sportsmanship and bullying intolerance. While run by the school resource officer (SRO) unit of the Charles County Sheriff’s Office, football players from Henry E. Lackey, La Plata and North Point high schools and other volunteers help out too. The Waldorf Jaycees make sure the campers are fed thanks to Read more…


A total of 44 Charles County Public Schools students earned national awards in the Junior American Citizens Contest, sponsored by the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR). The organization includes a Junior American Citizens Committee, which supports contests for children that promote patriotic development. The Junior American Citizens Contest is open to students in grades prekindergarten through 12. Entries range from banners, poems and posters to short stories and stamp designs. This year’s contest theme is “Our National Parks: 100 Years of Service to America.” Students advance to the national level for earning a first-place award in the Read more…


The Board of Education is hosting a work session at 6 p.m., Monday, June 26 at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building on Radio Station Road in La Plata. Work sessions are televised live on Comcast Channel 96 and Verizon FiOS Channel 12 and rebroadcast throughout the week. All Board meetings are streamed live on the school system website at www.ccboe.com. Select the live streaming image displayed in the center of the home page. The following is a tentative meeting agenda and is subject to change. Call to order – 6 p.m.  Public Forum  Work session  School allocations Policy 5000 Read more…


Two Westlake High School teachers have been nominated for the National 2017-18 LifeChanger of the Year Award. The recognition, sponsored by the National Life Group Foundation, honors and awards educators who work with kindergarten through 12th-grade students and who are making a difference in the lives of children. Stephen Warner, a world history teacher, and Jackson Long, a theater arts teacher, were nominated for the award by their students. “Mr. Warner is a pleasure to have as a teacher,” Shalom Eze, a rising senior who nominated him, said. “He never breaks any school rules, and he works diligently every day to Read more…


Graduating high school is a milestone, a time to look forward and a time to reflect. For some North Point High School graduates, they got to gaze back on their fourth-grade year thanks to Joe Coscia, a Piccowaxen Middle School math teacher. He saved classroom pictures of his students with assignments they completed. At North Point’s recent awards night, Coscia presented his former students with their fourth-grade work. His first full year of teaching in the county was at William A. Diggs Elementary School in the 2008-09 school year. “I had such a great connection with this group of students, Read more…


The Unified track and field teams from La Plata and Maurice J. McDonough high schools earned top honors among competing Maryland teams at the Special Olympics Interscholastic Unified Sports Track and Field Invitational held May 9-10 at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex. The La Plata team earned a first-place award, and the team from McDonough earned second place during competitions held May 9. Athletes compete in different sessions during the tournament based on team size and event. A combined team of students from Henry E. Lackey, Thomas Stone and Westlake high schools earned a second-place award during the Read more…


The Board of Education on June 8 honored 50 employees who have retired during the past school year or who had already notified the Superintendent that they plan to retire at the end of this school year. Combined, the retirees had 1,148 years of service to Charles County’s children. Retirees are listed by their name, last position and last location where they served. Suzanne R. Alpert, student data technician, Milton M. Somers Middle School; Norma Y. Auth, instructional assistant – Stay Program, F.B. Gwynn Educational Center; Caroline M. Bennett, instructional assistant – in-school retention, John Hanson Middle School; Charlene E. Read more…


Elementary school girls lit up the Laurel Springs Park fields with neon pink during the launch of the Ladies Leadership Soccer Camp. The two-day camp is in its first year and was open to girls in second through fifth grade. Cpl. Michael De Paulo developed the soccer program run by officers. De Paulo is a licensed soccer coach for the La Plata Youth Soccer Association; his daughter Leah, 8, is on a travel team. The SROs run other summer camps — baseball, football and basketball — but none that Leah was interested in. “It was a no brainer for me,” Read more…


The Board of Education on June 13 unanimously approved Superintendent Kimberly Hill’s recommendation to adopt elementary school redistricting Plan A without modifications. The recommendation moves approximately 2,221 elementary school students. All elementary schools, with the exception of Gale-Bailey, Dr. Thomas L. Higdon, Indian Head, Malcolm, T.C. Martin and Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy elementary schools, are impacted in some way by the redistricting. Proposal A establishes an attendance zone for Billingsley Elementary School, which opens in September 2018, and an expanded zone for Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School. CCPS is starting a complete renovation and expansion of Mudd this summer. Redistricting also Read more…

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