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The Board of Education of Charles County is hosting two Town Hall meetings for Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) employees. The first Town Hall is 4:30 to 6 p.m., Monday, Feb. 27, in the staff development room at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building. The Feb. 27 meeting is for CCPS support staff. The second Town Hall meeting is 4:30 to 6 p.m., Monday, March 6, in the boardroom at the Starkey Building. The second meeting is for CCPS certificated staff members. The meetings are open to the public, but will not be televised or streamed live on the CCPS Read more…


Berry Elementary School celebrated more than just Valentine’ Day on Tuesday, Feb. 14. It was also the day when students were recognized for their academic performance from the second quarter during the quarterly honor roll assemblies. Students in grades 1-2 were honored if they received all “consistently demonstrating” on their second quarter report card. These students were also recognized for their hard work and demonstration of readiness for the next grade level. Students in grades 3-5 were honored for honor roll and principal’s honor roll, depending on their grade-point average (GPA). Parents filled the gymnasium for both assemblies to share Read more…


If they were nervous, the middle school spellers didn’t show it as the 39th annual Charles County Spelling Bee got underway earlier this month. Hosted at Theodore G. Davis Middle School, the Bee had nearly 60 students from public and private schools who have spelled their way through their schools’ Bees to make it to the county event. Daphne Spencer, a Davis eighth grader who led the Pledge of Allegiance and was a member of her school’s spelling team, studied by writing words out on a legal pad. “That legal pad is kind of full,” she said. She and her Read more…


The North Point High School Chamber Choir is a family. A group of 27 brothers and sisters who give each other a hard time only to hug seconds later. When one beelines for the piano, the others shout out requests. When another is overcome with hiccups, the cures — some helpful, some bizarre — zip around the choir room. Led by choral teacher Kristin Helming, the chamber choir is made up of the elite singers of the school, those who take music seriously. They’re the ones who practice during lunch, after school, in the hallways between classes, at church, at Read more…


The Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) redistricting committee plans to present two comprehensive elementary school rezoning options to the Board of Education and Superintendent Kimberly Hill at the Board’s April 4 meeting. Elementary school redistricting will create an attendance zone for a new elementary school, scheduled to open in September 2018 and located off Billingsley Road in White Plains. Additionally, it will expand the Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School attendance zone and balance student enrollment across the county as needed at all other elementary schools. Dr. Mudd is scheduled to undergo a complete renovation and expansion, starting next school Read more…


The Board of Education of Charles County is holding a public work session at 6 p.m., Monday, Feb. 27 in the boardroom at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building. The meeting will be televised live on the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) website at ccboe.com and broadcast on Comcast Channel 96/Verizon FiOS Channel 12. The following is a meeting agenda and is subject to change. Call to order – 6 p.m. Pledge of Allegiance Public Forum Work session Policy 6000 series School Naming Committee report Action item Policy 6000 series Superintendent’s reappointment and contract approval Adjournment About CCPS Charles County Read more…


Read Across Charles County will be March 3 in Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) elementary and middle schools. The event is part of Read Across America, a program that promotes the love of reading and the birthday of children’s book author, Dr. Seuss. Volunteer readers are sought for Read Across Charles County. Adults read aloud to students as a way to show children the value and importance of reading. Volunteers interested in participating can contact the principal or reading resource teacher of a county elementary or middle school by Feb. 28 to schedule a visit. For more information, call Kim Hudler Read more…


The Board of Education of Charles County’s Feb. 14 meeting was a bit more conversational than usual. As part of Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) Job Shadow Day activities, nine fifth-grade students shadowed Board members and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kimberly Hill during the first part of the meeting. The students experienced the meeting firsthand by sitting next to their assigned member in the boardroom during the meeting for about two hours. At the start of the meeting, Dr. Hill introduced her student shadow, C. Paul Barnhart Elementary School student Amanda Cartwright, and asked her to read some of her Read more…


There are thousands of colleges and thousands of different paths to a career. And in every of the county’s seven high schools, there’s a college and career advisor who helps guide students toward the options that best fit each one. “We provide resources to help students with their college and career paths,” Janet Malherek, college and career advisor at St. Charles High School, said. “No matter what they plan to do, they need to prepare for their future.” Each high school houses a college and career center and in it, an advisor who has information about what it takes to Read more…


Students and staff at Milton M. Somers Middle School battled each other on the basketball court last week to benefit the American Heart Association’s Hoops For Heart program. Students could donate a minimum of $2 to the cause and earn a chance to play basketball against a team of teachers. Students were able to compete as a team if their group donations totaled more than $20. Teams were separated into sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students. Grade-level teams played against each other until one team per grade level was left to battle their teachers in a championship game. As a result Read more…

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