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Cecil Marshall, a former member of the Charles County Board of Education, passed away on Monday, Sept. 18, 2017. Marshall served as a Board member for one, four-year term from 2002 to 2006. Throughout his career on the Board and as a former Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) employee, Marshall was well known as an advocate for children, teachers, school system staff and the Charles County community. Following the end of his term on the Board, Marshall served as an instructional assistant at Maurice J. McDonough High School for three years, where he helped school administration and staff with any Read more…

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More than 1,400 high school juniors and seniors from Charles County Public Schools attended the annual college fair Monday, Sept. 18, at North Point High School. Representatives of more than 130 colleges and universities, including those from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), set up shop in the gym to tout the virtues of their respective schools while fielding questions from potential students. “They ask about safety and what there is to do on campus,” said Jenna Hook, an admissions counselor for Salisbury University, her alma mater where she received a bachelor’s degree in 2014 and her master’s in 2016. Read more…

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The Board of Education of Charles County is holding a public work session at 6 p.m., Monday, Sept. 25 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 series 1000 Billingsley Elementary School update New Business Funding for the Center for Children training Adjournment About CCPS Charles County Public Read more…

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Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) will celebrate the success of the school breakfast program next month by offering students free meals to start their school day. Beginning Oct. 2 and ending Oct. 27, all CCPS students will get a jump-start to the day with a free healthy breakfast. Items will include milk, cereal, juice and fruit with an additional option of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for high school students. This is the second consecutive year that CCPS has celebrated the growth of the school breakfast program by providing free meals to students in October. The goal of the initiative Read more…

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Maurice J. McDonough High School senior Elizabeth Saoud is working her way towards her high school graduation in June 2018, one Advanced Placement (AP) class at a time. As the current top ranking senior in the McDonough Class of 2018, Saoud has a full schedule of AP classes to keep her busy. Her passion for soccer keeps her busy outside of school, but Saoud finds the time to support her commitment to her future. “I am a hard worker and have studied very hard to get to where I am now. I set goals, reach them and enjoy pushing myself Read more…

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No one was “too cool for school” Sept. 5 when students reported back to classes around Charles County. Members of Thomas Stone High School’s drumline provided a soundtrack during a Welcome Back celebration at Benjamin Stoddert Middle School. Classmates who lost track of each other over summer hugged hello or exchanged intricate handshakes. Teachers held up encouraging hand-drawn signs and posters as confetti rained down as sixth, seventh and eighth graders headed into school.   More than 26,400 students returned to school Sept. 5, seeing teachers they knew and some new faces. Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) hired nearly 300 Read more…

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Charles County Public Schools is hosting financial aid nights at its seven high schools next month to provide students and parents with strategies and tips on paying for college. Staff from the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) will present on the college fund search as well as share tips and other helpful resources about scholarships and the college planning process. The annual Charles County College Fair is Monday, Sept. 18 at North Point High School. High school juniors and seniors attend the fair as part of their school day. Two financial aid sessions will be offered during the public evening Read more…

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Registration for the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) annual fall chess tournament, set for 9 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 21 at Thomas Stone High School, is now open for students. The tournament is for students in grades kindergarten through 12. Interested participants must register online at https://ccpsregistration.wufoo.com/forms/ccps-2017-fall-chess-tournament/ by Wednesday, Oct. 18. Walk-in registrations will not be accepted. The tournament features a four round Swiss Style format. Students compete in five divisions of play, depending on their grade level of enrollment: kindergarten through second grade, grades 3-4, grades 5-6, grades 7-8 and grades 9-12. The first match begins at 9 a.m., with Read more…

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Charles County Public Schools is hosting its 20th annual College Fair on Sept. 18 at North Point High School in Waldorf. High school juniors and seniors who attend CCPS schools attend the fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. as part of their school day. The fair is open to the public from 6 to 8 p.m. Visitors can meet and talk with representatives from more than 150 colleges and universities at the fair. CCPS students who plan to attend during the school day must submit a signed permission form to the college and career advisor at their school. Community Read more…

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The Board of Education’s next monthly meeting is Tuesday, Sept. 12 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. 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 the live streaming image posted on the front page to access the meeting. The following is a tentative meeting agenda and is subject to change. Executive session – 11:30 a.m. Call to order – Read more…

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