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Wednesdays are booked for select students in first and second grades at Dr. Thomas L. Higdon Elementary School. It’s the day they meet with their Reading Partners to brush up on reading and vocabulary skills. Reading Partners was started by former Superintendent of Schools James Richmond in the mid-1990s. The program is in all Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) elementary schools for students in kindergarten through fifth grade. At Higdon, the reading partners meet for 30 minutes, their time broken down in 10 minute intervals. The first 10 minutes is spent on word work and site word recognition. The students Read more…

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It was an ordinary assignment in Bryan Hill’s art room at Mary B. Neal Elementary School. Last year, Hill, a veteran teacher with District of Columbia Public Schools, was new to Charles County Public Schools and wanted to get a reading on his new students and their level of art skills. The assignment was draw a toucan. Fourth graders watched a video on the birds, looked at photographs of the animals with the distinctive bills and talked about Toucan Sam, the Fruit Loops mascot. Samantha Jensen, now a fifth grader, got to work. On a piece of construction paper, she Read more…

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Emily Winkler, a Milton M. Somers Middle School eighth grader, will represent Charles County in the Scripps National Spelling Bee later this year. Winkler clenched the title of champion during the annual Charles County Public Schools Spelling Bee Feb. 15. She correctly spelled “Rembrandt.”  Winkler is no stranger to the Bee’s winner’s circle — she was runner up last year to teammate Haley Payton, now a freshman at La Plata High School. Jack Alcorn, a Somers seventh grader, and Jasmine F. Flores, a St. Peter’s Catholic School eighth grader, battled for the second and third place. The two went back Read more…

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Four Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) Unified Indoor Bocce teams competed at the Interscholastic Unified Sports State Invitational held Feb. 13 at Hagerstown Community College. A team from La Plata High School took first place in division four of the event, and a Maurice J. McDonough High School team earned third place in division three. The La Plata team competed against eight teams in division one of the event to win first place. Team members are students Shane Crockett, Elaina Dixon, Emily Depew, Abbey Magsakay, Jarrett Mulloy and Danielle Murphy. William Boehm, a technology education teacher at La Plata, coaches Read more…

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Several Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students earned medals in the recent regional SkillsUSA competition and advance to the state event set for April. Career and technology education (CTE) students from North Point High School and the Robert D. Stethem Educational Center compete in the event annually. SkillsUSA competitions showcase CTE students, involve industry professionals in evaluating student performance and help to train students for employer and workforce needs. The students compete locally and continue through the state and national levels. At the regional level, first-, second- and third-place winners in most categories – and some who compete in specific Read more…

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Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) has a moratorium in place for students living in some areas of the Milton M. Somers Middle School attendance zone. Superintendent of Schools Kimberly A. Hill approved the moratorium in June 2016 to help alleviate overcrowding at Somers. The moratorium is temporary and affects only students moving into homes built after July 15, 2016, in specific neighborhoods. Students who live in the St. Charles neighborhoods of Gleneagles South, Gleneagles North, Villages of Wooded Glen and Villages of Piney Reach who moved in to a home built after July 15, 2016 attend Benjamin Stoddert Middle School. Read more…

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Sharron Rouse, coordinator of Title I programs for Charles County Public Schools, recently presented at the National Title I Conference in Philadelphia, Feb. 8 to 11. Rouse presented “Best Practices for Collaboration” along with Title I representatives from the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), Harford County Public Schools and Prince George’s County Public Schools. Their presentation focused on MSDE partnering with state school systems to implement and monitor Title I, Part A under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Part A of Title I gives financial assistance to educational agencies and schools that have a high number or percentage Read more…

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The Board of Education presented six resolutions to Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students and staff at its Feb. 13 meeting. The Board votes annually to accept resolutions. The following resolutions were presented: Black History Month; Career and Technology Education Month; Fine and Performing Arts Month; Gifted and Talented Education Month; Read Across America (Charles County); and Women’s History Month. The school system highlights Black History Month annually in February. The theme for 2018 is African Americans in Times of War. Schools coordinate activities that infuse African-American history into classroom lessons and events. Accepting the resolution at the Board meeting Read more…

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The Board of Education at its Feb. 13 meeting honored six Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) exemplary employees for their dedication to student success and commitment to teaching and learning. Honored were Julie Colaizzi, Dr. Alan Freeman, Pam Pichola, Connie Sorzano, Nichole Thomas and Tina Thomas. Colaizzi is a learning resource teacher at Benjamin Stoddert Middle School. She has been teaching with CCPS for the past 13 years. She started her career at the elementary school level and has been working with middle school students for three years. She recently helped to rearrange computer lab space at Stoddert for online Read more…

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Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) annually highlights Job Shadow Day activities throughout the month of February. Today, the Board of Education participated in the program and invited a group of fifth graders to shadow them during the first part of their monthly meeting. Shadowing the Board today, as well as Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kimberly Hill, were nine students from Malcolm, Dr. Samuel A. Mudd and William B. Wade elementary schools. Principals chose their students to represent their respective schools and all student shadows were randomly assigned. Participating from Malcolm were Donovan Russell, Brayden George and Madison Chramek. Representing Dr. Read more…

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