High standards and expectations, striving to excel and putting your best forward in all you do are just a few of the lifelong lessons Master Cpl. Roger “Rhett” Calloway emphasizes in his North Point High School criminal justice classroom. He is well known among the student body as an instructor who not only pushes students to excel academically, but challenges them to be independent and responsible role models for their peers.

Calloway has served as the lead instructor over the criminal justice program at North Point for the past eight school years and spends countless hours ensuring his students are prepared for the future. Additionally, Master Cpl. Calloway oversees the Charles County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post, a program in which children ages 14-21 who are interested in law enforcement can participate in community service events such as fingerprinting assignments, and traffic and crowd control.

In both of these roles, Calloway’s commitment to the success of young people is clear. His level of commitment and dedication to the Charles County community are qualities deserving of recognition. Calloway’s colleagues agree and nominated him for an award through the Maryland Sheriff’s Association (MSA). In just two weeks, he travels to the Maryland Chiefs/Sheriffs Training Seminar in Ocean City where he will be recognized as the 2015 Deputy of the Year in the Community Service category of the MSA’s awards program.

Calloway said he is honored to represent his community and be highlighted for something he loves to do. “It is an honor to represent the Sheriff’s Office and to be recognized for my efforts on receiving this award. It would not be possible without the support from the agency, my advisors, the young people in the programs and especially my wife,” he added.

The award honors an individual with an outstanding performance record in service to their community. Calloway’s nomination was submitted by Charles County Lt. Charles Baker and describes him as a natural leader who goes above and beyond to provide positive learning experiences for teens. “Master Cpl. Calloway is a selfless officer. He makes the programs he is involved in a priority. He has a reputation for forming and transforming students into high character/high standard members of society. With Calloway’s efforts, his students have gone on to careers in law enforcement and the military.”

As the lead instructor over the criminal justice program at North Point, Calloway teaches lessons that include aspects of law-abiding behavior, developing informed and responsible citizens, and challenges students to use their critical thinking and organizational skills. Calloway strives to teach students about self-reliance, individual discipline and leadership. The program is a career and technology education (CTE) program at North Point and interested students must apply for admittance. Students who enroll in the program graduate with the necessary skills to enter the workforce and experience toward a college degree in law enforcement.

Many of Calloway’s criminal justice students also participate in Skills USA, a CTE-based performance program in which students demonstrate their mastery of topics such as education lesson planning, welding, culinary arts and criminal justice, and compete for local, state and national awards. He works with his students during the school day to prepare them for the competition, but can often be found working after hours to ensure his students are prepared to compete. Under his direction, Calloway’s students regularly receive first- or second-place awards in the program.

In addition to working with his students in the classroom and preparing them for Skills USA events, Calloway also provides them with opportunities in the community so they can learn about giving and helping others. “These students learn what it means to give of their time. They give hundreds of hours to help the citizens of the county. Many of these events could not go on if it wasn’t for the great help this group provides,” according to Calloway’s nomination.

Calloway joined the Charles County Sheriff’s Office in 1993 as a correctional officer and started his time in the classroom at North Point during the 2008-09 school year. He will be honored with the award on Sept. 12.

About CCPS

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,300 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 has appointed Laurie Thorwart and Latasha Kindrick, both of White Plains, to fill vacancies on the Board of Education Ethics Panel. The appointees will serve the remainder of a four-year term that ends in June 2018.

Kindrick and Thorwart join panel members William Olmstead, a La Plata attorney, James Cornette of La Plata, and Jessie Morris of Waldorf.

The Board appoints the all-volunteer, five-member panel every four years prior to a Board of Education election. The ethics panel interprets ethics regulations and provides advisory opinions to Board Members and employees subject to the regulations. The panel also reviews complaints concerning any alleged ethics violation and receives and maintains all forms required to be filed under the ethics regulation. 

About CCPS

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,400 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 2016-17 school year for Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) officially begins on Monday, Aug. 29 for students in grades kindergarten through 12. The school system expects more than 26,500 students to fill hallways and classrooms next week. These students will join the more than 2,000 teachers who reported back to class today and are busy preparing for another year of teaching and learning.

CCPS is still working to fill classroom vacancies for the coming year. As of today, 197 new teachers have been hired for the school year. There are 41 vacancies, mostly in critical shortage areas like science, mathematics and special education.

The system’s youngest learners – those enrolled in the prekindergarten and three-year-old programs – start their school year on Tuesday, Sept. 6. CCPS has a special back to school page on the system website at http://www.ccboe.com/backtoschool2016.php. The following information includes important back to school details.

Register your child for school

Registration is currently taking place at all schools. Parents will need the following information in order to register their child for school:

A physical examination by a physician or a certified practitioner (completed between nine months prior to and six months after entering school).

Proof of required immunizations – a list of required immunizations for students is available on the CCPS website at http://www.ccboe.com/community/parents/health/vrequirments.php.

Proof that the student has completed the grade prior to the one in which the parent is seeking enrollment, such as a report card marked promoted.

Child’s birth certificate or other acceptable proof of birth (e.g. passport/visa; physician’s certificate; baptismal or church certification; hospital certificate; or birth registration).
Two proofs of domicile (address) – a list of acceptable proofs is posted on the CCPS website at http://www.ccboe.com/community/parents/register.php.

New school websites

Charles County Public Schools recently launched new websites for all schools. The new sites feature a school specific events calendar, photo slideshow and up-to-date news for parents, students and the school community. The new sites replace all school Edline websites and include a link to the Edline/Grade Book portal where parents and students can log in to view their class assignments and grades.

To access your child’s new school website, visit ccboe.com and select the Schools tab from the main menu at the top of the home page and click on the name of the school.

Updated vaccination requirements for some students

Maryland law requires students to have minimum immunization levels to attend school. The number of vaccines required depends on the age and grade of the child. Required vaccines include DPT, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, chickenpox, hepatitis B, Hib, Prevnar, Tdap and meningococcal. Last school year, the Maryland State Health Department added additional requirements for kindergarten students and students entering seventh grade. For the 2016-17 school year, all kindergarten, first- and second-grade students are required to have two doses of the varicella, or chickenpox, vaccine, and all seventh and eighth graders, as well as high school freshmen, must have a Tdap and meningococcal vaccines. Students can receive all required vaccines at their physician’s office.

Students can be admitted to school without completed immunizations, but have to show proof of an appointment occurring within 20 calendar days. Students without updated immunizations must show proof of an appointment occurring on or before Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016. Questions about vaccines can be directed to the school nurse or to your child’s physician.

Call the bus hotline with transportation questions

The school system is sponsoring a bus hotline for parents to call with questions about bus routes. The hotline can be reached at 301-932-6655, and is available Aug. 25-26 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Aug. 29-30 from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Parents can access bus route information through the School Locator feature available on the CCPS website at http://schoollocator.ccboe.com/.

Open house events

Open house events have been scheduled for all schools. Click here for a complete schedule: http://www.ccboe.com/pr/open-houses-planned-for-schools-centers/. Contact your child’s school with questions.

Lunch prices increase by $0.10 for students

Lunch prices for all students increased by $.10 this school year. There is no change in the cost of breakfast for students this year. For elementary school students, lunch is $2.65 and breakfast is $1.25. For middle and high school students, lunch is $2.90 and breakfast is $1.40. Menus are available at all schools, and on the CCPS website at http://ccboe.nutrislice.com/.

The school system uses a cafeteria prepayment system called MyPaymentsPlus, which is a secure, Internet-based system that allows parents to deposit funds electronically in their child’s cafeteria account. Visit https://mypaymentsplus.com/default.aspx for more information.

2016-17 Parent Handbook/Calendar is now available

Students and staff will receive a copy of the 2016-17 Parent Handbook/Calendar during the first week of school. The calendar is available on the Charles County Public Schools website at http://www.ccboe.com/aboutus/calendar/201617CCPSCalendar.pdf.

We Care program kick-off

School resource officers at each of Charles County’s seven public high schools are helping to launch the “We Care” program on Wednesday, Aug. 31. The program is a safe driving initiative for teens by teens with guidance from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office and CCPS. Police officers will be at each high school Aug. 31 to distribute safety flyers to all student drivers. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kimberly Hill and Sheriff Troy Berry will greet student drivers at La Plata High School on Aug. 31 as they arrive at school.

Technology for our youngest learners

CCPS is launching a new program that will provide hands-on learning for the school system’s youngest learners. The new program, a Title I initiative supported by school system funding, will provide each prekindergarten student who attends a Title I elementary school with an iPad for the school year to use at school and home. The goal is to connect students with technology at an early age and to support parental involvement. Schools will also hold hands-on iPad trainings for parents. Program kick-off celebrations are planned for Sept. 2 at systemwide Title I elementary schools.

Celebrate 100 years with the Board of Education

The Board of Education of Charles County is celebrating its 100-year anniversary with special events to highlight the history of the Board and education in Charles County. A three-part educational lecture series is planned for September and October. Follow the celebration on Twitter @CCPS through #ccboe100 or on the Charles County Board of Education Facebook page. Details for the lecture series and other anniversary events are on the 100-year anniversary website at http://www.ccboe.com/100years/.

Help us name the next elementary school

Help us name the next Charles County Public elementary school! CCPS is seeking community input and suggestions for the name of a new elementary school that will open for the 2018-19 school year. The school is planned on a site off Billingsley Road in White Plains, located near the Greenhaven Run and Worthington neighborhoods. Visit http://www.ccboe.com/pr/system-committee-seeks-names-for-next-elementary-school/ to learn how you can provide a name to the school naming committee.   

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,300 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 halls of John Hanson Middle School are quiet in mid-August. Even with a dozen of students scattered between two classrooms, there are sporadic bursts of conversation, the task at hand too engrossing for much chitchat.

Instead of waiting for school to begin, Hanson’s four VEX Robotics teams get a head start on their projects over the summer. The 15 students in sixth through eighth grades meet from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for three days in June and three in August. Other VEX teams around the county will likely start meeting in September — the first competition is set for November. “The more time you put into [the projects], the better they are,” said Daniel Meltsner, Hanson’s Gateway to Technology teacher and VEX coach.

The Hanson teams are used to winning. They were Maryland State champions in 2014 and won the Design Award at the 2016 state competition. The group wins, Meltsner said. A lot. He’s proud to point out his club has its own trophy case at the entrance to the school. Last year, a Hanson team traveled to Louisville, Ky., for the worlds — the largest robotics competition to date, a feat that ended up in the 2016 Guinness Worlds Records.

Sixth graders Ramon Padilla and Logan Brown are working on programming a robot with an arm that will eventually grasp a star-shaped object for VEX Robotics Competition Starstruck. Starstruck is a game played on a 12-foot-by-12-foot square surface during which machines — autonomous and drive-controlled — “throw” stars into designated zones.

“I thought it would be fun and a good opportunity,” Padilla said of participating in the VEX club. Brown agreed. “I used to do Lego Robotics and I wanted to continue with robotics,” Brown said. “If I keep it up, one day I could go somewhere with this.”

Meltsner, who refers to the summer hours spent working on projects as a “boot camp,” said his students are dedicated to the club. Only six middle schools in Maryland are invited to the world contest in April. “We’re going to try to be one of them,” he said. The students are equally focused on the future, even beyond middle school.

“These are our future engineers,” Meltsner said.

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,300 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 James E. Richmond Science Center and the Space Foundation hosted Space in the Community Aug. 10, a free event open to families looking to learn more about space and science.

“Our goal is to get kids and families excited about space,” Elias Molen, space education specialist with the Space Foundation, said. “We want space to be incorporated in all subject areas in schools … art, math, language arts. Kids will pay attention and get excited about space. They’re awed by the abnormal, they are awed by the endless possibilities.”

The free event was the first of its kind at the center, but representatives of the Colorado Springs-based Space Foundation travel around the country to host programs, Molen said.

At Wednesday’s event, storyteller Geraldine Buckley told Stories Under the Stars in the planetarium, there were hands-on activities, demonstrations and astronaut Anna Fisher, a mission specialist with NASA who was the first mother in space, spoke about her journey aboard Discovery in 1984 to deploy satellites and recover ones that didn’t operate properly.

Fisher, a physician who specialized in emergency medicine, said she had thoughts of being an astronaut when she was a girl, but never took them seriously. In June 1977, she put in an application for the space program on the day before the deadline. Less than two months later, she was called in for an interview and in January 1978, she was named an astronaut candidate. Fisher, Shannon Lucid, Sally Ride, Judith Resnik, Kathryn Sullivan and Rhea Seddon were NASA’s first women astronaut candidates. Currently, Fisher works for NASA in Houston.

Fisher urged those in attendance to study something they are interested in. “Find something you enjoy, and getting to be an astronaut is just icing on the cake,” she said.

Jayvein Yates, a fourth grader at Eva Turner Elementary School, attended with his younger brother, Jayvon, a first grader, and mom Sherell. “I like engineering and learning how to make stuff work,” Yates said. “I like weather a lot.”

Lexie Vallandingham, a sixth grader at Margaret Brent Middle School in St. Mary’s County, is fascinated by space and science, but she is hesitant to pinpoint what she likes best about the subjects. “I don’t know,” Vallandingham said. “You just don’t know because it goes on forever.”

For more information on the programs at the Science Center, go to www.ccboe.com/sciencecenter.

Travel through time with the Board of Education in a three-part educational lecture series exploring the history of the Board — and education in Charles County — over the past 100 years.

The Board is celebrating its 100-year anniversary and has planned three presentations, starting with “Education: Then and Now” from 6-9 p.m., Sept. 2 at the Port Tobacco Courthouse and One-room Schoolhouse. The presentation begins at 6:15 p.m., followed by breakout sessions including a trip to the Port Tobacco one-room school, discussion about the changes in education, a hands-on lesson and more.

Segregation and desegregation will be the focus of the second 100th anniversary presentation on Friday, Sept. 16 and Saturday, Sept. 17 at the McConchie one-room school located at the Charles County Fairgrounds. Hear from teachers and students who attended segregated schools or went through desegregation — and how it impacted them. Several sessions are planned, and a schedule will be posted outside the one-room school during the Fair.

The Board will wrap up its educational series showing how the school system handles disasters — tornados, hurricanes and more — with a show at the James E. Richmond Science Center. See the special presentation, “When Disaster Strikes, We are Ready,” at 6:30 p.m., Oct. 1. The James E. Richmond Science Center is located inside St. Charles High School.

About the 100-year anniversary

The Board of Education of Charles County, along with Boards of Education across Maryland, was legally organized as a Public Body Corporate in 1916. Previously, a Board of School Commissioners governed the county’s schools, most of which were one-room schoolhouses. The first Board meeting minutes reflecting the change were taken Oct. 17, 1916, and signed by Superintendent of Schools Thomas M. Carpenter.

Between now and October, the Board will host a number of activities, including a three-part educational lecture series, an interactive history and event search, historic displays, and a reception recognizing the contributions of past Board members.

The Board is asking the public to share their stories and photos with the Board through email (boardmail@ccboe.com), the Charles County Board of Education Facebook page or its 100-year anniversary website at http://www.ccboe.com/100years/.

The public also can follow the Board’s centennial celebration news by following @ccps on Twitter and using #ccboe100.

About CCPS

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,300 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 (CCPS) is seeking community input and suggestions for the name of a new elementary school that will open for the 2018-19 school year. The school is planned on a site off Billingsley Road in White Plains, located near the Greenhaven Run and Worthington neighborhoods. The new school will be the school system’s 22nd elementary school.

The CCPS School Naming Advisory Committee will consider submitted names and present options to the Charles County Board of Education, who will ultimately vote and select the school’s name. Board of Education policy requires that schools be named for a person or place of significance to Charles County residents. If recommending the name of a person, the recommended person must be deceased.

Anyone interested in recommending a name to the committee must present written documentation, not to exceed one typed page, front and back, of the significance of the proposed name. Supporting documents may also be included, but should not be original copies. Submitted materials will not be returned.

Proposals should be mailed by Friday, Sept. 9 to Shelley Mackey, School Naming Committee, Charles County Public Schools, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646 or email suggestions to smackey@ccboe.com.

A committee, composed of eight members chosen by the Board, will research, screen and recommend names to the Board. The Board of Education will make the final selection after the committee presents it recommendations. The committee may hold a public hearing to gather community input on proposed names and suggestions. Additional information will be published later this fall.

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,300 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.

Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is sponsoring a bus hotline for parents to call with questions about school bus routes. Call 301-932-6655 to access the hotline. The hotline is available Aug. 25-26 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Aug. 29-30 from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Parents can access bus routes through the School Locator feature available on the CCPS website. School Locator is designed to allow the public to enter an address and see which three schools – elementary, middle and high – an address is zoned for. It also indicates if the address is eligible for bus transportation to a particular school, the bus number and the location of the closest bus stop to the address.

School Locator can be accessed at www.ccboe.com. Select Transportation from the bottom of the Quick Links section of the home page, and then choose School Locator/Bus Information from the left-side menu. School Locator uses mapping data from the county and filters it by the system’s current school zones.

Additionally, bus stops within established subdivisions are permanently placed at specific locations to ensure consistency and equity among riders and will not be changed. Buses may run later than normal during the first week of school to adjust for changes in routes and/or established stops.

For more information about bus routes, contact your child’s school, or the transportation department at ccpstransportation@ccboe.com or 301-934-7262. Bus stop change requests must be submitted online through the school system website at http://www.ccboe.com/busrequest/.

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,300 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’s next monthly meeting is Tuesday, August 9 at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building on Radio Station Road in La Plata. The public portion of the meeting begins at 12 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 – 11 a.m.
Call to order – 12 p.m.
Pledge of Allegiance
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
• Review of Maryland’s use of assessment and testing in public schools
• New GED Pilot Pathway for SAIL students
• Project status update
• FY 2018 CIP state and local program
• Oral update on staffing
• Recurring resolutions: American Education Week; American Freedom Week; Black History Month; Gifted and Talented Education Month; Career and Technology Education Month; National School Counseling Week; Read Across America; Women’s History Month; Fine and Performing Arts Month; Month of the Young Child; National Student Leadership Week; Teacher Appreciation Week; Administrative Professionals Week; Child Nutrition Employee Appreciation Week; National Physical Education and Sport Week; Washington Post Principal of the Year awards program; Charles County Teacher of the Year; Washington Post Teacher of the Year awards program; and Parent Involvement Matters Award.
Unfinished business
New business and future agenda items
• New business
• Future agenda items
Public Forum – 3:30 p.m.
Action items
• Minutes
• Personnel
• Financial literacy
Adjournment

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,300 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 2016-17 school year officially begins on Monday, Aug. 29 for students in grades kindergarten through 12. Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) expects to welcome more than 26,500 students this school year. Students enrolled in the prekindergarten and three-year-old program start school on Tuesday, Sept. 6.

Dates for the coming school year are available on the CCPS website in the 2016-17 Parent Handbook/Calendar at http://www.ccboe.com/aboutus/calendar/201617CCPSCalendar.pdf.

Students and staff members will receive a copy of the calendar during the first week of school. To ensure all students and staff receive a calendar, community requests will not be honored until after the first two weeks of school.

For additional back to school information, including open house and orientation dates and times, visit the CCPS press releases section of the website at http://www.ccboe.com/pr/.

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,300 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.