Month: April 2013


Victoria Kelly, the Parent-Teacher-Organization (PTO) President and parent of two students at Mary H. Matula Elementary School, was recently selected as Charles County's 2013 semifinalist in the Maryland Parent Involvement Matters Award program. As the county winner, she is now in the running to be selected as a finalist for the state award. The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) created the awards program to recognize Maryland parents who have made contributions to public education and to highlight the positive impact parents have on public schools. The award recognizes parents from local school systems across Maryland who are nominated in Read more…


Thomas Stone High School is partnering with Comcast and the Black Leadership Council for Excellence to host Comcast Cares Day on Saturday, April 27 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is part of Comcast's companywide day of community and volunteer service. As part of the event, Stone students and staff, along with community volunteers will help build vegetable gardens, install fencing for the school's orchard and refurbish the wetland areas on the school campus. Volunteers can also help plant in the creek area located behind the school. Community members interested in volunteering can register online at https://www.comcastinthecommunity.com/CCCaresPublicUI/Login/VolunteerGuestLogin?HostId=0&HostTypeID=0&HostName=_&GuestVoluteerId=0&ProjectId=3939. The Read more…


Registration for the 2013 Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) Summer School program is June 26-27. Summer school begins Tuesday, July 2, at Westlake High School. Walk-in registration times for Wednesday and Thursday, June 26-27, are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Registrations will not be accepted after 7 p.m. on June 27. Registration forms, as well as copies of the summer school rules and procedures, are available at all middle and high school counseling offices. All registration forms must be completed by the parent/guardian, verified by the school counselor and signed by the principal before registration. The summer school rules and Read more…


The Board of Education of Charles County is holding two public hearings to gather community input on the high school redistricting proposals, which will create an attendance zone for St. Charles High School and alleviate overcrowding at the county's six high schools. Complete descriptions of the proposals are located at http://www2.ccboe.com/parentscomm/transportation/hsredistricting.cfm. Public hearings are set for 6:30 to 9 p.m., Monday, April 22 at North Point High School, and 6:30 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, April 23 at La Plata High School. The Board is limiting speakers to commenting at one of the two hearings in order to maximize speaking opportunities Read more…


Gary Winsett, a social studies teacher at Thomas Stone High School and advisor to the Charles County Association of Student Councils (CCASC), was recently named the 2012-13 Mike Michaelson Advisor of the Year award recipient by the Maryland Association of Student Councils (MASC). Recipients are honored for their involvement in student-centered activities, for displaying outstanding leadership and for their contributions to student councils and student success. Delfone Prince, a student council advisor at Theodore G. Davis Middle School, was also named as the 2012-13 Middle School Advisor of the Year award recipient by the MASC. Selected honorees are recognized for Read more…


Eight Charles County Public Schools Destination ImagiNation teams advance to the global tournament, scheduled for May 22-25 in Knoxville, Tenn., after winning first, second or third place at the state competition held April 13 at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. The following teams earned a spot to compete in the global tournament as a first-, second- or third-place winner: In the Zone challenge John Hanson Middle School, DI Like Donuts team, first place; North Point High School, AC/DI team, second place; and Henry E. Lackey High School, The Little Rascals of Lackey team, third place. Wind Visible challenge Dr. Read more…


The Board of Education honored four students on Tuesday, April 9, for their accomplishments in academic achievement, career readiness and personal responsibility, which are the focus areas of the school system's master plan. Honored were De'ja Brown, fifth grade, Indian Head Elementary School; Kiersten Walker, fifth grade, Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School; Aisac Accad, eighth grade, Theodore G. Davis Middle School; and Alyssa Kepner, senior, Westlake High School. Brown was honored in the area of academic achievement. She is an exceptional student who consistently earns principal honors each quarter. She sets goals for herself and works hard to meet them. She Read more…


Four exemplary Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) employees were honored by the Board of Education on April 9. Honored were Shayna Pounds, Lisa Sweeney, Mildred Alexander-Moses and Holly Dolan. Pounds is a fourth-grade teacher at Indian Head Elementary School. She was nominated for recognition for her positive attitude and commitment to her students. Pounds has high expectations for her students and demonstrates a positive attitude in all that she does. Her passion for teaching is evident when you walk into her classroom. Her students are engaged and work hard to meet her expectations and succeed. Indian Head Principal Toni Melton-Trainor Read more…


The Board of Education this week approved minor changes to the student transfer rule, which provides guidelines that govern when and how students are allowed to attend a school other than the one to which he or she is assigned. The changes were made to Superintendent%u219s Rule 5126, which establishes criteria for student transfer approvals. The most significant change includes the establishment of a May 1 deadline for all requests. The Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) Department of Student Services determines all transfer requests. Transfer requests must meet criteria, and schools must have adequate space, including in the particular grade Read more…


The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) today named Azeezat Adeleke, a North Point High School senior, as a scholarship winner in the National Achievement Scholarship Program. Through the program, she will receive an annual renewable stipend of $2,000 per year for up to four years. Adeleke is the student member to the Charles County Board of Education and editor-in-chief of North Point's student newspaper, the Eagle Eye. She has been accepted to Yale University on a partial scholarship where she plans to study political science and global affairs. She was chosen for the scholarship from out of more than 160,000 Read more…

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