Month: October 2013


More Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students are graduating and meeting the academic challenges of the state High School Assessments (HSA), according to data released today by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). Countywide, the class of 2013 met reading, mathematics, biology and graduation targets for the all students category. Mathematics, which is based on algebra scores, increased to 93.56 in 2013 from 92.45 proficiency in 2012. English scores were 92.28 in 2013, up from 90.2 in 2012. Biology scores increased to 90.90, up from 86.67 in 2012. The 2012 four-year graduation cohort rate is 89.80 percent, up from Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) hosted its annual Fall Chess Tournament Oct. 26, at Thomas Stone High School. The tournament is sponsored by the school system’s gifted education department and is open to any county resident in grades kindergarten through 12. More than 120 students competed in five grade-level divisions. The tournament follows a Swiss-style format in which each student plays four games. Trophies were awarded for first and second places, and medals were given to students placing in the division. The number of medals awarded in a division is determined by the number of participants in that group. Felix Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) held its 34th annual Adult Education Program graduation ceremony on Oct. 24 at North Point High School. There were 226 student graduates. Diplomas were presented to the following graduates in attendance to the ceremony: Miranda Jamileth Alfaro, Aubrion Remus Allen, Sr., Augusta Marisa Amaro, Brayan Arnoldo Avila, James Michael Bacon, Shalanda Marie Banks, James Donavan Barker, Constance Benfield, Justin Bowie, James Walter Brown, Haskell Nicholes Campbell, Jr., Markita Carroll, Michelle Noelle Dickerson, Tyshon Dickerson, Brandy Diehl, Doris D. Dobison, Michael Anthony Duckett, Crystal Lee Eberhardt, Wesley Elliott, Nicole Fant, Samantha Farrell, Dayne Fields, Merlita Sanchez Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) has launched a new website offering students and parents information regarding the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The website provides multiple resources including videos, a slideshow and roadmaps on CCSS to ensure a smooth transition. Maryland, along with 47 other states, adopted the CCSS for grades K-12 in 2010 and the standards have been implemented for the 2013-2014 school year. The focus of CCSS is to ensure that students are equipped with the knowledge needed for a successful postsecondary education and career. Changes in the areas of English/Language Arts and mathematics are outlined on the Read more…


Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School’s history club recently went on a trip to Gettysburg, PA to visit the site of the High Water Battle. After weeks of studying about the Civil War, the history club students were able to apply their knowledge from history club meetings and see the battle site first-hand. The club gives students at Dr. Mudd the opportunity to learn about history in an interactive way. Dr. Mudd history club students meet once a week an hour before school to learn about American historical figures and events. Students complete crafts, watch videos, participate in lectures and Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) celebrated National School Bus Safety Week Oct. 21-25. The theme “Stand Back from the Yellow and Black” highlights the importance of obeying traffic laws in regards to stopped school buses.  CCPS school buses transport more than 23,000 students to school every day on 276 school buses. National School Bus Safety Week gives CCPS the opportunity to recognize more than 300 school bus drivers for their hard work and dedication to keep students and motorists safe. The following tips can be useful for safe bus travel: remain in direct eyesight of the bus driver; get to Read more…


On Oct. 11, a mad scientist made bubbles with dry ice and gave carbon dioxide baths to Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School’s youngest students. These students also used the opportunity to show 12 educational specialists from China how Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) takes hands-on learning to a new level. The Judith P. Hoyer Early Child Care and Family Education Centers, also known as the Judy Centers, coordinated the activity for more than 50 students enrolled in the program at Dr. Mudd. The Judy Centers serve children in Title I school districts in Maryland from birth through kindergarten. Coordinator Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) will celebrate American Freedom Week Nov. 4-8. During this week, CCPS gives special recognition to those who serve our country and those who gave their lives to preserve America’s liberty. Special activities will be held in all schools to honor and celebrate patriotism. There are a number of days throughout the year that commemorate America’s history and honor the men and women who give of themselves to serve and maintain the freedoms Americans enjoy. CCPS celebrates American Freedom Week to recognize these men and women collectively. The Board of Education recently passed a resolution recognizing Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) six public high schools are preparing for fall plays, which begin this weekend. The following is a list of schools plays, ticket and contact information for each high school. La Plata High School will present “Midsummer Jersey,” at 6:30 p.m., Oct. 24-26, in the school auditorium.  The play is a comedic retelling of Shakespeare’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream,” set on New Jersey’s Seaside boardwalk. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. School system employees can receive two tickets by providing their staff identification badge. Call 301-392-5567 for more information. Westlake High School will present Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) administrative offices and schools are closed Monday, Nov 11, for Veterans Day. Henry E. Lackey and North Point high schools indoor pools will follow a modified schedule. The indoor pools are open 1-9 p.m. on Nov. 11. Charles County Public Schools provides 26,500 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 35 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 Read more…

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