Month: May 2014


Charles County Public Schools will honor 2,099 seniors on May 30, and June 2-3 during graduation ceremonies for six high schools. Students in the Class of 2014 were offered nearly $55 million in scholarship offers. Valedictorians and salutatorians were announced earlier this week. These positions are determined by students’ grade-point averages and represent the top academic achievers at each school. Henry E. Lackey High School’s valedictorian is George Jenkins III of La Plata and the salutatorian is Tyler Turner of Marbury. Jenkins plans to attend the University of Maryland College Park to study electrical engineering. Turner plans to study business Read more…


Charles County Public Schools is offering sports physicals this summer to student athletes. Physicals will be limited to the first 100 students and are done on a first-come, first-serve basis. The schedule is as follows: North Point High School, Friday, June 6, 5 – 7 p.m.; William B. Wade Elementary School (for Westlake High School athletes), Saturday, June 7, 9 – 11 a.m.; Thomas Stone High School, Thursday, June 19, 3:30 to 5 p.m.; Maurice J. McDonough High School, Thursday, June 19, 5 – 6 p.m.; Henry E. Lackey High School, Friday, June 20, 5 – 6 p.m.; La Plata Read more…


Six Charles County Public Schools teams competed at the global Destination Imagination tournament held May 21-24 in Knoxville, Tennessee, and two teams placed among the top 10 schools in their challenge. The Broken Fingers team from North Point High School earned a fourth-place award at the secondary level in the Pandemonium challenge, and the DItwaca team from Theodore G. Davis Middle School earned 10th place at the middle school level in the Pandemonium challenge. The DItwaca team also earned an award for having the highest instant challenge score in their category. North Point’s Broken Fingers team competed in the Pandemonium Read more…


North Point High Schools’ graduation ceremony time on Tuesday, June 3, has been pushed back to start at 7 p.m. This is a one-hour time change to the 6 p.m. start time that has been previously advertised. After school system officials consulted with the Charles County Sheriff’s Office, it was determined an earlier start time would cause a disruption to the safe dismissal of William A. Diggs Elementary and Theodore G. Davis Middle schools. On Tuesday, June 3 the parking lots at North Point and the school’s convocation center will open at 5 p.m. Graduating seniors are expected to arrive Read more…


Charles County Public Schools invites children to have “Lunch on Us” this summer. Lunch on Us is Charles County’s free summer meal program for children, which is part of the state and federal summer food service programs that provide children the nutrition they need to learn, play and grow throughout the summer months. Lunch is free to all Charles County children 18 or younger and must be consumed at the site. There are no other restrictions or income guidelines, and no application form. “The need for children to receive nutritious meals doesn’t end with the school year. Working as a Read more…


The Unified Track and Field team from North Point High School recently won first place in their division at the Special Olympics Maryland 2014 Interscholastic Unified Track and Field High School Invitational held May 6 at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex in Landover, Maryland. The team earned a total of 174 points among competing schools in division six of the event, which featured several track and field challenges ranging from the 100-, 400- and 800-meter dash races and shot-put throw to the long jump, mini-javelin throw and relay races. Students from all six Charles County public high schools Read more…


The Board of Education honored five Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) employees during the May 13 meeting, including Olivia Willis, Roberta Bragunier, Amber Kirk, Kimberly Tabourne and Webster Lee. Willis is a second-grade teacher at Dr. Gustavus Brown Elementary School and has been teaching for nearly 35 years. She is a mentor for first- and second-year teachers and serves as a back-up team leader when needed. Willis is a member of Brown’s Relay for Life team and is a supporter of the school’s United Way campaign efforts. She was one of the first teachers to start an after school homework Read more…


The Board of Education honored six students on Tuesday, May 13, for their excellence in academic achievement, personal responsibility and career readiness, which are the focus areas of the school system’s master plan. Honored were Adriana Em, fifth grade, Dr. Gustavus Brown Elementary School; Harguun Sandhu, fifth grade, Walter J. Mitchell Elementary School; Evangeline Gilmer, fifth grade, Mary B. Neal Elementary School; Maia Parker, eighth grade, Mattawoman Middle School; Kim Jacks, junior, Henry E. Lackey High School; and Paige Carter, senior, North Point High School. Em was recognized in the area of academic achievement. She has maintained honor roll grades Read more…


Sirens echoed throughout the halls of North Point High School on Thursday, May 1, as students gathered to the scene of a staged traffic accident in their school parking lot. Meanwhile, the Grim Reaper invaded classrooms at Thomas Stone High School claiming a student every 15 minutes, transforming them into the “living dead.” The two-day Every 15 Minutes program places students in realistic situations to remind them that every 15 minutes someone is killed or seriously injured in an alcohol-related incident. The event was planned and sponsored by the Waldorf Volunteer Fire Department (WVFD) at North Point and Thomas Stone Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is changing its Advanced Placement (AP) testing and payment procedures. Assistant Superintendent of Instruction Amy Hollstein told the Board of Education on May 13 the changes are needed to promote both college and career readiness and to provide equitable resources for all students. Starting next year, CCPS will eliminate all mock AP exams except U.S. Government, require AP students to take the class final exam and only reimburse payment for tests on which students receive a 3 or better. Currently, students pay for their first AP exam and the school system picks up the cost Read more…

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