Month: July 2014


Tuesday, July 29 was no ordinary day of teaching and learning for Charles County Public Schools (CCPS). At St. Charles High School, students and teachers had an opportunity to learn from Dr. Leroy Chiao, a former astronaut who has traveled to space on four different missions. Chiao was the keynote speaker at the annual Space Foundation Educational Exchange, but was also at St. Charles for another special event – one that has been a longtime coming for Charles County Public Schools. Following the Exchange, a ribbon cutting and technology preview were held for the James E. Richmond Science Center, which Read more…


The Board of Education yesterday approved several administrative appointments for the 2014-15 school year. They include one principal appointment, three vice principal appointments and two positions at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building. Christienne Warren was appointed principal at Dr. Gustavus Brown Elementary School. Warren previously served as principal at Coldstream Park Elementary Middle School with Baltimore City Public Schools for two years. She transitioned to Dr. Brown as the school’s acting principal earlier this month. Mary Long was named vice principal at J.P. Ryon Elementary School. She previously taught second grade at William B. Wade Elementary School. Erica Watson Read more…


The Board of Education is holding an executive session 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 29, at St. Charles High School as permitted by the Maryland Open Meetings Act, Section 10-508(a) and Section 10-503(c) of the State Government Article to discuss: personnel matters, specifically the Superintendent’s recommendations on certificated positions and a contract matter. Immediately following, the Board will go into open session to vote on the personnel action items. About Charles County Public Schools 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 Read more…


Charles County Public Schools has released its open house schedule for the 2014-­15 school year. Listed below are open house dates and times, and other activities for schools. Elementary Schools C. Paul Barnhart, back-to-school night, Sept. 3, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.; Berry, open house, Sept. 4, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.; Dr. Gustavus Brown, open house, Sept. 11, 6 – 7:30 p.m.; Dr. James Craik, back-to-school night, Sept. 4, 6 – 7:30 p.m.; William A. Diggs, open house for all grades, Sept. 4, 6 – 8 p.m.; Gale-Bailey, open house for all grade levels, Sept. 4, 6:30 – 8 p.m.; Dr. Read more…


Charles County Public Schools has released its student orientation schedule for the 2014-15 school year. Listed below are orientation dates and times, and other activities for schools. Specific questions should be directed to individual schools. Elementary Schools C. Paul Barnhart, meet and greet, Aug. 21, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.; Berry, meet and greet, Aug. 21, 2 – 4 p.m.; Dr. James Craik, meet and greet, Aug. 21, 3 – 5 p.m.; Dr. Thomas L. Higdon, meet and greet, Aug. 21, 1:30 – 3 p.m.; Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer, meet and greet, Aug. 22, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.; Malcolm, Read more…


Classes for students at the Lifelong Learning Center will continue at John Hanson Middle School for the remainder of the summer session. The summer session for students enrolled in programs at the Lifelong Learning Center ends on Friday, Aug. 15. Hanson is located next to the center, which was damaged last Wednesday during a fire. Students should enter Hanson through the main doors and will be directed to specific classroom areas. Due to the change in location for classes, the Lifelong Learning Center is not able to provide childcare for the remainder of the summer session. Additionally, GED testing and Read more…


A fire at the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) Lifelong Learning Center in Waldorf destroyed the center’s classroom and caused cancellation of adult education classes on July 11 and 12. No one was injured in the fire. Classes for students at the Lifelong Learning Center will resume at regular times on Monday, July 14, at John Hanson Middle School, which is located next to the center. School officials canceled adult education classes on Thursday, July 10, and Friday, July 11. During the transition from July 14-18, the Lifelong Learning Center is unable to offer childcare. The Lifelong Learning Center housed Read more…


Superintendent Kimberly Hill has named Christienne C. Warren as acting principal at Dr. Gustavus Brown Elementary School in Waldorf. Warren replaces Principal Darryl Evans who announced his resignation last week. Warren has served as principal at Coldstream Park Elementary Middle School in Baltimore, which serves prekindergarten through grade 8, since 2012. Warren started her education career in 2004 as a fifth-grade teacher and also served as a curriculum writer, professional development facilitator, summer instructor and instructional support teacher before being promoted in 2009 as assistant principal and academic dean at Friendship Academy of Engineering and Technology in Baltimore. Warren earned Read more…


Erika Bowman, a freshman at St. Charles High School, is the overall winner of the 2014 Charles County Fair art contest. Her artwork will be displayed as the cover of the upcoming Charles County Fair Guide. She was chosen last month as this year’s winner by the Charles County Fair Board and Charles County Public Schools. The following students were named overall winners at their grade level for their artwork produced during the 2013-14 school year: Tabitha Greer, T.C. Martin Elementary School; Khyu Riley, Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School; Peyton Lauterborn, Martin; Jenna Goldey, Martin; Hailey Carroll, Martin; Aria Scott, J.C. Read more…


Two Charles County Public Schools Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA) teams earned top honors at the MESA USA National Engineering Design Competition held June 20-22 in Portland, Oregon. A team from Henry E. Lackey High School received third place overall among competing teams at the high school level, and a John Hanson Middle School team received fourth place overall at the middle school level. The national competition was split into two performance levels – middle school and high school. The event featured the Prosthetic Arm design challenge in which teams were required to build a low-cost prosthetic arm and Read more…

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