Month: November 2014


The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) recently announced the Maryland Parent Involvement Matters Award (PIMA) program for 2015. The annual award recognizes parents and guardians whose contributions have led to improvements in Maryland public schools. The award was created by MSDE to highlight the positive impact parents have on public schools and to encourage parental involvement. MSDE is now accepting applications for award nominees. Nominees should be parents or guardians who have demonstrated a significant and positive impact on public education within their communities. In order to be eligible for the award, nominees must be the parent/legal guardian of Read more…


The Board of Education of Charles County is holding a public work session at 6 p.m., Monday, Nov. 24, in the boardroom at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building. The agenda is as follows and is subject to change: Call to Order – 6 p.m. Pledge of Allegiance Public Forum Report Academic eligibility proposal #6431 Work session GWWO school facilities hearing results Adjournment 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 36 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality Read more…


All Charles County public schools and administrative offices will be closed on Nov. 26, 27 and 28 for the Thanksgiving holiday. Schools and offices reopen on Monday, Dec. 1. Charles County Public Schools posts calendar information on the school system website, www.ccboe.com. From the home page, hover over the About section to access the 2014-15 Parent Handbook/Calendar that includes holiday closures this school year. 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 36 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is accepting nominations for its 2015 Principal of the Year and the Washington Post Distinguished Educational Leadership Award (DELA). The annual award honors exemplary principals and recognizes those who go beyond the day-to-day demands of their position to create an exceptional educational environment. Teachers, students, former students, parents, administrators, or community members may submit nominations. Nominees must have a minimum of five year’s experience as a principal and three of those years must have been with Charles County Public Schools. Principals may not nominate themselves. Nomination materials must include a minimum of four statements of Read more…


North Point High School hosted its first Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Friday, Oct. 31 and honored A.K. Johnson, director of student activities for Charles County Public Schools, and Robyn Parks, a 2010 North Point graduate and former Charles County student athlete.  During the ceremony, both Johnson and Parks were honored with plaques of recognition that will hang in the athletics hallway at the school. They were also presented as Hall of Fame inductees during the North Point home football game that evening. Johnson was recognized for his efforts in establishing the athletics program at North Point. He was Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) highlighted Veterans Day on Tuesday, Nov. 11 as part of American Freedom Week. The school system celebrates American Freedom Week during the week that Veterans Day falls and schools give special recognition to those who serve the country and those who gave their lives to preserve America’s liberty. CCPS honored veterans and military members during the week of Nov. 10-14. Recognition events range from student breakfasts with veterans and members of the military from their school communities to assemblies in which students and staff honor veterans with certificates, letters of thanks and parades in the Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is accepting nominations for the Washington Post’s 2015 Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award. The annual award honors exemplary teachers who demonstrate excellence in teaching and outstanding leadership, encourage creative and quality instruction, and contribute in a substantive way to the improvement of education. Nominees must be full-time teachers in grades prekindergarten through 12 and have a minimum of five years teaching experience. Three of those years must have been with Charles County Public Schools. Teachers, students, former students, administrators or community members may submit nominations. Teachers may not nominate themselves. Nominees must also maintain their Read more…


The Board of Education honored five Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) employees during the Nov. 11 Board meeting, including Erin Berfield, Danielle Carpenter, Latisha Chase, Melissa Gross and Jane Pilkerton. Berfield is a music teacher at Malcom Elementary School. She was recognized for consistently delivering quality instruction to her students in music. Berfield’s lessons are well planned and she focuses on matching activities with the developmental levels of her students. She strives to instill the love of music in all children on a daily basis. Outside of her instructional day she takes on numerous assignments, as well as organizes the Read more…


The Board of Education honored five students on Tuesday, Nov. 11 for excellence in academic achievement, career readiness and personal responsibility. Honored were Nicholas Long, fifth grade, Dr. James Craik Elementary School; Amir Moore, fifth grade, Malcolm Elementary School; Morgan Martin, fifth grade, J.C. Parks Elementary School; Devyn Thompson, eighth grade, Benjamin Stoddert Middle School; and Jeanne Franchesca Dela Cruz, junior, St. Charles High School. Long was honored in the area of personal responsibility and has received honor roll grades every year. He recently scored advanced on the third- and fourth-grade Maryland School Assessment (MSA) in math and reading.  His Read more…


The La Plata High School varsity football team was recently chosen to present a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Solider located at Arlington National Cemetery. The team traveled to Arlington, Va. on Monday, Oct. 20 to participate in a special ceremony to honor service men and women. La Plata seniors BJ Carter and Wyatt Potter, along with junior Tavian Brake and La Plata Head Football Coach Seth Pettit, placed the wreath at the Tomb. Pettit is a veteran and is active in the Army Reserve. On March 4, 1921, Congress approved the burial of an unidentified American soldier Read more…

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