Month: December 2014


The Charles County Scholarship Fund, Inc. is offering more than 50 scholarships to Charles County high school students. Applications for scholarships are available at all county high schools and must be submitted by Monday, March 2, to the student’s College & Career Advisor. Award notification will be announced at each high school’s senior awards ceremony later this spring. Applications are also available on the school system website, www.ccboe.com, under the students/parents section. Click on the Scholarship & College information link. Students can contact the school counselor or college and career advisor at their school for more information. Each scholarship has Read more…


The Board of Education’s next monthly meeting is Tuesday, Jan. 13, at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building on Radio Station Road in La Plata. The public portion of the meeting begins at 1 p.m. and student and staff recognition starts at 4:30 p.m. The meeting is televised live on Comcast Channel 96 and Verizon FiOS Channel 12, and is rebroadcast throughout the week. Board meetings are also streamed live on the school system website www.ccboe.com. Select CCPS TV and then choose the Live Broadcast tab. The following is a tentative meeting agenda. Executive session – 12 p.m. Call to Read more…


Members of the Board of Education XVI took the oath of office Monday during a swearing-in ceremony held St. Charles High School. Five new Board of Education members, Mark Crawford, Victoria Kelly, Margaret Marshall, Virginia McGraw and Barbara Palko, were elected in November to their first term in office and join incumbents Jennifer Abell and Michael Lukas, who were re-elected. The Board members serve a four-year term and elect officers at the January meeting. Board members Patricia Bowie, Maura Cook, Pamela Pedersen and Roberta Wise did not run for re-election. Abell is the Director of the March of Dimes for Read more…


Roberta S. Wise, former chairman of the Board of Education of Charles County, was recently named as the first recipient of the James E. Richmond Leadership Excellence Award. The award was established in 2013 to honor school system leaders who exhibit the standards of leadership and excellence demonstrated by Richmond during his career. Richmond spent his entire 47-year career in education with Charles County Public Schools, and served four terms as superintendent. Wise was presented with the award by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kimberly Hill at the Dec. 9 Board meeting. In her comments about the award, Hill said Wise’s Read more…


Imagine finding out your location, directions, maps and history from a tiny device on your eyeglasses. Westlake High School senior Robert Spruill, III, and sophomore Travil Greene have a business plan to create it and they recently pitched the idea in their business and financial literacy class. Welcome to the Wolverine Bank Tank, Westlake’s version of the popular television show, “Shark Tank.” Created by business education teacher Adrian Carroll, the format provides students with an opportunity to present products and ideas to a panel of judges. More than 75 Westlake students presented ideas and products to a panel of judges Read more…


General Smallwood Middle School seventh grader Shawn Jenkins earned the chance to participate in a unique academic development program this past summer. He attended the National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF): Explore STEM program held at Occidental College, located in Los Angeles, from June 28 through July 3. The six-day program introduces high-achieving middle school students to innovative and rewarding academic experiences and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, as well as the medical field. While attending the program, Jenkins learned how to apply engineering design processes to program robots, analyze the influence technology has on sustainability and green communities, Read more…


North Point High School junior Kaitlyn Freeland was nominated and attended the National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF): Medicine held July 12-17 at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. The program provides students interested in careers in the medical field with opportunities to have hands-on experiences and learn about technology used in medical facilities. Participants also take part in lectures and small-group seminars with medical students, physicians, surgeons and biomedical researchers, which provide them with a comprehensive view of the medical field. As part of the nine-day forum, students also examine diagnostic tools and future medical specialties. Participating institutions range from Read more…


North Point High School senior Abrianna Broomes was nominated and attended the Medical Institute held July 21-27 at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. The program provides students interested in careers in the medical field with opportunities to learn about the medical field, and participate in hands-on learning experiences. The program features topics such as human anatomy and physiology, microbiology and infectious diseases, surgery, cancer and biomedical ethics. Participants also work in the gross anatomy lab and with a patient simulator to focus on current medical issues, such as preventative medicine and heart disease. Students are also able to use surgical Read more…


The new Board of Education will be sworn into office at 4 p.m., Monday, Dec. 15, at St. Charles High School in Waldorf. The ceremony will be held in the auditorium and is open to the public. Five new Board of Education members were elected into office last month. They are Mark Crawford, Victoria T. Kelly, Margaret T. Marshall, Virginia R. McGraw and Barbara S. Palko. They join incumbents Jennifer Abell and Michael Lukas, who were re-elected to their positions. The Board begins a four-year term and elects of­ficers at its first meeting of the year, on Tuesday, Jan. 13. Read more…


Two Charles County Public Schools teachers, Laura Buzzell at Henry E. Lackey High School, and Deborah Simmons at Milton M. Somers Middle School, recently joined the ranks of accomplished teachers nationwide who achieved national certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). Both teachers completed a yearlong performance-based assessment series to become National Board Certified Teachers. The assessment is designed to measure what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do. The process requires teachers to demonstrate how their activities strengthen student performance and student achievement. Buzzell and Simmons join 31 other Charles County Public Schools teachers Read more…

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