Month: November 2015


More than 80 Charles County elementary student artists were celebrated at the 25th annual County First Bank art exhibit held earlier this month at Mary B. Neal Elementary School. Students from all 21 elementary schools, as well as area private schools, submitted entries to the show. This year’s theme was “Traditions” and participating schools were divided into two regions – North and South. Awards were given to each group for first through third places, Best of Show, Most Creative, Most Traditional, Most Contemporary and an overall Grand Prize. The Grand Prize winner for the North region was Walter J. Mitchell Read more…


Quiches and cheesecake, robotics and tic-tac-toe games, and clay hearts and lungs were among the topics of discussion yesterday as North Point High School career and technology education (CTE) students served as real-life examples of college and career readiness. Business partners, representatives from local organizations and Dr. Karen Salmon, the assistant state superintendent for career and college readiness with the Maryland State Department of Education, joined together at North Point for a student-led, hands-on tour of CTE programs available for Charles County Public Schools students. Before the tour began, Superintendent of Schools Kimberly Hill welcomed attendees and talked about how Read more…


The Maurice J. McDonough High School chamber choir, “The Madrigal Lords and Ladies,” will sing with The Washington Chorus on an invitation to perform as part of the annual Candlelight Christmas concerts at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall and Music Center at Strathmore Concert Hall. Ticket prices range from $18 for orchestra seating to $72 for box tier seats and can be purchased at http://www.thewashingtonchorus.org/acandlelightchristmas. The Madrigals will perform with The Washington Chorus at the dates and times listed below. Sunday, Dec. 13, 5 p.m., Kennedy Center Concert Hall Friday, Dec. 18, 8 p.m., Strathmore Concert Hall Saturday, Dec. 19, Read more…


The Board of Education of Charles County and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kimberly Hill will meet on Tuesday, Dec. 1 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. in the boardroom at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building with members of the Southern Maryland delegation and the Charles County Commissioners to discuss the upcoming legislative session. The meeting is open to the public. The following is a tentative agenda for the meeting and is subject to change: Call to order – 7:30 a.m. Discussion Legislative issues Adjournment Charles County Public Schools provides 26,300 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging Read more…


All Charles County public schools and administrative offices will be closed on Nov. 25, 26 and 27 for the Thanksgiving holiday. Schools and offices reopen on Monday, Nov. 30. All school-based community centers are closed Nov. 26-27. The indoor pools at Henry E. Lackey and North Point high schools and the Donald M. Wade Aquatic Center at St. Charles High School are closed Thursday, Nov. 26. Indoor pools at Lackey and North Point, as well as the Donald M. Wade Aquatic Center at St. Charles, will operate from 1 to 8 p.m. on both Wednesday, Nov. 25 and Friday, Nov. Read more…


Daniel Weiss, a mathematics teacher at Thomas Stone High School, was recently named the overall winner in the Tips and Tools for Back to School campaign sponsored by the Educational Systems Federal Credit Union (ESFCU). As part of the campaign, interested educators were asked to submit helpful ideas and tips they planned to use to start the school year. Six weekly winners were selected to receive a $100 Visa gift card to use for back to school shopping. Weiss was chosen from the group to receive a $1000 overall prize which he donated to the Stone community. Chris Conway, the Read more…


The Board of Education honored five Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) employees during the Nov. 10 meeting for being the difference in the lives of children and their commitment to the school system. Honored were Pamela Batchelor, Kelly Elliton, Linda Holloman, Tynika Lytle and Katherine Schubbe. Batchelor is a fourth-grade teacher at J.C. Parks Elementary School and was selected for recognition by Parks Principal Thadine Wright for her commitment to students, helping new teachers and for serving as the school’s liaison for the Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO). Batchelor started teaching at Parks in 2010 and has served as both a first- Read more…


The Board of Education honored five students on Tuesday, Nov. 10 for excellence in academic achievement, career readiness and personal responsibility. Honored were Hollis Lyon, fifth grade, Dr. James Craik Elementary School; Olivia Robinson, fifth grade, Malcolm Elementary School; Delaney Hinton, fifth grade, J.C. Parks Elementary School; Naseem Abujuma, eighth grade, Benjamin Stoddert Middle School; and Matthew Johnson, senior, St. Charles High School. Lyon was recognized in the area of career readiness for demonstrating leadership skills, responsibility and for motivating her peers to achieve success. She is enrolled in the gifted education program and earns honor roll grades each quarter. Read more…


The La Plata Business Association (LPBA) presented Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) a $10,000 check on Nov. 4 to support fine arts for students. The donation came from the proceeds of the association’s second annual Rocktoberfest 2015, a small-town rock music festival presented by the LPBA and produced by Island Music. The association also donated proceeds from its inaugural event in 2014 to the school system. Superintendent Kimberly Hill and members of the Spartones, a group of vocal music students from St. Charles High School, accepted the check from LPBA President Keith Grasso on behalf of CCPS. The Spartones performed Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is launching a new approach this school year that combines science and history fair projects and demonstrations, as well as technology and engineering programs, into a showcase event called the History, Industry, Technology and Science (HITS) Expo. The Expo replaces the annual Science and History Fairs, generally held annually in the spring, and will also showcase several programs offered to CCPS students such as robotics, the computer science partnership with Code.org, and Project Lead the Way. The first Expo is planned for March 19, 2016, at St. Charles High School. The implementation of the HITS Read more…

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