Month: May 2016


The Board of Education of Charles County is holding a public work session at 5 p.m., Monday, May 23 in the boardroom at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building. The meeting will be televised live on the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) website at ccboe.com and broadcast on Comcast Channel 96/Verizon FiOS Channel 12. The following is a meeting agenda and is subject to change. Call to order – 5 p.m. Pledge of Allegiance Public Forum Work Session FY 2017 operating budget Policy 6000 revisions Adjournment Charles County Public Schools provides 26,300 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an Read more…


  As a kid, Kevonate Washington was interested in martial arts. He took some classes when he was around 4 and fell in love. “I was hooked on it,” said the North Point High School senior. “I was practicing all the time.” He would go outside to test out what he learned. “I would train … fighting trees and rocks.” Over time, Washington started teaching himself moves, watching website tutorials by professional martial artists. He’s a third-degree black belt in muay thai. As a freshman, Washington figured there had to be other guys like him, so he started the self Read more…


North Point High School’s Da’Juon Washington is ready to tackle the role of Student Member to the Board of Education next school year. Chosen by his peers to represent their interests on the Board, Washington said he looks forward to talking about plans for students with Board members. “I want to help make a change. I would love to see plans I proposed during my campaign, and new plans, approved,” he added. Washington is finishing up his junior year at North Point and first year as the school’s student liaison to the Board. One of two candidates for the student Read more…


J.P. Ryon Elementary School fifth graders took in some college courses Friday during a visit to the La Plata campus of the College of Southern Maryland. Destination College, a program that introduces elementary school-aged children to the university experience, has been held since 2011 in La Plata. Campuses in Prince Frederick and Leonardtown also hold the program. “It’s a positive opportunity for [students] to get thinking about post-secondary training,” said Julie Andrews-Walker, the administrative assistant for the school’s business and technology division, who used to coordinate Destination College. While organizers stress an importance on science, technology, engineering and mathematics — Read more…


Charles County Public Schools is seeking feedback about the school system and its 36 schools from the parent community. A confidential survey was launched today to gather parental input about schools. The survey is available on the school system website, www.ccboe.com, under the What’s New section of the main homepage. The survey can also be accessed directly at https://vovici.com/wsb.dll/s/b14ag5944a. Parents with more than one child enrolled in a Charles County public school can complete the survey for each school their child attends. Responses are confidential and will help the school system learn what parents think about the success of their Read more…


Computer science students don’t think of ways to “fix” problems, they find ways to “debug” them. Students in elementary, middle and high school spent the morning of May 12 at North Point High School showing visitors from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.S. Department of Education what they’re learning in computer science classes. “It was an awesome morning,” said Jim Kurose, assistant director of the NSF for Computer and Information Science and Engineering. “These are the kind of days we live for in our jobs.” NSF programs influence every grade level, with Charles County Public Schools striving to Read more…


North Point High School senior Abigail Payne said she knew from a young age that her passion in learning would involve engineering. It all started with a job shadow trip to where her Dad worked – at a software company – and seeing how she could relate math and science into real-life experiences. She also grew up watching “Cyberchase” with her Dad, a popular kids show on PBS that featured fun math and science concepts. Fast forward to her senior year and Payne’s fourth in the engineering program at North Point. An honor roll student with a grade-point average of Read more…


Piccowaxen Middle School seventh grader Sara Jarboe earned a first-place award in the Maryland History Day Competition held May 7 at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Jarboe won first place at the state level in the junior division historical paper category for her project titled, “Exploritis: Roy Chapman Andrews – Leader of the Central Asiatic Expeditions.” As a first-place state winner, Jarboe advances to the National History Day Competition next month, scheduled for June 12-16 at the University of Maryland College Park. Jarboe competed at the state level among 700 other Maryland students who earned first- or second-place at Read more…


The Board of Education honored five Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) employees during its May meeting for their dedication and commitment to teaching and learning, and for making a difference in the lives of students. Among those honored were Kelley Clancy of the F.B. Gwynn Educational Center, Katrina Garvey of Mary B. Neal Elementary School, Joseph Greenawalt of North Point High School, Martin J. Margolis II of Walter J. Mitchell Elementary School and Margot Savoy of Mattawoman Middle School. Clancy, who has been at the Gwynn Center since 2009, is an instructional assistant for the STAY program. Over the years, Read more…


The Board of Education honored four students on Tuesday, May 10 for excellence in academic achievement, career readiness and personal responsibility. Honored were Brady Keech, fifth grade, Walter J. Mitchell Elementary School; Monet Fisette, fifth grade, Mary B. Neal Elementary School; Aliah Brown, eighth grade, Mattawoman Middle School; and Daphine Henderson, senior, North Point High School. Keech was honored by the Board in the area of academic achievement and maintains honor roll grades. He has earned straight A’s since he started the third grade and is enrolled in gifted reading and mathematics courses. Keech is well known among Mitchell teachers Read more…

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