Month: June 2016


At St. Charles High School, high expectations and a culture of achievement are the cornerstones for students and staff. Students are motivated to put their best efforts forward when working in the classroom, while participating in extracurricular activities or simply transitioning to class in the school hallways. The Spartan school spirit embodies commitment to success and achievement, but also respect for one’s self and others. Melissa Miesowitz, a vice principal at St. Charles, embodies the Spartan spirit and more as she demonstrates respect and a positive attitude in all that she does. For her contributions to the St. Charles community, Read more…


After a career of more than 40 years working in education, longtime Charles County Public Schools staff member Keith Hettel is ready to end his ride with the school system. Hettel currently serves on Superintendent of Schools Kimberly Hill’s executive leadership team as the assistant superintendent of supporting services. He announced in April his plans to retire at the end of this school year. From his first year as a fourth-grade teacher at Dr. Gustavus Brown Elementary School to his last few years overseeing the supporting services division, Hettel said he has thoroughly enjoyed his career with the school system. Read more…


  Lunch on Us, a free summer lunch program, will begin June 27 at several Charles County locations, including many schools. Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) partners with county agencies to provide the program which is open to all children and teens 18 and younger who live in Charles County. Lunches will be served Monday to Friday through Aug. 12, although none will be served on July 4. Hot lunches will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Westlake and Henry E. Lackey high schools and at J.P. Ryon Elementary School. Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School will have hot Read more…


Robotics teams from seven Charles County public elementary and middle schools competed in the 2016 Save the Bay/Chemical Engineering Robotics Challenge held June 1 at Theodore G. Davis Middle School. The event was sponsored by the National Defense Education Program (NDEP) and is part of the 2015-16 Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Technology Division (NSWC IHEODTD) in-school Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program. The event featured two levels of competition: one for fifth-grade teams, the Save the Bay challenge, and one for eighth-grade teams, the Chemical Engineering challenge. Awards are given in four categories: Robotics, Technical, Read more…


The Board of Education honored several Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) employees at a June 9 retirement ceremony. Employees honored were those who have retired since July 1, 2015, and those who have announced their retirements at the end of the school year. “I can speak from experience, you’re about to begin the best days of your life,” said Virginia McGraw, chairman of the Board of Education. “We are very, very grateful for all of you for choosing Charles County Public Schools for your career paths,” she said in opening remarks at the ceremony. Retirees are listed by name, last Read more…


The Board of Education of Charles County is accepting applications from county residents interested in serving on the Charles County Board of Education Ethics Panel. The Board has one opening on its all-volunteer, five-member panel, which interprets ethics regulations and provides advisory opinions to Board Members and employees subject to the regulations. The panel also reviews complaints concerning any alleged ethics violation and receives and maintains all forms required to be filed under the ethics regulation. Ethics panel members meet at least once annually to review disclosure forms and as necessary to respond to inquiries. Members of the Charles County Read more…


The Board of Education’s next monthly meeting is Tuesday, June 14 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 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 at www.ccboe.com. Select CCPS TV and then choose the Live Broadcast tab. The following is a tentative meeting agenda and is subject to change. Executive session – 11:30 Read more…


At Maurice J. McDonough High School, world geography was scrambled May 31 with Vietnam next to Spain, Jamaica bordering Pakistan, Finland neighboring Portugal. Several of the school’s students — immigrants or the children of immigrants — hosted an International Fair to showcase the cultures of their native countries. The newly formed International Club came about when three or four students met in the library during Herd Time — the school’s one-hour lunch period. Soon, others trickled in, intrigued by the idea of bonding with peers, sharing stories and advice about being in a new country. Eventually the club lit on Read more…


The last day of the 2015-16 school year for Charles County Public Schools students is Wednesday, June 15. Two-hour early dismissal days are June 10, June 13, June 14 and June 15. The last day of school for students in the Three’s program is Wednesday, June 8. The last day for teachers is Thursday, June 16. Charles County Public Schools used five of the six inclement weather days built into the school calendar. The school system closed schools five times for inclement weather: Jan. 21, Jan. 22, Jan. 25, Jan. 26 and Feb. 16. Report cards for students in the Read more…


Yachi Madaan is the type of kid who when a teacher stops her in the hall and has a last minute favor — would she mind leading the Pledge of Allegiance at an assembly — she doesn’t hesitate before shrugging and saying, “Sure.” Madaan, a John Hanson Middle School seventh grader, also didn’t miss a beat when she learned that some families struggle with hunger. “Our families, our teachers always tell us to help our community,” Madaan said. “I want to help kids and families that struggle with hunger. I wanted to do something for someone else.” She said that Read more…

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