Month: January 2017


The Southern Maryland session of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) listening tour will be 6 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 24 at the Prince Frederick campus of the College of Southern Maryland. The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) scheduled sessions around the state to gather ideas for Maryland’s plan for the federal ESSA. Each state is updating its plans for schools and student improvement in compliance with ESSA, according to a MSDE news release. A draft of the state’s ESSA plan is at MarylandPublicSchools.org. Registration is encouraged. Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/maryland-essa-listening-tours-tickets-30254702630. CSM is at 115 J.W. Williams Road in Read more…


At Dr. James Craik Elementary School, when it is time for some students to be pulled out of class and head to see teacher Dana Moyer, things are about to get interesting. Moyer is the school’s learning resource teacher and when students are in her class, “It’s going to be loud and it’s going to be engaging,” she said. “We do a lot of fun things,” said Ava Rowledge, a fourth grader who has been in the gifted and talented program since second grade. “I like to read the stories,” Christian Pemberton, a fourth grader, added. “I think the stories Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is seeking nominations for the school system’s Maryland 2017-18 Teacher of the Year candidate. The nominated teacher must be a classroom, resource or media teacher who spends the majority of his or her time teaching and has a minimum of five years teaching experience. The selected candidate will also be named the 2017 Charles County Teacher of the Year. There can only be one nominee per school. Nominations are due by Friday, Feb. 24 to Ramona DiBenedetto in the CCPS office of human resources. Application information is available on the school system website at http://www.ccboe.com/jobs/teacheroftheyear.php. Read more…


The Board of Education of Charles County is holding a public work session at 6 p.m., Monday, Jan. 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. Executive session – 5 p.m. Call to order – 6 p.m. Pledge of Allegiance Public Forum Report on Elementary #22 contract award Public hearing on FY2018 proposed operating budget Work Session FY 2018 Proposed operating Read more…


Due to inclement weather forecasts, all Charles County Public Schools activities scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, are canceled.  Visit the school system website, www.ccboe.com, or call the 24-hour information line at 301-934-7410 or 301-932-6656 for the latest school closing information. 


La Plata High School’s a cappella group Unplugged is hosting the International Championship of High School A Cappella Mid Atlantic quarterfinal event 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 4 in the school auditorium. Eight a cappella groups, including Unplugged, will compete in the event. A cappella groups such as Unplugged perform songs and music without any instruments. Competing groups in the event are judged on both their vocal and visual performance in areas such as tone quality, balance and blend, visual cohesiveness, energy/stage presence, professionalism and creativity. Tickets are $15 for students and $20 for adults. Visit https://varsityvocals.com/event/ichsa-mid-atlantic-quarterfinal-la-plata-high-school/ to buy tickets. The Read more…


When students become engaged in learning, the result is often creativity. Sophomores in Courtney Abell’s English class at Maurice J. McDonough High School recently experienced the power of collective creativity firsthand. Students were studying a unit on culture and discussed the poem “My Mother Pieced Quilts” in class. Sophomore L.J. Mortimer came up with an idea for the students to work on a classroom quilt. Other students shared ideas on making a quilt in class. “When L.J. first suggested making a quilt, I pictured each student crafting individual paper quilts; but, then Ms. Abell came on board and brought in Read more…


Wednesday mornings at Mary H. Matula Elementary School are booked. From 8:30 to 9 a.m., more than 60 students take part in before-school book clubs. Open to students in kindergarten through fifth grade, the program was born out of an idea of Tina Caron, learning resource teacher, and Nina Ogasawara, school counselor. They noticed how kids don’t seem to enjoy reading, not even for pleasure. “They need to see teachers who love reading,” Ogasawara said. They brought up the idea of starting book clubs during a staff meeting and teachers took on nine different groups. The six-week session focuses on Read more…


The Board of Education presented four resolutions to Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students and staff at its Jan. 10 meeting. The following resolutions are presented annually in January: Black History Month; Career and Technology Education Month; Gifted and Talented Education Month; and National School Counseling Week. The school system highlights Black History Month annually in February. The theme for 2017 is The Crisis in Black Education. Schools coordinate activities that infuse African-American history into classroom lessons and events. Accepting the resolution at the Board meeting were Thomas Stone High School seniors Taylor Fly and Ishaq Abdulrahim. Board member Margaret Read more…


The Board of Education of Charles County honored six Charles County Public Schools employees at its meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 10 during a recognition ceremony. The employees were honored for exemplary accomplishments, commitment to student success and achievement, and contributions to their schools and school communities. Honored were Toni Adams, Diane Fisher, Pamela Gill, Jonathan Liston, Melody Philpotts and Donna Rhoades. Adams is a special education instructional assistant at Gale-Bailey Elementary School, where she has worked for the past five years. Adams demonstrates a “can-do” spirit and attitude and is eager to volunteer and assist wherever she is needed. Her Read more…

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