Month: April 2017


North Point High School’s mock trial team argued its way to the semi-finals with no objections. Starting in January, the 11-member team faced off against teams from other Southern Maryland schools showing cause for advancing through the ranks. In the playoffs, North Point won against teams from Leonardtown High School and Duval High School. In March, it faced off against Renaissance Classic Tutorial, a Prince George’s County homeschool cooperative, in the semis. The competition was fierce and the teams tied with the tie-breaking point going to Renaissance. “Our team did fantastic,” said Anna Newton, North Point social studies teacher and Read more…


Students at Dr. James Craik Elementary School celebrated St. Patrick’s Day and supported Relay for Life at its school dance, The Shamrock Shuffle. Students and parents attended the dance after school on March 16 where students participated in group dances, crafts and enjoyed food, including Leprechaun Punch. Students from Maurice J. McDonough High School assisted elementary students with crafts. All proceeds raised at the event benefited Craik’s Relay for Life team. Dr. James Craik Elementary School celebrated Autism Awareness Spirit Week April 3 through 7. During the week, the school participated in spirit days that included Light it Up Blue Read more…


A prophecy, murder, guilt, paranoia, madness and the original Queen of Mean. It’s pretty heady stuff for high school seniors to tackle — full of sound and fury and signifying something. Westlake High School English students are studying “Macbeth” and taking it to the stage with the help of the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C. For the past several years, English teacher James Mascia has applied for and been selected to participate in the theater company’s Text Alive program, a free, semester-long integration that takes Shakespeare’s works out of textbooks and onto the stage as the plays were meant Read more…


More than 240 teams — including 45 from Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) —competed in the Maryland Destination Imagination (DI) Tournament held April 1 at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Fourteen CCPS teams were recognized for placing in the top five teams in their challenge and level. Seven of these teams placed first, second or third and advance to the Global Finals Tournament set for May 23 to 28 in Knoxville, Tenn. More than 725 students in elementary through high school, in public and private schools, made up the 104 DI teams at the regional contest held at Theodore Read more…


The Board of Education and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kimberly Hill on Thursday, March 30 honored several Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) employees for their years of service to the school system and commitment to education during a ceremony held at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building. Honored were those employees who have contributed to the school system with careers that total 45, 40, 35, 30 and 25 years. Kerry DeFraia, a library media specialist at Eva Turner Elementary School, was honored for 45 years of service to the school system. She began her career at Pomonkey Elementary School and Read more…


The last day of the 2016-17 school year for Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students is Friday, June 9. Two-hour early dismissal days are June 6, June 7, June 8 and June 9. The last day of school for students in the Three’s program is Monday, June 5. The last day for teachers is Monday, June 12. The schedule is set, barring any unforeseen inclement weather circumstances. CCPS used only one of the six inclement weather days built into the school calendar this year. The school system closed on March 14 for inclement weather. Report cards for students in the Read more…


The Board of Education at its April 4 meeting honored four Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) employees for their commitment to children, education, and teaching and learning. Honored were Sean Anderson, Michael Johnson, Donald Mayer and Brittany Thomas. Anderson is a mathematics teacher at General Smallwood Middle School. He is the eighth-grade team leader and math department chair. He strives to establish and maintain positive relationships with students and demonstrates a high degree of pride in his work. Anderson arrives early each day, is organized and professional in all that he does. He sets high goals for his students and Read more…


Five outstanding students were recognized for their accomplishments by the Charles County Board of Education during its April 4 meeting. The students were honored for their career readiness, academic achievement and personal responsibility. Among the students were Tania Harris, a senior at Thomas Stone High School; Brynna Bode, an eighth grader at General Smallwood Middle School; Kaelyn Buoy, a fifth-grade student at William A. Diggs Elementary School; and Nicholas Steed, a fifth grader at Mary B. Neal Elementary School; and Amelia Ortiz, a fifth-grade student at J.P. Ryon Elementary School. Harris was recognized in the area of career readiness. She Read more…


The Board of Education presented four resolutions to Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students and staff at its April 4 meeting. Resolutions are presented by the Board annually. The following resolutions were presented: Administrative Professionals Week; Child Nutrition Employee Appreciation Week; National Physical Education and Sport Week; and Teacher Appreciation Week. CCPS highlights Administrative Professionals Week from April 24-28. The recognition emphasizes the supportive role administrative professionals have in the workplace, and the importance of their contributions in maintaining efficient and effective office operations. Administrative Professionals Week also highlights the wealth of knowledge, clerical duties, awareness of procedures and public Read more…


Teams from 11 Charles County Public middle and high schools placed in the secondary Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA) competition held March 30 at North Point High School. Student teams compete in competitions that test their abilities in mathematics, engineering and science. Milton M. Somers Middle School was named the overall middle school winner and North Point was named the overall high school winner.  First-, second- and third-place teams in each challenge receive awards and one overall middle and high school winner is chosen. The middle and high school teams that earn the most points throughout the competition are Read more…

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