Month: May 2017


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 be accessed directly at https://www.research.net/r/2017CCPS_ParentSurvey. 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 child’s Read more…


North Point High School senior Connor Staudmyer is preparing to graduate and plan for the future. As a student in the engineering program at North Point, he recently completed his senior project: a helmet impact sensor for use in athletics. “The helmet sensor can trigger an alert when an athlete is injured on the playing field and in need of medical attention,” Staudmyer said. His goal is to work in the engineering field and his dream job is working for NASA. Staudmyer is a standout student. He currently has a 4.875 grade-point average and completed eight Advanced Placement (AP) classes Read more…


Registration for the 2017 Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) summer school program is June 20-21 at the Robert D. Stethem Educational Center. Summer school begins on Tuesday, June 27, at Westlake High School. Courses through the CCPS summer school program are available for registration for Charles County residents only. Walk-in registration times for Wednesday and Thursday, June 20-21, are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Registrations will not be accepted after 6 p.m. on June 21. Registration forms, as well as copies of the summer school rules and procedures, are available at all middle and high school counseling offices. Details about Read more…


Caitlin Westhall is known for her passion for engaging students.  Her love of teaching recently earned Westhall, a third year language arts teacher at General Smallwood Middle School, the Charles County Crystal Apple Award. Smallwood Principal Kathy Kiessling said what sets Westhall apart from her colleagues is her willingness to go above and beyond her teaching duties while constantly advocating for what is best for kids. This is one of the reasons Kiessling helped to nominate Westhall for a local Crystal Apple Award, a title Westhall was recently honored with by the American Legion. The Crystal Apple Award is sponsored Read more…


Henry E. Lackey High School senior Brett Culhane is not only a high academic achiever, but he also is an outstanding athlete on the football, lacrosse and soccer fields. The honor roll student currently holds a 4.917 grade-point average and also represents Lackey on the swim team. Culhane said the culture among Lackey athletes includes a mindset to always do your best as a representative of the school. He is known as a role model, both in the classroom and among students and staff he encounters in extracurricular activities. As a recognition of his leadership and outstanding work ethic, Culhane Read more…


A group of six Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) library media specialists will represent the school system this fall as presenters at the national American Association for School Librarians (AASL) conference. The conference is held every two years and is the only nationwide event featuring professional development specifically for school librarians. The team of CCPS library media specialists includes Dedra Van Gelder, Carmen Belanger, Polly Callahan, Jacob Gerding, Sarah Gobe and Bethany Thornton. They will present, “Beyond the Conference: Keeping the Momentum between Professional Development Experiences” at the 18th annual AASL National Conference & Exhibition set for Nov. 9-11 in Read more…


The graphics communications program at North Point High School recently received the 2017 Career and Technology Education Outstanding Secondary CTE Program of Excellence by the Maryland State Department of Education. “The office of Career and Technology Education (CTE) chose to nominate graphics communications and [teacher Chris] Gilbert because of the dedication to CTE, industry, students and the Charles County Public Schools community,” Traci Chappelear, coordinator of Career and Technology Education, said. “Mr. Gilbert has consistently been a leader, modeling best practices for his students while preparing them for post-secondary opportunities that are directly linked to the four-year program at North Read more…


Charles County Public Schools is offering sports physicals for student-athletes. The physicals are open to the first 100 students who sign up and will be done on a first-come, first-served basis. Physicals will be 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, June 17 at Westlake High School, and 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, August 5 at Thomas Stone High School. Students must have the parent portion of the physical form completed and signed, and the $30 cash-only fee at the time of registration. Students will not be seen by a doctor if they don’t have the required materials. Students can get physical Read more…


Educators were honored at the Charles County Special Education Citizens Advisory Committee’s 12th annual staff appreciation awards May 10. Parents and guardians nominated the teachers and teams who make a difference in the lives of children with special needs. More than 80 educators were recognized, with 13 people winning their respective categories. Several parents and guardians spoke about the dedication their child’s teachers have shown. “They show compassion and love to each student,” Jenna Cusack said of the team who works with her daughter, Lillian, at Dr. Thomas L. Higdon Elementary School. “Having a nonverbal child is hard as a Read more…


Natasha Williams’s nursing career has spanned more than 30 years and three continents. She has crisscrossed the country caring for patients from infants to the elderly. Her husband’s military career took the family to California, Japan, England, Oklahoma and Washington State. Williams’s nursing skills translate and were in demand wherever they were stationed. When they moved to Maryland, Williams clocked five years at MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center in Clinton working in the dialysis unit and as a night nurse administrator. For the past 13 years she’s been catering to a specific clientele — the students and staff of Benjamin Read more…

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