Month: August 2017


New this school year for Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) parents and staff are text message notifications. CCPS has a new notification system called School Messenger, which is used to send systemwide and school emails, phone calls and text message updates. Text message recipients must opt-in to receive text alerts. The text alert feature will be available on Oct. 2. Parents and staff will receive an opt-in text message from CCPS on Oct. 2 through the new School Messenger notification tool. The message will come from the short code, or short set of numbers, 67587 to all parents and staff Read more…


The hallways of John Hanson Middle School and Thomas Stone High School shine like a skating rink. The scent of shampoo hangs in the air at Arthur Middleton Elementary School before building service manager James Turner revs up a machine that resembles a small, push Zamboni on a mission to deep clean the carpet. It’s “go time” for building service workers around the county. School starts for students on Sept. 5, and building service teams are hitting the ground running. Hanson’s crew spent a recent morning scraping old wax from the cafeteria floor, prepping it for a new coat. The Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is sponsoring a bus hotline for parents to call with questions about school bus routes. Call 301-932-6655 to access the hotline. The hotline is available Aug. 31-Sept. 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sept. 5-6 from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Parents can access bus routes through the School Locator feature available on the CCPS website, www.ccboe.com. School Locator is designed to allow the public to enter an address and see which three schools – elementary, middle and high – an address is zoned for. It also indicates if the address is eligible Read more…


The Board of Education’s next monthly meeting is Tuesday, August 8 at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building on Radio Station Road in La Plata. The public portion of the meeting begins at 12 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 the live streaming image posted on the front page to access the meeting. The following is a tentative meeting agenda and is subject to change. Executive session – 10:30 a.m. Call Read more…


The students at the Fun in the Sun camp spent a week shedding light on how solar eclipses work, learning about the sun’s energy and studying the planets of the solar system. The James E. Richmond Science Center hosted four science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) camps this summer. More than 85 students in fourth through eighth grades participated in four programs offered this year. The week-long camps focused on forensics and food science. There was an Expedition Earth camp and the Fun in the Sun program. It didn’t take much to entice Elias Brock, a Berry Elementary School fourth Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) serves breakfast and lunch items for students at low costs for parents. Meal prices have been set for the 2017-18 school year, which begins on Tuesday, Sept. 5. Breakfast is $1.25 and lunch is $2.65 for elementary school students. For middle and high school students, breakfast is $1.40 and lunch is $2.90. There were no increases in meal prices from last school year. Some students may be eligible for free or reduced price meals. The school system uses guidelines established by the federal government to determine a student’s eligibility for reduced meal prices. The reduced Read more…

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