Month: November 2017


Students in the Teacher Academy of Maryland (TAM) program at the Robert D. Stethem Educational Center recently visited St. Mary’s College to learn about programs available for students interested in majoring in education. More than 20 students are enrolled in the TAM program at Stethem, which is one of several career and technology education (CTE) programs offered for Charles County Public Schools high school students. The TAM program prepares students for careers in the education profession. Course work focuses on human growth and development through adolescence, teaching as a profession, curriculum and instruction, and includes a classroom internship. Students can Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is accepting nominations for its 2018 Principal of the Year award. The annual award honors exemplary principals and recognizes those who go beyond the day-to-day demands of their position to create an exceptional educational environment. The selected principal also serves as Charles County’s finalist in The Washington Post Principal of the Year awards program. The Post’s Principal of the Year program is formerly known as the Distinguished Educational Leadership Award program. One finalist in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area will be selected as The Washington Post Principal of the Year. Teachers, students, former students, parents, Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is accepting nominations for The Washington Post’s 2018 Teacher of the Year Award. The annual award honors exemplary teachers who demonstrate excellence in teaching and outstanding leadership, encourage creative and quality instruction, and contribute in a substantive way to the improvement of education. One finalist in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area will be selected as The Washington Post Teacher of the Year. Charles County Public Schools’ finalist will represent Charles County and be in the running for The Post’s overall award. Nominees must be full-time teachers in grades prekindergarten through 12 and have a minimum Read more…


Westlake High School recently held an ice cream social for students who had perfect attendance during the first quarter of the school year. Students who were referral free also were invited to attend. The ice cream social is just one event coordinated by Westlake staff to support its Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program. The social was held last month and more than 100 students participated. Students at Eva Turner Elementary School celebrated Red Ribbon Week in October. The motto for the week was “Proud to be Drug Free,” and students chose different themes for each day of the Read more…


Students at Benjamin Stoddert Middle School joined together for the Thanksgiving holiday on a mission to provide for the school community. “We wanted to help those who can’t celebrate with their families. It makes us feel good knowing we are helping,” said eighth grader Tayloni Ricks. Ricks, along with nearly 60 other students, is part of the Stoddert student government association (SGA). Over the past few weeks, the SGA sponsored a schoolwide food drive with the goal of helping families in need. Students and staff held a contest to see which homeroom class brought in the most donations. Items received Read more…


Three Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students are preparing for what they refer to as “an opportunity of a lifetime.” Seniors Jonathon Moss, Kyle Smith and Ella Videgla will join other Maryland high school students in 2018 as Legislative Pages. Student pages work with the General Assembly for two weeks during the legislative session. Kennedy Harris, a North Point High School senior, was chosen as the student alternate. The selection process is competitive. Interested students must submit an essay detailing why they think they are good candidates for the program. Students apply because they are interested in pursuing a career Read more…


A Thanksgiving tradition continued at Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School when its students — past and present — along with staff opened the doors to senior citizens and guests Nov. 17 for the 31st Thanksgiving celebration. The event was started by the late Elvira Barnes, a guidance counselor at Mt. Hope. It has been continued by Connie Bannister, a secretary at the school, and a team of volunteers who spend the week leading up to the lunch shopping for ingredients and cooking. Invitations go out to senior centers and nursing homes, along with churches in the area, Bannister said. “It’s good Read more…


The Board of Education is holding an executive session 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 27 at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building to discuss personnel as permitted by the Maryland Open Meetings Act, Sections 3-305 and 3-103 of the General Provisions Article. About CCPS Charles County Public Schools provides 26,900 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 36 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education. The Charles County public Read more…


The SkillsUSA Maryland Fall Leadership Conference was held earlier this month in Ocean City. Students could earn the Statesman and Advanced Statesman awards and attend workshops and activities. Nineteen North Point High School students attended the conference. “It builds character,” said North Point senior Umi Daniels of being a part of SkillsUSA. Daniels, who is in the cosmetology program, said she used to be reserved around new people. “It helped me break out of my shell,” she said. North Point senior Nisha Lathrop, who is studying education careers, said SkillsUSA helped her build the confidence she’ll need as she moves Read more…


The La Plata High School Marching Band was honored last month as the overall Group 1A winner at the 2017 USBands Maryland State Championship. La Plata’s Marching Band earned the top spot among six other competing schools with a score of 91.425. This is the second consecutive year the band earned first place at the state level. The event was held at Towson University in Baltimore on Oct. 21. The band was honored by the Board of Education at its Nov. 14 meeting and is under the direction of Susan Eckerle, a music teacher at La Plata. Students and staff Read more…

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