Month: December 2017


Due to winter weather warnings, all weekend activities (Saturday, Dec. 9 and Sunday, Dec. 10) for Charles County Public Schools are canceled. This includes any activities at our schools, all field trips originating in Charles County and the ACT at Westlake High School. Students scheduled to take the ACT will receive notification of the rescheduled date by mail or email. 


High school seniors dressed in their finest, celebrated accomplishments and checked off a milestone at the Col. Donald M. Wade Joint Services Military Ball Dec. 1. Seniors from the county’s seven high schools – along with their dates – got together at North Point High School to mark their participation in each schools’ JROTC program. Joshua Redden, a Henry E. Lackey High School senior, comes from a military family. He was a member of the cadet program of the Civil Air Patrol, a civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force. Joining Lackey’s Air Force JROTC was a logical step for Read more…


Maurice J. McDonough High School Show Choir put on a show Nov. 17 for elementary school-aged fans and veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. The group visited William B. Wade Elementary School Nov. 17 performing songs made popular by Disney. After the show, veterans were treated to refreshments in the media center. Benjamin Stoddert Middle School held a Pink Out Day during which staff and students acknowledge the fight and hardships that can come with breast cancer. The day was held in honor of a Stoddert teacher who fought breast cancer and recently had surgery. School representatives said it supports Read more…


La Plata High School’s It’s Academic team earned the top spot in the annual Charles County Public Schools competition held Dec. 6 at the school. This is the fifth consecutive year the team from La Plata has taken first place at the Charles County competition. The La Plata three-member team of co-captains Michael Gill and James Hume, and Trevor Jansen won in the championship round with a score of 260 points against North Point and Thomas Stone high schools. The teams from North Point and Stone participated in a tiebreaker question, as both teams were initially tied for second place Read more…


Charles County Public Schools hosted its 2017 Middle School Archery Tournament on Dec. 1 at Milton M. Somers Middle School. More than 100 students from all eight Charles County public middle schools participated in the event. Participants were divided by grade level into boy and girl teams. Overall boy and girl winners were chosen at each grade level. They are: Emily Shuff, sixth grade, Somers, 156 points; Teagen Bullock, sixth grade, Theodore G. Davis Middle School, 153 points; Mia Clark, seventh grade, Somers, 162 points; Brandon Paschal, seventh grade, Somers, 138 points; Lauryn Rice, eighth grade, Davis, 135 points; and Read more…


The Board of Education’s next monthly meeting is Tuesday, Dec. 12 at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building on Radio Station Road in La Plata. The public portion of the meeting begins at 1 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 Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) website, www.ccboe.com. Click on the middle of the main page to start the live streaming. The following agenda is tentative and subject to change. Executive session – 12 p.m. Call to order Read more…


Students at J.C. Parks Elementary School care about the environment. From recognizing December as “No Straw December,” to raising flower beds to grow vegetables for donation to local food banks, students on the school’s Green Team are doing their part, one project at a time. One of their main projects of significance is the work going on at the school to help improve watershed areas. These projects range from the planting of nearly 4,000 native plants on school grounds that help clean rain water, to the use of an outdoor foundation built from a recycled tire and powered by the Read more…


The Board of Education of Charles County and Superintendent of Schools Kimberly A. Hill will meet 7:30 to 9 a.m., Monday, Dec. 4 in the boardroom at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building with members of the Southern Maryland delegation and the Charles County Commissioners. The meeting is open to the public. The following is a tentative agenda for the meeting and is subject to change: Call to order – 7:30 a.m. Discussion topics Charles County Public Schools overview Teacher recruitment and retention Student discipline Adjournment About CCPS Charles County Public Schools provides 26,900 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 Read more…


Westlake High School Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Engineering students get hands-on with goods cost analysis in Introduction to Engineering and Design. Engineers find solutions to problems and turn their ideas into reality. PLTW Engineering allows students to step into the role of an engineer, adopt a problem-solving mindset and make the leap from dreamers to doers, according to PLTW’s website. PLTW’s courses engage students in real-world challenges to make them collaborators and thinkers. William B. Wade Elementary School’s English Language Learner (ELL) students in Sally Pruitt’s class participated in a mini performance-based activity of planting fall flower bulbs. The Read more…


Second-chance breakfast at Henry E. Lackey High School is quite popular. On any given school day, students line the hallways, eager to buy breakfast before they quickly head to their next class.  If they choose to buy any meal at school, they will definitely encounter Beverley Jenkins. Jenkins is a longtime food and nutrition service worker at Lackey and serves meals to students at three times during the day: breakfast, second-chance breakfast and lunch. She loves her job and does not view it as work, but rather as a responsibility.   “These kids are my kids. If a child is Read more…

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