Year: 2018


The Board of Education of Charles County is holding a public work session at 6 p.m. Monday, June 25 in the boardroom at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building. The meeting will be televised live on the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) website at ccboe.com and broadcast on Comcast Channel 96/Verizon FiOS Channel 12. The following is a meeting agenda and is subject to change. Call to order – 6 p.m. Pledge of Allegiance Public Forum Work Session Policy 3000 series update Goals committee update Adjournment About CCPS Charles County Public Schools provides 26,900 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is piloting a program this summer for students entering grades 9-12 at the start of the 2018-19 school year to complete the Fit for Life/Health course for original credit. Students would complete the course during the Summer School program held at Thomas Stone High School or the Robert D. Stethem Educational Center. Space is limited to 300 students. Parents who are interested in signing up their child to complete the course this summer must complete an interest survey. The survey is available at https://tinyurl.com/ycspvqvq. CCPS will use the survey results to randomly select students for Read more…


Lunch on Us is a free lunch program for all children and youth 18 and younger who live in Charles County. Lunches are served Monday through Friday at various times and locations from June 25 to Aug. 17. Lunches must be eaten on site, and no lunches will be served on July 4. For more information, go to http://www.ccboe.com/ss/summer-meals/. Hot lunches will be served at the following locations: Westlake High School: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Henry E. Lackey High School: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. J.P. Ryon Elementary School: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School: noon to Read more…


Milton M. Somers Middle School recently celebrated Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. May is the nationally designated month to honor Asians and Pacific Islanders, but the students’ schedules weren’t freed up until June. The students who participated spoke of their family roots in India, Thailand, Hong Kong, Japan and the Philippines. A student also presented a PowerPoint on his parents’ home country of Iran. Students visited the media center to learn about the various cultures of their peers. “Some people are not aware of different cultures,” said eighth grader Leah Kwak, whose family is from South Korea. “It’s Read more…


Benjamin Harrington has been named Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) Outstanding Vice Principal of the Year for 2018. Harrington served as the vice principal of Dr. James Craik Elementary School from 2014 to 2018. He will be the principal of Arthur Middleton Elementary School starting in September. “He is a bright, personable, energetic and mature person with a concrete, ongoing, well-rooted interest in teaching and learning,” Craik Principal Michelle Beckwith said. “Mr. Harrington is a consummate professional who is dedicated to our parents, students and staff, and goes above and beyond his job description.” Harrington graduated from Canisius College in Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) annually honors outstanding support services personnel in the areas of instructional assistant, secretary, information technology, maintenance, food service, central office support staff and building services. The awards program was established to recognize the roles support personnel have in supporting the effective and efficient operations of the school system. Honorees for 2018 include Clifton Shorter, building service manager, Mattawoman Middle School; Anne Zabel, instructional assistant, C. Paul Barnhart Elementary School; Justin Lucchesi, computer analyst II, Henry E. Lackey High School; Robert Bruce, HVAC mechanic II, Annex I; Sharon Bautista, student data technician, La Plata High School; Read more…


The Board of Education on June 12 met its new student representative for the coming school year, Westlake High School rising senior Krisha Patel. Patel was sworn in as the Student Member of the Board of Education by Chairman Barbara Palko at the start of the meeting. Patel, who served as one of three junior class marshal’s for Westlake’s Class of 2018, said she was looking forward to her new role. “I look forward to sharing a lot more student input with the Board. I hope to be able to pass on concerns and input from all students and not Read more…


The Board of Education’s next monthly meeting is Tuesday, June 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. and student and staff recognition starts at 4:30 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 streamed live on the school system website at ccboe.com. Select the live streaming image displayed in the center of the home page. The following is a tentative meeting agenda and is subject to Read more…


The Board of Education rescheduled its June 6 executive session to discuss personnel. The executive session will now be held at the conclusion of the Board’s June 12 regular monthly meeting. Executive sessions are closed to the public 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 Read more…


La Plata High School wrapped up Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) graduation weekend with a look back at the four years the Class of 2018 has spent together and how they clicked into place. “We quickly learned a trait that I believe is the foundation to success and happiness in our lives to come: humility,” valedictorian Elena Quartararo said remembering freshman year. “We quickly realized how much bigger the world was than just us.” Now the 285 graduates are venturing into the world whether into the workforce, college or the military. “Wherever it is that life finds us, it is Read more…

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