Author: Charles County Public Schools Press Releases


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…


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…


  When he was five years old, Semaj Rascoe wanted to be a tiger. His friends said they would grow up to be dentists or lawyers; Rascoe wanted to be a fierce cat, but a teacher dashed his hope. Yet, his wish – in a way – came true. He grew up to be a Thomas Stone High School cougar and the valedictorian of the Class of 2018. Rascoe urged his fellow graduates to hold on to their imaginations as they navigate the “real world.” The world they will be entering will need creative thinkers, those with original ideas and Read more…


  Kade Pruitt looked out over the sea of green to the first graduating class that spent all four of its high school years at St. Charles High School. They have come far in the years they spent together. The Spartans of St. Charles weren’t called on to prove themselves on the battleground, but they tested their mettle on athletic fields and the classroom, Pruitt, the 2018 valedictorian, said as he addressed his fellow graduates June 2 during the school’s commencement. “As the first full class to graduate from St. Charles, we are leaving behind our legacy,” Pruitt said. “One Read more…


Teachers, instructional assistants (IA) and others who make a difference in the lives of special education students and their families were honored May 16 at the 13th annual Staff Appreciation Awards given by the Charles County Special Education Advisory Committee (SECAC). Awards were given in the categories of elementary, middle and high school teams; elementary, middle and high school individual educators; related services personnel and support service workers. Parents, families and students nominated the recipients, writing letters of support, detailing how educators have helped students — and by extension — the child’s family and community. “It is such a great Read more…


Robert D. Stethem Educational Center Career and Technology Education (CTE) students took a step further into the “real world” May 15 when they capped off two years of skills training with a recognition ceremony. The 57 students come to Stethem from the county’s seven high schools to attend courses in the programs of automotive technician, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), interactive media production, pharmacy technician and physical rehabilitation. The American economy and the country’s status as a world leader are linked to its current and future workforce, Lynne Arnold, principal of Stethem, said. Employers look for skills such as Read more…


Students at Westlake High School taking Advanced Placement (AP) tests are ready. They have been working all year to get to the test taking moment. “From the very first day we walked into our AP classes we were told the structure and format of our exams and how best to prepare for them,” said Aqsa Siddique, a Westlake junior, addressing other AP students. “Whether you’re taking one exam or five exams, I have complete faith in all of you.” This year, 183 Westlake students will take at least one AP test. But before that, they participated in a pep rally-like Read more…

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