Charles County Public Schools Press Releases – Charles County Public Schools

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Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is launching a new registration system this school year for volunteers at schools, centers or other CCPS buildings, activities or events. Registration is required for volunteers and includes a prescreening questionnaire, review of training materials followed by a short quiz, and the completion of a background check through CCPS. Volunteers must register this year and each subsequent school year. The training and background check are valid for one school year. There is no cost to the volunteer for the background check.   Access to the registration system is available on the CCPS website at ccboe.com Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) celebrated summer commencement exercises Aug. 8 at Thomas Stone High School. Thirty-eight members of the Class of 2018 earned their diplomas after finishing course work over the summer. “This accomplishment should not be taken lightly,” Marvin Jones, executive director of schools, said. “Through all of the challenges that you faced and all the opportunities to give up, you didn’t. You pressed on and you persevered. Your diploma is just as important as anyone else’s and perhaps, even more meaningful thanks to the road you traveled to get here.” “It is only the beginning,” he said. Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students will see an increased focus on literacy in the next couple of years thanks to a more than $2.7 million federal grant, one of the highest of its kind awarded in Maryland. The Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Grant aims to improve literacy — especially among students who are economically disadvantaged, have disabilities or are English language learners. While the program will benefit students of all abilities, the grant will fund efforts to boost Partnership for Research and Assessment for College and Careers (PARCC) test scores among groups of students whose have lagged behind their Read more…


The 2018 Charles County Fair Guide cover will feature the artwork of a Maurice J. McDonough High School rising sophomore. Haley Lindsay, a student of Susan Stazetski, submitted a drawing featuring a cow in the foreground, with a midway and Ferris wheel in the background. Along with her work front and center on the guide distributed throughout the county, Lindsay will receive $100 and Stazetski will get $200 to use toward the purchase of classroom supplies. The cover contest finalists from each grade will receive $50. The finalists include: Zachary Strybing, kindergarten, Dr. Thomas L. Higdon Elementary School, student of Read more…


The Gold Valor Award is the highest honor that can be bestowed on a JROTC or ROTC cadet, and on June 28, Henry E. Lackey High School graduate Kayla Bowman received one. Bowman, who graduated on June 1, came to the aid of an injured driver following a car accident that injured Bowman, her younger brother and mother in March.  March 13 was shaping up to be an epic one for Bowman. Earlier that day, as a member of Lackey’s elite girls track team, Bowman and her teammates were honored by the Board of Education and the Charles County Commissioners Read more…


The inaugural Charles County Public Schools Be the Difference awards to honor volunteers was held June 25 at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building in La Plata. The program was launched this year to recognize the many ways volunteers enhance teaching and learning. The five award categories are elementary school parent volunteer, middle school parent volunteer, high school parent volunteer, Charles County business volunteer and community organization volunteer. “Parent involvement is crucial to student success and having the support of community organizations is truly beneficial to making our schools stronger,” said Board member Victoria Kelly, who was a member of Read more…


The Board of Education recently honored 101 employees who have retired during the past school year or who had notified Superintendent Kimberly Hill before June 7 that they plan to retire at the end of this school year. Retirees are listed by their name, last position and last location where they served. Sodsri Ansell, food service worker, Theodore G. Davis Middle School; Evelyn Arnold, principal of alternative programs, Robert D. Stethem Educational Center; Robert Babiak, vice principal, North Point High School; Connie Bannister, secretary – 11 month, Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School; Jean Beierle, Spanish teacher, Thomas Stone High School; Jean Read more…


The Charles County Board of Education on June 12 unanimously adopted a $369.6 million operating budget for fiscal year 2019. The budget represents an overall $17.4 million increase over the current fiscal year. State funding is increasing $11.7 million and the county increase is $6.6 million. Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) will use most of the spending increase, about $9.6 million, for employee compensation. The increase allows CCPS to create a more competitive salary scale for teachers through implementation of a salary scale conversion, a starting teacher salary boost and a cost-of-living adjustment for administrative and support staff. Funding also 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…

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