Author: Charles County Public Schools Press Releases


Gale-Bailey Elementary School Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA) students went on a special field trip last month to learn about science, technology, engineering and math, known as STEM. Nearly 25 students, all of whom are on one of three Gale-Bailey MESA teams, visited Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory Nov. 29. Students participated in hands-on activities such as making slime, learning about sound and working on computer skills through coding. Midshipmen from the U.S. Naval Academy helped the students through the activities. The MESA teams at Gale-Bailey are preparing for the wood bridge, Scratch computer game design and Storybook Read more…


Berry Elementary School orchestra director Susan Sweeney hosts monthly parent nights in which students work with their parents to master skills they are working on in class. Sweeney also serves as the orchestra director at Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer and William B. Wade elementary schools. In addition to Berry, Sweeney hosts parent nights at both Jenifer and Wade. The goal of the monthly meetings is to connect school and home and encourage students and parents to work together so music skills are practiced at home. Parents report they are better equipped to support and assist their children as they Read more…


The Board of Education honored five exemplary Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) employees at its Dec. 12 meeting for their dedication and commitment to teaching and learning, and for making a difference in the lives of students. Honored were Samantha Clark, special education teacher, Mary H. Matula Elementary School; Karen Ferruzza, library media specialist, Arthur Middleton Elementary School; Ann Herbert, prekindergarten teacher, Gale-Bailey Elementary School; Annemarie Simpson, mathematics teacher, Maurice J. McDonough High School; and Peter Wilt, social studies teacher, Milton M. Somers Middle School. Clark is an inclusion teacher at Matula and demonstrates passion for her students on a Read more…


The Board of Education at its Dec. 12 meeting honored five Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students for their accomplishments in academic achievement, personal responsibility and career readiness. They are Charlie Shin, senior, Maurice J. McDonough High School; Diallo Barnes, eighth-grade student, Milton M. Somers Middle School; Lucy Flynn, fifth-grade student, Gale-Bailey Elementary School; Clinton Cupples, fifth-grade student, Mary H. Matula Elementary School; and Joya Thompson, fifth-grade student, Arthur Middleton Elementary School. Shin was honored by the Board for his accomplishments in the area of academic achievement. He is an honor roll student and enrolled in the Scholars Course of Read more…


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. 


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…

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