Author: Charles County Public Schools Press Releases


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) will honor 2,071 seniors during high school graduation ceremonies set to take place over the next three days at the Charles County Convocation Center at North Point High School. Students in the Class of 2018 have earned a record amount of scholarship offers for a graduating class, with offers totaling nearly $122 million. This is an increase of more than $43 million from last school year. Valedictorians and salutatorians were announced earlier this week and represent the top academic achievers at each school. These positions are determined by student grade-point averages. The Class of 2018 Read more…


Jennifer Smith, a longtime athletic director with Charles County Public Schools (CCPS), was recently honored with the Maryland State Athletic Directors Association (MSADA) Athletic Director of the Year award for District 4. Smith currently oversees the athletic programs at St. Charles High School, where she has been the athletic director since the school opened in 2014. Smith was selected for the recognition from among other eligible District 4 nominees. District 4 represents Charles, Calvert and St. Mary’s counties. Smith learned of her selection for the award in December and was honored by the MSADA at its annual conference last month. Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) staff and parents celebrated the first set of students in the Class of 2018 at the Adult Independence Program (AIP) graduation ceremony held Friday, May 18. Thirteen graduates took the auditorium stage at North Point High School to celebrate their successes and program accomplishments. Honored were Cameron Dew, Heba Habib, Emily Hughes, Brianna Jackson, Mathew Jackson, Logan Jenkins, Kenedeigh Johnson, Brenden Kelley, Danielle Murphy, Jerl Peoples, Estriana Smith, Rebecca Stine and Erica Tavernier. Johnson led the opening of the ceremony, in which each graduate proudly took the stage as he or she was introduced during Read more…


North Point High School senior Michael Meade has known for quite some time that he wants to be an engineer. He loves learning about science and math, and thought he would study civil engineering once he graduated. But, Meade said it was a class he took about materials and bioengineering that sparked his desire to pursue a different type of engineering path. “I have always done well in math and science and enjoy learning about materials and bioengineering. It is my favorite topic,” he said. Meade recently learned he received two scholarships that will help him pursue his engineering career: Read more…


Maurice J. McDonough High School senior Elizabeth Saoud is about to start on an Ivy League journey that almost did not happen. Captain of the McDonough Rams varsity girls’ soccer team and president of the National Honor Society and Student Government Association, Saoud’s high school career includes numerous academic and athletic achievements. Her achievements will help with her career goal of becoming either a surgeon or an anesthesiologist. For a long time, Saoud said she thought she would attend Johns Hopkins University. “I applied to Hopkins, University of Maryland and William and Mary,” she said. However, she also dreamt of Read more…


The Board of Education is holding an executive session at 6 p.m. Monday, May 21 at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building to discuss the Superintendent’s evaluation as permitted by the Maryland Open Meetings Act, Sections 3-305 and 3-103 of the General Provisions Article. The meeting is expected to be closed to the public. 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 leadership Read more…


Earlier this school year, Henry E. Lackey High School food and nutrition worker Beverley Jenkins was recognized by the Maryland School Nutrition Association as its Employee of the Year. To Jenkins, her job is easy because she gets to support kids. “I just show up to work each day and make sure the kids are fed,” she said. News of Jenkins’ commitment to children, her colleagues and the Lackey community spread and caught the attention of representatives from the national School Nutrition Association (SNA). Jenkins was recently nominated for national recognition and was selected as the School Nutrition Association 2018 Read more…


Dr. James Craik Elementary School earned the 2018 overall Maryland Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA) honor at the state competition held May 5. This is the third consecutive year that students from Craik received the best overall elementary school award at the state level. In addition to the best overall award, Craik MESA teams earned first place in the Balsawood challenge, second place in the Storybook Theme Park Ride challenge and third place in the Effective Communications challenge. A team from North Point High School earned first place at the state competition in the national engineering design challenge called Read more…


Graduation ceremonies for high schools seniors in the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) Class of 2018 are planned for May 31, June 1 and June 2 at the Convocation Center at North Point High School in Waldorf. The ceremony for North Point is Thursday, May 31. Ceremonies for Westlake, Henry E. Lackey and Maurice J. McDonough high schools are Friday, June 1. Seniors from St. Charles, Thomas Stone and La Plata high schools graduate on Saturday, June 2. North Point’s ceremony is set for 7 p.m. May 31. North Point also is closed for all students May 31 to accommodate Read more…


Superintendent of Schools Kimberly Hill today announced administrative, principal and vice principal changes for the 2018-19 school year. All appointments are effective July 1. Elementary school principal changes are: Brian King, vice principal at Theodore G. Davis Middle School, as principal at C. Paul Barnhart Elementary School. Ben Harrington, vice principal at Dr. James Craik Elementary School, as principal at Arthur Middleton Elementary School. Lou D’Ambrosio, principal of Middleton, as principal of Berry Elementary School. Shane Blanford, vice principal at Mary H. Matula Elementary School, to principal at Indian Head Elementary School. Mary Finneran, vice principal at Mary B. Neal Read more…

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