Category: Press Releases


  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…

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  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…

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Maurice J. McDonough High School seniors graduated in a ceremony held June 1 at the Charles County Convocation Center in Waldorf. The ram senior class of 222 graduates earned nearly $9 million in scholarship offers. At McDonough, students know and understand the core meaning of the letters used to spell out the name of the school mascot, ram. The R stands for respect; the A is for accountability and the M is for motivation. Class salutatorian Charlie Shin shared with his peers an important lesson about the letters RAM and what they should remember about their high school experiences. “Here Read more…

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“The future is truly in our hands, so let us make the most of it.” This is the message Henry E. Lackey High School valedictorian David “DJ” Nelson left with his graduating peers today during their graduation ceremony held at the Charles County Convocation Center. The Charger Class of 2018 includes 214 graduates. Collectively, the graduating class earned nearly $13 million in scholarship offers. This year, Lackey’s graduating class is the smallest among Charles County’s seven high schools. Nelson challenged his peers to live life to the fullest. “My challenge to each of you, and to myself, is to do Read more…

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Have each other’s back and always remember where you came from. That was a key message shared among the Westlake High School senior class graduation ceremony held this morning. The graduating Wolverine Class of 2018 included 312 students, all of whom arrived today ready to begin their futures. This year’s graduating class from Westlake earned a total of $15,935,587 in scholarship offers, one of the highest amounts a senior class from the school has earned in the past 22 years. “We are leaving a legacy of the first class in Westlake history to earn over 15 million dollars in scholarships. Read more…

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Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) kicked off its high school graduation ceremonies May 31 with the Class of 2018 from North Point High School. Graduates walked across the stage, eager to get their diplomas during a ceremony that celebrated the accomplishments, successes and future plans of 448 students. North Point valedictorian Noah Kidwell plans to study biomedical engineering at The Ohio State University. During his speech to his classmates, Kidwell highlighted an important message each student who leaves North Point can resonate with after they graduate. “As we’ve heard for the last four years, the real world starts here. We’ve Read more…

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The Board of Education is holding an executive session at 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 6 at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building to discuss personnel 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 leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education. The Charles County Read more…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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