CCPS School News Briefs

CCPS School News Briefs


  • Theodore G. Davis Middle School celebrated Unity Day on Wednesday, Oct. 25. Students and staff were encouraged to wear orange to show their commitment to help end bullying. Throughout the day, teachers hosted class discussions in which students sat in circles and talked about ideas and strategies for use in bullying prevention. Students also viewed bullying and prevention videos, such as the popular “See Something, Say Something” released by Burger King earlier last month. Valeri Garrant, a physical education teacher at Davis, also hosted a candy cart where students could buy treats to benefit the Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) club.
  • The Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) at Dr. Gustavus Brown Elementary School held its annual Trunk or Treat Fall Festival on Thursday, Oct. 29. During the event, parents and students could choose from several activities such as visiting a haunted hallway, participating in face painting or standing in line for a chance to toss slime at teachers and Dr. Brown Principal Christienne Warren. The book fair also was held during the event to allow students time to browse selections and shop with their parents.
  • The Just Say No Club at Dr. Gustavus Brown Elementary School recently held a spirit week. Members of the club worked together and developed themes for each day of the week, including “Use your head, say no to drugs.” Thursday of that week was crazy hair day. Students and staff modeled all types of hairstyles, from ponytails built with colored pipe cleaners to unicorn headbands and buns modeled to look like doughnuts.
  • Students from Indian Head Elementary School were invited to participate in the Town of Indian Head’s Veterans Day program held Nov. 9 at the town pavilion. Invited to participate were students in the school chorus, who led the ceremony in the Pledge of Allegiance. The students also sang the national anthem. Music teacher Brianna Busch leads Indian Head’s school chorus.
  • Gustavus Brown Elementary School held a schoolwide Veterans Day ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 9. The ceremony began with the posting of Colors by the Color Guard from St. Charles High School. Veterans, as well as active duty military members, were honored during the ceremony for their service. Del. Edith Patterson spoke on behalf of the Charles County Delegation and offered a citation to Dr. Brown Principal Christienne Warren to recognize the school’s commitment to honoring veterans and service members. First Sgt. Michael Thread, president of the Buffalo Soldiers of Greater Washington, D.C., chapter, 9th and 10th Horse Cavalry Association, served as a guest speaker and talked with students and staff about his experiences in the military.
  • Teachers at Indian Head Elementary School use special strategies to teach students about proper behavior, personal responsibility and being a good student. Caitlyn Grimes, a second-grade teacher, hosts morning meetings in her classroom and asks students to “stand and deliver” to create positive interaction among her class. The strategies used by teachers at Indian Head are called 12 to Excel. The 12 to Excel initiative features 12 strategies teachers can use in the classroom to teach students about personal responsibility and teamwork. The initiative is part of a grant Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) received from the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) to help with closing achievement gaps among students. The initiative is also featured at Mary H. Matula and Dr. Samuel A. Mudd elementary schools.
  • Second and third graders at Indian Head Elementary School are piloting the Buzz Math program this school year. Students work on concepts such as word problems, addition, multiplication and subtraction. During Buzz Math activities, Indian Head’s second- and third-grade teachers often utilize the “zero noise” strategy with their students so the class can concentrate on their assignments. Students are asked to quietly complete their assignments during zero noise time. Zero noise is part of a new strategy initiative at Indian Head this school year called 12 to Excel. The initiative features 12 different strategies teachers can use in the classroom to teach students about personal responsibility and teamwork. The initiative is part of a grant Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) received from the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) to help with closing achievement gaps among students. The initiative is also featured at Mary H. Matula and Dr. Samuel A. Mudd elementary schools.

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 public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Nikial M. Majors, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event. 

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