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North Point High School students in Meladeh McKinnon’s organic chemistry class recently participated in the Bridging the Watershed — Watershed Watchdogs program. Gina McCullough of the Nanjemoy Creek Environmental Education Center collected water from the Piney Branch tributary in the early morning hours of Oct. 26 — the day of the activity. Students used samples from Piney Branch to determine the Water Quality Index which gives them a broader view of the health of the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay. They looked for dissolved oxygen, pH levels, turbidity, nitrates, dissolved solids and collected other data for analysis.  Bridging the Watershed Read more…

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Chloe Wooden, a junior at North Point High School, recently won first place national and state titles in the Educators Rising National Competition. Educators Rising is a national student-led movement that aims to inspire high school and college students to serve their communities by entering the field of education. Wooden created her own children’s literature piece from start to finish and taught a lesson on it. To brainstorm the final product, she would sit and read the story aloud and then her original illustrations came to life on the pages. Wooden comes from generations of educators and found her passion Read more…

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Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) high schools are bringing the drama this fall play season, as well as the romance and mystery. Slow down for Henry E. Lackey High School’s staging of “One Stoplight Town” 6:30 p.m. Oct. 21 through 23. Written by Tracy Wells, “One Stoplight Town” is a story about people from a blink-and-you’d-miss-it town. But if you stopped for just a moment, you might see a young boy and girl fall in love, a cantankerous grocery store owner coping with change, a son returning home while a daughter thinks about leaving, and a handyman taking it all Read more…

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The Board of Education of Charles County and Superintendent of Schools Maria Navarro will meet 9 to 11 a.m., Monday, Oct. 25, in the boardroom at the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building with members of the Southern Maryland delegation and the Charles County Commissioners. The meeting will stream live on the CCPS website, ccboe.com, and the school system’s YouTube channel, https://www.youtube.com/c/ccpsmd. The following is a tentative agenda and subject to change. Call to order – 9 a.m. Meeting agenda overview Welcome and introductions Purpose of meeting Workforce challenges The Blueprint for Maryland’s Future 2022 legislative Read more…

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The Board of Education of Charles County is holding a 6 p.m. work session on Monday, Oct. 25, in the boardroom at the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building. The Starkey Building is located at 5980 Radio Station Road in La Plata. The meeting is open to the public. However, the Board is limiting the number of in-person attendees to the first five arrivals to support social distancing in the boardroom. Visitors are required to wear a face mask and will be seated in the back of the boardroom. If more than five visitors come to Read more…

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Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) hosted its annual fall chess tournament Oct. 16 at Thomas Stone High School. To accommodate COVID-19 social distancing and safety guidelines, this year’s fall tournament was limited to students in Grades 4-12. CCPS students, as well as those who attend private schools and homeschools, were invited to compete. A total of 50 students competed in four rounds of grade-level division play, and one champion was named per grade level. Champions received a trophy and all other participants received medals. Felix Cummings served as the tournament director. The following students earned the champion award for their Read more…

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The Board of Education of Charles County met Oct. 12, 2021, for its regular meeting. A complete meeting agenda is posted on Board Docs here. Board meetings are streamed live at ccboe.com, and archived on the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) YouTube page at https://www.youtube.com/c/ccpsmd/featured. Important meeting updates COVID-19 update Superintendent Maria Navarro and Charles County Health Officer Dr. Dianna Abney provided a COVID-19 update, and how CCPS is focusing on keeping students and staff safe in schools. The presentation included COVID-19 case data about CCPS students and staff, quarantine processes in place, county COVID-19 and vaccine data, and the Read more…

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Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) will be closed on Friday, Nov. 12, for all students, teachers and school system staff. The Board of Education at its Oct. 12 meeting unanimously voted to change the 2021-2022 school year calendar and close CCPS on Nov. 12. Schools, centers, buildings and all CCPS offices will be closed on Friday, Nov. 12. Schools are already closed for students only on Thursday, Nov. 11, for teacher professional development and planning.  The Board’s vote to close Nov. 12 shifts the last day of school for students by one day to Thursday, June 16.  The last day Read more…

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Virginia McGraw, vice chairperson of the Board of Education of Charles County, was named the president of the Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE). A nonprofit dedicated to serving and supporting boards of education in Maryland, is made up of all 24 Maryland boards of education. “We have not had a president from Charles County representing the Maryland Boards of Education going back to the 1970s.” Board Chairperson Latina Wilson said. “It is with great pleasure to share this achievement with the public. It shows that our board members are actively engaged and trying to find ways to make Read more…

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The Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) Title I Thriving Threes and Me program is now open for registration. Parent workshops and learning groups will be held virtually and will continue to focus on family engagement. Similar to the 2020-21 school year, the program will not be a traditional full day of school for children. Activities and events will be held outside of school hours to accommodate children and their families. The program will begin in November and include the following activities:  Parent workshops. Learning groups. Materials and resources for families. Opportunities for parents of early learners to network with one another. The program is open to students living in a Title Read more…

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