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Superintendent Kimberly Hill today announced the appointment of Steven Roberts as the Director of Accountability for Charles County Public Schools (CCPS). Roberts, principal at Maurice J. McDonough High School, started his career with CCPS in 1997 as a mathematics teacher at Westlake High School. He worked at Westlake until 2011 and served as the school’s varsity wrestling coach, algebra team leader, mathematics department chair and school testing coordinator. Between 2011 and 2016, Roberts worked as a vice principal at McDonough and North Point High School. He has served as McDonough’s principal since 2016. Roberts holds a master of science in Read more…

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Four Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) seniors have added an additional virtual learning experience to their resumes this school year. Seniors Brynna Bode, Denise Demontagnac, Morgan Jones and Christina Walker were recently named 2021 Maryland Student Pages through the General Assembly’s annual program. The experience for these students will differ this year due to COVID-19 safety guidelines. The legislative session kicked off this week in both an in-person and virtual format for lawmakers. Students in the Page program participate in meetings and sessions virtually through Zoom for two one-week periods during the legislative session. The program is part of the Read more…

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The Board of Education at its Jan. 12 virtual meeting recognized four annual Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) resolutions. The resolutions highlight Black History Month, Career and Technical Education Month, Gifted and Talented Education Month and National School Counseling Week. The school system celebrates Black History Month annually in February. The 2021 theme is The Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity. Throughout the school year, as well as Black History Month, CCPS works to improve minority achievement in schools with a goal of eliminating achievement gaps. Black History Month activities focus on infusing African American history into classroom lessons and Read more…

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The Board of Education at its Jan. 12 meeting honored five Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) staff members for their commitment to the school system and student success. Each month, the Board honors staff members chosen by their school principals who demonstrate their dedication to teaching and learning. The recognition ceremony was held in a virtual format and featured pre-recorded introductions and recognitions from school principals. Honored were Monique Burton, Bertha Gordon, Brandon Hoch, Clifton Posey and Jacqueline Thomas. Burton is secretary to the principal at Billingsley Elementary School. She has worked for CCPS for the past 14 years. She Read more…

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The Board of Education of Charles County honored five Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students at its Jan. 12 meeting. School principals annually select one student and staff member for Board recognition. Students are honored for accomplishments in the areas of academic achievement, career readiness and personal responsibility. School closures from COVID-19 caused CCPS to postpone in-person student and staff recognitions. Health and safety guidelines changed student and staff recognitions at Board meetings to a virtual format. The recognition ceremony featured pre-recorded introductions and recognitions from school principals. Honored by the Board Jan. 12 were Meklit Abunu, Marshauna Jackson, Hazel Read more…

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The Board of Education of Charles County today in a vote of four to three elected Latina Wilson as its chairperson and Virginia McGraw as its vice chairperson at the start of its Jan. 12 meeting. Wilson and McGraw exchange Board leadership roles for the next calendar year. The Board votes annually in January to elect a chairperson and vice chairperson. The term for each role is one year. Wilson was first elected to the Board in November 2018. Today begins Wilson’s first term as Board chairperson. In addressing her Board colleagues, Wilson said she looks forward to continuing her Read more…

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A St. Charles High School art teacher is experiencing what it’s like to be the subject of a work, rather than the creator. Shelton Hawkins recently landed on the cover of Shore Magazine, a publication centered on the people and way of life on the Eastern Shore. The magazine named Hawkins one of the local millennials making a difference in the world. He said the cover and accompanying article are a result of projects he embarked on during the COVID-19 quarantine. “I used the time to really focus on finding my voice, standing up for what I believe in,” Hawkins Read more…

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Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) has canceled the PSAT exam scheduled for Jan. 26 at all high schools. More than 700 students were set to take the exam at their home high school, and CCPS is canceling out of COVID-19 safety concerns. The PSAT/ NMSQT will not be rescheduled for the 2020-21 school year. High school freshmen and juniors who registered to take the exam will receive a refund of the $18 fee. CCPS covers the cost of any high school sophomore who takes the exam. Parents of students who paid the exam fee for their child through My School Read more…

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The Board of Education’s next regular meeting is 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 12. To maintain social distancing and safety guidelines, the Board will meet virtually for this meeting. The meeting will stream live on the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) website, www.ccboe.com and air on Comcast Channel 96 and Verizon Fios Channel 12. CCPS will rebroadcast the meeting as well as post it on CCPSTV under the Board meeting tab at ccboe.com. There is no live public forum. Questions and comments can be emailed to boardmail@ccboe.com by 6 p.m., Jan. 11. Submissions are provided to Board members. The following is a tentative Read more…

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Westlake High School is hosting two virtual events this month. The drama department will stream “The Day the Internet Died” by Ian McWethy and Jason Pizzarello starting Jan. 15, and “Identity Play; or Who You Are If You Think You Are” by Jon Jory and Jason Pizzarello starting Jan. 22. Both shows will run for a week. Interested viewers should email the Westlake theatre arts department to request a link. Email requests should be sent to Westlake teachers Bryan Grosbach at bgrosbach@ccboe.com, or Jackson Long at jlong@ccboe.com. The department is also collecting community donations to support production costs. Check donations Read more…

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