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The Board of Education of Charles County is holding a Town Hall at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 28 in the boardroom at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building. The topic will center on the future of public schools. The Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education — also known as the Kirwan Commission — put forth recommendations to improve the quality of the state’s public education system. Board members want to hear what CCPS parents and students, and county residents would like to see as the school system phases in commission recommendations. The Town Hall will be televised live Read more…

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Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School students, staff and community members celebrated the recent building renovation and expansion of the school in a special ceremony held Oct. 10. Featured in the ceremony was a project overview, student performances, presentations from elected officials and a key passing ceremony. Dr. Mudd first opened its doors to students in 1967 in a building that was just under 45,000 square feet in size. Following a two-year renovation and expansion, Dr. Mudd now features more than 76,000 square feet in learning space for students. Updated features include new technologies, updated mechanical and engineering systems, a Read more…

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Due to a power outage, Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer Elementary School is closed today, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019. SMECO is working to address the issue. 

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Around Charles County Public Schools (CCPS), high school drama departments are preparing shows. From October to December, the slate includes family-friendly offerings, farces and comedies, a murder mystery and the story of a refugee’s journey to find his family and himself. La Plata High School ushers in the fall play season with a comedy. “Leading Ladies” by Ken Ludwig finds two Shakespearean actors who land in York, Pa., — Amish country — staging Shakespeare plays. The two decide to pose as a women’s long-lost relatives in hopes of gaining part of an inheritance worth millions. There are a few glitches Read more…

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Eighth graders interested in any of North Point High School’s 17 Career and Technology Education (CTE) programs can attend one of two upcoming open houses set at the school. The events are 6 p.m. Oct. 22 and Nov. 20 with potential students and their families able to tour the programs and learn more. The window to apply for North Point’s CTE programs is 8 a.m. Nov. 25 to 3 p.m. Dec. 20. Programs at the school include biotechnology, Cisco Networking Academy, cybersecurity, engineering, manufacturing engineering technologies, automotive technology, collision repair, graphic communications, welding technology, construction design and management, drafting, electrical Read more…

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For the third consecutive year, an independent auditor has found Charles County Public Schools’ (CCPS) financial reports in order. Financial auditors presented CCPS with an opinion that they found of no material weaknesses—meaning they found no deficiency in the school system’s internal controls—during its annual audit of the school system’s basic financial statements. Bill Early, an auditor with CliftonLarsonAllen LLP, presented the Board of Education an overview of its report on internal controls over financial reporting and on compliance and other matters. Audits of the CCPS financial statements are performed in accordance with government auditing standards. The audit is for Read more…

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School system, county and state officials will join Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School tomorrow night to officially rededicate the school, which recently underwent a complete renovation and expansion. The 6 p.m. rededication on Thursday, Oct. 10 is open to the public. Dr. Mudd first opened in 1967 with about 45,000 square feet of space, a combined cafeteria and activity area, indoor courtyards and a central library location. In 2017, a major renovation began at the school that included the creation of a separate gymnasium and cafeteria, new main entrance and an additional nearly 36,000 square feet of learning space Read more…

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The Board of Education at its Oct. 8 meeting honored four Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) staff members for their contributions to students and the school system. Honored were Anisah Ansari, Cassandra Baugher, Joseph Burton and Jennifer Elder. Ansari is a language arts teacher at Mattawoman Middle School. She demonstrates the content knowledge and dedication that propels students to success. Mattawoman Principal Sonia Blue refers to Ansari as a master language arts teacher. She strives to work with students until they master concepts and looks for ways to increase their understanding. Ansari also recently launched journalism classes at Mattawoman. She Read more…

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The Board of Education at its Oct. 8 meeting honored four Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students for accomplishments in the areas of academic achievement, career readiness and personal responsibility. Honored were Matthew Bowling, Jasmine Glover, Adrian Evans-Jones and Gabriella Varela. Bowling is a fifth-grade student at Walter J. Mitchell Elementary School. He was recognized by the Board in the area of academic achievement. Bowling has attended Mitchell since kindergarten and earns honor-roll grades each quarter. Bowling’s favorite subject is math and he is quick to help his teachers. He also leads his peers in personal responsibility. Bowling is well Read more…

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The Board of Education presented two resolutions to Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students and local union representatives at its Oct. 8 meeting. The following resolutions are presented annually: American Education Week; and American Freedom Week. The school system celebrates American Education Week Nov. 18-22. American Education Week provides opportunities to celebrate public education and honor those who make a difference to ensure that every child receives a quality education. Linda McLaughlin, Education Association of Charles County (EACC) president, and Sarah Burch, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) accepted the resolution at the meeting. Read more…

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