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Several Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students recently competed in the Maryland Destination Imagination (DI) tournament held April 10. A total of 94 students participated on 16 competing CCPS teams from the elementary-, middle- and high-school levels. There is also a non-competitive challenge for Rising Stars teams. Rising Stars teams include students in kindergarten through Grade 2. The tournament is broken down into six problem-solving challenges that require teams to work together to apply creativity, critical-thinking skills and unique talents. Due to the virtual format this year, CCPS did not hold its own regional tournament. Teams submitted virtual demonstrations and Read more…

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Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is sponsoring free summer enrichment camps for students in kindergarten through Grade 8. The camps are limited to students enrolled in CCPS, including those entering kindergarten this fall. Summer enrichment camps feature learning opportunities for students that support instruction and feature engaging hands-on activities and topics. Enrichment camps set for this summer include a mix of both in-person and virtual opportunities. Camps begin the week of June 28 and run through the week ending July 30. Registration is limited to two camps per CCPS student. If space becomes available, CCPS may open additional registrations for Read more…

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Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) begins Phase 4 of its reopening plan on Monday, April 19. Under Phase 4, more than 5,800 additional students return to their schools for in-person learning. Phase 4 includes students in prekindergarten through Grade 12 and a rotating schedule of two days of in-person instruction each week.  Phase 4 schedule The following is the rotating schedule for Phase 4 students. Any student eligible to return to school under Phase 3 now falls under the Phase 4 schedule if they are returning to school for in-person learning. Parents could opt to return their children to school Read more…

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The Board of Education’s next regular meeting is 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 20. The Board will meet in person at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building. The Starkey Building is located at 5980 Radio Station Road in La Plata. The meeting will stream live on the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) website, www.ccboe.com. CCPS also will post the meeting on CCPSTV under the Board meeting menu at ccboe.com. Public forum for this meeting will be held in a hybrid format of both in-person and virtual speakers. Speakers must register in advance to participate in public forum. The registration form Read more…

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Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) begins Phase 4 of its reopening plan on Monday, April 19. To accommodate additional students at schools and centers, CCPS is updating curbside meal distribution site operating hours and ending its mobile meal bus services. Effective April 19, curbside meal sites will operate 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at all 16 locations. The final day for the mobile meal bus service is Friday, April 16. Resources used to support the mobile meals bus program, such as transportation and staff, will now support CCPS in its launch of Phase 4 next week. CCPS also experienced a Read more…

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Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) held its annual Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA) event in a virtual format this school year. Teams worked together for the past several months to solve real-world problems in different challenge areas. Students compete and are judged in three levels: elementary, middle and high school. Projects were submitted electronically this year, and judges scored projects remotely. Teams that won first-place awards in their respective challenge areas advance to this year’s virtual Maryland MESA state competition. The following teams placed in this year’s virtual event at the county level. Expanding Structure Elementary School J. P. Read more…

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Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) recently honored its Teacher of the Year nominees in a virtual recognition video. The recognition featured nominees for the 2021 Washington Post Teacher of the Year and Charles County Teacher of the Year award programs. The Charles County Teacher of the Year, Dr. James Craik Elementary School fourth-grade teacher Alexis Eaton, was announced during the recognition. The recipient of the Charles County Washington Post finalist recognition will be announced later this month. The video is posted on YouTube here.  Each year, two CCPS teachers are chosen to represent the school system in Teacher of the Read more…

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In a world of hybrid teaching, Alexis Eaton is rocking it with her fourth graders. Like most Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) teachers, Eaton has some students in-person at school and some in the online virtual classroom. Eaton is almost always on her feet, navigating her desk and camera set up, moving around her classroom and making sure her students are having fun while learning. She challenges them to take ownership of their success while encouraging them to put forth their best effort each day. The passion Eaton has for teaching is displayed in her smile and demeanor when she Read more…

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Ninety percent of respondents to a recent survey about the School Resource Officer (SRO) program in Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) indicate having SROs assigned to schools is extremely important or important to them. CCPS conducted a 2021 School Resource Officer (SRO) survey March 17 through 23. The online survey asked Charles County students, parents, school system staff and community members to weigh in on the program, which started in 1999. There were 5,627 respondents. The survey asked about familiarity with the SRO program and opinions on the importance of having SROs in schools, and if SROs help maintain a Read more…

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Lolita Cariaso Kiorpes, a science teacher at North Point High School, was recently named a 2020 Outstanding Educator by the Maryland Association of Science Teachers. The award program honors educators for excellence in science teaching, administration and outreach. Kiorpes helped lead North Point to being the first Maryland school named a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ocean Guardian School. Students in North Point’s Ocean Guardian Club work together to support the local environment through hands-on and engaging experiences and activities. The activities range from protecting and conserving local watersheds and marine sanctuaries, to conversation projects. The group has installed Read more…

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