Month: May 2013


The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) on May 8 named Alex Smith, a La Plata High School senior, as a scholarship winner in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Through the program, he will receive a one-time scholarship payment of $2,500. These scholarships are awarded on a state representational basis. Merit Scholar recipients are selected for their high school academic performance and SAT scores, as well as for community involvement and leadership. The nationwide pool of finalists includes the highest entrants in each state. Smith plans to major in mathematics and will attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the fall. Read more…


Mary B. Neal Elementary School last week was named a 2013 National School of Character by the Character Education Partnership (CEP). Neal is one of 18 nationwide public elementary schools selected for the award, and is the only Maryland school selected for the designation. National Schools of Character demonstrate growth in academics, behavior and climate. Additionally, these schools have created caring and supportive school communities that meet the needs of students. Neal Principal Carol Leveillee said character education at Neal is not just a program, but a way of life. “Since the spring before Neal opened in 2008, character education Read more…


Five Charles County Public Schools teachers were recently honored by the Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) for their accomplishments in the area of mathematics and science. Honored as Outstanding Mathematics Teachers of the Year were: Darleane Lowe, Eva Turner Elementary School; Crystal Holm, Milton M. Somers Middle School; and Kristin Steger, Thomas Stone High School. Honored as Outstanding Science Teachers of the Year were: Brian Colaizzi, Piccowaxen Middle School; and Robert Bingham, La Plata High School. Lowe teaches general mathematics to kindergartners and uses a variety of teaching techniques to reach all learners. She maintains positive relationships with her students, Read more…


Superintendent James E. Richmond presented his high school redistricting recommendation to the Board of Education today, suggesting Proposal B with a modification. In a statement to the Board, Richmond said the recommendation takes into account public and written testimony as well as consideration of students who were redistricted at the middle school level this year. Proposal B establishes an attendance zone for St. Charles High School and relieves overcrowding at other high schools. The modification to Alternative B allows all current eighth- and ninth-grade students living in Block 3750 who were required to change from Theodore G. Davis Middle School Read more…


Henry E. Lackey High School and General Smallwood Middle School were named the overall winners at the middle- and high-school levels at the statewide Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA) competition held May 9 at Johns Hopkins University. A team from John Hanson Middle School also won first place in the Prosthetic Arm challenge, and earned a place to compete at the national competition next month. Awards are given for first-, second-, and third-place teams and one overall state elementary, middle and high school winner is chosen. The school that earns the most points throughout the competition is chosen as Read more…


Charles County Public Schools is changing the way it handles checks written to schools by parents, students or other individuals for any payments due to the school system. The change only involves returned checks, and does not affect payments made on My Payments Plus, the secure, Internet-based system parents can use to deposit money electronically for their child's school obligations such as lunch accounts, book fees, senior dues and parking fees. Beginning June 1, the school system is sending all returned checks to a check recovery agency. The school system will no longer handle checks written to the individual schools Read more…


At a young age, Mary Bailey learned through first-hand experiences that she wanted to be a teacher. She struggled as a student and had a supportive mother who not only advocated for her education, but pushed her to persevere and overcome her challenges. Bailey, who is a Reading Recovery teacher at Dr. Thomas L. Higdon Elementary School, said she became a teacher to help children overcome learning obstacles and to help advocate for their opportunity to equal education. “I struggled as a student and I wanted to make a difference for students who have special needs so that I could Read more…


The Board of Education’s next monthly meeting is Tuesday, May 14, at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building on Radio Station Road in La Plata. The public portion of the meeting begins at 1 p.m. and student and staff recognition starts at 4:30 p.m. The meeting is televised live on Comcast Channel 96 and Verizon FiOS Channel 12 and is rebroadcast throughout the week. The meeting is also streamed live on the Charles County Public Schools Web site. Visit http://www2.ccboe.com/boe/live/ to watch the meeting. Executive session – 12 p.m. Call to order – 1 p.m. Pledge of Allegiance, JROTC, Maurice Read more…


Students from Charles County Public elementary and middle schools competed in the 2013 College of Southern Maryland Junior (LEGO) Division robotics challenge held Saturday, April 13, at the La Plata campus. The annual event is part of CSM's Institute of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (iSTEM), which provides programs to encourage students to pursue careers in STEM fields. Thirteen Charles County teams earned awards at the event. Ninety teams from schools in Calvert, Charles, Prince George's and St. Mary's counties, as well as local private schools, competed in the event. A separate event for high school teams was held earlier Read more…


Twelve North Point High School students and four students from the Robert D. Stethem Educational Center advance to the national Skills USA competition after winning first place at the state event held April 20 at the Center of Applied Technology North, located in Anne Arundel County. They will represent Charles County Public Schools at the national event scheduled for June 25-28 in Kansas City, Mo. The first-place winners are: Kelly Martin, junior, North Point; and Jasmine Carmona, senior, North Point; American Spirit; Seniors Kelly Dingess, Alyson Hughes, Tashara Mitchell and Douglas Shelton, Stethem, Broadcast News Production; Kamryn Dudley, senior, North Read more…

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