Month: December 2013


Former Superintendent of Schools James E. Richmond says he is overwhelmed that the school system plans to name the science center at St. Charles High School the James E. Richmond Science Center. Superintendent Kimberly Hill made the naming announcement Nov. 26, calling Richmond the architect of the “wow” factor for students and the visionary behind the center. Hill’s announcement followed an event that allowed Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students and NASA astronauts to engage during a live 20-minute question/answer session. The event connected 20 students in the Telepresence classroom at La Plata High School to astronauts on the International Read more…


Exciting, incredible, magnificent. That’s how 20 Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students described talking live to two astronauts on the International Space Station on Nov. 26. Students began lining up to ask their questions as the words “We are ready. Charles County Public Schools, this is mission control Houston. Please call station for a voice check,” flowed from the Telepresence screen at La Plata High School. Two astronauts appeared on a large screen and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) began Expedition 37/38, a live downlink from space as part of NASA’s Teaching Read more…


The Board of Education will meet tomorrow, Friday, Dec. 13, 9 a.m. at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building with members of the Southern Maryland delegation to discuss the upcoming legislative session. Charles County Public Schools provides 26,500 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 35 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.


The Board of Education has rescheduled its monthly meeting to 4-7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 17, at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building. The meeting will begin with executive session at 4 p.m. The public portion of the meeting begins at 4:45 p.m. and public forum is scheduled at 6 p.m. The meeting is televised live on Comcast Channel 96 and Verizon FiOS Channel 12, and is rebroadcast throughout the week. Board meetings are also streamed live on the school system website www.ccboe.com. Select CCPS TV and then choose the Live Broadcast tab. The following is an updated meeting agenda: Executive Read more…


The Board of Education has rescheduled its monthly meeting to 4-7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 17, at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building. The meeting will begin with executive session at 4 p.m. The public portion of the meeting begins at 4:45 p.m. and public forum is scheduled at 6 p.m. The Board canceled its regular monthly meeting Dec. 10 due to inclement weather. A revised agenda will be posted on BoardDocs beginning Dec. 11. A link to BoardDocs, which contains meeting information, reports and Board policies, can be found on the Charles County Public Schools website at www.ccboe.com under Quick Read more…


Due to inclement weather conditions, all Charles County Public Schools are closed today, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013. There is a code red for staff who follow the code system. For the most up-to-date school closing information, call the school system’s 24-hour information line at 301-934-7410 or visit www.ccboe.com.


Charles County Public Schools started the day with a two-hour delayed opening and dismissed students 90 minutes early due to icy roads and scattered power outages at schools. Superintendent of Schools Kimberly Hill made the decision around 4:30 a.m. to delay the opening of schools on Monday, Dec. 9, due to icy road conditions. At that time, transportation employees had checked road conditions and building service managers reported that all schools had electrical power as they began preparing sidewalks and parking lots for the arrival of students and staff. After students began arriving, a number of schools began reporting power Read more…


Due to inclement weather conditions and power outages, all Charles County Public Schools are dismissing 90 minutes early today, Monday, Dec. 9, 2013. There is no afternoon prekindergarten classes, and after school and evening activities are canceled for today.


Due to inclement weather conditions, all Charles County Public Schools will open two-hours late today, Monday, Dec. 9, 2013. There is a code two, which is a two-hour delay, for staff who follow the code system. For the most up-to-date inclement weather information, call the school system’s 24-hour information line at 301-934-7410 or visit the system website at www.ccboe.com.


La Plata High School’s It’s Academic team earned the top spot in the annual Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) competition held Dec. 4 at Thomas Stone High School. The La Plata three-member team of Matthew Kamin (team captain), Colin McNulty and Sarah Bard won in the championship round against Thomas Stone and Maurice J. McDonough high schools to earn first place. Thomas Stone earned second place in the championship round, followed by McDonough in third place. Each year, the first-place team goes on to compete in a regional match. This year’s match is against Magruder and Stonewall high schools and Read more…

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