Month: January 2014


The Maryland State Advisory Council for Gifted and Talented Education and the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) recently named Milton M. Somers Middle School as one of nine Maryland schools selected for a 2013 Excellence in Gifted and Talented Education (EGATE) school award. The recognition program honors elementary, middle and high schools that offer gifted and talented programs that model excellence and focus on improving levels of student achievement. The awards program was launched in 2010 by MSDE and the State Advisory Council on Gifted and Talented Education. To be considered for the program, schools submit a comprehensive application Read more…


The Board of Education honored six students on Tuesday, Jan. 14, for excellence in academic achievement, personal responsibility and career readiness, focus areas of the system’s master plan. The students honored were Ajani Witherspoon, fifth grade, Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer Elementary School; Ryann Brown, fifth grade, T.C. Martin Elementary School; Alexandria Barrow, fifth grade, Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School; Erik Wells, fifth grade, William B. Wade Elementary School; Jeniece Bailey, eighth grade, Matthew Henson Middle School; and Michael Fraley, eleventh grade, Robert D. Stethem Educational Center. Witherspoon was recognized in the area of career readiness. He has attended Read more…


The Board of Education honored six Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) employees during the Jan. 14 Board meeting, including Tracy Cundiff, Carol Briscoe, Sharon Hawkins, Lisa Hasz, Brenda Coombs and Tony Chase. Cundiff is a secretary at Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer Elementary School and she has worked at Jenifer since 2004. Cundiff is involved with several extracurricular activities including Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) sponsored events, school fundraisers, wall displays, school evening events and the school yearbook sponsor. According to a nomination letter written by Jenifer Principal Nancy Siefert, “On a daily basis, Mrs. Cundiff demonstrates patience and delivers the highest Read more…


The Charles County Scholarship Fund, Inc. is offering more than 40 scholarships to Charles County high school students. Applications for scholarships are available at all county high schools and must be submitted by Monday, March 3, to the student’s College & Career Advisor. Award notification will be announced at each high school’s senior awards ceremony later this spring. Applications are also available on the school system website, www.ccboe.com, under the students/parents section. Click on the Scholarship & College information link. Students can contact the school counselor or College & Career Advisor at their school for more information. Each scholarship has Read more…


The Board of Education of Charles County re-elected Roberta Wise as chairman and Maura Cook as vice chairman at its Jan. 14 meeting. The Board elects a chairman and vice chairman each January and officers serve a one-year term. Board members voted unanimously to re-elect Wise to the chairmanship position that she has held for the past four years. In accepting the nomination, Wise thanked the Board for their continued support and said she looks forward to continuing her role as chairman. Wise is currently serving in her second term on the Board and also served as vice chairman for Read more…


Charles County Public Schools is changing starting and ending times for three schools and establishing hours for St. Charles High School, which opens in August. The changes are necessary to accommodate additional bus routes created with the opening of St. Charles. The opening times for Berry Elementary School and Theodore G. Davis Middle School are being slightly adjusted for the 2014-15 school year. The hours for Mattawoman Middle School are being shifted to a later schedule for the coming school year, with the school opening nearly an hour later than currently scheduled. The following are the time changes for next Read more…


New textbooks proposed by Charles County Public Schools for the 2014-15 school year are available for review at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building in La Plata, and several county schools. One new series of textbooks is proposed for use at the middle school level as part of the health curriculum. The text, Glencoe/McGraw-Hill’s Teen Health, is a series of eight texts that supplement the Maryland health curriculum. The text includes online assistance for students and teachers, quizzes and tests, journaling opportunities and health skills activities. The books are on display at the Starkey Building, and Theodore G. Davis and Read more…


Timothy Emhoff, a Charles County Public Schools environmental education resource teacher, was recently named one of 102 national winners of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) by the National Science Foundation. The award is the highest recognition that a kindergarten through grade 12 mathematics or science teacher can receive in the United States. Emhoff was nominated for the award by Monique Wilson, director of the science center at St. Charles High School and former coordinator of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education for Charles County Public Schools. He was chosen as an award winner Read more…


Due to inclement weather conditions, all Charles County public schools are closed today, Friday, Jan. 10, 2014. There is a code two, which is a two-hour delay, for staff who follow the code system.  Call the school system’s 24-hour information line at 301-934-7410 or visit the Charles County Public Schools website, www.ccboe.com, for the latest school closing information.


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) will dismiss two hours early on Friday, Jan. 10. There is no Three’s program and morning prekindergarten students attend. CCPS administrative offices and schools are closed on Monday, Jan. 20, in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. Henry E. Lackey and North Point high schools indoor pools will follow a modified schedule. The indoor pools will be open from 1-9 p.m. Schools are closed for students only on Monday, Jan. 27, for semester break. Charles County Public Schools provides 26,500 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Read more…

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