Month: March 2014


Two Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) robotics teams advance to the VEX Robotics World Competition next month after qualifying at the state event held March 8. The teams are from John Hanson and Piccowaxen middle schools and are two of 10 CCPS teams that competed at the state level. Team 9316B from Hanson won the state Tournament Champion Award in the challenge. The challenge, titled “Toss Up,” is divided into qualifying rounds, team alliance selection rounds and elimination rounds in which teams maneuver their robots to compete in a 12-foot by 12-foot square area. Teams compete in matches consisting of Read more…


More than 800 Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students competed in the regional Destination Imagination competition held Saturday, March 15, at North Point High School. Fifty-three teams advance to the state-level competition, scheduled for April 5 at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. More than 119 teams from Charles County public elementary, middle and high schools, and regional private schools, competed to solve one of six problems in the long-term academic event that challenges students to work together to apply creativity, critical thinking skills and unique talents. Challenges are separated into three levels of competition: elementary, middle and high. Teams Read more…


The Board of Education presented two resolutions to students and staff at their March 11 meeting. The resolutions are presented to the Board annually. The following resolutions were presented: Month of the Young Child; and National Student Leadership Week. Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) celebrates the Month of the Young Child April 1-31. The theme, “Early Years Are Learning Years,” celebrates young children in Charles County and values them as early learners with unique needs. Accepting the resolution at the Board meeting were Mary H. Matula Elementary School kindergartener Brady Heim and Matula kindergarten teacher Catherine Flowers. Vice Chairman Maura Read more…


Due to inclement weather conditions, all Charles County public schools are closed on Monday, March 17, 2014. There is a code red for staff who follow the code system. Visit www.ccboe.com or call the school system’s 24-hour information line at 301-934-7410/301-932-6656 for the latest school closing information and Charles County Public Schools news.


Charles County Public Schools has altered the schedule for students in the three-year-old program for the remainder of the 2013-14 school year. Earlier this week, Charles County Public Schools Superintendent Kimberly Hill announced a modification to the school calendar to make up for lost instructional time due to inclement weather. Four two-hour early dismissal days were changed to full days of instruction for students. They are Wednesday, March 19; Friday, April 25; Wednesday, May 7; and Wednesday, May 21. Students in the Three’s program will now attend school on March 19 and April 25, which adds two additional days to Read more…


Three Charles County Public Schools students were recently named 2014 Carson Scholars, a national distinction that recognizes academic achievement and humanitarian qualities as well as provides a $1,000 college scholarship. Selected from Charles County Public Schools are Stephen Duranske, seventh grade, John Hanson Middle School; Alyssa Gerhart, fifth grade, William B. Wade Elementary School; and Alyssa Norris, J.P. Ryon Elementary School. These students are among 510 nationwide recognized through the Carson Scholars Fund this year. Fifteen previous Carson Scholars received a scholarship renewal this year. They are: Carla Arquero, freshman, North Point High School; Owen Butler, sixth grade, Piccowaxen Middle Read more…


The Board of Education honored five Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) employees during the March 11 Board meeting, including Leigha Pehlivan, Michael Hoffman, Jason Mackey, Charlotte Kelton and Karen Elliott. Pehlivan is an art teacher at J.P. Ryon Elementary School. Beyond her duties as a teacher, she is involved in the Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA) program, the art club, the yearbook team, the badminton club and is responsible for the school’s lobby showcase. Pehlivan is working on her master’s degree at McDaniel College and hopes to complete the program this month. She is also a part of the Read more…


The Board of Education honored five students on Tuesday, March 11, for excellence in academic achievement, personal responsibility and career readiness, which are the focus areas of the school system’s master plan. Honored were Elizabeth Gerstman, fifth grade, William A. Diggs Elementary School; Mya Carter, fifth grade, J.P. Ryon Elementary School; Michael McPherson, eighth grade, John Hanson Middle School; Andrew Wright, eighth grade, General Smallwood Middle School; and Kaitlyn Crooke, senior, Thomas Stone High School. Gerstman was recognized in the area of career readiness and has been a Diggs student since kindergarten. She has been on the honor roll every Read more…


Student actors in Charles County’s six public high schools are preparing for spring plays, which begin later this month. The following is a list of school plays, ticket and contact information for each high school. Westlake High School hosts the first musical this spring with their version of “Shrek the Musical,” on March 27-29. The musical follows the main character, a bitter ogre named Shrek who lives alone in a swamp. When his quiet life is ruined by visits of fairy tale characters exiled from the Kingdom of Duloc, Shrek travels to the kingdom and helps rescue an imprisoned Princess Read more…


North Point High School junior Katherine Polk is the grand award winner of the 55th annual Charles County Public Schools Science Fair, held March 8 at Maurice J. McDonough High School. As the county’s grand award winner, Polk advances to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, scheduled for May 11-16 in Los Angeles. Polk earned the top spot for her project titled “Effect of Honey Bee Byproducts on Bacteria.” Cameron Connolly, a North Point senior, was named the second grand award winner for his project titled, “The Effect of Temperature Change on the Bioluminescence of Dinoflagellates.” He also advances Read more…

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