Month: May 2014


The Charles County Public Schools Adult Independence Program (AIP) held its 15th annual graduation ceremony on Friday, May 16 at North Point High School. The Class of 2014 featured four graduates: Michael Clark, Ashley Jenkins, Britney McQueen and Fakiha Tariq. Graduate Michael Clark served as the student commencement speaker, and shared his experiences with the program among attendees. Clark mentioned that when he first began the AIP, he was nervous to start. After his time in the program, Clark said that he has learned the skills and abilities to be independent. Students in the program are trained to search for Read more…


More than 2,100 Charles County public high school seniors are expected to graduate in ceremonies planned for May 30, and June 2-3. Ceremonies for Henry E. Lackey, La Plata, Maurice J. McDonough, Thomas Stone and Westlake high schools will be held at the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro on May 30, and June 2 and June 3. North Point High School will host a graduation ceremony in the school’s gymnasium on June 3. The following is the graduation schedule for Friday, May 30: McDonough, 10:30 a.m.; and Lackey, 3:30 p.m. The following is the graduation schedule for Monday, June Read more…


Thomas Lilly, a senior at North Point High School, was recently named the 2014 Charles County recipient of the $10,000 engineering scholarship from Northrop Grumman’s Engineering Scholars program. He is one of 24 students in Maryland to receive the award this year. Lilly will attend Georgia Institute of Technology, also known as Georgia Tech, in the fall and plans to study aerospace or mechanical engineering. Lilly is an honor roll student and maintains a grade-point average above 4.0. He has completed numerous Advanced Placement (AP) courses and is enrolled in four this school year. Additionally, Lilly is a student athlete Read more…


Student members of the Charles County Association of Student Councils (CCASC) selected new officers for the 2014-15 school year at their May 1 meeting. Representing the CCASC next school year are: Gabriel Huffman, junior, president, North Point High School; Ashley Marshall, junior, vice president, Westlake High School; Joseph Perriello, freshman, second vice president, North Point; Kiara Williams, sophomore, secretary, Westlake; Stephanie Patterson, junior, charity coordinator, Westlake; and Diamond Zetty, sixth grader, middle school representative, John Hanson Middle School. Each year, the CCASC officers are elected by student delegates in the spring. Schools develop their own methods for selecting CCASC student Read more…


Charles County Public Schools is changing the starting and ending times for the F.B. Gwynn Educational Center to increase instructional time and decrease students’ time on the bus. The hours for the Gwynn Center are being shifted to a later schedule for the coming school year, with the center opening almost two hours later than currently scheduled. The start and end times for students change to 9:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., beginning Aug. 25, 2014. Amy Hollstein, assistant superintendent of instruction, said the time change provides 15 more minutes of instruction daily, resulting in a 75-minute weekly academic gain for Read more…


Daphne Burns, vice principal at Mary B. Neal Elementary School, has been named as principal of the F.B. Gwynn Educational Center. The Board of Education on Tuesday approved the appointment of Burns who has served as vice principal at Neal since 2010. Burns started her education career in 1998 as a general and special education teacher with Prince George’s County and moved to Charles County Public Schools in 2008 as an IEP facilitator. Prior to teaching, Burns served 13 years on active duty with the United States Air Force and eight years in the National Guard. “I am honored to Read more…


Virginia Brown, parent sponsor of the T.C. Martin Elementary School Lego Robotics league and parent of two students at the school, was recently selected as Charles County’s 2014 semifinalist in the Maryland Parent Involvement Matters Award program. As the county winner, she is now in the running to be selected as a finalist for the state award. The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) created the awards program to recognize Maryland parents who have made contributions to public education and to highlight the positive impact parents have on public schools. The award recognizes parents from local school systems across Maryland Read more…


The Charles County Special Education Citizens Advisory Committee (SECAC) honored more than 100 Charles County Public Schools staff and community members at its ninth annual Teacher and Staff Appreciation Awards ceremony held Tuesday, April 29, at the Greater Waldorf Jaycees Community Center. Honorees are nominated for recognition by students, parents and community members. Recognized were teachers, instructional assistants, school bus drivers, school counselors, psychologists, administrators, occupational, physical and speech therapists, and others who make a difference in the lives of special needs children. Award winners are nominated and selected in six categories: individual elementary; individual secondary; elementary group; secondary group; Read more…


The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) spotlighted Charles County’s School Resource Officers (SRO) last month, providing attention to a program DOJ officials called a model for the nation. DOJ officials visited Charles County Public Schools on April 25 to research how Charles County’s successful School Resource Officer program works, and officers shared policies and methods and classroom visits to provide a broad overview. Visitors first arrived at John Hanson Middle School where the health class teacher of the day was Cpl. Bill Welch, a SRO who is certified in and teaches Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE). Welch is as comfortable Read more…


Charles County Public Schools honored 31 teachers on April 28 in a ceremony held at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building to recognize their work to attain National Board Certification. At the start of the ceremony, Superintendent Kimberly Hill thanked the National Board Certified Teachers (NBCT) for their dedication to excellence in teaching and learning. “You are at the heart of what we do,” Hill said before inviting each teacher to the front of the room to be recognized, congratulated and receive a NBCT pin. “To be able to honor those in our profession who have chosen to pursue National Read more…

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