Month: May 2014


Fifth grader Georgia Gordon was recently honored at Indian Head Elementary School’s third quarter awards assembly last month. Gordon successfully completed a K-8 Introduction to Computer Science course demonstrating her understanding of basic computer science concepts. The course was offered through Code.org, a non-profit organization dedicated to expanding participation in computer science education by making it available in more schools. Superintendent of Schools Kimberly Hill announced a partnership with Code.org earlier this year to infuse computer science and coding in math, science and computer classes into schools. North Point High School’s yearbook staff was recently recognized by Herff Jones, an Read more…


The Charles County Public Schools fine and performing arts department recently held three music festivals. The events give middle and high school band, chorus and orchestra groups the opportunity to be evaluated on the skills they have developed throughout the school year. The assessments are comprised of two parts: a group performance evaluation and a sight-reading evaluation. During the performance portion of the assessment, groups perform a warm-up piece and two adjudicated pieces in front of a panel of three judges. After the performance portion, groups are then judged on sight-reading ability. During the sight-reading portion, students and directors are Read more…


Four Charles County Public Schools students received special awards, and a Westlake High School teacher was named the Maryland High School History Day Teacher of the Year, at the Maryland History Day competition held May 3 at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Two students received the Senator Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr. Award for Excellence in Government History. Aidan Fleming, a sixth grader at John Hanson Middle School, received the award for his project titled, “Northern Ireland: The Troubles.” La Plata High School junior Ryan Burton also received the award for his project titled, “The Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission: Read more…


The Board of Education’s next monthly meeting is Tuesday, May 13 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. Board meetings are also streamed live on the school system website at www.ccboe.com. Select CCPS TV and then choose the Live Broadcast tab. The following is a tentative meeting agenda and is subject to change. Executive Read more…


The Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE) Maryland Green Schools awards program recently named General Smallwood Middle School as a 2014 Maryland Green School. Smallwood completed a two-year application process earlier this school year to be certified as a Maryland Green School. The application process requires schools to demonstrate and document a continuous effort to integrate sustainable best management practices, classroom integration of environmental issues, curriculum and instruction, professional development opportunities, conservation practices and evidence of existing community partnerships that help enhance environmental learning. Smallwood joins nine other Charles County schools that are currently certified as Maryland Green Read more…


Dr. James Craik Elementary School was named the state overall winner at the elementary-school level at the statewide Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA) competition held May 1 at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory. Teams from John Hanson Middle School and Henry E. Lackey High 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 Read more…


Joi Sullivan, a senior at North Point High School, was named the Career Research and Development (CRD) Student of the Year for 2014 at the annual employer/employee breakfast held April 24. Sullivan has worked in the print shop at North Point since August 2013 and is responsible for assisting with several job functions such as printing requested documents, ordering supplies and arranging equipment repairs. Sullivan was selected for the award following three levels of competition both at the school and county levels. Committees composed of staff members, community members and business representatives interviewed students. Sandra Carr is the print technician Read more…


Due to inclement weather and flooding in the area, all Charles County public schools are opening two-hours late today, Thursday, May 1, 2014. Visit the Charles County Public Schools website, www.ccboe.com, or call the 24-hour information line at 301-934-7410/301-932-6656, for the latest school closing information and system news.  

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