Year: 2014


The Board of Education honored five Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) employees during the Dec. 9 Board meeting, including Camille Calloway, Patricia Hodson, Bonnie Jenkins, Carrie Lamb and Timothy Remo. Calloway is a special education teacher at Henry E. Lackey High School where she has worked for the last eight school years. As a special educator and department chair, she provides help and support to the students and staff at Lackey. Calloway’s extensive knowledge and dedication to her work set her apart from her peers. Her coworkers often seek her out when they need assistance, and Calloway is willing to Read more…


The Board of Education honored five students on Tuesday, Dec. 9 for excellence in academic achievement, career readiness and personal responsibility. Honored were Shana Cavanaugh, fifth grade, Dr. Gustavus Brown Elementary School; Paris Jones, fifth grade, C. Paul Barnhart Elementary School; Roman Lakner, fifth grade, T.C. Martin Elementary School; Michael Petschk, eighth grade, John Hanson Middle School; and Sarah Jones, junior, Henry E. Lackey High School. Cavanaugh was honored by the Board in the area of academic achievement and is a responsible and respectful student. She always gives 100 percent in all aspects of learning, whether she is in her Read more…


All Charles County public schools will be closed for winter break from Monday, Dec. 22 through Friday, Jan. 2. Schools reopen for students on Monday, Jan. 5. Administrative offices are closed Dec. 24 through Dec. 26, and Jan. 1-2. Visit the Charles County Public Schools website at www.ccboe.com for the most up-to-date school system information. 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 36 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and Read more…


Five Charles County Public high school students were selected to participate in the Congress of Future Medical Leaders held in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 14-16. The honors-only program is sponsored by the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists and is available for high school students interested in pursuing careers as physicians or in medical research fields. The students chosen to participate include Jasmyne McDuffie, senior, North Point High School; Elizabeth Pritchett, sophomore, Thomas Stone High School; Catherine Shingleton, senior, Maurice J. McDonough High School; Teriencio Solano, senior, Westlake High School; and Rainey Southworth, senior, Stone. These students were Read more…


The Charles County Public Schools Junior Reserve Officers Training Corp (JROTC) program provides student cadets with learning opportunities that are deeply rooted in military traditions. These traditions range from participating in the Color Guard and drill meets to serving as leaders in their school communities. For the 170 senior cadets enrolled in the program at Charles County’s seven high schools, the Joint Services Military Ball is a tradition held annually to honor and celebrate their participation in JROTC. This year’s ball was held Dec. 5 at North Point High School, and is the eighth annual event coordinated by the school Read more…


Superintendent Kimberly Hill helped the White House kick off Computer Science Education Week today as a participant on an education panel. “Charles County Public Schools is all in when it comes to computer science instruction,” Hill told a White House audience while explaining the success of Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) partnership with Code.org. CCPS launched a multi-year partnership with Code.org in January that infuses computer science concepts into curriculum for students in grades kindergarten through 12. While more than 60 school districts across the nation have formed Code.org partnerships, CCPS is one of a few that offers computer science Read more…


If a student teacher posts a drunken party picture on Facebook and a parent complains to the principal, should the teacher be removed from the classroom? Thomas Stone High School students participating in a Civics and Law Academy on Tuesday, Dec. 2 unanimously voted no, but then had to defend their decision to Judge Pamila Brown, a Howard County District Court Judge. The judge was part of an educational panel of state and local judges and attorneys who volunteered to lead students in discussion about Constitutional rights, the law and justice and free speech. Brown and two local attorneys led Read more…


Monique Wilson, director of the James E. Richmond Science Center at St. Charles High School, was recently honored by the Tau Lambda Lambda chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity with a 2014 Outstanding Citizen of the Year award. The award honors community members who demonstrate exemplary leadership and service to the community on the local and state levels that helps improve the quality of life for others. Wilson has volunteered with the fraternity’s Purple Boot Mentoring Program for the past three years, and was recognized for helping to tutor middle school minority students in topics such as science, technology, Read more…


La Plata High School’s It’s Academic team earned the top spot in the annual Charles County Public Schools competition held Dec. 3 at the La Plata campus of the College of Southern Maryland (CSM). The La Plata three-member team of Matthew Kamin (captain), T.C. Martin and Justin Cortez won in the championship round against Maurice J. McDonough and North Point high schools to earn first place. McDonough earned second place in the championship round, followed by North Point in third place. Each year, the first-place team goes on to compete in a regional match. The La Plata team will compete Read more…


The Board of Education’s next monthly meeting is Tuesday, Dec. 9, 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. 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. Executive session – 12 p.m. Call to order – 1 p.m. Pledge of Allegiance – Maurice J. McDonough High School Superintendent’s update to Read more…

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