Month: January 2015


Larry Johnson, an instructional specialist for Charles County Public Schools (CCPS), was recently named the 2014 Arc of Southern Maryland Charles County Educator of the Year. The award recognizes educators who are dedicated to ensuring that children and young adults with special needs have access to opportunities for success. He was nominated for the award by Amy Hollstein, assistant superintendent of instruction for CCPS, for his passion for working with students with special needs. “Mr. Johnson is an outstanding educator who is passionate about the education of students with disabilities. He has worked tirelessly with special and general educators to Read more…


The Board of Education of Charles County is holding a public work session at 6 p.m., Monday, Jan. 26, in the boardroom at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building. The agenda is as follows and is subject to change: Call to Order – 6 p.m. Pledge of Allegiance Public Forum Work session 2021 goals FY 2016 operating budget Adjournment 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, Read more…


The Air Force Strings, which is the official string ensemble of The United States Air Force, is hosting a free concert at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 10 at Henry E. Lackey High School. The ensemble performs a wide range of musical styles, from classical music and Broadway hits to classic rock and pop. Visit the ensemble’s website at http://www.usafband.af.mil/ensembles/BandEnsembleBio.asp?EnsembleID=57 for more information. The James E. Richmond Science Center is hosting elementary school spirit nights in which members of a specified school community can take advantage of special opportunities. Attendees have access to discounted ticket prices, a double feature movie Read more…


The Board of Education presented four resolutions to Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students and staff at their Jan. 13 meeting. The resolutions are presented to the Board annually. The following resolutions were presented: African-American History Month; Career and Technology Education Month; Gifted and Talented Education Month; and National School Counseling Week. Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) highlights African-American History Month in February. The theme for 2015 is “A Century of Black Life, History, and Culture” and schools coordinate activities that infuse African-American history into classroom lessons and events. Accepting the resolution at the Board meeting were students in the Read more…


The Board of Education honored five Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) employees during the Jan. 13 Board meeting, including Steven Baldo, Stephen Fitzgerald, Beth Sorsby, Doreen White and Nathaniel Yake. Baldo is a special education teacher at William B. Wade Elementary School where he has worked for the last seven school years. During his time at Wade, he has been nominated several times for recognition through the Special Education Citizens Advisory Committee awards program. He strives to motivate students about learning and works to ensure they are comfortable in the classroom. Baldo also works with students to implement new strategies Read more…


The Board of Education honored five students on Tuesday, Jan. 13 for excellence in academic achievement, career readiness and personal responsibility. Honored were Andi Bailey, fifth grade, Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School; Kallyn Gold, fifth grade, William B. Wade Elementary School; Manita Opoku, fifth grade, Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer Elementary School; Terrence Griffin, eighth grade, Matthew Henson Middle School; and Dejane Vera, junior, Westlake High School. Bailey was honored by the Board in the area of academic achievement. She has received several principal’s honor roll awards and scored at the advanced level on the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) Read more…


Due to inclement weather conditions, all Charles County public schools will be closed today, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. There is a code two, which is a two-hour delay, for staff who follow the code system. Visit www.ccboe.com or call the Charles County Public Schools 24-hour information line at 301-934-7410/301-932-6656 for the latest school system information and news.


The Board of Education of Charles County elected Virginia McGraw as chairman and Michael Lukas as vice chairman at its Jan. 13 meeting. The Board elects a chairman and vice chairman each January, and officers serve one-year terms. McGraw, a former Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) principal, is a new Board member, elected to her first term in November. She retired from CCPS in June following a 25-year career as a teacher, vice principal and principal. McGraw was the 2009 CCPS Principal of the Year, and volunteers with Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church. She has served as past Read more…


The Board of Education of Charles County last month approved a policy change that affects student extracurricular activity eligibility requirements, which includes athletic programs, starting with the 2015-16 school year. Eligibility requirements for next school year will shift from a semester basis, which includes the first two quarters as one semester and the last two quarters as the second semester, to a quarterly basis. Student grades are calculated and reported as four quarters throughout the school year. The change provides students with additional participation possibilities and opportunities to raise the level of their academic performance. Earlier this school year, the Read more…


Due to inclement weather conditions, all Charles County public schools will open two hours late today, Monday, Jan. 12, 2015. There is a code two, which is a two-hour delay, for staff who follow the code system. Visit the school system website at 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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