Month: March 2015


The Board of Education honored four Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) employees during the March 10 Board meeting, including Nancy Jeffrey, Jennifer Jenkins, Anita Riggans and Jacqueline Stancliff. Jeffrey is a German teacher at Thomas Stone High School and has worked for the school system for the past 25 years. She was nominated for recognition for her dedication to teaching and for helping to expand foreign language learning opportunities for students. Jeffrey also travels abroad each summer, when possible, to learn more about culture and history of the languages she teaches. She is also the longtime It’s Academic coach at Read more…


The Board of Education presented two resolutions to Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students and staff at its March 10 meeting. The resolutions are presented to the Board annually. The following resolutions were presented: Month of the Young Child; and National Student Leadership Week. CCPS celebrates the Month of the Young Child April 1-30. The theme, “Early Years Are Learning Years,” celebrates young children in Charles County and values them as early learners who are the future adults for the county. Accepting the resolution at the Board meeting were J.P. Ryon Elementary School kindergarten teacher Octavia Butler and Ryon kindergartener Read more…


The Board of Education honored four students on Tuesday, March 10 for excellence in academic achievement, career readiness and personal responsibility. Honored were Nehemiah Strawberry, fifth grade, J. P. Ryon Elementary School; Wesley Thompson, fifth grade, William A. Diggs Elementary School; Veronica LeBeau, eighth grade, General Smallwood Middle School; and Rainey Southworth, senior, Thomas Stone High School. Strawberry was honored by the Board in the area of personal responsibility. He is enrolled in gifted mathematics and reading classes, and reads on a seventh-grade level. Strawberry is a leader and role model for his peers and is well known among his Read more…


Four Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students were recently named 2015 Carson Scholars, a national distinction that recognizes academic achievement and humanitarian qualities as well as provides a $1,000 college scholarship. Selected are Eileen Browning, fifth grade, Dr. James Craik Elementary School; Tananda Haulley, fifth grade, Malcolm Elementary School; Madelyn Mudd, seventh grade, Piccowaxen Middle School; and Hunter Stempin, junior, Maurice J. McDonough High School. They are among 526 students selected from nationwide schools for the Carson Scholars Fund this year. Eighteen previous Carson Scholars received a scholarship renewal this year. They are: Carla Arquero, sophomore, North Point High School; Read more…


Charles County Public Schools recently launched a community electronic newsletter, “Community Connection,” for students, staff, parents and the community. The goal of the newsletter, which will be published on a quarterly basis, is to provide updates about school system information and news in an easily accessible and viewable format. The first edition was published on March 10 and sent by email to all school system staff members and parents who have email addresses on file with their child’s school. Parents who want to update their email address should contact their child’s school of attendance. The e-newsletter is also posted on Read more…


The computer bowl team from La Plata High School won third place at the 2015 Southern Maryland Regional Computer Bowl held March 7 at North Point High School. As the third-place winners, the team received a school plaque and trophy, and each member received a $75 gift card. The team competed among nine teams from high schools in Charles, Calvert and St. Mary’s counties. Team members include students Cody McGinnis, senior; Reid Hancock, junior; Aaron Hipkins, sophomore; and Douglas Kalmus, freshman. The team coach is Richard Williams, a computer teacher at La Plata. Teams compete in two rounds of competition. Read more…


The James E. Richmond Science Center is hosting a Mars Madness event on Saturday, March 21. Visitors will learn about Mars during a screening of “Invaders from Mars’ in the digital classroom, a presentation about the Mars MAVEN mission and a trip through the Mars mission maze. Doors open at 4:15 p.m. and the Discovery Lab and Mars maze close at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at http://www.ccboe.com/sciencecenter/. Thomas Stone High School’s W.E.B. Du Bois Honor Society and Impacts Sports, Inc. are hosting a college and career fair, “Bridging the Gap,” on Saturday, March 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 Read more…


Charles County Public Schools will open for students and teachers for three days during spring break – Monday, March 30; Tuesday, March 31; and Wednesday, April 1. Wednesday, April 1 will be a two-hour early dismissal day for students and afternoon prekindergarten students attend that day. The school system has used seven inclement weather days so far this school year, of which only four are built into the school calendar. The use of spring break days for lost instructional time is outlined in the Charles County Public Schools Parent Handbook/Calendar annually. The Board of Education generally approves the school calendar Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) will begin to accept applications for early entrance to kindergarten on Friday, May 1. The school system has procedures and guidelines for early entrance into the kindergarten program. Parents must submit an application by June 1 for their child to be tested for early kindergarten admission. Early admission for the 2015-16 school year is open only to children whose fifth birthday falls between Sept. 2 and Oct. 15, 2015, and who reside with a parent or guardian in Charles County. State law requires students entering kindergarten to be five years old by Sept. 1 in Read more…


The application process for the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) prekindergarten program begins Monday, April 13 at all Charles County public elementary schools. To be eligible for prekindergarten, students must be four years old by September 1. The selection of prekindergarten students is based on criteria and guidelines set by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and CCPS. Placement in the program is based on need in the following three categories: Category one (guaranteed admission): students who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals; qualify for homeless status (certified by the CCPS department of student services); or receive food Read more…

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