Month: April 2015


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is sponsoring several summer enrichment opportunities for elementary and middle school students. Twelve classes are available, and most will meet for five days from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Transportation and food are not provided. The only exception is the course held at the Nanjemoy Creek Environmental Education Center which meets all day and includes transportation. Space is limited per course, and classes will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Registration opens on Monday, May 4, and closes May 22. Registration is available on the Charles County Public Schools website at http://www.ccboe.com/summerenrichment2015/. Read more…


The Board of Education presented four resolutions to Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students and staff at its April 14 meeting. The resolutions are presented to the Board annually. The following resolutions were presented: Administrative Professionals Week; Child Nutrition Employee Appreciation Week; National Physical Education and Sport Week; and Teacher Appreciation Week. CCPS highlights Administrative Professionals Week from April 19-25. This week focuses on the supportive role administrative professionals have in the workplace, and the importance of their contributions in maintaining efficient and effective office operations. Administrative Professionals Week also highlights the wealth of knowledge, clerical duties, awareness of procedures Read more…


The Board of Education of Charles County is holding a public work session at 6 p.m., Monday, April 27, in the boardroom at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building. The agenda is as follows and is subject to change: Executive session – 5:30 p.m. Call to Order – 6 p.m. Pledge of Allegiance Public Forum Work session FY2015 Intercategory budget change request GWWO Study 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 Read more…


Westlake High School Principal Chrystal Benson was recently named the 2014-15 Maryland Association of Student Councils (MASC) Wayne Perry Principal of the Year award recipient. The annual award recognizes principals who support student leaders and organizations as well as high learning standards for all students. Benson was nominated for the award by student leaders at Westlake for her commitment to student success and growth, and for her dedication to supporting a learning environment that provides students with leadership opportunities. Benjamin Stoddert Middle School social studies teacher Danielle Carpenter, who also serves as the school’s student government association (SGA) advisor, was Read more…


Superintendent Kimberly A. Hill announced this week the appointment of Peter Cevenini as Chief of Instructional Technology for Charles County Public Schools (CCPS). Cevenini, chief information officer for the Maryland State Department of Education, will focus on the use of technology for instruction while creating a technology vision for CCPS. Cevenini previously served as Director, Education and Workforce Lead for Cisco Systems, an information technology business; principal of North Point High School; and director of the former CCPS Career and Technology Center. “The chief of instructional technology is a vital position that I believe will have a direct and visible Read more…


The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) recently named North Point High School seniors Christain Barnes and Njuguna Thande as finalists in the 2015 National Achievement Scholarship Program. Both students receive a single-payment scholarship of $2,500 and are two of 700 nationwide finalists recognized through the program. Students are considered for the scholarship program, which is supported by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, when they take the preliminary SAT as high school juniors. Barnes is enrolled in the engineering program at North Point and plans to study aerospace engineering after he graduates. He is president of the North Point National Honor Read more…


Six Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) teachers were recently named 2015 Outstanding Math and Science Teacher Honorees by the Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) for their accomplishments in the area of mathematics and science teaching. One teacher is selected annually at each level – elementary, middle and high school – for excellence in mathematics and science teaching. Honored as Outstanding Mathematics Teachers of the Year are Jason Miller, St. Charles High School; Jeana Stanley, Theodore G. Davis Middle School; and Corrie Wutka, William A. Diggs Elementary School. Honored as Outstanding Science Teachers of the Year are Jennifer Elder, Arthur Middleton Read more…


The Board of Education at their Tuesday meeting unanimously voted in favor of changes to the coming school year calendar. Adjustments to the 2015-16 calendar include changes to spring break, the addition of two inclement weather days at the end of the school year and the opening of schools for students and teachers on the Friday in October that coordinates with the Maryland State Education Association (MSEA) convention. Additionally, two teacher in-service dates were moved. The Board approved the following changes for the 2015-16 school year calendar. Schools will be closed for students only on Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 12 Read more…


Charles County Public Schools recently published a web survey to solicit community input on the 2016-17 school year calendar. The survey was posted on the school system website, www.ccboe.com from March 23 through April 1 and nearly 5,000 responses were received. Each year, the Board of Education solicits input from students, staff, parents and the community on the calendar. Calendars are generally approved two years in advance by the Board, which receives a calendar proposal as a meeting agenda item annually in the spring. The proposal is used to develop the survey and includes topics such as inclement weather days, Read more…


The Board of Education honored four Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) employees during the April 14 Board meeting including Megan Barrows, Bradley Grey, Kathleen Parry and Joanne Shelak. Barrows is a prekindergarten teacher at Indian Head Elementary School, where she plays a critical role in providing developmentally appropriate instruction for her students. Barrows leadership, along with the assistance of teachers, support staff and the Title 1 parent liaison, has helped her plan curriculum focused family events for parents to learn how to be more involved in their children’s education. She also serves as the staff representative on the Parent-Teacher Organization Read more…

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