Month: November 2015


The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) released local school system and school-level data today for PARCC, Maryland’s new high school assessments in Algebra I, Algebra II and English 10. More than 30 percent of Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) high school students taking the PARCC English 10 assessment last spring scored at a level of 4 and 5 combined – the two highest levels on the PARCC five-point scale. Additionally, more than 30 percent of Charles County’s middle and high school students reached Level 4 and 5 combined in Algebra 1. On the Algebra II test, which was first Read more…


Charles County Public Schools held the annual Fall Chess Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 31 at Westlake High School. More than 100 students participated in the event, which is open to any student in grades kindergarten through 12. The tournament follows a Swiss-style format in which each student plays four games. Students competed in five grade-level divisions and trophies were awarded to first- and second-place winners. Other students that place among their division receive medals, and all participants received a certificate for their performance. Felix Cummings served as the tournament director. The following students were winners in their division: Grades kindergarten Read more…


The Board of Education’s next monthly meeting is Tuesday, Nov. 10, 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 Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) website, www.ccboe.com. Click on the middle of the main page to start the live streaming. The following is a meeting agenda, and is subject to change. Executive session – 12 p.m. Call Read more…


La Plata High School senior Cameron Butler wants to be a teacher, but not just any teacher. He wants to be the teacher of the class all students want to take and look forward to attending each day. Butler wants to be a teacher like his father, Christopher Butler, a veteran social studies teacher at La Plata High School, who makes a difference in the lives of his students. “Current and former students always come up to me and tell me how much they loved Mr. Butler’s class. This made me realize how much of an impact a teacher can Read more…


North Point High School was recently honored as the first National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ocean Guardian School in Maryland. The school was officially presented with an Ocean Guardian School banner on Oct. 29 during a recognition ceremony for the school’s Ocean Guardian club and is also Charles County Public Schools’ first Ocean Guardian School. The club includes more than 30 North Point students and is sponsored by Lolita Kiorpes, a Biology teacher at the school. As part of the club, students work together to support their local environment through hands-on and engaging experiences and activities. These activities range Read more…

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