Year: 2015


Ten Charles County Public Schools students were recently named winners in the Charles County Public Schools 2015 Holiday Card Contest. Rei Razo, a junior at Westlake High School, was named the grand prize winner of the contest. As the grand-prize winner, Razo receives 50 copies of his card and an enlargement of his artwork. The contest is held annually and first-, second- and third-place winners are chosen at the elementary, middle and high-school levels. Winners are selected for their artwork by a panel of Charles County Public Schools staff members. First place contest winners are Kaila Washington, a fifth-grade student Read more…


Charles County Public Schools hosted its annual Middle School Archery Tournament on Dec. 1 at Milton M. Somers Middle School. More than 100 students from all eight Charles County public middle schools participated in the event. Participants were divided by grade level into boy and girl teams. Overall boy and girl winners were chosen at each grade level. They are: Nya Brooks, Theodore G. Davis Middle School, sixth grade, 130 points; Charles “CJ” Shuff, Somers, sixth grade, 156 points; Jordan Pinckney, Matthew Henson Middle School, seventh grade, 140 points; Zachary Warren, Somers, seventh grade, 148 points; Kalila Queen, Davis, eighth Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is accepting nominations for its 2016 Principal of the Year Award. The annual award honors exemplary principals and recognizes those who go beyond the day-to-day demands of their position to create an exceptional educational environment. The selected principal will also serve as Charles County’s finalist in The Washington Post Principal of the Year awards program. The Post’s Principal of the Year program is formerly known as the Distinguished Educational Leadership Award program and finalists were named at the local level. Starting with the 2015-16 school year, one finalist in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area will Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is accepting nominations for The Washington Post’s 2016 Teacher of the Year Award. The annual award honors exemplary teachers who demonstrate excellence in teaching and outstanding leadership, encourage creative and quality instruction, and contribute in a substantive way to the improvement of education. The Post’s Teacher of the Year program is new for the 2015-16 school year. One finalist in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area will be selected as The Washington Post Teacher of the Year. Charles County Public Schools’ finalist will represent Charles County and be in the running for The Post’s award. Nominees Read more…


Southern Maryland legislators expressed their support for education and funding at the Charles County Board of Education’s annual legislative breakfast, but warned budgets, especially for school construction, get tighter each year. “We’re not going to back off on school construction, on standards, on education funding. … We don’t know the end of the story, but the people here are going to stand firm on protecting public education,” Sen. Thomas “Mike” Miller said at the close of the Dec. 1 meeting at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building. The annual breakfast is a time for the Board of Education and Charles 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.2 at the La Plata campus of the College of Southern Maryland (CSM). The La Plata three-member team of T.C. Martin (captain), Justin Cortez and Matthew Fan won in the championship round with a score of 300 points against North Point and Westlake high schools to earn first place. This is the third consecutive year the La Plata It’s Academic team has won first place at the regional level. North Point earned second place in the championship round, followed by Read more…


The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) is seeking local nominees for the Maryland Parent Involvement Matters Award (PIMA) program for 2016. The annual award program recognizes those whose contributions to public education have led to improvements for children, teachers, schools and programs. MSDE also provides the program to encourage parental involvement in education. In order to be eligible for the award, nominees must be the parent or guardian of a child in a Maryland public school and a consistent advocate of public education. Nominees must have demonstrated involvement in at least one of the five following areas within the Read more…


The Board of Education’s next monthly meeting is Tuesday, Dec. 8, 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…


More than 80 Charles County elementary student artists were celebrated at the 25th annual County First Bank art exhibit held earlier this month at Mary B. Neal Elementary School. Students from all 21 elementary schools, as well as area private schools, submitted entries to the show. This year’s theme was “Traditions” and participating schools were divided into two regions – North and South. Awards were given to each group for first through third places, Best of Show, Most Creative, Most Traditional, Most Contemporary and an overall Grand Prize. The Grand Prize winner for the North region was Walter J. Mitchell Read more…


Quiches and cheesecake, robotics and tic-tac-toe games, and clay hearts and lungs were among the topics of discussion yesterday as North Point High School career and technology education (CTE) students served as real-life examples of college and career readiness. Business partners, representatives from local organizations and Dr. Karen Salmon, the assistant state superintendent for career and college readiness with the Maryland State Department of Education, joined together at North Point for a student-led, hands-on tour of CTE programs available for Charles County Public Schools students. Before the tour began, Superintendent of Schools Kimberly Hill welcomed attendees and talked about how Read more…

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