Month: January 2016


Due to inclement weather conditions and forecasts, Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) has rescheduled several events for the coming week. The SAT exam scheduled for this Saturday, Jan. 23 at Westlake High School has been rescheduled to Saturday, Feb. 20 at Westlake. Students registered to take the SAT this Saturday should receive email notification of the date change from Educational Testing Service (ETS). High school athletic events scheduled Jan. 20 through Jan. 25 have been rescheduled. All changes are posted on the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference (SMAC) website, www.smacathletics.org. Select the conference tab from the menu area to access the Read more…


Due to inclement weather forecasts, all Charles County Public Schools are closed Friday, Jan. 22, 2016. There is a code red for employees who follow the code system. All Charles County Public Schools weekend activities through Sunday, Jan. 24, are canceled. Visit the school system website, www.ccboe.com, call the 24-hour information line at 301-934-7410, or follow us on Twitter or Facebook for the latest school closing information and schedule changes.


When Robert Spates asked the Henry E. Lackey High School orchestra members if they have ever seen an opera, no one spoke up. “Yes, you have,” insisted Spates, the director of strings at Landon School in Bethesda.  “‘The Lion King,” he said. “‘Star Wars,’ it’s an opera.” Point taken. The realization that opera could be more than a woman wearing a horned helmet while singing in a foreign language broke like the dawn over the group. Spates, along with Stephen Czarkowski, a cello instructor at Landon School, and Earl Jackson, the school’s performing arts chairman, spent Jan. 13 at Lackey Read more…


Due to inclement weather, all Charles County Public Schools are closed today, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016. There is a code two, which is a two-hour delay, for staff who follow the code system. Visit the school system website, www.ccboe.com, call the 24-hour information line at 301-934-7410, or follow us on Twitter or Facebook for the most up-to-date school closing and inclement weather information.  


Due to inclement weather forecasts for tonight, all Charles County Public Schools after-school and evening activities for Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016 are canceled. Visit the Charles County Public Schools website, www.ccboe.com, call the 24-hour information line at 301-934-7410, or follow us on Twitter or Facebook for the most up-to-date information on inclement weather closings and changes to the school system schedule.


Two Charles County Public Schools teachers, Michelle Ignaszewski at the F.B. Gwynn Educational Center and Shelby Spence at North Point High School, recently joined the ranks of accomplished teachers nationwide who achieved national certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). Both teachers completed a performance-based assessment series to become National Board Certified Teachers. The assessment is designed to measure what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do. The process requires teachers to demonstrate how their activities strengthen student performance and student achievement. Ignaszewski and Spence join 30 other Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) teachers who Read more…


The Board of Education of Charles County is holding a work session at 6 p.m., Monday, Jan. 25, at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building in La Plata. The meeting will be aired live on Comcast Channel 96/Verizon FiOS Channel 12 and the school system website, www.ccboe.com. The agenda is subject to change and is as follows: Call to order – 6 p.m.  Pledge of Allegiance Public hearing FY 2017 proposed operating budget Work session  FY 2017 proposed operating budget Adjournment Charles County Public Schools provides 26,300 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Read more…


North Point High School is hosting a coffee house event this weekend, 7 p.m., Jan. 21-23, in the school cafeteria. This is the 10th annual event, Coffeehouse 2016: Deja Brew All Over Again, for the school and will feature alumni students and student performances such as singing, dancing, poetry and other talents. Hot drinks and desserts, made by students in the North Point Culinary Arts program, will be available for purchase. Cost of attendance is $8 general admission and $5 for students and senior citizens. North Point is at 2500 Davis Road in Waldorf. Call 301-753-1759 for more information. The Read more…


Something spooky loomed over rehearsals Jan. 8 for Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) middle school musicians named to the Tri-County Orchestra. The group ­— made up of violin, cello, bass and viola players from Charles, Calvert and St. Mary’s counties — was practicing “Gauntlet,” a piece by Doug Spata that ratchets up the suspense before easing the listener into a springy melody. “See how sneaky that sounds,” asked Sandy Goldie, guest conductor who is a string music education assistant professor at Virginia Commonwealth University. “Like something is definitely going to happen.” Music was definitely happening at Thomas Stone High School Read more…


Charles County Public Schools saw an increase of 49 students this school year. The official enrollment count for the 2015-16 school year stands at 26,307 students, a jump from 26,258 last year. This is the first time in four years enrollment grew in the county. Mary H. Matula Elementary School had the largest primary school enrollment with an additional 65 students bringing the total to 633. C. Paul Barnhart Elementary School’s enrollment went up to 610 students, Berry Elementary School enrollment increased to 877 students, J.P. Ryon Elementary School’s student population grew to 620 students and Gale-Bailey Elementary School’s enrollment Read more…

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