Month: March 2016


  A kid wearing half of a horse costume skids out of the way of a father carrying a refrigerator-sized box brimming with confetti; a boy in rainbow-striped socks sits patiently while his friend paints a black eye on his face with a stubby eyeliner; a fourth-grade girl wearing a Bogart-inspired trench coat and fedora questions a classmate wearing a 1920s flapper-style dress. Out of context, the halls of North Point High School look like a scene stolen from a fever dream. But realize the Destination Imagination Southern Regional Tournament is being held and everything starts to make sense. More Read more…


Five Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students were recently named 2016 Carson Scholars, a national distinction that recognizes academic achievement and humanitarian qualities as well as provides a $1,000 college scholarship. Selected are Daniel McKenzie, fifth grade, Berry Elementary School; Aaron Sellow, fifth grade, Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer Elementary School; Alayna Steinmetz, fifth grade, Dr. James Craik Elementary School; Jori Watson, fifth grade, Mary H. Matula Elementary School; and Benjamin Williamson, fifth grade, William A. Diggs Elementary School. They are among 625 students selected from nationwide schools for the Carson Scholars Fund this year and will be honored at Read more…


  William A. Diggs Elementary School students and food service staff have breakfast down to a timed science. “It’s all over in 10, 15 minutes,” said Tracey Baierline, food service manager at Diggs who said her crew feeds the whirlwind of 300 students hot and cold breakfasts each morning and about 500 lunches each afternoon. National School Breakfast Week is March 7 to 11. The School Nutrition Association holds the week each year to reiterate the importance of breakfast. “They need to get their morning nutrition,” Baierline said of the students. “It helps with their productiveness during the day.” “Breakfast Read more…


The Charles County Public Schools transportation department has received information that some bus drivers are planning to not return this afternoon to take students home. This is not a confirmed action; however, it is a possibility and this action could be similar to the situation that occurred in December before winter break. Some buses may run later than normal this afternoon, but buses will run and complete all routes. School staff will remain at their buildings until all bus routes are complete and all students are home. The safety of all students and staff is a top priority for Charles Read more…


At its March 8 meeting, the Board of Education restored a full week of spring break for students and teachers for the 2016-17 school year. Spring break in 2017 is April 10-17, 2017. This does not change the spring break scheduled later this month for March 24-28, 2016. In making this change, the Board also voted against using spring break days next year for inclement weather make-up time. Six inclement weather days are built in to the 2016-17 school calendar. Any additional make-up dates will be added to the end of the school year. A partial calendar for next school Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is proposing several new world language textbooks that include content aligned with Maryland World Readiness Standards for Learning Languages. The books are available for review at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building in La Plata, and at Piccowaxen Middle and North Point High schools. The proposed books include updated assessments in areas such as reading, writing, speaking and listening. The texts also include teacher resources for grammar, vocabulary, visuals and interactive native-speaker audio and videos. The new textbooks, once approved by the Board, will replace world language textbooks currently used in middle and high schools. Read more…


The Board of Education of Charles County will meet Tuesday, April 19 at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building. The Board usually meets on the second Tuesday of each month, however, in April it will meet on the third Tuesday. The Board will hold a public Town Hall Monday, April 25 at the Starkey building. The Board held its first Town Hall in September and the purpose remains the same — to provide parents, students and community members an opportunity to ask questions and discuss items about education and schools. Board members and Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) staff will Read more…


Registration for the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) three-year-old program begins Monday, April 11 at county Title I elementary schools. Interested parents must schedule an appointment at their child’s zoned elementary school to complete the application process for the 2016-17 school year. Applications will be accepted by appointment only. The three-year-old program is located at C. Paul Barnhart, Indian Head, Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy, J.P. Ryon, Dr. Samuel A. Mudd and Eva Turner elementary schools. The program serves Title I elementary schools and students must reside within Title I school zones to be eligible. Title I is a federal program that provides Read more…


The Board of Education presented two resolutions to Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students and staff at its March 8 meeting. The Board votes annually to accept resolutions. 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. This year’s national theme is “Celebrating Our Youngest Learners.” Month of the Young Child celebrates young children in Charles County and values them as early learners. The Board recognizes April as the Month of the Young Child to also recognize that all children should enter school ready Read more…


The Board of Education honored five students on Tuesday, March 8 for excellence in academic achievement, career readiness and personal responsibility. Honored were Olivia McNeil, fifth grader, William A. Diggs Elementary School; Erika Urrego, fifth grader, Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School; Kiara Thomas, fifth grader, J.P. Ryon Elementary School; Kierra Brevard, eighth grader, General Smallwood Middle School; and Jenesis Andrews-Kendale, sophomore, Thomas Stone High School. McNeil was honored by the Board in the area of academic achievement. She is an honor roll student and exemplifies the Diggs’ motto of “Soar to Success.” So far this school year, McNeil has Read more…

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