Month: April 2016


Four students were honored Tuesday, April 19 by the Charles County Board of Education for excellence in academic achievement, career readiness and personal responsibility. Treasure Harvey, a fifth-grade student at Indian Head Elementary School, was recognized for academic achievement. Treasure is a well-rounded student with high academic standards. Her hard work results in her consistently being named to the principal’s honor roll. Harvey demonstrates determination, enthusiasm and perseverance for learning, and often proactively seeks additional materials both on topics of study and on subjects that interest her. Harvey’s writing is amazing and she is currently working on writing a novel. Read more…


The Board of Education honored four Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) employees at its April 19 meeting for their commitment to teaching and learning, and for being the difference in the lives of children. Honored were Andrew Blumhardt of Indian Head Elementary School, Rachel Proctor of Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School, Mark Pavlecic of Theodore G. Davis Middle School and Quentin Metzgar of Westlake High School. Blumhardt is a music teacher at Indian Head and has worked at the school since 2011. He was recognized before the Board for demonstrating a high level of initiative and enthusiasm in the classroom. He Read more…


Ball in the House, a Boston-based a cappella group, held an April 15 concert at St. Charles High School. The five-member vocal group wasn’t in town just to perform, it taught choir students — about 70 — the history of a cappella and gave the high school-aged singers advice. About 20 St. Charles choir students make up the Spartones, the school’s a cappella group. It recently competed against 14 other groups during SingStrong D.C., a competition featuring groups from around the metropolitan area and New Jersey. The Spartones placed third overall with three of its members singled out for special Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) will launch a Virtual Academy (VA) for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors to provide face-to-face instruction coupled with online classes. The program, slated to begin at the start of the 2016-17 school year, is housed at the Robert D. Stethem Educational Center. Students are required to come to the center for five consecutive hours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. No classes will be held on Fridays. Former carpentry classroom space on Stethem’s campus is being converted for use as the VA, with rooms designated for computer labs. Other rooms will Read more…


The Board of Education of Charles County is holding a public work session at 5 p.m., Monday, April 25 in the boardroom at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building. The meeting will be televised live on the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) website at ccboe.com and broadcast on Comcast Channel 96/ and Verizon FiOS Channel 12. The following is a meeting agenda and is subject to change. Call to order – 5 p.m. Work session Revisions to policy 6000 series Adjournment The Board will also hold a public Town Hall meeting at 6 p.m. April 25 at the Starkey building. Read more…


Benjamin Stoddert Middle School seventh graders were introduced to the four treasures of Chinese calligraphy during an April 12 field trip to the College of Southern Maryland (CSM). There is the brush, ink, ink stone and paper. For serious work, rice paper is used, said Bertrand Mao, a Rockville-based artist and calligraphy expert. But rice paper should only be used for “serious work” as it’s expensive, he said holding up an industrial-sized roll of paper towels. “It’s very good for practice,” he said. The college hosted a “Passport to China” event featuring a Chinese calligraphy exhibit on loan from the Read more…


If they were going to do this — make a short movie about the Robert D. Stethem Educational Center and how it can change lives — they were going to need the right equipment. A Canon TS6 should do it. The camera will give the finished product a more professional look, reasoned Stephen Gilligan, a photography and multimedia production teacher at Stethem. He was asked to create a video centered on the theme, Soar to New Heights, for the National Alternative Education Association’s 2016 Film Awards, and it had to look good. Lynne Arnold, principal of Stethem, delivered the camera. Read more…


Public high school upperclassmen can audition to be an anchor for NewsBreak, the school system’s television program that features news about what’s happening in the classrooms of Charles County Public Schools. Auditions will be held 1 to 4:30 p.m. April 26 and 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. April 28. In May, auditions will be 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. May 3 and 5 at the school system’s television studio in La Plata. No drop-in auditions will be held. NewsBreak airs on Comcast Channel 96, Verizon Fios Channel 12 and at www.ccboe.com. Being a NewsBreak anchor is a volunteer position and students who are Read more…


The last day of the 2015-16 school year for Charles County Public Schools students is Wednesday, June 15. Two-hour early dismissal days are June 10, June 13, June 14 and June 15. The last day of school for students in the Three’s program is Wednesday, June 8. The last day for teachers is Thursday, June 16. Charles County Public Schools used five of the six inclement weather days built into the school calendar. The school system closed schools five times for inclement weather: Jan. 21, Jan. 22, Jan. 25, Jan. 26 and Feb. 16. Report cards for students in the Read more…


High school students in jazz band have different musical heroes than some of their peers. The names of contemporary singers or rappers don’t come to mind when they think of cool. It’s names like Freddie Hubbard. Buddy Rich. Freddie Green. Those are the guys jazz players want to emulate. They are the horn players, the ones who keep the rhythm, provide the beat on which a number builds and swings. “It’s America’s music,” Rodney McGee Jr., a Maurice J. McDonough High School sophomore and trombone player, said of jazz. “Jazz is organic,” Daniel Campos, a McDonough senior who plays trumpet Read more…

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