Month: December 2016


•    Members of the La Plata High School chorus and show troupe have kept busy the past several weeks by participating in several community performances. Both groups performed at the school’s Veterans Day assembly on Nov. 10, followed by a fund raising craft fair held Nov. 12. The show troupe presented “Somewhere in Time” for the Center for Life Enrichment on Nov. 18-19 in which students performed pieces from different periods of time and also honored artists who have passed away. The chorus performed at the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center (UMCRC) Christmas tree lighting ceremony held Dec. Read more…


With Christmas two weeks away, staff members of the Judy Center spent a recent morning and afternoon at Waldorf West library collecting and sorting donations of toys and other gifts. Thirteen families who have children attending Judy Centers will receive items donated by the center’s partners. Partners “adopted” a family and bought for every member, not just for the Judy Center student in the family, Margo Alam, instructional specialist and program coordinator for the Charles County Judy Center, said. The centers are at C. Paul Barnhart, Dr. Samuel A. Mudd, J.P. Ryon and Eva Turner elementary schools and serve children Read more…


Ellie Karimi, a former student at Maurice J. McDonough High School, can’t pick a favorite country among those represented at a festival held by the school’s International Club. A native of Iran, Karimi has to narrow down her top picks by continent instead. In Europe, she is partial to Spain. In South America it’s Mexico, then Guatemala, but then there’s El Salvador, too. Forget about Africa — “I can’t decide,” Karimi said. “I like all of it.” McDonough houses Secondary Academy of International Languages (SAIL), a regionalized program for secondary English Language Learners (ELL) which helps students advance academically and Read more…


The Board of Education at its Dec. 13 meeting approved the Charles County Public Schools 2017-18 school calendar. The calendar meets the requirements included in the Governor’s executive order and includes a start date for students of Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017. Other changes for the calendar for next school year include: • Schools and offices are closed Nov. 22-24 for the Thanksgiving holiday • Winter break for students and teachers is Dec. 25, 2017, through Jan. 1, 2018 • Spring break is March 30 through April 3. Schools reopen for students and teachers on Wednesday, April 4. • The last Read more…


The Board of Education at its Dec. 13 meeting honored six Charles County Public Schools students for excellence and accomplishments in the areas of academic achievement, career readiness and personal responsibility. Honored were Rachel Chernoff, fifth-grade student, Dr. James Craik Elementary School; Zoe Mudd, fifth-grade student, Malcolm Elementary School; Anna Martin, fifth-grade student, J.C. Parks Elementary School; Niya Henderson, eighth-grade student, Milton M. Somers Middle School; Taliyah Ricks, eighth-grade student, Benjamin Stoddert Middle School; and Robert Jonathon Moss, junior, St. Charles High School. The Board honored Chernoff in the area of academic achievement and as an exemplary student. She is Read more…


The Board of Education honored six Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) employees during its December meeting for their dedication and commitment to teaching and learning, and for making a difference in the lives of students. Among those honored were Valerie Amend of Milton M. Somers Middle School, Autumn Britt of St. Charles High School, Christine Chinault of Malcolm Elementary School, Jennifer Fenton of J.C. Parks Elementary School, Subha Nathan of Benjamin Stoddert Middle School and Susan Steinmetz of Dr. James Craik Elementary School. Amend, a language arts teacher at Somers, teaches students who struggle with reading. “She insists that reading Read more…


On Friday evening, more than 165 senior cadets in the school system’s Junior Reserve Officers Training Corp (JROTC) program met at North Point High School for a special celebration. These students attended the 10th annual Col. Donald M. Wade Joint Services Military Ball, a Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) tradition held to honor cadets for participating in the JROTC program and to celebrate their future endeavors.   This year’s ball featured a variety of ceremonial military traditions including the Presentation of Colors by the Joint JROTC Color Guard, toasts to honor military personnel, leaders and ball guests, and the selection Read more…


The Charles County Public Schools 2016 Elementary School Naming Advisory Committee will make recommendations to the Board of Education tomorrow for the name of the next new elementary school. The committee is scheduled to present to the Board at its Dec. 13 monthly meeting. The eight-member committee is composed of individuals selected by Board members, including a student representative. Naming committee members are Mary Pat Berry, Kimberly Clements, Marvin Harris, Colleen Longhi, Austun Reid, Lourdes Sagun, Cecelia Spinks and Tina Wilson. The group elected Longhi to serve as its chairman. The committee accepted naming nominations from the community as well 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. 7 at Maurice J. McDonough High School. It’s the fourth consecutive year the team from La Plata has taken the first place at the Charles County competition. The La Plata three-member team of Justin Cortez (captain), Michael Gill and James Hume won in the championship round with a score of 330 points against North Point and St. Charles high schools to earn first place. North Point earned second place in the championship round, followed by St. Charles in third Read more…


A quartet of North Point High School string musicians played Christmas music while the members of the La Plata Business Association filtered into the Dec. 7 meeting of the group. It’s not the typical start to most meetings of the association, but this was a special occasion — the group was donating $15,000 to Charles County Public Schools in support of the arts. The money was raised through the association’s Rocktoberfest held on Oct. 1. “I ask our employees to be the difference in the life of a child,” Dr. Kimberly Hill, superintendent of schools, said. “Sometimes it’s easy to Read more…

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