Month: February 2017


Read Across Charles County will be March 3 in Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) elementary and middle schools. The event is part of Read Across America, a program that promotes the love of reading and the birthday of children’s book author, Dr. Seuss. Volunteer readers are sought for Read Across Charles County. Adults read aloud to students as a way to show children the value and importance of reading. Volunteers interested in participating can contact the principal or reading resource teacher of a county elementary or middle school by Feb. 28 to schedule a visit. For more information, call Kim Hudler Read more…


The Board of Education of Charles County’s Feb. 14 meeting was a bit more conversational than usual. As part of Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) Job Shadow Day activities, nine fifth-grade students shadowed Board members and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kimberly Hill during the first part of the meeting. The students experienced the meeting firsthand by sitting next to their assigned member in the boardroom during the meeting for about two hours. At the start of the meeting, Dr. Hill introduced her student shadow, C. Paul Barnhart Elementary School student Amanda Cartwright, and asked her to read some of her Read more…


There are thousands of colleges and thousands of different paths to a career. And in every of the county’s seven high schools, there’s a college and career advisor who helps guide students toward the options that best fit each one. “We provide resources to help students with their college and career paths,” Janet Malherek, college and career advisor at St. Charles High School, said. “No matter what they plan to do, they need to prepare for their future.” Each high school houses a college and career center and in it, an advisor who has information about what it takes to Read more…


Students and staff at Milton M. Somers Middle School battled each other on the basketball court last week to benefit the American Heart Association’s Hoops For Heart program. Students could donate a minimum of $2 to the cause and earn a chance to play basketball against a team of teachers. Students were able to compete as a team if their group donations totaled more than $20. Teams were separated into sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students. Grade-level teams played against each other until one team per grade level was left to battle their teachers in a championship game. As a result Read more…


The Board of Education honored six Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) employees during its February meeting for their dedication and commitment to teaching and learning, and for making a difference in the lives of students. Among those honored were Jennifer Brown, an art teacher at Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer Elementary School; Joy Fisher, an instructional assistant at William B. Wade Elementary School; Robin Riddick, a first-grade teacher at Arthur Middleton Elementary School; Diane Smith, a media instructional assistant at Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School; Heather Tonnessen, a language arts teacher at Matthew Henson Middle School; and Tiffany VanDyke, Read more…


Fourteen teams from Charles County Public middle and high schools competed in the 2017 Southern Maryland VEX League Robotics Championship held Feb. 4 at the College of Southern Maryland’s (CSM) La Plata campus. The competition is split into two challenges — one for middle schoolers and one for high school teams. The VEX League is sponsored by CSM and its science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) partners to support teams from Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties. This year’s challenge is Starstruck. Played on a 12-foot-by-12-foot square field, Starstruck teams compete in matches including a 15-second autonomous period and another Read more…


The Board of Education at its Feb. 14 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 Catherine Smith, fifth-grade student, Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer Elementary School; Thomas Nguyen, fifth-grade student, Arthur Middleton Elementary School; Maya Cauley, fifth-grade student, Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School; Aaliyah Jamison, fifth-grade student, William B. Wade Elementary School; Katarina Lile, eighth-grade student, Matthew Henson Middle School; and Tabitha Thorne, senior, Robert D. Stethem Educational Center. The Board honored Smith in the area of academic achievement and as Read more…


The Board of Education presented three resolutions to Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students and staff at its Feb. 14 meeting. The Board votes annually to accept resolutions. The following resolutions were presented: Fine and Performing Arts Month; Read Across America (Charles County); and Women’s History Month. CCPS recognizes Fine and Performing Arts Month in March annually. Fine and performing arts programs provide students with a well-rounded education and are essential in the development of education in music, theatre and visual arts. Fine and Performing Arts Month celebrates the impact of fine arts education and programs in student development and Read more…


Charles County Public Schools held its annual volleyball tournament for middle school students last week. Teams from all eight middle schools competed in the tournaments held Feb. 7 and Feb. 9 at Henry E. Lackey and La Plata high schools. Students compete on grade-level teams and are separated into boys’ teams and girls’ teams. The following is a list of results and the top four-team placements. Eighth-grade boys Milton M. Somers Middle School, first place; Theodore G. Davis Middle School, second place; Piccowaxen Middle School, third place; and John Hanson Middle School, fourth place. Eighth-grade girls Somers, first place; Davis, Read more…


Charles County Public Schools students were recognized at the Feb. 14 Board of Education meeting by the Board and Charles County Commissioners for being named to 2017 All State bands and choruses. Evangeline Gilmer, an eighth grader at Benjamin Stoddert Middle School, was named to the Maryland All State Junior Band. North Point High School juniors Shelby Green and Annabelle Tchoumak, along with St. Charles High School junior Adrian Paras, were named to the 2017 Maryland All State Senior Band. Thomas Synder, a St. Charles senior, was named to the 2017 Maryland All State Mixed Chorus. Iliyah Coles, a North Read more…

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