Month: March 2017


A robotics team from Berry Elementary School, the STEMtastic Jaguars, will represent Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) next month at the 2017 VEX Worlds – VEX IQ Challenge Elementary School Division competition. The team is one of only four Maryland elementary school teams that qualified to compete in the event, planned for April 23-25 in Louisville, Ky. Students on the team include fourth graders Julien Carmona, Isabella Caudill and Jonathan Parham and fifth graders Elias Bend, Joshua Hong, Jessica Nam, Jaxon Rhea, Jhordyn Robinson, Jeremiah Severe and Caleb Terrell. Coaches of the team include Berry teachers Robyn Cataldo, April Davis, Read more…


On Saturday, March 11, the hallways at Theodore G. Davis Middle and North Point High schools were filled with more than 725 students eager to show off their creativity and have fun at the regional Destination Imagination (DI) tournament. A total of 104 teams participated in the event, which was broken down into three levels of competition: elementary, middle and secondary. The event also includes a Rising Stars non-competitive challenge for students in kindergarten through second grade who want to gain DI experience. In DI events, teams work together to solve one of six problems that challenge students to apply Read more…


More than 75 students of four Charles County middle schools headed to Naval Air Warfare Center — Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) — better known as Pax River — earlier this month to take part in National Week at the Labs activities. Organized by Pax River’s Educational Outreach Office, the program was launched in 2016 as part of President Barack Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge. Coordinated with the White House Council on Women and Girls and the Task Force on Improving the Lives of Boys and Young Men of Color and Underserved Youth, National Week at the Labs aims to introduce Read more…


Two Charles County Public Schools fifth graders – Brady Freundel and Jolie Lombardi – were recently named 2017 Carson Scholars, a national distinction that recognizes students for academic achievement, humanitarian qualities and community service. Carson Scholars receive a $1,000 college scholarship. Students selected for the distinction are eligible for an annual renewal of the scholarship as long as they maintain high academic standards and a commitment to their communities.   Freundel attends Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School and takes accelerated reading and math classes. He said he was honored to be chosen as a Carson Scholar. “I had to fill out Read more…


The Board of Education’s canceled March 14 meeting is rescheduled for Tuesday, March 21, at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building on Radio Station Road in La Plata. Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) closed March 14 for inclement weather. The public portion of the meeting begins at 1 p.m. and student and staff recognition starts at 4:30 p.m. The meeting is televised live on Comcast Channel 96 and Verizon FiOS Channel 12 and is rebroadcast throughout the week. Board meetings are also streamed live on the school system website at www.ccboe.com. Select the live steaming image displayed in the center Read more…


Due to inclement weather conditions, all Charles County public schools are opening two-hours late Wednesday, March 15, 2017. There is a code two, which is a two-hour delay, for staff who follow the code system. The morning prekindergarten program is canceled.  Visit the CCPS website, ccboe.com, or call the 24-hour information line at 301-934-7410/301-932-6656 for the latest school closing information. 


Due to inclement weather conditions, all Charles County public schools are closed on Tuesday, March 14, 2017. There is a code red for staff who follow the code system.  The Board of Education meeting scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 14 has been rescheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, 2017.  Visit the school system website, www.ccboe.com, or call the Charles County Public Schools 24-hour information line at 301-934-7410/301-932-6656 for the latest school closing information.


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) awarded 36 students for their artwork on March 9 at the 2017 Youth Art Month Reception. Student art from around the county has been on display at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building as recognition of Youth Art Month. School art teachers submitted their students’ work for display and judging. Winners were selected from 160 entries on display. The La Plata Business Association sponsored the reception for students and their parents. Elizabeth Eckard, a fifth grader at William B. Wade Elementary School, received the Mildred Hack Award, the top recognition, for her painting, Dancers. Mildred Read more…


Charles County Public Schools is hosting its second History, Industry, Technology and Science (HITS) Expo starting at 1 p.m., Saturday, March 18 at St. Charles High School in Waldorf. The Expo is a showcase of student accomplishments in the area of science and history, as well as exposes students, parents and the community to programs and extracurricular opportunities available. Programs include activities and student skills in the areas of science, history, technology, computer science, Career Technology Education (CTE) and engineering. Expo presentations begin at 1 p.m. and conclude around 5 p.m. Several presentations are planned for the Expo such as Read more…


The St. Charles High School Unified Bocce team recently earned second place in the Maryland Unified Bocce State Championships held Feb. 22 at Hagerstown Community College. Unified sports teams are composed of a combination of students with and without abilities who train together and compete against other unified teams. Bocce is a sport played on a bocce court, or an area of play featuring a hard surface. The goal of the sport is to roll a bocce ball closest to a target ball, which is called a pallina. Teams earn points for how close their bocce balls roll or end Read more…

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