Month: June 2017


Elementary school girls lit up the Laurel Springs Park fields with neon pink during the launch of the Ladies Leadership Soccer Camp. The two-day camp is in its first year and was open to girls in second through fifth grade. Cpl. Michael De Paulo developed the soccer program run by officers. De Paulo is a licensed soccer coach for the La Plata Youth Soccer Association; his daughter Leah, 8, is on a travel team. The SROs run other summer camps — baseball, football and basketball — but none that Leah was interested in. “It was a no brainer for me,” Read more…


The Board of Education on June 13 unanimously approved Superintendent Kimberly Hill’s recommendation to adopt elementary school redistricting Plan A without modifications. The recommendation moves approximately 2,221 elementary school students. All elementary schools, with the exception of Gale-Bailey, Dr. Thomas L. Higdon, Indian Head, Malcolm, T.C. Martin and Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy elementary schools, are impacted in some way by the redistricting. Proposal A establishes an attendance zone for Billingsley Elementary School, which opens in September 2018, and an expanded zone for Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School. CCPS is starting a complete renovation and expansion of Mudd this summer. Redistricting also Read more…


Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School’s teachers and staff are boxing up classrooms and preparing to move into their new — but temporary — home. Furniture, classroom equipment and other necessities will be taken to the 32-room transition school between J.P. Ryon Elementary School and John Hanson Middle School in Waldorf, where Mudd will be housed for two years while its building is renovated. The renovation starts this month and is expected to be complete for the opening of school in August 2019. Cleaning out Mudd for the construction to start has been a process. “I found a microscope in Read more…


With more than 40 years in the education field, Belinda Shatley, vice principal at Theodore G. Davis Middle School, has the experience and dedication it takes to not only encourage students, but mentor teachers and support fellow administrators. “She has been my right hand person when I am in the building, and my trusted leader when I am out of the building,” Davis Principal Kim McClarin wrote in nomination materials. “As principal, I truly have learned from her talents and leadership which has helped me [in] my role. I do not know if she is aware that I am a Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) annually honors outstanding support services personnel in the areas of instructional assistant, secretary, information technology, maintenance and food service. The awards program was established to recognize the roles support personnel have in supporting the effective and efficient operations of the school system. Honorees for 2017 include Travis Harman, roof mechanic, CCPS Maintenance Shop; David Troxel, computer analyst at St. Charles High School; Gail Slaughter, food service manager, Henry E. Lackey High School; Jacqueline Douglas, kindergarten instructional assistant, Dr. James Craik Elementary School; and Barbara Tillman, secretary to the principal, Berry Elementary School. The Board of Read more…


Superintendent Kimberly Hill announced principal and vice principal changes today, as well as administrative appointments. Sabrina Robinson-Taylor has been named principal of Billingsley Elementary School, and begins full-time in the position effective January 2018. Robinson-Taylor will remain at Walter J. Mitchell Elementary School until the end of December. Nicholas Adam, a vice principal at William A. Diggs Elementary School, will take over as acting principal at Mitchell on Jan. 1, 2018. Orlena Whatley moves from principal at Eva Turner Elementary School to principal at Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School. She replaces Mudd Principal Kimberly Hairston who has been appointed Read more…


Members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) signed a contract with the Board of Education today that provides a 2 percent cost-of-living raise for all classified employees as well as a grade increase for eligible employees. AFSCME, which represents the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) classified employee group, also negotiated a floating holiday to replace Veteran’s Day as an annual day off. This coming year, the Superintendent has designated Tuesday, April 3 as the floating holiday. Schools are already closed April 3 for students and teachers for spring break. The Education Association of Charles County Read more…


Kyle Smith, a senior at North Point High School, has been named Student Member to the Maryland State Board of Education. As Student Member — known as SMOB — Smith will be the voice of the state’s students who attend public schools around Maryland. The role is a big one, but it’s one Smith’s friends and colleagues know he can fill. “He’s one of the brightest people I’ve ever met,” said Drew Carter, the Student Board Member of the Charles County Board of Education and a senior at St. Charles High School. “He’s diligent, he’s hardworking,” Carter said. “Whatever he Read more…


The Board of Education on June 13 officially met its new student representative for the coming school year, St. Charles High School senior Drew Carter. Carter was sworn in as the Student Member of the Board of Education by Chairman Michael Lukas at the start of the meeting. To become familiar with his role on the Board, Carter shadowed former Student Member Da’Juon Washington during the Board’s May meeting. But today, Carter was ready to jump in to his new role. “I am extremely grateful to follow in the footsteps of previous student leaders and I look forward to making Read more…


For three decades, Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer Elementary School has provided students with academic challenges and a quality education, and on June 8 students and staff — both past and present — celebrated the school’s 30th anniversary. “We consider ourselves a family,” Principal Nancy Seifert said. “I love Jenifer Elementary School. I love the children, I love the staff and the many successes we see every day.” Over the past 30 years, 19,155 elementary students have attended Jenifer. “To learn not only how to read, write and do math, but about friendship, cooperation, compassion and good character,” Seifert said. Read more…

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