Month: October 2017


The Board of Education honored five exemplary Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) employees during its Oct. 10 meeting for their dedication and commitment to teaching and learning, and for making a difference in the lives of students. Honored were Monica Halloran, fifth-grade teacher at Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School; Velvet Gipson, instructional specialist at Theodore G. Davis Middle School; Catherine Powell, school counselor at Indian Head Elementary School; Miriam Ratcliffe, special education teacher at the F.B. Gwynn Educational Center; and Lori Sanchez, secretary to the principal at Westlake High School. Halloran has taught with CCPS for the past 12 years and Read more…


The Board of Education presented two resolutions to Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students and staff at its Oct. 10 meeting. The following resolutions are presented annually: American Freedom Week; and American Education Week. CCPS celebrates American Freedom Week Nov. 6-10. During the week, schools give special recognition to those who serve the country and those who gave their lives to preserve America’s freedom and liberty. Special activities take place in all schools to honor and celebrate patriotism. Accepting the resolution at the Board meeting were students enrolled in the Junior Reserve Officers Training Corp (JROTC) program. They are Army Read more…


The Board of Education at its Oct. 10 meeting honored four Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students for their accomplishments in academic achievement, personal responsibility and career readiness. They are Carlos Eldridge Jr., a junior at Westlake High School; Liumotumotua’an “Liu” Aumavae, an eighth grader at Theodore G. Davis Middle School; Izabella Krebs, a fifth grader at Indian Head Elementary School; and Casey Shamenek, a fifth grader at Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School. Eldridge was honored by the Board for his accomplishments in the area of academic achievement. He is the vice president of the Charles County Association of Student Councils Read more…


Equipped with rubber boots and nets, more than 50 Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) science and special education teachers have been wading through streams testing water chemistry and searching for macroinvertebrates. CCPS teachers are exploring the environment to learn what their students will actually do through a program called Bridging the Watershed. CCPS started the program last school year with the Alice Ferguson Foundation through a Chesapeake Bay Trust grant. This year, CCPS is able to expand and extend the program through a three-year $343,854 matching grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Professional development is just one Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) has a new executive director of human resources. Joining the school system with more than 20 years of human resources experience is Nikial Majors. The Board of Education of Charles County approved Majors’ appointment last month and she began in her position last week. Prior to joining CCPS, Majors served as the regional human resources director for eight years and the human resources manager for two years with Nixon Peabody LLP, a global law firm with offices in Washington, D.C. In her role as regional human resources director, Majors was responsible for human resources management Read more…


Students selected fresh produce — peaches, apples, watermelon and corn on the cob — to go with their lunches during Maryland Homegrown School Lunch Week Sept. 25 to 28 in Charles County Public Schools (CCPS). More than 16,400 hamburgers and 8,422 hotdogs made from livestock raised in the tri-county area and processed in Hagerstown were served. When it comes to produce, 330 watermelons were purchased, 9,600 ears of corn and 445 heads of cauliflower. There were sweet potatoes, spinach and salads. The total number of meals served was about 67,000. Maryland Homegrown School Lunch Week encourages school districts to serve Read more…


Today is Walk Maryland Day, celebrating the state’s official exercise. Students at the F.B. Gwynn Educational Center took a field trip to Tilghman Lake Park in La Plata, walking a little more than half-a-mile on wooded trails to get to the lake where they ate lunch and explored a bit. “You’ve got to walk,” fourth grader Kyree Butler said. “It’s exercise. Exercise makes you strong.” The school has taken part in Walk Maryland Day — which coincides with National Walk to School Day — since the event started three years ago, said Michelle Ignaszewski, an adapted physical education (PE) teacher.   Read more…


The Board of Education’s next monthly meeting is Tuesday, Oct. 10 at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building on Radio Station Road in La Plata. The public portion of the meeting begins at 1 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 Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) website, www.ccboe.com. Click on the middle of the main page to start the live streaming. The following is a meeting agenda and is subject to change. Executive session – 12 p.m. Call Read more…

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