Month: January 2018


The first meeting of Girls Empowered and Motivated to Succeed — GEMS — at Theodore G. Davis Middle School focused on the future. The 21 girls in sixth, seventh and eighth grades created vision boards to clarify specific goals they would like to strive for and reach. At first the girls didn’t know what to put on their boards, sitting in the library, flipping through the magazines, barely talking to each other. “Don’t be afraid to be adventurous,” said Sonja Djossou, administrative assistant at Davis who runs GEMS with Cherelle Myles, a long-term substitute who teaches language arts and special Read more…


For nearly 100 Mattawoman Middle School students, Tuesdays after school are the highlight of their week. Shortly after dismissal, these students head to the gymnasium and team up for friendly games of basketball. They are part of the first boys’ basketball league at Mattawoman called the “MBA.”  However, they cannot just join their peers for a game of fun; they have to earn it. The league is part of a schoolwide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS) program that ties personal responsibility and academic achievement to a school-based reward. The MBA league runs six weeks and participating students must manage Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) graduation rate rose to a record high this year, with more than 94 percent of the class of 2017 graduating on time, according to data released today by the Maryland State Department of Education. The 94.74 percent graduation rate for the class of 2017 is the highest for CCPS students since the 2010-11 school year when Maryland standardized the way schools report rates. The graduation rate rose from 92.17 percent in 2016. The CCPS graduation rate has increased steadily since 2011, more than 10 percentage points, when 83.36 percent of all students graduated within four Read more…


Charles County Public Schools has changed report card issue dates for the second and third marking periods. Report cards for the second marking period will be issued/mailed on Friday, Feb. 2. Report cards for the third marking period will be issued/mailed on Monday, April 9. Please make a note of the changes on your Parent Handbook/Calendar. Elementary school students receive their report cards at school; report cards for middle and high school students are mailed home on the issue date. Grades are posted on the ParentVUE app. The changes provide teachers and staff additional time to review report card data.  Read more…


Two Charles County Public Schools teachers, Kimberly Clements at the Robert D. Stethem Educational Center and Kathryn Jenkins at La Plata High School, recently achieved national certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). They join nearly 40 other school system teachers who completed a rigorous and challenging performance-based assessment to become National Board Certified Teachers. The assessment measures what accomplished teachers should know, and candidates must demonstrate how their activities strengthen student performance and achievement. Clements is the interactive media production instructor at Stethem. She earned National Board Certification in the area of career and technical education/early Read more…


North Point High School has extended its 2018-19 enrollment for limited career, technology and education (CTE) programs to current Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) freshmen. The enrollment is Feb. 12 through Feb. 28 online at http://www.ccboe.com/schools/northpoint/index.php/sti and is for the 2018-19 school year. The application will be live on the North Point website on Feb. 12. The programs include collision repair, electrical construction, welding technology, manufacturing engineering technology, construction design and management, and automotive technology. Accepted students will attend North Point as sophomores at the start of the 2018-19 school year. Current North Point students enrolled in any other CTE Read more…


Jalon Spencer, a Westlake High School junior, played on the U-18 National Team in the International Bowl. The International Bowl is a collaboration of USA Football and football governing bodies in each competing country. Each International Bowl features a series of practices, team activities, scrimmages and games for four high school-aged U.S. National Teams as well as U.S. Select Teams. Approximately 70 countries across six continents possess a national federation dedicated solely to American football. Each year, the Matthew Henson Middle School counseling department organizes a College Awareness Week during the last school week in December. The week’s theme is to Read more…


The Seven-Up Art Show is set to open later this month. Featuring art work by high school students in Charles County Public Schools, the show is celebrating its 20th year at the Mattawoman Creek Art Center in Smallwood State Park. Art teachers select pieces their students have created including paintings, drawings, photographs and sculpture. Prizes are given in each category to those in first-, second- and third-place, as well as honorable mention. The show offers young artists a chance to showcase their work in a professional gallery setting. The show will run from Jan. 26 to Feb. 11 at the Read more…


• Students at William B. Wade Elementary School are participating in the Black-Eyed Susan Book Award program this school year. The program is coordinated by the Maryland Association of School Librarians (MASL) and is a children’s choice award. Students participate by reading books chosen for the program. Categories include picture books, fiction, nonfiction and graphic novels. Students who read eight or more books in one category will vote in March for the overall state winners. Wade third, fourth and fifth graders are participating in the program with the assistance of Heidi Furman, Wade’s library media specialist.  • Several student artists Read more…


Due to road conditions, all Charles County public schools will open two-hours late today, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. Staff will continue to monitor road conditions for any additional changes. There is a code two, which is a two-hour delay, for staff that follow the code system. All morning prekindergarten classes are canceled for today. The AlphaBest program at all county elementary schools will open at 8 a.m. today. Visit the school system website, www.ccboe.com, or call the 24-hour information line, 301-934-7410/301-932-6656, for the latest information.

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