Month: April 2018


The Board of Education presented four resolutions to Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) staff at its April 17 meeting. The Board presents resolutions annually. The following resolutions were presented: Administrative Professionals Week; Child Nutrition Employee Appreciation Week; National Physical Education and Sport Week; and Teacher Appreciation Week. CCPS highlights Administrative Professionals Week from April 23-27. The recognition emphasizes the supportive role administrative professionals have in the workplace, and the importance of their contributions in maintaining effective office operations. Administrative Professionals Week also highlights the wealth of knowledge, clerical duties, awareness of procedures, competency and public relations skills professionals demonstrate daily. Read more…


The Board of Education at its April 17 meeting honored seven Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students for outstanding academic and personal accomplishments. Students are chosen by their principal for recognition and receive the honor in one of three focal areas – academic achievement, career readiness and personal responsibility. Honored by the Board were Carsyn Martin, Maia Parker, James “Trey” Roberts III, Jasmine Ross, Amari Seldon, Keara Watkins and Autumn White. Martin is a fifth-grade student at J.C. Parks Elementary School. She was honored before the Board in the area of academic achievement. She is an honor roll student and Read more…


Nineteen Charles County Public middle school students were honored April 17 with Ruth Ann Hall Champion Scholar Awards. The Board of Education and the Education Association of Charles County (EACC) presented the awards to the students at the Board of Education meeting. School administrators and teachers nominate students to recognize their commitment to academics, improvement in the classroom and for modeling positive behavior. The following students were honored: Delvan Dorsey, sixth grade, Theodore G. Davis Middle School, nominated by science teacher Kimberly Stillwell; Raven Kennedy, eighth grade, Davis, nominated by foreign language teacher Trisha Volland; Quentin Mahoney, sixth grade, John Read more…


The last day of the 2017-18 school year for Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students is Friday, June 15. The last day for teachers is Monday, June 18. Two-hour early dismissal days are June 12, June 13, June 14 and June 15. The schedule is set, barring any unforeseen inclement weather circumstances. CCPS used all five inclement weather days built into the school calendar this year: Jan. 4, Jan. 5, Jan. 9, March 2 and March 21.  The last day of school for students in the Three’s program is Friday, June 8. The last day of school for morning prekindergarten Read more…


It is easy to work hard when your principal models it daily. At the start of any given school day at Dr. Thomas L. Higdon Elementary School, one can find Principal Kathleen Morgan doing just about anything from greeting students with a big smile and answering phone calls to helping visitors check in at the main office. She is visible, professional and hands-on with everything related to the Higdon school community. Morgan leads by example and does so in a kind and compassionate manner. Her kind and compassionate demeanor has helped to shape a culture at Higdon of respect and Read more…


Some words first graders might use to describe their teacher include “fun,” “nice” and “cool.” Not only did Cynthia Pryor’s first-graders at William A. Diggs Elementary School use those words to talk about her, they also described her as “amazing” and “fabulous.” Pryor has been teaching first grade at Diggs since 2006. Her colleagues agree with her students. Diggs staff think so highly of Pryor that they submitted her for recognition through the Washington Post’s Teacher of the Year awards program. This week, Pryor was named as the finalist to represent Charles County Public Schools (CCPS). Pryor learned of her Read more…


Three Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students were recently named 2018 Carson Scholars, a national distinction that recognizes students for academic achievement, humanitarian qualities and community service. This year’s new Carson Scholars are Emily Winkler, eighth grader at Milton M. Somers Middle School; James Sayers, a junior at La Plata High School; and Taylor Good, a junior at Henry E. Lackey High School. As new Carson Scholars, they each 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 Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) high school math teams have wrapped up their competition season with Thomas Stone High School nabbing overall first place. The Thomas Stone team won this year’s competition with an overall total of 153 points, barely edging out second place finisher Maurice J. McDonough High School at the final meet.  Math teams compete monthly by completing a series of individual, team and relay questions. Scores accumulate during the year to determine an overall Charles County champion.  Thomas Stone’s winning team is sponsored by math teacher Adam Frisbee and includes members senior Jason Saavedra, junior Semaj Rascoe, Read more…


Incoming ninth graders will automatically be eligible to participate in sports and extracurricular activities in the first quarter of high school if the Board of Education adopts proposed changes to its eligibility policy on Tuesday, April 17. The Board is expected to vote to relax extracurricular and athletics eligibility requirements while keeping its policy as one of the most stringent in Maryland. During a work session March 28, Board members reached consensus on several proposed changes, including allowing ninth graders to arrive at high school eligible to participate in sports and activities. After the first quarter, ninth graders would be Read more…


The Board of Education’s next monthly meeting is Tuesday, April 17 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. 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 streamed live on the school system website at www.ccboe.com. Select the live stream image displayed in the center of the home page. The following is a tentative meeting agenda and is subject to Read more…

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