Month: May 2018


Earlier this school year, Henry E. Lackey High School food and nutrition worker Beverley Jenkins was recognized by the Maryland School Nutrition Association as its Employee of the Year. To Jenkins, her job is easy because she gets to support kids. “I just show up to work each day and make sure the kids are fed,” she said. News of Jenkins’ commitment to children, her colleagues and the Lackey community spread and caught the attention of representatives from the national School Nutrition Association (SNA). Jenkins was recently nominated for national recognition and was selected as the School Nutrition Association 2018 Read more…


Dr. James Craik Elementary School earned the 2018 overall Maryland Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA) honor at the state competition held May 5. This is the third consecutive year that students from Craik received the best overall elementary school award at the state level. In addition to the best overall award, Craik MESA teams earned first place in the Balsawood challenge, second place in the Storybook Theme Park Ride challenge and third place in the Effective Communications challenge. A team from North Point High School earned first place at the state competition in the national engineering design challenge called Read more…


Students at Westlake High School taking Advanced Placement (AP) tests are ready. They have been working all year to get to the test taking moment. “From the very first day we walked into our AP classes we were told the structure and format of our exams and how best to prepare for them,” said Aqsa Siddique, a Westlake junior, addressing other AP students. “Whether you’re taking one exam or five exams, I have complete faith in all of you.” This year, 183 Westlake students will take at least one AP test. But before that, they participated in a pep rally-like Read more…


Graduation ceremonies for high schools seniors in the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) Class of 2018 are planned for May 31, June 1 and June 2 at the Convocation Center at North Point High School in Waldorf. The ceremony for North Point is Thursday, May 31. Ceremonies for Westlake, Henry E. Lackey and Maurice J. McDonough high schools are Friday, June 1. Seniors from St. Charles, Thomas Stone and La Plata high schools graduate on Saturday, June 2. North Point’s ceremony is set for 7 p.m. May 31. North Point also is closed for all students May 31 to accommodate Read more…


Superintendent of Schools Kimberly Hill today announced administrative, principal and vice principal changes for the 2018-19 school year. All appointments are effective July 1. Elementary school principal changes are: Brian King, vice principal at Theodore G. Davis Middle School, as principal at C. Paul Barnhart Elementary School. Ben Harrington, vice principal at Dr. James Craik Elementary School, as principal at Arthur Middleton Elementary School. Lou D’Ambrosio, principal of Middleton, as principal of Berry Elementary School. Shane Blanford, vice principal at Mary H. Matula Elementary School, to principal at Indian Head Elementary School. Mary Finneran, vice principal at Mary B. Neal Read more…


The Board of Education at its May 8 meeting honored four Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) staff members for their commitment to teaching and learning, and dedication to the school system. Honored were Michelle Colbert, Susan Harris, Carla Joyner and Janis Milman. Colbert is a teacher in the three-year-old program at J.P. Ryon Elementary School. She works daily to build a strong social, emotional and academic foundation for children. She fosters language development, creative-thinking skills and compassion among her students. She is well-known among her colleagues as a role model teacher who demonstrates kindness and patience. Colbert strives to maintain Read more…


The Board of Education at its May 8 meeting honored four Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students for their accomplishments in the areas of academic achievement, career readiness and personal responsibility. Principals select one student annually for recognition before the Board. Honored were Jonas Agyeman, Jason Gregory, MarShawn Jackson and Lilliana Smith. Agyeman is a fifth-grade student at J.P. Ryon Elementary School. He was honored before the Board in the area of academic achievement. He is a positive role model for his peers and maintains honor roll grades. He loves to read and takes accelerated math. He offers assistance to Read more…


Jason Stoddard, a lieutenant with the Charles County Sheriff’s Office, is bringing his 24 years of law enforcement experience to Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) as director of school safety and security. Stoddard started working with CCPS on May 7 and is splitting his time between the two agencies until late July when he retires from the sheriff’s office. Stoddard currently serves as the commander of the homeland security and intelligence section of the sheriff’s office. He oversees investigations that involve groups with ties to terrorism, hate groups, extremist cells, gangs and organized crime. Additionally, he provides special events planning Read more…


Fifteen Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students will represent the school system at the National Leadership and Skills Competition set for June 25-29 in Louisville, Ky., after earning first-place gold medal honors at the state event held April 14-15. The following students earned a gold medal. Jahlen Grant-King, senior, North Point High School, Advertising Design; Yasmeen Adeleke, Nathaniel Kober and Sahil Patel, freshmen, North Point, Career Pathways Agriculture; Logan Steele, senior, North Point, Criminal Justice; Desiree Miller, senior, North Point, Customer Service; Christian Frazier, junior, North Point, Internetworking; John Canonizado, junior, North Point, Medical Math; Kelsey Swegle, senior, North Point, Read more…


More than 125 Charles County Public Schools students participated in the Junior American Citizens Contest, sponsored by the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR). The organization includes a Junior American Citizens Committee, which supports contests for children that promote patriotic development. The Junior American Citizens Contest is open to students in grades prekindergarten through 12. Entries range from banners, poems and posters to short stories and stamp designs. This year’s contest theme was “100th Anniversary of World War I – Service on the Homefront.” Entries are judged first at the local level, with first-place winners advancing through state, Read more…

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