Month: June 2018


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) annually honors outstanding support services personnel in the areas of instructional assistant, secretary, information technology, maintenance, food service, central office support staff and building services. 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 2018 include Clifton Shorter, building service manager, Mattawoman Middle School; Anne Zabel, instructional assistant, C. Paul Barnhart Elementary School; Justin Lucchesi, computer analyst II, Henry E. Lackey High School; Robert Bruce, HVAC mechanic II, Annex I; Sharon Bautista, student data technician, La Plata High School; Read more…


The Board of Education on June 12 met its new student representative for the coming school year, Westlake High School rising senior Krisha Patel. Patel was sworn in as the Student Member of the Board of Education by Chairman Barbara Palko at the start of the meeting. Patel, who served as one of three junior class marshal’s for Westlake’s Class of 2018, said she was looking forward to her new role. “I look forward to sharing a lot more student input with the Board. I hope to be able to pass on concerns and input from all students and not Read more…


The Board of Education’s next monthly meeting is Tuesday, June 12 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 ccboe.com. Select the live streaming image displayed in the center of the home page. The following is a tentative meeting agenda and is subject to Read more…


The Board of Education rescheduled its June 6 executive session to discuss personnel. The executive session will now be held at the conclusion of the Board’s June 12 regular monthly meeting. Executive sessions are closed to the public as permitted by the Maryland Open Meetings Act, Sections 3-305 and 3-103 of the General Provisions Article. About CCPS Charles County Public Schools provides 26,900 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 36 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for Read more…


La Plata High School wrapped up Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) graduation weekend with a look back at the four years the Class of 2018 has spent together and how they clicked into place. “We quickly learned a trait that I believe is the foundation to success and happiness in our lives to come: humility,” valedictorian Elena Quartararo said remembering freshman year. “We quickly realized how much bigger the world was than just us.” Now the 285 graduates are venturing into the world whether into the workforce, college or the military. “Wherever it is that life finds us, it is Read more…


  When he was five years old, Semaj Rascoe wanted to be a tiger. His friends said they would grow up to be dentists or lawyers; Rascoe wanted to be a fierce cat, but a teacher dashed his hope. Yet, his wish – in a way – came true. He grew up to be a Thomas Stone High School cougar and the valedictorian of the Class of 2018. Rascoe urged his fellow graduates to hold on to their imaginations as they navigate the “real world.” The world they will be entering will need creative thinkers, those with original ideas and Read more…


  Kade Pruitt looked out over the sea of green to the first graduating class that spent all four of its high school years at St. Charles High School. They have come far in the years they spent together. The Spartans of St. Charles weren’t called on to prove themselves on the battleground, but they tested their mettle on athletic fields and the classroom, Pruitt, the 2018 valedictorian, said as he addressed his fellow graduates June 2 during the school’s commencement. “As the first full class to graduate from St. Charles, we are leaving behind our legacy,” Pruitt said. “One Read more…


Maurice J. McDonough High School seniors graduated in a ceremony held June 1 at the Charles County Convocation Center in Waldorf. The ram senior class of 222 graduates earned nearly $9 million in scholarship offers. At McDonough, students know and understand the core meaning of the letters used to spell out the name of the school mascot, ram. The R stands for respect; the A is for accountability and the M is for motivation. Class salutatorian Charlie Shin shared with his peers an important lesson about the letters RAM and what they should remember about their high school experiences. “Here Read more…


“The future is truly in our hands, so let us make the most of it.” This is the message Henry E. Lackey High School valedictorian David “DJ” Nelson left with his graduating peers today during their graduation ceremony held at the Charles County Convocation Center. The Charger Class of 2018 includes 214 graduates. Collectively, the graduating class earned nearly $13 million in scholarship offers. This year, Lackey’s graduating class is the smallest among Charles County’s seven high schools. Nelson challenged his peers to live life to the fullest. “My challenge to each of you, and to myself, is to do Read more…


Have each other’s back and always remember where you came from. That was a key message shared among the Westlake High School senior class graduation ceremony held this morning. The graduating Wolverine Class of 2018 included 312 students, all of whom arrived today ready to begin their futures. This year’s graduating class from Westlake earned a total of $15,935,587 in scholarship offers, one of the highest amounts a senior class from the school has earned in the past 22 years. “We are leaving a legacy of the first class in Westlake history to earn over 15 million dollars in scholarships. Read more…

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