Month: December 2018


Four Charles County public middle school students were recently honored by the Charles County Commission for Women through its Red Ribbon Campaign poster contest. The student artists whose designs were selected as overall winners among Charles County entries are: Dayshina Gutrick, sixth grader, General Smallwood Middle School; Kirra Johnson, eighth grader, Piccowaxen Middle School; Mia Terry, sixth grader, Mattawoman Middle School; and Mandy Wang, eighth grader, Milton M. Somers Middle School. All four students share a passion for art, as each indicated they entered the contest because they enjoy being creative. “My art teacher told me about it, but I Read more…


Due to weather conditions, all Charles County public schools will open two hours late today, Monday, Dec. 10, 2018. All morning prekindergarten classes are canceled today. The AlphaBEST program at all county elementary schools will open at 8 a.m. The Legislative Breakfast scheduled for this morning will start at 8 a.m., as planned. Visit the school system website, www.ccboe.com, Facebook (Charles County Board of Education) or Twitter @ccps or call the 24-hour information line, 301-934-7410/301-932-6656, for the latest information. 


North Point High School’s It’s Academic team earned the top spot in the annual Charles County Public Schools competition held Dec. 5 at the school. The three-member team of Captain Adam Cullen, Andrew Fan and Amara Gammon won in the championship round with a score of 310 points against La Plata and St. Charles high schools. The team from St. Charles High School earned second place with a score of 290, followed by La Plata High School in third place with a score of 250. The North Point team also includes students Amber Wachowski (alternate), Sophia Carpentier, Landon Garrity, Liliana Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) hosted its 2018 Middle School Archery Tournament on Nov. 30 at Milton M. Somers Middle School. Archers from the county’s eight public middle schools participated, divided by grade level into boy and girl teams. Luis Sousa, a sixth grader at Matthew Henson Middle School, said he is pretty good at traditional sports, so when he learned about archery, “It was something I was interested in,” he said. Sousa said he likes how archery uses a different set of skills than other athletic activities he is familiar with. “You can’t just go out and hit a Read more…


Maryland has changed its school report card using a new format that shows how schools across the state are doing. Today, the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) released the new report card, which grades schools on academic performance and growth as well as school quality. Every Maryland public school receives a final score measuring its performance on the state’s new accountability system. Scores show how a school is doing in comparison to others in the state. Each Maryland public school also received a star rating, based on a 1 to 5 scale. All Charles County schools earned three or Read more…


The Board of Education’s next monthly meeting is Tuesday, Dec. 11 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 agenda is tentative and subject to change. Executive session – 11 a.m. Call to order Read more…


The new Board of Education of Charles County will be sworn-in starting at 4 p.m., Monday, Dec. 17 at North Point High School in Waldorf. The ceremony will take place in the school auditorium and is open to the public. The swearing-in also will be televised live on the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) website, ccboe.com. Four new members were elected into office last month. They are Elizabeth Brown, David Hancock, Tajala Battle-Lockhart and Latina Wilson. They join incumbents Jennifer Abell, Michael Lukas and Virginia McGraw, who were re-elected to their positions. The Board begins a four-year term and elects Read more…


The Board of Education of Charles County and Superintendent of Schools Kimberly A. Hill will meet at 8 a.m., Monday, Dec. 10 in the boardroom at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building with members of the Southern Maryland delegation and the Charles County Commissioners. The meeting is open to the public. The following is a tentative agenda for the meeting and is subject to change: Welcome and introductions – 8 a.m., Barbara S. Palko, Board chairman Meeting overview – Dr. Hill Discussion topics Teacher recruitment and retention Student discipline Adjournment  About CCPS Charles County Public Schools provides 27,000 students in Read more…


The annual Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) It’s Academic tournament will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5 at North Point High School in Waldorf. Teams from the seven Charles County Public high schools will compete in rounds and answer questions in a quiz-style format. Topics range from history, literature, science, math and mythology to sports, general information and current events. The tournament will air live on ccboe.com, starting at 6 p.m. Viewers can also access the live feed on the CCPS YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oru94fxl_xE. The first-place team from Wednesday’s event will compete against Bethesda-Chevy Chase and Centreville Read more…


Each year in January, the Maryland General Assembly reconvenes for another legislative session. From discussing and voting on nearly 2,500 laws to managing both the capital and operating budgets for the state, senators and delegates work to pursue the best interests of Maryland residents. Another component to the annual legislative session is the inclusion of high school students in a program called the Maryland Student Page Program. Nearly 105 students participate in the program annually, with three representatives serving from each county and a fourth student chosen as an alternate. Seniors from three different Charles County Public high schools were Read more…

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