Year: 2019


Eighth graders interested in any of North Point High School’s 17 Career and Technology Education (CTE) programs can attend one of two upcoming open houses set at the school. The events are 6 p.m. Oct. 22 and Nov. 20 with potential students and their families able to tour the programs and learn more. The window to apply for North Point’s CTE programs is 8 a.m. Nov. 25 to 3 p.m. Dec. 20. Programs at the school include biotechnology, Cisco Networking Academy, cybersecurity, engineering, manufacturing engineering technologies, automotive technology, collision repair, graphic communications, welding technology, construction design and management, drafting, electrical Read more…


For the third consecutive year, an independent auditor has found Charles County Public Schools’ (CCPS) financial reports in order. Financial auditors presented CCPS with an opinion that they found of no material weaknesses—meaning they found no deficiency in the school system’s internal controls—during its annual audit of the school system’s basic financial statements. Bill Early, an auditor with CliftonLarsonAllen LLP, presented the Board of Education an overview of its report on internal controls over financial reporting and on compliance and other matters. Audits of the CCPS financial statements are performed in accordance with government auditing standards. The audit is for Read more…


School system, county and state officials will join Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School tomorrow night to officially rededicate the school, which recently underwent a complete renovation and expansion. The 6 p.m. rededication on Thursday, Oct. 10 is open to the public. Dr. Mudd first opened in 1967 with about 45,000 square feet of space, a combined cafeteria and activity area, indoor courtyards and a central library location. In 2017, a major renovation began at the school that included the creation of a separate gymnasium and cafeteria, new main entrance and an additional nearly 36,000 square feet of learning space Read more…


The Board of Education at its Oct. 8 meeting honored four Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) staff members for their contributions to students and the school system. Honored were Anisah Ansari, Cassandra Baugher, Joseph Burton and Jennifer Elder. Ansari is a language arts teacher at Mattawoman Middle School. She demonstrates the content knowledge and dedication that propels students to success. Mattawoman Principal Sonia Blue refers to Ansari as a master language arts teacher. She strives to work with students until they master concepts and looks for ways to increase their understanding. Ansari also recently launched journalism classes at Mattawoman. She Read more…


The Board of Education at its Oct. 8 meeting honored four Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students for accomplishments in the areas of academic achievement, career readiness and personal responsibility. Honored were Matthew Bowling, Jasmine Glover, Adrian Evans-Jones and Gabriella Varela. Bowling is a fifth-grade student at Walter J. Mitchell Elementary School. He was recognized by the Board in the area of academic achievement. Bowling has attended Mitchell since kindergarten and earns honor-roll grades each quarter. Bowling’s favorite subject is math and he is quick to help his teachers. He also leads his peers in personal responsibility. Bowling is well Read more…


The Board of Education presented two resolutions to Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students and local union representatives at its Oct. 8 meeting. The following resolutions are presented annually: American Education Week; and American Freedom Week. The school system celebrates American Education Week Nov. 18-22. American Education Week provides opportunities to celebrate public education and honor those who make a difference to ensure that every child receives a quality education. Linda McLaughlin, Education Association of Charles County (EACC) president, and Sarah Burch, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) accepted the resolution at the meeting. Read more…


No two days are the same for building service workers in Charles County Public Schools (CCPS). “You never know what you’re going to walk into,” said Charlie Proctor, the building service manager at Westlake High School. “We get called for the things no one wants to do. I look at it like this — Whatever needs to be done in the eight hours, it’s my job.” Not that a day promises to be only eight hours. Building service managers get the call if their building’s fire alarm goes off in the middle of the night. Proctor remembered driving by his Read more…


The Board of Education’s next monthly meeting is Tuesday, Oct. 8 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 rebroadcast throughout the week. Board meetings are streamed live on the school system website at ccboe.com. Select the live streaming image posted on the front page to access the meeting. The following is a tentative meeting agenda and is subject to change. Executive session – 12 p.m.    Call to Read more…


Registration for the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) annual fall chess tournament, set for 9 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 26 at Thomas Stone High School, is now open for students. The tournament is for students in kindergarten through Grade 12. Interested participants must register online at https://ccpsregistration.wufoo.com/forms/ccps-2019-fall-chess-tournament/ by Wednesday, Oct. 23. The registration window closes after Oct. 23 and walk-in registrations are not accepted. The tournament features a four round Swiss style format. Students compete in eight divisions of play, depending on their grade level of enrollment: kindergarten through first grade, second grade, third grade, fourth grade, fifth grade, sixth grade, Read more…


Indian Head Elementary School students and staff got a wild hair last week when the school — along with Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School and the F.B. Gwynn Educational Center — participated in Attendance Awareness Month with a Spirit Week that called on students and staff to sport crazy hair one day, sunglasses the next, then pajamas or sports jerseys.   Sheryl Morrison, pupil personnel worker for Indian Head, Mt. Hope and Gwynn, organized the week to bring attention to the importance of regularly attending school. “We try to find creative and fun activities for the students to bring attention to Read more…

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