Month: February 2019


Two Charles County Public Schools students were recently named winners in the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution American History Essay Contest. The contest was open to students in Grades 5-8 and featured the theme of “The Women’s Suffrage Campaign.”  The student winners are Rohey Savage, fifth grader at Dr. Gustavus Brown Elementary School, and Nya Whitney, fifth grader at Dr. James Craik Elementary School. Savage earned a first-place award in the Charles County contest and advances to the state-level competition. Whitney earned a third place award at the county level. Both Savage and Whitney will be honored in Read more…


Several Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students recently earned honors 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 prekindergarten through Grade 12. Entries range from banners, poems and posters to short stories and stamp designs. This year’s contest theme was “The 50th Anniversary of the Lunar Landing – America’s Great Move Forward in Exploration and Technology.” Entries are judged first at the local level, Read more…


Billingsley Elementary School opens and elementary school redistricting takes effect at the start of the 2019-20 school year. Redistricting affects about 2,500 elementary school students throughout the county, and includes students in prekindergarten to Grade 5.  The elementary school redistricting establishes an attendance zone for Billingsley Elementary School and relieves overcrowding at most elementary schools. The Board of Education approved the redistricting on June 13, 2017, after a year-long process that included five public hearings.  Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) has added a Redistricting School Locator on its website at https://www.ccboe.com/index.php/elementary-redistricting. Residents can input their address and see which school zone their Read more…


If the world’s a stage, Charles County Public School (CCPS) students were the stars Feb. 12 when the Board of Education and Charles County Commissioners honored students for their work in the Maryland State Theatre Festival held Jan. 11 and 12 at Towson University. Henry E. Lackey High School earned first place in the Trash Costume contest. The winning team includes sophomores Tiana Clemons and Destiny Flournoy, and junior Katie Comer. Lackey senior Trey Jolly earned a superior rating in the musical theater category and Noah Peoples-Wallace, a sophomore, received a superior rating in acting. La Plata High School sophomores Read more…


The Board of Education unanimously adopted its fiscal year 2020 operating budget request of $392.3 million during its monthly meeting Feb. 12. The budget request is an increase of $22.7 million, or 6.1 percent more than FY 2019. The budget prioritizes employee compensation, and also adds funds for the opening of Billingsley Elementary School, mental health supports, transportation increases, an alternative elementary program and school safety enhancements. A budget summary is available at https://www.ccboe.com/index.php/budget. State funds are projected to increase about $8.6 million due in part to continued enrollment increases. The request includes a local contribution increase of $15.1 million. Read more…


A Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals panel ruled this week that La Plata High School and its administrators did not violate a student’s First Amendment rights during a world history class that included lessons about Islam. In the fall of 2014, the family of Caleigh Wood, then a junior at La Plata, sued the school system and some of its administrators claiming two lessons violated Wood’s right to freedom of religion and speech. One lesson contained a comparative PowerPoint slide titled “Islam Today,” which contrasted “peaceful Islam” with “radical fundamental Islam.” Additionally, the lesson included a fill-in-the-blank worksheet asking students Read more…


Marvin Jones is well known in the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) community as a kind leader who will do anything to help children succeed. Jones is an executive director of schools in the CCPS Office of School Administration. In this role, Jones works with principals and school administrative staffs in the system’s 36 schools and four educational centers. His passion for education and building relationships with people is evident in all that he does. From stepping up to serve as principal to help a school community in need of a positive presence, to high fiving students as they walk Read more…


The Board of Education at its Feb. 12 meeting honored five Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) employees for their commitment to the school system, and dedication to teaching and learning. Honored by the Board were Vincent Batts, Kelsey Jones, Dana Moyer, Kathleen Stafford and Terence Stone. Batts is a longtime building service worker at Benjamin Stoddert Middle School. He arrives to work two hours early each day to ensure the building is safe and inviting for students and staff. Batts demonstrates a positive attitude and takes initiative to ensure school grounds are well maintained. He is known among staff as Read more…


The Board of Education presented three resolutions to Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students and staff at its Feb. 12 meeting. The Board votes annually to accept resolutions. The following resolutions were presented: Fine and Performing Arts Month; Read Across Charles County; and Women’s History Month. CCPS recognizes Fine and Performing Arts Month in March annually. Fine and performing arts programs provide students with a well-rounded education and are essential in the development of education in music, theatre and visual arts. Fine and Performing Arts Month celebrates the impact of fine arts education and programs in student development and achievement. Read more…


The Board of Education at its Feb. 12 meeting honored five Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students for exemplary accomplishments in the areas of academic achievement, career readiness and personal responsibility. Honored were Renata Ashton, Hunter Headley, Lauren Kahler, Kush Patel and Nya Whitney. Ashton is a fifth-grade student at J.C. Parks Elementary School and was honored by the Board in the area of academic achievement. She is a role model for her peers and consistently earns straight A’s in all subjects. Ashton is a member of the school safety patrol, student leader broadcast team and chorus. She is also Read more…

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