Month: March 2019


Fifty Charles County Destination Imagination teams advance to the state competition later this month after placing at the regional event hosted by Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) March 9. At regionals, 91 teams competed to solve one of six problems that challenge students to work together to apply creativity, use critical thinking skills and unique talents. Challenges are divided into three levels – elementary, middle and high school. There is also a non-competitive challenge for Rising Stars teams that include students in kindergarten through second grade. Teams that earn first- through fourth-place awards at regionals advance to the state event Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is hosting its History, Industry, Technology and Science Expo (HITS) this Saturday, March 16 from 1 to 5 p.m. at St. Charles High School in Waldorf. The Expo is a showcase of student work in the areas of science and history. The event also features hands-on activities and learning opportunities for students in areas such as science, history, career and technology education, engineering and more. Some of the activities attendees can participate in include escape room sessions, crafts, crime solving, making homemade ice cream, computer coding, robotics and archeology. Other presentations include live raptors from Read more…


The Board of Education at its March 13 meeting honored five Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) employees for exemplary accomplishments, and a commitment to students and staff. Honored were Robert Castellano, Donna Fowler, Juliana Herscher, Jacob Terlecki and Rebecca Wheaton. Castellano, known as Chief C., is an instructor at Henry E. Lackey High School with the U.S. Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corp (ROTC) program. He began his career with the school system in 2013 and is highly regarded among Lackey cadets. He prides himself on building meaningful relationships with students and is visible in the school, at events and Read more…


The Board of Education presented two resolutions to Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students and staff at its March 12 meeting. The Board votes annually to accept resolutions. The following resolutions were presented: Month of the Young Child; and National Student Leadership Week.             CCPS celebrates the Month of the Young Child annually in April. This year’s national theme is Celebrating Our Youngest Learners, which recognizes early learners, and that all children should enter school well prepared and ready to learn. Accepting the resolution at the Board meeting were J.P. Ryon Elementary School prekindergarten teacher Jaimee Post, prekindergarten student Christian Read more…


The Board of Education at its March 13 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 Lashauna Barbour, senior, Henry E. Lackey High School; Griffin Birmingham, fifth-grade student, T.C. Martin Elementary School; Amy Costa, fifth-grade student, Dr. Gustavus Brown Elementary School; Lilibeth Pineda-Mendez, fourth-grade student, C. Paul Barnhart Elementary School; and Angelica Proctor, eighth-grade student, John Hanson Middle School. Barbour was honored before the Board in the area of academic achievement. She is currently ranked sixth among Lackey seniors in the Class of Read more…


Before the start of the school day on Friday, Arthur Middleton Elementary School held a special event to honor important men in the lives of students. The “Main Man” event was the first of its kind for the Middleton community in several years. Students invited a main man in their lives – their father, guardian, uncle, grandfather, brother or friend – to have breakfast with them at school. Participants feasted on donuts, juice, coffee and other breakfast pastries while playing tic-tac-toe, taking photos with donuts at a selfie station or just spending quality time with each other. Middleton parent Wayne Read more…


The word of the night at the March 6 Charles County Spelling Bee was “pergola.” Isabella Dia Bonsu, a seventh grader at St. Peter’s School, spelled pergola correct in the final round of the 41st annual Bee to earn the title of top speller. She will represent Charles County at the Scripps National Spelling Bee set for May 28-30. Finishing in second place this year was Jack Alcorn, an eighth-grader from Milton M. Somers Middle School, followed by Mattawoman Middle School seventh grader Adam Alattas in third place. Alcorn also came in second place at last year’s Bee. At the Read more…


Fifth graders at Berry Elementary School recently attended a panel discussion — Preparing for Our Future — at the school. Coordinated by the school counselor, Olivia Coffey, the event is held each year to honor Black History Month. The gender-based panels introduced students to adults who spoke of overcoming obstacles, their childhood career goals and how they got to where they are today. Making up the male panel were Gregory Lorjuste, the director of scheduling for former President Barack Obama, Charles County Sheriff Troy Berry, broadcaster James Brown, chef Kenneth Clay, minister Steven Battle, multimedia artist Daniel Ferebee and DaNa Read more…


St. Charles High School will represent Maryland in the national We the People competition next month. The 17-member team will join the more than 1,200 students from 56 high schools around the country during the four-day competition held at the National Conventional Center in Leesburg, Va. St. Charles social studies teachers Michael Colatruglio and Hayley Ressler coach the team made up of sophomores, juniors and seniors. Both teachers have attended summer trainings through the James Madison Legacy Project, sponsored by the Center for Civic Education where they learned how to implement the We the People curriculum into their classrooms. After Read more…


A team of North Point High School students earned third place in the Southern Maryland Computer Bowl held March 2 at the school. A total of 20 teams and 80 students from Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties participated. The event features two rounds of activities. First, students complete a written test about computer knowledge. The test includes questions about computer history, software and hardware. The second round is a team exercise in which students create computer programs using programming languages such as Java or Python to solve problems. To complete the rounds, teams were provided with two laptop computers Read more…

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