Month: August 2019


When Keon Stinnie returns to school Sept. 3, he will ride the bus for the first time, attend classes in a new building and start a new grade. So will most of his classmates. Stinnie, a third grader, is one of about 375 Eva Turner Elementary School students being relocated this school year to the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) Transition School. His school, a 40-year-old open space building, is undergoing a renovation and expansion, sending the Turner Tigers to temporary classrooms for the next two years. Turner’s renovation started this summer and should be complete by the start of Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) has a new online website featuring school breakfast and lunch menus. The new website is linked to the School Meals menu located on the front of ccboe.com. Click on the red apple image under the photo slideshow to access the new site. The site is also accessible at http://tiny.cc/kgpvbz. The new site is provided by School Nutrition Network and features information about meal prices and menu options. The site also includes nutritional information such as calories, carbs and sugars for items served, and a la carte items available for purchase. Parents and students can also Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students improved in English/Language Arts (ELA)  on the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessments in 2019. The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) released local school system and school-level data today for PARCC, Maryland’s school assessments in ELA and mathematics.  Students in grades three through 10 take the state assessment in ELA. Results show progress in grades five through 10, and grades three and four declined slightly. Results for mathematics varied by test, and declined statewide. MSDE is placing an emphasis on analyzing math results due to decreases statewide in Read more…


Middle-school students unplugged for the week and got in touch with the great outdoors during Nature Inventor’s Workshop, a day camp that combines STEAM — Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math — practices with activities like fishing, canoeing and making s’mores. Open to sixth, seventh and eighth graders, the camp is held at the Nanjemoy Creek Environmental Center. It includes less traditional camp activities like making kites out of trash bags, building a simple motor craft out of bamboo, rubber bands, pencils and washers, knotting a survival bracelet made of paracord and indulging in molecular gastronomy which resulted in bacon Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) will offer all students free breakfast the first week of school, Sept. 3-6. The goal is to provide students with a jump-start to the new school year and an opportunity to start the day with a healthy breakfast. Breakfast items to be served include milk, cereal, juice and fruit with an additional option of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for high school students. “We want students to come back to school ready to not only begin a new school year, but to practice healthy eating habits. Kids need energy and nourishment to focus in class. Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is sponsoring a bus hotline for parents to call with questions about school bus routes. Call 301-932-6655 to access the hotline. The hotline is available 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 29-30, and 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 3-4. Bus route information for the 2019-20 is now available through the School Locator feature on the CCPS website, ccboe.com. School Locator is designed to allow the public to enter an address and see which three schools – elementary, middle and high – an address is zoned for. It also indicates if the address is eligible Read more…


School leaders from Charles County’s 37 public schools and centers kicked off the 2019-20 school year last week during the annual Administrative Leadership Institute. The annual event welcomes Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) principals, vice principals and administrative assistants with three full days of professional development to kick off the new school year.            The Institute was held Aug. 14-16 at North Point High School. The 2019 theme was “The Power of Your Words.” The Institute featured several guest speakers invited to talk with school administrators about relationship building with students, ensuring equity in teaching and learning, and lessons in school Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) officially starts the 2019-20 school year on Tuesday, Sept. 3 as an anticipated 27,000 students head to the classroom. Students in the three-year-old and prekindergarten programs start school on Tuesday, Sept. 10. New this school year is the opening of Billingsley Elementary School, the 22nd elementary school for CCPS, an expansion of the student ID badge program at all high schools, changes to the student cell phone policy and dress code, and an online student registration process. CCPS has several important programs and information for parents, students and staff as the new school year takes Read more…


The Board of Education’s next monthly meeting is Tuesday, Aug. 13 at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building on Radio Station Road in La Plata. The public portion of the meeting begins at 12 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 – 10:30 a.m.  Call to order Read more…

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