Month: November 2019


In January, four Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students will learn first-hand how bills and laws are passed by Maryland legislators. Seniors Jake Burgess, Jamarr Joshua Johnson, Kathleen Martinez and Natalie Yeager were recently chosen to represent CCPS in the 2020 Maryland Student Page Program. The program is part of the annual legislative session that runs January through April. More than 100 high school students participate, each serving as a representative of their respective school district. Three representatives are picked with a fourth student selected as an alternate. This year, Burgess, Johnson and Martinez will serve as CCPS representatives and Read more…


The Board of Education of Charles County is holding an executive session phone conference 6 p.m., Monday, Dec. 2 at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building as permitted by the Maryland Open Meetings Act, Section 10-508(a) and Section 10-503(c) of the State Government Article to discuss personnel matters.  About CCPS Charles County Public Schools provides 27,521 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 37 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers Read more…


All Charles County public schools and administrative offices are closed Nov. 27-29 for the Thanksgiving holiday. Schools and offices reopen Monday, Dec. 2. Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) posts calendar information on the school system website, ccboe.com. Select the About tab and choose Parent Handbook/Calendar 2019-20 to view dates for this school year.    About CCPS Charles County Public Schools provides 27,521 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 37 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership Read more…


The Board of Education of Charles County is holding an executive session phone conference 8:30 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 26 at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building as permitted by the Maryland Open Meetings Act, Section 10-508(a) and Section 10-503(c) of the State Government Article to discuss personnel matters.  About CCPS Charles County Public Schools provides 27,521 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 37 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers Read more…


Students gathered earlier this month at Milton M. Somers Middle School aiming to come out on top at the Middle School Archery Tournament.   “Archery kind of relates to life,” said Deshea Mack, father of Matthew Henson Middle School eighth grader, Emmanuel Mack. “You have a goal and you work toward it. Then you hit it.” Mack also appreciates that archery teaches patience and discipline. For some students, learning new skills are the side benefit of having a good time with a new activity. “I thought it would be fun,” Grace Dinnea, a sixth grader at Piccowaxen Middle School, said. Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) will launch a dance program at the start of the 2020-21 school year. Housed at Maurice J. McDonough High School, the program is open only to current CCPS eighth graders or eighth-grade students who plan to enroll in CCPS for the 2020-21 school year. Students accepted into the program will attend McDonough as freshmen at the start of the 2020-21 school year with transportation provided by CCPS. The program will be rooted in ballet, modern and jazz with other dance styles introduced throughout the four years. To be considered for the program, students must complete Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is increasing the presence of law enforcement at some schools. The Office of School Safety and Security secured a $276,000 grant that is allowing CCPS to enhance it security efforts through additional police coverage. Jason Stoddard, director of school safety and security, said the grant is limited to increasing police presence at schools and will provide coverage at some elementary schools and the Robert D. Stethem Educational Center. CCPS selected schools in remote areas as well as some in more congested areas that can limit the School Resource Officer (SRO) availability to quickly respond. All Read more…


Superintendent Kimberly Hill has announced the Fresh Start Academy Advisory Board, which is composed of members representing the community and various organizations. Dr. Dianna Abney, a Waldorf pediatrician and former director of the Charles County Department of Health, is the advisory board chair. The board will offer input and feedback on the Academy programs, policies and practices. Other board members include: Catherine Meyers, representing the Center for Children; Linda McLaughlin, representing the Education Association of Charles County (EACC); Yolanda Christian, representing the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME); Janice Wilson, selected by the Board of Education; Del. Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) and the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) are hosting a scholarship fair next month to educate students and parents in paying for college expenses. The fair is 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 17 in the Business and Industry (BI) building of the CSM La Plata campus. The event is geared for high school juniors and seniors interested in learning about college scholarships. The fair will also include parent workshops. Workshop topics range from college savings plans and completing the college application process to navigating the free application for federal student aid and how student Read more…


The Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) ParentVue, StudentVue and TeacherVue systems will be unavailable from 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15 to 5 a.m. Monday, Nov. 18 while the system completes an update. Beginning Nov. 18, parents, students and teachers will have to use a new web address in order to access the programs. CCPS is moving its data storage from the student information system, Synergy, to a new cloud-based environment. Effective Nov. 18, the link for ParentVue and StudentVue is https://MD-CCPS-psv.edupoint.com. The new link is the same for both parent and student access. The new link for teacher access is Read more…

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