Year: 2020


The Board of Education’s next regular meeting is 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 8. To maintain social distancing and safety guidelines, the Board will meet virtually for this meeting. The meeting will stream live on the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) website, www.ccboe.com and air on Comcast Channel 96 and Verizon Fios Channel 12. CCPS will rebroadcast the meeting as well as post it on CCPSTV under the Board meeting tab at ccboe.com. There is no live public forum. Questions and comments can be emailed to boardmail@ccboe.com by 6 p.m., Dec. 7. Submissions are provided to Board members. The following is a tentative Read more…


Two Charles County Public high schools – Henry E. Lackey and La Plata – are hosting virtual play events this month. Henry E. Lackey High School’s virtual play is set to debut at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 11. The play will be available for 24 hours, but those interested in watching must email Austin Gore at rgore@ccboe.com for the virtual link. Lackey students will present “HelpDesk: A Stay at Home Play” by Don Zolidis. The play is produced through a special agreement with Playscripts. Anyone interested in providing a donation to the Lackey drama department can send it by Read more…


The annual Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) It’s Academic tournament will air at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 2. Teams from the seven high schools will compete in rounds and answer questions in a quiz-style format. Topics range from history, literature, science, math and mythology to sports and current events. This year’s event takes place in a virtual format. The first-place team from the event goes on to compete against Centreville and Fairfax high schools in a match set to air Feb. 27 on NBC4. The following teams are set to compete Dec. 2. La Plata High School – Captain Samantha Read more…


A family internet center at T.C. Martin Elementary School will open Tuesday, Dec. 1, to aid students in virtual learning. Hours for the Martin internet center are 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. The Martin location is one of four Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) schools to provide indoor internet. Other sites are at Dr. Thomas L. Higdon and Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy elementary schools, and Henry E. Lackey High School. Family internet centers provide WiFi to students in need of the resource to complete their schoolwork. Lackey and Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy family internet center hours are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Read more…


John Childers, a La Plata High School social studies teacher, has been named 2019-20 Coach of the Year for baseball by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). The NFHS honors a Coach of the Year in the top 10 girls sports and 10 boys sports each year. While the high school baseball season was not played due to safety and health precautions in place to slow the spread COVID-19, Childers credits his team — of coaches, players and their families — for helping him secure the title of Coach of the Year. “I look at it as Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is expanding operating hours at its 17 meal distribution sites starting Monday, Nov. 30. Meal sites will be open for curbside distribution Monday through Friday from 7 to 8 a.m., and from 10:30 a.m. through 1:30 p.m. Meals remain free to children ages 2 to 18 through the end of the 2020-21 school year in June. There is no meal service, including mobile meals, on days when students are not in school. Meal sites will be closed during the Thanksgiving break from Nov. 25 to 27, and for winter break from Dec. 23 to Jan. Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is closed Wednesday, Nov. 25 through Friday, Nov. 27 for the Thanksgiving holiday. The closure applies to all schools, CCPS buildings and administrative offices. Next week, online learning for students and teachers is Nov. 23-24. Normal hours resume Monday, Nov. 30. The two-hour early dismissal printed in the 2020-2021 Parent Handbook/Calendar on Dec. 7 has been canceled for students. Dec. 7 is a regular day of online learning for students. The teacher planning time set for Dec. 7 moves to Wednesday, Dec. 9. CCPS posts updated calendar information on the school system website at ccboe.com. Read more…


The Board of Education of Charles County is holding a virtual work session at 6 p.m., Monday, Nov. 23. Due to COVID-19 and social distancing guidelines in place, the meeting will be held virtually. The meeting will stream live on the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) website, ccboe.com and air on Comcast Channel 96 and Verizon Fios Channel 12. CCPS will rebroadcast the meeting as well as post it on CCPSTV under the Board meeting tab at ccboe.com. The Board encourages the public to email questions and comments to boardmail@ccboe.com. Comments should be limited to 250 words. Board meetings also Read more…


Superintendent Kimberly A. Hill formally notified the Board of Education Tuesday morning that she does not plan to ask for renewal of her contract in 2021. The Superintendent of Schools said she plans to retire at the end of the 2020-21 school year and wanted to provide the Board with ample opportunity to fill her position before her final day on June 30, 2021. Hill is not required to notify the Board until the February before the expiration of her contract. “I think the right thing to do is provide the Board with as much time possible to complete the Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is getting high marks on the Maryland School Breakfast Report Card. Maryland Hunger Solutions, a nonprofit that promotes nutrition outreach, recently released its annual breakfast report card. For school year 2019, CCPS earned an A-, bringing its grade up from a B+ in 2018. The state average on the report card is a C, according to Maryland Hunger Solutions. “The Food and Nutrition Services department knows how important breakfast is to so many of our students, and we work very closely with all of our schools to offer breakfast at convenient times, where students are Read more…

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