Month: October 2020


Westlake High School is hosting the SAT exam in person on Saturday, Nov. 7. Any student who is registered to take the exam at Westlake should follow the guidelines listed below. Students must wear a mask at all times while on campus. This includes the time they arrive on the Westlake campus to the time they leave the school campus. Students must observe social distancing. This includes maintaining a 6-foot distance from all other students and testing center staff while on school grounds. Students must use hand sanitizer before entering the testing room. Any student experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should not Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) has made some changes to its meal distribution service. The following changes are effective Monday, Nov. 9. Meal sites are open for curbside distribution Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with the exception of Malcolm Elementary School. A site list is included below. The final day for curbside meal distribution at Malcolm is Friday, Nov. 6. Seven sites currently have a second meal pick-up window of 5:30 to 6: 30 p.m. The final day for evening hours is Nov. 6 at Henry E. Lackey, La Plata, North Point, St. Charles, Thomas Stone Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) hosted its annual fall chess tournament Oct. 24 in person at Thomas Stone High School. To accommodate COVID-19 social distancing and safety guidelines, this year’s fall tournament was limited to students in Grades 4-12. A total of 38 students competed in three rounds of grade-level division play, and one champion was named per grade level. Top finishers also were named in each division. Champions received a trophy and top finishers received medals. Felix Cummings served as the tournament director. The following students earned awards in their respective division.  Grade 4 Karsten Villanueva, William A. Diggs Read more…


Educational Systems Federal Credit Union recently honored Benjamin Stoddert Middle School physical education teacher Brittany Aley with a professional development award. Two Class of 2020 graduates, Taylor Colbert and Camryn Fryer, also received scholarships from the credit union. Educational Systems FCU honors educators and students annually through its Support Education Foundation. Teachers and students apply for the awards and must meet certain eligibility criteria. Aley received the $1,000 Maurice Erly Professional Development Award. Aley is in her third year of teaching at Stoddert. She plans to use the award to attend the next SHAPE Maryland conference. “I was certainly excited Read more…


The St. Charles High School meal site was closed today due to a heavy volume of early voting traffic. Meal service will reopen at St. Charles tomorrow. For the next week, St. Charles is relocating its food distribution to the bus parking lot near the tennis courts. Relocating the food distribution site to the bus parking lot should alleviate some traffic and provide a safe space for families picking up meals for students. The food distribution site will move back to its regular location on Wednesday, Nov. 4. St. Charles is one of two early voting sites in Charles County. Read more…


The 2020 Virtual Maryland College Application Campaign (MCAC) is Oct. 26 to 30 and is open to all high school students. The campaign’s goal is to provide hands-on assistance in filling out a college application and becoming familiar with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) completion process. The MCAC ensures that each participating student submits at least one postsecondary application. Each high school college and career advisor is sending seniors a checklist with links and additional resources for filling out applications. The checklist includes search tools, links to college testing information and financial aid information. Throughout the week, the Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) annually honors outstanding support services personnel in the areas of maintenance, information technology, secretary, central office support, food service, building services and instructional assistant. The awards program was established to recognize the roles support personnel have in maintaining the effective and efficient operations of the school system. Honorees for 2020 include Gary Cook, a building controls system technician in the CCPS maintenance shop; Richard Day, a computer analyst III at North Point High School; Carol Jewell, secretary to the principal at North Point; Annemarie Murphy, secretary to the assistants in school administration at the Starkey Read more…


The Board of Education and Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) are hosting a virtual meeting through Zoom on the middle school redistricting process at 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 26. Staff members will explain the redistricting timeline, committee selection process, how alternatives will be created and provide opportunities for community input. The meeting will be broadcast live at ccboe.com and on YouTube. A question and answer period will follow the presentation. The presentation is posted on the CCPS website here. Members of the public can join the meeting as an attendee and submit questions using the meeting chat feature. Staff Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) will begin Phase 2 of its reopening plan on Monday, Nov. 9. The school system is preparing to welcome more than 3,200 students back to schools across the county. Part of Phase 2 planning includes enhanced safety guidelines for students using bus transportation. Safety is a top priority for CCPS and transportation staff have implemented additional school bus procedures to keep students safe on the bus. Parents who requested bus transportation should review the guidelines and talk them over with their child(ren) before returning to school. A video highlighting CCPS school bus safety guidelines is Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is accepting applications from high school seniors interested in participating in the 2021 Maryland General Assembly Legislative Page Program. Each year, CCPS selects three high school seniors and one alternate to represent the school system in the program. The program provides interested high school seniors with an opportunity to learn first-hand about government and the legislative process. The 2021 program has been altered due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Student pages will take part in a modified version of the program using Zoom for virtual participation. Their experience will include working in either the state Senate Read more…

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