Month: November 2020


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) has canceled the December SAT and ACT testing dates at Westlake High School. This includes the SAT on Saturday, Dec. 5, and the ACT on Saturday, Dec. 12. Students registered for the tests will receive a cancelation notice from the College Board and/or ACT, Inc. The notice will include information about rescheduling tests. College Board updates are posted online at https://pages.collegeboard.org/sat-covid-19-updates. ACT updates are posted online at https://www.act.org/content/act/en/covid-19.html. About CCPS Charles County Public Schools provides 27,000 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) partners with Special Olympics Maryland to provide the Young Athletes At-Home Program (YAP), introducing children ages 2 to 7 to basic sports skills like running, kicking and throwing. The program is typically offered to children in special populations with and without intellectual disabilities who are in prekindergarten and enrolled in early intervention programs. This year, CCPS is offering the virtual program to all young children and their families who want to improve gross motor movement and skill development. The skills are instrumental to early childhood physical development. The Young Athletes At-Home Program blends sports and Read more…


The Board of Education at its Nov. 10 meeting honored four Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) staff members for their commitment to the school system and student success. Each month, the Board honors staff members chosen by their school principals who demonstrate their dedication to teaching and learning. Honored were Melissa Bridegum of Mary B. Neal Elementary School, Holly Dolan of North Point High School, Margaret Grove of Walter J. Mitchell Elementary School and Amanda Jones of Mattawoman Middle School. Bridegum is a second-grade teacher at Neal where she works particularly well with students who have special needs. She is Read more…


The Board of Education of Charles County honored four Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students at its Nov. 10 meeting. School principals annually select one student and staff member for Board recognition. Students are honored for accomplishments in the areas of academic achievement, career readiness and personal responsibility. School closures in March caused CCPS to postpone student and staff recognitions until last month. COVID-19 safety guidelines in place changed student and staff recognitions at Board meetings to a virtual format. The recognition ceremony featured pre-recorded introductions and recognitions from school principals. Honored this month were Liliana Gordon, Carter Harrigan, Grant Read more…


A family internet center at Dr. Thomas L. Higdon Elementary School will open Thursday, Nov. 12 to aid students in virtual learning. Hours for the Higdon internet center are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Higdon location is the third Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) school to provide indoor internet. Other sites are Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School 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 will re-open family internet centers on Tuesday, Nov. 10. Internet center hours at Lackey and Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) parents, guardians and caregivers recently attended a virtual Internet Safety Awareness presentation sponsored by the CCPS Department of Student Services.  Joseph Dugan, internet safety specialist with the Maryland State Police and a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, provided information on the dangers children may face on the internet and digital world. He shared recommendations on how families can protect their children and become more involved in their children’s use of technology. Finding the information valuable, parents requested similar presentations tailored for children. Participants viewed “Childhood 2.0” before the webinar, a documentary that interviews parents, children and industry-leading experts in child safety and development. It examines real-life issues facing young people today — Read more…


As Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) has made some changes to its meal distribution sites and serving times. 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. A site list is below. Malcolm Elementary School will continue to serve as a meal site, Monday through Friday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Prior to the postponement of Phase 2 for CCPS, the meal site at Malcolm was scheduled to close after Nov. 6. Seven sites currently have a second meal pick-up window of 5:30 to Read more…


As with all Charles County high school seniors, Evangeline Gilmer is navigating the start to her senior year virtually. The St. Charles High School Class of 2021 student leader is finishing her high school career with a heavy course load. She is taking seven Advanced Placement (AP) courses and her final Project Lead the Way course in Biomedical Innovations. The honor-roll student was ranked second in her graduating class at the end of last school year and hopes to attend a four-year college to pursue a career in the medical field. An honor that will help Gilmer during her studies Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is prepared to move to Phase 2 of its Reopening Plan; however, the recent rise in COVID-19 cases has caused the school system to pause the move to in-person learning for students. CCPS will continue to monitor the data and reassess; however, CCPS will not consider a move to Phase 2 until after the first of the year because of the upcoming holiday season. CCPS will continue virtual learning for all students until further notice. Student instruction continues through StudentVue and Zoom. All classes on Nov. 9 will start on time as scheduled during Phase Read more…


The Board of Education’s next regular meeting is 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 10. The Board will meet in person at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building in La Plata. To maintain social distancing and safety guidelines, there is no public access to the Starkey building 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 Read more…

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