Year: 2021


Superintendent of Schools Maria V. Navarro, Ed.D. presented her middle school redistricting recommendation to the Board of Education at its Sept. 14 meeting, suggesting Proposal A with no modifications. The middle school redistricting process is comprehensive and focuses on expanding the attendance zone at Benjamin Stoddert Middle School. Stoddert is undergoing a complete renovation and expansion that will increase the state rated capacity for students from 711 to 975. In a presentation to the Board, Assistant Superintendent of Supporting Services Michael Heim said the recommendation moves a smaller number of current Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students and better balances Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is moving all in-county high school varsity football games scheduled for this Friday, Sept. 17, to 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 18. The schedule is below. La Plata High School vs. Patuxent High School (held at La Plata) Henry E. Lackey High School vs. Thomas Stone High School (held at Lackey) Maurice J. McDonough High School vs. Calvert High School (held at Stone/homecoming) North Point High School vs. Westlake High School (held at North Point) This change does not apply to the game scheduled between St. Charles High School and Leonardtown High School set for Sept. Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) provides bus transportation to more than 24,000 students in Charles County. As the second week of in-person learning comes to a close today, CCPS is still working through bus issues as a result of driver shortages and later than usual student enrollments. Transportation staff is working through help desk tickets submitted by parents. Tickets continue to range from bus stop requests and stop changes, to complaints about delayed bus arrivals. Bus routes for the majority of students have been consistent this week, but delayed buses and late arrivals will continue for the foreseeable future. Daily, Read more…


As Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) enters the second week of school, additional families have been offered opportunities for their children to participate in virtual learning programs. Kindergarten through Grade 8 Virtual Learning Program As of Wednesday, Sept. 8, only 247 students were enrolled in the kindergarten through Grade 8 Virtual Learning Program. Live instruction for these students began on Tuesday with CCPS teachers. Proximity Learning teachers will take over live classes starting Monday, Sept. 20. Spaces for 365 students have been declined by families. CCPS continues to work through the waitlist of interested families with students who qualified for Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) recently launched a new diagnostic program, i-Ready, for students. The program features adaptive assessments that build on student responses to provide teachers with data to best support their students. Initial assessments started at schools last week, and include both reading and mathematics. The high school i-Ready assessment window closes Sept. 24, and the middle and elementary school windows close next month. Data from the initial i-Ready assessments will help teachers determine areas of mastery, but also provide data on areas for growth and improvement. Additionally, teachers will use the program to monitor student progress throughout Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is adjusting schedules for several upcoming planned indoor events. The changes affect school open houses, high school homecoming dances, middle school dances, volunteer support in schools and planned field trips. The changes will decrease the amount of people gathering inside of school buildings. Although students and staff are back in buildings for in-person learning, CCPS is limiting the number of outside visitors when possible to support safe learning environments. CCPS has also updated standard operating procedures (SOP) regarding COVID-19 testing at schools. Below are important updates for parents, students and staff. Virtual open houses, other Read more…


The annual Charles County College Fair is set for Monday, Sept. 13, at North Point High School in Waldorf. Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) juniors and seniors will attend the fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. as part of a school field trip. During their visit, students can meet with representatives from colleges and universities, including those from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), talk with recruiters who represent the U.S. Armed Forces and learn about opportunities available through vocational and technical schools. No evening session will be held this year as it has in the past. Christian Zimmerman, Read more…


The Board of Education’s next regular meeting is 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 14. The Board will meet in person at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building. The Starkey Building is located at 5980 Radio Station Road in La Plata. The meeting is open to the public. However, the Board is limiting the number of in-person attendees to the first five arrivals in order to support social distancing in the boardroom. Visitors are required to wear a face mask and must check-in with staff at the main desk. Visitors will be seated in the back of the boardroom. If more Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is looking for nominees for its annual Principal of the Year award. The award honors exemplary leaders for not only their leadership, but for their commitment to providing an exceptional learning environment for students. The principal chosen for the honor will also represent CCPS as the county finalist for The Washington Post Principal of the Year award. Each year, The Post selects an overall award recipient for its Principal of the Year award from among finalists in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. Principals can be nominated by staff, students, parents, colleagues or community members, but are not eligible if Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is accepting nominations for The Washington Post and Maryland Teacher of the Year awards programs. Nominated teachers will be considered as honorees in either one or the other awards program, which is a change for CCPS this year. Additionally, all schools and centers must submit one teacher nominee annually. Nomination criteria include a minimum of five complete years of teaching and must be a full-time classroom teacher. Nominees must also commit to maintaining their teaching position with CCPS for the 2022-2023 school year. Criteria also include demonstration by the teacher of the following: Instills in students a Read more…

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