Month: February 2021


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) has inclement weather procedures in place for Phase 1 – virtual learning for all students – for the 2020-21 school year. A new code, Code V, has been added to the procedures. Inclement weather announcements include procedures for both students and CCPS staff. Inclement weather announcements are posted at ccboe.com and CCPS social media, sent to parents with an email address on file with CCPS, and recorded on the 24-hour information line at 301-934-7410/301-932-6656. Parents can opt-in for text message updates by texting Y or YES to 67587 (option available only for parents or CCPS Read more…


The Board of Education on Feb. 9 voted 5-2 to enter Phase 2 of its reopening plan on March 22 saying the school system needs more time to allow staff to receive both doses of the COVID-19 vaccination. Earlier in the Board of Education’s monthly meeting, Superintendent Kimberly Hill recommended to the Board to start Phase 2 on March 1. Hill, along with Health Officer Dianna Abney from the Charles County Department of Health, discussed the protocols and safety of incrementally bringing back students to in-person learning. In preparation for beginning Phase 2, Hill announced she planned to have all Read more…


The Board of Education at its Feb. 9 virtual meeting recognized three annual Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) resolutions. The resolutions highlight Fine and Performing Arts Month, Read Across Charles County and Women’s History Month. CCPS recognizes Fine and Performing Arts Month in March annually. Fine and performing arts programs provide students with a well-rounded education and are essential in the development of education in music, theatre and visual arts. Fine and Performing Arts Month celebrates the impact of fine arts education and programs in student development and achievement. Board Member Michael Lukas read and presented the resolution. The National Read more…


The Board of Education at its Feb. 9 meeting honored five 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. The recognition ceremony was held in a virtual format and featured pre-recorded introductions and recognitions from school principals. Honored were Cheryl Birmingham, Juan Gilmer, Kimberly McCloskey, LisaSue Smiroldo and Adele Youngborg. Birmingham is the pupil personnel worker at La Plata High School. In her role, Birmingham serves as an advocate for students, Read more…


The Board of Education of Charles County honored five Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students at its Feb. 9 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 from COVID-19 caused CCPS to postpone in-person student and staff recognitions. Health and safety guidelines 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 by the Board Feb. 9 were Mia Brown, Aris Hunter, Anthony Read more…


Charles County Board of Education is beginning its search for a new Superintendent of Schools to replace Superintendent Dr. Kimberly Hill, who has announced she is retiring June 30, 2021. Search consultants from the Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE) recently met with Board members to brief them on the search process and to begin developing a timeline. William Middleton, lead MABE search consultant, said the search is a “patience-building process that will not happen overnight.” Middleton said MABE conducts a professional, transparent, open and fair process for everyone involved. He also emphasized that each Board member must agree Read more…


The application for the dance program housed at Maurice J. McDonough High School reopened today for Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) eighth graders. The application is available now through 3 p.m., Friday, Feb. 12. The dance program also is open to eighth graders who are in private school and homeschooled for eighth grade. Students who apply will need to complete the application and participate in an audition. Information about the audition is posted on the McDonough website here. McDonough is hosting a Feb. 19 information meeting for students who apply for the program. Parents and student applicants should plan to Read more…


At Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School, success and hard work go hand in hand. Teachers and staff celebrate successes with parents, students and community partners. The relationships among these groups contribute to a shared school vision and foundation of a strong home and school connection. Included in the school vision are norms such as high expectations for all, honest and open lines of communication, and the building of trust in relationships. It is these norms, and the support of all stakeholders, that have helped students at Dr. Mudd reach higher levels of both personal and academic achievement. For these Read more…


The Board of Education’s next monthly meeting is Tuesday, Feb. 9, at 1 p.m. To maintain social distancing and safety guidelines, the Board will meet virtually. 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. The Board has opened virtual Public Forum for interested community members. Public Forum is at 6 p.m. Speakers must register in advance, have an active email and Zoom account. Speakers Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) will continue with virtual learning for students today, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021. However, due to changing weather forecasts, CCPS is closing its school offices. All curbside meal distribution sites are now closed for today. Visit the CCPS website at ccboe.com for the latest school system updates. 

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