Month: June 2021


Superintendent of Schools Kimberly A. Hill and the Charles County Commissioners today announced a joint appointment of Christina Miller, a longtime school system educator, as the Coordinator of District Innovation for Charles County Public Schools (CCPS). Miller currently serves as the CCPS coordinator of formative assessment and takes on the new role July 1. This is a new position for CCPS that was created in response to a requirement in the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future legislation. The Blueprint for Maryland’s Future legislation was voted into law this past spring by the Maryland General Assembly. The legislation is focused on education Read more…


Effective Thursday, July 1, 2021, mask use is no longer mandatory in Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) buildings, schools or on school grounds. Mask use by students, staff and visitors to CCPS buildings is strongly encouraged, but voluntary on and after July 1. CCPS staff consulted with the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), both the state and local health departments, and Charles County Health Officer Dr. Dianna Abney to discuss this change. Health officials strongly encourage unvaccinated staff and students to continue mask use. Students and staff who choose to continue mask use must wear cloth face coverings appropriately Read more…


The Board of Education recently recognized Katie O’Malley-Simpson for her leadership role in Charles County Public Schools (CCPS). She is a consummate professional in all her duties and goes above and beyond expectations to support CCPS, its mission, students and staff, Superintendent of Schools Kimberly A. Hill, Ed.D., said. Whether it was speaking to the press, coordinating a special event, overseeing television and website operations or promoting school system successes, O’Malley-Simpson worked tirelessly for CCPS and Charles County.  O’Malley-Simpson is highly regarded as a tireless advocate for strategic communications and pushes those around her to achieve excellence. Her passion for Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) recently announced the retirement of 93 employees who have retired during the past school year or who had notified Superintendent Kimberly A. Hill, Ed.D., before June 10 that they plan to retire at the end of this school year. Retirees are listed by their name and last position and location where they served. Bonnette Addison, special education instructional assistant, Piccowaxen Middle School; Cynthia Anderson, reading recovery teacher, Dr. James Craik Elementary School; Sandy Andrews, secretary to the principal, Gale-Bailey Elementary School; Frederick Bell, food service manager, Thomas Stone High School; Philip Bohne, school counselor, C. Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students who were in kindergarten through 11th grade during the 2019-20 school year submitted artwork for consideration to be used as the cover of the Fair Guide for the 97th Charles County Fair. The overall winner was incoming Piccowaxen Middle School eighth grader Fearn Castleberry’s colorful drawing of the fairgrounds shown from the perspective of a person overhead on a carnival ride. Winners were announced for each grade and include James Winsett, incoming first grader at T.C. Martin Elementary School; Emersyn Stump, incoming second grader at Dr. Thomas L. Higdon Elementary School; Mackenzie Rooney, incoming Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is holding a Summer Virtual Learning Launch for children ages 4 and 5 who are Charles County residents. The launch will provide enriching experiences that promote school readiness and will include language and literacy, mathematics, social foundations, and gross and fine motor skills. Each group meets for four weeks, and a caregiver will need to participate in each virtual meeting with the child. Families are asked to join only one group — the one that meets on Tuesdays or on Thursdays. Group A will meet from 9:20 to 10 a.m. on Tuesdays — July 6, 13, Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) has restructured its Thriving Threes and Me early learning program for the 2021-2022 school year. The restructure provides additional space for prekindergarten students in Title I school zones. CCPS has eight Title I schools: C. Paul Barnhart, Dr. Gustavus Brown, Indian Head, Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy, J.P. Ryon, Dr. Samuel A. Mudd, Eva Turner and Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer elementary schools. Prekindergarten students at Title I schools attend classes all day. The Thriving Threes and Me program will continue to focus on family engagement. Similar to the 2020-21 school year, the program will not be a Read more…


Sahil Patel, a 2021 graduate of North Point High School, was named a U.S Presidential Scholar in Career and Technical Education. Each year, up to 161 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students. Each year, two students from each state are named annually as U.S. Presidential Scholars. Also named are 20 students in the arts, 20 in career and technical education and 15 chosen at large. Of the 3.6 million high school students who graduated in the Class of 2021, 6,000 of them qualified for the 2021 U.S. Presidential Scholar awards. Read more…


The Board of Education on June 8 approved tuition rates for the 2021-2022 school year that include a slight increase for students enrolling outside of Charles County, and for non-Maryland residents. For students residing in Maryland but who live outside of Charles County, the cost for the coming school year is $8,980. This is a 1 percent increase from the rate established for the current school year. Students enrolling in Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) for the 2021-2022 school year who live outside of Maryland will be charged a yearly rate of $13,450. This is a 1 percent increase from Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) will continue its voluntary COVID-19 screening program this summer. Staff and students attending in-person camps and programs can participate in a free weekly COVID-19 test. The program is a partnership between CCPS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide increased testing resources to schools. CCPS launched a pilot program at five schools in May and will continue to offer free preventative testing over the summer months. Staff and student participation in the program will help CCPS transition and plan for a full Read more…

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