Author: CCPS Press Releases


The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) released local school system and school-level data yesterday for PARCC, Maryland’s new school assessments in English Language Arts/Literacy and mathematics. Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students showed steady growth in most subjects and grades. “We made some nice strides and improvements,” Deputy Superintendent Amy Hollstein said. “Assessment data is just one tool we use to improve teaching and learning. These individualized student reports will help schools ensure that students are receiving the appropriate instruction needed to reach college and career readiness goals,” Hollstein said. According to MSDE, for students in grades 3 through Read more…


Harold Watts was playing gigs at nightclubs like the Flamingo Club at 14th & W in Washington, D.C. A saxophone player, he was booking jobs in Baltimore too, and was a member of the band at the Howard Theatre. It was at Howard where he met someone who mentioned a high school in Charles County was looking for a band director. Watts, an educator in his native South Carolina, figured he could look into the job. He traveled to Pomonkey High School and met the principal, Charles Coates, who offered him the position. During a presentation Friday at the Charles Read more…


Teams from 37 Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) attended training for the Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports program in August. “We are very excited to finally have all 37 schools and centers trained as PBIS schools this year,” Jennifer Conte, coordinator of Student Intervention Programs with CCPS, said. “St. Charles, La Plata and Westlake high schools and Mary B. Neal Elementary School were all trained this past year and make Charles County 100 percent PBIS schools.” “PBIS is so important in schools because it gives each school a framework for teaching students and staff the school wide expected behaviors and Read more…


Over two days at the Charles County Fair, community members will discuss the history of school segregation and desegregation in the county through the eyes of students and educators who lived it. The McConchie One-room Schoolhouse at the fairgrounds will host more than 10 guest speakers Sept. 16 and 17. The presentation is part of the 100th anniversary celebration of the Charles County Board of Education. Friday, Sept. 16 speaker schedule: • 10:30 a.m. — Anna Kephart will present “A History of Segregation in Charles County Public Schools.” • 11:30 a.m. — Cecelia Spinks will present “1952-1965: Segregation — The Read more…


The 19th annual Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) College Fair will be Sept. 21 at North Point High School. Charles County juniors and seniors will attend the fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., bussed over from their schools. From 6 to 8 p.m., the fair is open to the public. Representatives of more than 140 colleges and universities will be at the fair. Students who want to attend during school hours must submit a signed permission slip to their school’s college and career advisor. Community members can bring their children to the public session in the evening, where two Read more…


Park your phone. Buckle up. Slow down. Be safe. Those were the messages Superintendent Kimberly Hill, and members of the Charles County Sheriff’s Office shared with La Plata High School student drivers this morning during the kickoff of the ninth annual We Care campaign. La Plata High School student drivers were greeted Aug. 31 by Sheriff Troy Berry, Hill and officers who passed out fliers reminding the teens of driving rules and driving safety. It was a safety message repeated at all county high schools where school resource officers, principals and staff members also stopped and passed out flyers to Read more…


The halls of John Hanson Middle School are quiet in mid-August. Even with a dozen of students scattered between two classrooms, there are sporadic bursts of conversation, the task at hand too engrossing for much chitchat. Instead of waiting for school to begin, Hanson’s four VEX Robotics teams get a head start on their projects over the summer. The 15 students in sixth through eighth grades meet from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for three days in June and three in August. Other VEX teams around the county will likely start meeting in September — the first competition is set Read more…


The James E. Richmond Science Center and the Space Foundation hosted Space in the Community Aug. 10, a free event open to families looking to learn more about space and science. “Our goal is to get kids and families excited about space,” Elias Molen, space education specialist with the Space Foundation, said. “We want space to be incorporated in all subject areas in schools … art, math, language arts. Kids will pay attention and get excited about space. They’re awed by the abnormal, they are awed by the endless possibilities.” The free event was the first of its kind at Read more…


Travel through time with the Board of Education in a three-part educational lecture series exploring the history of the Board — and education in Charles County — over the past 100 years. The Board is celebrating its 100-year anniversary and has planned three presentations, starting with “Education: Then and Now” from 6-9 p.m., Sept. 2 at the Port Tobacco Courthouse and One-room Schoolhouse. The presentation begins at 6:15 p.m., followed by breakout sessions including a trip to the Port Tobacco one-room school, discussion about the changes in education, a hands-on lesson and more. Segregation and desegregation will be the focus Read more…


Thirty-four Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) seniors finished their high school coursework requirements and graduated from Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) July 28 during Summer Commencement Exercises at Westlake High School. Representing the seven CCPS high schools, the 34 graduates wore caps and gowns in their respective schools’ colors. Superintendent Kimberly Hill was guest speaker at the graduation and said the 34 graduates traveled a unique road filled with challenges, but never gave up their goal to graduate. “Graduates, all of you have a story to tell about what brought you here. A story about your journey, the journey that Read more…

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