Author: CCPS Press Releases


The Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) Office of Safety and Security was recently awarded a grant to enhance initiatives the office has set forth this school year. The $374,576 grant from the Maryland Center for School Safety will fund several projects — the bulk of which being the expansion of an existing mental health program from two to all seven CCPS high schools. High school students may be the most at-risk student population to display unsafe behavior inside and outside of school, said Mike Blanchard, supervising school psychologist for CCPS. “It is important to note that the risk of violence Read more…


The Girl Scout motto of “Be Prepared” calls for a Scout to help out wherever she is needed. Michaela Pape, a St. Charles High School junior, holds the Girl Scout rank of Ambassador and is living up to the motto by launching the Charles County Online Medical Equipment Sale on Facebook. With her mother being a physical therapist who does home health visits, Pape hears about patients who don’t have enough medical equipment, the right pieces or who think it’s a luxury to have certain ones. “But it’s a necessity,” Pape said. A two-story house can become impossible to navigate Read more…


Santa Claus wore blue and his sleigh was a truck on Tuesday when the members of the Omicron Delta Sigma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., stopped by C. Paul Barnhart Elementary School to drop off 35 bicycles for students nominated by their teachers. It was a busy day for the brothers of the Sigmas of Southern Maryland. Earlier in the day, the group visited Benjamin Stoddert Middle School to drop off gifts to students. The fraternity has a history of community service and stands by its motto of “Culture for Service and Service for Humanity.” “Every year we Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) principals recently worked a little magic during their monthly meeting when they were tasked to work in teams to build 40 children’s bicycles. “We know how important it is — taking care of the family we have made with our students and school communities,” said Amy Hollstein, deputy superintendent of schools. Principals broke into groups of three to put together a boy’s and a girl’s bike. Once complete, the bikes were inspected by CCPS staff and each of the county’s 21 elementary schools received two to give out to needy students. Hollstein and her team Read more…


The Col. Donald M. Wade Joint Services Military Ball was held on Dec. 7, a solemn anniversary for Americans. The day marked the 77th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, an event that ushered in the U.S. military’s and America’s participation in World War II. Known as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, Dec. 7 honors those who lost their lives during the attack and the survivors who fought at Pearl Harbor and in the Pacific. For Charles County public high school students – who were babies or not even born at the time of 9/11 – the attacks are Read more…


The Board of Education on Dec. 11 unanimously approved a grading policy that standardizes the scale middle and high school teachers use to determine an “F” grade.  Policy 5000 requires teachers to use a uniform grading scale that does not allow for minimum grades. The policy defines an F grade as 0 to 59 percent. Several high schools are using a minimum grading scale for an F, but the Board is requiring all schools to adopt the new grading scale at the start of the third quarter on Jan. 28. The Board discussed the grading policy at several meetings before adopting the uniform scale. The Read more…


When elementary school safety patrols put on their safety green belts and sashes, they represent more than themselves, Superintendent Kimberly Hill said during an induction ceremony Nov. 2 at Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer Elementary School. “You represent student leadership,” Hill said.   “Those of you who have decided to serve, you are a big part of what we need to keep schools safe,” said Jason Stoddard, director of school safety and security. Susie Davis, Jenifer’s technology facilitator and safety patrol coordinator, said the patrols work corroboratively and celebrate each other’s successes. “This group of students has become an integrated Read more…


WTOP, a local news radio outlet, is holding a Junior Reporter Contest. Three Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students are among the contestants vying for a WTOP feature and tour of the station’s studio. The winners also receive $500 for themselves and $1,000 for their school. CCPS students in the semifinals are Jai’Varn Hatton, a fourth grader at Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School; Brianna High, a junior at La Plata High School, and Kaitlyn Moyer, a fifth grader at William A. Diggs Elementary School. The contestant categories are divided by grade levels — elementary, middle and high. Voting is open through Read more…


The year after she quit school at 16, Brandy Ringer asked to go back. But pregnant at 17 and in her second year of sophomore year, she dropped out again. She was on her way to earning her diploma, but a car accident, a child born, life … it got in the way. “I push my son to go to school,” Ringer said. “Then it happened. ‘Why do I need to graduate when you didn’t,’ came out of my 9-year-old’s smart mouth.” It spurred Ringer to finally get her diploma. She is now attending the College of Southern Maryland, studying Read more…


Southern Maryland is no stranger to earthquakes. A 5.8 magnitude quake in Virginia on Aug. 23, 2011, was felt in Maryland. And while most Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students might not remember it, or were even born yet, those who attend General Smallwood Middle School and Gale-Bailey Elementary School know what to do if another one rocks the area. “Drop, cover and hold on,” was the direction Oct. 18 at the two schools which took part in the Great SouthEast ShakeOut, an annual drill supported by state and federal emergency management agencies. “The drill gives students another tool to Read more…

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