Author: Charles County Public Schools Press Releases


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students recently completed in the 55th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference held in Louisville, Ky.  A team of the state’s most talented Career and Technology Education (CTE) high school students showcased their skills in 94 CTE competitions. More than 6,400 students from the United States, along with those from Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands, competed. Madison Grace, a 2019 graduate of North Point High School earned a bronze medal in the Early Childhood Education category. Several other CCPS students placed in various categories including: Christian Frazier, 2019 graduate of North Point, Internetworking, eighth Read more…


Lt. Col. Jonathan Brown, a U.S. Air Force veteran, has been named the 2019 Crystal Apple Award winner. The American Legion Auxiliary, Department of Maryland awards the honor for excellence in teaching. He was the American Legion Harry White Wilmer Post 82 Auxiliary’s finalist for the state title and will receive the state award later this month at the auxiliary’s convention in Ocean City. Brown has been a JROTC instructor at North Point High School for several years and runs the course with retired Chief Master Sgt. Ruth Wilson and retired Lt. Col. Linda Ray. North Point has an Air Read more…


North Point High School JROTC students recently spent a week introducing middle schoolers to the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps. JROTC has a program in each of the county’s high schools. North Point’s Summer Leadership School (SLS) gives rising freshmen interested in JROTC the opportunity to learn about it before committing when they start high school in a couple of months. At SLS, students are split into four groups — known as flights — where they learn more about teamwork and leadership. They also learn about drills, physical fitness, inspections and other facets of the JROTC program. “There is an Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) held the second annual Be the Difference Awards program June 10 to honor volunteers who contribute their time, talents and resources to students, staff and schools.   The Outstanding Volunteer of the Year “Be the Difference” awards program began in 2018 to recognize exemplary volunteers. There are five categories including elementary school parent volunteer, middle school parent volunteer, high school parent volunteer, Charles County business volunteer and community organization volunteer. Winners are named in each category, voted on by a committee made up of Board of Education members and CCPS staff. This year, Stephanie “Dusty” Read more…


The first day on the job for Concitta Walls was Sept. 5, 1969, and she was 18. William Diggs — the namesake of a Waldorf elementary school — stopped by her house over the summer. He knew her mother had health concerns and Walls, who had just graduated high school, would be looking for a job. She started at the F.B. Gwynn Educational Center and stayed there until 1986. From there she moved to the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building to work for the Training for Effective Transition, a program that helped support special education students, teaching them job coaching Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) will hold toddler playgroups this summer at four elementary schools. The playgroups are open to Charles County children 18 months to 4 years old and will include hands-on play, story time and school readiness activities. Playgroups will be held once a week from July 2 to Aug. 14 at J.P. Ryon, Dr. Gustavus Brown and Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer elementary schools. At Ryon, the group will meet Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m. to noon Tuesdays at Dr. Brown and from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesdays at Jenifer. On Wednesdays from Read more…


It’s not every day that your principal asks you to go out into the world as a soaring eagle thermostat. But that’s what Dr. Gustavus Brown Elementary School Principal Karen Lewis asked fifth graders to do at their promotion ceremony June 11. Lewis told the story of a baby eagle who fell out of his nest, landing in a turkey farm. The eaglet grew up among turkeys, and even though he never quite fit in, he went along, doing what turkeys do. One day while he was walking through the forest, he ran into an owl who challenged the eagle Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) annually honors outstanding support services personnel in the areas of instructional assistant, secretary, information technology, maintenance, food service, central office support staff and building services. The awards program was established to recognize the roles support personnel have in supporting the effective and efficient operations of the school system. Honorees for 2019 include Marie Woodland, assistant building service manager, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building; Tammy Dudley, instructional assistant, J.C. Parks Elementary School; Ronald Brawner Jr., general maintenance worker, Annex I; and Ronald Cave, computer analyst II, Matthew Henson Middle School, and J.C. Parks and Gale-Bailey elementary Read more…


Though Maurice J. McDonough High School is the smallest in the county, it is big on school pride. “We have continued to believe in ourselves as a class and instilled a pride in our school that will no doubt carry on to future students. Our athletic teams competed against much larger schools and found success. Our music and drama departments put on amazing performances, and our academic teams showed that the size of the school does not indicate its intelligence,” said Peyton Carney, the school’s valedictorian for the Class of 2019. “We might have the smallest number of students, but Read more…


The 242 members of Henry E. Lackey High School’s Class of 2019 were all together for the last time June 1 when they graduated following four years of hard work and fun times. In time, the Chargers might even call them the “good ol’ days.” “We don’t realize how many special moments come from our time at Lackey,” said Samuel Guzzone, who shared the title of valedictorian with Garrett Batchelor. Guzzone said it can be difficult to see the “good ol’ days” when you are living in them. “When you’re in high school, it’s hard to see we’re in the Read more…

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