Author: Charles County Public Schools Press Releases


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students improved in English/Language Arts (ELA)  on the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessments in 2019. The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) released local school system and school-level data today for PARCC, Maryland’s school assessments in ELA and mathematics.  Students in grades three through 10 take the state assessment in ELA. Results show progress in grades five through 10, and grades three and four declined slightly. Results for mathematics varied by test, and declined statewide. MSDE is placing an emphasis on analyzing math results due to decreases statewide in Read more…


Middle-school students unplugged for the week and got in touch with the great outdoors during Nature Inventor’s Workshop, a day camp that combines STEAM — Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math — practices with activities like fishing, canoeing and making s’mores. Open to sixth, seventh and eighth graders, the camp is held at the Nanjemoy Creek Environmental Center. It includes less traditional camp activities like making kites out of trash bags, building a simple motor craft out of bamboo, rubber bands, pencils and washers, knotting a survival bracelet made of paracord and indulging in molecular gastronomy which resulted in bacon Read more…


Second and third graders at Dr. Gustavus Brown Elementary School are brushing up on their math and reading skills with the school’s Jump Start summer program. For three hours a day over two weeks, students work with teachers in areas that they will be tested on during the school year. All Dr. Brown second and third graders were invited to the program with about 31 signing up, said Karen Lewis, the school’s principal. The students spend an hour-and-a-half on math and then another 90 minutes on reading, with a snack break in between. While the lessons are presented as games, Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students recently competed 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…

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