Author: Charles County Public Schools Press Releases


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students come from five high schools to make up a team for winter guard, an indoor activity that combines choreography and props to tell a story or convey a theme. Simply put, “You have probably seen a color guard perform with a marching band before, winter guard is the same, just without the band,” said Alyssa Engle, a computer science and engineering Project Lead the Way teacher at Westlake and artistic director of the winter guard. Sixteen high school students — eight from La Plata, two from Maurice J. McDonough, two from North Point, one Read more…


Mary Anne Onianwah has always been interested in how people connect, it could be why she enrolled in North Point High School’s Cisco Networking Academy Career and Technical Education (CTE) program. “My parents come from a third world country and I see how technology connects people around the world,” said Onianwah, a senior who would like to study information science or human-computer interaction in college. At one time she wanted to major in medical information technology, but over the years, Onianwah has found herself drawn to the “why.” Why do people use technology the way they do? Continued questioning is Read more…


Free breakfast is being offered to all students in Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) through Jan. 10. Some CCPS students — those who attend a Title I school or a school that participates in the Maryland Meals for Achievement (MMFA) in-classroom breakfast program — get free breakfast throughout the year. Title I schools in Charles County are C. Paul Barnhart, Dr. Gustavus Brown, Indian Head, Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy, Dr. Samuel A. Mudd, J.P. Ryon and Eva Turner elementary schools. MMFA provides state funding to supplement federal meal reimbursements allowing select schools to offer breakfast for all students at no charge to Read more…


High school students in the Junior Reserves Officer Training Corps — better known as JROTC — gathered Friday, Dec. 13, for the 11th annual Col. Donald M. Wade Joint Services Military Ball held at North Point High School. The annual event celebrates the program that has a membership of more than 860 students attending one of the county’s seven high schools. The ball is an opportunity for instructors to honor seniors who have participated in their respective schools JROTC. Emma O’Rourke, a St. Charles High School sophomore, has been a member of her school’s JROTC since she was a freshman. Read more…


Three Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) physical education (PE) teachers were recently honored by SHAPE Maryland, an organization that promotes and supports health and wellness. The state chapter of the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) named Michelle Ignaszewski of the F.B. Gwynn Educational Center as Maryland’s Adapted Physical Education Teacher of the Year. Brittany Aley of Benjamin Stoddert Middle School and Diana Gyuras of Billingsley Elementary School each received the Simon McNeely Award given to those for outstanding teaching and service in health, physical education, recreation or dance. SHAPE Maryland recently held a convention in Ocean City that Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) holds toddler playgroups for children who are 18 months to 4 years old and live in Charles County. The playgroups engage young children in hands-on play, story time and activities designed to prepare them to enter school. The playgroups are held at Walter J. Mitchell, J.P. Ryon, Arthur Middleton and Indian Head elementary schools. The following is a list of times and dates for each location: Mitchell — playgroups are held Tuesdays from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. on Jan. 7, 14 and 28; Feb. 4, 11, 18 and 25; and March 3, 10, 17, 24 Read more…


Students at the Robert D. Stethem Educational Center are holding a coat drive until January. Organized by members of the center’s National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) and SkillsUSA, the coats collected for men, women and children will be donated to St. Mary Church, Newport. New and gently worn coats can be dropped off at Stethem between 7:50 a.m. to 1:50 p.m. Monday through Friday when school is in session. Visitors must show identification to enter the school and can leave the coats with office staff. Stethem houses a giving closet to help those in need year around. During the holidays, Read more…


Students gathered earlier this month at Milton M. Somers Middle School aiming to come out on top at the Middle School Archery Tournament.   “Archery kind of relates to life,” said Deshea Mack, father of Matthew Henson Middle School eighth grader, Emmanuel Mack. “You have a goal and you work toward it. Then you hit it.” Mack also appreciates that archery teaches patience and discipline. For some students, learning new skills are the side benefit of having a good time with a new activity. “I thought it would be fun,” Grace Dinnea, a sixth grader at Piccowaxen Middle School, said. Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) will launch a dance program at the start of the 2020-21 school year. Housed at Maurice J. McDonough High School, the program is open only to current CCPS eighth graders or eighth-grade students who plan to enroll in CCPS for the 2020-21 school year. Students accepted into the program will attend McDonough as freshmen at the start of the 2020-21 school year with transportation provided by CCPS. The program will be rooted in ballet, modern and jazz with other dance styles introduced throughout the four years. To be considered for the program, students must complete Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is increasing the presence of law enforcement at some schools. The Office of School Safety and Security secured a $276,000 grant that is allowing CCPS to enhance it security efforts through additional police coverage. Jason Stoddard, director of school safety and security, said the grant is limited to increasing police presence at schools and will provide coverage at some elementary schools and the Robert D. Stethem Educational Center. CCPS selected schools in remote areas as well as some in more congested areas that can limit the School Resource Officer (SRO) availability to quickly respond. All Read more…

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