Author: Charles County Public Schools Press Releases


A new Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) requirement regarding the use of backpacks in middle and high schools will take effect April 24, making the rule consistent across the school system. When they return from spring break, middle and high school students will have to store their backpacks in their lockers during the school day. Principals and administrators will work with students to ensure there is enough time allotted between classes to go to their lockers. Students will be allowed to carry a small, personal bag no larger than a standard adult hand throughout the day. The backpack rule is Read more…


The Sea Perch Regional Robotics Competition was held March 16 during the History, Industry, Technology and Science (HITS) Expo at St. Charles High School. Sea Perch is an underwater robotics program during which students and teachers build an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV). William A. Diggs Elementary School’s team, Jaws, won first place in the Engineering Notebook category and third place in the obstacle course category. Jaws was named the best overall team at the competition and will represent the region at the Sea Perch national competition on June 1 and 2 at the University of Maryland, College Park. The Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) elementary- and middle-school students participated in the Southern Maryland LEGO League Championship April 6 at the College of Southern Maryland’s La Plata campus. More than 50 teams from the tri-county area — 18 from CCPS — were challenged to build and program a robot to compete missions related to natural disasters. With the theme of Nature’s Fury in mind, teams also researched and presented a solution to a global issue related to natural disasters. Middle school teams also took part in a technical interview with judges to demonstrate their understanding of skills and concepts. Walter Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) teams competed in the regional Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA) events held April 11 and 12 at North Point High School. Overall winners were selected at the elementary-, middle- and high-school levels. “MESA will help me in my career path,” said Brian Thomas, a Westlake High School senior who became involved with MESA in eighth grade. “I want to major in computer science. It’s a high-paying profession and a growing one. Technology is consistently advancing, and I want to be ahead of it.” Thomas isn’t the only one laying a foundation for a future Read more…


The Red Cross Club at St. Charles High School spent the past two weeks drumming up support for its recent blood drive. But it didn’t take much convincing to sign up volunteers. “Not at all,” said Helena Caaya, a junior and president of the Red Cross Club. The main hurdle to clear was making sure volunteers met the donation criteria. To donate, a person must be at least 17 years or older (or have parental permission at 16), meet the height and weight requirements, have not received a tattoo within the past year, along with a list of other caveats. Read more…


North Point High School celebrated Women’s History Month in March with a series of events featuring women making strides in the areas of athletics, STEM and education. On March 25, Celebrating HERstory: Women on the Forefront of STEM invited three women working in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics to talk about their experiences and share advice. Karena L. Swisher is the capability advancement director at the Joint Warfare Analysis Center (JWAC) in Dahlgren, Va. She began her career in 1998 as a chemical engineer with the Department of the Navy. Charmaine Thompson, chief of instructional technology for Read more…


North Point High School celebrated receiving its fourth Ocean Guardian School banner through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). A March 27 event was held to commemorate the milestone while announcing the school has received Ocean Guardian School grant funding for the 2019-20 school year. Ocean Guardian School team members and the club’s sponsor, science teacher Lolita Kiorpes, work to improve wetlands and ocean health, and educate others about the nomination of Mallows Bay-Potomac River as a National Marine Sanctuary. There are 45 Ocean Guardian Schools in the country, with most in California, Florida, Oregon and Washington State. North Read more…


Students in North Point High School’s education careers program, along with their peers who wanted an up-close look at the field, stopped by the school’s staff development room on March 14 for a Women in Education event. Superintendent of Schools Kimberly Hill and Kim McClarin, principal of Theodore G. Davis Middle School, spoke to students about their careers and the paths they took to get to where they are now. Hill opened by waving a magic wand, a gift she received from a colleague after being appointed superintendent in 2013. “There’s no such thing as magic wands,” Hill said. “But Read more…


St. Charles High School senior Kate O’Meara donated backpacks and school supplies to Eva Turner and Dr. Gustavus Brown elementary schools at the beginning of the year. O’Meara founded Project Leaders 2 Leaders, a nonprofit to help students and those in need. Attending Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Conference (HOBY) in her sophomore year, O’Meara learned personal, group and leadership skills. “I learned about how I can help make a difference to the world, but it wasn’t until I went back to HOBY as a volunteer in my junior year that I truly was inspired to help my community,” she said. Read more…


This year’s History, Industry, Technology and Science (HITS) Expo brought together those who are comfortable digging in dirt with those who have their head in the stars. It attracted those who use their wits to escape a room and those who use science to solve a mystery. “I think it’s so cool here,” said Ca’Sandra McIntyre, a first grader at Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for kids to show their appreciation for scientific things,” said Richard Coleman, a U.S. Navy engineer. He brought his son, William, a Matthew Henson Middle School sixth grader, to the Read more…

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