Author: Charles County Public Schools Press Releases


If the world’s a stage, Charles County Public School (CCPS) students were the stars Feb. 12 when the Board of Education and Charles County Commissioners honored students for their work in the Maryland State Theatre Festival held Jan. 11 and 12 at Towson University. Henry E. Lackey High School earned first place in the Trash Costume contest. The winning team includes sophomores Tiana Clemons and Destiny Flournoy, and junior Katie Comer. Lackey senior Trey Jolly earned a superior rating in the musical theater category and Noah Peoples-Wallace, a sophomore, received a superior rating in acting. La Plata High School sophomores Read more…


The Board of Education unanimously adopted its fiscal year 2020 operating budget request of $392.3 million during its monthly meeting Feb. 12. The budget request is an increase of $22.7 million, or 6.1 percent more than FY 2019. The budget prioritizes employee compensation, and also adds funds for the opening of Billingsley Elementary School, mental health supports, transportation increases, an alternative elementary program and school safety enhancements. A budget summary is available at https://www.ccboe.com/index.php/budget. State funds are projected to increase about $8.6 million due in part to continued enrollment increases. The request includes a local contribution increase of $15.1 million. Read more…


The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and the Maryland Advisory Council on Gifted and Talented Education honored five Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) teachers — Kelly Craft, Karen Dempsey, Kristen Lednum, Jane Marchione and Sean Pearson — for their efforts and accomplishments in gifted education. Michelle Beckwith, principal of Dr. James Craik Elementary School, was named an outstanding school administrator and Ann Taylor, CCPS content specialist for gifted education, was honored as a gifted and talented program coordinator. They were honored at a Feb. 5 ceremony held to honor the governor’s proclamation of February as Gifted and Talented Education Read more…


Nine Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students were recognized Feb. 5 by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and the Maryland State Advisory Council on Gifted and Talented Education for their accomplishments in gifted education. Each received a Student Accomplishment in Gifted and Talented Education Award. They are: Kaylee Alvey, eighth grade, General Smallwood Middle School; Anthony Cave, fifth grade, Dr. Thomas L. Higdon Elementary School; Eliza Freundel, fifth grade, Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School; Edwin Hall, eighth grade, Smallwood; Camryn Halloran, fifth grade, Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy; Leland Kirk, fifth grade, Dr. James Craik Elementary School; Ethan Phanthasy, fourth grade, Craik; Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) hosted its 2018 Middle School Archery Tournament on Nov. 30 at Milton M. Somers Middle School. Archers from the county’s eight public middle schools participated, divided by grade level into boy and girl teams. Luis Sousa, a sixth grader at Matthew Henson Middle School, said he is pretty good at traditional sports, so when he learned about archery, “It was something I was interested in,” he said. Sousa said he likes how archery uses a different set of skills than other athletic activities he is familiar with. “You can’t just go out and hit a Read more…


Dumping out-of-date textbooks in a landfill didn’t sit right with Brian Richard, warehouse foreman with Charles County Public Schools (CCPS). So, the day representatives of the Book Project through the World Bank Family Network reached out to CCPS nine years ago was a good one. “We have not dealt with any other vendor since,” Richard said. The Book Project was founded nearly 40 years ago after the wives of World Bank employees took a trip to Lagos, Nigeria, to inaugurate a library. Surprised to find the building empty, the women started networking with spouses of the bank’s staff to collect Read more…


A teacher should start every day fresh. “Every day is a new day,” said Michelle Simone, a first-grade teacher at Dr. James Craik Elementary School for more than 15 years. “You should be welcoming and respectful, have compassion and positivity for sure.  You also have to be well planned, always thinking ahead and not be afraid to fail.” It is advice students in the Teacher Academy of Maryland (TAM) Career and Technology Education program can glean from working in classrooms with seasoned teachers. TAM is offered in all Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) high schools to introduce students interested in Read more…


Students were off from school Monday, Oct. 8, but some showed up anyway. Girl Powered, a robotics program for girls in third through eighth grades, was held at North Point High School. It introduced engineering concepts and fostered teamwork among the girls, while they got tips from North Point student volunteers in the engineering program. The field of STEM — Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics — is a male-dominated workforce, with women representing only 24 percent of it, according to VEX Robotics, the sponsor of the Girl Powered program. By introducing younger girls to STEM activities, the workforce may grow Read more…


Renee Deminne has always had an interest in eastern Europe. It’s a fascination born out of Deminne’s love of history. “I like history in general,” said the St. Charles High School senior. “But eastern Europe is the intersection of Europe, the Middle East and Asia.” “She had an interest in history and languages fell into that,” Deminne’s mother, Theresa, said. “Her interest in history and language kind of collided.” Deminne spent the summer studying Russian in Moldova, a country between Romania and Ukraine that was formerly under Russian control. She was among 20 American high school students — out of Read more…


Administrative teams of six Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) recently received public safety radios to directly communicate with first responders if a life-threatening emergency arises at a school. The digital portable radios — Motorola XTS 5000 models — directly connect schools with Charles County’s Department of Emergency Services, prompting a faster response by first responders, said Jason Stoddard, director of CCPS safety and security. The radios were given to Indian Head, Eva Turner, Malcolm, Dr. Gustavus Brown, Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy and Dr. James Craik elementary schools. “Each school has a unique security issue,” Stoddard said. Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy and Malcolm are remote, Read more…

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