Author: Charles County Public Schools Press Releases


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…


Park your phone. Buckle up. Slow down. Be safe. Those were the messages Superintendent Kimberly Hill, Sheriff Troy Berry and members of the Charles County Sheriff’s Office shared with Maurice J. McDonough High School student drivers this morning during the kickoff of the 11th annual We Care campaign. McDonough student drivers were greeted Sept. 25 by Berry, Hill, McDonough Principal Steven Roberts and officers who passed out fliers reminding the teens of driving rules and driving safety. It was a safety message repeated at all county high schools where school resource officers, principals and staff members also stopped and passed Read more…


While the new school year officially started Sept. 4, a handful of Westlake High School students headed back to school early for an AVID boot camp. First-year Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) students attended the program to get a leg up on their studies. “We needed to revamp and revitalize our AVID program,” said Holly Dolan, a resource teacher. “The boot camp is exposing first-year AVID students not only to the school and the physical space, but to the routines AVID has in place.” Westlake is breathing new life into its AVID program, opening the program to kids who want Read more…


A free internet safety presentation for parents and teens 16 and older will be held later this month to provide information on keeping children safe on the internet. Guest speaker Vincent DeVivo, community outreach specialist with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Maryland, will present Innocence Stolen: Protecting our Children Online from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25 at Dr. James Craik Elementary School. The presentation will help parents learn how to protect young people from negative and criminal influences online while providing prevention and intervention strategies and internet safety resources for parents and families to use. “Technology provides benefits, but it also presents dangers. Parents Read more…


Kailee Marshall, a sophomore at Maurice J. McDonough High School, has always been an artist. “She’s a doodler,” said Marshall’s mother, Wendy. When they saw the Charles County Public Library (CCPL) was holding a bookmark design contest, Wendy encouraged Kailee to enter. She did, then pretty much forgot all about it. While on a family vacation with aunts, uncles and cousins, the Marshall family got a message. Kailee’s design took top prize in the contest that gathered 31 entries from library patrons in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties. Kailee’s design is featured on free bookmarks available in the county’s Read more…


The talk in area barbershops may soon veer from sports, cars and other topics to the latest adventures of Captain Underpants and what some wimpy kid is writing in his diary. The Title I office of Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is working with Barbershop Books to bring compact, boy-focused libraries and reading spaces into local barbershops. Title I staff and parent liaisons attended a U.S. Department of Education Engaging Families forum over the summer and were inspired to increase engagement of fathers and father figures in schools. The DADvisory Council, made up of fathers with children attending Title I Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is launching a new registration system this school year for volunteers at schools, centers or other CCPS buildings, activities or events. Registration is required for volunteers and includes a prescreening questionnaire, review of training materials followed by a short quiz, and the completion of a background check through CCPS. Volunteers must register this year and each subsequent school year. The training and background check are valid for one school year. There is no cost to the volunteer for the background check.   Access to the registration system is available on the CCPS website at ccboe.com Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) celebrated summer commencement exercises Aug. 8 at Thomas Stone High School. Thirty-eight members of the Class of 2018 earned their diplomas after finishing course work over the summer. “This accomplishment should not be taken lightly,” Marvin Jones, executive director of schools, said. “Through all of the challenges that you faced and all the opportunities to give up, you didn’t. You pressed on and you persevered. Your diploma is just as important as anyone else’s and perhaps, even more meaningful thanks to the road you traveled to get here.” “It is only the beginning,” he said. Read more…

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