Author: Charles County Public Schools Press Releases


With the restrictions put in place to stem the spread of COVID-19, there have been casualties among some programs and activities. Barbershop Books, an initiative focused on getting books into the hands of young Black boys between the ages of 4 to 8, has had to rethink its approach. Traditionally, books that appeal to young boys are housed in area barbershops on a designated book shelf. Kids waiting to get a haircut or who are tagging along with an adult can select a book, and if they like it, they get to keep it. Now with barbershops and other businesses Read more…


Families visiting the Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School meal site this summer will be able to feed their minds with STEM challenges aimed at preventing the “summer slide.” Every other week until Aug. 13, the school, which is collaborating the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) Title I office, will give out supplies for a Virtual Summer STEM Challenge, an activity that allows children in kindergarten through fifth grade the opportunity to use creativity, critical thinking and engineering skills. Supplies for the first challenge were given out June 29 and 30 to families visiting the meal site at Mt. Hope. It centers Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) has updated summer hours at its 11 meal sites, which provide free meals for children 18 and younger. Beginning this week, the sites are open 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday until Aug. 13, and closed on Fridays. Children will receive two meal bags on Thursday with food included for Friday. Starting July 1, meal bags will include a breakfast kit and a lunch. The change is the result of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) not extending a waiver as of July 1 that added a dinner and snack to each meal Read more…


The 11 meal distribution sites will be closed Monday, May 25, as Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) observes Memorial Day. The sites will reopen at 11 a.m. May 26. Meal sites at high schools are closed on the day of the school’s graduation events. Sites will be closed at Henry E. Lackey and Maurice J. McDonough high schools on June 1, at Westlake High School on June 2 and St. Charles High School on June 3. All other meal sites will operate each day.   About CCPS Charles County Public Schools provides 27,521 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with Read more…


Since she was a kindergarten student, Casey Cleary has been comfortable in a classroom and knew it was a place she belonged – and not only as a student. “I wanted to be the one who wrote on the chalkboard, so I figured I had to be the teacher to do that,” Cleary said. Even at home, school was on her mind as she tried to rope her brothers into playing “school” with her. Cleary, a math teacher at Benjamin Stoddert Middle School, fulfilled her goal of becoming an educator, and as the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) finalist in Read more…


Superintendent of Schools Kimberly Hill today announced principal and vice principal changes for the 2020-21 school year. All appointments are effective July 1. Robert Griffiths, a vice principal at Westlake High School, has been named principal at Theodore G. Davis Middle School, replacing Kim McClarin who has resigned. Griffiths started with Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) in 2004 as a math teacher at Westlake. He taught math at Henry E. Lackey High School before becoming an administrative intern at Westlake. Griffiths was a vice principal at St. Charles High School then moved to the position at Westlake from 2016 to Read more…


May is Mental Health Awareness Month and May 7 is Children’s Mental Health Matters Day. To participate, wear something green to raise awareness of the importance of children’s mental health and if posting on social media, use the hashtag #breakthestigma. Each week during the month, students at the elementary, middle and high school levels are able to access grade-level material to support their mental health. Information is available online at https://walkinourshoes.org/what-is-mental-health/ and includes videos and activities. Para el sitio web en español, vaya a https://ponteenmiszapatos.org/. Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) school psychologists are available for parents and guardians who have Read more…


The Board of Education unanimously voted April 21 to accept a recommendation to suspend a number of Board policies including those related to graduation ceremonies and eligibility for fall extracurricular activities based on a student’s fourth-quarter grade point average. The suspension of policies allows Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) staff the flexibility to make decisions in the wake of the Maryland school closure that was initially put in place March 16 in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). The school closure was recently extended to May 15. DeJuan Woods Jr., student member of the Board and member Read more…


Dr. Karen Salmon, state superintendent of Maryland public schools, announced today that schools will continue to be closed through May 15.    School systems around the state, including Charles County Public Schools (CCPS), are closed in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. As Maryland officials report more cases of COVID-19 in the state, schools will remain closed.   “School systems have also started to develop plans for additional distance learning and the recovery of lost instructional time in the form of planning expanded summer school programs,” Salmon said. “State and local school officials are preparing for a number of scenarios, depending on when our Read more…


When Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) closed March 16 in an effort to slow the spread of cornonavirus (COVID-19), school nurses left behind their offices, but not their medical knowledge and drive to help people stay healthy. Nearly 50 school nurses work in CCPS – a mix of employees of the Charles County Department of Health and agency nurses. Since schools closed in mid-March, school nurses have been staffing the COVID-19 call center for the health department from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Following Gov. Hogan’s mandate on physical distancing, the nurses are now working from Read more…

Subscribe to Blog via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 1,496 other subscribers

Archive