Author: Charles County Public Schools Press Releases


As a kid growing up in Los Angeles, author Lisa Yee would go to the library and check out as many books as she could carry. Many Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) gifted and talented students agree that they can relate. “Have you ever been reading a book and you’re so into it, you don’t know time has passed,” Yee asked during recent Zoom meetings with CCPS gifted and talented middle school students. “Someone has to write these books.” Students recently read one of Yee’s works, “Millicent Min: Girl Genius,” a story about a gifted 11-year-old who is already in Read more…


The Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) spring athletic season starts March 15, with physical conditioning sessions beginning March 1. Spring sports include baseball, lacrosse, softball, track and field, and tennis. The season is open to any CCPS high school student, whether attending school virtually or returning to school in person March 22 during Phase 2. CCPS will follow health and safety guidelines that are detailed in spring sports bulletins supplied by the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSAA) and listed at www.ccboe.com. Click on the Students tab, then click Athletics. Click here to view the guidelines.   All games Read more…


Charles County Board of Education is beginning its search for a new Superintendent of Schools to replace Superintendent Dr. Kimberly Hill, who has announced she is retiring June 30, 2021. Search consultants from the Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE) recently met with Board members to brief them on the search process and to begin developing a timeline. William Middleton, lead MABE search consultant, said the search is a “patience-building process that will not happen overnight.” Middleton said MABE conducts a professional, transparent, open and fair process for everyone involved. He also emphasized that each Board member must agree Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is offering additional meal bags at all curbside distribution sites starting Friday, Dec. 11. The extra meals will be handed out on Fridays to ensure children have meals for Saturday and Sunday. The meal bags will include breakfast, lunch, dinner and a snack for the weekend, and are free to all children ages 2 to 18. The items in the weekend meal bags will include more frozen and shelf stable items than the meal bags given out during the week. The two additional bags will be available on Dec. 11 and 18, and Tuesday, Dec. Read more…


A family internet center at T.C. Martin Elementary School will open Tuesday, Dec. 1, to aid students in virtual learning. Hours for the Martin internet center are 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. The Martin location is one of four Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) schools to provide indoor internet. Other sites are at Dr. Thomas L. Higdon and Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy elementary schools, and Henry E. Lackey High School. Family internet centers provide WiFi to students in need of the resource to complete their schoolwork. Lackey and Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy family internet center hours are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Read more…


John Childers, a La Plata High School social studies teacher, has been named 2019-20 Coach of the Year for baseball by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). The NFHS honors a Coach of the Year in the top 10 girls sports and 10 boys sports each year. While the high school baseball season was not played due to safety and health precautions in place to slow the spread COVID-19, Childers credits his team — of coaches, players and their families — for helping him secure the title of Coach of the Year. “I look at it as Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is expanding operating hours at its 17 meal distribution sites starting Monday, Nov. 30. Meal sites will be open for curbside distribution Monday through Friday from 7 to 8 a.m., and from 10:30 a.m. through 1:30 p.m. Meals remain free to children ages 2 to 18 through the end of the 2020-21 school year in June. There is no meal service, including mobile meals, on days when students are not in school. Meal sites will be closed during the Thanksgiving break from Nov. 25 to 27, and for winter break from Dec. 23 to Jan. Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is getting high marks on the Maryland School Breakfast Report Card. Maryland Hunger Solutions, a nonprofit that promotes nutrition outreach, recently released its annual breakfast report card. For school year 2019, CCPS earned an A-, bringing its grade up from a B+ in 2018. The state average on the report card is a C, according to Maryland Hunger Solutions. “The Food and Nutrition Services department knows how important breakfast is to so many of our students, and we work very closely with all of our schools to offer breakfast at convenient times, where students are Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) partners with Special Olympics Maryland to provide the Young Athletes At-Home Program (YAP), introducing children ages 2 to 7 to basic sports skills like running, kicking and throwing. The program is typically offered to children in special populations with and without intellectual disabilities who are in prekindergarten and enrolled in early intervention programs. This year, CCPS is offering the virtual program to all young children and their families who want to improve gross motor movement and skill development. The skills are instrumental to early childhood physical development. The Young Athletes At-Home Program blends sports and Read more…


The Board of Education at its Nov. 10 meeting honored four Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) staff members for their commitment to the school system and student success. Each month, the Board honors staff members chosen by their school principals who demonstrate their dedication to teaching and learning. Honored were Melissa Bridegum of Mary B. Neal Elementary School, Holly Dolan of North Point High School, Margaret Grove of Walter J. Mitchell Elementary School and Amanda Jones of Mattawoman Middle School. Bridegum is a second-grade teacher at Neal where she works particularly well with students who have special needs. She is Read more…

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