Author: Charles County Public Schools Press Releases


Around Charles County Public Schools (CCPS), high school drama departments are preparing shows. From October to December, the slate includes family-friendly offerings, farces and comedies, a murder mystery and the story of a refugee’s journey to find his family and himself. La Plata High School ushers in the fall play season with a comedy. “Leading Ladies” by Ken Ludwig finds two Shakespearean actors who land in York, Pa., — Amish country — staging Shakespeare plays. The two decide to pose as a women’s long-lost relatives in hopes of gaining part of an inheritance worth millions. There are a few glitches Read more…


Eighth graders interested in any of North Point High School’s 17 Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs can attend one of two upcoming open houses set at the school. The events are 6 p.m. Oct. 22 and Nov. 20 with potential students and their families able to tour the programs and learn more. The window to apply for North Point’s CTE programs is 8 a.m. Nov. 25 to 3 p.m. Dec. 20. Programs at the school include biotechnology, Cisco Networking Academy, cybersecurity, engineering, manufacturing engineering technologies, automotive technology, collision repair, graphic communications, welding technology, construction design and management, drafting, electrical Read more…


No two days are the same for building service workers in Charles County Public Schools (CCPS). “You never know what you’re going to walk into,” said Charlie Proctor, the building service manager at Westlake High School. “We get called for the things no one wants to do. I look at it like this — Whatever needs to be done in the eight hours, it’s my job.” Not that a day promises to be only eight hours. Building service managers get the call if their building’s fire alarm goes off in the middle of the night. Proctor remembered driving by his Read more…


Indian Head Elementary School students and staff got a wild hair last week when the school — along with Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School and the F.B. Gwynn Educational Center — participated in Attendance Awareness Month with a Spirit Week that called on students and staff to sport crazy hair one day, sunglasses the next, then pajamas or sports jerseys.   Sheryl Morrison, pupil personnel worker for Indian Head, Mt. Hope and Gwynn, organized the week to bring attention to the importance of regularly attending school. “We try to find creative and fun activities for the students to bring attention to Read more…


The St. Charles High School “It’s Academic” team were among the first to film in the show’s new studio at National Harbor. In a competition that was taped Sept. 21 and will air Oct. 5, the team is made up of juniors Christian Gomez, Jamie Fleury and Rylee Josephs. The three stepped in for 2019 graduates Stephen Duranske, Renee Deminne and Pierre Dela Cruz, who came in second place in the county competition in December 2018. During the county’s “It’s Academic” competition held in December; the team that places first goes on to compete in a regional contest that airs Read more…


Two newcomers join four veterans to helm the NewsBreak anchor desk for the 2019-20 school year. NewsBreak is a CCPS TV program featuring information relevant to Charles County Public Schools (CCPS). The show, led by a solo anchor, includes features on students and staff, and important dates parents and students need to know. New to the team this year are Brynna Bode, a junior at Henry E. Lackey High School, and Dominic Reid, a North Point High School senior. Bode is a member of Lackey’s mock trial team, National Honor Society, the math team, It’s Academic, Tri-M Music Honor Society, Read more…


High school juniors and seniors clocked face-to-face time with representatives of more than 100 colleges and universities Wednesday during the Charles County College Fair held at North Point High School. The fair offers students an opportunity to learn more about schools they have already researched while introducing them to those that are new to them. It also gives colleges and universities the chance to shine. “I like that I can learn about different colleges and what they have to offer,” said Alexus Woodland, a La Plata High School junior, who is interested in majoring in social work. “I’m looking for Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students improved in English/Language Arts (ELA)  on the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessments in 2019. The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) released local school system and school-level data today for PARCC, Maryland’s school assessments in ELA and mathematics.  Students in grades three through 10 take the state assessment in ELA. Results show progress in grades five through 10, and grades three and four declined slightly. Results for mathematics varied by test, and declined statewide. MSDE is placing an emphasis on analyzing math results due to decreases statewide in Read more…


Middle-school students unplugged for the week and got in touch with the great outdoors during Nature Inventor’s Workshop, a day camp that combines STEAM — Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math — practices with activities like fishing, canoeing and making s’mores. Open to sixth, seventh and eighth graders, the camp is held at the Nanjemoy Creek Environmental Center. It includes less traditional camp activities like making kites out of trash bags, building a simple motor craft out of bamboo, rubber bands, pencils and washers, knotting a survival bracelet made of paracord and indulging in molecular gastronomy which resulted in bacon Read more…


Second and third graders at Dr. Gustavus Brown Elementary School are brushing up on their math and reading skills with the school’s Jump Start summer program. For three hours a day over two weeks, students work with teachers in areas that they will be tested on during the school year. All Dr. Brown second and third graders were invited to the program with about 31 signing up, said Karen Lewis, the school’s principal. The students spend an hour-and-a-half on math and then another 90 minutes on reading, with a snack break in between. While the lessons are presented as games, Read more…

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