Author: Charles County Public Schools Press Releases


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) juniors and seniors can take financial literacy for original credit this fall at the Robert D. Stethem Educational Center. The course is a mix of online material and in-person requirements for completion. The fall session is the final opportunity for any junior or senior to complete the financial literacy course at Stethem. The change does not affect any student who is already registered to complete the course during the CCPS summer school program. The course begins Sept. 23 and ends Jan. 16, 2020. Cost is $300 and payment is non-refundable. The blended online Apex course Read more…


Last week, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan declared July 5 as a holiday for state employees and the Board of Charles County Commissioners added July 5 as a county holiday. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kimberly Hill has announced a system-wide holiday for all Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) staff on Friday, July 5. The Lunch on Us program and any camps operating in a CCPS building or school will be open on Friday, July 5 to operate as normal. The following is a list of programs open on July 5: Indian Head Elementary School, open for renovations Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is expanding its prekindergarten program, adding room for about 250 more four-year-olds in seven elementary schools. The additions are made possible as a result of the Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education, also called the Kirwan Commission, recommendation that the state provide supplemental grant funding targeting early childhood education and expanding publicly funded prekindergarten programs. The state awarded CCPS $1.2 million in prekindergarten supplemental grants specifically to increase the number of prekindergarten classes. The grant provides more access to free prekindergarten and the conversion of some programs from half-day to full-day. CCPS currently has Read more…


The Charles County Commissioners on Tuesday reduced the Board of Education’s fiscal year 2020 budget by $452,200, the amount identified to fund the Fresh Start Academy. The Commissioners, by a 3-2 vote, reduced the instruction, fixed charges and administration categories by the exact amount in each category designated to support the Academy and placed those amounts in a contingency fund. “Fresh Start Academy is designed to help children who are having difficulty adjusting to the classroom structure. We are disappointed in the Commissioners’ decision; however, we plan to continue to do everything we can to support our students and teachers,” Read more…


New to Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is an online student registration system for parents. The system is active and available on the school system website at https://www.ccboe.com/index.php/online-registration. The website features details about the registration process, what is required for parents enrolling a student new to CCPS and an easy-to-follow video tutorial. The registration website also includes step-by-step directions for users. Parents with students already enrolled in CCPS can register another child using an active ParentVue account. A registration tab is located in the upper right-hand corner of all active ParentVue accounts. Click the tab to begin registration. To find Read more…


The Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) Class of 2019 included nearly 2,000 students who graduated from high school earlier this month. While many graduated with honors, academic accolades or athletic accomplishments, other graduates focused on the end goal: receiving a high school diploma. The path to graduation is not the same for any one student. But with a variety of options, such as career and technology education (CTE) completer programs, evening high school and dual college enrollment, students are achieving success. High school students now have another option to consider on their path to graduation: the Virtual Academy. Piloted in Read more…


Middle schoolers are challenged with a variety of activities that teach them personal responsibility such as a rotating class schedule, remembering a locker combination and multiple homework assignments. They are also learning how to navigate being a pre-teenager. Some may find it hard to connect to their school administrators, especially at the middle-school level. But not at Matthew Henson Middle School, where the administrative team goes out of its way to connect with students. Part of this team is Anthony Carroll, a vice principal at the school for the past four years. Teachers say his ability to maintain relationships with Read more…


DeJuan Woods Jr., a rising senior at Thomas Stone High School, was sworn in today as the new Student Member to the Board of Education for the 2019-20 school year. Woods began his term today and officially participated in the Board meeting. The Student Member works with a committee of student liaisons, one student from each high school, throughout the school year. Each high school has a liaison, which is selected by methods approved by the school’s Student Government Association (SGA) and principal. The following students are liaisons for the 2019-20 school year. Ian Herd, rising sophomore, La Plata High Read more…


The Board of Education’s next monthly meeting is Tuesday, June 11 at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building on Radio Station Road in La Plata. The public portion of the meeting begins at 1 p.m. and student and staff recognition starts at 4:30 p.m. The meeting is televised live on Comcast Channel 96 and Verizon FiOS Channel 12 and rebroadcast throughout the week. Board meetings are streamed live on the school system website at ccboe.com. Select the live streaming image displayed in the center of the home page. The following is a tentative meeting agenda and is subject to change. Read more…


The Charles County Convocation Center was filled with cheers this morning as the Westlake High School Class of 2019 began their future as high school graduates. A total of 298 students received their diploma today in a ceremony in which the accomplishments of the class were celebrated. The Wolverine Class of 2019 earned $18,274,616 in scholarship offers and is led by valedictorian Migue Darcera. Darcera plans to take a gap year after graduation and left his peers with words to remember in a poem he wrote about their time together of ‘720 days or so’ at Westlake. “720 days or Read more…

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