Author: Charles County Public Schools Press Releases


Pimpika Hongsawadee, a 2019 graduate of Maurice J. McDonough High School, is the overall winner of the 2019 Charles County Fair art contest. Her artwork is displayed as the cover of the Charles County Fair Guide. She was chosen as this year’s winner by the Charles County Fair Board and Charles County Public Schools (CCPS). The following students were named overall winners at their grade level in the contest for artwork produced during the 2018-19 school year. Avery Robinson, kindergarten winner, T.C. Martin Elementary School; Lillian Giles, first-grade winner, Martin; Scarlett Dawn Catli, second-grade winner, William B. Wade Elementary School; Read more…


Words matter at Matthew Henson Middle School, and kindness was the word of the day on Sept. 3 as schools opened for the 2019-20 school year. Wearing matching gray shirts with the message “One kind word can change someone’s entire day,” Henson staff gathered at the front of the school and shared kind words, hugs and encouragement to nearly 800 students as they filed out of buses and cars. The encouragement and kind words didn’t stop at the front door. As sixth graders joined their homeroom teachers, they found postcards on their desks with personal messages of support from parents Read more…


The annual Charles County College Fair is set for Wednesday, Sept. 18 at North Point High School in Waldorf. Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) juniors and seniors attend the fair Sept. 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. as part of a school field trip. During their visit, students can meet with representatives from colleges and universities in attendance, talk with recruiters who represent the Armed Forces and also learn about opportunities available through vocational and technical schools. The fair is open to the public Sept. 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. The evening session features two financial aid workshops Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is accepting applications from high school seniors interested in participating in the Maryland General Assembly Student Page Program. Each year, CCPS selects three high school seniors and one alternate to represent the school system in the program. Student Pages spend two nonconsecutive weeks working in either the state Senate or House of Delegates during the legislative session in Annapolis. The session runs annually from January to April. Pages serve one week during the first eight weeks of the session, and the second week during the last five weeks. Pages receive a $55 stipend per day Read more…


The Board of Education’s next monthly meeting is Tuesday, Sept. 10 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. 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 www.ccboe.com. Select the live streaming image posted on the front page to access the meeting. The following is a tentative meeting agenda and is subject to change. Executive session – 11:30 a.m. Call to order Read more…


When Keon Stinnie returns to school Sept. 3, he will ride the bus for the first time, attend classes in a new building and start a new grade. So will most of his classmates. Stinnie, a third grader, is one of about 375 Eva Turner Elementary School students being relocated this school year to the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) Transition School. His school, a 40-year-old open space building, is undergoing a renovation and expansion, sending the Turner Tigers to temporary classrooms for the next two years. Turner’s renovation started this summer and should be complete by the start of Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) has a new online website featuring school breakfast and lunch menus. The new website is linked to the School Meals menu located on the front of ccboe.com. Click on the red apple image under the photo slideshow to access the new site. The site is also accessible at http://tiny.cc/kgpvbz. The new site is provided by School Nutrition Network and features information about meal prices and menu options. The site also includes nutritional information such as calories, carbs and sugars for items served, and a la carte items available for purchase. Parents and students can also Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) will offer all students free breakfast the first week of school, Sept. 3-6. The goal is to provide students with a jump-start to the new school year and an opportunity to start the day with a healthy breakfast. Breakfast items to be served include milk, cereal, juice and fruit with an additional option of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for high school students. “We want students to come back to school ready to not only begin a new school year, but to practice healthy eating habits. Kids need energy and nourishment to focus in class. Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is sponsoring a bus hotline for parents to call with questions about school bus routes. Call 301-932-6655 to access the hotline. The hotline is available 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 29-30, and 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 3-4. Bus route information for the 2019-20 is now available through the School Locator feature on the CCPS website, ccboe.com. School Locator is designed to allow the public to enter an address and see which three schools – elementary, middle and high – an address is zoned for. It also indicates if the address is eligible Read more…


School leaders from Charles County’s 37 public schools and centers kicked off the 2019-20 school year last week during the annual Administrative Leadership Institute. The annual event welcomes Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) principals, vice principals and administrative assistants with three full days of professional development to kick off the new school year.            The Institute was held Aug. 14-16 at North Point High School. The 2019 theme was “The Power of Your Words.” The Institute featured several guest speakers invited to talk with school administrators about relationship building with students, ensuring equity in teaching and learning, and lessons in school Read more…

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