Author: Charles County Public Schools Press Releases


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) has enhanced security and identification badge requirements for all staff, including substitute teachers, bus drivers and attendants, retirees and contractors. Any CCPS identification badge will now feature an annual sticker depicting the school year in which the badge is active. This is new for the 2018-19 school year. Enhancements also include the creation of distinct identification badges for substitute teachers. Substitutes will receive an identification badge at the start of their workday, and return daily at the end of their teaching assignment. Substitute badges are blue and white and include the name of the issuing Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is piloting the use of student identification (ID) badges. The pilot program is part of the school system’s increased focus on school safety and security. Pilot schools include J.P. Ryon Elementary School, John Hanson Middle School and La Plata High School. CCPS plans to implement student ID badge use at all schools and centers next year. Each student will receive an ID badge featuring their name, school of attendance, class grade and school year. The IDs feature a barcode at the bottom for use with procedures such as tracking student late arrivals and early dismissals. Read more…


The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for Charles County for later today. Due to anticipated flooding and inclement weather, all Charles County public schools will dismiss one-hour early today, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018. The afternoon prekindergarten program is canceled for today. All afterschool and evening activities for today, Nov. 15, 2018, are also canceled. Check the website at www.ccboe.com or call the 24-hour information hotline at 301-934-7410/301-932-6656 for the latest information.


The Board of Education honored five Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) employees at its Nov. 13 meeting for their dedication and commitment to teaching and learning, and for making a difference in the lives of students. Honored were Teresa Higgs, a special education teacher at Westlake High School; Toni Kim, a third-grade teacher at Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School; Andrea Landis, a special education teacher at Indian Head Elementary School; Paula Schiller, a special education teacher at the F.B. Gwynn Educational Center; and Victor Woodland, the building service manager at Theodore G. Davis Middle School. Higgs has worked for CCPS for Read more…


The Board of Education at its Nov. 13 meeting honored four Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students for accomplishments in the areas of academic achievement, career readiness and personal responsibility. Honored were Adebola “Addie” Oluyede, Pamela Rentz, Nathan Schuessler and Donovan Smith. Oluyede is an eighth-grade student at Theodore G. Davis Middle School and was honored by the Board in the area of academic achievement. She is an honor-roll student and demonstrates a positive work ethic in the classroom. She is known among her teachers as a kind and respectful student who gives her best effort in all that she Read more…


On Nov. 7, the St. Charles High School Spartones a cappella group gathered to put on a special performance at the Charles County Public Library in La Plata. The Spartones, along with members of the St. Charles Chamber Choir, performed for members of the La Plata Business Association (LPBA) to demonstrate the talents of Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students. In turn, the Association presented the students with a check for $36,500. The funds will support all CCPS fine and performing arts programs. This is the fifth consecutive year that the association has donated its profits from the annual Rocktoberfest Read more…


The Board of Education’s next monthly meeting is Tuesday, Nov. 13, 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 is rebroadcast throughout the week. Board meetings are streamed live on the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) website, www.ccboe.com. Click on the middle of the main page to start the live streaming. The following is a meeting agenda and is subject to change. Executive session – 11:30 a.m. Call to Read more…


School administrators, teachers and counselors can now submit student nominations for the Carson Scholars Fund. The Carson Scholars Fund each year recognizes students for academic achievement, humanitarian qualities and community service. Each selected recipient receives a $1,000 college scholarship. Recipients are eligible for an annual renewal as long as they maintain high academic standards and a commitment to their communities. The nomination deadline is Dec. 14. Schools who have not nominated a student for the scholarship program in the past must request an application form from the program. Following the nomination process, application materials are due by Jan. 9 and Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) hosted a two-day Career and Technology Education (CTE) Showcase on Oct. 29-30. Participating in the showcase were more than 2,100 eighth graders who attended during the school day to learn about available high school CTE programs. Attendees learned about CTE opportunities from CCPS students currently enrolled in the programs. Presenters included CTE students from all seven high schools, as well as students who attend the Robert D. Stethem Educational Center. The showcase was held at the La Plata campus of the College of Southern Maryland and was split into two sections: a staff presentation portion Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is looking for nominees for its annual Principal of the Year award. The award honors exemplary leaders for not only their leadership, but for their commitment to providing an exceptional learning environment for students. The principal chosen for the honor will also represent CCPS as the county finalist for the Washington Post Principal of the Year award. Each year, the Post selects an overall award recipient for its Principal of the Year award from among finalists in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Principals can be nominated by staff, students, parents, colleagues or community members, but Read more…

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