Author: Charles County Public Schools Press Releases


Westlake High School is hosting the SAT exam in person on Saturday, Oct. 3. Any student who is registered to take the exam at Westlake should follow the guidelines listed below. Students must wear a mask at all times while on campus. This includes the time they arrive on the Westlake campus to the time they leave the school campus. Students must observe social distancing. This includes maintaining a 6-foot distance from all other students and testing center staff while on school grounds. Students must use hand sanitizer before entering the testing room. Any student experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should not Read more…


About a year ago, Anthony Forrest was brainstorming ideas to complete his Eagle Scout rank with the Boy Scouts. Forrest, an honor-roll student and junior engineering major at North Point High School, joined the Scouts program when he was a second grader at William B. Wade Elementary School. “I really wanted to try scouting and knew it was a good program and a lot of fun,” he said.   Coupled with his interest to explore scouting, Forrest also was interested in learning about leadership and community service. Fast forward about nine years and Forrest is working toward his Eagle Scout Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is offering on-site assistance Oct. 5-7 for Phase 2 registration. Assistance is available to any Charles County family with a child enrolled in CCPS who is eligible to return to school during Phase 2. Pending Board approval, CCPS plans to begin Phase 2 on Nov. 9.   The on-site schedule is below. Appointments are not required. Interpreters of multiple languages will be available to support families.   Monday, Oct. 5, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at John Hanson Middle School located at 3165 John Hanson Drive in Waldorf. Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2 to 7 p.m. Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP) classes can take the accompanying exam in May. Some colleges and universities provide students with course credit for achieving a score of 4 or higher on AP exams. Any CCPS student enrolled in AP classes this year interested in taking the course exam in 2021 must register and pay the exam fee by Nov. 6. A list of available exams is posted on the College Board website at https://apstudents.collegeboard.org/exam-calendar. Students who want to register for an AP exam should contact the testing coordinator at their high school for assistance. Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students interested in taking the PSAT exam must register by Nov. 24. The PSAT exam is voluntary and open to any student in Grades 9-11. CCPS covers the registration fee for all sophomores to encourage students to take the exam as practice for the SAT. Registered students will take the exam at their home school in person on Jan. 26, 2021. Cost of the exam for high school freshmen and juniors is $18 and students can register online. This is the only date available for students to take the exam this school year, and students Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is planning for Phase 2 of the school system’s reopening plan. Phase 2 would allow for students in identified special groups to return to in-person instruction at school four days per week. Pending approval by the Board of Education and stability in health metrics, CCPS plans to begin Phase 2 on Nov. 9, 2020. Parents of students eligible to return to school in Phase 2 can opt to either send their child back to school for in-person learning, or choose for their child to continue online learning through StudentVue. Special groups of students eligible for Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is offering on-site virtual learning and device support help to families Sept. 21-22 at John Hanson Middle and J.C. Parks Elementary schools. Appointments are required. Help is open to any Charles County family with a child enrolled in CCPS.   Starting tomorrow, families can call 301-934-7213 to make an appointment. Families who speak Spanish can call 301-934-7404 to make an appointment. The deadline to make appointments is Monday, Sept. 21 at 4 p.m. Each appointment will last approximately 15 minutes.   The schedule is below. Anyone without an appointment will not be allowed to enter Read more…


James Ball, a longtime art teacher, mentor and coach with Charles County Public Schools (CCPS), is one of seven finalists in the 2020 Maryland Teacher of the Year award program. A veteran teacher with 26 years of teaching experience with CCPS, Ball is Charles County’s first state award finalist in more than a decade. The designation of Charles County Public Schools 2020 Teacher of the Year, and now as a state finalist, is fitting for Ball who grew up in the community in which he teaches. It was at La Plata High School that Ball met Joseph Troy, a retired Read more…


New Zoom log-in step Starting Thursday, Sept. 3, Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students will have to log in to Zoom when joining their first scheduled class. In StudentVue, students can join a class under their scheduled meetings or by clicking the Calendar tab and selecting the Join Now button next to the meeting. When they click the Join Now button for their first meeting, a Zoom log-in page will appear. Students will need to follow the steps below to verify their Zoom account. Click on the Sign In with SSO button. Select ccboe as the domain. Enter their email Read more…


Parents of Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students can request to opt their child out of virtual instruction. Parents must complete the application linked below. The application closes at midnight on Friday, Sept. 4. Click here to complete the application. Requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Parents cannot request a mix of online learning and recorded instruction. The application also was provided to parents by email last month. School principals will receive a list of students approved for recorded instruction. Teachers will record lessons and share with students in individual StudentVue accounts. Recorded lessons are shared by teachers Read more…

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