The Board of Education presented four resolutions to Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students and staff at their Jan. 13 meeting. The resolutions are presented to the Board annually. The following resolutions were presented:
- African-American History Month;
- Career and Technology Education Month;
- Gifted and Talented Education Month; and
- National School Counseling Week.
Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) highlights African-American History Month in February. The theme for 2015 is “A Century of Black Life, History, and Culture” and schools coordinate activities that infuse African-American history into classroom lessons and events. Accepting the resolution at the Board meeting were students in the PROUD Club from North Point High School. Board member Victoria Kelly presented the resolution on behalf of the Board.
The Association for Career and Technology Education designated February as Career and Technology Education Month. CCPS will highlight its career and technology education programs Feb. 1-28 to focus on the student development of skills, leadership and efficiency consistent with an exemplar work ethic. The month also focuses on the development of a strong work force. Accepting the resolution at the meeting were student officers from the North Point SkillsUSA team. Board member Barbara Palko presented the resolution.
Gifted and Talented Education Month is celebrated annually in February and highlights programs and opportunities for students who demonstrate outstanding levels of achievement. Gifted and talented students are defined as those who have outstanding talent and perform, or show the potential for performing at remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared to their peers. Board member Mark Crawford presented the resolution to Ann Taylor, a learning resource teacher at Benjamin Stoddert Middle School, and Stoddert eighth grader Caryn Law.
National School Counseling Week is Feb. 2-6 and highlights the efforts of counselors in the education of students in grades prekindergarten through 12. This year’s theme is, “Celebrate School Counseling.” The CCPS counseling program supports the three focus areas of the school system’s master plan: academic achievement, personal responsibility and career readiness. The counseling program also supports diversity and lifelong learning. Board member Margaret Marshall presented the resolution to Eileen Sisolak, counselor at La Plata High School; Alicia Jones, supervising school counselor for CCPS; Pamela Jackson, counselor at Thomas Stone High School; and Dr. Sonya Ford, counselor at Matthew Henson Middle School.
Charles County Public Schools provides 26,500 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 36 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.
The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Pamela K. Murphy, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.