The Board of Education presented four resolutions to Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students and staff at its Jan. 8 meeting. The Board votes annually to accept resolutions. The following resolutions were presented:
- Black History Month;
- Career and Technology Education Month;
- Gifted and Talented Education Month; and
- National School Counseling Week.
The school system highlights Black History Month annually in February. The theme for 2019 is Black Migrations. In celebration of Black History Month, schools coordinate activities that infuse African-American history into classroom lessons and events. Accepting the resolution at the Board meeting were Berry Elementary School students, and siblings, John Walker, kindergarten; Aniya Walker, second grade; Jordyn Walker, fourth grade; and Kaela Walker, fifth grade. Board Member Elizabeth Brown presented the resolution.
The Association for Career and Technology Education designates February as Career and Technology Education Month. CCPS highlights its career and technology education (CTE) programs Feb. 1-28 to focus on 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 students enrolled in CTE programs, who also were accompanied by their program instructors. Attending the meeting were Kayla Berry, junior, and Alan Badeaux, Welding Technologies, North Point High School; Taylor Estep, junior, and Todd Wogaman, Academy of Health Professions: Physical Rehabilitation, Robert D. Stethem Educational Center; and Donya Forohar, senior, and Michelle Schoenbauer, Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Biomedical Sciences, La Plata High School. Board Member David Hancock 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 demonstrate outstanding talent and perform, or show potential for performing at remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared to their peers. Accepting the resolution at the meeting were General Smallwood Middle School eighth graders Kaylee Alvey and Edwin Hall, and Sean Pearson, a learning resource teacher at Milton M. Somers Middle School. Board Member Michael Lukas presented the resolution.
CCPS recognizes National School Counseling Week annually in February. This year, National School Counseling Week is Feb. 4-8. Activities highlight the impact school counselors have in helping students achieve academic and personal success. School counselors also help students plan for a career and explore their potential. National School Counseling Week is sponsored by the American School Counseling Association. Accepting the resolution at the meeting were Logan Berchtold, school counselor at Walter J. Mitchell Elementary School, and Melonese Williams, school counselor at T.C. Martin Elementary School. Board Member Tajala Battle-Lockhart presented the resolution.
Charles County Public Schools provides 27,108 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 Kathy Kiessling, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Nikial M. Majors, 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.