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Middle-school students unplugged for the week and got in touch with the great outdoors during Nature Inventor’s Workshop, a day camp that combines STEAM — Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math — practices with activities like fishing, canoeing and making s’mores. Open to sixth, seventh and eighth graders, the camp is held at the Nanjemoy Creek Environmental Center. It includes less traditional camp activities like making kites out of trash bags, building a simple motor craft out of bamboo, rubber bands, pencils and washers, knotting a survival bracelet made of paracord and indulging in molecular gastronomy which resulted in bacon Read more…

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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…

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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…

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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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Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) officially starts the 2019-20 school year on Tuesday, Sept. 3 as an anticipated 27,000 students head to the classroom. Students in the three-year-old and prekindergarten programs start school on Tuesday, Sept. 10. New this school year is the opening of Billingsley Elementary School, the 22nd elementary school for CCPS, an expansion of the student ID badge program at all high schools, changes to the student cell phone policy and dress code, and an online student registration process. CCPS has several important programs and information for parents, students and staff as the new school year takes Read more…

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The Board of Education’s next monthly meeting is Tuesday, Aug. 13 at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building on Radio Station Road in La Plata. The public portion of the meeting begins at 12 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 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 – 10:30 a.m.  Call to order Read more…

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Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) has released its open house schedule for the 2019-20 school year. Listed below are open house dates and times, and other activities for schools. Please call the specific school with questions about open house events. Elementary Schools C. Paul Barnhart, open house, Sept. 19, 5:30 to 7 p.m.; Berry, open house, Sept. 18, 6 to 7:30 p.m.; Billingsley, open house for prekindergarten through Grade 2, Sept. 19, 6 to 7 p.m., and open house for Grades 3-5, Sept. 19, 7:15 to 8:15 p.m.; Dr. Gustavus Brown, open house, Sept. 17, 5 to 6:30 p.m.; Dr. Read more…

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Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) has released orientation and meet and greet schedules for the 2019-20 school year. Listed below are orientation dates and times, and other activities for schools. Specific questions about orientation events should be directed to individual schools. Elementary Schools C. Paul Barnhart, meet and greet, Aug. 28, 2 to 4 p.m.; Berry, meet and greet, Aug. 28, 1 to 3 p.m.; Billingsley, meet and greet for students with last names beginning with A-M, Aug. 28, 1 to 2 p.m., and meet and greet for students with last names beginning with N-Z, Aug. 28, 2 to 3 Read more…

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Second and third graders at Dr. Gustavus Brown Elementary School are brushing up on their math and reading skills with the school’s Jump Start summer program. For three hours a day over two weeks, students work with teachers in areas that they will be tested on during the school year. All Dr. Brown second and third graders were invited to the program with about 31 signing up, said Karen Lewis, the school’s principal. The students spend an hour-and-a-half on math and then another 90 minutes on reading, with a snack break in between. While the lessons are presented as games, Read more…

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Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students recently competed in the 55th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference held in Louisville, Ky.  A team of the state’s most talented Career and Technology Education (CTE) high school students showcased their skills in 94 CTE competitions. More than 6,400 students from the United States, along with those from Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands, competed. Madison Grace, a 2019 graduate of North Point High School earned a bronze medal in the Early Childhood Education category. Several other CCPS students placed in various categories including: Christian Frazier, 2019 graduate of North Point, Internetworking, eighth Read more…

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