Category: Press Releases


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) recently partnered with Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) to host a virtual elementary math challenge. Teams competed through an online platform called Breakout EDU to complete math problems. The math challenge is open annually to students in Grades 4-5 and features a team and individual competition. Students from 20 CCPS elementary schools participated in the challenge.  Grade 4 awards The team from Walter J. Mitchell Elementary School earned first place among competing fourth-grade teams. Students on the team include Madalynn Deavers, Liam Gibney, Ean Kumbar, Olivia Maletto, Cason Specht, Dylan Thompson and Jace Williams. Team Read more…

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As a young child, Brian Kuhn was so shy, he wouldn’t talk to people on the phone. As he grew older, he was happy to be part of a larger group, and not standing out. But in his freshman year of high school, a choir teacher gave him a solo and it unlocked something. “It was one of those things where I was able to go out and actually share something,” said Kuhn, the vocal music teacher at St. Charles High School. “It was just like from that point on, I wanted to be able to do that — to Read more…

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The Board of Education of Charles County is continuing its search process for the next Superintendent of Charles County Public Schools (CCPS). The Board is seeking additional public input about the search process and questions to ask during finalist interviews. Community members including parents, students, staff and Charles County residents can complete a one-question survey to provide the Board with ideas for finalist questions. Click here to submit a question. Deadline to submit a question is 5 p.m., Monday, May 10. The Board plans to conduct a three-question public interview via Zoom once it narrows the search to three finalists. Read more…

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The Board of Education’s next regular meeting is 1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 11. The Board will meet in person at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building. The Starkey Building is located at 5980 Radio Station Road in La Plata. The meeting will stream live on the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) website, www.ccboe.com. CCPS also will post the meeting on CCPSTV under the Board meeting menu at ccboe.com. Public forum for this meeting will be held in a hybrid format of both in-person and virtual speakers. Speakers must register in advance to participate in public forum. The registration form Read more…

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Principal Debra Calvert’s passion to be the best for children is infectious. Calvert, who is principal at William A. Diggs Elementary School, spreads this passion among her team each day. Her work ethic, coupled with her desire to do her best for students, is why Calvert was named the 2021 Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) Principal of the Year and finalist in the Washington Post’s Principal of the Year program. Calvert knew her team had nominated her for recognition in prior years but did not realize she was nominated this year. Calvert was surprised last week by Superintendent of Schools Read more…

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Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) recently named eight Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) teachers as 2021 Outstanding Teacher Honorees. The annual awards program recognizes teachers for outstanding achievements in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Honored for accomplishments in math and named 2021 Outstanding Mathematics Teachers of the Year are Carrie Heard of Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer Elementary School, Natalie Gilliom of Milton M. Somers Middle School and Joanna Olson of Henry E. Lackey High School. Honored for accomplishments in science and named 2021 Outstanding Science Teachers of the Year are Megan Swinea of Indian Head Elementary School and Read more…

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The Board of Education of Charles County is moving forward in its search for a new Superintendent of schools and hopes to announce Charles County Public Schools’ (CCPS) new top administrator by June 8 at its monthly meeting. The new Superintendent is replacing Superintendent Kimberly A. Hill, who told the Board in February 2021 she would not be seeking renewal of her contract for another four-year term. Hill, who has served two terms as Superintendent, is retiring from the school system at the end of the 2020-21 school year. The Board has completed its review of applicants and will interview Read more…

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The last day of school for Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students for the 2020-21 school year is Wednesday, June 16. The last day of school for teachers is Thursday, June 17. The following is the end-of-year schedule for students. Friday, June 11: two-hour early dismissal for all students (in-person and virtual/report card preparation time for teachers). Half-day afternoon (PM) prekindergarten students who come to school on B-days attend school in-person (B-Day students/last names L-Z). Half-day PM prekindergarten students attending school will have lunch and recess before dismissal at the end of the school day. Parents of half-day PM prekindergarten Read more…

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The Board of Education voted on April 26 to approve the first charter school in Charles County. The Phoenix International School of the Arts (PISOTA) will open in the 2022-2023 school year as a middle school serving Grades 6-7 and expand the following year to include Grades 6-8. Located in Waldorf, the school will count as the school system’s ninth middle school. PISOTA will have an arts-focused program of study using the Cambridge International Education curriculum that meets Maryland State Department of Education and Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) course and assessment requirements. CCPS Superintendent Kimberly Hill recommended that the Read more…

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Maurice J. McDonough High School will perform the rock musical “Ranked” 7 p.m. May 14 and 15, and 2 p.m. May 16. The play — rated PG for mild language — tells the story a dystopian high school where grades and GPAs are the only things that matter. Anyone who is “above the rank” gets perks and special treatment. Those “below the rank” struggle to get by.    Tickets are “pay what you can,” with donations accepted to fund next year’s program. The show will be livestreamed. To order the show, go to https://mhsdrama303.booktix.com/.  Ticket sales open Monday, April 26, and Read more…

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