Category: Press Releases


A new Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) requirement regarding the use of backpacks in middle and high schools will take effect April 24, making the rule consistent across the school system. When they return from spring break, middle and high school students will have to store their backpacks in their lockers during the school day. Principals and administrators will work with students to ensure there is enough time allotted between classes to go to their lockers. Students will be allowed to carry a small, personal bag no larger than a standard adult hand throughout the day. The backpack rule is Read more…

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The Sea Perch Regional Robotics Competition was held March 16 during the History, Industry, Technology and Science (HITS) Expo at St. Charles High School. Sea Perch is an underwater robotics program during which students and teachers build an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV). William A. Diggs Elementary School’s team, Jaws, won first place in the Engineering Notebook category and third place in the obstacle course category. Jaws was named the best overall team at the competition and will represent the region at the Sea Perch national competition on June 1 and 2 at the University of Maryland, College Park. The Read more…

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The Board of Education of Charles County is hosting an April 29 public Town Hall for Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) support staff. The Town Hall is set for 4:15 to 5:45 p.m. in the staff development room of the CCPS Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building in La Plata. The following is the Town Hall format and is subject to change.  Call to order – 4:15 p.m.  Welcome – Board Chairman Virginia R. McGraw  Purpose – Board Vice Chairman Latina Wilson  Focus – Employee suggestions for improving their work environment  Adjournment – 5:45 p.m. The meeting is open to the Read more…

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The Board of Education of Charles County is holding a work session at 6 p.m. Monday, April 29 in the boardroom at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building in La Plata. The meeting will be televised live on the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) website, ccboe.com, and on Comcast channel 96 and Verizon FiOS channel 12. The following is the meeting agenda and is subject to change: Call to order – 6 p.m. Public Forum – 6 p.m.    Work session Waldorf opportunity zones presented by the Charles County Government Planning and Growth Committee Information item: Discipline Review Committee suggestions Read more…

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Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) elementary- and middle-school students participated in the Southern Maryland LEGO League Championship April 6 at the College of Southern Maryland’s La Plata campus. More than 50 teams from the tri-county area — 18 from CCPS — were challenged to build and program a robot to compete missions related to natural disasters. With the theme of Nature’s Fury in mind, teams also researched and presented a solution to a global issue related to natural disasters. Middle school teams also took part in a technical interview with judges to demonstrate their understanding of skills and concepts. Walter Read more…

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Twenty-one Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students will represent the school system at the National Leadership and Skills Competition set for June 24-29 in Louisville, Ky., after earning first-place gold medal honors at state competitions held earlier this month. The following students earned a gold medal and advance to the national event. Austin Abarca, Caryn Law and Michael Stone, seniors, North Point High School, Career Pathways Showcase: Business, Management and Technology; Jasmine Carrino, Monet Johnson and Madison Williams, seniors, North Point, Career Pathways Showcase: Health Services; Madison Powell, junior, North Point, Commercial Baking; Kennedy Bennett, Madison Meade and Sabreeya Holly, Read more…

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Several Charles County public elementary schools are hosting events in April and May to welcome new students and families joining them for the 2019-20 school year as a result of redistricting. With the implementation of the systemwide elementary school redistricting in September, some elementary schools are losing students while others are gaining new members of their school communities. The following is a list of events by school for new students and their families. The events are for students and families affected by redistricting. Schools will hold student orientation and open house events in August for all students prior to the Read more…

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Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) teams competed in the regional Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA) events held April 11 and 12 at North Point High School. Overall winners were selected at the elementary-, middle- and high-school levels. “MESA will help me in my career path,” said Brian Thomas, a Westlake High School senior who became involved with MESA in eighth grade. “I want to major in computer science. It’s a high-paying profession and a growing one. Technology is consistently advancing, and I want to be ahead of it.” Thomas isn’t the only one laying a foundation for a future Read more…

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Joyful. Loyal. Amazing. That’s how students and staff at Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School describe second-grade teacher Melinda Wright. Wright is a longtime staple in the Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy community, having taught at the school for the past 26 years. She is one of the most requested teachers at Mt. Hope, by both students and parents, and community members speak with pride in the fact that Wright was once their teacher. Her kind demeanor and positive impact has a lasting effect in the community. Wright’s impact will go further this year as she was recently honored as the 2019 Charles County Public Read more…

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The Board of Education at its April 9 meeting honored five Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) employees for exemplary accomplishments, and their commitment to teaching and learning. Honored were Alexandra Anderson, Jennifer Diaz, Brinson Lundegard, Shellia Soderstrom and Ayesha Claytor-Stanislas. Anderson is a fourth-grade teacher at Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer Elementary School. She was nominated for recognition by Jenifer Principal Nancy Seifert. Anderson strives to provide her students with a safe and caring learning environment. She takes great pride in her instruction and incorporates best practices in her lesson plans to ensure all students are successful. Anderson sponsors an Read more…

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