Category: Press Releases


The Board of Education’s next regular meeting is 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 8. 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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The 238 members of Henry E. Lackey High School’s Class of 2021 celebrated their graduation today, June 1, at Regency Furniture Stadium. Lackey’s ceremony is the third Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) graduation held at the stadium. In gowns of blue and white, graduates filed into the stadium, scanning the crowd to look for families and friends as they made their way to their seats. The class has much to celebrate. In addition to participating in a traditional in-person ceremony – however altered to observe COVID-19 protocols, the class collected $17,296,504 in scholarship offers. For the first time in recent Read more…

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The Westlake High School Class of 2021 celebrated their accomplishments today during their graduation ceremony held at Regency Furniture Stadium. Under clear blue skies, a total of 257 seniors took to the stadium field to receive their diplomas. Westlake’s ceremony is the second Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) graduation planned for the stadium. Dressed in orange and teal robes, some graduates exuded excitement while crossing the stage while others shed tears as they said goodbye to their high school careers.  This year, seniors were encouraged to explore their creativity and decorate their caps. Some donned caps with flowers and jewels, Read more…

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Superintendent Kimberly Hill today announced the appointment of three new school principals, six vice principal appointments and six vice principal transfers. Schools affected by principal changes are Dr. Thomas L. Higdon Elementary School, Piccowaxen Middle School and Maurice J. McDonough High School. The Superintendent did not recommend any principal transfers for the upcoming school year. New principal appointments are: Shannon Finnegan, vice principal at Higdon, will move to the principal position at the school. She is replacing Principal Kathy Morgan who is retiring at the end of the 2020-21 school year. Wualanda Thenstead will be principal at Piccowaxen. Ms. Thenstead Read more…

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  Seven members of the Class of 1969, or their representatives, will receive their original high school diplomas and the Board of Education will recognize 15 other former students whose distribution of diplomas was disrupted following a civil rights protest at La Plata High School. The Board of Education of Charles County on June 10 will celebrate the members of the Class of 1969 who were instrumental in changing the way La Plata High School selected its Majorettes and Warriorettes. The students were protesting the method of selecting squad members, which they felt was unjust. The students led a sit-in/walk-out Read more…

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St. Charles High School seniors were honored today in the first Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) graduation ceremony. Held at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf, the ceremony was the first of seven planned for the next week in a new outdoor format. A total of 296 Spartan seniors crossed a stage set up on the stadium field and received their diplomas today. “This past year, as we all know, has been one like no other. Then it hit me, what I need you to hear – that your experience – more so than any other group – truly has been Read more…

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La Plata High School junior Ian Herd has spent the 2020-21 school year advocating for students. As the current Student Member of the Charles County Board of Education, Herd has weighed in on Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) programs and policies for the past year. He is passionate about government and politics, but most importantly ensuring the voices of students are heard. Herd was recently voted by his peers to serve in the role again for the 2021-2022 school year. He is the first CCPS student in almost 20 years to serve in the role for two consecutive years. He Read more…

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A St. Charles High School graduate will be heading to Harvard University in the fall, and among her many honors is a National Merit Scholarship. Evangeline Gilmer, who is set to graduate third in her class at St. Charles’s ceremony on Friday, May 28, was named one of 7,500 winners of the $2,500 scholarship. Each year, the National Merit Scholarship Corp. screens about 1.5 million qualifying students. Of those, only about 16,000 students will be named semifinalists based on their PSAT scores and other achievements. Earlier this year, Gilmer said she was honored to be a semifinalist for the scholarship. Read more…

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Several Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students competed in the Maryland History Day virtual event held earlier this month after placing at the local event. Three students received special awards for their project entries. Lauren Compton, an eighth grader at Piccowaxen Middle School, received the George Washington Leadership Award by Mount Vernon for her project, “The Culper Spy Ring.” Compton advanced to the state virtual event after earning first place in the junior division of the individual website category at the Charles County virtual event. North Point High School juniors Blythe McCammon and Kelsey Njembu received the Michael E. Patten Read more…

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The Board of Education of Charles County is holding an executive session on Friday, May 28, at 10:30 a.m. following the St. Charles High School graduation at Regency Furniture Stadium. The Board will meet at the stadium. Executive sessions are closed to the public as permitted by the Maryland Open Meetings Act, Sections 3-305 and 3-103 of the General Provisions Article.  About CCPS Charles County Public Schools provides 27,000 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 37 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality Read more…

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