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Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) annually honors outstanding support services personnel in the areas of instructional assistant, secretary, information technology, maintenance, food service, central office support staff and building services. The awards program was established to recognize the roles support personnel have in supporting the effective and efficient operations of the school system. Honorees for 2019 include Marie Woodland, assistant building service manager, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building; Tammy Dudley, instructional assistant, J.C. Parks Elementary School; Ronald Brawner Jr., general maintenance worker, Annex I; and Ronald Cave, computer analyst II, Matthew Henson Middle School, and J.C. Parks and Gale-Bailey elementary Read more…

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The new Board of Education of Charles County will be sworn-in starting at 4 p.m., Monday, Dec. 17 at North Point High School in Waldorf. The ceremony will take place in the school auditorium and is open to the public. The swearing-in also will be televised live on the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) website, ccboe.com. Four new members were elected into office last month. They are Elizabeth Brown, David Hancock, Tajala Battle-Lockhart and Latina Wilson. They join incumbents Jennifer Abell, Michael Lukas and Virginia McGraw, who were re-elected to their positions. The Board begins a four-year term and elects Read more…

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Christienne Warren, an elementary school principal with Charles County Public Schools (CCPS), has been named principal of Benjamin Stoddert Middle School. Warren is currently serving as principal at Dr. Gustavus Brown Elementary and begins at Stoddert on July 1. She replaces Interim Principal Marvin Jones at the end of this school year. Jones will return full time to his position at the CCPS administrative offices as an executive director of schools. Warren has served as principal at Dr. Brown since 2014. Prior to joining CCPS as an administrator, Warren served for two years as principal of Coldstream Park Elementary Middle Read more…

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The Seven-Up Art Show is set to open later this month. Featuring art work by high school students in Charles County Public Schools, the show is celebrating its 20th year at the Mattawoman Creek Art Center in Smallwood State Park. Art teachers select pieces their students have created including paintings, drawings, photographs and sculpture. Prizes are given in each category to those in first-, second- and third-place, as well as honorable mention. The show offers young artists a chance to showcase their work in a professional gallery setting. The show will run from Jan. 26 to Feb. 11 at the Read more…

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Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) serves breakfast and lunch items for students at low costs for parents. Meal prices have been set for the 2017-18 school year, which begins on Tuesday, Sept. 5. Breakfast is $1.25 and lunch is $2.65 for elementary school students. For middle and high school students, breakfast is $1.40 and lunch is $2.90. There were no increases in meal prices from last school year. Some students may be eligible for free or reduced price meals. The school system uses guidelines established by the federal government to determine a student’s eligibility for reduced meal prices. The reduced Read more…

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Charles County Public Schools has released its open house schedule for the 2017-¬18 school year. Listed below are open house dates and times, and other activities for schools. Elementary Schools • C. Paul Barnhart, open house/Title I parent night, Sept. 19, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; • Berry, open house, Sept. 19, 6 to 8 p.m.; • Dr. Gustavus Brown, open house/back-to-school night, Sept. 19, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; • Dr. James Craik, open house, Sept. 18, 6 to 7:30 p.m.; • William A. Diggs, open house for prekindergarten through grade 2, Sept. 19, 5 to 6 p.m., and open house Read more…

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More than 1,900 high school juniors and seniors attended the 19th annual Charles County Public Schools Sept. 21 at North Point High School. Representatives from 140 colleges and universities — including those of 13 Historically Black Colleges and Universities — highlighted what their schools have to offer, dropping in some interesting facts. Tuskegee University, home of the Tuskegee Airmen, has a working airstrip for students to learn how to fly; Garrett College in McHenry offers an associate’s degree in adventure sports management that includes taking part in kayaking, rock climbing and mountain biking; and Rutgers University in New Jersey, the Read more…

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The halls of John Hanson Middle School are quiet in mid-August. Even with a dozen of students scattered between two classrooms, there are sporadic bursts of conversation, the task at hand too engrossing for much chitchat. Instead of waiting for school to begin, Hanson’s four VEX Robotics teams get a head start on their projects over the summer. The 15 students in sixth through eighth grades meet from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for three days in June and three in August. Other VEX teams around the county will likely start meeting in September — the first competition is set Read more…

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The James E. Richmond Science Center and the Space Foundation hosted Space in the Community Aug. 10, a free event open to families looking to learn more about space and science. “Our goal is to get kids and families excited about space,” Elias Molen, space education specialist with the Space Foundation, said. “We want space to be incorporated in all subject areas in schools … art, math, language arts. Kids will pay attention and get excited about space. They’re awed by the abnormal, they are awed by the endless possibilities.” The free event was the first of its kind at Read more…

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The 2016 summer reading list for Charles County Public high school students is posted at www.ccboe.com, under the academics section of the website. The following books are listed by the author’s last name and the title of the book. Students are required to complete summer reading to prepare them for the upcoming school year. La Plata High School: Grade 9 honors: Knowles, “A Separate Peace” Grade 10 honors: Achebe, “Things Fall Apart” Bradbury, “Fahrenheit 451” Grade 11 honors: Twain, “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” Dumas, “Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America” Grade 12 honors: Camus, Read more…

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