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The Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) Food and Nutrition Department will refund meal account balances for high school seniors. This includes monies on both a student’s meal and general food accounts. CCPS staff will provide check refunds to the parent or guardian on file in the student information system. Checks will be processed and mailed to the home address on file with CCPS by the end of June. This also includes any balances on My Payments Plus, the online meal prepayment system used by CCPS. Parents with additional students enrolled in CCPS can request the balance to be transferred to Read more…

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month and May 7 is Children’s Mental Health Matters Day. To participate, wear something green to raise awareness of the importance of children’s mental health and if posting on social media, use the hashtag #breakthestigma. Each week during the month, students at the elementary, middle and high school levels are able to access grade-level material to support their mental health. Information is available online at https://walkinourshoes.org/what-is-mental-health/ and includes videos and activities. Para el sitio web en español, vaya a https://ponteenmiszapatos.org/. Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) school psychologists are available for parents and guardians who have Read more…

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Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is preparing to honor the Class of 2020 during virtual graduations. Graduations for the Class of 2020 will begin at 7 a.m., June 11 and air on Comcast Channel 96, Verizon FiOs 12, YouTube and Vimeo. Superintendent Kimberly Hill announced the decision today to change graduation ceremonies from in-person events to virtual in a letter to high school seniors and their parents. “Due to the ongoing public health crisis created by COVID-19, CCPS is planning virtual graduations for the Class of 2020,” Hill said. Each high school will have its own virtual ceremony. “Virtual graduation Read more…

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The Board of Education’s next monthly meeting is Tuesday, May 12. The Board is observing social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and it will conduct the meeting via teleconference. There is no public access to the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building on Radio Station Road in La Plata; however, the meeting will stream live on ccboe.com and air live on Comcast Channel 96 and Verizon FiOs Channel 12. Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) will rebroadcast the meeting as well as post it on CCPSTV under the Board Meeting tab. Executive session begins at noon, and the public portion of Read more…

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An important element of any strong instructional program is its leader. Someone who is knowledgeable, passionate and committed to the success of both students and staff. For the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) secondary education program, that person is Joan Withers. Withers has spent most of her career in education with CCPS, starting first as a high school English teacher and now as director of secondary education leading a team of more than 26 content specialists and staff. Withers is highly regarded as a tireless advocate for instruction and pushes those around her to achieve excellence. Her passion for education Read more…

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Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative, known as SMECO, recently named six Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) teachers 2020 Outstanding Teacher Honorees. The annual awards program recognizes teachers for outstanding achievements in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Honored for accomplishments in math are Laura Buzzell of Henry E. Lackey High School, Donna Day of Theodore G. Davis Middle School and Nicole Joly-O’Brien of J.C. Parks Elementary School. SMECO recognized them as 2020 Outstanding Mathematics Teachers of the Year. SMECO honored Lolita Kiorpes of North Point High School and Victoria Farrell of Piccowaxen Middle School as 2020 Outstanding Science Teachers of the Read more…

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The Board of Education unanimously voted April 21 to accept a recommendation to suspend a number of Board policies including those related to graduation ceremonies and eligibility for fall extracurricular activities based on a student’s fourth-quarter grade point average. The suspension of policies allows Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) staff the flexibility to make decisions in the wake of the Maryland school closure that was initially put in place March 16 in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). The school closure was recently extended to May 15. DeJuan Woods Jr., student member of the Board and member Read more…

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The Board of Education at its April 21 meeting approved a change to the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) grading policy for students. The policy addresses changes necessary due to the statewide school closure and how teachers can provide fourth-quarter grades. CCPS school buildings are currently closed through May 15; however, teachers continue to provide instruction through distance learning. The approved grading policy gives credit to students participating in distance learning, including work completed on paper packets and through Apex Learning. CCPS distance learning materials include lessons in critical core content areas, such as English, math, science and social studies, Read more…

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The College Board recently scheduled dates for online Advanced Placement (AP) exams for students. Each exam includes a primary test date in May and a make-up date for students. The schedule is posted at https://apcoronavirusupdates.collegeboard.org/students/taking-ap-exams/ap-exam-schedule. All primary exam dates fall between May 11-22 with make-up dates on June 1-5. The schedule includes specific information about each subject exam, such as the number of questions students can expect, the time frame in which students must complete the exam and content areas the exam will include. The College Board changed its AP testing program this year due to the coronavirus and nationwide Read more…

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Dr. Karen Salmon, state superintendent of Maryland public schools, announced today that schools will continue to be closed through May 15.    School systems around the state, including Charles County Public Schools (CCPS), are closed in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. As Maryland officials report more cases of COVID-19 in the state, schools will remain closed.   “School systems have also started to develop plans for additional distance learning and the recovery of lost instructional time in the form of planning expanded summer school programs,” Salmon said. “State and local school officials are preparing for a number of scenarios, depending on when our Read more…

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