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Due to inclement weather conditions, all Charles County public schools will open two-hours late today, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. There is a code two, which is a two-hour delay, for staff who follow the code system. The AlphaBest program at county elementary schools will open at 8 a.m. today and all morning prekindergarten classes are canceled. Visit ccboe.com for the latest information. 

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Mary Anne Onianwah has always been interested in how people connect, it could be why she enrolled in North Point High School’s Cisco Networking Academy Career and Technical Education (CTE) program. “My parents come from a third world country and I see how technology connects people around the world,” said Onianwah, a senior who would like to study information science or human-computer interaction in college. At one time she wanted to major in medical information technology, but over the years, Onianwah has found herself drawn to the “why.” Why do people use technology the way they do? Continued questioning is Read more…

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The Board of Education’s next monthly meeting is Tuesday, Jan. 14, at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building on Radio Station Road in La Plata. The public portion of the meeting begins at 1 p.m. and recognition starts at 4:30 p.m. The meeting is televised live on Comcast Channel 96 and Verizon FiOS Channel 12, and rebroadcast throughout the week. Board meetings are streamed live on the school system website www.ccboe.com. Select the graphic on the center of the home page to launch the meeting. The following is a tentative meeting agenda and is subject to change. Executive session – Read more…

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Registration for the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) annual winter chess tournament, set for 9 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 22 at Henry E. Lackey High School, is now open for students. The tournament is for students in kindergarten through Grade 12. Interested participants must register online at https://ccpsregistration.wufoo.com/forms/2020-ccps-winter-chess-tournament/ by Wednesday, Feb. 19. The registration window closes after Feb. 19 and walk-in registrations are not accepted. The tournament features a four round Swiss-style format. Students compete in eight divisions of play, depending on their grade level of enrollment: kindergarten through first grade, second grade, third grade, fourth grade, fifth grade, sixth grade, Read more…

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Free breakfast is being offered to all students in Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) through Jan. 10. Some CCPS students — those who attend a Title I school or a school that participates in the Maryland Meals for Achievement (MMFA) in-classroom breakfast program — get free breakfast throughout the year. Title I schools in Charles County are C. Paul Barnhart, Dr. Gustavus Brown, Indian Head, Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy, Dr. Samuel A. Mudd, J.P. Ryon and Eva Turner elementary schools. MMFA provides state funding to supplement federal meal reimbursements allowing select schools to offer breakfast for all students at no charge to Read more…

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The Charles County Scholarship Fund offers more than 50 scholarships to Charles County high school seniors. The application window is now open and closes March 1. Interested students can visit the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) website, ccboe.com, to view available scholarships, eligibility criteria and additional requirements. Applications must be complete and submitted online by March 1. Students need only to submit one application; late submissions are not accepted. The application is posted at https://www.ccboe.com/ss/charles-county-scholarship-fund-inc/. Requirements include a resume, a personal statement that details a student’s academic and career goals, two letters of recommendation, a high school transcript and copy Read more…

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All Charles County public schools are closed Monday, Dec. 23 through Wednesday, Jan. 1. Schools reopen for students and teachers on Thursday, Jan. 2. Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) administrative offices are closed Dec. 24-25, and Jan. 1. The Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. during winter break. The following is the indoor pool schedule for Henry E. Lackey and North Point high schools, and the Donald M. Wade Aquatic Center at St. Charles High School. Closed Dec. 24-25; Pools open 1 to 8 p.m., Dec. 26-27 and Dec. 30; Pools open Read more…

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Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is participating in the St. Mary’s City annual Maryland Day Celebration on March 21. Each year, a fourth-grade student is selected through an essay contest to represent the school system and Charles County at the celebration. This year, students must write an essay about “Why is Charles County a great place to live?” Essays should include at least 150 words, but no more than 350 words. Students can submit either handwritten essays or typed essays with double spacing. The deadline for submissions is Monday, Feb. 3. The contest is only open to fourth-grade students. Students Read more…

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High school students in the Junior Reserves Officer Training Corps — better known as JROTC — gathered Friday, Dec. 13, for the 11th annual Col. Donald M. Wade Joint Services Military Ball held at North Point High School. The annual event celebrates the program that has a membership of more than 860 students attending one of the county’s seven high schools. The ball is an opportunity for instructors to honor seniors who have participated in their respective schools JROTC. Emma O’Rourke, a St. Charles High School sophomore, has been a member of her school’s JROTC since she was a freshman. Read more…

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Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) hosted its first fun run last month to support the Southern Maryland Food Bank. More than 200 runners, walkers and families joined the Nov. 9 run around the La Plata High and Mary H. Matula Elementary school campuses as part of the first CCPS 5k Turkey Trot. Participants included CCPS employees. The event raised $5,300, which Superintendent of Schools Kimberly A. Hill provided to Brenda DiCarlo, director of the Southern Maryland Food Bank, on Dec. 5. DiCarlo said the funds would help to support several food bank programs. “This donation will be used to assist Read more…

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