Month: October 2013


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) has updated elementary school report cards to include more detailed information on student progress. Parents are reminded to make an appointment with their child’s teacher for Parent Conference Day on Nov. 6. Elementary teachers will distribute report cards at parent conferences. The updated report cards have a similar format, and grading scales remain the same. Grading system explanations are provided on the report card envelope. Previously, CCPS printed report cards on carbon copy paper. Teachers will now complete report cards electronically and parents will receive a paper copy. Report cards are grade specific to provide Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is celebrating National School Lunch Week Oct. 14-18. Last year, CCPS served 2.6 million lunches to students. CCPS is celebrating the healthy choices that are incorporated into school lunch menus. The theme “School Lunch across the USA” includes events and activities that promote healthy school lunches and celebrates the flavors, ingredients and cultures of America. CCPS serves more than 14,000 students lunch every day at 35 schools and four educational centers. Food services promote healthy eating to students by serving meals that meet federal nutrition standards by: ensuring students are offered both fruits and vegetables Read more…


The Board of Education honored five exemplary employees on Oct. 8, including Patrice Graff, Stephanie Sullivan, Sandra Peed, Ernestine Swann and Vonda Hicks. Graff is a first-grade teacher at Gale-Bailey Elementary School. She was nominated for recognition for her positive attitude, dedication and hard work. Graff has spent her teaching career at Gale-Bailey, and demonstrates a positive attitude and passion for teaching in all that she does, said Toni Melton-Trainor, principal. Melton-Trainor said Graff is a leader and team player. “Ms. Graff is a role model for our school, school system and community. When you enter her classroom, not only Read more…


Charles County high school graduations are coming home in 2015. The class of 2015 will walk across stages in Charles County to accept their diplomas, reversing a 13-year-old practice of holding CCPS graduations at the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro. This is the last school year for CCPS graduations outside of the county, said Superintendent Kimberly Hill, a proponent of in-county graduations. “Graduation is an important milestone, and one that I believe should take place right here in our own community,” Hill said. Hill’s decision to require Charles County locations for the class of 2015 graduations is based partly Read more…


The Board of Education honored five students on Tuesday, Oct. 8, for excellence in academic achievement, personal responsibility and career readiness, the focus areas of the system’s master plan. The students honored were John (Jack) Glassman, fifth grade, Mary H. Matula Elementary School; Gregory Griffith, fifth grade, Arthur Middleton Elementary School; Sahana Venkatesh, fifth grade, Gale-Bailey Elementary School; Theodore (Teddy) Hoxie, eighth grade, Milton M. Somers Middle School; Bridget Cunningham, senior, Maurice J. McDonough High School. Venkatesh was recognized in the area of personal responsibility. Venkatesh completes all her assignments, helps other students when struggling, volunteers answers when asked by Read more…


North Point High School is hosting two open houses for Charles County students interested in applying for science, technology, and industry (STI) program for the 2014 school year. The open houses will be held Oct. 17, and Nov. 14, both starting at 6:30 p.m. Parents and students who are residents of Charles County and are interested in applying to one of North Point’s 17 STI programs for next year are encouraged to attend. Charles County Public Schools provides 26,500 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 35 Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is accepting nominations for the 2014 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards for middle and high school student volunteers. The awards are given to students for serving their communities through volunteer activities, such as helping the less fortunate, promoting health and safety or protecting the environment. The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards is the largest program in the United States that recognizes young volunteers based solely on community service. The award is open for students in grades five through twelve. Eligible students will have participated in a volunteer activity that occurred 12 months prior to the Read more…


The State Department of Health has implemented new vaccination requirements for the upcoming 2014-2015 school year. Seventh-grade students will be required to have Meningococcal (MCV4) and tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis/whooping cough (Tdap) vaccinations. The MCV4 vaccination protects students from certain meningococcal bacteria that can lead to meningitis or sepsis. After students are initially vaccinated before seventh grade, an additional booster shot is recommended at age 16. Typically, MCV4 is a required vaccination for college/university students, however the State Department of Health has found it necessary for students age eleven and older to receive these vaccinations.  As for Tdap, the original vaccination Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is accepting nominations for its 2014 Principal of the Year and the Washington Post Distinguished Educational Leadership Award (DELA). The annual award honors exemplary principals and recognizes those who go beyond the day-to-day demands of their position to create an exceptional educational environment. Teachers, students, former students, parents, administrators, or community members may submit nominations. Nominees must have a minimum of five year’s experience as a principal and three of those years must have been with Charles County Public Schools. Principals may not nominate themselves. Nomination materials must include a minimum of four statements of Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is holding a chess tournament for residents of Charles County in grades K-12 at Thomas Stone High School. The tournament is Saturday, Oct. 26; the first match begins at 9 a.m. The tournament features a four round Swiss Style format. Students in grades 7-12 will be using chess clocks and allotted 15 minutes per game. Each round takes approximately an hour and the awards ceremony follows the 12 p.m. match. The school system awards trophies, medals, and certificates. The award divisions are as follows: Kindergarten – second grade Third – fourth grade Fifth – sixth Read more…

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