Month: February 2016


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) graduation rate hit 92.36 percent in 2015, setting another record high and posting its fifth increase in five years, according to data released by the Maryland State Department of Education this week. As student graduation rates increase, the CCPS dropout rate continues to decline. The CCPS four-year cohort graduation rate jumped nearly one percentage point from 91.4 percent in 2014 and has improved more than five points since 2010. The CCPS average exceeds the state graduation rate of 87 percent. “I can’t tell you how proud we are of the accomplishments of our students,” Superintendent Read more…


Due to inclement weather conditions, all Charles County public schools are closed Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016. There is a code two for staff who follow the code system. Visit the school system website, www.ccboe.com, follow us on Facebook or Twitter or call the 24-hour information line at 301-934-7410 for the most up-to-date school system news.


Due to inclement weather forecasts, all Charles County Public Schools activities are canceled for Monday, Feb. 15. For the latest changes to the school system schedule, visit CCPS’s website at www.ccboe.com, or call the Charles County Public Schools 24-hour information line at 301-934-7410.


Due to inclement weather forecasts for this evening, all Charles County Public Schools after-school and evening activities for Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, are canceled. Visit the school system website, www.ccboe.com, or call the Charles County Public Schools 24-hour information line at 301-934-7410 for the most up-to-date school system schedule changes.


Members of North Point High School’s SkillsUSA chapter spent a recent Thursday putting their talents to good use when they volunteered at Our Place soup kitchen. Our Place holds a free dinner once a week for anyone in need of a meal. Held 5 p.m. Thursdays at Good Shepherd Methodist Church in Waldorf, about 60 people show up each week to share dinner, said Veronica Haileyesus Bullock, who along with Deanna Gerhart founded the soup kitchen. This is the second year that North Point’s culinary arts students have cooked a meal and SkillsUSA members helped serve guests. “We do it Read more…


For very little investment — the cost of a toothbrush, toothpaste, some floss and dental sealants — a parent could reduce the chances of a child developing tooth decay by 70 percent. Tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease with 51 million school hours lost nationwide to poor oral health. “A child can’t concentrate if they’re in pain,” said Dr. Dianna Abney, health officer for the Charles County Department of Health during a free dental clinic held at Walter J. Mitchell Elementary School. If a child has a toothache, chances are they can’t eat; if they can’t Read more…


Comedian Keith Deltano is energetic, frenetic and gets his anti-bullying points across to middle schoolers with humor and straight talk. Deltano is a comedian on a mission to combat bullying and he captured students’ attention at Milton M. Somers Middle School on Feb. 5 in three hour-long assemblies. The presentation, said Somers Principal Carrie Akins, supports the work of the school’s Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program. There are four forms of bullying – physical, verbal, exclusion and online – all of which are mean, nasty and hurtful, Deltano said. He demonstrates how to stop physical abuse by loudly Read more…


It was like any other day. Other than Keymar Green’s youngest brother, Joshua-Jaydin being home from school sick, nothing was out of the ordinary. “It started out like a regular day,” Keymar, a Thomas Stone High School sophomore, said. But 6-year-old Joshua-Jaydin, who has severe asthma, was still under the weather for the third day, so Monique Woods, the boys’ mother, took him to the doctor. After landing in the ER for a few hours, Joshua-Jaydin returned home. Woods, getting ready to run out to pick up the medications her youngest son needed, called on Keymar — who was napping Read more…


Tiffany Taylor, a chemistry teacher at St. Charles High School, was recently named a recipient of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Robert E. Yager Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award. The award is given annually to six science teachers nationwide who demonstrate excellence in teaching and innovation in the field of science education. Eligible awardees include science teachers who work with students in grades kindergarten through 12. Taylor has been teaching with Charles County Public Schools for the past five school years and started her career at Mattawoman Middle School, where she taught life and physical sciences. She transitioned to Read more…


Several students from North Point High School and the Robert D. Stethem Educational Center advance to the state Skills USA competition after placing at the Southern Maryland regional event held Feb. 6 at the Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center. The state event is scheduled for April 15-16. The Skills USA regional competition is a showcase event for career and technology students in the tri-county area. The students compete locally and continue through the state and national levels. First-, second- and third-place winners, as well as some other placements in specific categories, at the regional level advance to Read more…

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