Month: January 2017


The Board of Education recognized six outstanding students for excellence in academic achievement, career readiness and personal responsibility at its Jan. 10 meeting. Laniya Faulk is a fifth-grade student at C. Paul Barnhart Elementary School; Edenilson Velasquez-Orellana is a fourth-grade student at Dr. Gustavus Brown Elementary School; Hope Treadway is a fifth-grade student at Gale-Bailey Elementary School; MacKenna Zopelis is a fifth-grade student at T.C. Martin Elementary School; Yachi Madaan is an eighth-grade student at John Hanson Middle School; and Shaun Hange is a senior at Henry E. Lackey High School. Faulk was recognized in the area of academic achievement. Read more…


The Board of Education of Charles County unanimously elected Michael Lukas as its chairman and Barbara Palko as its vice chairman at the start of the Jan. 10 meeting. Lukas has served in the vice chairman position for the past two years and replaces Board member Virginia McGraw as chairman. This is Palko’s first term serving in a leadership position on the Board. The Board elects a chairman and vice chairman each January, and officers serve one-year terms. Lukas thanked his fellow Board members for their support and said he looks forward to leading the group. “I would like to Read more…


Due to inclement weather forecasts, all Charles County Public Schools activities scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, are canceled.  Visit the school system website, www.ccboe.com, or call the 24-hour information line at 301-934-7410 or 301-932-6656 for the latest information on school closings and CCPS schedule changes.  About CCPS Charles County Public Schools provides 26,400 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 36 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher Read more…


Due to inclement weather forecasts, all Charles County Public Schools activities scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, are canceled. The Tri-County Orchestra Concert scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, in Calvert County also is canceled. All high school students attending the Maryland State Thespian Festival today in Towson will be returning to Charles County this evening, rather than tomorrow as originally planned. Visit the school system website, www.ccboe.com, or call the 24-hour information line at 301-934-7410 or 301-932-6656 for the latest information on school closings and CCPS schedule changes. About CCPS Charles County Public Schools provides 26,400 students in grades Read more…


For the past 15 years, Advanced Placement (AP) World History classes of Henry E. Lackey High School have delved into research and role playing projects. The hard work culminates in a trip to Tony Cheng’s Mongolian Restaurant in Chinatown in Washington, D.C. The students get a taste of authentic Mongolian food while acting out characters from around the African and Asian worlds of the Middle Ages. Students draw characters from a hat that range from religious figures — Buddhist monks, Christian missionaries and Mongol shamans — to Arab merchants, Russian princes and merchant traveler Marco Polo. After researching locations, native Read more…


Matthew Henson Middle School held its annual College Day Dec. 22. The school’s counseling department invited current college students to share their experiences in the world of higher education with Henson students. The guests arrived with stories of their diverse experiences. Some of the speakers came from traditional four-year institutions while others spoke about the benefits of community college, online colleges and military academies. The college students highlighted topics such as their majors, how they selected their schools, extracurricular activities on campus, Greek life, tuition and scholarships. Students rotated between four presenters, took notes in their College Day passports and Read more…


A total of 56 Charles County Public Schools students advance to the state level of competition in the National Junior American Citizens Contest, sponsored by the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR). The organization includes a Junior American Citizens Committee, which supports contests for children that promote patriotic development. The Junior American Citizens Contest is open to students in grades prekindergarten through 12. Entries range from banners, poems and posters to short stories and stamp designs. This year’s contest theme is “Our National Parks: 100 Years of Service to America.” Students advance to the state level for earning Read more…


Two members of the Henry E. Lackey High School community were recently inducted into the school’s athletic Hall of Fame. A longtime vice principal at Lackey, Glenn Jones coached football, baseball and wrestling at Lackey for 25 years. During his tenure as the head wrestling coach, his wrestlers earned 52 individual Southern Maryland Athletic Conference (SMAC) titles, more than 30 regional titles and several individual state tournament championships. A graduate of Lackey, James V. Short played tennis, basketball and football, and later returned to serve as principal of the school. During his senior year of high school, Short was an Read more…


The Charles County Scholarship Fund is offering more than 45 scholarships to Charles County high school students. Applications for scholarships are available at all county high schools. Interested students must submit completed applications by Wednesday, March 1 to their college and career advisor. Award notification will be announced at high school senior awards ceremonies this spring. Students need only to submit one application. Applications also are available on the school system website, www.ccboe.com, under the students/parents section. Click on the Scholarship Information link from the menu. Each scholarship has specific eligibility criteria; information regarding eligibility is listed in the application. Read more…


Faith Oliver, a Thomas Stone High School senior, sang the national anthem at the Dec. 29 Washington Wizards games. Oliver, a member of the school choir, is in the National Honor Society. Thomas Stone High School senior Douglas Goodell was selected as the king of the 10th annual Col. Donald M. Wade Joint Services Military Ball. North Point High School senior Taylor Dobbs was named queen. The king and queen are randomly chosen from a pool of names. More than 165 senior cadets in Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) Junior Reserve Officers Training Corp (JROTC) program met at North Point Read more…

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