Month: March 2018


The Board of Education presented two resolutions to Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students and staff at its March 13 meeting. The Board votes annually to accept resolutions. The following resolutions were presented: Month of the Young Child; and National Student Leadership Week. CCPS celebrates the Month of the Young Child annually in April. This year’s national theme is Celebrating Our Youngest Learners, which recognizes early learners and that all children should enter school well prepared and ready to learn. Accepting the resolution at the Board meeting were Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer Elementary School kindergarten teacher Diana Laco and Read more…


The halls of North Point High School and Theodore G. Davis Middle School were bustling Saturday with wizards, undersea creatures, a kid dressed up like a weather system (it involved a sweatshirt with the word “HAIL” spelled on the back in cotton balls) and enough props to stage a Hollywood production when more than 900 students competed in the Charles County Destination Imagination (DI) competition. The 116 teams made up of elementary, middle and high school students took part in one of six challenges and an instant challenge that tested their imagination meddle. Students tackled challenges with names like the Read more…


The Board of Education at its March 13 meeting honored seven Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) exemplary employees for their dedication to student success and commitment to teaching and learning. Honored were Elaine Coombs, Laura Curry, Marilin Musser, Brian Palko, Deepa Patel, Brandon Simpson and Hope Warren. Coombs is a special education teacher at Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer Elementary School. Her career with CCPS spans nearly 29 years, most of which were spent at the elementary school level working with students with special needs. At Jenifer, Coombs demonstrates individual behavior modeling to help increase positive behavior for students so Read more…


The Board of Education at its March 13 meeting honored six Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students for outstanding academic and personal accomplishments. Students are chosen by their principal for recognition and receive the honor in one of three focal areas – academic achievement, career readiness and personal responsibility. Honored before the Board were Michaela Anderson, Nicholas Kootsikas III, Julie Perriello, Ava Rowledge, Tahirah Turnage and Melanie Urrego. Anderson is a fifth grader at Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer Elementary School. She was recognized by the Board in the area of personal responsibility and is known as a role model Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students and staff are calling for an end to school violence and bullying while showing solidarity with the students and victims of the recent mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. All CCPS schools are participating in a See Something, Say Something campaign that includes lessons on the importance of reporting anything unusual to an adult as well as the introduction of a security advisory team and a website that will allow parents and students to anonymously report bullying or safety concerns. CCPS staff is testing the website and expects to launch Read more…


The application process for the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) prekindergarten program begins Monday, April 16 at all Charles County public elementary schools. To be eligible for prekindergarten, students must be 4 years old by September 1. The selection of prekindergarten students is based on criteria and guidelines set by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and CCPS. The application is posted on the CCPS website at http://bit.ly/2p1AUDl. Placement in the program is based on need in the following three categories: Category one (guaranteed admission): children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals; qualify for homeless status (certified Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) will begin to accept applications for early entrance to kindergarten on Monday, April 16. The school system has procedures and guidelines for early entrance into the kindergarten program. Parents must submit an application by June 15 for their child to be tested for early kindergarten admission. Early admission for the 2018-19 school year is open only to children whose fifth birthday falls between Sept. 2 and Oct. 15, 2018, and who reside with a parent or guardian in Charles County. State law requires students entering kindergarten to be 5 years old by Sept. 1 in Read more…


Registration for the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) three-year-old program begins Monday, April 16 at county Title I elementary schools. Interested parents must schedule an appointment at their child’s zoned elementary school to complete the application process for the 2018-19 school year. Applications will be accepted by appointment only.  The three-year-old program is located at C. Paul Barnhart, Dr. Gustavus Brown, Indian Head, Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy, J.P. Ryon, Dr. Samuel A. Mudd and Eva Turner elementary schools. The program serves Title I elementary schools and students must reside within Title I school zones to be eligible. Title I is a federal Read more…


The Board of Education’s next monthly meeting is Tuesday, March 13, 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 student and staff recognition starts at 4:30 p.m. The meeting is televised live on Comcast Channel 96 and Verizon FiOS Channel 12 and is rebroadcast throughout the week. Board meetings are also streamed live on the school system website at www.ccboe.com. Select the live stream image displayed in the center of the home page. The following is a tentative meeting agenda and is subject Read more…


The Tri-County Computer Bowl set for this month has been rescheduled for March 17. The competition pits high school teams from Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties against each other to test their knowledge on coding and computer-related issues. In the first round students take a written test on computer history, hardware and software. The second round sees teams creating programs to solve specific problems. The competition is sponsored by Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative, Booz Allen Hamilton and the public school systems of Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties. About CCPS Charles County Public Schools provides 26,900 students in grades Read more…

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