Month: September 2018


Registration for the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) annual fall chess tournament, set for 9 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 20 at Thomas Stone 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/ccps-2018-fall-chess-tournament/ by Wednesday, Oct. 17. 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, Grades 7-8 and Grades 9-12. The first match Read more…


While the new school year officially started Sept. 4, a handful of Westlake High School students headed back to school early for an AVID boot camp. First-year Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) students attended the program to get a leg up on their studies. “We needed to revamp and revitalize our AVID program,” said Holly Dolan, a resource teacher. “The boot camp is exposing first-year AVID students not only to the school and the physical space, but to the routines AVID has in place.” Westlake is breathing new life into its AVID program, opening the program to kids who want Read more…


During the month of October, Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) will offer all students free breakfast as a jump-start to their school day. Beginning Oct. 1 and ending Oct. 26, all CCPS students can take advantage of the breakfast program to start the day with a free healthy breakfast. Items include milk, cereal, juice and fruit with an additional option of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for high school students. This is the third consecutive year that CCPS has celebrated the school breakfast program by providing free meals to students in October. The goal is to spread awareness of the Read more…


New proposed textbooks for the physical rehabilitation career and technology education (CTE) program are on display for review at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building and the Robert D. Stethem Educational Center. If approved for use by the Board of Education of Charles County, the textbooks will be incorporated into program curriculum later this school year. The physical rehabilitation CTE program is available for interested high school students and based at the Stethem Center. Staff is proposing the textbooks based on feedback from the program advisory council, as well as physical rehabilitation instructors from other programs in Maryland, and to Read more…


A free internet safety presentation for parents and teens 16 and older will be held later this month to provide information on keeping children safe on the internet. Guest speaker Vincent DeVivo, community outreach specialist with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Maryland, will present Innocence Stolen: Protecting our Children Online from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25 at Dr. James Craik Elementary School. The presentation will help parents learn how to protect young people from negative and criminal influences online while providing prevention and intervention strategies and internet safety resources for parents and families to use. “Technology provides benefits, but it also presents dangers. Parents Read more…


Eva Turner Elementary School teachers thought they were attending a Sept. 6 back-to-school pep rally, but instead received a $10,000 surprise from Burlington Stores. Burlington Stores, Inc., through its partnership with AdoptAClassroom.org, donated $10,000 to Eva Turner in celebration of its new store opening in Waldorf. Burlington opens next week at its new store location in the former Sports Authority space in Shoppers World. The money, said Turner Principal Ingrid Williams-Horton, will be divided equally among classroom teachers so they can buy classroom supplies through AdoptAClassroom.org. Members of the Thomas Stone High School marching band drumline and cheerleading squad created Read more…


Charles County Public Schools is hosting its 21st annual College Fair on Monday, Sept. 17 at North Point High School in Waldorf. High school juniors and seniors who attend CCPS schools attend the fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. as part of their school day. The fair is open to the public from 6 to 8 p.m. Visitors can meet and talk with representatives from more than 150 colleges and universities at the fair. CCPS students who plan to attend during the school day must submit a signed permission form to the college and career advisor at their school. Read more…


New this school year for Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) parents is a website for elementary school instruction at ccboe.com. The website is available at http://www.ccboe.com/departments/instruction/. The website features information about early childhood education, English as a Second Language (ESOL), fine arts, health and physical education, literacy, mathematics, science and social studies. The site also features information about instructional standards for elementary content areas, some of which is broken down by grade level. The website also features information about gifted education programs and class acceleration, elementary retention procedures and resources to assist elementary school aged children with learning. Additionally, there Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) offers high school students different options to complete graduation requirements, including attending the Virtual Academy. The academy operates out of the Robert D. Stethem Educational Center and offers courses for sophomores, juniors and seniors. Students complete coursework both online and during face-to-face instruction. Courses are held Monday through Thursday and the Academy is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Students are required to attend classes for five consecutive hours per day, four days per week. Interested students can apply between now and Friday, Sept. 28 to attend the Virtual Academy. Transportation is provided for Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is accepting applications from high school seniors interested in participating in the Maryland General Assembly Student Page Program. Each year, CCPS selects three high school seniors and one alternate to represent the school system in the program. Student Pages spend two nonconsecutive weeks working in either the state Senate or House of Delegates during the legislative session in Annapolis. The session runs annually from January to April. Pages will serve one week during the first eight weeks of the session, and the second week during the last five weeks. Pages receive a $55 stipend per Read more…

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