Month: April 2019


The Board of Education of Charles County is holding a work session at 6 p.m. Monday, April 29 in the boardroom at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building in La Plata. The meeting will be televised live on the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) website, ccboe.com, and on Comcast channel 96 and Verizon FiOS channel 12. The following is the meeting agenda and is subject to change: Call to order – 6 p.m. Public Forum – 6 p.m.    Work session Waldorf opportunity zones presented by the Charles County Government Planning and Growth Committee Information item: Discipline Review Committee suggestions Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) elementary- and middle-school students participated in the Southern Maryland LEGO League Championship April 6 at the College of Southern Maryland’s La Plata campus. More than 50 teams from the tri-county area — 18 from CCPS — were challenged to build and program a robot to compete missions related to natural disasters. With the theme of Nature’s Fury in mind, teams also researched and presented a solution to a global issue related to natural disasters. Middle school teams also took part in a technical interview with judges to demonstrate their understanding of skills and concepts. Walter Read more…


Twenty-one Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students will represent the school system at the National Leadership and Skills Competition set for June 24-29 in Louisville, Ky., after earning first-place gold medal honors at state competitions held earlier this month. The following students earned a gold medal and advance to the national event. Austin Abarca, Caryn Law and Michael Stone, seniors, North Point High School, Career Pathways Showcase: Business, Management and Technology; Jasmine Carrino, Monet Johnson and Madison Williams, seniors, North Point, Career Pathways Showcase: Health Services; Madison Powell, junior, North Point, Commercial Baking; Kennedy Bennett, Madison Meade and Sabreeya Holly, Read more…


Several Charles County public elementary schools are hosting events in April and May to welcome new students and families joining them for the 2019-20 school year as a result of redistricting. With the implementation of the systemwide elementary school redistricting in September, some elementary schools are losing students while others are gaining new members of their school communities. The following is a list of events by school for new students and their families. The events are for students and families affected by redistricting. Schools will hold student orientation and open house events in August for all students prior to the Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) teams competed in the regional Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA) events held April 11 and 12 at North Point High School. Overall winners were selected at the elementary-, middle- and high-school levels. “MESA will help me in my career path,” said Brian Thomas, a Westlake High School senior who became involved with MESA in eighth grade. “I want to major in computer science. It’s a high-paying profession and a growing one. Technology is consistently advancing, and I want to be ahead of it.” Thomas isn’t the only one laying a foundation for a future Read more…


Joyful. Loyal. Amazing. That’s how students and staff at Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School describe second-grade teacher Melinda Wright. Wright is a longtime staple in the Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy community, having taught at the school for the past 26 years. She is one of the most requested teachers at Mt. Hope, by both students and parents, and community members speak with pride in the fact that Wright was once their teacher. Her kind demeanor and positive impact has a lasting effect in the community. Wright’s impact will go further this year as she was recently honored as the 2019 Charles County Public Read more…


The Board of Education at its April 9 meeting honored five Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) employees for exemplary accomplishments, and their commitment to teaching and learning. Honored were Alexandra Anderson, Jennifer Diaz, Brinson Lundegard, Shellia Soderstrom and Ayesha Claytor-Stanislas. Anderson is a fourth-grade teacher at Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer Elementary School. She was nominated for recognition by Jenifer Principal Nancy Seifert. Anderson strives to provide her students with a safe and caring learning environment. She takes great pride in her instruction and incorporates best practices in her lesson plans to ensure all students are successful. Anderson sponsors an Read more…


The Board of Education at its April 9 meeting honored five Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students for accomplishments in the areas of academic achievement, career readiness and personal responsibility. Honored at the meeting were Deuvon Desir, Faith Fisher, Asalah Keita, Jamel Williams and Maize Wimbush. Desir is a senior at the Robert D. Stethem Educational Center and was honored by the Board in the area of academic achievement. He is a second-year student in the Interactive Media Production career and technology education (CTE) program and plans to pursue a career in audio engineering. Desir is a leader among his Read more…


The Board of Education presented four resolutions to Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) staff at its April 9 meeting. The Board presents resolutions annually. The following resolutions were presented: Administrative Professionals Week; Child Nutrition Employee Appreciation Week; National Physical Education and Sport Week; and Teacher Appreciation Week. CCPS highlights Administrative Professionals Week this year as April 22-26. The recognition emphasizes the supportive role administrative professionals have in the workplace, and the importance of their contributions in maintaining effective office operations. Administrative Professionals Week highlights the wealth of knowledge, clerical duties, awareness of procedures, competency and customer service skills professionals demonstrate Read more…


More than 250 teams – including 49 from Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) – competed at the Maryland Destination Imagination (DI) Tournament held March 30 at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. A total of 21 teams were recognized for placing among the top five teams in their respective challenges, with six teams placing first or second. Teams that earn a first- or second-place place award at the state event advance to the Global Finals Tournament set for May 21-26 in Kansas City, Missouri. The following CCPS teams advance to the global DI tournament next month. On Target challenge:  First Read more…

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