Month: February 2020


Middle school students netted time in gyms last month for a volleyball tournament. The seventh-grade tournament was Jan. 28 with boys playing at La Plata High School and girls squaring off at Henry E. Lackey High School. Eighth graders played two days later on Jan. 30, with boys at La Plata and girls at Lackey. The following are the results of the tournament: Eighth-grade girls Milton M. Somers Middle School, first place; Piccowaxen Middle School, second place; John Hanson Middle School, third place; Matthew Henson Middle School, fourth place; Mattawoman Middle School, fifth place; Benjamin Stoddert Middle School, sixth place; Read more…


The Board of Education at its Feb. 11 meeting honored five Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) staff members for their commitment to the school system and student success. Each month, the Board honors staff members chosen by their school principals who demonstrate a commitment to teaching and learning. Honored were Courtney Abell, Brooke Lyon, Erin Locke, Trina Short and Amber Smith. Abell is an English teacher at Maurice J. McDonough High School. Abell leads by example and helped to launch a vertical team planning approach among her English colleagues at McDonough. As part of vertical team planning, teachers are now Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) highlights Job Shadow Day events annually throughout February. Today, the Board of Education and Superintendent of Schools Kimberly Hill participated in the program and invited a group of fifth graders to shadow them during the first part of the Board meeting. Shadowing the Board today were nine students from Billingsley, T.C. Martin and Mary H. Matula elementary schools. Principals chose students to represent their schools. Each student was randomly assigned to their shadow. Participating from Billingsley were fifth graders Kindle Archer, Zebulon Davis and Selena Duson. Representing Martin were Julian Costa, Kalynn Gutrick and Karson Read more…


Several Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students earned medals in the recent regional SkillsUSA competition. They advance to the state event set for April 17 and 18. Career and Technical Education (CTE) students from North Point High School and the Robert D. Stethem Educational Center compete annually in the event. SkillsUSA competitions showcase CTE students, involve industry professionals in evaluating student performance and help to train students for the workforce. Students compete locally and continue through both the state and national levels. Students who earn a gold, silver or bronze medal will represent their respective CTE program at the State Read more…


The Board of Education at its Feb. 11 meeting honored five Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students for accomplishments in the areas of academic achievement, career readiness and personal responsibility. Honored were Leo Abramson, Taylor Carter, Kalah Sauers, Camila Uribe and MacKenna Zopelis. Abramson is a fifth-grade student at Arthur Middleton Elementary School. He was honored by the Board in the area of academic achievement. He demonstrates hard work and a positive attitude daily. Abramson is well organized, helpful to his peers and demonstrates an excellent work ethic. He is known among his classmates as a good friend and role Read more…


The Board of Education presented three resolutions to Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students and staff at its Feb. 11 meeting. The Board votes annually to accept resolutions. The following resolutions were presented: Fine and Performing Arts Month; Read Across Charles County; and Women’s History Month. CCPS recognizes Fine and Performing Arts Month in March annually. Fine and performing arts programs provide students with a well-rounded education and are essential in the development of education in music, theater and visual arts. Fine and Performing Arts Month celebrates the impact of fine arts education and programs in student development and achievement. Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is looking for volunteers to serve on the school system’s District Committee on Assessment. Maryland State Senate Bill 452 requires each local school system to create a district committee on assessment every two years to review and evaluate the district’s assessment plan, as well as make recommendations to the Board of Education. This will be the second time since 2018 a committee will be formed. Each meeting will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building at 5980 Radio Station Road in La Plata. Meeting dates are March 24, April 23, Read more…


Arthur Middleton Elementary School students learned about the importance of voting Monday, Feb. 3, and that it is OK to be kind to people despite having differing opinions. The Rev. Akil Dickens, youth pastor at Ebenezer AME Church in Fort Washington, has visited Prince George’s County schools for years presenting Black History Month assemblies. He was invited to Middleton by the school’s secretary, Dawn Hudson, a parishioner at Ebenezer AME. Dickens held three assemblies — one each for third, fourth and fifth graders. The topic of the day was voting. The theme of this year’s National Black History Month is Read more…


A Piccowaxen Middle School team advances to the state MathCounts event next month after finishing among the top five teams at the regional competition held Feb. 1 at Calvert Middle School. The state competition is set for March 14 at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. The Piccowaxen team earned fifth place overall among competing teams from Charles, Calvert and St. Mary’s counties. Team members are Ethan Harris, sixth grade; Charlie Dement and Addison Sheridan, seventh grade; and Kaitlyn Bassford, eighth grade. Piccowaxen teachers Jill Matthews and Kristi Nelson coach the team. Three additional Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students qualified Read more…


The Board of Education’s next monthly meeting is Tuesday, Feb. 11 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 stream live on the school system website, ccboe.com. The following is a tentative meeting agenda and is subject to change. Executive session – 12 p.m.   Call to order – 1 p.m. Pledge of Read more…

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