Year: 2021


The Board of Education at its Dec. 14 meeting honored four Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students. School principals annually select one student and staff member for Board recognition. Students are honored for accomplishments in the areas of academic achievement, career readiness and personal responsibility. Honored at the meeting were Lewis Benton of Mary B. Neal Elementary School; Jace Williams of Walter J. Mitchell Elementary School; Demetri Hicks of Mattawoman Middle School; and Martin Spinner of North Point High School.   Benton is a fifth-grade student at Neal who was recognized in the area of career readiness. He has been Read more…


The It’s Academic team from Maurice J. McDonough High School earned the top spot in this year’s local event held Dec. 8 at North Point High School. The team of captain Samuel Chernoff, Nicholas Long and Julie Perriello scored 350 points to earn first place. This is the first time in 15 years that the It’s Academic team from McDonough has earned first place at the county level. Coming in second place was the team from La Plata High School with 300 points followed by North Point High School in third place with 210 points. As the county winner, the Read more…


The Board of Education’s next regular meeting is 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 14. The Board will meet in person at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building. The Starkey Building is located at 5980 Radio Station Road in La Plata. The meeting is open to the public. However, the Board is limiting the number of in-person attendees to the first five arrivals in order to support social distancing in the boardroom. Visitors are required to wear a face mask and must check in with staff at the main desk. Visitors will be seated in the back of the boardroom. If Read more…


The Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) Department of Student Services will host a virtual parent and caregiver workshop on Dec. 15. All virtual presentations will include an interpreter for Spanish-speaking parents and caregivers. The upcoming workshop will focus on healthy relationships among teens. Student Services staff members — school counselors, school psychologists and pupil personnel workers — will continue to share information during the school year that mirrors social emotional learning (SEL) instruction students receive in their classes. Workshops will continue to help parents and caregivers gain knowledge of SEL information, strategies and coping skills students are taught. Topics for Read more…


Increasingly — and, some might argue, exclusively — people are communicating electronically. Text, email, social media — when it comes to writing to each other, people are talking with their thumbs. Emily Leedy, a fifth-grade teacher at Malcolm Elementary School, is attempting to change things up a bit by introducing a cross-curricular letter writing opportunity to fifth graders. She will be helped in the endeavor with a $300 mini grant from the Maryland Retired School Personnel Association (MRSPA). The grants help bring projects to classrooms and schools that might not be possible without the boost of the award. The association’s Read more…


All Charles County public schools, buildings and administrative offices are closed Thursday, Dec. 23, through Friday, Dec. 31, for winter break. The closure includes the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building. Schools, offices and buildings reopen on Monday, Jan. 3, 2022, as noted in the Parent Handbook/Calendar. During winter break, some CCPS high schools may have athletic events such as games or practices planned during the day. These events will occur as planned. A list of planned athletic competitions for December is posted online at www.smacathletics.org. Additionally, the indoor pools at Henry E. Lackey and North Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is distributing individual reports this week for students who took i-Ready program assessments earlier this fall. Reports will be sent home with students this week starting on Wednesday, Dec. 1. Students who took i-Ready assessments include the following. Students in Grades 1-8 participated in both a reading and math assessment. High school students enrolled in Algebra I this year completed the math assessment. High school students taking English I-A this year completed the reading assessment. No other students will receive i-Ready data reports this week. CCPS implemented i-Ready, a new diagnostic assessment program, this school Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is hosting an online student and parent/guardian information session for the Maryland Seal of Biliteracy Program on Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021, from 6 to 7 p.m. The Seal of Biliteracy is an award given by a school, district or state in recognition of students who have studied and attained proficiency in two or more languages by high school graduation. A student can receive the Seal if he or she can demonstrate full proficiency in language learning as measured by rigorous proficiency assessments across a range of language skills. Students who are interested in the Maryland Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) hosted its 2021 Middle School Archery Tournament on Nov. 19 at Milton M. Somers Middle School. Archers from the county’s public middle schools participated, divided by grade level into boy and girl teams. The top boy and girl archer by grade were recognized, as well as teams overall. Top archers: Rylie Rich, sixth grade, Piccowaxen Middle School, 139 points. Chandler Robinson, sixth grade, Matthew Henson Middle School, 144 points. Aubriana Harrington, seventh grade, Henson, 133 points. Colton Scott, seventh grade, Henson, 104 points. Devin Embrey, eighth grade, Henson, 104 points. Mason Truesdell, eighth grade, Piccowaxen, Read more…


Members of La Plata High School’s National Honor Society (NHS) recently collected food for, put together and delivered Thanksgiving food baskets. Families of La Plata students were selected by the school’s pupil personnel worker (PPW) to receive the food baskets that were brimming with donations collected by NHS members from club members, teachers and staff, and Key Club members. The program has been overseen by the group for more than two decades, Nicole Deavers, who co-sponsors NHS with Victoria Lee, said. Members of La Plata’s NHS worked with those in the Key Club to host a Trunk-or-Treat event at the Read more…

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