The Board of Education presented three resolutions to Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students and staff at its Feb. 9 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 annually in March. Fine and performing arts provide students with a well-rounded education and are essential in the development of education in music, theatre and visual arts. Fine and Performing Arts Month also celebrates the impact of fine arts education in student development and achievement. Accepting the resolution were Andrew Blumhardt, music teacher, Indian Head Elementary School; Josh Hettel, art teacher, La Plata High School; Takako Mato, music teacher, Walter J. Mitchell Elementary School; Becky Kuhn, theatre teacher, St. Charles High School; and Kristen Liston, chorus teacher, Milton M. Somers Middle School. Board of Education Vice Chairman Michael Lukas presented the resolution on behalf of the Board.
The National Education Association has proclaimed March 2 as Read Across America, an event that focuses on reading to children. Charles County Public Schools hosts a local event annually in conjunction with Read Across America known as “Read Across Charles County.” Read Across Charles County will be celebrated on Friday, March 4. During Read Across Charles County, schools invite guest readers to read to students and explore activities focused on literacy. Reading proficiency for all students is a priority for Charles County Public Schools. Accepting the resolution were students and staff from Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School including Demari Rorie and Landon Rorie, kindergarten students, Dailyn Gaines, fifth grader, Jahshuah Wade, fourth grader, Shellia Soderstrom, reading resource teacher, and Kimberly Hairston, principal. Board member Victoria Kelly presented the resolution on behalf of the Board.
The United States Congress and Maryland Legislature have designated March as Women’s History Month. This year, the Maryland State Department of Education, the Maryland Commission for Women and the Charles County Commission for Women are celebrating the Maryland Women’s History Month with the theme of, “Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government.” CCPS acknowledges the significant role that women play in history and the workplace, and encourages schools to incorporate women’s history into instructional learning activities throughout the year. Accepting the resolution at the meeting was Maxine Somerville, vice chair, Charles County Commission for Women. Board member Margaret Marshall presented the resolution on behalf of the Board.
Charles County Public Schools provides 26,300 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 36 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.
The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Pamela K. Murphy, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.