The Board of Education presented four resolutions to Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students and staff at its Jan. 10 meeting. The following resolutions are presented annually in January:
- Black History Month;
- Career and Technology Education Month;
- Gifted and Talented Education Month; and
- National School Counseling Week.
The school system highlights Black History Month annually in February. The theme for 2017 is The Crisis in Black Education. Schools coordinate activities that infuse African-American history into classroom lessons and events. Accepting the resolution at the Board meeting were Thomas Stone High School seniors Taylor Fly and Ishaq Abdulrahim. Board member Margaret Marshall presented the resolution.
The Association for Career and Technology Education designates February as Career and Technology Education Month. CCPS highlights its career and technology education programs Feb. 1-28 to focus on the student development of skills, leadership and efficiency consistent with an exemplar work ethic. The month also focuses on the development of a strong work force. Accepting the resolution at the meeting were students enrolled in Career and Technology Education (CTE) programs at the Robert D. Stethem Educational Center: Jonathan Corbett, senior, Interactive Media Production; Ann Marie York, junior, Teacher Academy of Maryland; Tyre Mason, senior, Horticultural Services; Joseph Childress, junior, Automotive Technician; Shawn Gayle, junior, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC); and Shyanne Lee, junior, Pharmacy Technician. Board Vice Chairman Barbara Palko presented the resolution.
Gifted and Talented Education Month is celebrated annually in February and highlights programs and opportunities for students who demonstrate outstanding levels of achievement. Gifted and talented students are defined as those who demonstrate outstanding talent and perform, or show potential for performing at remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared to their peers. Milton M. Somers Middle School language arts teacher Lynn Hopkins and Somers eighth grader Christian Gomez accepted the resolution at the meeting. Board Chairman Michael Lukas presented the resolution.
National School Counseling Week is Feb. 6-10 this year and highlights the efforts of counselors in the education of students in grades prekindergarten through 12. This year’s theme is School Counseling: Helping Students Realize Their Potential. The CCPS counseling program supports the focal points of academic achievement, personal responsibility and career readiness. The counseling program also supports diversity and lifelong learning. General Smallwood Middle School counselors Ronnie Richmond and Megan English accepted the resolution at the meeting. Board member Mark Crawford presented the resolution.
Charles County Public Schools provides 26,400 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.