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More than 1,900 high school juniors and seniors attended the 19th annual Charles County Public Schools Sept. 21 at North Point High School. Representatives from 140 colleges and universities — including those of 13 Historically Black Colleges and Universities — highlighted what their schools have to offer, dropping in some interesting facts. Tuskegee University, home of the Tuskegee Airmen, has a working airstrip for students to learn how to fly; Garrett College in McHenry offers an associate’s degree in adventure sports management that includes taking part in kayaking, rock climbing and mountain biking; and Rutgers University in New Jersey, the Read more…

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The halls of John Hanson Middle School are quiet in mid-August. Even with a dozen of students scattered between two classrooms, there are sporadic bursts of conversation, the task at hand too engrossing for much chitchat. Instead of waiting for school to begin, Hanson’s four VEX Robotics teams get a head start on their projects over the summer. The 15 students in sixth through eighth grades meet from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for three days in June and three in August. Other VEX teams around the county will likely start meeting in September — the first competition is set Read more…

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The James E. Richmond Science Center and the Space Foundation hosted Space in the Community Aug. 10, a free event open to families looking to learn more about space and science. “Our goal is to get kids and families excited about space,” Elias Molen, space education specialist with the Space Foundation, said. “We want space to be incorporated in all subject areas in schools … art, math, language arts. Kids will pay attention and get excited about space. They’re awed by the abnormal, they are awed by the endless possibilities.” The free event was the first of its kind at Read more…

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The 2016 summer reading list for Charles County Public high school students is posted at www.ccboe.com, under the academics section of the website. The following books are listed by the author’s last name and the title of the book. Students are required to complete summer reading to prepare them for the upcoming school year. La Plata High School: Grade 9 honors: Knowles, “A Separate Peace” Grade 10 honors: Achebe, “Things Fall Apart” Bradbury, “Fahrenheit 451” Grade 11 honors: Twain, “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” Dumas, “Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America” Grade 12 honors: Camus, Read more…

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Four Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students were recently named 2015 Carson Scholars, a national distinction that recognizes academic achievement and humanitarian qualities as well as provides a $1,000 college scholarship. Selected are Eileen Browning, fifth grade, Dr. James Craik Elementary School; Tananda Haulley, fifth grade, Malcolm Elementary School; Madelyn Mudd, seventh grade, Piccowaxen Middle School; and Hunter Stempin, junior, Maurice J. McDonough High School. They are among 526 students selected from nationwide schools for the Carson Scholars Fund this year. Eighteen previous Carson Scholars received a scholarship renewal this year. They are: Carla Arquero, sophomore, North Point High School; Read more…

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The Board of Education honored five students on Tuesday, Jan. 13 for excellence in academic achievement, career readiness and personal responsibility. Honored were Andi Bailey, fifth grade, Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School; Kallyn Gold, fifth grade, William B. Wade Elementary School; Manita Opoku, fifth grade, Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer Elementary School; Terrence Griffin, eighth grade, Matthew Henson Middle School; and Dejane Vera, junior, Westlake High School. Bailey was honored by the Board in the area of academic achievement. She has received several principal’s honor roll awards and scored at the advanced level on the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) Read more…

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Charles County Public Schools is launching a new entry system at all schools, centers and buildings this school year that changes how visitors, students and staff enter the facility. The system is intercom and video-based and is being programmed to match the bell schedules at each individual school. Most schools will begin use of the system when schools open on Monday, Aug. 25. Based on the school bell schedule, doors will be locked automatically when the first period bell rings. Outside visitors will then be required to use the intercom system to speak to the main office staff. An intercom Read more…

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More than 250 students competed in the 2014 Charles County History Day competition held March 22 at Westlake High School. First- and second-place category winners advance to the state competition on May 3 at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. The following students placed at the Charles County History Day competition. Winners in the Historical Paper, junior division, are Craig Storm, first place, sixth grade, Mattawoman Middle School, True Democracy in Action: The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizens in Classical Athens; Madison Furman, second place, sixth grade, General Smallwood Middle School, Rights of the Unborn Child; and Matthew Jozwik, third Read more…

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Due to inclement weather, all Charles County Public Schools are opening two-hours late today, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. There is a code one, which is a one-hour delay, for staff who follow the code system. Visit the school system website, www.ccboe.com, or call the Charles County Public Schools 24-hour information line at 301-934-7410/301-932-6656 for the most up-to-date school closing information.

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Due to inclement weather conditions, all Charles County Public Schools will be closed tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. There is a code red for staff who follow the code system. Visit the school system website, www.ccboe.com, or call the 24-hour information line, 301-934-7410/301-932-6656, for the latest school closing information.

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