Charles County students, staff head back to school

Charles County students, staff head back to school

No one was “too cool for school” Sept. 5 when students reported back to classes around Charles County.

Members of Thomas Stone High School’s drumline provided a soundtrack during a Welcome Back celebration at Benjamin Stoddert Middle School. Classmates who lost track of each other over summer hugged hello or exchanged intricate handshakes. Teachers held up encouraging hand-drawn signs and posters as confetti rained down as sixth, seventh and eighth graders headed into school.  

More than 26,400 students returned to school Sept. 5, seeing teachers they knew and some new faces. Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) hired nearly 300 new teachers for the 2017-18 school year.

Kindergartners who attended Jumpstart to Kindergarten at Eva Turner Elementary School were familiar with their classrooms, teachers and friends on the first day. While waiting for their classmates to finish breakfast, kindergartners grabbed a book and started leafing through them. They read to each other or pointed out funny things about the stories they chose. Turner students also met their new principal, Ingrid Williams-Horton, who along with members of the school staff, helped students find their classrooms and greeted them as they arrived.

CCPS’s student population jumped to 26,500 when prekindergartners started school Tuesday, an increase of 110 students from last year’s official Sept. 30 enrollment.

At Malcolm Elementary School, the second day was almost as exciting as the first. With some students still getting the hang of it. “Wait. Is this the school I go into,” kindergartner Michael Hatcher asked art teacher Christine Chinault. “Yep, this is the school,” she answered.

Members of the Charles County Sheriff’s Office joined Superintendent Kimberly Hill and Principal Michael Meiser at Westlake High School early Sept. 7 to remind students to drive safely. Students received “We Care” fliers reminding them to obey speed limits, wear seatbelts and stow phones while driving.

About CCPS

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 Patricia Vaira, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Marvin L. Jones, 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.


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