School system communications staff earns regional honors

School system communications staff earns regional honors


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) communications staff recently received awards for publications and multi-media productions from the Chesapeake Chapter of the National School Public Relations Associations (CHESPRA).

The CCPS employee newsletter, School News, received an Award of Merit, the second highest award, in the Community Newsletter category. School News is produced twice a month for more than 3,400 staff members and features school system accomplishments, staff awards and special events and programs features. The publication is produced by Katie O’Malley-Simpson, director of communications, Shelley Mackey, communications specialist and Kara Gross, communications assistant.

The CCPS 2012-2013 Parent Handbook/Calendar received an Award of Merit in the Calendar category. The Parent Handbook/Calendar is created and distributed to students, parents, staff and community members with important dates, information on the school system and school procedures. The publication is produced by Katie O’Malley-Simpson, director of communications, Shelley Mackey, communications specialist and Kara Gross, communications assistant.

A video production produced for Channel 96 and Verizon FiOS Channel 12, the school system’s television stations, received an Honorable Mention, in the Video Production/Program category. The program spotlights lessons developed by the Space Institute and taught by three CCPS teachers. The lessons covered three content areas including geography, art and science. The program was produced by Kyle Graves, video production specialist for CCPS.

Each year, the CHESPRA chapter hosts a communications contest to recognize outstanding communications produced by school divisions and local schools in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia and to encourage CHESPRA members to evaluate and improve their communications.

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,500 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 35 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, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX Coordinator and Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Connie W. Armstead, Section 504 Coordinator (employees/adults), at Charles County Public Schools, central office building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, Maryland 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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