So. Md Education News

News from the local county public and private schools and colleges.
Four Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) Unified Bocce teams earned awards at the Unified Bocce State Invitational held Feb. 13 at Hagerstown Community College. A team from Maurice J. McDonough High School took first place in division three of the event. A second team from McDonough earned third place in division two of the event, and a La Plata High School team received a third-place award in division three of the tournament. A third team from McDonough received fourth place among teams...
Due to a winter weather advisory predicting snow and ice, all Charles County public schools are closed tomorrow, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019. There is a code blue for staff, which means Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) employees do not report to work. Visit the school system website at www.ccboe.com or call the 24-hour information line at 301-932-6656 or 301-934-7410 for the latest CCPS information. [ This article originally appeared here ]
CSM Changes Student Services Hours. Effective immediately, the hours for College of Southern Maryland (CSM) Student Services will be Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., and Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. This change includes the offices of Advising, Financial Assistance, Registrar, Admissions, and Student Account Services. www.csmd.edu/student-services/. FAFSA Due for Maryland Community College Promise Scholarship Applicants. March 1. To apply for a Maryland Community College Promise...
St. Mary’s College Students and Faculty Travel to Antigua and Barbuda to Study its History, Culture Michael Bruckler February 19, 2019 - 1:49 pm February 19, 2019 Several students and two faculty are traveling to the West Indies this week for the Antigua and Barbuda Governor General’s Seminar on Historic Preservation as part of a recent partnership between St. Mary’s College of Maryland and the Office of the Governor General of Antigua and Barbuda. Ellen Kohl, assistant professor of...
Two Charles County Public Schools students were recently named winners in the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution American History Essay Contest. The contest was open to students in Grades 5-8 and featured the theme of “The Women’s Suffrage Campaign.” The student winners are Rohey Savage, fifth grader at Dr. Gustavus Brown Elementary School, and Nya Whitney, fifth grader at Dr. James Craik Elementary School. Savage earned a first-place award in the Charles County contest...
Several Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students recently earned honors in the Junior American Citizens Contest, sponsored by the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR). The organization includes a Junior American Citizens Committee, which supports contests for children that promote patriotic development. The Junior American Citizens Contest is open to students in prekindergarten through Grade 12. Entries range from banners, poems and posters to short stories and...
A new African-American history book by a College of Southern Maryland (CSM) professor will be released by the University of Illinois Press this spring. “Black Huntington: An Appalachian Story” is the first book by CSM Professor of History Dr. Cicero Fain III. In the book, Fain tells the story of the African-American experience in the West Virginia city of Huntington from the post-Civil War era through the early part of the 20th Century. Huntington is particularly interesting, Fain said...
St. Mary’s College Invites Prospective Students to an April Open House Michael Bruckler February 18, 2019 - 10:04 am February 18, 2019 St. Mary’s College of Maryland, the National Public Honors College, invites prospective students and their families to learn more about the value of a St. Mary’s College education at a Spring for St. Mary’s Open House on Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. The open house will feature opportunities to learn about St. Mary’s College’s...
Katie Robey ’19 Awarded $992 Research Grant from Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research Program Michael Bruckler February 18, 2019 - 8:49 am February 18, 2019 St. Mary’s College student Katie Robey ’19 was awarded a $992 research grant from Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research Program for her research, “Antidepressant Efficacy of L-655,708 Following Infusion into the Medial Prefrontal Cortex.” Robey, a biochemistry major and neuroscience minor, is working with fellow student Brooke Steinhoff...
The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) will host “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day” Thursday, Feb. 21 with a goal of introducing area girls to the many and varied career opportunities in the fields of science and engineering. Gender diversity in engineering and computer science (ECS) has been a continuous struggle, according to a presentation recently given by Senior Manager of Research for the Society of Women Engineers Dr. Roberta Rincon at the 2018 American Society of Engineering...
Dr. J. Scott Smith, Superintendent of Schools, 301-475-5511, ext. 32178 Dr. Maureen Montgomery, Deputy Superintendent of Schools, 301-475-5511, ext. 32178 LEONARDTOWN, MD – St. Mary’s County Public Schools will host two Open House events for potential applicants to the STEM Academy programs at Lexington Park Elementary School and Spring Ridge Middle School. Lexington Park Elementary School will host an Open House on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. This is for any student interested...
SMCM Student Receives Prestigious Simpson Scholarship in Egyptology Brandon Poppell February 14, 2019 - 12:43 am February 14, 2019 Studying abroad at the American University in Cairo for the Spring 2019 semester, St. Mary's College of Maryland student Brandon Poppell '19 has received the prestigious Simpson Scholarship in Egyptology totaling a sum of $6,000.00. Brandon will pursue courses ranging from archaeology, to history, to art and architecture under Salima Ikram, one of the leading...
Billingsley Elementary School opens and elementary school redistricting takes effect at the start of the 2019-20 school year. Redistricting affects about 2,500 elementary school students throughout the county, and includes students in prekindergarten to Grade 5. The elementary school redistricting establishes an attendance zone for Billingsley Elementary School and relieves overcrowding at most elementary schools. The Board of Education approved the redistricting on June 13, 2017, after a...
The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) has, for the fifth consecutive year, been identified as a Military Friendly® post-secondary school for veterans and their spouses. The 2019-2020 Military Friendly® listing, which is determined by VIQTORY, a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business headquartered in Pennsylvania, honored CSM with the bronze distinction in VIQTORY’s latest listing. A bronze distinction school must score within 30 percent of the 10th best school in its category...
The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) plans to build a robust online, ‘how-to’ map for entrepreneurs looking to start a business in Southern Maryland thanks to a recent $7,300 grant from the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation. When complete, the Entrepreneurship Eco-System Map will provide an interactive, online catalog and guide for small businesses and entrepreneurs to share success stories and lessons learned; locate financial, marketing and conceptual support; and link to state and...
If the world’s a stage, Charles County Public School (CCPS) students were the stars Feb. 12 when the Board of Education and Charles County Commissioners honored students for their work in the Maryland State Theatre Festival held Jan. 11 and 12 at Towson University. Henry E. Lackey High School earned first place in the Trash Costume contest. The winning team includes sophomores Tiana Clemons and Destiny Flournoy, and junior Katie Comer. Lackey senior Trey Jolly earned a superior rating in...
The Board of Education unanimously adopted its fiscal year 2020 operating budget request of $392.3 million during its monthly meeting Feb. 12. The budget request is an increase of $22.7 million, or 6.1 percent more than FY 2019. The budget prioritizes employee compensation, and also adds funds for the opening of Billingsley Elementary School, mental health supports, transportation increases, an alternative elementary program and school safety enhancements. A budget summary is available at...
Dr. J. Scott Smith, Superintendent of Schools, 301-475-5511, ext. 32178 LEONARDTOWN, MD – The Board of Education of St. Mary’s County will hold a Board meeting regarding the budget approval on Wednesday, February 20, 2019, at 9:15 a.m. in the Board of Education Meeting Room of the Central Administration Building, 23160 Moakley Street, Leonardtown, Maryland. For additional information, call (301) 475-5511, ext. 32177. [ This article originally appeared here ]
A Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals panel ruled this week that La Plata High School and its administrators did not violate a student’s First Amendment rights during a world history class that included lessons about Islam. In the fall of 2014, the family of Caleigh Wood, then a junior at La Plata, sued the school system and some of its administrators claiming two lessons violated Wood’s right to freedom of religion and speech. One lesson contained a comparative PowerPoint slide titled “Islam...
Environmental Studies Students from St. Mary's College Compete in Maryland’s Sustainable Growth Challenge Adrienne Dozier February 13, 2019 - 3:03 pm February 13, 2019 Environmental Studies Students from St. Mary's College Compete in Maryland’s Sustainable Growth Challenge On Tuesday, February 12, Kaitlin Aaby ’18, Ava Jensan ’20, and Jacob Rosenzweig-stein ’20 participated in the Fifth Annual Sustainable Growth Challenge, a collegiate competition hosted by the Maryland Sustainable...
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