So. Md Education News

News from the local county public and private schools and colleges.
On Friday, March 1 Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) hosted guest readers at schools throughout the county as part of its Read Across America celebration. The annual event highlights the importance of reading. Guest speakers visit elementary school classrooms throughout the day to read fun and exciting books to students. One local organization, the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, took the fun of the event further and gave each student at Indian Head Elementary School a book to take home. The...
Bunkyo University students visited Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) earlier this year to learn more about the American public education system and teach CCPS students about the Japanese culture. The 30 university students spend a week at a hotel and another with host families around the county. From Feb. 18 to March 1, they attended presentations by CCPS staff, learned about career and technology education (CTE) programs, visited the University of Maryland, College Park and observed...
Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is hosting its first Career Fair on Saturday, April 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at North Point High School in Waldorf. Sponsored by the CCPS Office of Career and Technology Education (CTE), the fair will feature representatives from more than 30 local agencies, military branches, potential employers and businesses. The fair is free and open to the public. CCPS encourages high school students to attend and explore opportunities available to them after high...
Due to a power issue, Mary B. Neal Elementary School is closed on Tuesday, March 5, 2019. CCPS staff are on site to address the issue and expect power to be restored later today. [ This article originally appeared here ]
The Board of Education’s next monthly meeting is Tuesday, March 12 at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building on Radio Station Road in La Plata. The public portion of the meeting begins at 1 p.m. and student and staff recognition starts at 4:30 p.m. The meeting is televised live on Comcast Channel 96 and Verizon FiOS Channel 12 and is rebroadcast throughout the week. Board meetings are streamed live on the school system website at www.ccboe.com. Select the live stream image displayed...
The Board of Education of Charles County is set to meet at 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, March 11 for a planning retreat. The retreat will take place at the Loyola Retreat House located at 9270 Loyola Retreat Road in Faulkner. The Board expects the morning portion of the meeting from 9 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. to be closed to the public as permitted by the Maryland Open Meetings Act, Sections 3-305 and 3-103 of the General Provisions Article. The following is a meeting agenda and is subject to...
Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is holding interviews for building service worker floaters and food service worker substitutes on March 14 at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building. The fair will be held from 9 a.m. to noon. Building service worker floaters must have the ability to read and write effectively, be physically capable of performing manual labor and have a willingness to work overtime if needed. Candidates must have a high school diploma or GED. Food service...
Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is holding a teacher job fair April 13. The fair — held from 9 a.m. to noon at St. Charles High School — is open to teachers in all subject areas for the 2019-20 school year. Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree and a Maryland Teaching Certificate or a valid out-of-state teaching certificate that meets Maryland State Department of Education certification requirements. Those attending the fair must complete an online application at www.ccboe.com/jobs...
Charles County Public Schools is changing start and end times for two schools and establishing hours for Billingsley Elementary School, which opens in September. Changes in times are to accommodate the opening of a new school, rezoning and renovations. Times for Eva Turner Elementary School and Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School are being adjusted for the 2019-20 school year. Changes take effect in August 2019. The following are the time changes for the next school year: Eva Turner’s...
Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is sponsoring summer enrichment camps for students in kindergarten through Grade 9. Camps begin the week of June 24 and run through the week ending on Aug. 2. More than 40 sessions are available and camps run Monday through Friday. Parents can choose either morning or afternoon sessions and a lunchtime activity period is available. Registration begins Monday, March 4 on the school system website at https://www.ccboe.com/index.php/summer-camps-2019. Cost...
Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) has updated its attendance notification procedures for parents. Beginning today, parents will now receive two automated phone calls – one in the morning and one in the evening – if their child is marked absent at school. For high school students, parents will receive an absentee phone call at 9 a.m. if their child is marked absent. Phone calls for absent middle-and elementary-school students will go out at 10:30 a.m. The time frame allows for teachers...
Current Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) sophomores can apply for admission to one of five available career and technology education (CTE) programs at the Robert D. Stethem Educational Center. The application window opens 8 a.m. Monday, March 4 and closes at 3 p.m. March 22. The online application process is new for the 2019-20 school year. Placement is for the 2019-20 school year and includes the following programs: automotive technician, heating, ventilation and air conditioning...
The 41st annual Charles County Spelling Bee is set for 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 6 at Piccowaxen Middle School in Newburg. Middle school spelling champions in public and private schools will face off to see who will advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee set for May 28-30 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center at the National Harbor. Teams from the eight Charles County public middle schools, as well as local private schools, are set to participate. The county Bee will be...
Get ready for some rock and roll, sightseeing on a magic carpet and disco dancing with student actors from the school system’s seven high schools as they prepare for their spring productions. The season kicks off next weekend with “Chicago, High School Edition” at St. Charles High School on March 8-10. The production sets stage in the city of Chicago during the 1920s. Main character Roxie Hart finds herself wrapped up in a murder and convinces her husband, Amos, to take the blame. After...
More than 170 students participated in the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) winter chess tournament held this past Saturday, Feb. 23 at Henry E. Lackey High School. Registrations increased from the fall event, with 125 participants competing in October to 170 at the winter event. The tournament is open to interested students in kindergarten through Grade 12. The tournament follows a Swiss-style format in which each student plays four games. Students compete in eight grade-level...
Several Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students earned medals in the recent regional SkillsUSA competition and advance to the state event set for April 12-13. Career and technology education (CTE) students from North Point High School and the Robert D. Stethem Educational Center compete annually in the event. SkillsUSA competitions showcase CTE students, involve industry professionals in evaluating student performance and help to train students for workforce needs. Students compete...
Strings students at Henry E. Lackey High School spent a recent afternoon honing their skills as musicians when guest conductors set up shop in Dr. Alan Freeman’s classroom. “I love doing this … it’s my seventh or eighth time here,” said Stephen Czarkowski, a conductor and cellist. “This orchestra just gets better.” Czarkowski, a conductor of the Frederick Regional Youth Orchestra, and others, was joined by YaShauna Swan, a coach with FRYO, and Nathan Wisniewski, a U.S. Air Force master...
Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students in the Teacher Academy of Maryland (TAM) program attended the second annual CSM Teacher Academy Conference Feb. 22 on the La Plata campus of the College of Southern Maryland. Local students were joined at the conference with peers from Calvert and St. Mary’s counties where they attended sessions on education topics taught by CSM and CCPS staff members. TAM students learned how games can be used to engage students in math lessons, how to use...
Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is ending its meal credit extension for parents and students. To help families affected by the federal government shutdown, CCPS increased the amount of meal credits students could use to buy breakfast and lunch. Credits are given only for students who attempt to purchase meals and have no money on their account. Beginning on Monday, March 4, CCPS will begin to reduce the amount of meal credit extensions as follows: Monday, March 4 – limit drops to...
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...
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