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Jemia Butler, a Thomas Stone High School senior, was named the 2018 Career Research and Development (CRD) Student of the Year at the annual employer/employee breakfast held April 19. Butler works at the salon retail store Beauty 4U in Waldorf. Butler was surprised at the breakfast when her name was announced for the award. “I have a lot of confidence, but knew there were a lot of good nominees. I am excited that I was chosen,” Butler said. She has worked at Beauty 4U since October 2017 and spends a lot of her time helping on her family’s farm. As Read more…

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When chorus students at Theodore G. Davis Middle School asked their teacher why the school didn’t have a drama club, Mark Pavlecic didn’t have an answer. “I began researching this answer and see what I needed to do to make it happen,” he said. Pavlecic knew he had the support of his choir students who were willing to put in the time to rehearse and stage a show, but how could he pitch it to the rest of the school? “I chose the musical, “Aladdin Jr.,” because it was familiar to many students,” he said. He collaborated with the school’s Read more…

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The Board of Education of Charles County at its April 17 meeting approved changes to the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) extracurricular activities and athletics eligibility requirement policy in place for students in grades 9-12. The changes are effective immediately and include updated requirements that address high school freshman first quarter participation in sports and extracurricular activities, use of a parent note as acceptable documentation of a lawful absence, and further defines extracurricular activities and lawful and unlawful absences. Under the changes, eighth-grade students who are promoted to high school as freshman automatically meet both the grade-point average (GPA) and Read more…

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More than 250 teams — including 47 from Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) —competed in the Maryland Destination Imagination (DI) Tournament held April 7 at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. A total of 22 CCPS teams were recognized for placing in the top five teams in their challenge and level, with 12 teams placing first, second or third. Teams that place first, second or third advance to the Global Finals Tournament set for May 22 to 27 in Knoxville, Tenn. The following CCPS teams advance to the global DI tournament next month: Maze Craze challenge:  Second place, secondary level: Read more…

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The Board of Education at its April 17 meeting honored six Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) exemplary employees for their dedication to student success and commitment to teaching and learning. Honored were Elizabeth Brandkamp, Debra Coates, Ashley Lyles, Angela MacKay, Jacqueline Taylor and Tiyata Winters. Brandkamp is a third-grade teacher at Mary B. Neal Elementary School. She was nominated for recognition before the Board by Neal Principal Deborah Brown for her passion for teaching and love for children. Brandkamp has been teaching for the past 12 years and became a teacher so she could make a difference in the lives Read more…

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The Board of Education presented four resolutions to Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) staff at its April 17 meeting. The Board presents resolutions annually. The following resolutions were presented: Administrative Professionals Week; Child Nutrition Employee Appreciation Week; National Physical Education and Sport Week; and Teacher Appreciation Week. CCPS highlights Administrative Professionals Week from April 23-27. The recognition emphasizes the supportive role administrative professionals have in the workplace, and the importance of their contributions in maintaining effective office operations. Administrative Professionals Week also highlights the wealth of knowledge, clerical duties, awareness of procedures, competency and public relations skills professionals demonstrate daily. Read more…

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The Board of Education at its April 17 meeting honored seven Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students for outstanding academic and personal accomplishments. Students are chosen by their principal for recognition and receive the honor in one of three focal areas – academic achievement, career readiness and personal responsibility. Honored by the Board were Carsyn Martin, Maia Parker, James “Trey” Roberts III, Jasmine Ross, Amari Seldon, Keara Watkins and Autumn White. Martin is a fifth-grade student at J.C. Parks Elementary School. She was honored before the Board in the area of academic achievement. She is an honor roll student and Read more…

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Nineteen Charles County Public middle school students were honored April 17 with Ruth Ann Hall Champion Scholar Awards. The Board of Education and the Education Association of Charles County (EACC) presented the awards to the students at the Board of Education meeting. School administrators and teachers nominate students to recognize their commitment to academics, improvement in the classroom and for modeling positive behavior. The following students were honored: Delvan Dorsey, sixth grade, Theodore G. Davis Middle School, nominated by science teacher Kimberly Stillwell; Raven Kennedy, eighth grade, Davis, nominated by foreign language teacher Trisha Volland; Quentin Mahoney, sixth grade, John Read more…

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The last day of the 2017-18 school year for Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students is Friday, June 15. The last day for teachers is Monday, June 18. Two-hour early dismissal days are June 12, June 13, June 14 and June 15. The schedule is set, barring any unforeseen inclement weather circumstances. CCPS used all five inclement weather days built into the school calendar this year: Jan. 4, Jan. 5, Jan. 9, March 2 and March 21.  The last day of school for students in the Three’s program is Friday, June 8. The last day of school for morning prekindergarten Read more…

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It is easy to work hard when your principal models it daily. At the start of any given school day at Dr. Thomas L. Higdon Elementary School, one can find Principal Kathleen Morgan doing just about anything from greeting students with a big smile and answering phone calls to helping visitors check in at the main office. She is visible, professional and hands-on with everything related to the Higdon school community. Morgan leads by example and does so in a kind and compassionate manner. Her kind and compassionate demeanor has helped to shape a culture at Higdon of respect and Read more…

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