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The Seven-Up Art Show is set to open later this month. Featuring art work by high school students in Charles County Public Schools, the show is celebrating its 20th year at the Mattawoman Creek Art Center in Smallwood State Park. Art teachers select pieces their students have created including paintings, drawings, photographs and sculpture. Prizes are given in each category to those in first-, second- and third-place, as well as honorable mention. The show offers young artists a chance to showcase their work in a professional gallery setting. The show will run from Jan. 26 to Feb. 11 at the Read more…

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• Students at William B. Wade Elementary School are participating in the Black-Eyed Susan Book Award program this school year. The program is coordinated by the Maryland Association of School Librarians (MASL) and is a children’s choice award. Students participate by reading books chosen for the program. Categories include picture books, fiction, nonfiction and graphic novels. Students who read eight or more books in one category will vote in March for the overall state winners. Wade third, fourth and fifth graders are participating in the program with the assistance of Heidi Furman, Wade’s library media specialist.  • Several student artists Read more…

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Due to road conditions, all Charles County public schools will open two-hours late today, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. Staff will continue to monitor road conditions for any additional changes. There is a code two, which is a two-hour delay, for staff that follow the code system. All morning prekindergarten classes are canceled for today. The AlphaBest program at all county elementary schools will open at 8 a.m. today. Visit the school system website, www.ccboe.com, or call the 24-hour information line, 301-934-7410/301-932-6656, for the latest information.

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The Board of Education of Charles County is hosting two Town Hall meetings for Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) employees. The first Town Hall is 4:30 to 6 p.m., Monday, Jan. 22 in the staff development room at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building in La Plata. The meeting is for certificated staff. The second Town Hall meeting is set for 4:30 to 6 p.m., Monday, Feb. 26 in the boardroom at the Starkey Building. The meeting is for CCPS support staff. Registration for the support staff meeting opens Jan. 23.   Both meetings are open to the public, but Read more…

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The Board of Education of Charles County is holding a public work session at 6 p.m., Monday, Jan. 22 in the boardroom at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building. The meeting will be televised live on the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) website at ccboe.com and broadcast on Comcast Channel 96/Verizon FiOS Channel 12. The following is a meeting agenda and is subject to change. Call to order – 6 p.m. Pledge of Allegiance Public Forum Public hearing on FY2019 proposed operating budget Work Session FY 2019 proposed operating budget Policy 6431: Extracurricular activities and athletics eligibility requirements for grades Read more…

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Nearly 50 Henry E. Lackey High School students spent most of their Jan. 10 school day in either the band room or the school’s auditorium. They were practicing musical selections for their upcoming performance at the Maryland State Band and Orchestra Festivals. What made the practice session unique for the students were the guest conductors invited to work with them. “They are helping us bring the light out of the music. Before it was as if the music was a little foggy, and now we are bringing out the sun and the light. It is amazing how they can read Read more…

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Registration for the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) annual winter chess tournament, set for 9 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 24 at Henry E. Lackey High School, is now open for students. The tournament is for students in grades kindergarten through 12. Interested participants must register online at https://ccpsregistration.wufoo.com/forms/ccps-2018-winter-chess-tournament/ by Wednesday, Feb. 21. Walk-in registrations will not be accepted. The tournament features a four- round Swiss Style format. Students compete in five divisions of play, depending on their grade level of enrollment: kindergarten through second grade, grades 3-4, grades 5-6, grades 7-8 and grades 9-12. The first match begins at 9 a.m., Read more…

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The Board of Education of Charles County unanimously elected Barbara Palko as its chairman and Jennifer Abell as its vice chairman at the start of the Jan. 9 meeting. This is the first term as chairman for Palko, who served as vice chairman for the past year. Abell, who is serving her third term with the Board, was first appointed to the Board in 2004. This is Abell’s second time serving in a leadership position on the Board. She served as vice chairman in 2005. Palko thanked the Board for its support of her nomination as chairman and said she Read more…

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The Board of Education of Charles County and Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) are seeking feedback about public education from community members, including parents, staff, students and Charles County residents. The Board is developing a strategic plan for the school system, including targeted goals and action steps, to determine how to best prepare CCPS students for college and career readiness. The Board developed a community survey to gather information for use in the planning process. The survey is available online at http://bit.ly/2F0SXRk. All survey responses are anonymous. Community input to the strategic planning process is a main priority for the Read more…

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Due to road conditions. all Charles County public schools are closed today, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. There is a code two for staff who follow the code system. Visit the school system website, ccboe.com, or call the 24-hour information line at 301-934-7410/301-932-6656 for the latest CCPS news.

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