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Charles County Public Schools has released its student orientation schedule for the 2017-18 school year. Listed below are orientation dates and times, and other activities for schools. Specific questions can be directed to individual schools. Elementary Schools • C. Paul Barnhart, meet and greet, Aug. 30, 2:30 to 4 p.m.; • Berry, meet and greet, Aug. 30, 2 to 4 p.m.; • Dr. Gustavus Brown, meet and greet, Aug. 30, 2:30 to 4 p.m.; • Dr. James Craik, meet and greet, Aug. 30, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.; • William A. Diggs, meet and greet, Aug. 30, 2 to 4 p.m.; Read more…


Charles County Public Schools has released its open house schedule for the 2017-¬18 school year. Listed below are open house dates and times, and other activities for schools. Elementary Schools • C. Paul Barnhart, open house/Title I parent night, Sept. 19, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; • Berry, open house, Sept. 19, 6 to 8 p.m.; • Dr. Gustavus Brown, open house/back-to-school night, Sept. 19, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; • Dr. James Craik, open house, Sept. 18, 6 to 7:30 p.m.; • William A. Diggs, open house for prekindergarten through grade 2, Sept. 19, 5 to 6 p.m., and open house Read more…


Baseball teaches great lessons for life. That’s what Anthony “Coach” Mase believes. Mase, who volunteered at the Badges for Baseball camp earlier this summer, said the game is “the great equalizer.” “You don’t have to be the most talented, it’s not about height,” he said. “As long as you hustle and work, you’re going to do well.” About 70 boys and girls between the ages of 10 and 14 participated in the camp at Laurel Springs Park where they learned baseball basics and fundamentals from players with the College of Southern Maryland CSM Hawks and Charles County Sheriff’s officers. The Read more…


Summer enrichment camps can focus on just about any subject. Cooking, learning the ukulele, creating art projects out of recycled materials and Harry Potter. Open to students in first through eighth grades, the camps run morning and afternoon sessions, Monday through Friday. The weeklong camps started June 19 and will wrap up July 28. And while camp is fun, it is also educational. Quinn Decker, a fifth grader at Dr. Gustavus Brown Elementary School, signed up for Brain Teasers with a Twist: A STEM Production. The group of third, fourth and fifth graders build bridges, playgrounds, parachutes and towers using Read more…


The Board of Education is holding an executive session at 4 p.m. Thursday, July 6 at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building as permitted by the Maryland Open Meetings Act, Sections 3-305 and 3-103 of the General Provisions Article. The meeting is expected to be closed to the public. About CCPS Charles County Public Schools provides 26,400 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 36 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, Read more…


Benjamin Stoddert Middle School is hosting two information nights for parents as the investigation into a former employee continues. The Charles County Sheriff’s Office on June 30 charged a former Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) employee, Carlos Bell, with several criminal acts involving children. CCPS continues to work with the sheriff’s office and the Charles County State’s Attorney’s Office as they conduct their investigation. The school will hold information nights for Stoddert parents at 7 p.m. Friday, July 28 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16 at the school. Parents of Stoddert students who will be in sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade Read more…


The Charles County Sheriff’s Office on Friday charged a former Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) employee, Carlos Bell, with several criminal acts involving children. CCPS continues to work with the sheriff’s office and the Charles County State’s Attorney’s Office as they conduct their investigation. Bell was a temporary instructional assistant (IA) at J.P. Ryon Elementary School from September 2014 to March 2015. He was an IA at Benjamin Stoddert Middle School starting in March 2015 until Dec. 22, 2016. Bell was the indoor track coach at Maurice J. McDonough High School during the 2015-16 school year, and coached the indoor Read more…


The Office of the Deputy Superintendent today announced Autumn Hoffman, a former world language teacher, has been named the content specialist for ESOL and World Languages. Hoffman was previously a vice principal at Maurice J. McDonough High School. Matthew Deegan, vice principal at Theodore G. Davis Middle School, will move to McDonough as a vice principal. Deegan, who has worked with middle and high school level students, will bring a diversified experience to McDonough, according to the deputy superintendent’s office. Wanda Huffman, a family and consumer science teacher at North Point High School, will fill the Davis vice principal position. Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is stronger with the help of its community partners. On Monday, June 26, the Community Bank of the Chesapeake and the Community Foundation of Southern Maryland each made donations to the school system to enhance education and extracurricular activities for students. The Community Bank of the Chesapeake donated $1,800 raised by its employees through the bank’s annual summer fundraising campaign. For a donation, employees can dress casually throughout the summer in the business’s polo shirts. During the past 13 years, more than $60,000 has been raised by the bank for various community organizations. First responders, Read more…


A 2017 North Point High School graduate who spent three years in the Academy of Health Professions Science, Technology and Industry (STI) program, was put to the test recently when she responded to an accident scene, rendering aid to an injured driver. Alexis Marshall was celebrating her birthday at the National Harbor in late May and as she and her mother were driving home, a car coming in the opposite direction flipped over. “I have to get out,” Marshall told her mother, who was not happy about her 18-year-old’s insistence. “I was amazed,” Jeanell Thomas, Marshall’s mother, said. She saw Read more…

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