Education

Charles County Public Schools Launching Text Message Notifications this School Year

Charles County Public Schools Launching Text Message Notifications this School Year

New this school year for Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) parents and staff are text message notifications. CCPS has a new notification system called School Messenger, which is used to send systemwide and school emails, phone calls and text message updates. Text message recipients must opt-in to receive text alerts. The text alert feature...
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Charles County Public Schools Unpaid Meal Charge Guidelines, Procedures

Charles County Public Schools Unpaid Meal Charge Guidelines, Procedures

Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) has procedures that guide how the school system handles unpaid meal accounts. Superintendent’s Rule 3842 outlines how the school system handles negative meal account balances. The Rule applies only to students who pay full or reduced prices for meals. The guidelines do not apply to children who receive free...
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Health department hosting vaccination clinics

Health department hosting vaccination clinics

The Charles County Department of Health is holding several immunization clinics for children who need vaccines required to attend school. Maryland law requires students to have minimum immunization levels to attend school. Required vaccines depend on the age and grade level of the child and include DPT, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, chickenpox, hepatitis B,...
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Building service workers prepare for school year

Building service workers prepare for school year

The hallways of John Hanson Middle School and Thomas Stone High School shine like a skating rink. The scent of shampoo hangs in the air at Arthur Middleton Elementary School before building service manager James Turner revs up a machine that resembles a small, push Zamboni on a mission to deep clean the carpet....
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Speed Camera Locations for Charles County 8/14/2017 to 8/18/2017

Speed Camera Locations for Charles County 8/14/2017 to 8/18/2017

During the week of August 14, to August 18, 2017, automated speed enforcement cameras will be activated in the following school zones: Smallwood Drive at Wade Elementary School Berry Road at Jenifer Elementary School Marshall Corner Road at James Craik Elementary School Piney Church Road at St. Charles High School Cameras are activated Monday through...
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Speed Camera Locations for Charles County 8/7/2017 to 8/11/2017

Speed Camera Locations for Charles County 8/7/2017 to 8/11/2017

During the week of August 7, to August 11, 2017, automated speed enforcement cameras will be activated in the following school zones: Smallwood Drive at Wade Elementary School Berry Road at Jenifer Elementary School Marshall Corner Road at James Craik Elementary School Piney Church Road at St. Charles High School Cameras are activated Monday through...
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Everything is Illuminated at Fun in the Sun Camp

Everything is Illuminated at Fun in the Sun Camp

The students at the Fun in the Sun camp spent a week shedding light on how solar eclipses work, learning about the sun’s energy and studying the planets of the solar system. The James E. Richmond Science Center hosted four science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) camps this summer. More than 85 students in...
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Shop with a Cop Equips Students with Back to School Gear

Shop with a Cop Equips Students with Back to School Gear

Gearing up for a new school year can be costly for families in Southern Maryland when you factor in haircuts, new clothes, and school supplies. Since 2003, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office has participated in the Back to School Shop with a Cop Program. This year’s event took place Saturday, July 29. Twenty-five...
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Reduced Meals Application for Coming Charles County School Year Available Online

Reduced Meals Application for Coming Charles County School Year Available Online

Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) serves breakfast and lunch items for students at low costs for parents. Meal prices have been set for the 2017-18 school year, which begins on Tuesday, Sept. 5. Breakfast is $1.25 and lunch is $2.65 for elementary school students. For middle and high school students, breakfast is $1.40 and...
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Children’s Aid, Inc. Collecting Schools Supplies for Local Children

Children’s Aid, Inc. Collecting Schools Supplies for Local Children

Children’s Aid, Inc.’s Operation Backpack provides Calvert County children in need with a backpack filled with new school supplies and a new, age-appropriate book. Our goal is to highlight the importance of education as well as help the students approach the beginning of the school year with a greater sense of confidence and hope....
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Stoddert Principal Reassigned, After Carlos Bell indicted on 119 Counts

Stoddert Principal Reassigned, After Carlos Bell indicted on 119 Counts

Benjamin Stoddert Middle School Principal Kenneth Schroeck was reassigned today to the Charles County Public Schools Office of Supporting Services. Marvin Jones, executive director of schools, will serve as Stoddert’s interim principal effective immediately. Schroeck’s reassignment follows the release of additional information learned as part of an investigation of Carlos Bell, a former instructional...
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HIV Positive Charles County Former Track Coach & Instructional Assistant Faces 119 Counts

HIV Positive Charles County Former Track Coach & Instructional Assistant Faces 119 Counts

UPDATE 7/31/2017: A Charles County middle school instructional assistant and track coach who’s accused of sexually assaulting several male students while being HIV positive has been handed down an 119-count indictment, according to officials. Carlos Deangelo Bell, 30, of Waldorf, faces the following charges according to the state attorney’s office: 12 counts of child sexual...
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Speed Camera Locations for Charles County 7/31/2017 to 8/4/2017

Speed Camera Locations for Charles County 7/31/2017 to 8/4/2017

During the week of July 31, to August 4, 2017, automated speed enforcement cameras will be activated in the following school zones: Indian Head Highway at Smallwood Middle School Berry Road at Jenifer Elementary School Middletown Road at Westlake High School Oliver’s Shop Road at T.C. Martin Elementary School Cameras are activated Monday through Friday,...
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St. Mary’s College of Maryland Named One of the 2017-18 Best Colleges by Money Magazine

St. Mary’s College of Maryland Named One of the 2017-18 Best Colleges by Money Magazine

St. Mary’s College of Maryland has been ranked among the “Best Colleges for Your Money” by Money magazine. According to Money, “St. Mary’s College of Maryland is the state’s public honors college. But with a liberal arts focus, a low student-faculty ratio of 10 to 1, and a high graduation rate, it could easily...
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CSM Athletes Honored for Academic Accomplishment

CSM Athletes Honored for Academic Accomplishment

More than a dozen student athletes at the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) were honored for their performance beyond their sport during the 2016-17 school year. These CSM athletes were noted for their achievement in the classroom as well. “Congratulations to our CSM student athletes who are receiving awards for high academic achievement,” said...
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Speed Camera Locations for Charles County 7/24/2017 to 7/28/2017

Speed Camera Locations for Charles County 7/24/2017 to 7/28/2017

During the week of July 10, to July 14, 2017, automated speed enforcement cameras will be activated in the following school zones: Indian Head Highway at Smallwood Middle School Berry Road at Jenifer Elementary School Middletown Road at Westlake High School Oliver’s Shop Road at T.C. Martin Elementary School Cameras are activated Monday through Friday,...
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St. Mary’s College of Maryland to Assist Historic Sotterley Plantation with Archival Collections

St. Mary’s College of Maryland to Assist Historic Sotterley Plantation with Archival Collections

St. Mary’s College of Maryland Archives has partnered with Historic Sotterley Plantation to assist with preserving Sotterley’s archival collections and making them available online. A national landmark dating back to 1703, Sotterley Plantation is a 94-acre museum overlooking the Patuxent River in Hollywood, Md. It has been open to the public since 1961. Kent...
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St. Mary’s County Public Schools Announce Administrative Appointments

St. Mary’s County Public Schools Announce Administrative Appointments

Superintendent of Schools, Mr. J. Scott Smith, announces the administrative appointments made by the Board of Education at its meeting of July 19, 2017. The Board appointed Ms. Theresa Buckler as Assistant Principal, 11-month, at Greenview Knolls Elementary School. Ms. Buckler holds a Master’s degree from Bowie State University, and a Bachelor’s degree from...
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Charles County High School Teacher Found Not Guilty of Student Allegations of Sexual Abuse

Charles County High School Teacher Found Not Guilty of Student Allegations of Sexual Abuse

On Thursday, July 20, 2017, a Charles County jury found Ronald Wells, a science teacher from Henry E. Lackey High School, not guilty of student allegations of sexual abuse. Two students had accused Wells in the spring of 2016 of allegedly attempting to engage in sexual abuse. One student made his allegation on April...
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Speed Camera Locations for Charles County 7/17/2017 to 7/21/2017

Speed Camera Locations for Charles County 7/17/2017 to 7/21/2017

During the week of July 10, to July 14, 2017, automated speed enforcement cameras will be activated in the following school zones: Leonardtown Road at Thomas Stone High School Berry Road at Jenifer Elementary School Marshall Corner Road at James Craik Elementary School Leonardtown Road at Grace Christian Academy Cameras are activated Monday through Friday,...
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Maryland Integrates New Technology into School Bus Inspections

Maryland Integrates New Technology into School Bus Inspections

The Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration (MDOT MVA) has introduced an innovative approach to school bus inspections – a process that allows inspectors to complete the inspection electronically.  The Maryland School Bus Safety Inspection System, implemented with a handheld tablet, replaces a manual paper-based inspection process and lets inspectors use mobile devices...
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Speed Camera Locations for Charles County 7/10/2017 to 7/14/2017

Speed Camera Locations for Charles County 7/10/2017 to 7/14/2017

During the week of July 10, to July 14, 2017, automated speed enforcement cameras will be activated in the following school zones: Leonardtown Road at Thomas Stone High School Berry Road at Jenifer Elementary School Marshall Corner Road at James Craik Elementary School Leonardtown Road at Grace Christian Academy Cameras are activated Monday through Friday,...
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CSM Announces Dean’s List for Spring Semester

CSM Announces Dean’s List for Spring Semester

The College of Southern Maryland has released its dean’s list for the spring semester. Students who have earned 12 or more credits at CSM are eligible to be considered for the dean’s list. At the end of the fall, spring and summer sessions, full- and part-time students who have completed at least six credits...
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Former St. Mary’s College Head Swimming Coach Sentenced to 72 Months for Child Pornography

Former St. Mary’s College Head Swimming Coach Sentenced to 72 Months for Child Pornography

On Thursday, July 6, 2017, U.S. District Judge George J. Hazel sentenced Andre Rudolph Barbins, 46, formerly of Solomons, to 72 months in prison, followed by 15 years of supervised release, for receipt of child pornography. Barbins pled guilty to the charge on January 26, 2017. (at the time of his arrest, Barbins was the...
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Stewart Hosts Annual “Back-to-School” Community Event

Stewart Hosts Annual “Back-to-School” Community Event

Kick off the school year with Commissioner Vice President Amanda M. Stewart, M.Ed. (District 3) at her third annual “Back-to-School” Community Fiesta on Saturday, August 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Mattawoman Middle School (10145 Berry Road, Waldorf). All ages are invited to attend. Children must be accompanied by a parent or...
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