Education

Charles County Public Schools Students Earn Medals in Recent SkillsUSA State Championship

Charles County Public Schools Students Earn Medals in Recent SkillsUSA State Championship

Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students from North Point High School and Robert D. Stethem Educational Center participated in the state Skills USA Maryland state championship held on April 1-2. Each year, the state championship showcases more than 1,000 Maryland Career and Technology Education (CTE) students who compete in over 90 skilled, occupationally related...
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375 Students Graduate in 2022 Commencement Ceremony at St. Mary’s College of Maryland

375 Students Graduate in 2022 Commencement Ceremony at St. Mary’s College of Maryland

St. Mary’s College of Maryland, the National Public Honors College, graduated 375 students with Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Master of Arts in Teaching degrees on Saturday, May 14, outdoors on the campus’ Townhouse Green. The commencement address was delivered by Terron Hillsman, director of the ecological sciences division for the USDA-...
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St. Mary’s College of Maryland Students Place at MAA Sectional Conference

St. Mary’s College of Maryland Students Place at MAA Sectional Conference

On April 22-23, St. Mary’s College of Maryland students presented their work at the MD-DC-VA sectional conference of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) held in Germantown, Maryland. Gillian Carr ’22 won the award for the best student presentation. The “Radical Dash” team of Alyson Conover ’22, Gillian Carr ’22, Joseph Daly ’24 and...
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Charles County Public Library Celebrates 100 Years with Parties and Music – May 16 to May 20, 2022

Charles County Public Library Celebrates 100 Years with Parties and Music – May 16 to May 20, 2022

Charles County Public Library (CCPL) continues the celebration for its 100th anniversary of serving Charles County. Started in a single room on the second floor of the county jail on Washington Avenue in La Plata in 1922, the library was made possible by the County Homemakers Club and County Extension Agent P.D. Brown. This...
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College of Southern Maryland’s Robotics Team – The Talons, Place 10th in World Competition

College of Southern Maryland’s Robotics Team – The Talons, Place 10th in World Competition

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) competitive robotics team – the Talons – headed to Dallas last week for the VEX Robotics World Championship where they competed against dozens of university teams from around the globe to earn the title of 10th best team in the technology category and 11th best in the skills...
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School Resource Officer Recovers Airsoft Gun From Student at Esperanza Middle School

School Resource Officer Recovers Airsoft Gun From Student at Esperanza Middle School

On Tuesday, May 10, 2022, a student at Esperanza Middle School, in Lexington Park, reported that another student was showing a gun magazine clip to students in a  classroom. Administration was contacted immediately, and the child was brought to the office. Administration investigated the situation with the assistance of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s...
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7-Year-Old Transported to Hospital After Attempting to Stab Victims with Scissors at Piney Point Elementary School

7-Year-Old Transported to Hospital After Attempting to Stab Victims with Scissors at Piney Point Elementary School

On Tuesday, May 10, 2022, at approximately 1:15 p.m., police responded to the Piney Point Elementary School in Tall Timbers, for the reported active disturbance with a weapon. Police were advised a 7-year-old male student was attempting to stab people with scissors. Staff members were able to isolate the student in a room away...
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Charles County Public Schools and Bryans Road Volunteer Fire Department Remembers Career Educator and Life Member Keith Alan Hettel

Charles County Public Schools and Bryans Road Volunteer Fire Department Remembers Career Educator and Life Member Keith Alan Hettel

CCPS: Charles County Public Schools is remembering Keith Hettel, a longtime CCPS educator who retired in 2016 as the assistant superintendent of supporting services. Mr. Hettel passed away earlier this week on Tuesday, May 3. The CCPS maintenance and operations departments are honoring Hettel through a visual memorial located outside of the maintenance bay...
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Students are introduced to the world of aviation technology with the St. Mary’s Ryken Flight Academy opening

Students are introduced to the world of aviation technology with the St. Mary’s Ryken Flight Academy opening

With a generous endowment from The Patuxent Partnership (TPP), St. Mary’s Ryken (SMR) has installed a STEM lab flight program. The donated National Flight Academy program was funded by a grant from Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD). SMR Flight Academy is an interactive classroom space that provides students with the opportunity to...
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Department of Economic Development Announces AeroPark Innovation District Will Host 2022 AUVSI SUAS Competition

Department of Economic Development Announces AeroPark Innovation District Will Host 2022 AUVSI SUAS Competition

The Student UAS Competition (SUAS) has a long history in St. Mary’s County. Since 2002, the SUAS Competition has operated at Webster Outlying Field. The Department of Economic Development is pleased to announce the 2022 SUAS is moving to the AeroPark Innovation District. The move to the new location is a cooperative effort between...
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FREE EVENT! St. Mary’s College of Maryland Jazzed for Mulberry Music Festival on Friday, June 17

FREE EVENT! St. Mary’s College of Maryland Jazzed for Mulberry Music Festival on Friday, June 17

The St. Mary’s College of Maryland presents the Mulberry Music Festival: Jazz, featuring Joseph Brotherton, the Kelly Bell Band, Carly Harvey, and headlined by Sharón Clark on Friday, June 17, beginning at 6 p.m. on the College’s Townhouse Green. The event is free of charge and open to the public. It will be simultaneously...
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School Resource Officer Investigating Report of Assault on School Bus:

School Resource Officer Investigating Report of Assault on School Bus:

A Charles County Sheriff’s Office school resource officer (SRO) is investigating an assault that occurred on May 3, 2022, on a school bus transporting students from Milton Somers Middle School home after dismissal. At one point in the altercation, a seventh-grade male placed a sixth-grade male in a chokehold causing the victim to have...
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NAVAIR Engineer Helps Maryland Youth Discover Career Paths Through Robotics

NAVAIR Engineer Helps Maryland Youth Discover Career Paths Through Robotics

By Lisa Rendzio, Airborne Electronic Attack Systems (PMA-234) communications The Airborne Electronic Attack Systems Program Office (PMA-234) Test and Evaluation Lead escorted a team of students, known as the Bot Brigade Quartic, to the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Chesapeake Regional Championships, in Hampton, Virginia, where they won first place...
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Police Recover Food Containing Suspected Marijuana from Matthew Henson Middle School Student

Police Recover Food Containing Suspected Marijuana from Matthew Henson Middle School Student

On Tuesday, May 3, 2022, at 2:45 p.m., school staff at Matthew Henson Middle School found cookies that possibly contained marijuana and a store-bought bag of “marijuana candy” inside a student’s lunchbox. The bag and cookies were recovered by a school resource officer and will be forwarded to the Maryland State Police Crime Lab...
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SMECO Honors Outstanding Teachers from St. Mary’s, Calvert and Charles Counties

SMECO Honors Outstanding Teachers from St. Mary’s, Calvert and Charles Counties

Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) worked with the school systems of Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s counties to select and honor 23 educators with Outstanding Teacher awards for leadership in the fields of mathematics, science, technology, and engineering. Receiving awards this year were nine math teachers, eight science teachers, and six STEM (science, technology,...
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Police Recovered Replica Handgun from Milton Somers Middle School Student

Police Recovered Replica Handgun from Milton Somers Middle School Student

On Thursday, April 28 at 3:30 p.m., a student from Milton Somers Middle School was on a school bus heading home after school when they observed what appeared to be a handgun inside another student’s book bag. The student reported the information to a parent who then notified the police. A school resource officer...
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Police Recover Bag Containing Morphine at Milton Somers Middle School

Police Recover Bag Containing Morphine at Milton Somers Middle School

On Thursday, April 28 at 2:30 p.m., a student found a plastic bag containing a suspicious substance inside a classroom at Milton Somers Middle School. The student notified a teacher who then notified a school resource officer. A preliminary investigation revealed the substance tested positive for morphine. It is not yet known who brought...
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Junior Firefighter Training on Thursday, May 12, 2022 in Calvert County for Ages 4 to12

Junior Firefighter Training on Thursday, May 12, 2022 in Calvert County for Ages 4 to12

Children ages 4-12 years are invited to earn their junior firefighter status by completing our training course and ringing the bell with pride at our Junior Firefighter Training on Thursday, May 12 from 10-11 a.m. This event will be held in each district, please register for your preferred location: Section A – North Beach...
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Police Recover Suspected Marijuana from Westlake High School Student

Police Recover Suspected Marijuana from Westlake High School Student

On Wednesday, April 27, 2022, at 8:00 a.m., a school administrator at Westlake High School became aware of a possible drug transaction involving a student. Further investigation showed the student was in possession of nine individually packaged baggies of suspected marijuana. The school resource officer recovered the suspected marijuana. The case is under review...
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One Injured After Motor Vehicle Collision Involving Dump Truck and School Bus in Mechanicsville

One Injured After Motor Vehicle Collision Involving Dump Truck and School Bus in Mechanicsville

On Wednesday, April 27, 2022, at 6:32 a.m., police, fire and rescue personnel responded to the area of the Chaptico Park located at 26600 Budds Creek Road in Mechanicsville, for the motor vehicle collision involved a commercial vehicle and school bus. Crews from Mechanicsville, Seventh District and Leonardtown responded to the scene and found...
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St. Mary’s County Public Schools 2022–2023 Pre-Kindergarten and Head Start Applications Now Open

St. Mary’s County Public Schools 2022–2023 Pre-Kindergarten and Head Start Applications Now Open

St. Mary’s County Public Schools (SMCPS) will open the 2022–2023 online Common Application for Pre-Kindergarten and Head Start on Wednesday, April 20, 2022. The Pre-Kindergarten programs provide high-quality early learning experiences to help children develop the basic skills and concepts necessary for success in kindergarten.  Families of age-appropriate children in St. Mary’s County may submit...
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FREE EVENT: The 7th Annual Women’s Health Expo Returns on Tuesday, May 10, 2022

FREE EVENT: The 7th Annual Women’s Health Expo Returns on Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Calvert County Commission for Women, Calvert County Health Department and CalvertHealth Medical Center are teaming up for the 7th Annual Women’s Health Expo, to be held on the medical center campus on May 10 from 2:30-6:30 p.m. Many women have put off or delayed annual screenings and wellness exams due to the pandemic. According...
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College of Southern Maryland Mourns Passing of CSM Board of Trustee Samuel C. Jones

College of Southern Maryland Mourns Passing of CSM Board of Trustee Samuel C. Jones

The College of Southern Maryland mourns the passing of CSM Board of Trustee Samuel C. Jones. Jones, who passed away April 12, had served and led the college and its students since 2013 when he was appointed by then Governor Martin O’Malley. “We are grieving Sam’s passing and share our deepest sympathies with his...
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Home-School Numbers Soar in Southern Maryland, CSM Provides Programming to Help Families; Info Session Set for April 29, 2022

Home-School Numbers Soar in Southern Maryland, CSM Provides Programming to Help Families; Info Session Set for April 29, 2022

Home-school families looking for support creating an educational plan that works best for their children can turn to the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) for experiences that help students of every age with their academics. In the last five years Southern Maryland has seen a 74 percent increase in home-school students and now has...
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Black Diamond Disaster Event, an American Civil War Commemoration Weekend, to be Held at St. Clement’s Island Museum

Black Diamond Disaster Event, an American Civil War Commemoration Weekend, to be Held at St. Clement’s Island Museum

On the weekend of April 23-24, the St. Mary’s County Museum Division will remember the 87 lives lost in a tragedy during the American Civil War on the Potomac near St. Clement’s Island during the hunt for presidential assassin John Wilkes Booth. Weekend activities will happen on both days at St. Clement’s Island Museum...
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