Education

Prince George’s County Police Department Arrests High School Teacher for Sexual Abuse of a Minor

Prince George’s County Police Department Arrests High School Teacher for Sexual Abuse of a Minor

A teacher at Bowie High School in Bowie is facing charges in connection with the sexual abuse of a female student at the school. The teacher is 29-year-old K Sean Donovan Jr. of the 3200 block of Winterbourne Drive in Upper Marlboro. On December 1st, the Prince George’s County Police Department launched an investigation...
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Four Charles County Public School Students Selected to Serve as General Assembly Pages

Four Charles County Public School Students Selected to Serve as General Assembly Pages

In January, four Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students will learn first-hand how bills and laws are passed by Maryland legislators. Seniors Jake Burgess, Jamarr Joshua Johnson, Kathleen Martinez, and Natalie Yeager were recently chosen to represent CCPS in the 2020 Maryland Student Page Program. The program is part of the annual legislative session...
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VIDEO UPDATE: State’s Attorney Releases Statement on Case Where a 7-Year-Child was Struck by a Vehicle After Exiting School Bus

VIDEO UPDATE: State’s Attorney Releases Statement on Case Where a 7-Year-Child was Struck by a Vehicle After Exiting School Bus

UPDATE 11/27/2019:  State’s Attorney for Charles County, Tony Covington released a video about the case where Skyla Shirriel, a 7-year-old, T.C. Martin Elementary School first-grader was hit by a vehicle as she exited her school bus in November of 2018. Xiomara Yan Nativi Quintanilla, 35, of Accokeek, was sentenced to Probation Before Judgement and...
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Middle School Students Take Aim at Archery Tournament in Charles County

Middle School Students Take Aim at Archery Tournament in Charles County

Students gathered earlier this month at Milton M. Somers Middle School aiming to come out on top at the Middle School Archery Tournament. “Archery kind of relates to life,” said Deshea Mack, father of Matthew Henson Middle School eighth grader, Emmanuel Mack. “You have a goal and you work toward it. Then you hit...
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Charles County Arts Alliance Awards Over $76,000 in Grants

Charles County Arts Alliance Awards Over $76,000 in Grants

On Saturday, November 16, the Charles County Arts Alliance held its Annual Gala to award $71,334 to 21 area schools and 18 nonprofit organizations to enhance their programs in the fields of visual, performance and literary arts. The funds will be used to present a myriad of cultural programs and events in Charles County,...
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UPDATE: Substitute Middle School Teacher and Repeat Offender Found Guilty of Child Sexual Abuse

UPDATE: Substitute Middle School Teacher and Repeat Offender Found Guilty of Child Sexual Abuse

UPDATE 11/22/2019: Tony Covington, State’s Attorney for Charles County, announced that on Thursday, November 21, 2019, after four days of trial, a Charles County jury convicted Keith Allan Krikstan, 32 of Waldorf, of Sexual Abuse of a Minor, Production of Child Pornography, and Visual Surveillance of a Private Area. In January of 2018, detectives...
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St. Mary’s College of Maryland Recognizes County High School Students

St. Mary’s College of Maryland Recognizes County High School Students

On November 14, 2019, the Zeta Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at St. Mary’s College of Maryland held its 22nd annual book awards, presenting book prizes to five county high school seniors in recognition of their outstanding academic record. Shown in photo from left to right: Angie Draheim (SMCM Zeta Chapter vice president), Faith...
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Charles County Public Schools Secured $276,000 in Grants to Increase Police Coverage at Schools

Charles County Public Schools Secured $276,000 in Grants to Increase Police Coverage at Schools

Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is increasing the presence of law enforcement at some schools. The Office of School Safety and Security secured a $276,000 grant that is allowing CCPS to enhance it security efforts through additional police coverage. Jason Stoddard, director of school safety and security, said the grant is limited to increasing...
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Charles County Public Schools Announces $276,000 Grant to Provide Additional Police Coverage at Schools

Charles County Public Schools Announces $276,000 Grant to Provide Additional Police Coverage at Schools

Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is increasing the presence of law enforcement at some schools. The Office of School Safety and Security secured a $276,000 grant that is allowing CCPS to enhance it security efforts through additional police coverage. Jason Stoddard, director of school safety and security, said the grant is limited to increasing...
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St. Mary’s College of Maryland Receives Over $20,000 from Chesapeake Cultural Studies Grant

St. Mary’s College of Maryland Receives Over $20,000 from Chesapeake Cultural Studies Grant

St. Mary’s College of Maryland has been awarded a $24,000 Chesapeake Material Cultural Studies Grant from The Conservation Fund. The Conservation Fund—a national nonprofit dedicated to providing environmental solutions that make economic sense for communities—presented grants to SMCM and 10 other research, education and historical institutions and specialists to support the conservation, preservation and...
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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan Joins Rural Maryland Council to Present CSM with $350,000 for Velocity Center

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan Joins Rural Maryland Council to Present CSM with $350,000 for Velocity Center

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan joined Rural Maryland Council Board First Vice Chair John Hartline Nov. 5, 2019 to present College of Southern Maryland (CSM) President Dr. Maureen Murphy and the CSM Board of Trustees with a $350,000 Rural Maryland Prosperity Investment Fund award to complete interior renovations and build out of CSM’s Velocity Center....
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Indian Head Elementary School Staff and Students Learning to “Move This World” with New Program

Indian Head Elementary School Staff and Students Learning to “Move This World” with New Program

Indian Head Elementary School launched a new program this school year to focus on social and emotional needs of students. Called “Move This World,” the program provides students with strategies to express emotions in a positive way. Students learn about and use 10 “emoger” strategies to display their feelings. The emogers focus on breathing,...
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La Plata Business Association Donates Over $40,000 from Rocktoberfest Proceeds to Charles County Public Schools

La Plata Business Association Donates Over $40,000 from Rocktoberfest Proceeds to Charles County Public Schools

It’s not often that a string quartet or vocalist performance opens a formal business meeting. On November 6, 2019, the La Plata Business Association’s (LPBA) monthly meeting began with student performers from La Plata High School showcasing the talents of Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students. For the past six years, the LPBA has...
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Historic St. Mary’s City Fall Lecture Series Tree-Ring Dating and Historic Structures: A Look at the Science of Dendrochronology

Historic St. Mary’s City Fall Lecture Series Tree-Ring Dating and Historic Structures: A Look at the Science of Dendrochronology

On Thursday, November 21, 2019, at 7:00 p.m., in the Visitor Center Auditorium of Historic St. Mary’s City, dendrochronologist Michael Worthington will give a free, public lecture titled “Tree Ring Dating and Historic Structures: A Look at the Science of Dendrochronology.” The science of dendrochronology, or tree-ring dating, has long been used to provide...
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St. Mary’s County Public Schools to Host Town Hall Meeting on Substance Abuse Prevention

St. Mary’s County Public Schools to Host Town Hall Meeting on Substance Abuse Prevention

Dr. J. Scott Smith, Superintendent of Schools, will be hosting Monthly Town Hall Meetings during the 2019-2020 school year. These conversational meetings will focus on topics that are important to the school system and community, meetings will be held at the Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center, 24005 Point Lookout Road, Leonardtown,...
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Dr. Mudd Elementary School Officially Rededicated After Recent Renovation and Expansion

Dr. Mudd Elementary School Officially Rededicated After Recent Renovation and Expansion

School system, county and state officials joined together on October 10, 2019, at the Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School to officially rededicate the school, which recently underwent a complete renovation and expansion. Dr. Mudd first opened in 1967 with about 45,000 square feet of space, a combined cafeteria and activity area, indoor courtyards...
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UPDATE: College of Southern Maryland in Leonardtown Resumes Normal Activity After Lockdown

UPDATE: College of Southern Maryland in Leonardtown Resumes Normal Activity After Lockdown

UPDATE: Police search has ended. No threat to campus safety. Resume normal activity. 10/10/2019: On Thursday, October 10, 2019, at approximately 12:50 p.m., police located a wanted subject in Leonardtown, the subject fled on foot towards the College of Southern Maryland and witnesses reported he may have entered the building. A spokesperson from the...
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CSM Hosting Teacher Education and Open House on Thursday, October 10, 2019

CSM Hosting Teacher Education and Open House on Thursday, October 10, 2019

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) invites high school and college students interested in a career in education to a Teacher Education Open House Oct. 10 at the college’s Leonardtown Campus. “This is a great opportunity to learn more about local options for teacher education,” said CSM Teacher Education Program Coordinator Professor Beth Settle....
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St. Mary’s County Public Safety Open House Day on Saturday, October 19, 2019 in Leonardtown

St. Mary’s County Public Safety Open House Day on Saturday, October 19, 2019 in Leonardtown

The public is invited to join the Department of Emergency Services, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office and the Maryland State Police for a Public Safety Open House Day, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Each agency will offer fun and educational activities at their facility and have representatives on...
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No Fire at Chopticon High School, Just Smoke After Water Pump Malfunctions

No Fire at Chopticon High School, Just Smoke After Water Pump Malfunctions

  On Thursday, September 26, 2019, at approximately 11:50 a.m., firefighters responded to Chopticon High School in Morganza for the report of smoke in the building. Firefighters from Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department responded, and after arriving on scene reported a water pump in a boiler room had malfunctioned. Students, teachers, and staff had evacuated...
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Charles County Public Schools Fall Chess Tournament Registration Now Open for Saturday, October 26, 2019

Charles County Public Schools Fall Chess Tournament Registration Now Open for Saturday, October 26, 2019

Registration for the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) annual fall chess tournament, set for 9 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 26 at Thomas Stone High School, is now open for students. The tournament is for students in kindergarten through Grade 12. Interested participants must register online at https://ccpsregistration.wufoo.com/forms/ccps-2019-fall-chess-tournament/ by Wednesday, Oct. 23. The registration window closes...
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Jeremy Testa an Invited Lecturer in Natural Science and Mathematics Colloquia Series

Jeremy Testa an Invited Lecturer in Natural Science and Mathematics Colloquia Series

St. Mary’s College of Maryland’s Biology Department presents Jeremy Testa to discuss “The Long Road of Chesapeake Bay Restoration: Resistance, Resilience, and Recovery” as part of the Natural Science and Mathematics Colloquia series. The talk takes place on Oct. 30 at 4:45 p.m. in Schaefer Hall 106. Testa, visiting the National Public Honors College...
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Historic St. Mary’s City Offering Hide Tanning Workshop on Saturday, October 26, 2019

Historic St. Mary’s City Offering Hide Tanning Workshop on Saturday, October 26, 2019

Registration has opened for a hide tanning workshop scheduled on October 26, 2019. Hunting season is upon us, and Historic St. Mary’s City is offering a workshop to help learn the native art of taking a deer hide and turning it into soft buckskin. This program, designed for beginners, takes the participant through the...
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St. Mary’s College to Host “From Invisibility to Remembrance” Symposium on Wednesday and Thursday, October 2 and 3, 2019

St. Mary’s College to Host “From Invisibility to Remembrance” Symposium on Wednesday and Thursday, October 2 and 3, 2019

The African and African Diaspora Studies program at St. Mary’s College of Maryland will host its second annual fall symposium, “From Invisibility to Remembrance: Commemorating Slavery at St. Mary’s and Beyond,” on Wednesday, Oct. 2 beginning at 8 p.m. in Cole Cinema, Campus Center, and on Thursday, Oct. 3, beginning at 6 p.m. in...
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We Care Safe Driving Campaign Kicks off at Charles County High Schools

We Care Safe Driving Campaign Kicks off at Charles County High Schools

We Care safe driving campaign kicks off at Charles County high schools We care about you and your safety. Superintendent of Schools Kimberly Hill, Charles County Sheriff Troy Berry and other Charles County Sheriff’s officers shared this message with student drivers as they arrived at Thomas Stone High School. Today marks year 12 for...
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