Education

Charles County Public Schools Holiday Schedule, Early Dismissal on Monday, December 7, 2020 is Canceled

Charles County Public Schools Holiday Schedule, Early Dismissal on Monday, December 7, 2020 is Canceled

Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is closed Wednesday, Nov. 25 through Friday, Nov. 27 for the Thanksgiving holiday. The closure applies to all schools, CCPS buildings and administrative offices. Next week, online learning for students and teachers is Nov. 23-24. Normal hours resume Monday, Nov. 30. The two-hour early dismissal printed in the 2020-2021...
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St. Mary’s County Commissioners November 17 Meeting Rollup

St. Mary’s County Commissioners November 17 Meeting Rollup

The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County held their regular business meeting Tuesday, November 17, 2020, in the Chesapeake Building in Leonardtown. The meeting started with a joint meeting between the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County and the Metropolitan Commission (MetCom). The Commissioners heard from Department of Public Works & Transportation Department Director John Deatrick...
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Governor Hogan Announces Maryland’s Future 20 Start-Up Companies

Governor Hogan Announces Maryland’s Future 20 Start-Up Companies

In celebration of National Entrepreneur’s Day, Governor Larry Hogan today announced Maryland’s Future 20, a list of innovative startups from various industries that have the potential to be the state’s next major business success story. The Maryland Future 20 is part of Innovation Uncovered, an ongoing initiative by the Maryland Department of Commerce to...
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Historic St. Mary’s City Closed for the Season

Historic St. Mary’s City Closed for the Season

On November 10, 2020, Historic St. Mary’s City (HSMC) closed temporarily after Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced a series of actions to slow the spread of COVID-19. As a state agency, HSMC will follow the orders of Governor Hogan who directed “the Department of Budget and Management to implement a period of mandatory telework...
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College of Southern Maryland Student Life Team Delivers Fifth Mobile Hawk Feeder Event; Distributes 1,140 More Pounds of Food to Students

College of Southern Maryland Student Life Team Delivers Fifth Mobile Hawk Feeder Event; Distributes 1,140 More Pounds of Food to Students

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) Student Life team continued its efforts to help CSM students who are struggling financially and experiencing food insecurities by hosting its fifth drive-thru food distribution event – this time at CSM’s Leonardtown Campus. Approximately 1,140 pounds of food were given to students who expressed a need and pre-registered...
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St. Mary’s County Superintendent of Schools Cancels all in-Person Instruction for this week

St. Mary’s County Superintendent of Schools Cancels all in-Person Instruction for this week

On November 8, 2020, J. Scott Smith, Ed.D., the Superintendent of Schools for St. Mary’s County sent the following letter out to parents of School children. Dear St. Mary’s County Public Schools Staff and Families: I regret to inform you that as a result of community spread of COVID 19 in St. Mary’s County,...
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Charles County Public Schools Youth Donate Supplies to F.B. Gwynn Center

Charles County Public Schools Youth Donate Supplies to F.B. Gwynn Center

Earlier this fall, 7-year-old Martin “MJ” Gusky Jr. came up with an idea to help other kids during the COVID-19 pandemic. Gusky is homeschooled, but has several friends who attend public school. He wanted to make sure they had supplies to stay healthy while learning. To accomplish this, Gusky launched Project Good Shepherd. Using...
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Charles County Public Schools Meal Service Changes Begin on November 9, 2020

Charles County Public Schools Meal Service Changes Begin on November 9, 2020

In order to accommodate the start of Phase 2 on Nov. 9, Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) has made some changes to its meal distribution service. The following changes are effective Monday, Nov. 9. Meal sites are open for curbside distribution Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with the exception of...
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St. Mary’s County Public Schools Department Food and Nutrition Services Announces Changes to Meal Distribution Services

St. Mary’s County Public Schools Department Food and Nutrition Services Announces Changes to Meal Distribution Services

St. Mary’s County Public Schools Department of Food and Nutrition Services announces changes in the schedule of curbside meal distribution beginning the month of November. Meals are available for students ages 18 years and younger.  Meals can be picked up from any school site even if your student attends a different school. Week of...
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Student Life Team Distributes 800 Pounds of Food to College of Southern Maryland Students During Fourth Mobile Hawk Feeder Event

Student Life Team Distributes 800 Pounds of Food to College of Southern Maryland Students During Fourth Mobile Hawk Feeder Event

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) Student Life team recently held a drive-thru food distribution event at CSM’s Prince Frederick Campus to help CSM students who are struggling financially and experiencing food insecurities. Approximately 800 pounds of food were given to students who pre-registered to come to the campus, and deliveries were made to...
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MDOT SHA and St. Mary’s College of Maryland Archeologists Unearth 300-Year Old Slave Quarters Site in Leonardtown

MDOT SHA and St. Mary’s College of Maryland Archeologists Unearth 300-Year Old Slave Quarters Site in Leonardtown

The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) and St. Mary’s College of Maryland archeologists are working to unearth a 300-year-old slave quarters site at a historic Jesuit plantation in Southern Maryland. Many of the archaeological remains lay buried in farm fields within Newtowne Neck State Park, which is managed by the...
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St. Mary’s College Board Approves New Neuroscience Major/Announces Spring Semester Schedule with Commencement Date

St. Mary’s College Board Approves New Neuroscience Major/Announces Spring Semester Schedule with Commencement Date

St. Mary’s College of Maryland’s Board of Trustees met virtually Friday, October 16, beginning at 4:50 p.m. The Board acted on several items including approving the curriculum for the College’s 25th major in neuroscience. The Academic Affairs Committee endorsed the new major at the suggestion of faculty and staff challenged with recommending new college...
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Charles County Public Schools Phase 2 Planning: Bus Routes and Enhanced Transportation Safety Guidelines

Charles County Public Schools Phase 2 Planning: Bus Routes and Enhanced Transportation Safety Guidelines

Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) will begin Phase 2 of its reopening plan on Monday, Nov. 9. The school system is preparing to welcome more than 3,200 students back to schools across the county. Part of Phase 2 planning includes enhanced safety guidelines for students using bus transportation. Safety is a top priority for...
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St. Mary’s County Health Department Offering Free Flu Vaccine to Children at COVID-19 Testing Sites Starting October 26, 2020

St. Mary’s County Health Department Offering Free Flu Vaccine to Children at COVID-19 Testing Sites Starting October 26, 2020

Beginning October 26, 2020, the St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD) will offer free flu vaccine to children (ages 3 – 18 years) at its SMCHD COVID-19 Testing Sites, during testing hours listed below: SMCHD Main Office:  Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  21580 Peabody Street, Leonardtown For assistance or accommodations,...
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Registration Now Open for CSM’s Full Course Four Week Winter Session

Registration Now Open for CSM’s Full Course Four Week Winter Session

Registration for the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) Winter Session opened on Monday, October 19, 2020 offering students the opportunity to take a full course in four weeks. The Winter Session begins December 21, 2020. It is an opportunity for students to get ahead or explore an area of interest, catch up on general...
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Board of Education Approves Phase 2 Re-Opening of Charles County Public Schools Starting November 9, 2020

Board of Education Approves Phase 2 Re-Opening of Charles County Public Schools Starting November 9, 2020

UPDATE: Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) will begin Phase 2 on Monday, Nov. 9. In order for teachers to prepare for hybrid learning, instructional changes were made for the week starting Nov. 2. Outlined below are the changes and what they mean for CCPS students and virtual learning. Friday, October 30: Last day for...
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Marrick Properties Donates Welding Equipment to Help Trade Students Perfect Their Skills

Marrick Properties Donates Welding Equipment to Help Trade Students Perfect Their Skills

Marrick Properties recently donated a weld test bender that will give College of Southern Maryland (CSM) welding students an opportunity to evaluate the strength and integrity of their welds. The $1,316 piece of equipment is used by inspectors to bend weld specimens and provides immediate feedback to students as they perfect their skills. The...
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Thomas Stone High School Named 2019 Schools of Excellence by the American College Application Campaign

Thomas Stone High School Named 2019 Schools of Excellence by the American College Application Campaign

Thomas Stone High School was named a 2019 School of Excellence by the American College Application Campaign (ACAC) through the ACT Center for Equity in Learning. The ACAC strives to increase the number of first-generation college students and students from low-income families pursuing a college degree and other higher education opportunities. The campaign selects...
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College of Southern Maryland Inducts 13 Nursing Students into Alpha Omega Honor Society

College of Southern Maryland Inducts 13 Nursing Students into Alpha Omega Honor Society

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) inducted 13 nursing students into Alpha Omega, CSM’s chapter of the Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (OADN) Alpha Delta Nu Honor Society on Sept. 30. It was a virtual celebration that not only highlighted the students’ perseverance in their pursuit of academic excellence, but also put them on...
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Building Service Workers Ensure Schools and Facilities are Ready for Re-Opening

Building Service Workers Ensure Schools and Facilities are Ready for Re-Opening

The COVID-19 pandemic has cast a spotlight on professions that often don’t get to center stage. In the wake of closures and lockdowns, governors around the country deemed food service workers, healthcare providers, service industry employees and others “essential employees.” Key workers provide services that focus on health and safety. One of the critical...
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Charles County Public Schools and Health Department Offering Free Vaccinations to Students

Charles County Public Schools and Health Department Offering Free Vaccinations to Students

Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) and the Charles County Department of Health are collaborating to offer required vaccinations for students at no cost. Maryland law requires students to have up-to-date immunizations, but with some physician’s offices having altered schedules in effect to slow the spread of COVID-19, some students may not have received vaccinations...
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Governor Larry Hogan and Maryland Superintendent of Schools Announce Return of Fall Sports on October 7, 2020

Governor Larry Hogan and Maryland Superintendent of Schools Announce Return of Fall Sports on October 7, 2020

Following a visit to schools in Frederick County today, Governor Larry Hogan and State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Karen Salmon announced the return of fall sports in Maryland. Each local school system will now have the ability to officially start the interscholastic athletic fall season in secondary schools beginning Wednesday, October 7, 2020. “Getting...
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Commissioners Approve State Capital Improvements Program for St. Mary’s County Public Schools

Commissioners Approve State Capital Improvements Program for St. Mary’s County Public Schools

The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County voted unanimously to authorize Commissioner President Randy Guy to sign a letter of support for an increase of $8,167,000 to the St. Mary’s County Public Schools (SMCPS) FY2022 – FY2027 State Capital Improvement Program during their regular meeting Tuesday. Sept. 22. This funding is for the improve school...
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St. Mary’s County High School Campuses now Equipped with Lightning Detection Systems

St. Mary’s County High School Campuses now Equipped with Lightning Detection Systems

St. Mary’s County Public High Schools are now equipped with Lightning Detection Equipment at each of our three high schools. The lightning detection equipment includes an alert siren and visual strobe. When lightning is detected within 10 miles of each high school campus the alert siren and visual strobe will activate. After 30 minutes...
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UPDATE: Charles County Middle School Employee Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison for Child Sexual Abuse

UPDATE: Charles County Middle School Employee Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison for Child Sexual Abuse

UPDATE 9/18/2020: Tony Covington, State’s Attorney for Charles County, announced that on Friday, September 18, 2020, Charles County Circuit Court Judge H. James West sentenced Anthony Tyrone Williams, Jr., 25 of Waldorf, to 25 years with all but 12 years suspended in prison for Sexual Abuse of a Minor. On January 9, 2020, Williams...
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