Education

Judges Rule Charles County School System Did Not Violate Student’s Rights

Judges Rule Charles County School System Did Not Violate Student’s Rights

A Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals panel ruled this week that La Plata High School and its administrators did not violate a student’s First Amendment rights during a world history class that included lessons about Islam. In the fall of 2014, the family of Caleigh Wood, then a junior at La Plata, sued the...
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New Environmental Studies and Historic St. Mary’s City Partnership Receives Grant Award from the Maryland Agricultural Council

New Environmental Studies and Historic St. Mary’s City Partnership Receives Grant Award from the Maryland Agricultural Council

On Thursday, February 7, a faculty, staff, and student team representing the Heirloom Garden Project, a new partnership between the environmental studies program at St. Mary’s College of Maryland and Historic St. Mary’s City, received a grant award from the Maryland Agricultural Council during the Annual Taste of Maryland Agriculture gala in Glen Burnie,...
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UPDATE: Charles County Sheriff’s Deputy Found Dead in Car After Apparent Suicide

UPDATE: Charles County Sheriff’s Deputy Found Dead in Car After Apparent Suicide

UPDATE: The Prince George’s County Police Detectives are investigating the death of a man found inside of his car near Indian Head Highway just before midnight Thursday. Officers responded to a 911 call for a single vehicle that had run off Route 210 and had come to rest in the 17000 block of Beech...
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Charles County Kindergarten Teacher Caught Smoking Crack at Korner Karryout in Mechanicsville

Charles County Kindergarten Teacher Caught Smoking Crack at Korner Karryout in Mechanicsville

On Saturday, January 12, 2019, Cpl. C. Beyer of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Korner Karryout on Three Notch Road in Mechanicsville, after a witness reported what looked like a woman smoking crack in the parking lot. When police arrived, they found the driver of a Silver Hyundai Sonata slumped...
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One Injured After Another Motor Vehicle Accident at First Colony and FDR Boulevard

One Injured After Another Motor Vehicle Accident at First Colony and FDR Boulevard

On Monday, January 21, 2019 at approximately 8:10 a.m., police fire and rescue personnel responded to First Colony Boulevard and FDR Boulevard in California, for the motor vehicle accident reported serious. Crews arrived on scene to find two vehicles involved in a t-bone style collision with one vehicle in the roadway, and one vehicle...
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Bailey Statement on Funding for the University System of Maryland Academic and Research Center

Bailey Statement on Funding for the University System of Maryland Academic and Research Center

Senator Jack Bailey released the following statement today after the Governor’s inclusion of $11,953,000 in Maryland’s Fiscal Year 2020 Budget to complete the design and begin construction of the University of Maryland Academic and Research Center at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, also known as the ‘Third Building’ at the Regional Higher Education...
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CSM Announces Keynote Speaker for 20th Winter Commencement January 17

CSM Announces Keynote Speaker for 20th Winter Commencement January 17

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) will recognize 541 candidates for 547 degrees and 250 certificates during its 20th Winter Commencement January 17 at the La Plata Campus. The graduates range in age from 18 to 64, with 37 percent from Charles County, 33 percent from St. Mary’s County, 23 percent from Calvert County...
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Weather Related Closings, Delays, and Information for Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Weather Related Closings, Delays, and Information for Tuesday, January 15, 2019

St. Mary’s County: St. Mary’s County Public Schools: All St. Mary’s County Public Schools, including FULL day Head Start, will have a delayed opening of two hours on Tuesday, January 15, 2019. AM Pre-Kindergarten and AM Head Start students will not have school. However, there will be classes for PM Pre-Kindergarten and PM Head Start...
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Weather Related Closings, Delays, and Information for Monday, January 14, 2019

Weather Related Closings, Delays, and Information for Monday, January 14, 2019

St. Mary’s County: St. Mary’s County Public Schools: All St Mary’s County Public Schools are closed for Monday, January 14, 2019, with Code 2 for employees. We will continue to watch the weather this evening and and may reevaluate the employee status code by 8 a.m. tomorrow morning. Thank you and be safe. St. Mary’s...
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Calvert County Public Schools are Closed Monday January 14, 2019

Calvert County Public Schools are Closed Monday January 14, 2019

Calvert County Public Schools will be closed on Monday January 14, 2019. All emergency personnel report as usual. All other personnel do not report to work. Child care is closed. Afternoon and Evening activities are canceled.
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Charles County Public Schools are Closed Monday, Jan. 14, 2019.

Charles County Public Schools are Closed Monday, Jan. 14, 2019.

Due to inclement weather, all Charles County public schools are closed Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. There is a Code 2 for employees who follow the code system. Employees should check later tonight or tomorrow morning for a possible change in the Code status.
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St Mary’s County Public Schools are Closed Monday, January 14, 2019

St Mary’s County Public Schools are Closed Monday, January 14, 2019

All St Mary’s County Public Schools are closed for Monday, January 14, 2019, with Code 2 for employees. We will continue to watch the weather this evening and and may reevaluate the employee status code by 8 a.m. tomorrow morning. Thank you and be safe.
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Scholarship Recipients Thank College of Southern Maryland’s Donors for ‘Transforming Lives, One at A Time’

Scholarship Recipients Thank College of Southern Maryland’s Donors for ‘Transforming Lives, One at A Time’

Various verses of gratitude could be heard over and over again during the 2018 College of Southern Maryland (CSM) Foundation Scholarship Reception – the annual event that has scholarship donors meet with their recipients to enjoy lunch and their shared commitment to education. “Today is about recognizing you, our partners … and we honor...
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College of Southern Maryland Provides Support for Students Impacted by Federal Government Shutdown

College of Southern Maryland Provides Support for Students Impacted by Federal Government Shutdown

The College of Southern Maryland is providing support for its returning students whose family or themselves are being financially impacted by the current federal government shutdown. “We are very concerned for our students who through no fault of their own are being adversely affected because of this government shutdown,” said CSM President Dr. Maureen...
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St. Mary’s College Students Record 750+ Species of Local Flora and Fauna in Citizen Science Effort

St. Mary’s College Students Record 750+ Species of Local Flora and Fauna in Citizen Science Effort

What is sharing our immediate environment?  This simple question has led Coastal Ecology students working with Seabird McKeon, visiting professor of biology, to document more than 750 species of animals, plants, and fungus on campus and in the surrounding area in the fall semester. According to McKeon, “Our ability to understand the ecology of...
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Ila and Vinod Shah Present CSM with $100,000

Ila and Vinod Shah Present CSM with $100,000

College of Southern Maryland (CSM) Foundation Director Dr. Ila Shah and her husband Dr. Vinod K. Shah continued their generous support of CSM and commitment to student success by giving the college a $100,000 gift to mark Vinod Shah’s recent birthday. The funds will be used to bolster the Southern Maryland Nursing and Health Alliance Scholarship...
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SMECO 2019 Scholarship Applications Available

SMECO 2019 Scholarship Applications Available

Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) is offering college scholarships for the 2019-2020 school year. Four high school seniors will be awarded $1,500 each. Students are eligible to apply if they live with parents or guardians who are SMECO members. Seniors must be enrolled or plan to enroll full-time in an accredited college, university, or trade school. The deadline...
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UPDATE: Condition of 7-Year-Child Struck After Exiting School Bus in Charles County is Improving

UPDATE: Condition of 7-Year-Child Struck After Exiting School Bus in Charles County is Improving

UPDATE 1/2/2019: Skyla Shirriel, the 7-year-old, T.C. Martin Elementary School first-grader who was hit by a vehicle as she exited her school bus in November, is making terrific progress. She is able to walk with assistance and could read the names of her classmates on a gift she received from them. UPDATE: On Tuesday, November...
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St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Investigating Threat That Led to After-School Activities at Great Mills High School Being Cancelled

St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Investigating Threat That Led to After-School Activities at Great Mills High School Being Cancelled

After-school activities at Great Mills High School are cancelled on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018. At approximately 2:59 P.M. an anonymous call was received in the main office at Great Mills High School (GMHS). The caller informed office staff that he was on his way to carry out an act of violence. GMHS administration notified...
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Governor Larry Hogan Announces Over $3.5 Billion “Building Opportunity Fund” School Construction Initiative

Governor Larry Hogan Announces Over $3.5 Billion “Building Opportunity Fund” School Construction Initiative

Governor Larry Hogan announced a major initiative to make a historic investment in school construction projects across the state. Called the Building Opportunity Fund, the governor unveiled plans to submit legislation during the 2019 session of the Maryland General Assembly to provide $1.9 billion in new school construction funding over five years. This proposed new funding...
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Charles County public School Board Honors Exemplary Staff for Commitment to Children

Charles County public School Board Honors Exemplary Staff for Commitment to Children

The Board of Education at its December 11 meeting honored five Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) staff members for their dedication and commitment to teaching and learning, and for making a difference in the lives of students. Honored were Maggie Fitzgerald, a Spanish teacher at Piccowaxen Middle School; Eileen Holden, a third-grade teacher at...
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Deadline for High School Students to Dual Enroll for Spring Semester at College Southern Maryland is December15

Deadline for High School Students to Dual Enroll for Spring Semester at College Southern Maryland is December15

For recent high school graduate Hayley Tanner, 18, of Indian Head, her first fall semester as a full-time freshman at the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) was a little easier due in part, she said, because of her decision to be dual enrolled at CSM during her last year of high school. Tanner said...
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North Point It’s Academic team wins regional competition

North Point It’s Academic team wins regional competition

North Point High School’s It’s Academic team earned the top spot in the annual Charles County Public Schools competition held Dec. 5 at the school. The three-member team of Captain Adam Cullen, Andrew Fan and Amara Gammon won in the championship round with a score of 310 points against La Plata and St. Charles high schools....
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Weather Related Closings, Delays, and Information for Monday, December, 10, 2018

Weather Related Closings, Delays, and Information for Monday, December, 10, 2018

St. Mary’s County: St. Mary’s County Public Schools: All St. Mary’s County Public Schools will be closed on Monday, December 10, 2018. All St. Mary’s County Public Schools are closed for Monday, December 10, 2018, with a Code 2 for employees. Code 2 means that 10 and 11 month employees do not report to work....
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Gratitude, Thanks Extended to Student Veterans at College of Southern Maryland

Gratitude, Thanks Extended to Student Veterans at College of Southern Maryland

The panorama was reverent and festive as guests at the College of Southern Maryland’s (CSM) Annual Veterans Brunch drove one by one under a 20-by-30 American flag draped between the extended ladders of two local firetrucks. It was a fitting community welcome for the college’s veterans arriving to the Prince Frederick Campus to share...
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