Education

Career and Technology Students Advance to State Competition

Career and Technology Students Advance to State Competition

Twenty-seven Charles County Public Schools students advance to the state Skills USA competition after placing at the regional event held Feb. 4 at the Calvert County Career Center. The state event is scheduled for May 5 at the Center of Applied Technology North, located in Anne Arundel County. The Skills USA regional competition is...
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High School Piano Competition Placed on Hold

High School Piano Competition Placed on Hold

The fourth annual Southern Maryland Piano Competition to be held April 28 and 29 at the College of Southern Maryland’s Prince Frederick Campus has been canceled due to low enrollment. “We are disappointed with having to postpone this year’s competition, but we are eager to re-build this high-level juried competition and are looking to...
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Ryken Mourns the Loss of Campus Minister, Teacher Patrick Farrell

Ryken Mourns the Loss of Campus Minister, Teacher Patrick Farrell

*** St. Mary’s Ryken President Hurlburt and Principal Wood issued the following statement in regards to the sudden passing of Campus Minister and Teacher Patrick Farrell: Dear St. Mary’s Ryken School Community, With great sadness, our school community lost a valuable member today with the sudden death of our dear friend, Campus Minister and teacher, Mr....
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Westlake Senior is Finalist in National Achievement Program

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) recently named Felicia Dillard, a Westlake High School senior, as a finalist in the National Achievement Scholarship Program. As one of more than 800 national finalists, Dillard will receive a one-time $2,500 scholarship award. Dillard was selected as an award finalist from a nationwide pool of more than...
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Commissioners Recognize Catholic School Week

Commissioners Recognize Catholic School Week

On Tuesday, January 31, the Charles County Commissioners issued a proclamation recognizing Catholic Schools Week from January 29th through February 5th. Catholic schools in Charles County, and across the nation, are celebrating Catholic Schools Week.   The celebration includes the theme, “Catholic Schools: Faith. Academics. Service.”. The Archdiocese of Washington has three Catholic elementary schools...
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Two Teachers Earn National Board Certification

Two Teachers Earn National Board Certification

Two Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) teachers recently joined the ranks of accomplished teachers nationwide who achieved national certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). The teachers – Marcie Jett and Cary Smith – completed a yearlong performance-based assessment series to become National Board Certified Teachers, according to a December release...
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“Oscar and Olive Osprey: A Family Takes Flight”

“Oscar and Olive Osprey: A Family Takes Flight”

Sunday Conversations is a great opportunity to discover new books and meet local authors with topics of interest in and around the Chesapeake Bay. Janie Suss will present “Oscar and Olive Osprey: A Family Takes Flight” on Sunday, February 19 at 2:00 p.m. in the museum lounge. Nature lovers of all ages will enjoy...
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PEM Talks Continue at CMM

PEM Talks Continue at CMM

The Calvert Marine Museum’s PEM Talks offer thoughtful discourse on the museum’s three themes: Paleontology, the Estuarine Environment, and Maritime History in an atmosphere of intellectual curiosity and discovery. The 2011-2012 series, Lost Landmarks, has provided a fascinating glimpse into Southern Maryland’s past and the evidence of that past that marks the landscape. Early...
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Delegate Bohanan Announces Available Scholarships

Delegate Bohanan Announces Available Scholarships

Delegate John L. Bohanan, Jr. is seeking applicants for Maryland Delegate Scholarship awards for the 2012-2013 school year. Successful applicants must be pursuing an academic program beyond high school and either attend or plan to enter a Maryland college or university in the fall. Full or part-time students may qualify for the awards. Applicants...
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Arts Council of Calvert County Announces Arts in Education Grants

Arts Council of Calvert County Announces Arts in Education Grants

The Arts Council of Calvert County is now accepting applications for FY2013 Arts in Education Grants.  These Grants, available for Arts Programs in Calvert County Public and Private Schools, are made possible by the Maryland State Arts Council as well as the Arts Council of Calvert County. In each of the past two years,...
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Kindergarten Registration to be Held

Kindergarten Registration to be Held

The St. Mary’s County Public School System is pleased to announce that registration will begin on April 11, 2012, for children entering kindergarten for the 2012 – 2013 school year.  Under current Maryland law, kindergarten attendance is mandatory for all children who will be five years old on or before September 1, 2012.  Parent(s)/Guardian(s)...
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Forrest Center to Host 13th Annual Tech Expo

Forrest Center to Host 13th Annual Tech Expo

The Dr. James A. Forrest Career & Technology Center will host its thirteenth annual Forrest Tech Center Expo, Thursday, February 9, 2012, 5:30-8:00 p.m., at the school site located at 24005 Point Lookout Road, directly across from the St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds in Leonardtown, Maryland. The purpose of the Forrest Tech Center Expo is...
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School Closing Text Messages

School Closing Text Messages

Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is using a new notification system that allows parents to sign up to receive e-mails and/or text messages when schools are closed, delayed or closing early due to inclement weather. The Charles County Citizen Notification System (CNS) is a free service that allows citizens to receive timely notifications about...
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CSM Appoints Foundation Board Members

CSM Appoints Foundation Board Members

The College of Southern Maryland Foundation has announced the addition of Michelle Aughinbaugh, Eric Bailey and Christine M. Rush to the foundation board of directors. Jay Lilly has been selected chair of the foundation board of directors. A resident of Charles County and an alum of CSM from the Class of 1975, Lilly has served on the...
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Schools Honored for Gifted and Talented Programs

Schools Honored for Gifted and Talented Programs

Two Charles County public elementary schools – Dr. James Craik and William B. Wade – were recently named recipients of the Maryland Excellence in Gifted and Talented Education (EGATE) award. The recognition program honors elementary, middle and high schools that offer gifted and talented programs that model excellence and focus on improving levels of...
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Rising 6th and 9th Graders Must Submit Residency Information

Rising 6th and 9th Graders Must Submit Residency Information

Charles County Public Schools requires all students entering the sixth and ninth grades to provide two current proofs of residency as a way to update school system records. Students entering the sixth and ninth grades are not officially registered for next year’s classes until the proofs of residency are received. Acceptable proofs of residency...
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Old Line Bank Sponsors the Arts at CSM

Old Line Bank Sponsors the Arts at CSM

Old Line Bank presents CSM with a sponsorship donation of $10,000 in in support of the CSM Arts 2011-12 season. From left are Old Line Bank Chief Executive Officer, President and Director Jim Cornelsen, Old Line Bank Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer Christine M. Rush, CSM President Dr. Brad Gottfried and CSM Vice...
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Ryken’s Robotics Team Captures Prestigious Design Award

Ryken’s Robotics Team Captures Prestigious Design Award

The St. Mary’s Ryken First Tech Challenge (FTC) robotics team brought home the prestigious PTC Design Award from the FTC qualifying round of competition on January 21, 2012, in Aberdeen, Md. The design award recognizes the team with the most compelling functional, aesthetic and industrial design elements incorporated into their robot. To win the...
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SoMd Higher Ed to Host International Film Festival

SoMd Higher Ed to Host International Film Festival

Bridges to the World Fourth Annual International Film Series Presents Five Films and Five Venues World Artists Experiences and the International Division of Maryland’s Office of the Secretary of State, in conjunction with Frostburg University, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, Salisbury University, and Towson University, invite the public...
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Navy Housing Site to Provide Future Athletic Field Space

Navy Housing Site to Provide Future Athletic Field Space

Vacant Navy housing near La Plata High School has been demolished, making way for future athletic fields and parking lots for students. In November, the Interagency Committee on School Construction (IAC) approved the acquisition of the 19-acre site by Charles County Public Schools from the Federal Government and Southern Maryland Tri-County Community Action. The...
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Charles County School Activities Canceled for 1/21

Charles County School Activities Canceled for 1/21

Due to inclement weather forecasts, all Charles County Public Schools activities scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 21, have been canceled. Stay with Southern Maryland News Net for continuous weather coverage, closings and delays.
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Schools Announce Science Fair Dates

Schools Announce Science Fair Dates

The annual Charles County Public Schools Science Fair is March 2-3 at La Plata High School. Student participants can drop off their projects on March 2, and judging begins at 9 a.m. on March 3. An awards ceremony will be held March 3 at 5 p.m. Before participating at the county science fair, students...
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Board of Ed Seeks Input to Budget

Board of Ed Seeks Input to Budget

The Board of Education of St. Mary’s County seeks public input in preparation for the development of the 2012-2013 (Fiscal Year 2013) operating budget for St. Mary’s County Public Schools (SMCPS). SMCPS employees and community members are invited to participate in this Budget Forum on Wednesday, February 1, 2012, 6:00 p.m., in the Board...
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Poetry Out Loud County Competition at CalvArt Gallery on Jan. 24

Poetry Out Loud County Competition at CalvArt Gallery on Jan. 24

On January 24, 2012 at 4:00 p.m., winners from the four high schools in Calvert County will compete in the County Level Competition of the Poetry Out Loud Competition at CalvArt Gallery, 110 S. Solomons Island Road in Prince Frederick.  Contestants from Calvert High School, Huntingtown High School, Northern High School and Patuxent High...
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“To Live Enslaved” at Sotterley

“To Live Enslaved” at Sotterley

In honor of Black History Month, Sotterley Plantation is pleased to offer the second of four presentations of the 2nd Saturday Series entitled, “To Live Enslaved.” These specialty tours will run on Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. Slavery was a part of Sotterley’s history from the turn of the 18th...
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