Education

Maurice J. McDonough High School Celebrates Class of 2021

Maurice J. McDonough High School Celebrates Class of 2021

The Class of 2021 from Maurice J. McDonough High School celebrated the closing of their high school career today during their official graduation ceremony. Held at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf, a total of 242 graduates crossed the stage and began their future as high school graduates. The outdoor ceremony may have started out...
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North Points Class of 2021 Celebrate Accomplishments in Graduation Ceremony

North Points Class of 2021 Celebrate Accomplishments in Graduation Ceremony

Today in a graduation ceremony filled with blue skies and sunshine, a total of 441 North Point High School seniors celebrated the accomplishments of the Eagle Class of 2021. The North Point graduating class earned a record number of scholarship offers totaling more than $46 million. North Point’s graduation was the last of seven...
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SMECO Awards Four Scholarships to High School Seniors

SMECO Awards Four Scholarships to High School Seniors

Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) has awarded four scholarships for 2021 to high school seniors who live in the Cooperative’s service area. Scholarships are based on the applicants’ scholastic achievement, financial need, and school and community involvement. SMECO has awarded scholarships to 116 students in the 29 years since beginning the program in 1993....
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Charles County Public Schools Celebrates Classes of 2021, Graduates Offered Over $157 Million in Scholarships

Charles County Public Schools Celebrates Classes of 2021, Graduates Offered Over $157 Million in Scholarships

The Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) Class of 2021 will be honored this week during outdoor graduation ceremonies set for May 28 and June 1-3 at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf. The Class of 2021 is the first graduating class to participate in outdoor graduation ceremonies at the stadium. In prior years, seniors graduated...
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Henry E. Lackey High School Celebrates Class of 2021

Henry E. Lackey High School Celebrates Class of 2021

The 238 members of Henry E. Lackey High School’s Class of 2021 celebrated their graduation on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, at Regency Furniture Stadium. Lackey’s ceremony is the third Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) graduation held at the stadium. In gowns of blue and white, graduates filed into the stadium, scanning the crowd to...
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Westlake Wolverine Class of 2021 Celebrate Accomplishments in Graduation Ceremony

Westlake Wolverine Class of 2021 Celebrate Accomplishments in Graduation Ceremony

The Westlake High School Class of 2021 celebrated their accomplishments today during their graduation ceremony held at Regency Furniture Stadium. Under clear blue skies, a total of 257 seniors took to the stadium field to receive their diplomas. Westlake’s ceremony is the second Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) graduation planned for the stadium. Dressed...
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Thomas Stone Cougar Class of 2021 Celebrates High Achievements and Successes in June 2 Ceremony

Thomas Stone Cougar Class of 2021 Celebrates High Achievements and Successes in June 2 Ceremony

The Thomas Stone High School Class of 2021 on June 2 celebrated its accomplishments and triumphs in the culmination of their senior year. The graduation class experienced a senior year unlike any other graduating class before. In an outdoor graduation ceremony held at Regency Furniture Stadium, 248 members of the Cougar Class of 2021...
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Southern Maryland Folklife Center Presents Southern Maryland Folklife Summer Workshops at St. Mary’s College of Maryland

Southern Maryland Folklife Center Presents Southern Maryland Folklife Summer Workshops at St. Mary’s College of Maryland

The Southern Maryland Folklife Center will present the first annual Southern Maryland Folklife Summer Workshops at St. Mary’s College of Maryland this June 23-25, 2021. Attendance registration is required by visiting https://www.somdfolklife.org/. During the three-day event, workshops will be offered celebrating and supporting community-based living cultural traditions of Southern Maryland. The workshops will culminate...
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Charles County Government Now Offering 2022 Outreach and Restoration Grant Funding Applications

Charles County Government Now Offering 2022 Outreach and Restoration Grant Funding Applications

Charles County Government, in partnership with the Chesapeake Bay Trust, is offering a 2022 Outreach and Restoration Grant Program. This grant program encourages residents to restore local green spaces, waterways, and natural resources through community engagement activities, and on-the-ground restoration projects that increase knowledge, change behavior, and accelerate stewardship of natural resources. The deadline...
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Governor Hogan Announces Additional Legislative Actions

Governor Hogan Announces Additional Legislative Actions

Governor Larry Hogan announced in letters to General Assembly leaders that, in accordance with Article II, Section 17 of the Maryland Constitution, he has vetoed the following legislation passed during the 2021 legislative session: HB 1322 – Primary and Secondary Education – School Personnel Not Returning to In-Person Instruction and Work – Accommodations and...
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Charles County Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition on Saturday, June 5, 2021 in La Plata

Charles County Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition on Saturday, June 5, 2021 in La Plata

The competition, which will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 5, 2021, will be held at Christ Church, 112 Charles Street in La Plata, MD.  This year’s seven contestants will perform a recital before a distinguished panel of judges. The judges this year are Jody Gatwood, Professor Emeritus, The Catholic University of America...
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Charles County Public Schools Updates Plan for Graduation of 2021 Class

Charles County Public Schools Updates Plan for Graduation of 2021 Class

Elements in the plans have evolved for Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) high school graduations on May 28 through June 3 at Regency Furniture Stadium. As of May 20, students will receive five guest tickets to graduation, along with two parking passes. One parking pass is for a space at the stadium, the other...
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CSM Commemorates 62nd Spring Commencement During May 14 Virtual Graduation Ceremony and Watch Party

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) celebrated 466 candidates for 480 associate degrees and 271 certificates during its 62nd Spring Commencement Ceremony, held May 14. The 2021 graduating class earned several exceptional characteristics, including having spent their last academic year participating in distance learning with limited in-person instruction. While the 2021 CSM graduates turned...
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CSM Pinning Ceremony Celebrates 67 Nursing Graduates as Part of 2021 Commencement Activities

CSM Pinning Ceremony Celebrates 67 Nursing Graduates as Part of 2021 Commencement Activities

The Spring 2021 College of Southern Maryland’s (CSM) 67 nursing candidates for graduation celebrated their achievements May 12 when they attended their nursing recognition and pinning ceremony. It is a time-honored ceremony that has CSM faculty welcoming their students as peers and colleagues in the field of nursing. Like much of their last year...
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Charles County Public Schools Partner with Sheriff’s Office to Provide 2021 Summer Camps

Charles County Public Schools Partner with Sheriff’s Office to Provide 2021 Summer Camps

Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is partnering with the Charles County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) to provide summer camp for students. The camps are run by CCPS School Resource Officers, include lunch and are free for students. Space is limited and registration is required. The following are available camps. Space is limited and parents must...
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Threat of School Shooting at Leonardtown Middle School Deemed Non-Credible

Threat of School Shooting at Leonardtown Middle School Deemed Non-Credible

SMNEWSNET.COM will not be posting a copy of the threat or providing links to it, and ask that the public stop sharing the threat online. The following email was sent to parents of students of Leonardtown Middle School. May 16, 2021 Dear Leonardtown Middle School Families, We have been made aware of a threat...
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St. Mary’s County Public Schools Partner with Health Department on High School Prom Activities

St. Mary’s County Public Schools Partner with Health Department on High School Prom Activities

On May 15, 2021, St. Mary’s County Public Schools (SMCPS), in partnership with St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD), will provide support to all prom events scheduled for SMCPS High Schools. In addition to precautions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, prom events will include activities to address young driver safety. Students will also have...
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Charles County Youth Orchestra Celebrates Graduating Seniors on Saturday, May 21, 2021

Charles County Youth Orchestra Celebrates Graduating Seniors on Saturday, May 21, 2021

The Charles County Youth Orchestra proudly announces that its graduating Seniors will attend some of the top colleges in the U.S. and the world this fall. The senior members of the orchestra Evangeline Gilmer, Ella Gerstman, Kyle Anderson, Areini Partis and Autumn Smith will be honored at an outdoor concert on Saturday, May 21,...
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Brendan Sailing Receives $20,000 Grant from the Kathy and Jerry Wood Foundation

Brendan Sailing Receives $20,000 Grant from the Kathy and Jerry Wood Foundation

Brendan Sailing is pleased to announce it has been awarded a $20,000 grant from The Kathy and Jerry Wood Foundation.   This grant will support camper scholarships for youth for this summer and beyond who would otherwise not have these opportunities. The cost to provide specially tailored, educational and growth opportunities to LD students continues...
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VIDEO: Calvert County Public Schools Announce Teacher of the Year and Educational Support Professional of the Year, and Give Both a New Car!

VIDEO: Calvert County Public Schools Announce Teacher of the Year and Educational Support Professional of the Year, and Give Both a New Car!

Congratulations to Jennifer Rachic, Calvert County Public Schools Teacher of the Year, and James Johnson, Educational Support Professional of the Year. The winners were announced during live- streamed surprise visits to each school. Dr. Daniel D. Curry, Superintendent, said, “Mrs. Rachic and Mr. Johnson are outstanding examples of the fine teachers and support staff...
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New School-Based Health Centers in St. Mary’s County Recognized by State Commission and Awarded $650,000 Grant to Address Health Equity

New School-Based Health Centers in St. Mary’s County Recognized by State Commission and Awarded $650,000 Grant to Address Health Equity

The St. Mary’s County Equity Task Force is pleased to announce official state recognition of the two new school-based health centers (SBHCs) in the county, as well as a $650,000 grant awarded to the St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD) to support clinical service delivery at the SBHCs. Following a review of operational plans...
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Charles County Last Day of School for Students is Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Charles County Last Day of School for Students is Wednesday, June 16, 2021

The last day of school for Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students for the 2020-21 school year is Wednesday, June 16. The last day of school for teachers is Thursday, June 17. The following is the end-of-year schedule for students. Friday, June 11: two-hour early dismissal for all students (in-person and virtual/report card preparation time...
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Construction of CSM’s New Center for Health Sciences Building Now Underway at Regional Hughesville Campus

Construction of CSM’s New Center for Health Sciences Building Now Underway at Regional Hughesville Campus

Construction of the College of Southern Maryland’s (CSM) new Center for Health Sciences building is underway at the college’s Regional Hughesville Campus. Construction is currently on track for completion in fall 2022. The Center for Health Sciences will be the second building on CSM’s Regional Hughesville Campus and will serve as a central, convenient...
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PHOTOS: Governor Hogan Celebrates Groundbreaking of Charles County Broadband Expansion Project

PHOTOS: Governor Hogan Celebrates Groundbreaking of Charles County Broadband Expansion Project

Governor Larry Hogan celebrated the groundbreaking of a major $6 million broadband expansion project to provide high-speed internet service to approximately 1,400 residents of Nanjemoy and Cobb Neck in Charles County. “The sudden shift to teleworking, telehealth, and distance learning that we have seen over the past year during the COVID-19 pandemic has further...
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Charles County Board of Education Approves First Charter School in Charles County

Charles County Board of Education Approves First Charter School in Charles County

The Board of Education voted on April 26 to approve the first charter school in Charles County. The Phoenix International School of the Arts (PISOTA) will open in the 2022-2023 school year as a middle school serving Grades 6-7 and expand the following year to include Grades 6-8. Located in Waldorf, the school will...
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