Education

Governor Hogan Statement on State Board of Education Vote to Require Full In-Person Learning for 2021-22 School Year

Governor Hogan Statement on State Board of Education Vote to Require Full In-Person Learning for 2021-22 School Year

Governor Larry Hogan issued the following statement welcoming the Maryland State Board of Education’s unanimous vote requiring Maryland school systems to offer full in-person learning for the 2021-22 school year: “The science supports getting our children back into school for in-person learning, and every student in Maryland should have that opportunity right now. To...
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St. Mary’s County April 27, 2021 Commissioner Meeting Rollup

St. Mary’s County April 27, 2021 Commissioner Meeting Rollup

The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County held their regular business meeting Tuesday, April 27, 2021, in the Chesapeake Building in Leonardtown. The Commissioners recognized important milestones and initiatives by presenting Proclamations for Community College Month, National Law Day, National Travel and Tourism Week and National Afterschool Professionals Week. The Commissioners also recognized the opening...
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CSM’s Robotics Team, the Talons, Are Back in Business at Skills Tournament

CSM’s Robotics Team, the Talons, Are Back in Business at Skills Tournament

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) competitive robotics team – the Talons –participated in the University of Nebraska – Lincoln Inaugural Remote Skills Event April 16-17. The Talons were one of 13 colleges in the national weekend tournament which was Nebraska’s first remote, skills-only VEX U event, hosted by UNL’s VEX U team. The...
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State Association Names Wade School Counselor as Maryland Elementary School Counselor of the Year

State Association Names Wade School Counselor as Maryland Elementary School Counselor of the Year

Constance Johnson, a school counselor at William B. Wade Elementary School, was recently named the Elementary School Counselor of the Year by the Maryland School Counselor Association. When Johnson started with Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) in 2014, she split her time between Wade and C. Paul Barnhart Elementary School before beginning at Wade...
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Triumph / Mid Atlantic Development Begin Renovation on Additional Property in Southern Maryland

Triumph / Mid Atlantic Development Begin Renovation on Additional Property in Southern Maryland

Triumph/ Mid Atlantic Development received permits to proceed with the build-out of its second property within the Town of Indian Head.  The group’s first project was the Velocity Center which is conveniently located directly across Route 210.  This second project, which is the site of the previously shuttered SuperFresh and CVS Pharmacy, was acquired...
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Charles County Public Schools Beginning Phase 4 of Reopening Plan on Monday, April 19, 2021

Charles County Public Schools Beginning Phase 4 of Reopening Plan on Monday, April 19, 2021

Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) begins Phase 4 of its reopening plan on Monday, April 19. Under Phase 4, more than 5,800 additional students return to their schools for in-person learning. Phase 4 includes students in prekindergarten through Grade 12 and a rotating schedule of two days of in-person instruction each week. Phase 4...
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St. Mary’s County Public Schools Releases Statement Following Death of Leonardtown High School Student Peyton Ham

St. Mary’s County Public Schools Releases Statement Following Death of Leonardtown High School Student Peyton Ham

The St. Mary’s County Public Schools released the following statement. “On April 13, 2021, at approximately 1:30 p.m., St. Mary’s County Public Schools was informed of an officer-involved shooting in Leonardtown. It was later reported that the shooting resulted in the death of a 16-year-old male, identified as Peyton Alexander Ham, a sophomore at...
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The American Jobs Plan and The Need for Action in Maryland

The American Jobs Plan and The Need for Action in Maryland

The Need for Action in Maryland; For decades, infrastructure in Maryland has suffered from a systemic lack of investment. The need for action is clear, Maryland’s infrastructure received a C grade on its Infrastructure Report Card. The American Jobs Plan will make a historic investment in our nation’s infrastructure. ROADS AND BRIDGES: In Maryland there...
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Calvert County Public Schools Confirm Graduation Dates and Plans for Full Opening in the Fall

Calvert County Public Schools Confirm Graduation Dates and Plans for Full Opening in the Fall

Calvert County Public Schools (CCPS) is moving forward with plans to close the 2020-2021 school year with celebratory graduation ceremonies and to open the 2021-2022 school year with virtual and in-person options for families. High school graduations will be held on June 2 and 3 as originally planned. Calvert High School and Northern High...
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Charles County Public Schools Free Meal Hours to Change Starting Monday, April 19, 2021

Charles County Public Schools Free Meal Hours to Change Starting Monday, April 19, 2021

Free Meals for ALL Charles County children ages 2 to 18 Parents must have proof of their child’s age if the child is not present at meal pickup. Please check each meal bag for food items that may cause a dietary or allergy issues. Curbside Hours:   10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.  Weekend meals can be...
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Verizon Recalls 2.5 Million Ellipsis Jetpack Mobile Hotspots Imported by Franklin Wireless Due to Fire and Burn Hazards

Verizon Recalls 2.5 Million Ellipsis Jetpack Mobile Hotspots Imported by Franklin Wireless Due to Fire and Burn Hazards

Description: This recall involves Ellipsis Jetpack mobile hotspots imported by Franklin Wireless Corp. The recalled Jetpacks are dark navy plastic oval devices that are about 3.5 inches wide and 2.25 inches tall. “verizon” is printed below the digital display window on the front of the device. The charger provided with the recalled Jetpacks has...
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Live Virtual Announcement: Joint COVID-19 Vaccination Initiatives for St. Mary’s County

Live Virtual Announcement: Joint COVID-19 Vaccination Initiatives for St. Mary’s County

The Office of Delegate Brian Crosby, Safeway, Inc., the St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD), and St. Mary’s County Public Schools (SMCPS) will host a live virtual announcement to inform the community about joint vaccination initiatives for St. Mary’s County. WHO:      Delegate Brian Crosby, Safeway, Inc., SMCHD and SMCPS WHEN:    Monday, April 12,...
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Washington Teacher’s Union President Killed in Double Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision in Prince George’s County, Maryland State Police Investigating

Washington Teacher’s Union President Killed in Double Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision in Prince George’s County, Maryland State Police Investigating

On Sunday, April 4, 2021, at approximately 10:24 p.m., police responded to the area of Maryland Route 301 and Harbor Way in Bowie, for the reported motor vehicle collision. Troopers from the Maryland State Police Forestville Barrack arrived on the scene to find two vehicles involved. Preliminary investigation revealed Elizabeth “Liz” Davis, 70, was...
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Maryland Art Education Association (MAEA) Recognizes Five Charles County Art Teachers as Outstanding Educators

Maryland Art Education Association (MAEA) Recognizes Five Charles County Art Teachers as Outstanding Educators

Five Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) art teachers were recently recognized by the Maryland Art Education Association (MAEA) as outstanding educators. The association named three teachers as CCPS Career Art Educators of the Year. They are Kristina Blakeslee of Maurice J. McDonough High School; Christine Chinault of Malcolm Elementary School; and Gayle Kraus of...
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Maryland Regional Junior High School Symposium (JSHS) winners

Maryland Regional Junior High School Symposium (JSHS) winners

The Patuxent Partnership (TPP) and our partners the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD), and St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) are pleased to announce that that the virtual MD Regional JSHS competition on March 15th & 16th, 2021 has been completed and the winners have been announced. We would like to congratulate...
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Charles County Public Schools Seniors Electrical Apprentice Program, Applications Open on March 30, 2021

Charles County Public Schools Seniors Electrical Apprentice Program, Applications Open on March 30, 2021

Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) has partnered with Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) Chesapeake to provide rising seniors with an opportunity to complete an electrical apprenticeship program. The program begins for accepted students this summer with on-the-job training, and a split training and class schedule for the 2021-22 school year. The program includes 450 paid...
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Charles County Public School Announces No High School Proms to be Held in 2021

Charles County Public School Announces No High School Proms to be Held in 2021

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) will not hold traditional high school proms or senior formals this school year. High school prom dates are identified annually in the Parent Handbook/Calendar, but are subject to change. A committee of CCPS staff and administrators considered ways to alter the traditional prom to meet...
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CSM’s Business Administration Degree and Allied Health Program Earn Top Ranking in the U.S.

CSM’s Business Administration Degree and Allied Health Program Earn Top Ranking in the U.S.

College of Southern Maryland (CSM) has been awarded top ranking status for its Associate of Science in Business Administration Degree and Allied Health programs by Intelligent.com. CSM was listed among thousands of public institutions in the nation, and the comprehensive research guide is based on an assessment of 2,277 accredited colleges and universities. Each...
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Charles County Speed Camera Program Week of March 23, to April 1, 2021

Charles County Speed Camera Program Week of March 23, to April 1, 2021

The Speed Camera Program will operate at schools that are open and or for those dispensing meals and educational supplies for our students. Please drive responsibly, especially when traveling in the area of these schools. Speed cameras are at the following locations for the week of Tuesday, March 23, 2021, to Monday, April 1,...
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Historic St. Mary’s City Archaeologist Discovers Location Of 1634 St. Mary’s Fort, Maryland’s Original English Settlement, and the Fourth Oldest English Colony in North America

Historic St. Mary’s City Archaeologist Discovers Location Of 1634 St. Mary’s Fort, Maryland’s Original English Settlement, and the Fourth Oldest English Colony in North America

Historic St. Mary’s City announces that Dr. Travis Parno, Director of Research and Collections for Historic St. Mary’s City and his team have located the site of the original St. Mary’s Fort, the 1634 palisaded fort erected by the first wave of European settlers who founded Maryland. The site, which spans an area approximately...
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Charles County Public Schools to Host High School Graduation Ceremonies Outdoors at Regency Furniture Stadium

Charles County Public Schools to Host High School Graduation Ceremonies Outdoors at Regency Furniture Stadium

Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) will celebrate the Class of 2021 during in-person graduation ceremonies at Regency Furniture Stadium this spring. Set for May 28 through June 3, CCPS has partnered with Regency Furniture Stadium and the Charles County Government to provide the nearly 2,100 graduating seniors with the ability to celebrate in person....
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Senator Reilly Introduces Bill to Allow Virtual Public School in Maryland

Senator Reilly Introduces Bill to Allow Virtual Public School in Maryland

Senator Edward R. Reilly (R-Anne Arundel) has introduced Primary and Secondary Education – Virtual Schools – Alterations (S.B. 941), a bill that would provide Maryland families with the opportunity to choose a tuition-free, full-time online public school option for their children. “COVID-19 has disrupted all of our lives in innumerable ways over the past...
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Charles County Public Schools Reopening on Monday, March 22, 2021: Police Urge Citizens to Slow Down and Stay Alert!

Charles County Public Schools Reopening on Monday, March 22, 2021: Police Urge Citizens to Slow Down and Stay Alert!

The Charles County Sheriff’s Office reminds our citizens that the Phase 2 of reopening for Charles County Public Schools begins on Monday, March 22, 2021! Please slow down and stay alert. Watch for stopped school buses, as well as children and crossing guards. Let’s make sure the rest of the school year is safe...
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Protecting Your Home From Fires: Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCIs)

Protecting Your Home From Fires: Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCIs)

According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), home fires are more deadly and costly than ever. While the number of total fires and fire injuries are decreasing, property damage and fire deaths are on the rise. An arc fault is a dangerous electrical problem caused by damaged, overheated, or stressed electrical wiring or...
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St. Mary’s County Public High Schools Announce Increased Capacity for Athletic Events

St. Mary’s County Public High Schools Announce Increased Capacity for Athletic Events

St. Mary’s County Public High Schools (SMCPS) will be modifying capacity at athletic events based on Governor Hogan’s Executive Order No. 21-03-09-01. SMCPS facility capacity will be capped at 50% but will remain subject to the physical distancing requirements as ordered by the Governor. The capacity limits for each high school stadium field based...
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