News Release, Charles County Public Schools

The Board of Education at its Jan. 14 meeting presented four resolutions to Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students and staff. The Board votes annually to accept resolutions. The following resolutions were presented.

  • Black History Month;
  • Career and Technology Education (CTE) Month;
  • Gifted and Talented Education Month; and
  • National School Counseling Week.

The school system celebrates Black History Month annually in February. The 2020 theme is African Americans and the Vote. Throughout the school year, as well as Black History Month, CCPS works to improve minority achievement in schools with a goal of eliminating achievement gaps. Black History Month activities focus on infusing African American history into classroom lessons, learning activities, events and more. Black History Month also highlights CCPS’ commitment to its 10 established minority achievement requirements. At the meeting, Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer Elementary School fifth-graders Bryce Johnson, Christian Roberts, and Jakyra Washington accepted the resolution from Board Member Elizabeth Brown.

The Association for Career and Technology Education recognizes February as Career and Technology Education Month. CCPS highlights its career and technical education (CTE) programs annually in February to emphasize the importance of the development of skills and leadership among students. CTE programs teach students skills and provide training for trades and specialized industries, as well as certifications required to enter the workforce. All Charles County public high schools, as well as the Robert D. Stethem Educational Center, have specialized CTE programs for students. CTE programs also provide students with leadership opportunities within their specialized programs. Accepting the resolution at the Board meeting were students enrolled in CCPS CTE programs, as well as CTE teachers. Attending the meeting to represent CTE were Toyd Green, automotive technician teacher, Robert D. Stethem Educational Center; Parker Stonesifer, La Plata High School senior; Terence Stone, computer science teacher, St. Charles High School; Amir Heflin, St. Charles senior; Melody Stahl, cybersecurity teacher, North Point High School; and Sydney Johnson, North Point junior. Board Member Tajala Battle-Lockhart presented the resolution on behalf of the Board.

Gifted and Talented Education Month is celebrated annually in February, and highlights opportunities for students who demonstrate outstanding levels of achievement. Gifted and talented students are defined as those who demonstrate outstanding talent and perform or show the potential to perform at remarkably higher levels than their peers. Accepting the resolution at the meeting were Christina Trest, learning resource teacher from General Smallwood Middle School; Stacey Durham, learning resource teacher from William B. Wade Elementary School; Charna Brooks, learning resource teacher at J.C. Parks Elementary School; and Indian Head Elementary School fifth-graders Genesis Rodriguez-Batalla and Sanya Sitoula. Board Member Michael Lukas presented the resolution.

CCPS recognizes National School Counseling Week annually in February. For 2020, National School Counseling Week is Feb. 3-7. During the week, school counselors are recognized for the role they have in helping students plan for their future, achieve personal success and work toward academic achievement. School counselors work throughout the school year to help students focus on academic, career and social/emotional development so they achieve success in school and are prepared to graduate. The American School Counselor Association sponsors National School Counseling Week annually. Accepting the resolution at the meeting were two CCPS school counselors, Sara Brewer from Maurice J. McDonough High School, and Constance Johnson from Wade. Board Vice-Chairman Latina Wilson presented the resolution.

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