Public schools Teacher Job Fair set for next week
Charles County Public Schools is holding a job fair for teachers next week. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, July 31, teachers can come to St. Charles High School in Waldorf to interview for teaching positions.
Job seekers should bring copies of their resume, and certified teachers should bring a copy of their teaching certificate. Candidates should dress to impress, as on-site interviews will be conducted.
For a list of job opportunities, go to www.ccboe.com/jobs/currentopenings.php?category=Instructional, or call 301-934-7255. St. Charles High School is at 5305 Piney Church Road.
Filer appointed to state EMS advisory role
Charles County Administrator Michael D. Mallinoff announced this week the appointment of John Filer, Charles County chief of EMS, to the Statewide Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council (SEMSAC) as the representative of the Metro Fire Chiefs. Members are appointed by the EMS Board with the approval of the governor.
SEMSAC is a 31 member body that advises and assists the State Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Board. SEMSAC is responsible for advising the State EMS Board on issues regarding the state EMS plan, finances and coordination of efforts to provide excellence in the delivery of emergency medical care within the State of Maryland.
The SEMSAC meets monthly in Baltimore. Filer will begin his role on Thursday, Sept. 7.
Hoyer announces annual app challenge
Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (DMd., 5th) has announced the launch of the fourth annual Congressional App Challenge for high school students in Maryland’s Fifth Congressional District.
Established by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2013, the Congressional App Competition is a nationwide event that invites students from all congressional districts to compete, either individually or in a group of up to four, by creating and presenting an original software application, or “app,” for a mobile, tablet or computer platform of their choice. The contest, modeled off the long-successful Congressional Art Competition, is designed to promote innovation and engagement in the STEM education fields.
“I am delighted to launch the fourth annual App Challenge, an exciting opportunity for students in the Fifth District to showcase their programming capabilities,” Hoyer said in a release. “The Congressional App Challenge is an excellent opportunity for students to get hands-on experience testing and building apps. With computer scientists in high demand in Maryland and across the country, we must do everything we can to encourage students to explore the field of computer science, and work to eliminate shortages of high quality candidates. I look forward to seeing the work produced by students in the Fifth District.”
The Congressional App Challenge is open to all high school students who live in or are eligible to attend public schools located in Maryland’s Fifth Congressional District. Students entering the competition must submit source code along with a YouTube or VIMEO video that explains and demonstrates their app and what they learned through the competition process.
The final deadline for submissions for the 2017 competition is Nov. 1. Students are encouraged to register and begin work on their projects as soon as possible. Students are also encouraged to chronicle their progress on social media using the hashtag #CAC17. The winning individual or team will be recognized at an awards ceremony with Hoyer, featured on Hoyer.House.gov and CongressionalAppChallenge.us, and the winning app will be placed on display in the U.S. Capitol alongside winners from across the country.
More details on registering, submitting a contest entry, the rules of the competition, and helpful programming resources can be found at CongressionalAppChallenge.us.
Charles named one of nation’s most digitally advanced
Charles County Administrator Michael D. Mallinoff announced this week that the Center for Digital Government (CDG) and the National Association of Counties (NACo) have selected Charles County as one of the nation’s most digitally advanced counties in the 150,000-249,999 population category, placing third. This is the Department of Fiscal and Administrative Services’ Information Technology Division’s 15th consecutive year as a recipient of this award.
The 2017 annual survey recognizes leading examples of counties using technology to improve services and boost efficiencies. The survey, conducted by CDG and its Digital Communities
program, in partnership with NACo, identifies best technology practices among U.S. counties. To be eligible for the award, a county must be a member of NACo. There are 3,069 NACo county members.
The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute focused on technology policy and best practices in state and local government. CDG is a division of e.Republic, the nation’s only media and research company focused exclusively on state and local government and education.
For more information about the Center for Digital Government, and to view the full list of winners, go to http://www.govtech.com/ dc/digital-counties/Digital-Counties-Survey-2017-Winners-Announced.html.
Household hazardous waste collection scheduled for Aug. 5
The Charles County Department
of Public Works would like to remind residents that the next household hazardous waste collection for this year will be held on Saturday, Aug. 5. The household hazardous waste collection site is located in the parking lot of the Department of Public Works building, located at 10430 Audie Lane, off of Radio Station Road in La Plata. Collection hours are 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Items accepted free of charge include: pesticides, herbicides, fertilizer, gasoline, oil-based paint, cleaning supplies, pool chemicals, fluorescent lights, mercury thermometers, and other poisons found in the home. Remember to mark any container that does not have a readable, original label.
Unacceptable materials include bio-medical waste (sharps, needles, anything with bodily fluids), latex paint, prescription drugs, and ammunition. Used motor oil, anti-freeze, propane tanks, and batteries are accepted on a regular basis at various collection sites. Go to www.charlescountymd.gov/HHW for a list of prescription and non-prescription medication dropped off locations.
Household hazardous waste collection occurs on the first Saturday of each month. Upcoming 2017 collection dates are: Aug. 5, Sept. 2, Oct. 7, Nov. 4 and Dec. 2.
For more information, call the Charles County Department of Public Works, Environmental Resources Division at 301-932-3599 or 301-870-2778, or the landfill and recycling information line at 301-932-5656. Citizens with special needs may contact the Mar yland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.
CSM offices to close early Aug. 18 for All-College Convocation
Classes and essential services will continue to operate on a normal schedule while all CSM administrative and faculty offices will close early on Aug. 18 for the college’s eighth annual All-College Convocation, starting at 11 a.m. for the Prince Frederick, Leonardtown and Regional Hughesville campuses and at 11:45 a.m. for the La Plata Campus. The fitness center and pool at the La Plata Campus
and fitness center at the Prince Frederick Campus will close at 11 a.m. The pool and fitness center at the Leonardtown Campus will remain open for normal operating hours. The St. Charles Children’s Learning Center will operate on a normal schedule. Access to online services, including registration, is available at www.csmd.edu through my.CSMD services. CSM’s faculty and staff come together at the convocation to collaborate on the upcoming academic year and recognize employee accomplishments. As part of the convocation, CSM employees are collecting jars of peanut butter that will be donated to food pantries in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties.
Maryland Legal Aid establishes Maryland Center for Legal Assistance as subsidiary
Maryland Legal Aid announces the creation of a wholly-owned subsidiary, the Maryland Center for Legal Assistance (MCLA). Through a contract with the Administrative
Office of the Courts, MCLA will operate the District Court Self-Help Resource Centers in Baltimore City, Glen Burnie, Upper Marlboro, Salisbury and the Maryland Courts Self-Help Center in Annapolis. While operation of the Self-Help Centers is the first MCLA activity, the work of MCLA may be expanded to include other legal services for low-income Marylanders.
The Self-Help Centers deal with a wide range of civil legal matters, including landlord-tenant, consumer matters such as debt collection and credit card cases, child support, and criminal record expungement to remove barriers to obtaining housing, employment, a license, and child custody. In 2016, more than 55,000 self-represented litigants were assisted through the Self-Help Centers.
MCLA is a separate legal entity which does not receive funding from the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) and operates in compliance with the program integrity regulations established by LSC (45 C.F.R. § 1610.8).
Go to www.mdcla.org for more information.