Charles pub­lic schools to host Teacher Job Fair

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Charles County Pub­lic Schools (CCPS) is hold­ing its third teacher job fair from 9 a.m. to noon Wed­nes­day, Aug. 30 at the Jesse L. Starkey Ad­min­is­tra­tion Build­ing in La Plata. In­ter­ested teacher can­di­dates can reg­is­ter on­line at https://www.eventbrite. com/e/charles-county-public­schools-teacher-job-fair-tick­ets-37217688107.

Dur­ing the fair, can­di­dates will par­tic­i­pate in on-site in­ter­views. Can­di­dates should bring a copy of their re­sume and teach­ing cer­tifi­cate, if ap­pli­ca­ble. Min­i­mum re­quire­ments in­clude a bach­e­lor’s de­gree and can­di­dates must meet cer­ti­fi­ca­tion re­quire­ments as es­tab­lished by the Mary­land State De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion.

The Starkey build­ing is lo­cated at 5980 Ra­dio Sta­tion Road in La Plata. Can­di­dates should go to the school sys­tem web­site at http://www.ccboe. com/jobs/cur­ren­topen­ings. php?cat­e­gory=In­struc­tional to com­plete a job ap­pli­ca­tion.

NAACP to host com­mu­nity con­ver­sa­tion

The Charles County Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion for the Ad­vance­ment of Col­ored Peo­ple will pre­sent a town hall meet­ing, “A Com­mu­nity Con­ver­sa­tion: We Are One,” 7-9 p.m. Thurs­day, Aug. 31, at True Gospel Church Min­istry, 132 Small­wood Vil­lage Cen­ter, Waldorf. For more

The Costa Fish­ing League World­wide (FLW) Se­ries Tour­na­ment will be at Small­wood State Park, 2750 Swe­den Point Road, Mar­bury, from Thurs­day, Aug. 24, to Satur­day, Aug. 26. As many as 350 pros and co-an­glers will com­pete in the Costa FLW Se­ries North­ern Divi­sion fi­nale on the Po­tomac River.

An­glers will take off from the Small­wood State Park at 6:30 a.m. each day. Weigh-ins will be held at the park be­gin­ning at 2:30 p.m. each day. Take­offs and weigh-ins are free and open to the pub­lic.

The tour­na­ment, pre­sented by Plano, is the third and fi­nal reg­u­lar-sea­son event of 2017 sched­uled in the North­ern Divi­sion. Pros will be cast­ing for a top award of up to $40,000 cash and a new Ranger Z518C boat with a 200-horsepower Ev­in­rude out­board.

The Costa FLW Se­ries con­sists of five U.S. divi­sions — Cen­tral, North­ern, South­east­ern, South­west­ern and West­ern. Each divi­sion con­sists of three tour­na­ments with com­peti­tors vy­ing for valu­able points that could earn them the op­por­tu­nity to fish in the Costa FLW Se­ries Cham­pi­onship. The 2017 Costa FLW Se­ries Cham­pi­onship is be­ing held Nov. 2-4 on Ken­tucky Lake in Paris, Tenn.

For com­plete de­tails and up­dated in­for­ma­tion, go to www. FLWFish­

De­bris re­moval ser­vices of­fered for res­i­dents im­pacted by storm in Dentsville area

The De­part­ment of Pub­lic Works is pro­vid­ing sup­port to res­i­dents af­fected by the Mon­day, Aug. 21, storm event in the Dentsville area of the county. Veg­e­ta­tive de­bris re­moval is now avail­able through Tues­day, Sept. 5.

Home­own­ers are en­cour­aged to bring their limbs and branches to the side of the road to be re­moved by De­part­ment of Pub­lic Works staff. To par­tic­i­pate in this pro­gram and ar­range for pickup ser­vice, call 301-932-3440.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the county’s de­bris re­moval ef­forts, con­tact the De­part­ment of Pub­lic Works at 301-932-3440. Cit­i­zens with spe­cial needs may con­tact the Mary­land Re­lay Ser­vice at 711, or Re­lay Ser­vice TDD: 800-735-2258.

School un­paid meal charge guide­lines, pro­ce­dures up­dated

Charles County Pub­lic Schools (CCPS) has pro­ce­dures that guide how the school sys­tem han­dles un­paid meal ac­counts. Su­per­in­ten­dent’s Rule 3842 out­lines how the school sys­tem han­dles nega­tive meal ac­count bal­ances. The rule ap­plies only to stu­dents who pay full or re­duced prices for meals. The guide­lines do not ap­ply to chil­dren who re­ceive free meals from CCPS.

Par­ents/guardians are ex­pected to en­sure that their child’s meal ac­count is prop­erly funded. CCPS will first no­tify par­ents through email and voice­mail when a child’s ac­count is empty, or has a $0 bal­ance. Par­ents can sign up to use My Pay­ments Plus, an on­line pre­pay­ment sys­tem used by CCPS, to fund break­fast and lunch costs for their chil­dren.

Stu­dents with no money on their meal ac­counts re­ceive an ini­tial credit from CCPS and the amount varies de­pend­ing upon the grade level of the child. El­e­men­tary stu­dents re­ceive a $25 meal credit, mid­dle school stu­dents re­ceive a $15 meal credit, and high school stu­dents re­ceive a $10 meal credit.

Cred­its are given only for stu­dents who at­tempt to pur­chase meals and have no money on their ac­count. Once a stu­dent uses all of the credit, they will re­ceive an al­ter­nate main en­trée un­til their ac­count bal­ance is paid. Pay­ment of the ac­count in­cludes the credit given by the school sys­tem.

El­e­men­tary school stu­dents will re­ceive a cheese sand­wich as their main en­trée se­lec­tion un­til the ac­count is paid. Mid­dle and high school stu­dents will re­ceive a cheese sand­wich as their en­trée se­lec­tion for up to three school days. Once the stu­dent has re­ceived three al­ter­nate meals, no other meals will be served un­til the ac­count is paid.

CCPS no­ti­fies par­ents through email or voice­mail when meal ac­count bal­ances are nega­tive. Let­ters are sent home weekly with el­e­men­tary school stu­dents and monthly for mid­dle and high school stu­dents who have nega­tive ac­count bal­ances.

Al­ter­nate meals in­clude other items served with break­fast and lunch, such as fruit, a veg­etable and milk. Un­paid meal charges may be car­ried over at the end of a school year to the fol­low­ing school year. Stu­dents with delin­quent debt may be in­el­i­gi­ble to par­tic­i­pate in ex­tracur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing pro­mo­tional cer­e­monies, clubs, sports and other ac­tiv­i­ties.

CCPS will make rea­son­able ef­forts to col­lect un­paid meal charges clas­si­fied as delin­quent debt. Con­tact the Food and Nu­tri­tion Ser­vices De­part­ment at 301-392-5570 or

your child’s prin­ci­pal with ques­tions about al­ter­nate meals and un­paid meal bal­ances. Par­ents can sign up for My Pay­ments Plus at https://www2. my­pay­ wel­come. The Rule is posted on the CCPS web­site, un­der the par­ents sec­tion of the main menu, at

CCPS launches on­line in­te­grated grade­book, stu­dent in­for­ma­tion sys­tem

Charles County Pub­lic Schools (CCPS) is launch­ing a new on­line grade­book pro­gram this school year for par­ents, stu­dents and teach­ers to track aca­demic progress, at­ten­dance, class and locker as­sign­ments, test­ing data, home­work and more. The sys­tem is called YouVue and re­places the Ed­line grade­book as well as an ag­ing stu­dent in­for­ma­tion sys­tem used by CCPS for nearly 40 years. YouVue in­cludes par­ent ac­cess, called Par­en­tVUE, stu­dent ac­cess, or Stu­den­tVUE, and teacher ac­cess, called TeacherVUE.

CCPS is print­ing ac­count ac­ti­va­tion let­ters for each par­ent/guardian on file for all stu­dents. Par­ents must pick up their ac­count ac­ti­va­tion let­ter from their child’s school and pro­vide photo iden­ti­fi­ca­tion. Par­ents with two or more chil­dren at­tend­ing CCPS schools only need to pick up one ac­ti­va­tion let­ter.

Sev­eral schools are hold­ing ori­en­ta­tion events the week of Aug. 28 through Sept. 1. Par­ents can pick up their ac­count ac­ti­va­tion let­ters at ori­en­ta­tions. A list of ori­en­ta­tion dates and times, sep­a­rated by school, is posted at http:// schools-plan-ori­en­ta­tion­events-for-par­ents-stu­dents-2/.

Schools will also pro­vide ac­ti­va­tion let­ters at open houses planned for Septem­ber and Oc­to­ber. A list of open house dates and times is posted at pr/open-houses-planned­for-schools-cen­ters-2/. Schools will also cre­ate ad­di­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties for par­ents to pick up their ac­ti­va­tion let­ters.

Par­ents with more than one child en­rolled in CCPS only need one ac­count to ac­cess data for all of their chil­dren. Only par­ents with ed­u­ca­tional rights on file with CCPS will be able to ac­cess their child’s data in the new sys­tem.

Stu­dent record data, such as name, home ad­dress, school, grade level, class sched­ules and course his­tory will be live in the sys­tem on Aug. 29. The grade­book fea­ture of the sys­tem will be live for par­ent ac­cess in mid-Septem­ber. Teacher train­ing on the grade­book com­po­nent of the pro­gram be­gins this month and con­tin­ues af­ter the start of the school year.

Teach­ers and ad­min­is­tra­tors will also use the sys­tem to main­stream dis­ci­pline and health records, med­i­cal con­di­tions for stu­dents, and eli­gi­bil­ity for par­tic­i­pat­ing in ex­tracur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties. CCPS will up­date par­ents with a tar­get date for ac­cess­ing the grade­book func­tion of YouVue. Stu­dent ac­cess to the sys­tem will be avail­able at some point prior to the sec­ond se­mes­ter of the 2017-18 school year.

There are free apps in both the Ap­ple and An­droid stores. Search for Par­en­tVUE, Stu­den­tVUE or TeacherVUE by Edu­point Ed­u­ca­tional Sys­tems. The grade­book com­po­nent is also re­ferred to as Syn­ergy.

Grant to help de­fense com­pa­nies ex­plore mar­kets

The Mary­land De­part­ment of Com­merce is ex­pand­ing its pro­grams link­ing com­pa­nies in the state’s de­fense sec­tor with new busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties un­der a $1.76 mil­lion fed­eral grant. Awarded by the U.S. De­part­ment of De­fense’s Of­fice of Eco­nomic Ad­just­ment (OEA), the De­fense Di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion grant is de­signed to mit­i­gate po­ten­tial, ad­verse changes in fed­eral de­fense spend­ing and runs through the end of 2018.

The grant will broaden the ca­pa­bil­i­ties of the ex­ist­ing Mary­land De­fense Net­work, an on­line tool that con­nects Mary­land de­fense con­trac­tors with po­ten­tial new part­ners and clients so they can min­i­mize the risk posed by po­ten­tial de­fense bud­get cuts. The new funds will also be used to es­tab­lish the Mary­land De­fense Di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion As­sis­tance (MDDA) pro­gram, which will pro­vide el­i­gi­ble de­fense-de­pen­dent com­pa­nies with free train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and heav­ily-sub­si­dized con­sult­ing ser­vices as they ex­plore new com­mer­cial and in­ter­na­tional mar­kets.

In South­ern Mary­land Com­merce will work with Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s coun­ties, as well as lo­cal in­dus­try and naval re­search in­stal­la­tions, to fos­ter a more vi­brant in­no­va­tion econ­omy for ex­ist­ing busi­nesses and star­tups.

The OEA grant is the sec­ond phase of a twopart project aim­ing to make the state’s de­fense sec­tor health­ier and more sta­ble; the first phase in­cluded de­fense sup­ply-chain map­ping and as­sess­ing the im­pact of the state’s de­fense in­dus­try.

To im­ple­ment the sec­ond phase of the pro­gram, Mary­land Com­merce will part­ner with Tow­son Uni­ver­sity’s Re­gional Eco­nomic Stud­ies In­sti­tute and the Uni­ver­sity of Mary­land’s Robert H. Smith School of Busi­ness, as well as nu­mer­ous in­dus­try lead­ers, busi­ness groups and eco­nomic devel­op­ment or­ga­ni­za­tions.

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