Mills Hired to help county establish nonprofit public charity

Vivian H. Mills

Decoding Dyslexia Maryland will host “Dyslexia Advocacy Day,” March 1 in Annapolis at Maryland Legislature, Lowe House Office Building, 6 Bladen St., Room 170.

Along with community partners, the day will lay the groundwork for legislative, regulatory and policy efforts to change the way teachers are trained to teach reading, especially to students who struggle. Parents, teachers and friends of dyslexia will gather from across the state to underscore why reading education for teachers and students must change.

More than 100 parents, students and community partners are registered to attend Dyslexia Advocacy Day. The morning program will reflect new developments in statewide dyslexia and reading policy and action, and the afternoon will be devoted to creating awareness of these efforts. Students and families attending each have a unique story they are willing to share — a story area and photo booth will be set up to capture these stories. To register, go to https://dyslexiaadvocacydayannapolis.eventbrite.com.

Naval Academy accepting applications for summer seminar

Applications are now being accepted through March 31 for the Naval Academy’s Summer Seminar.

Students have the opportunity to choose from three different sessions: June 4-June 9, June 11-16, and June 18-23.

The Naval Academy Summer Seminar is a fast-paced, six-day experience for high achievers who have completed their junior year in high school. Summer Seminar teaches students about life at the Naval Academy, where academics, athletics, and professional training play equally important roles in developing our nation’s leaders.

Summer Seminar accepts 2,550 students (850 for each of the three sessions) each year.

Tuition for Summer Seminar is $450 and covers room and board, as well as a variety of materials. Students should plan on bringing extra cash for snacks and souvenirs.

For more information about the Summer Seminar and the application process, go to www.usna.edu/Admissions/NASS/ or call 410-293-1858.

Naval testing this week may result in loud noise

The Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) will conduct range testing from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 24-26 that may produce loud noise in communities surrounding Naval Support Facility Dahlgren. Access to the Potomac River Middle Danger Zone — as described in 33 CFR 334.230 — will be restricted during testing. To preview NSWC Dahlgren’s range schedule, call the NSWC Dahlgren Range and Weapons Testing toll free hotline: 877-845-5656 or visit the Potomac River Test Range website: http://www.navsea.navy.mil/Home/WarfareCenters/NSWCDahlgren/NSWCDDRangeSchedule.aspx. For more information on NSWC Dahlgren’s range schedule, contact the Naval Support Activity South Potomac Public Affairs Office, (540) 653-8153.

Free health and human services directory available

The 2016 edition of the United Way of Charles County Health and Human Services is now ready. This directory is a comprehensive, current information and referral tool for professionals as well as the general public. Copies are being distributed at agency sites, libraries, schools, civic and fraternal organizations, medical and government offices, private practices and other points of public access.

Included again this year is a student service learning component. In partnership with the Charles County Public Schools, United Way of Charles County has identified approved host sites that provide volunteer opportunities to students needing to fulfill the student service learning requirement for graduation.

Any individual or organization wishing to obtain a free copy of this valuable reference is invited to stop by the United Way of Charles County office, 10250 La Plata Road between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. The directory is also available online at http://www.unitedwaycharles.org/sites/unitedwaycharles.oneeach.org/files//2016%20Directory.pdf for download.

These directories are being offered as a service of United Way of Charles County, in part through a grant from the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center. For more information, call Dayle Hadden at 301-609-4844 or e-mail dhadden@unitedwaycharles.org.

Mills hired to help county establish nonprofit public charity

The Charles County Commissioners recently hired Vivian H. Mills as a consultant who will help establish an independent, nonprofit public charity to administer grant funding to local agencies. Mills will devote the next four months to bringing the new organization into operation.

Mills will assist the county in incorporating a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization to operate as a public charity independent of Charles County Government. In this role, Mills’ responsibilities will include: recommending and implementing an organizational structure; establishing the process by which the organization will award grants for the Fiscal 2017 Budget; recruiting founding members for the board of directors; and filing required documents. In addition to serving as interim executive director, Mills will work with county administration to develop the executive director job description.

A leader in the nonprofit field for more than 40 years, Mills has extensive experience as a nonprofit volunteer and leader, including serving as the executive director for three national organizations. In the early 1990s, she established VHM Nonprofit Solutions, an independent nonprofit consulting firm providing a wide range of services to nonprofit organizations in Maryland and other states. More recently, she served on the staff of the Nonprofit Institute at the College of Southern Maryland. A longtime Charles County resident, Mills is a veteran nonprofit workshop presenter, a member of Maryland Nonprofits, and won recognition as a certified fund raising executive.

In January, the commissioners discussed the grants administration process and the need to establish a nonprofit public charity to replace the existing commissioner-appointed Grants Advisory Panel. On Feb. 9, the commissioners voted unanimously to dissolve the Grants Advisory Panel and move forward in a new direction.

Existing and prospective grant participants will be informed of anticipated dates for submitting applications (June 1-30).

CCPS kindergarten registration begins April 11

The registration process for the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) kindergarten program begins on April 11 at all Charles County public elementary schools. To be eligible for kindergarten for the 2016-17 school year, students must be 5 years old by Sept. 1.

Kindergarten registration for in-county students is conducted at the individual elementary schools. To find out what elementary school an address is zoned for, use the School Locator feature on the Charles County Public Schools website at www.ccboe.com. Some schools allow parents to make kindergarten registration appointments in advance. Call the child’s zoned school of attendance to ask about registration appointments.

All children entering Charles County Public Schools must have the following information:

  • A physical examination by a physician or a certified practitioner (physicals must be completed between nine months prior to and six months after entering school);
  • Proof of required immunizations against communicable diseases (the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene 896 form showing the required immunizations is available at any school);
  • The child’s birth certificate or other acceptable proof of birth (passport/visa; physician’s certificate; baptismal or church certification; hospital certificate; or birth registration). If the child was born in Maryland, a copy of his/her birth certificate can be purchased from the Charles County Department of Health, 301-609-6900; and
  • Two proofs of domicile (residency): deed, mortgage statement/bill or settlement papers (with appropriate signatures), current signed verifiable lease or rental agreement (with signatures of both parties), current utility bill (complete with name and address), completed Verification of Domicile form accompanied by two acceptable proofs of domicile for the owner/lessee of the property, property tax bill for domicile (not assessment), current pay check with name and address, property title record, current court document (with name, date, and home address), and current government issued documents that include name, date and home address such as documentation of benefits from the Social Security Administration. Call the department of student services at 301-934-7326 with questions about proofs of domicile.

For more information about the kindergarten registration process, visit the CCPS website at www.ccboe.com or contact the office of early childhood education at 301-934-7360.

Community Services spring GUIDE available March 2

The Charles County Department of Community Services spring edition of The GUIDE will be available March 2 online at www.CharlesCountyParks.com. The GUIDE is a convenient resource listing current activities offered by the Department of Community Services. The GUIDE features classes, trips, camps, programs, and amusement park discount tickets. Read the GUIDE to learn more about fun events, such as the Special Olympics, leisure classes, swim lessons, and sports programs.

Printed copies are available at local community centers, indoor pools, Elite Gymnastics and Recreation Center, and the Department of Community Services. Online registration for most programs is available.

For more information on other events and opportunities offered by the Dept. of Community Services, go to www.CharlesCountyMD.gov/CS or call 301-934-9305 or 301-870-3388. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 866-269-9006.