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  • Rivera-Figueroa shares memories from his work as a teacher, assistant principal and principal. He now recruits bilingual educators to serve the growing Latino enrollment.

    Conversations on Culture: Evolving to Serve a Growing Hispanic Student Community

    September 20, 2018

    As the school system’s Diversity Recruitment Executive Coordinator, Tomas Rivera-Figueroa oversees the recruitment and hiring of Latino educators to serve our fast-growing Hispanic population – work that comes full circle with his own children’s success.

    Hispanics compose 17 percent of Prince George’s County residents, yet make up 32 percent of PGCPS students, representing the school system’s fastest-growing demographic. With average growth of 1.5 percent annually, PGCPS could be a majority Latino school system within a decade if current trends hold.


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    Celebrating Hispanic Heritage: César Chávez Dual Spanish Immersion School Principal Dr. Anna Santiago Addis is in her seventh year as an administrator and second year with Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS). Prior to joining PGCPS, she was a middle school principal in New Mexico.

    Conversations on Culture: Q&A with César Chávez Dual Spanish Immersion School Principal Dr. Anna Santiago Addis

    September 17, 2018

    Hispanic Heritage Month kicks off our Conversations on Culture series. César Chávez Dual Spanish Immersion School Principal Dr. Anna Santiago Addis has a passion for helping students maximize their potential. Learn what brought the West Texas native to PGCPS and how she seeks to empower students and staff through education, social justice and leadership.
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    Every Day Counts! Celebrating Attendance Awareness Month

    September 12, 2018

    September is Attendance Awareness Month! With the school year underway, it’s important that students are in class every day, ready to learn. When children don’t show up for school regularly, they miss out on critical classroom instruction. Research shows children who were chronically absent in kindergarten and first grade were less likely to read proficiently at the end of third grade. And absences add up! Just two days out of school a month (about 18 days a year) adds up to 10 percent of the school year missed!

    Here are steps your family can take to keep school absences at a minimum:

    1. Ensure your student has required immunizations on the first day of school.

    3. Don’t permit missing school unless your child has a contagious illness.

    4. Avoid medical appointments on school days when possible.

    5. Avoid vacations and extended trips when school is in session.

    6. Discuss the link between chronic absence and school success with older children.

    Learn more about the long-term negative effects of #ChronicAbsence.

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    Back to School Nights

    Top Tips: Make the Most of Back-to-School Night!

    September 10, 2018

    The first few weeks of school can be fast-paced, but don’t forget about back-to-school night! It’s an opportunity to meet and greet school leaders and teachers while learning about expectations and resources. It also sends a message to your child that you will have a present and active role in their education. Let Back-to-School Night be the first step in establishing a strong home and school partnership this year. 

    1. Determine the most effective way to communicate with your child’s teacher(s). Teacher policies and communication tools will vary. Find out if any communication apps (e.g. Bloomz, ClassDojo) will be used and subscribe to all of them.

    2. Volunteer with parent groups, such as the PTA/PTO. Don’t let the thought of meetings deter you! Your support for school events is needed most.

    3. Take notes and ask questions! Be sure that you understand teacher grading policies.  

    4. Planning to volunteer or chaperone class field trips? Learn how to become an approved volunteer. Even better: Get approvals in advance, make copies and deliver to your school’s front office and your child’s teacher at the event.

    5.  Build on past experiences! If you have experienced challenges in the past as a parent partner, get answers to questions early to move forward positively!

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    Introducing Dr. Goldson

    September 5, 2018

    PGCPS begins the 2018-19 academic year with new leadership. Learn more about Interim Chief Executive Officer Dr. Monica Goldson, her journey and mission to restore #PGCPSPride.

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    #PGCPS1stDay: New Leadership and Programs in Focus

    September 5, 2018

    Interim CEO Dr. Monica Goldson kicked off the 2018-19 school year with an assist from local leaders on #PGCPS1stDay.

    U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen, County Executive Rushern Baker and State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks joined Dr. Goldson in taking an up-close look at our new investments and programs.

    Highlights include the new Tulip Grove Elementary — a $26 million major renovation and addition featuring geothermal heating, natural light and industry-leading design; a backpack giveaway at Columbia Park Elementary School; a student-led tour of innovative programs at Parkdale High School; and lunch at Dr. Henry A. Wise High School, where Dr. Goldson was founding principal.

    Other back-to-school highlights: $3 million in new smart boards, iPads and other technology, more than $1 million shifted from the central office to the schools and 20 additional schools to incorporate arts integration.

    PGCPS also launched a new school bus tracking app that provides families with bus location and estimated time of arrival, as well as a Youth Apprenticeship Program designed to provide high school career academy students real-world experience in carpentry, plumbing and other fields.

    View photos from #PGCPS1stDay.

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    Dr. Goldson with first day sign

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year — the first day of school!

    September 4, 2018

    Day One of the 2018-19 school year is bursting with excitement over new programs, new leadership, new opportunities — and for Tulip Grove Elementary, a new building. Follow us all day on social media (@pgcps) and look for the #PGCPS1stDay hashtag!

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    Show Us Your #PGCPS1stDay!

    September 1, 2018

    The first day of school is Tuesday, September 4. We want to see your #PGCPS1stDay! Download and print a back-to-school sign, snap a photo and be sure to tag us on Twitter or Facebook so that we can see and share your first day with the PGCPS community!

    Download a back-to-school sign (English, Spanish or French)

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    Jeremy Mejia

    Eleanor Roosevelt HS Student Attends Prestigious Princeton University Program

    August 31, 2018

    Eleanor Roosevelt High junior Jeremy Mejia spent three weeks at Princeton University this summer learning more about Artificial Intelligence through the Princeton AI4ALL program, hosted by the Princeton Computer Science Department and the Center for Information Technology Policy.

    Meija was one of 32 students nationwide — and the only one from Maryland — to participate. The program introduced students to key AI concepts, including the Python programming language — skills that can take an entire college semester to learn.

    “Princeton AI4ALL allowed me to gain a taste of college life,” said Mejia. “I made lifelong friends with people from different parts of the country and even from around the world.”

    Applications for the 2019 AI4ALL open February 19

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    Capitol Heights Elementary Student’s Alter Ego: Food Critic

    August 30, 2018

    "One day I was watching the Food Network and critiquing them from home, and I said, ‘Why can't I do this in real life?’" That’s the moment Capitol Heights Elementary sixth-grader Lavender Petty was inspired to launch the “5 Foot Critic,” her blog critiquing DC-area restaurants. Watch the WUSA9 feature on the young foodie!
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    Jim Coleman, President, Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation, hosts a workshop for P-TECH students.

    Mentors Needed for Frederick Douglass HS P-TECH Students

    August 30, 2018

    Mentors are needed for students at Frederick Douglass High School participating in the Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) program.

    The program offers students the opportunity to earn an Associate Degree in Health Information Management or Hospitality Services Management, mentoring, internships and free college-level instruction in preparation for tech industry jobs.

    Mentors meet monthly with a cohort of incoming freshmen and second-year students through June. Learn more and sign up!

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    Back to School Block Party

    Back-to-School Block Party: Getting Ready for #PGCPS1stDay!

    August 27, 2018

    Thousands of students, families and volunteers attended the annual Back-to-School Block Party at Prince George’s Stadium to meet, greet and get #PGCPS1stDayReady! The “unofficial kickoff” to the new school year also marked the end of the #PGCPS15KBackpacks campaign, which collected 15,000 backpacks and school supplies from staff, community, businesses and sponsors.

    Interim CEO Monica Goldson mingled with attendees and distributed backpacks, joined by Board Vice Chair Carolyn Boston and Board Members Raaheela Ahmed and Curtis Valentine. County Executive Rushern L. Baker III and State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks were among the elected officials in attendance. 

     Backpacks and supplies will be donated to Title 1 schools and community organizations throughout September.

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    News You Can Use: Introducing Inside PGCPS

    August 26, 2018

    Welcome to our new blog! Inside PGCPS will bring you the stories and voices of our students, staff members and schools. You’ll find timely news, information and tips to keep you in the know. We hope you will visit often and share the good news.

    Together, let’s celebrate the many reasons we are #PGCPSProud!

    Interested in contributing? Contact communications@pgcps.org and include Inside PGCPS in the subject line.

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