Engage PGCPS - A Newsletter for PGCPS Families - October 10, 2017

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Engage PCPGS

October 10, 2017

Customer Service Initiative

Top Stories

PGCPS Launches New Customer Service Campaign

Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS) aims to be at your service. As part of National Customer Service Week, the school system rolled out a new initiative -- "Transforming Our Culture Through Superior Customer Service" -- with the goal of better serving students, families, staff and communities.

Preparation for last week's launch included pilot trainings, the development of a “Secret Shopper” component, and feedback/input sessions with more than 2,000 employees over the past several months. All employees will receive customer service training.

2016 Family Institute Conference

Save the Date: Annual Family Institute Conference, Nov. 18

The 2nd Annual Family Institute Conference will be held Saturday, November 18 at Northwestern High School in Hyattsville. The event features free learning sessions designed to support students success for families, students, staff and community members. Free childcare is available for families who pre-register. Breakfast and snacks will be provided. The event will be held 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For more details, visit family.institute@pgcps.org.

Page Program

Apply Now for the Maryland Student Page Program

Each year, 105 students and 36 alternates are selected by the state's local school systems to participate in the Maryland General Assembly Student Page Program. Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS) is allocated 14 pages and four alternates.

Student pages work for two non-consecutive weeks at either the House of Delegates or the Senate in Annapolis. High school seniors ages 16 and up who reside in Maryland may apply. For details, visit the Page Program website. The application deadline is Friday, October 20.


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Inside PGCPS Football with PG 13

Monday Night Football, PGCPS-style: Watch PG 13, a series about PGCPS high school football that takes you inside locker rooms and classrooms. This season will air Mondays at 7 p.m. All 13 episodes will be broadcast on PGCPS social media channels, pgcps.org and PGCPS-TV 96 (Comcast) and 38 (Verizon). 

Fairmont Heights HS

Get Involved in the CIP Process

Want to share your input on school construction, renovation and major projects? Review the latest Capital Improvement Program (CIP) document and take the CIP Survey. You can also submit questions and comments to Capital Programs staff at capital.programs@pgcps.org.

Gwynn Park Football

Student-Athletes: Attend an Upcoming College & Career Readiness Seminar

Learn about NCAA, NAIA and Division I, II and III eligibility, paying for college and more at a free seminars. See your athletic director for registration information.
October 24 • 6:30 p.m. • Crossland HS Auditorium
November 14 • 6:30 p.m. • High Point HS Auditorium

Isabella Art

Stand Together Against Bullying on Unity Day - October 25

Students and staff are encouraged to wear orange Wednesday, October 25 to stand unified against bullying. Upload photos to social media using #PGCPSORANGE17. >>Learn more

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Thank a Principal

October is National Principals Month. Please take a moment to thank your child's principal for all they do, or tweet your appreciation using #ThankAPrincipal. >>Learn more

Calendar Highlights

Pre-K to Grade 8 Specialty Programs Showcase

October 11 • 6-8 p.m. • Thomas G. Pullen Creative & Performing Arts

Learn more about specialty programs for students in pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade! Talk with program directors, teachers, and students; see student demonstrations; and learn how and when to apply for these programs. Visit the website for more information.

Destination Imagination Information Night

October 12 • 7-8 p.m. • Kenilworth Elementary

Learn about the exciting Destination Imagination (DI) experience and how your child can participate! Destination Imagination is a student-centered, technology friendly, international organization for kindergarten through college students that emphasizes creativity, teamwork, and problem solving. Visit the DI website for more information.

Junior Achievement Finance Park Open House

October 13 • 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. • JA Finance Park

Join Junior Achievement® and PGCPS for an Open House at Maryland’s first financial literacy supercenter, JA Finance Park®. Get a look inside the dynamic ecosystem where every PGCPS 8th grader will gain the skills to be financially capable and the knowledge to take on their own American Dream with passion. Visit the JA Finance Park website for details.

Free College Workshop: Estudios Universitarios

October 21 • 9 a.m. - noon • University of Maryland Stamp Student Union

Spanish-speaking middle and high school students and families are encouraged to attend Estudios Universitarios, a free college and career readiness workshop. The event will include a bilingual college fair, community agency fair, campus tours and information about the Maryland Dream Act. Sign up for the event here. Contact 301-952-6341 for more information.

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