Connect PGCPS Employee Newsletter: Grad Rates Audit Findings Released, Family Institute Volunteers Needed, Oxon Hill HS Chef on Food Network Competition

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November 8, 2017

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Graduation Rates Audit Info Available Online

In June, CEO Dr. Kevin M. Maxwell and Prince George’s County Board of Education members requested an audit by the Maryland State Department of Education of high school graduation rates throughout Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS). Audit findings were released last week. For more information, please visit

Power Up! Explore Creative and Unique Ways of Using Technology


It's not too late to attend a day of interactive learning at the 21st Annual Powering up with Technology Conference on Nov. 11, from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Oxon Hill High School.

Enjoy the Digital Innovation Lab where you can experience a virtual trip around the world, three-dimensional printing, coding activities, student-led Mini Maker Festival and much more! The conference will also feature noted author and classroom teacher Alice Keeler, who has transformed learning through the use of Google. Hear her inspiring keynote "We Teach the Future!" and experience her advanced Google Classroom Workshop.

Registration is $25 (check or money order only). Payments will be accepted at the conference.

Help Us Help You: PGCPS Compliance Hotline Info

Concerns regarding potential violations of laws, school system policies, standards and ethics may be reported confidentially and anonymously to the PGCPS Compliance Hotline.

The toll-free phone number is 866-646-2512. Submit online reports at

Topics may include:

  • Diversity, Equal Opportunity and Respect in the Workplace
  • Employee Relations
  • Environmental, Health and Safety
  • Financial Concerns
  • Misuse or Misappropriation of Assets
  • Policy and Process Integrity

Callers may also report concerns that do not fall into these categories or request other information.

Family Institute Volunteers Needed!

Family Institute

Volunteer opportunities are available for the 2nd Annual Family Institute Conference, "Ignite SPARKS for Student Success, on Nov. 18 at Northwestern High School from 8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Sign up today!

Conference registration is now open for attendees. The conference will feature educator/author Ron Clark, founder of Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta. Family Institute focuses on the importance of families in strengthening school communities from the perspective of parents and PGCPS staff. Visit the Family Institute conference webpage for more details.

Employee Spotlight

Rolston "Ian" Barthley, Oxon Hill HS Culinary Arts Teacher


Oxon Hill High School culinary arts teacher Rolston "Ian" Barthley is a contestant on the Food Network's "Holiday Baking Championship" where nine bakers must create tantalizing new holiday treats for seasonal parties. Episode 1 will replay Nov. 11 at 1 p.m., Nov. 12 at 2 p.m. and Nov. 13 at 8 p.m. Congratulations, Chef!

Professional Development Opportunities 

Fall Green Team Meeting
Nov. 29 
8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Keep Prince George's County Beautiful will host the Fall PGCPS Green Team meeting, featuring hands-on activities and learning opportunities about Maryland Green School certification and other green efforts! Registration in ERO is required. Sub-codes will not be provided.  

Substitute Teacher Academy 
Dec. 4-6
Benjamin Tasker Middle School / Oxon Hill Staff Development Center 
4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

The Substitute Teacher Academy is open to active substitute teachers only. First-time participants should click here to register. For more information, contact

More information on professional development opportunities can be found in ERO.

Share Announcements and Professional Development Info

Submit announcements and professional development information here. Please send information at least two weeks prior to the event or registration deadline.

Board of Education News 

  • BOE: Executive Session - Closed to the Public
    Nov. 9
    11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • BOE: Board Meeting
    Nov. 9
    1 p.m.

Upcoming Events and Deadlines

  • FREE "STEM-tacular" Family Science Night @ HBOSC
    Nov. 9
    6-8:30 p.m.
  • Veterans Day (Observed) & Parent-Teacher Conferences - Schools Closed for Students
    Nov. 10
  • Pre-Retirement Planning Conference
    Nov. 18
    Dr. Henry Wise Jr. High School
    Limited space — register today!