Connect PGCPS: Countdown to #PGCPS1stDay!

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August 28, 2019

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Welcome Back, Teachers!


The back-to-school countdown is on! In less than a week, we'll welcome back more than 134,000 students for the 2019-20 school year! 

While you're getting classrooms and hallways ready, show off your creativity by sharing your most imaginative back-to-school bulletin boards on social media.

Teachers with the best displays (most liked and CEO's Choice) will win prizes and bragging rights, including gift cards and a classroom visit from CEO Dr. Monica Goldson! Be sure to enter on Twitter by Sept. 1!

Download #PGCPS1stDay Signs

1st Day signs for teachers

Show your #PGCPSpride on the first day of school! Download and print #PGCPS1stDay signs for your students and colleagues — then share your best photos on social media with our hashtag: #PGCPS1stDay. You may be featured in a back-to-school highlight video!

New Teachers Welcomed Aboard!

PGCPS Science at PEIP

An estimated 800 new teachers participated in last week's Professional Educator Induction Program (PEIP). Educators received hands-on, minds-on professional learning specific to their content and grade levels. Participants also had the opportunity to network with new colleagues and connect with local business partners. For more highlights, check out #PEIP2019 on Twitter!

Back-to-School Block Party Draws 9,000+

back to school

More than 9,000 parents, students and community members attended the 9th Annual Back-to-School Block Party at Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex. From the backpack giveaway to a surprise performance from High Point High School alum Raheem DeVaughn, the event was a huge success!

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Thank you to our sponsors and partners for your support!


In the Spotlight

PGCPS Leaders Discuss Principal Pipeline Success

Instructional Director Susan Holiday and Tulip Grove Elementary Principal Jaime Whitfield-Coffen recently discussed principal retention on The Principal Pipeline podcast produced by the Wallace Foundation. Joined by former Associate Superintendent Doug Anthony, the trio shared their insights related to the impact of effective principals on the larger school community. Princeton Elementary Principal Jessica Coley was also profiled in a RAND magazine article about the school system's leadership training programs. 

Team PGCPS in the News

School's out, but Team PGCPS has been all over the news this summer! A team of educators from Frances Fuchs Early Childhood Center — Shannon Schwallenberg, Monica Levin and Anna Krakowiak — was featured in an ASCD story on teacher-led teams. ABC7 highlighted new Rose Valley Elementary teacher Azaria Kelly and mentor teacher Andrea Burrell while NBC4 shined a spotlight on International High School at Langley Park teacher Keishia Thorpe. Keep the good news coming! 

Share Your Good News

The Office of Communications is always looking for good news to share about students, staff members, schools and offices. Does your school or office have an interesting program? Do you know a student achiever or hard-working staffer who deserve kudos? Tell us more!


New Name, Same Mission: International Student Admissions and Enrollment Office

The International Student Counseling Office has a new name — International Student Admissions and Enrollment Office — to better reflect its work. For more information, contact Dr. Leon Washington in the Professional School Counseling Office at

Benefits Services: Our Focus is You

New Life Insurance Provider: MetLife

Effective Sept. 1, MetLife is the new PGCPS life insurance provider. Visit to estimate coverage needs. Look for more information during open enrollment (Oct. 14-25) on supplemental and family coverage.

ICYMI: In Case You Missed It

Save the Date: Family Institute 

This year's Family Institute will be held Nov. 2 at Oxon Hill High School from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Take advantage of speakers, workshops and resources designed for students and families. More information to come!