Connect PGCPS: Thank a Principal!

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Connect PGCPS principals

October 4, 2019

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It's National Principals Month!

Many thanks to all principals for their leadership and hard work to support students, staff and schools all year long!

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As we #ThankAPrincipal this month, let's not forget where their journey beganThis summer, CEO Dr. Monica Goldson challenged principals to "go back to the classroom" and teach a class to students. Largo High School Principal Dr. Afie Mirshah-Nayar was up for the challenge. "It was a great experience that reminded me of my roots as an educator," said Dr. Mirshah-Nayar, who taught a ninth-grade English class. She prepared lesson plans with co-teachers and planned for student engagement and learning. Now, she plans to teach once a month and she's already working on her next lesson!

Who's up next? Share your experience by sending photos and a brief summary to

CEO Named to Washingtonian's Most Powerful Women List

Chief Executive Officer Dr. Monica Goldson has been named to Washingtonian magazine’s annual list of “Washington’s Most Powerful Women.” Dr. Goldson is featured in the October issue, currently on newsstands. An excerpt:

“Experienced. Tested. Homegrown. Prince George’s County Public Schools CEO Dr. Monica E. Goldson leads Maryland’s second-largest school system — the same schools where she was a student, teacher and principal … Monica is building on the school system’s progress with an eye towards enhancing academic excellence and equity.”

Dr. Goldson previously made the Washingtonian “Guest List” in August, the magazine’s monthly roundup of fantasy dinner guests.

In the Spotlight


Leandro Pavon, secretary at Riverdale Elementary School, is known as the go-to for answers to any questions. Principal Natiqua Riley describes Pavon as a superhero. "He goes above and beyond his duties and ensures that students, staff and families are provided with whatever they need."

Nominate a colleague who goes above and beyond for co-workers, students, families and community members! Send their name, office/school, photo (optional) and a brief description (100 words or less) to Submissions may be edited for length, clarity or grammar.

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 Teacher Academy/PEIP 2.0 Location Change for Oct.16 

The New Teachers Academy/PEIP 2.0 evening session on Wednesday, Oct. 16 will now be held at Samuel P. Massie Academy. 

Bullying Prevention Month Cheer/Chant Competition


PGCPS is committed to ending bullying, harassment and intimidation in all schools. To help commemorate Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, we are hosting a competition for elementary, middle and high school cheer teams to create an original cheer with an anti-bullying message. 

Here is an overview of the competition:

  • CONTEST DATES: Now through Tuesday, Oct. 15
  • ELIGIBILITY: Open to all elementary, middle and high school cheer teams
  • VIDEO ENTRY: 30 to 45-second cheer chant on bullying
  • WHAT TO INCLUDE: You must include the phrase "We are (team name) and we stop bullying!"
  • HOW TO SUBMIT: Send to
  • ENTRY DEADLINE: Tuesday, Oct. 15 
  • WINNING VIDEOS: Winning videos will be posted to Twitter on Wednesday, Oct. 23. One winner will be selected from each level.
  • PRIZES: Winning teams from each level will receive a prize.

Win a Mini-Grant for Your Classroom

The Maryland Retired School Personnel Association, through its MRSPA Fund, is offering six mini-grants to classroom teachers for special projects or activities not funded through the school system or parent-teacher group. Deadline to apply is Friday, Nov. 1. Winners will be notified in January. Apply today. For more information, please contact

CEO's October 8 Listening Session for Employees Cancelled

The CEO's Employee Listening Session planned for Tuesday, Oct. 8 at Charles Herbert Flowers High School has been cancelled and will be rescheduled for a later date. Employees are welcome to attend any of the three upcoming family and community listening sessions. 

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National Awards Program Seeking Maryland's Top Youth Volunteers of 2020

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards will grant two Maryland students $1,000 scholarship, a medallion and an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. Students in grades 5-12 are invited to apply if they have meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service within the past 12 months. If you know of a deserving student who is active in their community, please share this opportunity with them! For more information, please visit

UPDATED: PGCPS Commemorations

The October celebrations are below: 

Benefits Services: Our Focus Is You

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Open Enrollment Decision Guide Now Available

The Enrollment Decision Guide, which outlines helpful information to evaluate your benefit options including changes and rates for 2020, is now available online. Be sure to view the options to help you select the benefit plans that fit your changing needs.

Mark Your Calendars: Attend a Benefits Fair Near You

With the 2020 Open Enrollment season just around the corner, Benefits Services is hosting three Benefits Fairs this month. This is your opportunity to ask questions and get the answers you need before Open Enrollment begins! Hear from representatives from CareFirst, Kaiser, Caremark, Aetna, MetLife and Inova EAP. The fairs will be held:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 15 — Sasscer Administration Building, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 16 — Skyline Administration Building, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 22 — Prince George's County Educators' Association, 10 a.m. to noon (retired employees) and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. (active employees)

Open Enrollment is October 14-25. 

Let's Get Physical PGCPS!

Join our Let's Get Physical challenge this month and get those steps in! Take a walk in the morning, during your lunch break or an evening stroll in the park. While you're at it, snap a photo and post to social media using the hashtag #PGCPSWALKS. Send your photo to by Thursday, Oct. 31 to be entered into a drawing.


Save the Date: Pre-Retirement Planning Conference, Nov. 2

Online registration for the 2019 Fall Pre-Retirement Planning Conference begins Monday, Oct. 7. The conference, scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 2 at Dr. Henry Wise Jr. High School, is recommended for employees within three to five years of retirement. Space is limited and registration is required. The cost is $10 per person.