Connect PGCPS: Go Orange on Unity Day, Overtime Procedures, Homework Survey, Open Enrollment

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October 18, 2019

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Go Orange on Unity Day: October 23

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Wear orange on October 23 to celebrate Unity Day and show support for National Bullying Prevention Month.
Post pictures to social media using the hashtags #PGCPSORANGE and #ISTOPBULLYING.


PGCPS Overtime Procedures

Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS), with support from ACE-AFSCME, Local 2250 and SEIU Local 400, is committed to ensuring that employees and their supervisors understand and follow regulations, laws and collective bargaining agreements. 

During the 2018-19 school year, collectively we learned that some employees and their supervisors were unclear about when overtime should be granted and how it is paid. In collaboration with our union partners, a memo was issued to help provide clarity.

Timekeepers and time approvers should note that overtime will be closely monitored and reported to senior leadership regularly during the 2019-20 school year. All overtime paid to an employee in excess of $10,000 per fiscal year must be approved by that employee's Division Chief. 


Take the Homework Survey

To ensure a well-rounded instructional experience for all students, PGCPS is in the process of developing a new administrative procedure on homework and is seeking input from parents, students, teachers, instructional staff, administrators and community childcare providers. Please complete the brief Homework Survey.

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Top Photo: Tulip Grove Elementary School (in pink) and Excel Academy Public Charter School (in purple) show their support for Breast Cancer and Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

In the Spotlight

National Principals Month: #ThankAPrincipal

Pamela Lucas-Adams, principal at Thomas G. Pullen K-8 Creative and Performing Arts Academy, is supportive, passionate and dedicated. She treats her teachers with kindness and respect. As a result, teachers enjoy coming to work each and every day. "Mrs. Adams is a driving force and the primary reason the efforts of teachers at Thomas G. Pullen K-8 Creative and Performing Arts Academy go beyond expectations," said teacher Kali Jarvis. "We thank her for always ensuring teachers feel valued and for making our school feel like a forever home."


PGCPS Pride

Linda Holmes, guidance secretary at Benjamin D. Foulois Creative and Performing Arts Academy, is described as being pleasant and kind. "She goes beyond the call of duty, greets everyone with a smile and is always willing to help," says Roselina Gorham, school secretary.


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Tremika Smith, Financial Analyst in the ESSA & Title I Department, is described as one who brings sunshine in her service to others. Leslie D. Ingram-Johnson, ESSA & Title I Department Supervisor, says Smith is the lead when it comes to hospitality and small events and goes above and beyond to ensure the space is welcoming and the event runs smoothly.


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 communications@pgcps.org. 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!

Announcements and Professional Development

CEO's Listening Session on Monday

Dr. Monica Goldson, CEO, will host a listening session on Oct. 21 from 6:30 - 8 p.m. at Laurel High School. Employees are welcome to attend any of the upcoming listening sessions. The next session will be held on Nov. 5 from 6:30 - 8 p.m. at Fairmont Heights High School.


National School Bus Safety Week

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Starting Monday, help us show appreciation to school bus drivers, attendants and transportation staff who manage a fleet of more than 1,200 school buses and ensure students get to and from school safely! Show thanks by adding a “Thank You” to your school sign or marquee for bus drivers to see or by asking students to write messages of appreciation. Tell us how you plan to show our transportation team love! 


Information Sessions: Washington Adventist, Morgan State and The George Washington Universities

Washington Adventist University will host an information session about the Master's in School Counseling Program on Oct. 23 from 5 - 6 p.m. at Charles H. Flowers High School in room 717. Please RSVP to Elcy Chacko at echacko@wau.edu.

Morgan State University (MSU) will host a program information session on graduate programs in mathematics and science education on Oct. 24. at Charles H. Flowers High School in room 717 from 5 - 6:30 p.m. RSVP via email to vanessa.dodoseriki@morgan.edu or call 443 -885-1972. MSU is also offering a cohort model doctoral degree. 

Earn a Master's or Post Master's Certificate in Educational Leadership and Administration from The George Washington University. All courses will be held in Prince George's County. Learn more about information sessions online and in person.

Benefits Services: Our Focus Is You

Let's Get Physical PGCPS!

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Our Let's Get Physical challenge is underway! Take the challenge 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 wellness.benefits@pgcps.org by Oct. 31 to be entered into a drawing.


Open Enrollment for Your 2020 Benefits is Happening Now: Oct. 14-25

Open Enrollment is your opportunity to review options and select the benefits that work best for you and your family. If you do not make changes during Open Enrollment, your current elections will continue at the 2020 rates (except for FSAs). To participate in FSAs, you must re-enroll during open enrollment.

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The benefits you select during Open Enrollment will be effective January 1 – December 31, 2020. Once the deadline to enroll passes, you will not be able to make changes to your elections unless you experience an IRS-qualified status change such as marriage, divorce, birth or adoption of a child, or loss of coverage.

Visit www.pgcps.org/open/ for the latest information on Open Enrollment 2020.


Pre-Retirement Planning Conference 2019

Registration for the 2019 Fall Pre-Retirement Planning Conference is still open. The conference, scheduled for 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. 

ICYMI: In Case You Missed It

Watch PG13: High School Football Series

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Prince George’s County style! PG13 is a series taking you on and off the field with teams, coaches, players, fans and families.
 Watch Season 4: Episode 2

Episodes will be broadcast on PGCPS social media channels, our website and PGCPS-TV 96 (Comcast) and 38 (Verizon). Spread the word about #PG13!