Connect PGCPS: Family Institute, Alumni Gala, Open Enrollment

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October 25, 2019

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Volunteers Needed: 4th Annual Family Institute

Volunteer opportunities are available for the 4th Annual Family Institute Conference and County Government Resource Fair on Saturday, Nov. 2 at Oxon Hill High School. Acclaimed educator and motivational speaker Dr. Steve Perry will keynote the conference.

Volunteers are needed on Friday, Nov. 1 from 5 to 8 p.m. and the day of the event from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for pre-event set up and on-site assistance.

Family Institute is co-sponsored by the Department of Family and School Partnerships and the Prince George's County Office of the County Executive. This year's theme is "EmPOWERing Families for Student Success." 

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Hall of Fame Gala Raises More Than $165K

Several hundred guests attended the Excellence in Education Foundation's inaugural Prince George's County Public Schools Hall of Fame Gala last weekend at MGM National Harbor. The gala raised more than $165,000 for scholarships and student programming. Highlights included a live performance by R&B singer Kenny Lattimore, an Eleanor Roosevelt High School grad, and the induction of Sugar Ray Leonard, Pastor John K. Jenkins and Senate President Mike Miller into the Hall of Fame.


PGCPS Overtime Procedures Update

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. 


Top Photo: Accokeek Academy shows support by wearing orange on Unity Day for National Bullying Prevention Month. Check out how other schools celebrated Unity Day.

In the Spotlight

Safety Heroes: National School Bus Safety Week

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School bus drivers and attendants are responsible for transporting more than 85,000 students safely each day. National School Bus Safety Week provides an opportunity to say thanks in a BIG way!


#ThankAPrincipal: National Principals Month

Cool Spring Elementary School Principal Cameron Millspaugh is described as a phenomenal leader and asset to the Cool Spring family. "He is extremely diplomatic, respectful and conscientious of his staff, parents and families," said teacher Laura Jackson, adding that he's willing to hear and respond to school needs at a moment's notice.

Capitol Heights Elementary School Principal Nina Lattimore is known to staff as the absolute best. Teacher Nicole Thomas describes her as caring and going above and beyond for students, staff and parents.


PGCPS Pride

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Kudos to Sakira Latimer, Data Entry Clerk in the Transportation Department, for never giving up! A 13-year employee, Latimer decided to go back to school. She now attends Walden University and was recently inducted into the National Society Leadership and Success Honor Society.


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 

Winners Announced in Cheer/Chant Bullying Competition

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Thanks to all of the participants in the Bullying Prevention Month cheer/chant competition! Students demonstrated teamwork, passion and creativity in their submissions. One winner was selected from each level. Congratulations to the following school teams:

  • Elementary — James Ryder Randall 
  • Middle School — CMIT Academy North
  • High School — Northwestern

Winning teams are featured on the PGCPS Twitter page.


Take Advantage of United Way Services

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Employees can take advantage of United Way services, including discounts on prescriptions, volunteer opportunities, bill pay, food pantries and free tax preparation for anyone making under $66,000 annually.

The annual United Way fundraising campaign of the National Capital Area will start soon! Stay tuned for more information.


PGCPS Awarded Funds to Support Teacher Education Programs

PGCPS was recently awarded more than $65,000 from the Maryland Center for Computing Education (MCCE) to support computer science teacher education program. The funds will supplement institutional resources and strengthening the teacher preparation programs. The MCCE is designed to expand access to high-quality computing education by strengthening educator skills and increasing the number of computer science teachers in elementary and secondary education. 


Wellness Fair for Unit 2 ASASP Personnel

Unit 2 ASASP personnel are invited to attend a Wellness Fair on Wednesday, Nov. 6 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza in Greenbelt. Experts will share information on physical, emotional and financial wellness. Refreshments will be provided. Register now!

Benefits Services: Our Focus Is You

Open Enrollment Extended: Oct. 28

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Open Enrollment for 2020 benefits has been extended through Monday.

Open Enrollment allows you 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.

The benefits you select during Open Enrollment will be effective January 1 through the end of the year. Once the enrollment deadline passes, you must experience an IRS-qualified status change to make changes. 

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


Let’s Get Physical: Walk to Reduce Stress!

Physical activity has numerous health-related benefits! According to the Mayo Clinic, a good walk:

  • Pumps up endorphins - Physical activity helps boost the production of your brain's feel-good neurotransmitters, called endorphins.
  • Puts meditation in motion - When you begin to regularly shed daily tensions through movement and physical activity, you may find more ease in focusing on a single task, and more energy and optimism that can help you remain calm and clear.
  • Improves your mood - Regular physical activity can increase self-confidence, relax you and decrease symptoms associated with mild depression and anxiety. Physical activity can also help improve sleep, which is often disrupted by stress, depression and anxiety.

Don’t forget to snap a photo and post to social media using the hashtag #PGCPSWALKS. Send photos to wellness.benefits@pgcps.org by Oct. 31 to be entered in the monthly drawing.

ICYMI: In Case You Missed It

Take the Homework Survey: Deadline Oct. 28

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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