Connect PGCPS: New School Construction, Parent-Teacher Conferences, Thanksgiving Menu Makeover

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Nov. 8, 2019

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'Built to Learn Act' Supports New Construction of 21st Century Schools Across Maryland

Maryland counties have long advocated for increases in the State’s commitment to school construction, flexibility in public-private partnerships in school construction, and a broader definition of eligible costs. On Wednesday, State and County leaders announced the 'Built to Learn Act' that would support new construction of 21st century schools across Maryland.

Interpreting and Translation Assistance Available for Parent-Teacher Conference Day


The Office of Interpreting and Translation (OIT) can assist with school-wide interpreting requests for Parent/Teacher Conference Day on Nov. 11. If you require translation assistance, please utilize language access resources for accurate communication with parents. Interpreters and trained bilingual volunteers will provide language support to as many sites as possible. School staff may also utilize the Language Link telephonic interpreting service to support language access for parent teacher conferences. As a reminder, under federal Civil Rights guidelines, at no time may students serve as interpreters or translators for vital communication (AP 1400). For more information, please contact 301-408-5511 or

Top photo: Green Team participants explore water properties with the Audubon Naturalist Society.

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CMIT Academy North Principal Turns Teacher for A Day

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CMIT Academy North Elementary Principal Dr. Tenika Fryson accepted the CEO's "Back to the Classroom" challenge and read a book aloud to one class in each grade level, all while dressed as Pinkalicious. Students were able to use reading strategies to activate their prior knowledge based on the evidence in the text, as well as make predictions of what would happen in the beginning, middle, and end of the story. Dr. Fryson and students also discussed unknown words in the story, how they could use them in their writing and how they would change the end of the story. Dr. Fryson added that going back into the classroom allowed her to engage students during their literacy block and promote the love of reading.



Eleanor Roosevelt High School foreign language teacher Hubert Willoughby recently published his first book, American English for Spanish Native Speakers. Willoughby is a National Board Certified Spanish Teacher who speaks fluent Portuguese and has more than 20 years of teaching experience. His book takes a unique and customized approach to teaching English as a second language: it identifies and explains the phonological and grammatical challenges that are unique to Spanish native speakers.

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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? Share with

Announcements and Professional Development 

Polls Open Sunday for State Board of Education Teacher Member Election

The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) on Sunday begins its statewide election to fill the newly-created teacher member position on the State Board of Education (SBOE). Voting ends Sunday, Nov. 17. All teachers who hold an active teaching certificate, as of Tuesday, Oct. 1 will be eligible to vote. For more information, visit the Board of Education Teacher Member Election website. The winner will be posted on the MSDE website by Dec. 23.

Employee Discount Available: Medieval Times

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle


America Recycles Day celebrates and promotes recycling. iOn this day, schools are encouraged to wear green, take the recycling pledge or host an event. Whatever you do, spread the word about the benefits of recycling. Upload pictures to social media using the hashtag #PGCPSGOESGREEN. Encourage your students to also participate in the Recycle Poster Contest. This year's poster theme is "Recycle Right!" Entries are due by Friday, Nov. 22. 

UMD-PGCPS Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in TESOL

Attend an information session on the UMD-PGCPS Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in TESOL. PGCPS ESOL Office strives to expand the capacity of PGCPS teachers for supporting English learners. The University of Maryland Post-Bac Certificate Cohort is one way to fund this effort through Title III. Applications are now available for cohort 4.

Timekeepers: Learn More About Payroll and How it Works


Timekeepers (including principals) are invited to attend a session on how payroll works on Monday, Nov. 18 at 9 a.m. The session will be held at Bonnie F. Johns Media Center in room 106. Learn more about payroll schedules and reports and how to process functions and fix payroll errors. Sign up in ERO.

Benefits Services: Our Focus Is You

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Does Your Thanksgiving Menu Need a Healthy Makeover?


Take in less calories and try these new healthy recipes from Eating Well by adding sausage, apple & wild rice stuffing and light and luscious pumpkin pie to your Thanksgiving menu. 

Don't Forget: November's GrateFALL Challenge

The holidays are approaching, temperatures are beginning to cool down, and leaves are changing to beautiful hues of gold, green, orange and brown. For many, it's a busy time of year that comes with added stress. This month, participate in our GrateFALL challenge and take a minute to reflect on what matters most to you. Your name and response will be placed on a leaf and added to our "Tree of Thanks" in the main hallway of the Sasscer Administration Building. You will also be entered in the monthly drawing.

ICYMI: In Case You Missed It

Don't Miss Out: Powering Up With Technology Conference This Saturday



Attend the 23rd Annual Powering Up with Technology Conference on Saturday, Nov. 9 from 7:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at Eleanor Roosevelt High School. On-site registration will be available the day of the conference, payable by check or money order. Learn more>>

It's Diabetes Awareness Month: Wear Blue on Nov. 14


November is Diabetes Awareness Month. On average, one out of 10 Americans have diabetes, a number that is expected to triple by 2050. Healthy diet, exercise and education are important factors in both preventing and living with diabetes. According to the Center for Disease Control, 84.1 million people, more than one out of three adults, have pre-diabetes and nine out of 10  don't know they are pre-diabetic. Take a free risk assessment online. To commemorate the month, wear blue on Nov. 14. Snap a photo and post to social media using the hashtag #PGCPSBLUE. 

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Advance Your Career with Walden University

You have the drive to pursue your passion. Walden University has the support and the innovative learning platform you need to make it happen. Learn more and view exclusive tuition reductions for Prince George’s County Public Schools employees by visiting or calling 1-855-628-3427. Additionally, you can register for one or more of Walden’s upcoming teacher support webinars,