Connect PGCPS: Your Voice, Your Vote + Giving Tuesday

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Nov. 15, 2019

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PGCPS Teachers in Running for State Board of Education Election

Three Prince George’s County Public Schools teachers are in the running for the State Board of Education Teacher Member seat!

  • Alethia McCullough, Classroom Teacher, Laurel High School

  • Jason Ray, Academic Resource Teacher, Academy of Health Sciences at PGCC

  • Monica Roebuck, Classroom Teacher, Charles Carroll Middle School

Teachers who hold an active teaching certificate as of Tuesday, Oct. 1, are eligible to vote. Please take this opportunity to amplify our voices at the state level. For more information, visit the Board of Education Teacher Member Election website. The winner will be posted on the MSDE website by Dec. 23. Vote Now!

The election closes at 12:00 pm ET on Nov. 22


GreatFALL Challenge: What are you Grateful For?

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The holidays are approaching, temperatures are cooler and leaves are falling! For many, it's a busy time of year that comes with added stress.

This month, join in our GrateFALL challenge by sharing what matters most to you. Submissions 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 into our monthly drawing.


Save the Date: Giving Tuesday is Dec. 3!

Giving Tuesday

Join us on December 3 for a one-day campaign to support students through the Excellence in Education Foundation for PGCPS. PGCPS alumni can also join the challenge by donating their years in dollars. For example, if you graduated in 1996, your donation can be $19.96 or $199.60. Every coin counts and every dollar makes a difference!


(PGCPS CEO at Soles4Souls event at Port Towns Elementary School) View Photos

In the Spotlight

PGCPS Pride

Kimberly Mayo, third-grade Reading/Social Studies Teacher at Potomac Landing Elementary School is described by principal Kimberly Corprew as a "rock star" who always goes the extra mile to make sure her students are thriving.  She thinks outside of the box to create opportunities for her students to rise to the next level of achievement — and her third-grade reading class made the highest gains on the Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program (MCAP) for Reading/Language Arts last year.  


Coretta Bather, Instructional Lead Teacher at William Paca Elementary School goes far above and beyond for co-workers, students, families and community members. Colleague Lourine Henry, Secretary II, describes Bather as kind and generous. "She assists with distributing large donations, monitors school supply sales and purchases items with her own funds to make sure that students have what 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 communications@pgcps.org. Submissions may be edited for length, clarity or grammar.


Share Your Good News

The Office of Communications is always seeking good news to share about our students, staff, schools and offices! Does your school or office have an innovative program? Do you know a student achiever or hard-working staffer who deserve kudos?

Tell us about it at: communications@pgcps.org

 Professional Development 

Doctoral Program Information Session: Nov. 18

Explore upcoming doctoral programs at Bowie State University and the University of Maryland on Monday, Nov. 18 at D. Henry A. Wise High School from 4 - 6:30 p.m. in Lecture Hall 1. Register to attend.

Benefits Services: Our Focus Is You

Diabetes Awareness for a Holiday Healthy

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Maintaining a healthy diet over the holidays when you have diabetes can be difficult. Keep these tips in mind during holiday indulgence.

  • Don't forget the big picture - ask how a dish or a meal will impact your complete day.
  • Stick to your schedule - Eat close to your usual times to keep your blood sugar steady. If your meal is served later than normal, eat a small snack at your usual mealtime and eat a little less when dinner is served.
  • Going to an event or party - Offer to bring a healthy dish.
  • Don’t skip meals to save up for a feast. It will be harder to keep your blood sugar in control, and you’ll be hungry and more likely to overeat.
  • Keep moving – break up physical activity if you can’t get to the gym.
  • Get enough sleep – fatigue can lead to food cravings.

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. 

Above all, remember that enjoying the holidays is about celebrating and connecting with friends and family! Keep the balance while enjoying the holidays!

ICYMI: In Case You Missed It

Timekeepers: Learn More About Payroll and How it Works

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


Watch PG13: High School Football Series

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PG13 takes you on and off the field with teams, coaches, players, fans and families. In the latest episode featuring Oxon Hill High School, watch as the Clippers navigate homecoming spirit activities, a tough opponent on the field, rigorous academics and community service. Watch