Connect PGCPS: Happy Thanksgiving, Team PGCPS!

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Connect PGCPS

Nov. 26, 2019

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Happy Thanksgiving, Team PGCPS!


In the Spotlight


Health Educators Honored by SHAPE America


The Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE Maryland) recently honored several employees for their outstanding contributions to the health education profession. 

Melwood Elementary physical education teacher Brian Lanahan (pictured), Cool Spring Elementary physical education teacher Karlin Hirschfeld (pictured) and Northwestern High School health education teacher Cory Rodriquez received the Simon McNeely Award.

Health Education Instructional Supervisor Nana Donkor (pictured) received the William Burdick Award.

Immersion Program Supervisor Recognized for Excellent Leadership


Carmen Henninger, Immersion Programs Superivsor, was named District Supervisor of the Year by the National Association of District Supervisors of Foreign Language (NADSFL). Under her leadership, the Immersion Programs provide instruction to students in three different languages, using five different models of Immersion instruction at nine different schools.  

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 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:


"Winter Wonderland" Planetarium Program

Take a break from the holiday busyness and celebrate the upcoming winter with fun songs,
music and stories from the stars at the Howard B. Owens Science Center for the "Winter Wonderland" Planetarium Program. Doors open by 7 p.m. for interactive activities and the planetarium program begins at 7:30 p.m. The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for students, teachers, senior citizens and military families. Credit card payments can be made via SchoolBucks. For more information, call 301-918-8750 or email “Planetarium Patty” Seaton at

Benefits Services: Our Focus Is You

No Stress Allowed this Holiday Season

The holidays are approaching, and stress levels can begin to climb. We may not even realize how stressed we have become. Gratitude is one way to help combat stress in a very busy season. Grateful people tend to be more optimistic, take better care of themselves and research is beginning to show that feelings of thankfulness can positively impact people’s ability to cope with daily stressors. Include these easy ways to help cultivate gratitude.

  • Make a list of what you are grateful for and post it somewhere you can regularly see it
  • Keep a journal
  • Focus on positive self-talk
  • Take time to reflect on situations before reacting to them

Don't forget to 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.

ICYMI: In Case You Missed It

Every Coin Counts and Every Dollar Makes a Difference!


After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, get ready to support the Excellence in Education Foundation for PGCPS on Giving Tuesday (Dec. 3)! 

The Foundation awards dozens of scholarships to deserving students each year. Ways to help: Text ‘PGCPS” to 44-321 or donate online.

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.

Spread the word — Use the #GivingTuesday and #ExcellencePGCPS hashtags on Dec. 3 and encourage your social media followers to donate.