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The PGCPS High School All-Star Cheerleaders will perform at this weekend's Southern Maryland Athletic Conference All-Star Challenge!

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Decade of Dominance: Wise HS Rises Again as State Champs!

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The Dr. Henry A. Wise High School Pumas finished an undefeated season of football by winning their fifth state title in the ­program’s 14-year existence!

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Central HS French Program Among Best in U.S.

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Did you know that Central High School is one of only three high schools in the nation — and the only public school — to hold a top French language program accreditation? Learn about how students were recently honored at the French Embassy!

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Schools Honored for Excellence in Talented and Gifted Education

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Eight schools have earned the 2019 Maryland State Department of Education Excellence in Gifted & Talented Education (EGATE) award: Accokeek Academy, Benjamin Tasker and Walker Mill middle schools and Pointer Ridge, Greenbelt, Heather Hills, Valley View and Mattaponi elementary schools!

Suitland Sculptors Sweep State Contest

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Three Suitland High School art students took top honors at the 18th annual 'Rethink Recycling' Sculpture Contest! Casey Wehrman and Tony Leal earned first and second place in workmanship respectively, while Martina Barber won first place in creativity.

Plugging Into Politics: C-SPAN Bus Pulls Up!

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Students at Parkdale High School and College Park Academy learned lessons in journalism and ways to stay informed and engaged in federal government happenings during this week's visits from the C-SPAN Bus!

High School Seniors Earn College Scholarships

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At an event hosted by the Dr. Henry A. Wise High School Peer Leaders, seniors racked up $3 million in scholarships from Benedict College, the 2019 Historically Black College and University of the Year. Twenty-two students received full scholarships covering tuition, room and board!

Give the Gift of Attendance!

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Did you know that each year student absences spike the weeks before and after the holidays as families attempt to squeeze in extra vacation days?

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Students Receive New Dictionaries

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Community partner Keller Williams Preferred Properties gifted new dictionaries to nearly 5,000 third-graders at more than 60 elementary schools — an initiative entirely funded by the company's real estate agents! 

Photo of the Week: Arts Integration in Action


Capitol Heights Elementary School third-graders get a lesson in technology and creativity during a mystery pixel art activity!


One Week Until Winter Break

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Schools and offices will be closed from Monday, Dec. 23 through Wednesday, Jan. 1 for winter break. Classes resume Thursday, Jan. 2.

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Building Pride, Students First: CEO Proposes $2.3B Budget

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CEO Dr. Monica Goldson's proposed 2021 operating budget invests in universal meals at community schools, a new middle school language immersion program, expanded mental health supports and more!

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Share Your Input on the 2020-2021 School Calendar!

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PGCPS is in the process of finalizing the 2020-2021 school calendar. Take the online survey by Thursday, Jan. 2 to share your input prior to the Board vote on Thursday, Jan. 9.

TAG Testing for Private and Homeschooled Students

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Private and homeschooled students in first through seventh grades may apply to be tested for our Talented and Gifted (TAG) program. The testing application deadline is Friday, Jan. 10. The test date is Saturday, Feb. 8.

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Second Quarter Progress Reports: Dec. 20

Student progress reports for the second quarter will be released before winter break on Friday, Dec. 20. Keep tabs on grades anytime in our SchoolMax Family Portal.

Emergency Notifications, School Closings and Delays 


Winter is here! Stay informed of closures or delays via updates on our website, social media platforms, e-mail and text alerts and media reports. Sign up to receive e-alerts.

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#ICYMI: In Case You Missed It

Maryland School Report Cards Available

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More than 80 percent of schools received one of the top three ratings on Maryland school report cards released this week. The report cards use ratings on a one to five-star scale and offer a snapshot of school and student performance.

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Judy Hoyer Family Center Celebrates 20 Years

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This month marks the 20th anniversary of our Judy P. Hoyer Early Learning Center at Cool Spring Elementary — the first of its kind in the state. A boost to Title I schools, Judy Centers have become an integral part of Maryland’s early childhood learning system.

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International HS at Langley Park: Winners On and Off Field


For students on the International High School at Langley Park soccer team, school is more than academics and sports. Read about how teammates are learning how to win on the soccer field and beyond!

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Middle School College Blitz


At Nicholas Orem Middle School, more than 98 percent of scholars would be first-generation college students. See how Principal Michelle Towles-Monroe and her team are working to close the exposure gap!


Scholar of the Week: Lindsay Blocker, Eleanor Roosevelt HS 

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Eleanor Roosevelt High School senior Lindsay Blocker is not waiting for high school graduation to begin pursuing her dreams!

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