Connect PGCPS: Happy Holidays, #TeamPGCPS!

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Dec. 20, 2019

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Happy Holidays, PGCPS!


Dear Colleagues,

During the holiday season, we often reflect on the past year’s achievements and challenges as we look forward to the start of a new year.

Amid unprecedented enrollment growth, Team PGCPS has worked diligently to improve education outcomes, ensure equity, focus on customer service and help streamline processes. We have seen an outpouring of student support through donations to the Excellence in Education Foundation for PGCPS and participation in this year’s United Way campaign. Your generosity is greatly appreciated and makes a difference for so many.

Through your outreach efforts and encouragement, more parents and community members are volunteering in our schools, expanding opportunities for student learning and partnering to create and support programs and initiatives such as our new Adopt A School Program. We know partnerships are critical to our success – thanks to the relationships you have built within your school community, we have more partners than ever before.

We enter 2020 with a renewed dedication and commitment to the staff and students of Prince George’s County Public Schools. We continue to work towards our goal of making our school system a place where all students will graduate prepared for college and careers.

I could never thank you enough for the time and dedication that you give each day on behalf of our students. Please take some time to relax and enjoy the Winter Break with loved ones. From my family to yours, I wish you a safe and joyful holiday season!



In the Spotlight

CEO Holiday Reading Picks + Playlist

CEO Dr. Monica Goldson shares a holiday reading list, featuring both personal picks and authors with a special connection to Prince George’s County. Also, check out our holiday playlist, a soundtrack sure to spread holiday cheer! Listen on Spotify

'Pride of PGCPS' nominees receive holiday surprise!

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Five deserving members of #TeamPGCPS received a holiday surprise courtesy of MGM National Harbor. Recipients were selected from our weekly Pride of PGCPS submissions that recognize staff members who go above and beyond for students, families and colleagues. Tiffany Barbour (Hyattsville Middle School), Laura Carr-Degan (James H. Harrison Elementary), Randall Pike (Visual Services Team), Leandro Pavon (Riverdale Elementary) and Cameron Millspaugh (Cool Spring Elementary) received tickets to the Broadway musical Cirque Dreams Holidaze!

"These colleagues represent a few of the many unsung heroes throughout Prince George’s County Public Schools and I am thrilled to help make their Winter Break a little merrier," said Dr. Goldson.

To nominate a colleague who makes you #PGCPSProud, 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.

Art Education Leader Earns National Recognition

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Visual Arts Instructional Supervisor Lisa Stuart Whitehead was awarded the National Art Education Association's Marion Quin Dix Leadership Award and the National Supervision/Administration Art Educator Award!

Student Services Director Honored


Director of Student Services Elizabeth Sessoms has been awarded the Maryland School Counselor Advocate of the Year for her commitment to improving school counseling services and leadership in securing a U.S. Department of Education Mental Health
Services grant to train and hire qualified and certified school counselors to serve in high needs schools!

Internal Audit Team Gives to Homeless Families


The Internal Audit team purchased toys and clothing and gave monetary donations to help homeless students and families this holiday season. For more than eight years, this team has helped to make the holiday bright by giving. 

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:

Benefits Services: Our Focus Is You

2020 Is Almost Here: What Are Your New Year Resolutions?

New Year New You

It's time to start thinking about New Year's resolutions! Live your best life in 2020 by adopting a healthier lifestyle. Beginning in January we will challenge you to prioritize physical and emotional wellness through our #HealthyPGCPS campaign, with the theme New Year, New You! Next month, take the Health Risk Assessment to develop your personal guide for exercise, nutrition and more. Stay tuned for more information!

Start Saving for Retirement with a Tax Sheltered Annuity (TSA)

All employees can enroll in tax-deferred savings through a PGCPS participating TSA plan. Learn more about our new TSA administrator, U.S. OMNI, read their Winter Newsletter, and learn how to enroll and start saving for retirement now! Visit the Benefits TSA webpage for details.

If you wish to start a wellness program at your school, please email for more information.

ICYMI: In Case You Missed It

Share Your Input on the 2020-21 School Calendar!

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PGCPS is in the process of finalizing the 2020-21 school calendar. Two options were presented to the Board of Education this week. Please take the online survey by Thursday, Jan. 2 to share your preferences and input on the two draft calendar options prior to the Board vote on Thursday, Jan. 9. 

PG13 Season Finale

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Get an inside look at Championship Week as two proud programs represent in the state finals! It's an emotional and fulfilling journey for all as the season — and in some cases, careers— come to a close. Congratulations to the Potomac High School Wolverines and Dr. Henry A. Wise High School Pumas!