Connect PGCPS: New Year, New You!

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January 10. 2020

Get the Scoop

Nominate Outstanding Principals and Teachers for Washington Post Awards

The call for nominations for this year’s Washington Post Principal of the Year and Teacher of the Year awards has officially kicked off. Nomination packets are available here. Please submit all nominations to the Office of Communications by Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 5 p.m. One principal and teacher will be selected to represent PGCPS in the regional competition. The Washington Post selects one winner for each award. Prizes include a trophy and $7,500 monetary award.

In the Spotlight


Bradbury Heights Elementary School teacher Camilla (Cam) Connolly has dedicated more than 30 years to serving student, supporting parents in crisis and spearheading the school's Sunshine Club. Most recently, she helped raise more than $600 for a family in need. "This is just one of the many amazing examples of how Cam goes above and beyond to support our babies," said colleague Arnetta L. West. "Cam is always putting our students first and has a warm and giving heart." 

Art Teachers Recognized for Excellence

art teachers

Several art teachers recently received the 2019 Maryland Art Educator Association Award: 

Nicolette Pitts, Frances Fuchs Early Childhood Center
Lorca Beebe Diaz, Lamont Elementary School
Renee McDonald, Nicholas Orem Middle School
Sheila Hyman, Thomas G. Pullen K-8 Arts Academy
Tery Honeyghan, High Point High School
Phaedra Byrd, Potomac High School

Frances Fuchs Early Childhood Center Principal Dierra Tramel received the 
Champion of Visual Arts Education Award.

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.

Share Your Good News!

African American History Month

African American History Month

Share what your school's plans for African American History Month with the Communications Office at

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:


Change in Standard Mileage Reimbursement Rate


The Internal Revenue Service and Treasury Department have revised applicable mileage reimbursement rates from $0.58 to $0.575. Accordingly, authorized travel in accordance with Administrative Procedure Number 4133 will now be reimbursed at the rate of $0.575 cents per mile. The Accounts Payable Office via Oracle I-Expense will apply the new rate to any requests for mileage reimbursement for travel occurring on or after Wednesday, Jan. 1.

Earn a Scholarship Through ESFCU

Educational Systems Federal Credit Union is now accepting 2020 Educator applications for the Maurice Erly Professional Development Award. The deadline is April 1.

Capital City Go-Go Education Day: Tuesday, Feb. 25

education day

The Capital City Go-Go, the NBA G-League affiliate of the NBA’s Washington Wizards, will host Education Day, allowing school groups, families and other fans an opportunity to experience the excitement of NBA basketball in an educational environment. This will be a sellout game and seats will be in high demand. Call 202-527-7945 to arrange group tickets.

The Youth@Work/Summer Youth Enrichment Program

Applications for the Prince George's County 2020 Youth@Work/Summer Youth Enrichment Program will be accepted through Friday, Feb. 28! The program offers youth ages 14-22 paid summer employment experiences.

Benefits Services: Our Focus Is You

Live Your Best Life in 2020: #HealthyPGCPS

New Year New You

It's time for YOU to live your best life in 2020 by adopting a healthier lifestyle. This month, we are challenging all employees to prioritize physical and emotional wellness through our #HealthyPGCPS campaign with the theme New Year, New You!


Share your Health Accomplishments and Goals

Share your biggest accomplishment for 2019 and health goal for 2020! All entries will be featured on a star at the Sasscer Administration Building. Your entry will also be automatically entered in our monthly drawing. 

Free Online Wellness Classes Now Available

Online wellness classes are now available to all employees. Classes are free and can be completed anywhere! New classes will be added each month through August. Here are the classes for this month:

  • Back In Shape: Your Body and Mind
  • Fueling Your Day: Healthy Snack and Meal Preparation
  • Healthy Year, Healthy You

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