Connect PGCPS: Budget Hearings, New Board Member, MGM Restaurant Discount

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January 17, 2020

Get the Scoop

Speak Up: FY2021 Operating Budget Work Sessions and Public Hearings

The Prince George’s County Board of Education invites you to learn more and share your priorities during the fiscal year2021 Operating Budget Work Sessions and Public Hearings. The Budget Work Session begins at 5 p.m. The Budget Public Hearing begins at 7 p.m.

  • JANUARY 21: Northwestern High School
  • JANUARY 28: Charles H. Flowers High School
  • FEBRUARY 4: Crossland High School

New Board of Education Member Takes Office

Bryan M. Swann was sworn in this week to fill the vacant District 4 seat on the Prince George’s County Board of Education, following appointment by Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks. Swann, who has two children in the school system, currently works at the U.S. Department of Treasury as Deputy Director of the Office of Financial Management. >>Read more

Top photo: CEO Dr. Goldson teaching a math lesson to students at Potomac High School.

In the Spotlight

Share Your Good News!

African American History Month

African American History Month

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


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.

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 more at!

Announcements and Professional Development

MGM National Harbor Restaurant Discount for Employees


To show appreciation for your hard work, MGM National Harbor is offering a 25% discount at your favorite restaurant to all PGCPS employees. To receive the discount, simply show your work ID.

Information Session: American College of Education

American College of Education will host an online information session on Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 7p.m. Learn more about available district grants, programs offered, our affordability, upcoming start dates and next steps to enroll. Register now! For more information, please contact Melissa Hill at or 1-844-823-0652.

Spark Student Creativity: Minecraft Education Challenge

Join the Technology Training Team by taking on this year's Minecraft in Education Challenge. Engage your students with collaboration and creativity by using Minecraft: Education Edition to design a new module for the International Space Station and describe the hypothetical scientific experiments you will run.Training will be held on Thursday, Jan. 23 or Wednesday, Jan. 29. Register in myPPS. 

Benefits Services: Our Focus Is You

Take the Health Risk Assessment: #HealthyPGCPS

Take the Health Risk Assessment (HRA) and get a full picture of your health and well-being. This test allows you to focus and set goals for making healthy lifestyle changes! The HRA takes less than 15 minutes to complete and connects you with resources and information specific to your wellbeing needs.

How to Access Your Health Risk Assessment:

Don’t Have Benefits Through PGCPS? 

  • Contact your insurance provider to learn how to access your health assessment. 

  • If your insurance does not offer a Health Risk Assessment, contact to find out how to participate.

Plan Ahead: PGCPS Goes Red on Feb. 7

wear red

February is American Heart Month, the perfect time to learn about your risk for heart disease and the steps you need to take now to help your heart. Join us on Friday, Feb. 7 for #PGCPSGoesRed and wear red in support of ending heart disease.

Reminder: 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. 

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

ICYMI: In Case You Missed It

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.

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 applications for the Maurice Erly Professional Development Award. The deadline is Wednesday, 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.