Connect PGCPS: County Executives Support School Construction

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Connect PGCPS

January 24, 2020

Get the Scoop

Maryland County Executives Support School Construction Bill

Top local officials in Maryland's most populated counties gathered Thursday to support a measure to steer significantly more money to school construction in the state. Prince George's County Executive Angela Alsobrooks highlighted the need by describing Forest Heights Elementary, a 90-year-old school in her county, where students and teachers had to relocate because the building was considered unsafe.>> Read more.

Help Inform Students About the 2020 Census


In less than two months, families will begin receiving information in the mail to complete the 2020 Census which determines federal funding for our schools, transportation and other public services that directly impact our communities. Help inform students of the importance of this once-in-ten-year event by sharing this quick and fun video about who gets counted and why it matters! 

In the Spotlight


PGCPS Support Staff Participate in Leadership Workshop


A group of PGCPS aspiring leaders recently completed the Support Staff Aspiring Leaders Program (SSALP) which provides opportunities that include experiential activities designed to meet the needs of those who are currently serving in a leadership position and those who aspire to pursue a leadership position.

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

PGCPS Random Act of Kindness Day: February 19

On February 19, PGCPS will celebrate Random Act of Kindness Day! Here are ways to show your appreciation for your colleagues:

  • Buy coffee or donuts for everyone on the team
  • Take a colleague out to lunch
  • Pack an extra snack
  • Go the extra mile
  • Mentor a new colleague
  • Dole out a little praise

In Memory of Bus Driver Anita Ellis

Our deepest condolences are extended to the family, friends and colleagues of Anita Ellis, a PGCPS bus driver who lost her life in a fire on Jan. 18. 

A fire in your home can be one of the most upsetting and uprooting events in your life. If you are a resident of Prince George's County, the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department will come visit your home and conduct a FREE Fire Safety Advisory Inspection and install a free smoke alarm. You can dial 311 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. or call 301-864-SAFE(7233) after hours. 

Information Session: La Salle University and Regional Training Center

Learn about the Master of Education program with La Salle University to be held in partnership with the Regional Training Center (RTC) on Feb. 4 at Charles H. Flowers High School from 5-6:30 p.m. For more information, contact La Salle University at 1-800-433-4740 or email  

Benefits Services: Our Focus Is You

Wellness Resources for Employees

Interested in joining a cardio kickboxing, boot camp or yoga class? PGCPS offers classes during the week at the Sasscer Administration Building and Bonnie F. Johns Educational Media Center. Learn more about these classes and other wellness resources available.

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 bring employee wellness activities to your school, please email for more information.

ICYMI: In Case You Missed It

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 year 2021 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. You can review a copy of the FY2021 budget online.

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

African American History Month

African American History Month

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

MGM National Harbor Restaurant Discount for Employees


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

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.