Connect PGCPS: #Blueprint4MD, new UMD partnership, 2020 health goals

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Connect PGCPS

February 3, 2020

Get the Scoop

#Blueprint4MD: PGCPS Advocates for Better Educational Opportunities

CEO Dr. Monica Goldson and Board of Education Chair Dr. Alvin Thornton testified before the Prince George’s County House Delegation about the school system's progress and need for more equitable school funding. They were joined by DuVal High School senior Jeremy Kiggundu and High Point High School senior Vanessa Velas Romero, who shared details about their experiences and aspirations. The Blueprint for Maryland, based on the Kirwan Commission's recommendations, would provide much-needed funding for higher teacher salaries, Career and Technical Education, wraparound services for high-needs schools and early childhood education.

New Partnership to Focus on K–12 Improvement

umd partner

PGCPS has teamed up with the University of Maryland College of Education for a new partnership to create joint faculty appointments, advance teacher preparation programs and and prioritize using evidence-based approaches to solving challenges such as the achievement gap and absenteeism.

2020-2021 Principal Selection Process Now Open

The 2020-21 Principal Selection Process is now open. Interested candidates should visit for more information and to submit an application. The deadline to apply is Friday, Feb. 28.

Go Red for a Healthy Heart — 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.

In the Spotlight

Pride of PGCPS

Port Towns Elementary School Media/Technology Paraprofessional Charles Richards has a ready smile for everyone in the school, says Assistant Principal Dara D. Hurley, adding he eagerly volunteers to help with student activities, never complains and sets a positive example. 

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!

Benefits Services: Our Focus Is You

Wellness Resources for Employees

PGCPS offers weekday cardio kickboxing, boot camp and yoga classes at the Sasscer Administration Building and Bonnie F. Johns Educational Media Center. Learn more about the classes and other wellness resources.

Reminder: Share your Health Accomplishments and Goals

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

If you are interested in bringing employee wellness activities to your school, please contact for more information.

ICYMI: In Case You Missed It

Information Session: La Salle University and Regional Training Center

Learn about the Master of Education program with LaSalle University to be held in partnership with the Regional Training Center (RTC) on Tuesday, 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  

PGCPS Random Act of Kindness Day — February 19

On Wednesday, Feb. 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.

African American History Month

African American History Month

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