Connect PGCPS: Random Act of Kindness Day, Invest in Education, #CTE Month: Journey to the Classroom

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Connect PGCPS

February 18, 2020

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PGCPS Random Act of Kindness Day!

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Celebrate Random Act of Kindness Day across Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS) on Wednesday, Feb. 19! Need ideas? Take a look at the suggestions below!

  • Bring treats or healthy snacks for the team.
  • Take a colleague out to lunch.
  • Pack an extra snack.
  • Send a nice note to a co-worker.
  • Mentor a new colleague.
  • Sing a co-worker's praises!

PGCPS Legislative Night in Annapolis: Feb. 24

Invest in education! Join CEO Dr. Monica Goldson and Board Chair Dr. Alvin Thornton, Board of Education members, labor partners and lawmakers on Monday, Feb. 24 in Annapolis for PGCPS Legislative Night. This is your opportunity to learn more about the Kirwan school funding proposal and school construction legislation. There will be a legislative briefing in the House Office Building, 6 Bladen St., from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., followed by a tour and group photo. Free transportation available! RSVP today!


Deadline Extended: Principal Selection Process

The 2020-21 Principal Selection Process is open through Monday, March 23. Interested candidates should visit www.pgcps.org/careers for more information and to submit an application. Level up to school leadership!


Take the Career and Technical Education Survey

PGCPS is seeking input from students, teachers and parents about experiences and perceptions of Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs. Our goal is to provide students with a strong foundation of technical knowledge and workplace skills in preparation for college and careers. Please complete the CTE Survey by Friday, March 6.


#CTEMonth: Journey to the Classroom!

Hear more from other#TeamPGCPS colleagues whose journey in the classroom was not direct. Click to edit this placeholder text.you can find these professionals in our Career and Technical Education (CTE) classrooms. Meet these teachers whose real-world experience is preparing students for higher education and the workplace!

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Major Soynae Strickland transitioned from the Air Force into the classroom to help Potomac High School AFJROTC students develop character and life skills to succeed in any career! WATCH


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Suitland High School's Helene Johnson spent 25 years in the federal intelligence community before putting aside her Top Secret clearance to inspire students — especially women — to pursue cybersecurity careers! Meet Ms. Johnson and her students in this WTOP story.


Save the Date: Employee Recognition Dinner, April 30

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For the past 45 years, Prince George’s County has celebrated and recognized world-class educators and leaders for their contributions and commitment to our students and community. This year we will celebrate honorees at the annual Recognition Dinner on Thursday, April 30 at Martin's Crosswinds, 7400 Greenway Center Drive, Greenbelt. See you there!

In the Spotlight

Pride of PGCPS

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Wilbert Stevenson, known as Mr. Steve, is more than a Building Supervisor at Kettering Elementary School. The school building is always warm and clean for students and staff every morning, said Assistant Principal Lauri D. Hay. "Mr. Steve can manage a cafeteria full of students with his eyes closed. He monitors traffic to ensure our children arrive safely every morning and puts in extra time on weekends and evenings to do ensure the school building is top notch. Whenever you thank Mr. Steve, he always says, 'I do it for the kids!'" 


To nominate a colleague who makes you #PGCPSProud, send their name, office/school, photo and a brief description (100 words or less) to communications@pgcps.org. 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 communications@pgcps.org!

Benefits Services: Our Focus Is You

Visit Minute Clinic at CVS During Heart Health Month

Visit your local MinuteClinic at CVS Pharmacy on Thursday, Feb. 20 and receive a no-cost heart health preventive screening, supported by Tylenol. Learn the five key personal health numbers that can help you determine your risk for heart disease: total cholesterol, HDL (good) cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar and body mass index. Bring this voucher to your visit or just show it from your phone. No appointment necessary!


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

ICYMI: In Case You Missed It

Now Accepting Nominations for Teacher of the Year

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Nominate an outstanding teacher for the prestigious Teacher of the Year Award!

Candidates must be in their sixth year of teaching and plan to remain in the classroom during the 2020-21 school year. The Prince George's County Teacher of the Year will compete for the honor of Maryland Teacher of the Year.

Award details are available on the Teacher of the Year webpage. Applications must be submitted by Friday, March 6 at 5 p.m.

Black History Month: Celebrating Excellence!

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Did you know that G. James Gholson Middle School's namesake was a legend whose determination and fierce commitment to education paved the way for African-American leaders of today. In 1954, when the Supreme Court struck down legalized segregation in public education, Mr. Gholson was leading Fairmont Heights High School in his drive for democracy and equality of opportunity. In a State afflicted by deep polarization along racial lines, he not only transformed Fairmont Heights, but dramatically improved public education for African-American children in Prince George’s County, Maryland.