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March 6 , 2020

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Read Across America Week

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Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) is bringing readers together under one hat – the red and white stovepipe hat made famous by the Cat in the Hat – for a flurry of reading excitement this week. Students and staff kicked off Read Across America Week with Dr. Seuss' birthday on Monday. The fun continues through Friday. Green eggs and ham, anyone?

(Pictured below: University Park Elementary School students and staff enjoy green eggs and ham on Read Across America Day)

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Be Well, Teach Well Winner Announced

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Congratulations to Adelphi Elementary School teacher Linda Barta, winner of the Be Well-Teach Well contest sponsored by Walden University.

Barta's winning essay raved about her colleagues and their passion for their work. She embraces everyone's differences as gifts by parlaying them into real supporting structures and drawing from each other's strengths. 

If you are interested in learning more about Walden University partnership benefits and Walden’s degree programs, visit www.waldenU.edu/pgcps.


Coronavirus Update

On March 5, 2020, three positive cases of Coronavirus were identified in Montgomery County; the patients — a married couple in their 70s and an individual in their 50s — contracted the virus while overseas. We are in regular contact with the Prince George’s County Health Department and Maryland Department of Health regarding the Coronavirus. The school system adheres to guidance and direction from the county and state health departments in all health-related matters. 

As a precaution, all Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) sponsored international travel is canceled until further notice. For Spring Break travel, anyone who travels to a high-risk area should contact the county or state health department for instructions prior to departure and before returning to school or work.

Please note that we are continuing to work proactively to keep school and office settings safe, prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, develop plans to continue instruction in the event of any school closures, and share information. >> Read more

In the Spotlight

Pride of PGCPS

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Gwynn Park High School Science Department Chair Danita Mathews is the recipient of the 2020 Outstanding Teachers Award from Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative. The award recognizes educators for their leadership in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Mathews will be honored at an awards ceremony in April.


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Occupational therapist Marjorie Vogeley has received the 2020 Roster of Fellows Award the American Occupational Therapy Association. This award recognizes members who
have made a significant contribution over time to the profession with a measured impact on consumers of
occupational therapy services and/or members of the Association. Vogeley is being honored for her advocacy, organizational leadership and school-based practice. She will receive her award later this month at the 2020 Annual Conference and Expo in Boston.


CEO Receives Community Innovator Award

CEO Dr. Monica Goldson will be honored this spring with the Community Innovator Award from Jack & Jill of America, Inc. Dr. Goldson was chosen for innovating educational strategies and successfully advocating for increased school funding, student supports and public-private partnerships to enhance school construction capacity.

Jack and Jill of America, Inc. is a membership organization of mothers with children ages 2-19 dedicated to nurturing future African-American leaders by strengthening children through leadership development, volunteer service, philanthropic giving and civic duty.


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!

Professional Development Opportunities and Announcements

New Partner PGCPS Newsletter Coming Soon

Do you want to receive updates and news on the latest developments in business, community and faith-based partnerships for PGCPS? Subscribe now to Partner PGCPS, the premier newsletter connecting businesses and schools, courtesy of the Office of Community Partnerships.


Are You a PGCPS Principal and Alum?

If you are a principal and PGCPS alum, send your school and graduation year to  alumni@pgcps.org for a possible alumni feature.

Benefits Services: Our Focus Is You 

National Nutrition Month: Eat Right, Bite by Bite

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National Nutrition Month focuses on making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. Participate in National Pack Your Lunch Day (Tuesday, March 10) and Go Green Week (Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20) as part of our Healthy PGCPS campaign. Make green choices this week — all the veggies, fruit and smoothies you can eat! Share photos on social media using the hashtag #HealthyPGCPS.


Free Group Exercise Classes

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.


Help Name the Employee Wellness Program for PGCPS

Benefits Services is looking for creative minds to help name the employee wellness program. Share your creative ideas. The winning idea will win a prize. All submissions must be entered by Friday, March 13 at 6 p.m. The new name will be announced in April!
If you have questions, please contact the Employee Wellness Program at 301-952-6713 or wellness.benefits@pgcps.org


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

Teacher of the Year Award Nomination Deadline: March 6

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.


Outstanding Support Award Nomination Deadline: March 13

We will celebrate employees who demonstrate the highest level of excellence in their work at the annual Employee Recognition Dinner in April at Martin's Crosswinds in Greenbelt. To learn how you can nominate an employee for the Outstanding Support Award, click here. The nomination deadline is Thursday, March 13


Principal and Assistant Principal Selection Process

Level up to school leadership! The 2020-21 Principal and Assistant Principal Selection Process is currently open. The Principal Selection Process is open through Monday, March 23. The Assistant Principal Selection Process is open through Friday, April 3. Interested candidates should visit www.pgcps.org/careers for more information and to submit an application. For more information, contact talent.development@pgcps.org.


Nominate a Teacher for the Christa McAuliffe Award

Nominations are open for the Christa McAuliffe Award to honor excellence in teaching. Candidates must be certified full-time teachers in grades kindergarten through 12 in PGCPS and have spent at least the past five years teaching full-time in Prince George's County Public Schools. Get details here>>

Complete the 2020 online application>>