PGCPS Express: #ThankATeacher: Teacher Appreciation Week (May 4-8)

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PGCPS Express: A newsletter for PGCPS Employees

May 4, 2020

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Grade Change Window Extended

The Maryland State Board of Education has approved a statewide waiver extending the grade change window for third and fourth quarter to January 1, 2021. This extension allows staff and families the opportunity to access information for the third quarter that may have been left at school due to the sudden closure in March. In addition, all students who receive an Incomplete (I) grade for the fourth quarter will have an opportunity to make up the work missed, once school reopens in the fall, for a Pass (P) grade. All seniors preparing for a June graduation date should have submitted their grade change appeals by April 30.

To ensure that all steps are followed accurately, please refer to the Administrative Procedure 5116 Grade Change Authorization and Appeals and Attachment A or Attachment B as appropriate.

#ThankATeacher: Teacher Appreciation Week May 4-8

Today kicks off Teacher Appreciation Week. Let's give a collective thanks to our educators for their dedication and commitment to our students and families. Send stories and photos about why you #ThankATeacher to

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Class of 2020 Shares College Plans

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Many students shared their college plans on social media on College Signing Day. From Yale to the University of Maryland, the unstoppable Class of 2020 is #FutureReady. Check out this video and see where our students are furthering their education. To view more photos, click here.

On May 7, our CTE students will share their career plans on Career Signing Day.

Principal Appreciation Day: PGCPS Principals Rock!

Last week ended with Principal Appreciation Day (May 1). We extend a huge THANK YOU to all of our principals for being #PGCPSStrong! We are #PGCPSProud of you!

In the Spotlight

School Lunch Heroes Save the Day!

Last week, we celebrated School Lunch Hero Day, acknowledging our outstanding #TeamPGCPS food and nutrition and food service staff who continue to serve students and go above and beyond for families!

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Parent and educator Kimberly Strong gives kudos to Allenwood Elementary School Principal Shawna Fagbuyi and staff.

"The distance learning shift has been a huge learning curve for all of us in the PGCPS family," said Strong. "Principal Fagbuyi has shown exceptional leadership from the start of this major shift." The staff has followed her lead. Each school day begins with a morning meeting, led by the principal, on Zoom and Facebook Live. It is a place for her to share current information about schedules and activities. Parents, teachers and students gather to get a much-needed boost of positivity for the day.  Strong also had high marks for her daughter's first grade teacher, Maria Musngi, for being an exceptional leader. 

Nominate a colleague who makes you #PGCPSProud by sending their name, office/school, photo and a brief description (100 words or less) to Submissions may be edited for length, clarity or grammar.


Calling for Nominations: Retirement Life Changer of the Year Award

Retirement is a wonderful time to honor individuals for their many years of service in the field of education. The LifeChanger of the Year Program is announcing a new award for this nomination cycle. This award is for any school district employee who is retiring at the end of the 2019-20 school year. Nominations will be accepted now through Friday, June 5.

Life Changer of the Year is sponsored by the National Life Group Foundation. Since its inception in 2006, the goal of the National Life Group Foundation is to do good in communities by supporting nonprofit and educational organizations.

Benefits Services: Our Focus Is You

Quick Relaxation Techniques to Add to Your Day


Breathe Deeply

Deep breathing is one of the most effective and simplest ways to relax. You can do it anytime and anywhere. When feeling stress, most people take shallow breaths from their chest. Deep breathing is from the abdomen and may lower your heart rate and blood pressure. 

To practice deep breathing: 

• Close your eyes. Place one hand on your chest and the other hand on your abdomen. 

• Inhale for a count of 4. Hold for a count of 7. Exhale for a count of 8. 

• Breathe deeply from the abdomen. Feel the hand on your abdomen rise and fall more than the hand on your chest. 

• Continue this pattern until you feel relaxed, about one to five minutes. Stop if you feel dizzy.

ICYMI: In Case You Missed It

Virtual Workshop for PGCPS Employees: CPS 101

Learn how to prevent child abuse and neglect by participating in a virtual workshop sponsored by Prince George's County Department of Social Services. Staff can access the virtual trainings from Tuesday, May 5 through Friday, May 7 at 3 p.m.