PGCPS Express: eGraduation Celebration, Personal/Annual Leave, CEO Employee Scholarships

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PGCPS Express: A newsletter for PGCPS Employees

May 27, 2020

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PGCPS Hosts Virtual Graduation on May 30

eGraduation Celebration
class of 2020

Tune in this weekend as Prince George’s County Public Schools honors the UNSTOPPABLE Class of 2020 with a systemwide eGraduation Celebration, featuring Academy Award-nominated actress Taraji P. Henson as commencement speaker. 

The event will pay tribute to an estimated 8,000 seniors at 31 traditional, public charter and alternative high schools. Get involved in the eGraduation Celebration by tweeting congratulations during the broadcast with the hashtag #PGCPS2020Grads. How to watch:

Saturday, May 30 — 7 p.m.

Simultaneous Spanish audio of the celebration will be available during the May 30 airing. Listen in at that time by calling 508-924-5155. 

Sunday, May 31 — noon (encore presentation)

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The celebration will be archived on the PGCPS YouTube channel and air on PGCPS-TV (Comcast 96, Verizon 38) at a later date.

Employee Personal and Annual Leave

Annual Leave

Employees will not lose personal or annual leave this fiscal year. At the end of this fiscal year, procedures outlined in negotiated agreements will be followed to provide maximum carryover of personal and annual leave days. All remaining days will be added to the employee’s sick leave balance. No unused days will be lost. This procedure will only be used at the end of this fiscal year – June 30.

CEO Employee Scholarships Available at Loyola

CEO Scholarship

Loyola University Maryland has partnered with Prince George’s County Public Schools to offer scholarship opportunities in qualifying programs to employees. Three full-tuition, three half-tuition and 20 one-semester MAT enrollment grants will be awarded to qualified applicants. Choose from nine nationally-accredited and state-approved master’s and certificate program options. Scholarship applications are due by July 15 and recipients will be announced on Aug. 10. For an additional bonus, PGCPS employees are eligible to receive a 15 percent tuition discount on all Loyola School of Education cohort programs. For more information about the programs offered, upcoming information sessions, how to apply, and eligibility requirements, visit

In the Spotlight


Adam Thompson, Special Education teacher at University Park Elementary School, has gone above and beyond to help his students during the distance learning transition. Danielle LeClair, parent of a student who attends the school, says that Thompson has helped her daughter in completing assignments, solving technical issues and just being available to ensure she is caught up on her work.

Dr. Kia McDaniel, Specialty Programs Coordinating Supervisor, recently served as a panelist on a webinar for Learning Forward to provide an overview of ways teachers can engage English learners online.

Zooming into the Science Bowl Championship

COVID-19 might have knocked Science Bowl down, but couldn't knock it out!  Thanks to Zoom and the cooperation of the students and coaches at our four semifinal schools, the Science Bowl season concluded last week with a nail-biting championship game.

Congratulations to Bond Mill Elementary School, the 2019-20 Elementary School Science Bowl Champions. This is the school's first title since Science Bowl began 34 years ago!

Schools who participated in the Science Bowl semifinals include Beacon Heights, University Park and Whitehall elementary schools. Watch the semifinal competition.

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.

Benefits Services: Our Focus Is You

#HealthyPGCPS: Stay Focused on Your Well-being

Join the Employee Wellness Program in a virtual wellness series to help you stay on top of your well-being while navigating our new normal! You can participate in wellness sessions on mindfulness and nutrition or take a fitness class. The virtual series will end in June.

Mindfulness Series: Every Tuesday through June 16, participate in the 'Uplifted Mind' series to help reduce stress. Each class is held from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. To register, click here. To listen to last week's session, click here.


Nutrition Series: Every Thursday, now through June 18, participate in educational classes and cooking demonstrations. Each class is held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

The nutrition series also features one-hour cooking demonstration classes at 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Please note that registration has closed for fitness classes. However, if you are still interested and did not get into a class, please contact

For more information, visit the Employee Wellness website or please contact

Announcements and Professional Development

Share Your Input: Workplace Bullying & Behavior Threat Assessment



The Board of Education is seeking public comment on proposed policies related to Workplace Bullying and Behavior Threat Assessment. Comments are due by 5 p.m. on June 2. For more information, visit


Explore ASPIRE: Loyola’s Extended Learning Community

Education is a lifelong journey of challenge, discovery, examination and renewal. Through ASPIRE, Loyola University Maryland offers a selection of online courses and modules to extend your learning and engage you in new ideas for personal and professional development. Whether you are looking to upskill, make new connections or explore new ideas, ASPIRE has something for you. To learn more, contact Auburn Bell, Associate Director of Outreach, at, or explore

ICYMI: In Case You Missed It

Mental Health Awareness 'Tools 2 Thrive'

Your health and well-being are our top priority. Mental health plays a key role in overall wellness and greatly impacts work performance. Check out "Tools 2 Thrive" on the PGCPS website to help address anxiety, grief and depression. In addition, Prince George's County Health & Human Services will offer community Mental Health Awareness Month mini-webinars every Thursday in May. Download the flyer for details.