PGCPS Express: Stage 2 Reopening, CMIT North Counselor Wins $10K Award

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PGCPS Express: A newsletter for PGCPS Employees

June 23, 2020

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July 6: Stage 2 Administrative Offices Reopening

On Monday, July 6, Stage 2 will begin with regular work hours for all employees. Designated staff will return to worksites on Mondays and Wednesdays while continuing to telework the remainder of the week. CEO Dr. Monica Goldson provided an update in a memo to all employees yesterday:

  • Employees will be required to utilize social distancing guidelines and personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Schools and offices are open to visitors and other employees by appointment only.
  • Social distancing guidelines and facial coverings will be required.
  • All schools and buildings will continue to use rigorous disinfection processes aligned with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended cleaning protocols at the end of each workday and prior to reopening schools and buildings.  

This is the next stage of a three-tiered reopening process aligned to county and state operations. More information will be available later this week in a revised version of the Prince George’s County Public Schools Staff Reopening and Recovery Plan. 

CEO's Summer Book Study Starts July 8!

CEO Summer Reading

Join CEO Dr. Monica Goldson for a four-session summer book study on Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do. PGCPS is working with Barnes & Noble at Bowie Town Center to make the book available for employees to purchase at a discounted price. More information to come! To sign up for the book study, please visit

In the Spotlight


CMIT North Elementary Counselor Receives $10,000 Award


CMIT North Elementary School Professional School Counselor Whitney Green has received the National University System  Sanford Teacher Award for her work supporting student development and achievement. The honor includes a $10,000 prize. To view the presentation, use password 0g?l07!2. Green is recognized at the 29:09 mark.

shavon wright

ShaVon Wright, Reading and English Language Arts team lead at Dr. Henry A. Wise, Jr. High School, deserves a gold star for her creativity during distance learning. As part of student enrichment activities, she created a live poetry cafe! At the end of distance learning, Wright sent a Grubhub gift certificate to her team. "For the first time, I had Panda Express delivered to my door," said colleague Nyah Sekel.



Pebbles Fryar Spearman, Textbook Control Clerk in the Division of Curriculum and Instruction, will graduate next month from Walden University through the CEO Employee Scholarship Program. Spearman will receive her bachelor’s degree in Business Communications. 


Benjamin Tasker Middle School teacher Jennifer Wilson is an exceptional educator, says Principal Kendra Hill. "She consistently exceeds expectations in meeting the needs of students, staff, and the school. Wilson develops amazing relationships with everyone around her so students want to work hard and achieve. She challenges students to believe in themselves, always do better and not be afraid to try."

CEO Featured on 'GMA3'

CEO Dr. Monica Goldson was featured last week on GMA3: What You Need to Know to offer ideas on ways to keep children and teens engaged during summer break. 


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

Relax, Relate, Release!

just breathe

With summer around the corner, it's a great time to build stress management practices into your schedule. Listen to a recorded webinar on self-care or check out these mindfulness resources, including meditation and yoga classes. For relaxation techniques, click here.

For more information, contact


Free Digital Access to PGCMLS News Suite

The Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) offers free digital access to The Washington Post, The New York Times and 27 popular magazines. These new resources are available through the PGCMLS online “News Suite” at to PGCMLS cardholders and PGCPS students. Flipster (EBSCO) provides access to 27 major magazines.

10th Annual LifeChanger of the Year Award - Nominations Accepted All Summer

LifeChanger 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. Nominating your LifeChanger is simple: here's how it works.

ICYMI: In Case You Missed It

Looking for Aspiring School Leaders!

The Aspiring Leaders Program for Student Success (ALPSS) is accepting applications through Friday, June 26.

Hosted by the Office of Talent Development, this program works to develop and prepare aspiring principals to lead schools to excellence. ALPSS is designed specifically for current assistant principals who have a strong desire to move into a principalship. For more information, contact Dr. Melissa Ellis at 301-749-5238, ext. 46104 on Mondays or Wednesdays.

Resources for Addressing Race and Trauma

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network has developed resources for educators on addressing race and trauma. Additional reading and viewing resources are available through the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture and more to guide discussions about race, diversity, inclusion and social equity.

CEO Employee Scholarships Available at Loyola

Employees may apply for scholarships at Loyola University Maryland through Wednesday, July 15 for full-tuition, half-tuition and one semester grants. Three full-tuition, three half-tuition and 20 semester Master of Arts in Teaching grants will be awarded from the CEO's Scholarship Program. Applicants may choose from nine master's and certificate program options. Recipients will be announced Monday, Aug. 10. Additionally, all employees are eligible for a 15 percent tuition discount on all Loyola School of Education cohort programs. For more information, visit