PGCPS Briefs, Week of October 20, 2016

Students at Rosa Parks Elementary School in Hyattsville, Maryland, celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. /Courtesy of PGCPS via Facebook
Students at Rosa Parks Elementary School in Hyattsville, Maryland, celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. /Courtesy of PGCPS via Facebook

TV Show Helps with Homework

PGCPS students can tune into "Count on Us" for help with homework. /Courtesy of PGCPS
PGCPS students can tune into “Count on Us” for help with homework. /Courtesy of PGCPS

Prince George’s County Public Schools’ “Count on Us” is a two-hour call-in TV show that provides mathematical instruction to elementary and middle school students seeking homework help.

Students can submit their math questions by emailing cou@pgpcs.org or by calling the show hotline at 301-772-0080.

PGCPS math teachers provide live, on-air assistance and answers to questions submitted before and during the show.

“Count on Us” airs on Comcast channel 96 and Verizon channel 38 on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information, visit www1.pgcps.org/countonus.

Community Discussions

A series of community discussions are being held in October to continue an open dialogue on opportunities to balance enrollment in the school system.
A series of community discussions are being held in October to continue an open dialogue on opportunities to balance enrollment in the school system.

Prince George’s County Public Schools invites parents, students and community members to participate in a series of “Community Discussions” to continue an open dialogue on opportunities to balance enrollment in the district, among other changes.

Each discussion will feature breakout groups on specific schools that may be studied for possible changes. The meetings will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. as follows:

Thursday, Oct. 20
James Madison Middle School
7300 Woodyard Road
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

Wednesday, Oct. 26
Accokeek Academy
14400 Berry Road
Accokeek, MD 20607

Thursday, Oct. 27
Bladensburg High School
4200 57th Avenue
Bladensburg, MD 20710

Report Bullying, Officials Urge

October is recognized nationally as Stop Bullying Month. /Courtesy of cdc.gov
October is recognized nationally as Stop Bullying Month. /Courtesy of cdc.gov

Bullying, harassment and intimidation have no place in county schools, said PGCPS officials, who urge all to report incidents both major and minor.

Whether it happens in the hallways or online, such behavior can create hostile learning environments that interfere with students’ academic performance and emotional and physical well-being, school officials said.

Harassment is motivated by real or perceived characteristics, such as race/ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability or socioeconomic status.

Bullying behavior is threatening, intimidating and occurs repeatedly over time with the intent to cause harm.

Hispanic Heritage Celebrated

Students at Rosa Parks Elementary School in Hyattsville, Maryland, celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. /Courtesy of PGCPS via Facebook
Students at Rosa Parks Elementary School in Hyattsville, Maryland, celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. /Courtesy of PGCPS via Facebook

October is Hispanic Heritage Celebration Month and is being recognized throughout the county school system, including at Rosa Parks Elementary School in Hyattsville.

Advanced Placement Update

Since PGCPS’ Sept. 26 letter regarding changes to Advanced Placement exam fees, school officials have heard from many parents and students concerned about the timing of notifications and the district’s commitment to the AP program.

During the 2016-17 school year, PGCPS will continue the practice of covering AP Exam fees for all students. Although this decision has financial implications that will require additional adjustments, officials said it’s the right call.

PGCPS will revisit the practice for the 2017-18 school year, allowing students and families adequate time to plan and adjust if needed. Currently, the county is the only system in the region to assume the cost for all students.

Meanwhile, teachers will continue to provide students with the same rigorous instructional opportunities in the classroom that will prepare them for the AP exams to be administered at the end of the school year.

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