While graduation to-do lists just keep getting longer, the coming week will be a happy scramble as PGCPS seniors and their families get everything from attire to the invitation lists in proper order.

Reminder to all involved: focus on the planning as well as the actual diploma printing — which needs to be letter-perfect!

Summer Camps

Two unique summer camps are being offered this year to provide rising 9th- and 10th-grade students with hands-on opportunities for acceleration, enrichment and remediation.

The two-week camps, which are free, include the Project Lead the Way Mathematics Mastery Academy and the Career Technical Education Career Explorers Camp.

The camps also provide students with the opportunity to discover their passion in two of 12 industry concentrations of their choice.

Applications, which are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, are due by May 31.

Summer Math Academy

A three-week Engineering Summer Mathematics Mastery Academy is being offered to provide “Project Lead the Way” students with an interactive and innovative foundation on academic skills with a concentrated focus on mathematics.

The overarching goals of the academy are to assess, develop, and enhance students’ understanding of math at a comfortable pace to yield a sense of confidence and achieve mastery in their respective subject.

The program model will provide remediation, acceleration and hands-on mastery in algebra, geometry and algebra 2/ trigonometry.

The academy, which is offered from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., July 9-26 at Suitland High School, targets 9th-and 10th-graders and applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

The application deadline is May 31.

Central Garage Job Fair

PGCPS is looking to hire automotive service attendants, trades helpers and mechanics.

A Central Garage Job Fair takes place from 9 a.m.to 4 p.m., Thursday, May 24, at Skyline, 6311 Randolph Road, Suitland, Maryland 20746.

Pre-registration is required. For more information, call 301-780-2191.

Early Childhood Registrations

Registration for kindergarten began last month, but applications for early entrance to prekindergarten and kindergarten will be accepted through June 1 at children’s boundary school.

Children admitted to the prekindergarten program must be at least 4 years old on or before Sept. 1 of the school year in which they apply for entrance. For the kindergarten program, the cutoff age is at least 5 years old.

If children don’t meet criteria, their parents may apply for early entrance.

To be eligible for early entrance, children must meet the following criteria:

• Prekindergarten — Children must turn 4 years old between Sept. 2 – Oct. 15.
• Kindergarten — Children must turn 5 years old between Sept. 2 – Oct. 15.

For more information, call 301-925-1985 or 240-724-1924.

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Dorothy Rowley – Washington Informer Staff Writer

I knew I had to become a writer when at age nine I scribbled a note to my younger brother’s teacher saying I thought she was being too hard on him in class. Well, the teacher immediately contacted my mother, and with tears in her eyes, profusely apologized. Of course, my embarrassed mother dealt with me – but that didn’t stop me from pursuing my passion for words and writing. Nowadays, as a “semi-retiree,” I continue to work for the Washington Informer as a staff writer. Aside from that, I keep busy creating quirky videos for YouTube, participating in an actor’s guild and being part of my church’s praise dance team and adult choir. I’m a regular fixture at the gym, and I like to take long road trips that have included fun-filled treks to Miami, Florida and Jackson, Mississippi. I’m poised to take to the road again in early 2017, headed for New Orleans, Louisiana. This proud grandmother of two – who absolutely adores interior decorating – did her undergraduate studies at Virginia Union University and graduate work at Virginia State University.

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