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PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY EDUCATION BRIEFS: TangerKids Grants

With the increased shortages in funding and growing needs of schools around the country, Tanger Outlet Centers Inc. developed the TangerKids Grants program to assist local schools with funding for needed programs and/or equipment.

Tanger has earmarked $1 of every coupon book sold at the center to children and schools. The dollars available may be split between multiple grant requests.

District 9 School Board member Sonya Williams encourages schools to submit a grant request for the 2018-2019 school year. An overview of the program is available at http://grants.tangeroutlet.com which lists key dates and how to submit a grant request.

Grant requests can support educational programs, equipment, special projects or specific department needs in any amount up to $2,500.

Requests must be completed, electronically signed and submitted to TangerKIDS Grants submission form online by March 16. For more information, contact Queen Moore @queen.moore@tangeroutlets.com or by phone at 301-567-3880.

Teacher of the Year Applications

PGCPS is accepting nominations for 2018 Teacher of the Year through March 13.

Interested parties can submit nominations of exemplary teachers through PGCPS’ new online process and streamlined form. While all schools are encouraged to submit a nomination; just one nominee may be submitted for each school. The Teacher of the Year will be announced during a black tie event on May 14 at the Greenbelt Marriott.

To be eligible, all nominees must at least be in their sixth year of teaching and plan to remain a PGCPS teacher for the 2018-19 school year. In addition, nominees must be willing to spend time away from the classroom serving as advocates for public education and acting as local and state advisors in education policy and program development.

There is also a mandatory orientation day for all nominees on Wednesday, March 21.

Scholar of the Week

Tshraq Chowdhury, a senior at DuVal High School in Lanham, Md., is the latest PGCPS Scholar of the Week.

Tshraq, who has a 4.01 grade point average, is a dual enrollment student at DuVal and Prince George’s Community College.

Tshraq’s course load includes Advanced Placement courses in Government, Biology, World History, Human Geography, Calculus AB, Environmental Science and Computer Science Principles.

He is a member of the National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track Teams, and the Environmental, Information Technology, Debate, Math and Robotics Clubs.

He also participates in the Model Citizen Mentoring Program where he is a member of the media outreach committee.

Tshraq hopes to attend either the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill or Georgia Institute of Technology to major in computer science with a minor in political science.

Outstanding Employee Nominations

PGCPS recognizes the outstanding contributions of staff by hosting an Employee Recognition Dinner each May.

Coworkers, students, parents, and community members are encouraged to submit nominations of employees who demonstrate the highest level of excellence in their work. These nominations will be reviewed by committee, and up to 20 individuals will ultimately be honored as Outstanding Employees during this year’s dinner.

Nominees must be currently employed as a permanent PGCPS employee and must not have previously received a PGCPS Outstanding Educator or Outstanding Supporting Employee award. Nominees must also demonstrate outstanding service and professionalism in working with students, parents, colleagues, and/or the community; routinely exceed expectations; exemplify the values and vision of PGCPS; and effectly lead and manage their school, department, or office (if applicable).

To submit nominations:

• Download a nomination form and complete all parts of the form.
• Write an essay with the theme “Why My Nominee Is Outstanding.”
• Collect 5-10 letters of support. One must be from the nominee’s immediate supervisor and four from others who also work closely with the nominee, such as students, parents, colleagues, or community partners.
• Put the completed nomination form, essay, and letters of support in clear plastic sheet protectors and place in a 1/2-inch, 3-ring, white binder.
• Submit your nomination package by 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 29, 2018 to Sharon Hodges, Office of Talent Development, Oxon Hill Staff Development Center, Suite F, 7711 Livingston Road, Oxon Hill, MD 20745 (email photo to sharon.hodges@pgcps.org

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