Prince George’s County Public Schools recently launched the 10,000 Meals Challenge fund to cover the cost of student meals for families affected by the ongoing federal government shutdown.

This week, community partners and individual donors surpassed the original goal and interim PGCPS CEO Dr. Monica Goldson set a new target to provide 20,000 student meals through donations. Funds will be distributed to schools with the greatest demonstrated need.

National Contest Winner

Andrew Jackson Academy student Joy West was selected in a drawing from thousands of students as winner of the “Make the Break” contest hosted by Achieve3000.

The contest challenged students to stay engaged in learning by completing online lessons over holiday break to continue growth achieved in the first semester. West, the only winner in Maryland, will receive a new karaoke system.

Scholar of the Week

Sulaman Shah, a senior at Oxon Hill High School who is a Science and Technology program scholar, athlete, musician and aspiring philanthropist, was recently named PGCPS Scholar of the Week.

Sulaman, a rising STEM star who aspires to make global impact through science, is already gaining real world experience working to determine the effects of stress on honey bees. He is completing the project with guidance from scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, where he secured a full-year internship.

“I’ve always been into nature, the outdoors and environmental science, so when I learned USDA was studying the bees, I was immediately interested,” he said.

Sulaman is also active in sports and in his community. In addition to membership on the Oxon Hill varsity lacrosse team, he plays the viola in orchestra; enjoys cooking, fishing, hiking and soccer and is a member of the National Honor Society, National English Honor Society and National French Honor Society.

A graduate of Maya Angelou French Immersion, Sulaman is fluent in French and hopes to someday put his multilingualism and science education to work in developing nations.

Operating Budget Hearings

The PGCPS Board of Education will host three public hearings on the proposed FY2020 Operating Budget.

Hearings will be held on Jan. 29 at Fairmont Heights HS, Feb. 5 at Friendly HS, and Feb. 11 at High Point HS.

Weather Information

Following the recent weather closing and delays, parents and students are reminded to stay tuned to the PGCPS website, email and text alerts, social media updates and media reports for information regarding weather-related changes to the school schedule.
‘Excellence in Education’ Scholarships

High school seniors can apply to receive a college scholarship from the “Excellence in Education Foundation for PGCPS,” which will award $125,000 in scholarships in several categories in 2019.

Additionally, seniors attending schools within the vicinity of the MGM complex (Crossland, Friendly, Oxon Hill and Potomac) may apply for $5,000 scholarships through the MGM Prince George’s County Local Development Council Scholarship Program. All applications are due March 15.

Become a Substitute Teacher

PGCPS welcomes federal employees who have been furloughed and may be looking for employment opportunities during the partial shutdown to apply for substitute teacher and/or substitute paraprofessional positions currently posted on its website.

The school system pledges to work with qualified individuals to expedite their hiring by extending an invitation to its next hiring event on Friday, Jan. 25.

Interested candidates must complete an application for employment by selecting the following link: online application for employment via iRecruitment.

An email noting registration process, required documents, location and time will be sent to eligible applicants.

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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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