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PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY EDUCATION BRIEFS: Back-to-School Block Party

9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 17
Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex
8001 Sheriff Rd, Landover, MD 20785

‘LifeChanger’ Nominee

Carlos Beato, the founding principal of International High School Langley Park in Bladensburg, was nominated for the LifeChanger of the Year award by his colleague and last year’s LifeChanger winner, Keishia Thorpe.

Born in a small, poor town in the Dominican Republic, Beato’s mother instilled in him core beliefs about the value of hard work and education at an early age. His mother moved with him to New York City at the age of 5 and has been very influential in his life, along with his teachers and Posse mentor at Middlebury College.

School posed many obstacles for Beato, and his educational experience in the United States was met with many challenges because he was a second-language learner. This caused him to miss out on many opportunities that were available for other students because of his classification as an English Language Learner and his undocumented status.

However, this did not deter him from pursuing his education and becoming salutatorian in both his middle and high school graduation. As a first-generation student, he wanted to carry out the dream of his mother. This led him to earning a Posse scholarship, and he attended Middlebury College.

His life drastically changed while at Middlebury College, as he was able to get connected with the right people, who helped him to get an adjusted legal status in a short time, something his family tried to get for him for over 10 years.

When he got the opportunity to open a school mainly geared to serving English Language Learners, Beato jumped on it and became the founding principal for International High School Langley Park.

Beato moved from New York to start his school because it was in a community of people that needed this opportunity for their children. It was very much a community of people he could identify with — mostly Hispanic. The D.C. area has had a large influx of immigrants from Central America, so he saw a need where he could not only help students, but also help the communities and families there to grow.

This year, Beato graduated the first group of seniors from his school.

PGCPS Hall of Fame

Nominations are open for the inaugural PGCPS Hall of Fame.

PGCPS is looking for distinguished alumni in the following categories: Athletic Achievement, Professional Achievement, Humanitarian/Public Service Achievement, Teaching Achievement and Young Leader Achievement.

Honorees will be inducted at the PGCPS Hall of Fame Gala in October at MGM National Harbor. Nominations are due Aug. 23.

For more info, go to www.pgcps.org/foundation/cards/Featured-Event.

Lottery for Specialty Programs

PGCPS is now accepting late lottery applications that will be considered in the order received, with placements also offered on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Schools and grade levels include:

• French Immersion at Maya Angelou Academy – Kindergarten only
• Dual Language at Cesar Chavez ES Kindergarten only (Native Spanish speakers only)
• Spanish Immersion at Overlook ES – Kindergarten only

TAG Program schools are listed below by grade level (students must be TAG-identified to participate):

• 2nd-grade locations include Capitol Heights, Glenarden Woods, Heather Hills, Longfields, Mattaponi and Valley View elementary schools
• 3rd-grade locations – Capitol Heights, Heather Hills, Longfields, and Mattaponi Elementary Schools
• 4th-grade locations – Longfields and Mattaponi Elementary Schools
• 5th-grade locations – Capitol Heights, Longfields ES and Mattaponi Elementary Schools
• 6th-grade locations – Kenmoor and Walker Mill Middle Schools
• 7th-grade locations – Kenmoor and Walker Mill Middle Schools
• 8th-grade locations – Kenmoor and Walker Mill Middle Schools

Applications will be considered in the order received by the Department of Pupil Accounting. Return applications by faxing to 301-952-6784.

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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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