The tradition of academic excellence at Glenarden Woods Elementary continues as the school was named a 2019 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.

Glenarden Woods also received the state blue ribbon last year.

Additionally, the school recently earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification through the United States Green Building Council.

3DE Model

Potomac High School is preparing to launch 3DE — an innovative new model bringing real-world experience into the classroom.

The model will be achieved through a partnership with Junior Achievement of Greater Washington as well as local and national businesses.

Ethics Advisory Panel

The Prince George’s County Board of Education is seeking residents to serve a three-year term on its five-member Ethics Advisory Panel.

Applicants may not be incumbent board members, PGCPS employees, elected officials, candidates for elective office or employed by businesses working with PGCPS. Panel members are subject to fingerprinting and a criminal background check before final approval. The Board will issue appointment notifications in November.

Applications must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 25. Submit a letter of interest along with a resumé or other documentation to Board Executive Director Suzann M. King at or mail to Prince George’s County Board of Education, 14201 School Lane, Room 121, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772.

Multi-Sport Court

A new multi-sport court is being created at John Bayne Elementary School in Capitol Heights. The project is a partnership between Giving Together, a D.C.-area giving circle, KaBOOM!, a national nonprofit dedicated to creating safe places for children to play, PGCPS and John Bayne Elementary School.

Build Day starts off with John Bayne and Giving Together volunteers arriving at an empty site. Within hours, KaBOOM! leads volunteers to transform the space into a community-inspired, state-of-the-art Multi-sport Court.

Build time is from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at John Bayne Elementary School on Saturday, Oct. 26. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will begin at approximately 1 pm.

Child Care Assistant Job Fair

A Child Care Assistant Job Fair will be offered from 9 a.m., to 2 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 24 at Owens Road, located at 1616 Owens Road in Oxon Hill.

Minimum requirements to interview include:

• Resume
• High school diploma/GED or college transcript
• At least 18 years of age

Student Page Program

Each year, 105 students and 36 alternates are selected by the state’s local school systems to participate in the Maryland General Assembly Student Page Program. While each county is allocated a number of pages and alternate appointments based on its Grade 12 student enrollment, PGCPS is allocated 14 pages and four alternates.

Student pages work for two non-consecutive weeks at either the House of Delegates or the Senate in Annapolis. All interested high school students must complete the electronic application form, which can be accessed at

The application deadline is Oct. 25.

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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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