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PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY EDUCATION BRIEFS: Blueprint for Success

PGCPS began the 2019-20 school year on Sept. 3 with a new leader and a $53 million investment in student success.

On the first day of classes, schools CEO Monica Goldson visited five schools to highlight priorities under The Blueprint for PGCPS, a historic investment in teaching and learning.

“I am excited about the possibilities this school year brings to improve our students’ experience in every classroom and every school,” said Goldson, who was appointed by Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks in June to a full term as CEO after serving a year in the interim role. “We are helping students before they walk through our schoolhouse doors by expanding social and emotional supports.”

Overall, the blueprint is an investment in high-quality education across PGCPS.

School Year Tips

School Calendar
Prepare for the school year and plan ahead by reviewing PGCPS’ 2019-20 calendar. Parents and students can view, download and sync the new calendar to their personal calendar.

SchoolMax
In the PGCPS SchoolMax family portal interested parties can view student schedules, keep up with grades and report cards, see bus route info and more.

Got Lunch?
MySchoolBucks is an online payment service through which parents can securely pay for meals and monitor student cafeteria purchases. This is also the portal for “Before and After School Extended Learning” programs tuition payments. Meal and tuition payments can be made online or through the mobile app for iPhone or Android.

Bus Route Information

Information on student bus routes is available through the online Bus Stop Finder on the Prince George’s County Public Schools website (www.pgcps.org) or the SchoolMax Parent Portal.

Route information will not be issued to parents/guardians by mail.

Parents/guardians may use the Bus Stop Finder for details on locations, pickup and drop-off times.

Bus stop/route assignments are based on current student addresses provided by each school.

For additional assistance, call 301-952-6570.

Stay Connected

PGCPS provides news and updates on social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn during the school year.

Parents and students can also hear directly from schools CEO Monica Goldson on Twitter @drmonicaceo. Regular PGCPS information is also shared via email and text alerts, the weekly Engage PGCPS newsletter and on the school system’s “Inside PGCPS” blog.

Back-to-School Nights

Accokeek Academy Grades K to 5: Sept. 11 (6 p.m.-8 p.m.)
Grades 6 to 8: Sept. 12 (6 p.m.-8 p.m.)

Accokeek Academy Grades K to 5: Sept. 11 (6 p.m.- 8 p.m.)
Grades 6 to 8: Sept. 12 (6 p.m.- 8 p.m.)

Capitol Heights Elementary Grades 3 to 5: Sept. 19 (6 p.m.-8 p.m.)
Grades pre-K to 2: Sept. 26 (6 p.m.-8 p.m.)

Clinton Grove Elementary, all grades: Sept. 19 (5:15 p.m.-7:15 p.m.)

Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. High, all grades: Sept. 19 (6 p.m.-8:15 p.m.)

Frederick Douglass High, all grades: Sept. 11 (6:30 p.m.-8 p.m.)

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