PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY EDUCATION BRIEFS: Flowers, Roosevelt Basketball Champs

The Lady Jags of Charles H. Flowers High School in Springdale, Md. (Courtesy of PGCPS)

The Eleanor Roosevelt High School boys team is headed to the state playoffs after defeating Frederick Douglass High School in a record-breaking game during which Roosevelt senior Cameron Brown became the fifth in school history to score more than 1,000 career points.

Life-Changing Educator

International High School at Langley Park English teacher Keishia Thorpe received a major when she was named a national “LifeChanger of the Year” grand prize finalist during a school assembly.

Thorpe received a $2,500 individual cash award as well as a $2,500 donation to International High School.

Sponsored by National Life Group, LifeChanger of the Year is a national program recognizing K-12 educators and employees who make a difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence, and leadership.

Thorpe was selected out of more than 800 teachers, administrators and school district employees nominated nationwide.

Bus Driver Fair

PGCPS is hosting a bus driver fair from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, March 20 at the Skyline Administrative Office in Suitland.

A driving record is mandatory to interview. Individuals licensed in the following jurisdictions should ensure their driving record indicates the following:

– Maryland – Complete record
– District of Columbia – 10-year history
– Virginia – 7-year history

Family Night

Family Night will be held Friday, March 8 at Astronaut Academy.

Visitors can tour the Howard B. Owens Science Center for an interactive and intergalactic planetarium program that teaches students about becoming an astronaut.

Activities begin at 7 p.m. and the planetarium program begins at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students, teachers, senior citizens and military.

Early Dismissal

The PGCPS Board of Education has designated March 11 as a two-hour early-dismissal day for students in support of the “March for Our Schools Rally.”

The public is invited to join thousands of Maryland educators, parents, and students in Annapolis to demand equitable and adequate funding for all schools and students.

Deadline Approaching

March 12 is the final day to apply to the specialty programs lottery for entrance into programs including Talented and Gifted (TAG), creative and performing arts, language immersion, Montessori and high school career and technical education (CTE).

Scholarship Opportunity

During Women’s History Month, the Prince George’s County Office of the County Executive offers a scholarship in memory of late Congresswoman Gladys Noon Spellman, who was a celebrated county servant for more than two decades.

Scholarship recipients will be recognized during the Women’s History Month Luncheon on March 21.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

– Be a county resident, attend a Prince George’s County Public School and have a minimum grade point average of 2.5.
– Applicants must also be in the 12th grade (accepted into college or awaiting acceptance), planning to major in the areas of political science, public administration/government, public safety or health, be involved in school activities, as well as non-school activities, and provide examples of community service.

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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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