PGCPS’ homework help show, “Count on Us,” returned this week and here’s everything you need to know:

Through “Count on Us,” math teachers and coaches offer tips and real-time math homework help for students in grades 1-8.

There are three ways to submit homework questions: call 301-772-0080, post on Facebook, Periscope or Twitter, or email COU@pgcps.org.

“Count on Us” airs from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays. Also, watch episodes on social media, Periscope or PGCPS-TV (Channel 96 on Xfinity and 38 on Verizon).

Reorganization Investments

A recent central office reorganization within the PGCPS system will yield twice as much additional school support as the original goal.

The $2.4 million in savings surpassed interim schools chief Monica Goldson’s $1 million goal and will result in $800,000 in school supply reimbursements for classroom teachers.

Beginning at the end of the first quarter and continuing through Jan. 25, teachers can apply for up to $100 in reimbursement.

“I firmly believe if we support our educators and staff, they will meet the needs of our students,” Goldson said. “I am pleased to use additional resources and support in ways that will positively impact the children we serve.”

Educators, administrators, support staff and bus drivers will receive additional support:

$225,000 – tuition reimbursement for teachers

$225,000 – professional development for administrators and other supervisory personnel

$150,000 – professional development for bus drivers and support staff

$150,000 – custodial supplies to ensure school building readiness for teaching and learning.

With more savings than expected, Goldson has also allocated $850,000 for air quality testing throughout the system to identify and remediate schools, classrooms and common areas susceptible to mold after the record heat and humidity in the Washington metropolitan area over the past three months.

Technology Conference

PGCPS’s Powering Up with Technology conference will be held Nov. 10 at Oxon Hill High School.

3D Scholars

The 3D Scholars program at Charles H. Flowers High School is the first program of its kind, offering students an affordable and direct pathway to a bachelor’s degree, beginning with dual enrollment while they are still in high school.

Upon graduation, the innovative partnership between PGCPS, Prince George’s Community College and University of Maryland University College allows students to transition to PGCC to complete their Associate’s degree.

Finally, they are awarded a scholarship to UMUC to earn their bachelor’s degree in business administration, cybersecurity or criminal justice for a total cost of less than $10,000.

Applications for the 2019-20 school year will be accepted through Nov. 16. PGCPS students currently in eighth, ninth and 10th grades are encouraged to apply.

To learn more about 3D Scholars, go to 3Dscholars.org.

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