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PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY EDUCATION BRIEFS: Innovative Partnership

Interim schools Chief Monica Goldson recently stated in an open letter that PGCPS has proposed an innovative public-private partnership that will allow officials to build schools faster and at a much lower cost.

“Working with County Executive Angela Alsobrooks, we have been vocal in our support of a legislative proposal that provides $1.8 billion in capital investments for new and renovated schools throughout the county,” Goldson wrote. “The proposal, if passed in Annapolis, will build and renovate 18 schools by 2026, providing improved and new facilities for 24,000 students.

“This infrastructure investment paired with the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future, which helps implement the Kirwan Commission recommendations, is a bold statement that shows Maryland values every student in every grade, classroom and neighborhood,” she wrote.

For more information about PGCPS’s construction plans, please visit www.pgcps.org/school-construction. More importantly, please send a letter to your legislator asking them to give Prince George’s County the much-needed educational resources residents deserve.

Scholar of the Week

Ashantie Pernell, a senior at Potomac High School in Glassmanor, is a firm believer that making small steps can have a big impact — and that’s exactly what she’s done as a top student.

As a dual-enrolled student, Ashantie takes college classes at Prince George’s Community College while also maintaining a 4.2 GPA in courses including Advanced Placement English/language arts, world history and biology.

Outside of the classroom, she’s a member of the National Honor Society, Art Society (she loves painting, drawing and sculpting) and Service-Learning Club.

Ashantie is also a leader of the Green Team where she is involved in implementing earth-friendly features around school and helping start a recycling program. It is in this area where she plans to focus and expand her impact, studying architecture, environmental studies and sociology at Clemson University in South Carolina — her dream school and one where she has already been accepted.

“I’m a very hands-on person and I want to improve the world with a career that incorporates renewable and sustainable features into building,” Ashantie said. “I chose Clemson because of the architecture program. I love where we live but want to explore more.”

Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten Registration

Registration for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classes begins April 8. The Early Childhood Program provides a preschool learning opportunity for non-disabled 2- and 3-year-olds.

All children will have access to a developmentally appropriate curriculum which includes learning centers for activities such as dramatic play, exploration of sand and water, computer learning, math/science, art and writing.

For more information, contact the Early Childhood Special Education Office at 301-925-1985.

Science Bowl Winner

Walker Mill Middle School in Capital Heights recently emerged as Science Bowl champs, breaking a streak and securing their school’s first victory since 1997.

In addition to bragging rights, students also received individual and school awards. Sixteen middle school teams competed in this 33rd year of the competition.

Building Renaming

PGCPS will rename the Facilities Administration Building in honor of the late Louis Wilson Sr., the first African-American director of plant operations.

Wilson was known for his years of service, tireless commitment and exemplary achievement.

The renaming ceremony will feature greetings and remarks by elected officials, administrators and family members.

The Suitland and Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. high school choirs will perform during the program.

For more information, contact Maxine Brown at 301-952-6520 or maxine.brown@pgcps.org.

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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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