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PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY EDUCATION BRIEFS: Listening Session

Schools CEO Monica Goldson wants to hear from you. Learn about her plans for the school year and share your ideas, concerns and solutions.

6:30 p.m. -8 p.m., Nov. 5
Fairmont Heights High School
6501 Columbia Park Road, Landover, MD 20785

For more information, contact 301-952-6008 or ceo@pgcps.org.

Enrollment Growth

PGCPS is up by almost 4,000 students for the 2019-20 academic year, the largest single-year increase in 15 years. Now at an estimated 136,600 students, the school system’s enrollment has grown by nearly 13,000 students since the 2012-13 academic year.

Last year’s official enrollment count was 132,636. Current figures show growth of almost 700 elementary school students, nearly 1,500 middle school students and over 1,250 high school students since the 2018-19 school year.

Schools CEO Monica Goldson credits expanded program offerings and increased confidence in PGCPS for the rise in enrollment. The school system created 200 more pre-kindergarten slots this fall as part of the Blueprint for PGCPS.

“This news is a welcome vote of confidence in the incredible work of our school system, teachers, principals and support staff,” Goldson said. “We are focused on ensuring that students and families receive the highest quality teaching and leadership at every school. This is why I’m proud to lead this amazing school district.”

Family Institute Conference

Goldson, County Executive Angela Alsobrooks and acclaimed educator Steve Perry will take part in the 4th annual Family Institute Conference from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 2 at Oxon Hill High School.

This year’s theme is “EmPowering Families for Student Success.”

Perry, internationally-renowned motivational speaker and founder of Capital Preparatory Schools, will keynote the conference and County Government Resource Fair, a free event hosted in partnership with the Prince George’s County Office of the County Executive.

The Family Institute also offers workshops for parents and students and an Exhibitor Hall featuring county government resources, college and university representatives, community partners and local business vendors.

Child care will be provided for children ages 4-12, starting at 8:30 a.m.

For more information, contact the Department of Family and School Partnerships at family.institute@pgcps.org or 301-618-7356.

Men Make a Difference Day

Schools across the PGCPS system recently welcomed dads, grandfathers and special guests in the classroom to celebrate the integral role men play in strong schools and student achievement.

National Honor Society

Laurel High School students recently were inducted into its chapter of Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society, a national organization recognizing high school juniors and seniors for excellence in social sciences. Laurel was first in the county to open a chapter.

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