Mary Harris Jones Elementary School students dressed up this month as superheroes for a Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers spirit week celebration.

PARCC assessments in English Language Arts and Math for students in 3rd through 8th grades and high school end-of-course tests will be administered between through May 25.

Assessments for spring block schedules will be administered through June 4.

PARCC tests, which assess implementation of Common Core standards with a focus on math and ELA, also capture complex skills including critical thinking, persuasive writing, and problem-solving.

Teacher Finalist

Jennifer Palo, a 5th-grade comprehensive special education teacher, has been selected as a PGCPS’ 2018 Teacher of the Year finalist.

The Teacher of the Year will be announced May 14 during a black tie event at the Greenbelt Marriott.

The winner will receive a number of awards, recognitions and gifts from PGCPS’ sponsors and partners.

School Transfer Season

Student transfer requests for the 2018-19 school year will be accepted through May 4.

Parents and guardians who want to transfer a child from their neighborhood school may submit a transfer request to schools with available space.

Elementary schools with available space include:

Apple Grove; Baden; Barnaby Manor; Brandywine; Capitol Heights; Clinton Grove; Concord; Fort Washington Forest; Highland Park; Hillcrest Heights; John H. Bayne; Kenilworth; Longfields; Marlton; Mattaponi; Melwood; Mt. Rainier; Paint Branch; Patuxent; Potomac Landing; Princeton; Robert R. Gray; Rose Valley and Valley View.

Academies, middle and high schools with available space include: Andrew Jackson; Benjamin Stoddert; Samuel P. Massie; Thurgood Marshall; Walker Mill; William W. Hall; Central; Crossland Friendly; Fairmont Heights; Frederick Douglass; Largo; Potomac and Surrattsville.

Scholar of the Week

Maria Martinez, a senior at Gwynn Park High School with a 3.89 grade point average, was named PGCPS Scholar of the Week.

Maria, a dual enrollment student at both Gwynn Park and Prince George’s Community College, manages a course load that includes Advanced Placement Statistics, Human Geography, Calculus, Studio Art 20, Biology, Psychology, Literature, and Language and Composition.

During her sophomore year and junior years, she was a member of the Future Business Leaders of America Association. She also played volleyball in the 11th grade.

Maria, the recipient of numerous academic scholarships, plans to attend college and major in biomedical engineering or biotechnology.

She has been accepted to Washington State University, University of New Haven, University of Pittsburgh, Old Dominion University, Marshall University, Arizona State University and Meredith College.

In her spare time, Maria enjoys writing poetry, painting and drawing.


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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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