PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY EDUCATION BRIEFS: Roosevelt Students in State Envirothon

Students from Eleanor Roosevelt High School recently competed against teams from 15 counties across the state and took fifth place in the annual Maryland Envirothon competition at St. Mary’s College.

The Envirothon offers high school students an opportunity to gain hands-on training and experiences in natural resources by career experts. Teams consist of five students who work together throughout the school year and are tested in the classroom and the field in aquatics, forestry, agriculture, soils and wildlife.

This is the third time in the last five years that the Roosevelt team has placed in the competition, and each student will receive a $1,000 scholarship from the Prince George’s County Soil Conservation District.

‘Movies Under the Stars’

Prince George’s County Board of Education member Pamela Strother along with Councilmember Deni Taveras, invites District 3 youth, families and residents to enjoy “Movies under the Stars” this summer. The free series is presented at 8:30 p.m. Fridays, and th list of movies and places are as follows:

July 19, “Incredibles 2,” Lane Manor Park in Adelphi
Aug. 2, “How to Train Your Dragon,” Heurich Park in Hyattsville
Aug. 16, “Coco,” CASA de Maryland in Hyattsville
Aug. 30, “Spider-Man: Into the Spider Verse,” Ridgecrest Elementary School in Hyattsville

Registration Deadlines

Open registration for all current and new parents and guardians will remain open throughout the school year. Please note that registration for a school site will close as soon as that site is completely enrolled but you can be added to a wait list.

Interested parties may log into http://parentportal.kidscarecenter.com/pgcps.asp and follow the prompts to complete the online registration.

They will need their child’s PGCPS student ID number. If no number is available at the time of registration, the process can still proceed. Make the initial payment of $125 ($25 non-refundable registration fee and $100 tuition deposit).

If you are paying by a cashier’s check or money order, payments should be sent to the BASELP Central Office, PO Box 821, Temple Hills, MD 20757.

CEO’s Summer Reading Picks

Schools CEO Monica Goldson shares her summer reading picks, featuring both personal favorites and homegrown authors. Also, be sure to check out PGCPS’s new “Summer Reading Series” featuring guest student readers each week. Interested readers can also tune into story time weekly on PGCPS’s Facebook page.

The CEO’s “Summer Reading 2019″ list and her reading notes are as follows:

• Be your own narrator. And go for a happy ending. One foot in front of the other. You will make it!” Shonda Rhimes offers this inspiration and more in “Year of Yes.”

• “With Ghost,” New York Times bestselling author and Prince George’s County’s own Jason Reynolds launches a drama-filled, engaging and quintessential book series for middle school students!

• Beloved longtime DC restaurateur Barbara Smith serves up perfect recipes for summer entertaining — including a few of my favorite seafood dishes in “B. Smith Cooks Southern Style.”

• If you are in a place of self-reflection, Wm. Paul Young’s amazing novel “Cross Roads” will make you consider how every personal connection shapes who you are and who you will become.

• Spanning topics from politics and revolution to love and family, the “Collected Poetry of Nikki Giovanni” is like a treasure chest with works sure to ignite your spirit.

• Written by Board of Education Chair Dr. Alvin Thornton, “Like a Phoenix I’ll Rise” documents the history of African Americans in Prince George’s County — a timely reminder that to know where we’re going, we must know from where we’ve come.

• It’s never too soon to begin preparing for college! “Countdown to College: 21 ‘To Do’ Lists” is an easy read and solid road map for the journey forward. As a parent of a rising senior, this book is at the top of my list right now.

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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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