An excerpt from a statement by Prince George’s County Public Schools interim CEO Monica Goldson in the most recent PGCPS newsletter:
“As the school year reaches the halfway point, we are committed to building on the progress made last quarter and finishing the year strong so our students can be promoted to the next grade and our high school graduates can move on to a career or college. In this second quarter briefing, I will update you on our progress, goals and ongoing challenges that we face as a school system.
“Since the beginning, our administration has made transparency and accountability central to our agenda, informing you as a community on where we are and where we want to go.
“We have made concerted efforts to learn from the past. Following our meeting with the Maryland State Board of Education in January, it is clear that these changes are having an impact.
“PGCPS was praised by Justin Hartings, president of the State Board of Education, saying that the grading accountability standards implemented at PGCPS are a model for the rest of the state. A result of our successful work in 2018 where we successfully implemented more than two dozen recommended improvements. We are making real progress for our community, but there is still work to be done to hold ourselves to a high standard and do what’s right for our students.”
Kevin Durant Teams with PGCPS
NBA superstar and Prince George’s County native Kevin Durant is partnering with PGCPS to create “College Track @ The Durant Center.”
College Track is a program where students receive academic, financial and social-emotional resources over a 10-year period that spans their education through college graduation. To support the effort, PGCPS is investing $125,000 annually to support daily operations and the creation of a referral program to assist in recruiting students.
The College Track program aims to support over 3,500 students for 10 years.
Celebrating Black History
As Black History Month drew to a close, dozens of community members, local business owners and volunteers from MGM National Harbor descended on Capitol Heights Elementary School for a daylong celebration of African-American culture.
Presented through the arts, the program’s highlights included re-creation of iconic photos, painting of historic scenes, a hair-braiding workshop and virtual reality tour through the civil rights movement.
Students also reimagined key moments in history through drama using voice, body, expression and imagination.
Essay Contest Winner
Kenmoor Middle School’s Amiyah Young won first place in the middle school division of the “Maryland Coalition for Gifted and Talented Education Student Essay” contest.
“One of the best things I was given at TAG schools was the ability to be more creative,” Amiyah wrote, describing how the Talented and Gifted program helps her to excel.