PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY EDUCATION BRIEFS: Serving the Hispanic Student Community

As PGCPS’ diversity recruitment executive coordinator, Tomas Rivera-Figueroa oversees the recruitment and hiring of Latino educators to serve the system’s fast-growing Hispanic population — work that comes full-circle with his own children’s success.

Hispanics make up 17 percent of Prince George’s County residents, but are 32 percent of PGCPS students, representing the school system’s fastest-growing demographic.

With average growth of 1.5 percent annually, PGCPS could be a majority Latino school system within a decade if current trends hold.

‘Life Skills’ Workshops

A “Life Skills” program for women and girls ages 11-24 begins this weekend at the Suitland Community Center in Forestville.

The six-week project is designed to help young ladies understand how to have fun and use life skills effectively.

The free workshops, to be held 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Sept. 29-Nov. 3, will include a light breakfast, lunch and session materials.

PARCC Scores

The Maryland State Department of Education recently released results of the annual Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). Results from the 2017-18 school year show improvements in English Language Arts for PGCPS students and no significant changes in mathematics.

“PARCC scores are one of many sets of indicators we use to monitor student progress toward college and career readiness. We will continue to focus on supporting teachers and students, while engaging parents to prepare children for success after high school,” said interim schools CEO Monica Goldson.

Overall, 28.1 percent of students in third through fifth grades who participated in the ELA assessments met or exceeded expectations, 2.2 percentage points higher than 2017. In sixth through eighth grades, 30.9 percent met or exceeded expectations, compared to 29.0 percent in 2017.

While nearly all elementary student demographic groups experienced growth in meeting or exceeding expectations on the ELA exam, high school results improved in English 11 and Algebra II and dipped slightly in English 10 and Algebra I.

PG 13 Goes Behind the Scenes

Prince George’s County is getting a “Hard Knocks”-style spotlight with “PG 13,” a series about high school sports in the county.

Tune in this season on Thursdays at 7 p.m. to be taken on and off the field and court with PGCPS teams, coaches, players, fans and families. All 13 episodes will be broadcast on PGCPS social media channels, and PGCPS-TV 96 (Comcast) and 38 (Verizon).

Early Dismissal

Friday, Sept. 28: Professional Development — two-hour early dismissal for students

Men Making a Difference

Next month’s “Men Make a Difference Day” acknowledges the vital role fathers and male role models play in the academic achievement of children.

On Oct. 8, fathers, stepfathers, grandfathers, uncles, brothers and other male role models will get an opportunity to participate in several school activities and events throughout the day, which is the brainchild of Dr. Michael Robinson, founder and co-CEO of Forest of the Rain Productions.

Check with your child’s school for a list of events taking place on this day.

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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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