Applications for 2020-21 middle school and high school specialty programs are now open.

The high school program showcase is Wednesday, Oct. 16 and the elementary and middle school program showcase is Oct. 17.

Listening Sessions

Schools CEO Monica Goldson will conduct the following listening sessions where members of the PGCPS community can share their ideas, concerns and solutions regarding the school system:

• Oct. 17, 6:30-8 p.m.
Oxon Hill High School
6701 Leyte Drive
Oxon Hill, MD 20745

• Oct. 21, 6:30-8 p.m.
Laurel High School
8000 Cherry Lane
Laurel, MD 20707

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

Here Comes the Bus

PGCPS encourages parents to download the new “Here Comes the Bus” mobile app for bus locations and transportation updates.

The app uses global positioning system (GPS) technology to locate and track buses and offers real-time information on the exact location.

Parents can track multiple buses and find out exactly when children arrive at school or home. Parents can customize settings in the app to receive push notifications alerting them when the bus is near or advising of a delay or schedule change.

For assistance with the app, contact herecomesthebus@pgcps.org


The Adopt-a-School program was created to support public schools throughout the county through enhanced educational experiences, financial support and volunteerism focused on improving outcomes for students.

The goal is to ensure that all PGCPS buildings are adopted by a business, community or interfaith partner during the 2019-20 school year.

Below is a list of some in-kind services and donations that would benefit the county’s schools:

Student Supplies
School Uniforms
Coats and Shoes
Engineering Calculators
Classroom Smart Boards
Chromebooks and Tablets
Paid Speakers or Performers
School Construction/Renovation
Library Beautification
Playgrounds and Gardens
Teacher’s Lounge Remodeling

For more information, call 301-952-6380 or email adoptaschool@pgcps.org

Scholar of the Week

While growing up in Jamaica, Natalya Brown, a senior at Bowie High School, often accompanied her mom to work at Petrojam Limited, the largest petroleum and gasoline corporation. Natalya said she would roam the building and stare out of a large glass window overlooking the entire plant.

“The scent of petroleum, diesel and ethanol permeated my childhood,” she said.

Natalya, who holds a 4.09 grade point average, takes Advanced Placement courses in Calculus AB, Language and Microeconomics.

She is a member of the National Honor and Dance Societies, STEM and Debate Clubs, and Teen Advisory Board. Natalya also serves as chief of staff of the Student Government Association and volunteers at nursing homes and her church.

While she enjoys dancing and cooking in her spare time, Natalya wants to enroll in college where she plans to double major in chemical engineering and business.

She has applied to the University of Pennsylvania, MIT, Howard University, North Carolina A&T University and University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

“I have learned valuable life skills, how to work with others and most importantly knowledge that I am able to pass on to others,” she said.

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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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