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PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY EDUCATION BRIEFS: Breaking New Ground

Throughout the summer, PGCPS will be hosting groundbreakings for six new schools, including a new Adelphi-area middle school, replacements for Drew-Freeman, Hyattsville, Kenmoor and Walker Mill Middle Schools, and a new Southern Area K-8 school.

Sign Up for ‘SchoolMessenger’

Effective Sunday, Aug. 1, PGCPS is moving its email, text message and newsletter subscriptions from GovDeliveryto SchoolMessenger.The move offers a better effort to streamline communications among families, students, and staff. To continue receiving notifications, set up a contact preference profile using SchoolMessenger’s website by Aug. 1 to allow control of the different ways participants prefer to be contacted. SchoolMessengr also works like a mailbox, providing a place to review messages that may have missed.

Follow these steps to create an account through the secure SchoolMessenger website.

Student Transfer Season

PGCPS will accept student transfer requests for the 2021-22 school year from 8 a.m., July 26 through 11:59 p.m., Aug. 13. Parents and guardians of students currently enrolled at a PGCPS school can submit transfer requests electronically through the SchoolMax Family Portal. Portal access is limited to parents and legal guardians who must have an active SchoolMax Family Portal account (username and password). Parents and legal guardians of students who are not currently enrolled but have a student identification number, can request a student transfer form by sending an email to Student.Transfers@pgcps.org or contacting the office at 301-567-8751.

Back-to-School Guidelines

Schools CEO Monica Goldson has announced plans for the 2021-22 academic year which will welcome most students back to classrooms this fall for full-time, in-person learning. Meanwhile, families who intend to apply for the K-6 virtual learning program or the 7-12 Online Campus should be aware of key dates and deadlines.

Summer Meals

PGCPS’ meals program will operate through Wednesday, Aug. 18.

Grab and Go breakfast and lunch meal packages will be available from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays at more than 60 schools. Students attending in-school summer programs will receive breakfast and lunch. Several Prince George’s County Memorial Library locations will also offer free lunch to children under the age of 18 weekdays from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. through Aug. 20.

Student Winners

More than 180 student authors participated in this year’s Write-A-Bookprogram, which encourages creative writing at all grade levels. Congratulations to the winners and all students who participated.

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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