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PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY EDUCATION BRIEFS: CEO Employee Scholarship Opportunity

PGCPS announced the launch of the 2020 CEO Employee Scholarship Program.

The annual award opportunity provides PGCPS employees the ability to receive scholarship funding for continuing education pursuits.

This opportunity is open to all PGCPS employees, no matter seniority or position held.

This year’s sponsorship partner is Loyola University Maryland.

Distance Learning Update

On May 6, State Superintendent of Education Dr. Karen Salmon announced that all Maryland public schools will be closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year.

Although school buildings are closed, the distance learning program will continue through the end of the school year.

Meanwhile, the PGCPS calendar has been adjusted to reflect changes related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The school system requested a waiver of the state-mandated 180-day school year for the 10-day state closure from March 16-27. Five days were waived.

The remaining five days must be made up, pushing back the last day of school one week to June 16 for students and June 18 for teachers.

Plans for summer academic enrichment and what to expect in the fall are forthcoming.

Virtual Graduation

On Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31, PGCPS will host a virtual graduation featuring alumna and actress Taraji P. Henson as the commencement speaker.

The eGraduation Celebration will pay tribute to an estimated 8,000 seniors at 31 traditional, public charter and alternative high schools.

Other prominent alums are on board for the celebration including R&B singer Kenny Lattimore, a PGCPS Alumni Hall of Fame inductee, radio personality and comedian Joe Clair, NFL cornerback Joe Haden and local news anchor Taylor Thomas.

The celebration will air on WJLA-TV (Channel 7).

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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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