Phyllis E. Williams Chess Club students Noah Millhouse, Cydnee Morgam and Alexah Mitchell earned second place in the fall in their division at the Chess Wizards D.C. Chess Tournament.

Noah also earned a fourth-place trophy in the overall competition, held at American University.


Seat Pleasant Elementary School students recently had an opportunity to paint a winter scene with a Trevino Paint Instructor.

Teachers guided students through a math, art, history and civics lesson while they created a geometrical “MATHerpieces.”

These paintings and other items will be auctioned on Jan. 10 to raise money for Prince George’s County’s Homeless House.

‘PARCC Night’

PGCPS is hosting PARCC Night at Oxon Hill and Laurel high schools where parents can learn more about the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers and Maryland College and Career Ready Standards.

Light refreshments will be on sale at both events, which take place from 6 p.m.-9 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 17
Oxon Hill High School
6701 Leyte Drive
Oxon Hill, MD 20745

Thursday, Jan. 26
Laurel High School
8000 Cherry Lane
Laurel, MD 20707

‘Listening Tour’

The “Every Student Succeeds Act Listening Tour,” sponsored by the Maryland State Department of Education, comprises a series of meetings slated to be held across the state, providing an overview of information on ESSA.

The upcoming tour will also engage participants in a group discussion regarding the ESSA State Plan.

During tour sessions, participants chose specific topics to discuss in small groups. Within the groups, participants will be provided an overview of a selected ESSA topic and then engage in discussion questions surrounding the topic.

Discussion topics will include accountability and support of educators, students and low-performing schools.

To register, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/maryland-essa-listening-tours, or contact MSDE at 410-767-0473.

School Closure Information

Information regarding school closures due events such as holidays and inclement weather can be obtained via the following sources:

PGCPS Web: Home page: http://www1.pgcps.org
Parents and students can access the PGCPS website and find the information listed at the top of the homepage and each individual school page.

Text and Email: PGCPS Alerts

Text and Web: Twitter and Facebook
PGCPS’ Twitter and Facebook accounts allow you to follow PGCPS text-message updates on your computer or on your cellphone or mobile device. Twitter and Facebook updates will include emergency message and other school system news

Emergency announcements are posted on the following cable channels:

PGCPS TV 96 Comcast / 38 Verizon
Tune into local television and radio stations for information.

Telephone: PGCPS – Weather Line
Call the PGCPS Weather Line at 301-952-6000; option 1.

‘Count on Us Math’

A two-hour call-in show will provide mathematical instruction to elementary and middle school students seeking homework help.

Students can also submit their math questions by emailing cou@pgpcs.org.

The program airs Wednesday, Jan. 25 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on TV 96/38

New Partnership

The Rev. John Jenkins, pastor of First Baptist Church of Glenarden, and schools CEO Kevin Maxwell announced in late December an historic partnership between the church and Prince George’s County Board of Education.

In addition to tutoring, speakers, mediation support and facilitators for assemblies, the partnership will include “The Real Love Tour” as well as a teen/parent workshop.

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Dorothy Rowley – Washington Informer Staff Writer

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