The PGCPS graduation season began with College Signing Day on May 1, a celebration of students’ commitment to higher education.

PGCPS College Signing Day aims to inspire more students to pursue higher education as part of the national College Signing Day/Reach Higher initiative by former first lady Michelle Obama.

Graduating seniors are encouraged to share their plans on social media with the hashtags #PGCPSCollegeSigningDay, #CTECareerSigningDay and #AchievingExcellence.

STEM Stars Advance

Eleanor Roosevelt High School seniors Carla Rose and Mitchell Smith will compete in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair May 13-17 in Phoenix.

Intel ISEF is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition, and Phoenix is expected to welcome more than 1,800 students from 80 different countries including China, India, South Africa and Brazil.

Carla will compete in the Robotics and Intelligent Machines competition and Mitchell in mathematics. They were grand-prize winners in the Prince George’s Area Science Fair.

Full Scholarship

Sanai Hyman, a graduating senior at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, has received a full ride to North Carolina Agriculture and Technical State University, thanks to a Cheatham-White Scholarship.

The merit-based scholarship was established in fall 2018 at North Carolina A&T to provide an outstanding educational experience for students who are exceptional scholars, versatile and well-rounded individuals.

Student Transfer Deadline

PGCPS will accept student transfer requests for the 2019-20 school year through May 13.

For instructions on submitting a transfer request and a list of available schools, go to

Maryland Arts Education Festival

Students from Bowie, DuVal and Suitland high schools, Kettering Middle School and Benjamin Foulois Creative and Performing Arts Academy participated in the second annual “Best of Maryland Arts Education Festival,” a statewide student exhibition for music, dance, theatre, visual arts, media arts, creative writing and poetry.

The opening ceremony took place April 26 at the centerpiece of Mount Vernon, the Washington Monument in Baltimore.

In addition to rotation student performances, there were master classes and portfolio reviews in all arts disciplines that allowed performers and the public to create their own pathway through the day.

Early Childhood Registration

PGCPS families may apply for preschool and prekindergarten programs starting at their child’s boundary school.

Registration for kindergarten have also begun at children’s boundary schools where applications for early entrance to prekindergarten and kindergarten will be accepted through June 1.

Children admitted to the prekindergarten program must be at least 4 years old on or before Sept. 1 of the school year in which they apply for entrance, and at least 5 years old for the kindergarten program.

If a child does not meet criteria, parents may apply for early entrance.

To be eligible for early entrance, a child must meet the following criteria:

Prekindergarten – Must turn 4 years old between Sept. 2 – Oct. 15.

Kindergarten – Must turn 5 years old between Sept. 2 – Oct. 15.

For specific program and registration information, call 301-925-1985.

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