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PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY EDUCATION BRIEFS: Dads Making a Difference

PGCPS recently welcomed dads, grandfathers and special guests into its classrooms to celebrate the integral role men play.

Morning greetings and high-fives, father-student relays and student-led presentations were just a few ways schools showed their appreciation during the Oct. 11 event.

District Heights Students Get Pumped for Attendance

“Attendance every day is the only way!”

That’s what the students at District Heights Elementary said at a recent rally where WKYS (93.9 FM) helped them kick off their monthly “Prompt and Present” celebration.

PGCPS, which recognized students with perfect attendance, aims for a schoolwide attendance rate of 93 percent.

Apply Now!

Online applications for high school specialty programs for next school year are now open. PGCPS will accept applications through Nov. 16.

Student Page Program

Each year, 105 students and 36 alternates are selected by local school systems in Maryland to participate in the Maryland General Assembly Student Page program.

Each county is allocated a number of pages and alternate appointments based on its 12th-grade student enrollment. PGCPS is allocated 14 pages and four alternates.

Student pages work for two non-consecutive weeks at either the House of Delegates or the Senate in Annapolis. All high school seniors who are residents of the state of Maryland, 16 or older, are eligible to apply.

Interested students must complete the electronic application form (which can be accessed at www.pgcps.org/state-page) and email it to Richard Moody, supervisor of the Office of Student Engagement and School Support, at rmoody@pqcps.org.

Applications are due by Friday, Oct. 26.

3D Scholars

Now in its second year, the 3D Scholars Program at Charles H. Flowers High School is the first of its kind to offer students an affordable and direct pathway to a bachelor’s degree, beginning with dual enrollment in high school.

Students who are accepted into the program begin taking courses at Prince George’s Community College while still in high school, earning credits toward an associate degree.

Upon graduation from high school, students transition to PGCC to complete their associate degree. Afterward, they will be awarded a scholarship to the University of Maryland University College to earn a bachelor’s degree in business administration, cybersecurity or criminal justice, for a total cost of less than $10,000.

Applications for the 2019-20 school year will be accepted through Nov. 16.

PGCPS students currently in eighth-10th grades are encouraged to apply.

‘PG 13’ High School Sports

It’s time for Thursday night basketball and Monday night football — Prince George’s County-style — with “PG 13,” a series about high school sports in the county.

This season, tune in at 7 p.m. on Thursdays for on- and off-field closeup with teams, coaches, players, fans and families.

All 13 episodes will be broadcast on PGCPS social media channels, pgcps.org and PGCPS-TV 96 (Comcast) and 38 (Verizon).

Become a Teacher

PGCPS will host a series of information sessions for people interested in switching careers to become a teacher.

The “Resident Teacher” program is a Maryland-Approved Alternative Preparation Program (MAAPP) for individuals who have not received any teacher training but possess at least a bachelor’s degree and a commitment to developing a career in the teaching profession.

All information sessions will be held from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at various schools throughout the county. Those interested in attending one of the sessions can obtain a registration form accessible by calling the Resident Teacher Office at 301-780-2727 or sending an email to RT.Program@pgcps.org.

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