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PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY EDUCATION BRIEFS: Drive-Thru Teacher Hiring

PGCPS is still in need of hundreds of teachers, and elementary educators are needed by Aug. 3, says a schools retention adviser.

So far, several interested applicants have been able to attend a series of drive-thru events to submit their paperwork and to meet school personnel. For details, go to pgcps.org/teachwithus.

Compulsory Attendance

Maryland state law allows three exceptions to the attendance requirement regarding kindergarten-eligible students. They are for immaturity; attendance in a licensed child-care center; or attendance in a registered family day-care home.

Parents or guardians who want an exemption to the law for their kindergarten-eligible child must complete a Request for Waiver and submit it to the Office of Pupil Accounting. Questions about this process should be directed to pasb.enrollment@pgcps.org or 301-952-6300.

Vendor Programs

PGCPS announced that two additional vendors, Champions and Sanbridge Early Learning Center, have been selected to provide school-age childcare for selected sites, while the AlphaBEST Education program services will be expanded to additional schools.

Parents should contact the vendor representatives to demonstrate their interest in using those services. More specific instructions regarding enrollment will be distributed once the site capacities are determined by MSDE – Office of Child Care.

Back-to-School Immunizations

9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 8/31/2021

Bladensburg High School

4200 57th Ave, Bladensburg, MD 20710

Preschool for 3YearOlds

The program, which provides a preschool learning opportunity for non-disabled three-year-oldchildren, helps them and their peers how to learn and play together, build self-esteem, and develop acceptance of others.

All children will have access to a developmentally appropriate curriculum which includes learning centers for activities such as dramatic play, exploration of sand and water, computer learning, math/science, art and writing.

For more information, call 301-925-1985.

Over Two Decades of Service

LaTanya S. Sothern@LaTanyaSothern

Ms. Sothern will complete year 24 and begin 25 continuous years of service as a professional educator in @pgcps. It’s truly my life’s work and legacy, and I have ZERO regrets about the journey. Looking forward to changing, innovating, and transforming this school year,” Sothernsaid in a recent PGCPS tweet.

Homework Support

The Homework Support Suite is available for students in grades k-12 while learning from home or on the go. Access live tutoring in English and Spanish, practice tests for college entrance, databases, and research tools.

Parents and teachers are especially encouraged to check out PGCPS’ resources that include:

Brainfuse HelpNow.” The program involves live tutoring in English and Spanish from 1 p.m. to 11:55 p.m. Students will be able to practice long division, improve reading comprehension, and learn other key skills. To participate, students need to submit a writing sample to the Writing Lab and get feedback to help better organize and present thoughts and information.

Another offering entails PebbleGo,” which helps teach research skills to K-3 students and includes built-in reading and research tools such as leveled text, consistent navigation, fun educational games, and spoken-word audio that models correct pronunciation and fluency.

Library Closings

The Hillcrest Heights Branch Library will be closed beginning Monday, Aug. 30 for construction, and will reopen this fall.

The last day of service is Saturday, Aug. 28. The book drop will be closed during this time. Please contact Ask a Librarian at (240) 455-5451 with any questions.

Also, the temporary Hyattsville Branch Library is closed in preparation for relocation to the new branch building. Stay tuned for an announcement about the grand opening in the coming months.

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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