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Students from elementary, middle, and high school participated in PGCPS’ first annual 3D art exhibit, titled “Exploring the Realm of 3D Art.”

This exhibit comprises more than 75 works on display through Jan. 7in the lobby of the Bowie Center for the Performing Arts.

This is the first opportunity PGCPS students have had to display three-dimensional work (ceramics and sculpture), typically our exhibits have been focused on two-dimensional work (paintings, drawings, printmaking). The works on display range from tea pots, cups, bowls, masks, animals, trees and abstract works.

Blue Ribbon Distinction

Glenarden Woods Elementary School has been named a two-time Maryland Blue Ribbon School — one of just six schools statewide to earn the top honor.

Students at Blue Ribbon Schools collectively scored in the top 15 percent of all state schools on 2018 PARCC assessments.

Glenarden Woods also earned the Maryland State Department of Education’s Excellence in Gifted & Talented Award (EGATE) designation, joining Capitol Heights, Longfields, Montpelier and Vansville elementary schools.

MGM Scholarships

High school seniors attending schools within the vicinity of the MGM complex (Crossland, Friendly, Oxon Hill and Potomac) may apply for $5,000 scholarships through the MGM Prince George’s County Local Development Council Scholarship Program.

Application requirements also include that a student must have been in attendance without interruption from ninth to 12th grade in PGCPS; must have demonstrated a positive impact both inside and outside the classroom; and must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 for all high school coursework.

Applications are due March 15. For more information, contact Dr. Kara Libby, chief academic officer, at 301-952-6233 or klibby@pgcps.org.

Leadership Conference

The second annual “District 5 Parent Leader Convening” takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Jan.12 at Tulip Grove Elementary School. Use the link to register by Jan. 7: https://goo.gl/forms/9hijoLIqnwntC99z2

Board Policy Underway

District 7 School Board Member K. Alexander Wallace reports that the Steering Committee for Community Schools is currently in discussions on the Administrative Procedure, position details, and for which schools will host the pilot program.

“As a Steering Committee member and co-author of the governing Board Policy on Community Schools, I am advocating very strongly for District 7 schools to be selected for the pilot program,” Wallace said in a statement. “As many of you all know, this initiative is tasked to build upon the Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative program managed by Prince George’s County Department of Social Services.”

District 7 currently has the majority of designated TNI zones throughout the county.

BWI Exhibit

The Maryland Art Education Association and BWI Airport recently partnered to present a juried youth exhibit in the Youth Art Gallery of the airport, themed “The Many Faces of Maryland.”

Three PGCPS student works were selected from more than 130 submissions. A total of 24 portraits hung in the show.

Travelers flying out of BWI during the holiday season could stop by the gallery to see the students’ artwork.

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