Maryland State Department of Education leaders recently visited Glenarden Woods Elementary, one of six 2018-19 Maryland Blue Ribbon Schools.

The education department commended students and staff for exceeding academic performance standards, excellence in talented and gifted education, a 5-star state report card and more at Glenarden Woods, a two-time Blue-Ribbon winner and exemplary high-performing school.

Russian Contest Winner

Central High School senior Henriette Moue has been awarded the silver medal award by The American Council of Teachers of Russian for her submission in the National Russian Essay Contest.

Henriette competed against Russian language learners from public and private schools nationwide

Dual Enrollment Courses

The Dual Enrollment Program is now accepting applications for summer and fall semesters.

Application packets are due to high school counselors by April 25. Students should see their high school counselor or COAST adviser for assistance.

Summer Programs

PGCPS’ Summer Programs offer students opportunities for acceleration, enrichment, credit recovery or original credit.

The 2019 Summer Programs guide should be used to review the available options and learn how to apply. Program availability will depend on enrollment. Participants are advised to apply early since space is limited.

The programs guide is available at www1.pgcps.org/summerschool. For more details, consult with school counselors or contact the Summer Programs Office by phone at 301-808-1124 email at summerschool@pgcps.org

Parent Survey

Parents or guardians of children receiving special education and related services have been mailed the Maryland Special Education Parent Involvement Survey from the Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services.

Parents are asked to complete the survey and return it in the postage paid envelope by May 17.

The survey may also be completed online, so please, look for details in the survey packet. Parental feedback will help guide efforts to improve special education and related services in the local school system.

For more information, go to https://www.mdparentsurvey.com.

Building Renamed

School and community leaders recently gathered to rename the Facilities Administration Building in honor of the late Louis Wilson Sr., the first African-American director of plant operations.

Wilson was known for his years of service, tireless commitment and exemplary achievement.

The renaming ceremony the week of April 3, featured remarks by elected officials, administrators and family members.

Wilson’s son and grandsons were also in attendance, representing three generations of PGCPS employees and families.

Teacher Recruitment

PGCPS is seeking dynamic educators from across the nation who believe all children can achieve greatness.

Hiring officials are looking for talented educators who are committed, focused on making a difference, and hold (or are eligible for) a teacher certificate issued by the Maryland State Department of Education. Interested persons are encouraged to submit an application online.

Human Resources reviews applications, credentials and other pertinent details frequently. A candidate selected for an interview will be contacted by an HR partner or administrator.

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