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PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY EDUCATION BRIEFS: Helping Homeless Families

Over the holidays, teachers and families at Chesapeake Math & IT Elementary North Elementary School donated nearly 2,000 items to homeless families, including jackets, fleece blankets, care bags, non-perishable food items and toys.

This year’s assistance marked the sixth event for the school’s collective effort.

No Classes

Monday, Jan. 20: All Day Holiday – Martin L. King, Jr. Day – Schools and Offices Closed

Lottery Program

The PGCPS online application system for specified Lottery Programs is open. However, please note that the window for requesting seat placements is limited for the 2020-21 school year.

In order to submit an application, have your child’s Student Identification Number at least 48 hours in advance of the close of the application.

All requests will be checked for accuracy. Any falsification of information may result in your request not being processed and/or denied.

‘Youth Speaks’

The Prince George’s County “Youth Speaks” forum convenes on Saturday, Jan.18 for the first in a series of focus groups empowering youth to discuss issues and challenges. The forum takes please from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Kentland Community Center in Landover and is designed to promote intergenerational, community-orientated engagement and fellowship, while addressing some of the issues and challenges that youths face.

In the event of inclement weather, the forum may be postponed to a later date and/or time.

All registered persons will receive an email notification with all updates.

MLK Day of Service

The PGCPS family as well as the public is encouraged to join the Office of Community Relations for its first annual MLK Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 20.

Events include: a Youth Employment Seminar (ages 14-18) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Community of Hope AME Church, 3801 Branch Ave. in Temple Hills, Md. Youth employment information including on-the-spot interviews, hiring tips, Summer Youth Employment Program training, community service hours, a special raffle and gift for students who complete the five seminar stations will be available.

Immersion Teacher Job Fair

The PGCPS system is offering an immersion teacher recruitment job fair on Jan. 22, for which officials will be looking for bilingual educators to join their team. Hiring officials will be in search of Spanish, French and Chinese immersion teachers. The salary range is from $48,498 to $ 80,761 annually, plus benefits.

Recruitment takes place from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 9201 E. Hampton Drive, Capitol Heights Md 20743. Applications will also be accepted at www.pgcps.org/teachwithus
Talented, Gifted Education.

Eight PGCPS buildings recently received the 2019 Maryland Excellence in Gifted and Talented Education (EGATE) awards, the highest single-year total in the school system.

Listed among the recipients are Greenbelt, Heather Hills, Mattaponi, Pointer Ridge and Valley View elementary schools, Accokeek Academy and Benjamin Tasker and Walker Mill middle schools.

“These schools go above and beyond to provide a model academic program for students,” said Schools CEO Monica Goldson. “Having access to quality gifted and talented programs is key to ensuring advanced learners meet their full potential.”

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