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PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY EDUCATION BRIEFS: ‘No Homework Week’

There will be no homework (independent practice) assigned for students in all grades from Monday, Jan. 4 through Monday, Jan. 11. However, students are encouraged to engage in school-based clubs and organizations or other hobbies at the end of the school day.

Virtual Conversation Dates

The public is invited to join one of four upcoming Virtual Community Conversations to discuss PGCPS’ Comprehensive School Boundary Initiative.

The Boundary Initiative will provide an impartial analysis of current school boundaries, feeder patterns and program locations and to develop, with community input, scenarios for adjustments to populate new and expanded school facilities.

Conversation dates are as follows:

South County — Thursday, Jan. 7, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Spanish language — Saturday, Jan. 9, 10 a.m. to noon (This event will be held in Spanish/ Este evento se realizará en español) ¡Regístrese aquí! https://bit.ly/PGCPSconversaciones)
Central County — Tuesday, Jan. 12, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
North County — Wednesday, Jan. 13, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Join meetings here: Meeting ID: 861 6511 4561 Passcode: 321743
*Join Spanish meeting here: Meeting ID: 878 8659 9000 Passcode: 393286

Brief Survey

PGCPS is conducting a brief survey to assess the community’s support of School Resource Officers in buildings and other school safety measures.

The results will be used to inform the school system’s future direction on student and staff safety and well-being. Deadline: Friday, Jan. 8.

Schools Honored

Kenmoor Middle School, Maya Angelou French Immersion School, Tulip Grove Elementary School and University Park Elementary School have qualified for the 2020 Maryland Excellence in Gifted and Talented Education Schools designation, which recognizes excellence in gifted and talented education.

RBSP Applications Due Jan. 9

Applications for participation in the Ron Brown Scholar Program must be postmarked by Jan. 9. The 24-year-old program offers a great opportunity for talented high school seniors to earn a college scholarship worth up to $10,000 for four years.

The program, which identifies students who will make significant contributions to society, also enhances students’ skills in academic excellence, exceptional leadership potential while they make an impact in their respective communities through service to others.

SAT and ACT scores are not mandatory. If applicants have taken the standardized tests, they are encouraged to submit those scores as part of their application. Applicants who have not or cannot take the exams before the final deadline, will not be penalized.

Free Reading Tutors

The time to sign up for free tutoring from a professional or volunteer reading guide is now. This opportunity is open for kindergarten – 5th-grade students attending a PGPCS school. Tutoring will occur from January through early April.

Due to overwhelming demand, PGCPS may not be able to match all families with a tutor and will fill seats on a first-come, first-served basis. As spots become available, parents will be notified.

For questions, contact tutoring@booknooklearning.com.

 

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