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PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY EDUCATION BRIEFS: PSAT Parent Nights

Parents and guardians are encouraged to attend an info session to learn how to read their student’s PSAT 8/9 score report to identify strengths and weaknesses.

All sessions will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Upcoming dates include Wednesday, March 11 at Ernest Everett Just Middle School and Thursday, March 12 at Stephen Decatur Middle School.

All eighth grade students were given the PSAT 8/9 assessment in December.

National College Fair

The Prince George’s County National College Fair will be held Friday, April 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex.

CTE Survey

PGCPS is seeking input from students, teachers and parents about experiences and perceptions of Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs.

The goal is to provide students with a strong foundation of technical knowledge and workplace skills in preparation for college and careers. Interested persons are encouraged to complete the CTE Survey by Friday, March 6.

Hanover Research is conducting the survey — which will only take 10-15 minutes — to understand the use and perceptions of Career and Technical Education in the District.

This study is for research purposes only and all information provided will be maintained on a confidential basis by Hanover Research and will only be reported to PGCPS in an aggregate form.

Adopt-A-School Program

The Adopt-A-School Program was created to support public schools throughout the county through enhanced educational experiences, financial support and volunteerism focused on improving outcomes for students.

The goal for school year 2019-20 is to ensure all of schools are adopted by a business, community or interfaith partner.

The program’s components consist of:

• College & Career Exposure – Expose students to college/career pathways through field trips, career day or mentoring sessions.
• Financial Support – Provide at least $5,000 through in-kind donations and/or monetary contributions to each adopted school.
• Volunteer Service – Participate in at least one school-sponsored service activity.

School needs include:

• Student Supplies
• School Uniforms
• Engineering Calculators
• Classroom Smart Boards
• Chromebooks and Tablets
• Paid Speakers or Performers
• Teacher’s Lounge Remodeling

Estudios Universitarios

UMD Community Engagement will hold Estudios Universitarios (A College Education is Within Your Reach: A Free Workshop in Spanish) on Saturday, March 7.

This bilingual event caters to students in grades 6-12 and their families, providing them with info about the college admission process and community resources.

Board-Certified Teachers

PGCPS welcomed its newly certified and renewed National Board-approved teachers, who were pinned in late February.

The certification process involves a rigorous examination of teaching practices, application of student assessment data, collaboration among peers and community members and deep professional reflection.

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