District 2 School Board member Lupi Quinteros-Grady and Sen. Paul Pinsky invite the PGCPS family and community to attend a briefing on the work of “The Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education,” also referred to as the “Kirwan Commission.”

The meeting convenes at 6:30 p.m., Jan. 11 at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt.

The commission, created by legislation in 2016, unites representatives from across the state of Maryland to review findings of the “Study of Adequacy of Funding for Education in Maryland,” hear from national experts on world-class education systems, and make recommendations for improving education in Maryland through funding, policies, and resources that will prepare students “to meet the challenges of a changing global economy, be prepared for postsecondary education and the workforce, and to become successful citizens in the 21st century.”

RSVP attendance by Monday, Jan. 8 to Amber.Tate@pgcps.org.

PGCPS Updates Policy on Bullying, Harassment

Purpose: To maintain a safe school environment that is conducive to learning and to ensure that school administrators and staff take measures to promote the prevention of bullying, harassment, and intimidation (BHI) as well as prohibit reprisal or retaliation against individuals who report these acts.

Revisions to AP 5143 include an update to procedures for staff to follow upon receipt of BHI reports; requirement for schools to maintain copies of reports for at least five years’ new, interactive reporting forms; and an addition of new procedural flow chat for BHI investigations.

Bus Driver Recruitment

PGCPS hosts a bus driver recruitment fair from 1 p.m. to 5 p. m., Jan. 19 at 2215 Chadwick St. in Temple Hills.

Interested candidates must meet the following requirements:

– High School Diploma/GED
– No more than 3 points in 10-year driving history
– Satisfactory past driving record
– At least 21 years old
– At least five years driving experience
– Ability to obtain a Commercial Drivers License (CDL), Class A or B with passenger endorsement or Class B Learners Permit with passenger (P) and school bus (S) endorsement
– Ability to meet special training and qualifications determined by PGCPS

PGCPS offers bus drivers a starting salary of $18.41 per hour, with advancement opportunity up to $35.17 per hour.

Learning by Dance

Montpelier Elementary School students in Laurel, Md., recently used dance to learn the science of a caterpillar’s life cycle.

Montpelier, one of 73 integration schools, currently benefits from new partnerships with the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Crayola Foundation.

Holiday ‘Sing-A-Long’

Potomac High School students recently participated in the Wolf Trap’s annual “Holiday Sing-A-Long.”

After more than seven years without a school choir, Potomac resurrected its choral program and shared the stage with the United States Marine Band, local choirs and vocal groups from the metropolitan D.C. area.

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Dorothy Rowley – Washington Informer Staff Writer

I knew I had to become a writer when at age nine I scribbled a note to my younger brother’s teacher saying I thought she was being too hard on him in class. Well, the teacher immediately contacted my mother, and with tears in her eyes, profusely apologized. Of course, my embarrassed mother dealt with me – but that didn’t stop me from pursuing my passion for words and writing. Nowadays, as a “semi-retiree,” I continue to work for the Washington Informer as a staff writer. Aside from that, I keep busy creating quirky videos for YouTube, participating in an actor’s guild and being part of my church’s praise dance team and adult choir. I’m a regular fixture at the gym, and I like to take long road trips that have included fun-filled treks to Miami, Florida and Jackson, Mississippi. I’m poised to take to the road again in early 2017, headed for New Orleans, Louisiana. This proud grandmother of two – who absolutely adores interior decorating – did her undergraduate studies at Virginia Union University and graduate work at Virginia State University.

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