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Prince George’s County Education Briefs: Reach Higher Initiative

Principal Tanya Washington, staff and seniors at Parkdale High School in Riverdale Park, celebrated first lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher Initiative on April 25.

Parkdale has a goal to help 100 percent of its graduates continue their education and strive to be lifelong learners.

Whether students are going to a four-year university, community college, workforce training program, or the military, Parkdale is committed to helping them grow.

Earth Day Celebration

Earth Day Celebration

Students at Gwynn Park Middle School in Brandywine celebrated Earth Day on April 22 with the theme May the Forest Be With You.

The school focused on how to preserve trees, the forest, wildlife and recycling. Students also made posters and T-shirts and participated in discussions about the Earth.

The school’s staff topped the celebration off by wearing T-shirts with the theme on the front to help remind students that the forests will be with them for many more generations to come.

Youth Golf Clinic and Tournament

Youth Golf Clinic and Tournament

Students from Andrew Jackson Academy in District Heights and Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt recently participated in the Deaf Disc Golf Youth Clinic and Mini-Tournament.

Students were given disc golf tips by members of the Southern Maryland Disc Golf Association and the D.C. Deaf Disc Golf Association.

Gateway Disc Sports provided trophy discs, and BION Commercial Mechanical and Plumbing Systems donated discs and disc golf baskets.

Memory Project Artwork

Memory Project Artwork

Students in the Honors Studio at Oxon Hill High School in Oxon Hill have created portraits for orphans in Madagascar through the Memory Project.

This marks the third year students have participated in the nonprofit organization that invites art teachers and their students to create portraits for youth around the world who have faced substantial challenges such as neglect, abuse, loss of parents and extreme poverty.

Student artwork was created by Mikayla Cumberbatch, grade 12, Tamiya Douglas, grade 11, Hunter Felton, grade 11, Martha Kamon, grade 11 and Joanna Orallo, grade 11.

Speaking Competition Winner

Speaking Competition Winner

Jamar Watkins, a student at Charles H. Flowers High School in Springdale, won first place in the National Impromptu Speaking Competition during the 2016 National Conference for Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences.

The judges praised Jamar’s ability to deliver an engaging, logical and knowledgeable speech on the topics of agriculture and leadership.

Jamar also won first place earlier this spring at the J. Franklyn Bourne Bi-County Oratorical Contest.

Improved Test Scores

Improved Test Scores

Data received by the Maryland State Department of Education shows a four percentage point increase from 34 percent on the Kindergarten Readiness Assessments in school year 2015 to 38 percent for school year 2016. The KRA evaluates student readiness across domains that include language and literacy, mathematics, social foundations and physical development. PGCPS showed an improvement across all four domains.

All race/ethnicity groups, special education students, English Language Learners and students of low economic status demonstrated improved KRA scores.

The percentage of special-education students determined ready for kindergarten improved by two percentage points to 14 percent. English Language Learners increased their scores by four percentage points to 19 percent, and students of low economic status increased their results by three percentage points to 32 percent.

“I am proud of the progress our early-childhood programs are making to help ensure that our students are ready for kindergarten,” said Schools CEO Kevin Maxwell. “Reaching academic achievement for all students means laying a strong foundation for our youngest learners. Our district fully supports early learning readiness, and this year’s increase shows that we are moving in the right direction.”

Employee ‘Recognition Dinner’

Employee ‘Recognition Dinner’

For the past 42 years, Prince George’s County has celebrated and recognized world-class educators and leaders for their contributions and commitment to students and the community.

This year, the county will celebrate its honorees at the annual Recognition Dinner to be held on Thursday, May 26, at Martin’s Crosswinds in Greenbelt.

For more information, call 301.952.6389.

Scholar of the Week

Scholar of the Week

Maria Mitiuriev, a senior at Northwestern High School in Hyattsville, has been named a Scholar of the Week.

Maria, who has a 4.12 grade point average, excels in Advanced Placement courses that include government and politics, literature, world history, human geography and Japanese.

Her extracurricular activities include participation in the El Cambio-Student Activist Club, Manga Club-Japanese Comic Books, International Studies Program, and National Honor Society.

Maria has been accepted to University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Warren Wilson College, Berry College and Paul Smith’s College.

She aspires to become a writer.

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