The Eleanor Roosevelt High School chamber ensembles will perform later this year at the renowned Midwest Clinic International Band, Orchestra and Music Conference.

The conference, which has been held for more than 70 years, offers guests interested in music education an array of clinics and exhibits, as well as access to music and teaching icons.

Roosevelt is the fifth Maryland high school band selected to perform at the competitive event and the first from PGCPS in nearly 50 years.

Mosaic Restoration Project

School leaders and community partners recently joined forces to give the beloved window art piece that depicts a tiger mascot at the Benjamin Tasker Middle School a much-needed refresh while celebrating the culmination of a yearlong effort to restore the important piece of school history.

Led by volunteer Bob Rapczynski, members of the Bowie Senior Center and the Prince George’s Community College S.A.G.E. (Seasoned Adults Growing Educationally) restoration of the decades-old window, included removing, cataloging and cleaning each piece, then attaching all pieces to a new sheet of glass.

Former PGCPS art teacher Nino Enkiri, who taught at Tasker for 31 years, spearheaded the initial tiger mosaic in the early 1980s.

Parent Involvement Survey

Parents or guardians of children receiving special education and related services received the Maryland Special Education Parent Involvement Survey from the State Department of Education.

Parents are asked to complete the survey and return it in the postage-paid envelope by May 17. The survey may also be completed online.

Planning Ahead

The current school year is in its final stretch and now is the time to plan ahead for the summer months and next school year.

Here are five resources to help students and their families get ready:

1. Request a student transfer by the May 14 deadline.
2. Register for pre-K or kindergarten.
3. Explore Department of Parks and Recreation summer camps.
4. View 2019 PGCPS Summer Programs.
5. Discover the resources of Prince George’s County Memorial Library System with your child’s PGCPS student ID.

Employees Celebrated

At PGCPS’ recent 36th annual Employer-Employee Appreciation Luncheon, students and local businesses celebrated the role of partnerships in offering students apprenticeships to enhance career and technical education.

“We are deeply thankful to our business partners for learning opportunities that facilitate career and personal development,” said Board of Education Chair Alvin Thornton. “This program [has been] important in building a bridge to excellence.”

Teacher Recruitment

A Teacher Recruitment Fair will be held from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 4 at Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. High School in Upper Marlboro.

Hiring officials are looking for talented educators who are committed, focused on making a difference, and hold (or are eligible) for a teacher certificate issued by the Maryland State Department of Education.

Candidates selected for an interview will be contacted by an HR partner or administrator. For more information, email hr.recruitment@pgcps.org.

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