With just a few minutes remaining in the recent Maryland 4A girls’ basketball state championship game at Towson University’s SECU Arena, Eleanor Roosevelt senior guard Ashia McCalla dribbled left and nailed an off-balance three-pointer to secure the school’s ninth title.

Aisha finished with 29 points and nine rebounds in the 60-56 win in the March 10 championship game against Catonsville.

School Makeup Dates

PGCPS will be in session Wednesday, April 4 through Friday, April 6 to make up for weather-related closures.

Schools were originally scheduled to be closed Tuesday, April 3 through Friday, April 6 for spring break, as noted in the 2017-18 calendar.

The county board of education will consider designating April 4 as a makeup day at its March 29 meeting.

Schools have been closed six days so far this school year for inclement weather (Jan. 4-5 and 17, and March 2, 21-22).

The 2017-18 school calendar planned for five inclement weather makeup days.

Due to a statewide mandate by Gov. Larry Hogan, the school calendar must start after Labor Day and end June 15.

Arts Gala

A seated dinner showcasing the artistic talents of students in the PGCPS Arts Program will be held April 28 from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in Hyattsville.

A reception that includes a cash bar, hor d’oeuvres and live entertainment will be held an hour before the gala.

Proceeds will go to the Prince George’s Arts & Humanities Council in support of PGCPS Arts Education.

For more information, call 301-808-8256

Outstanding Employee Award

Each Year in May, PGCPS recognizes the outstanding contributions of staff by hosting an Employee Recognition Dinner. Coworkers, students, parents, and community members are encouraged to submit nominations of employees who demonstrate the highest level of excellence in their work.

The nominations will be reviewed by committee, and up to 20 individuals will ultimately be honored as Outstanding Employees during this year’s dinner.

To be eligible, nominees must be currently employed as a permanent PGCPS employee and must not have previously received a PGCPS Outstanding Educator or Outstanding Supporting Employee award.

The nomination procedure is as follows:

1. Download a nomination form and complete all parts of the form.

2. Write an essay with the theme “Why My Nominee Is Outstanding.”

3. Collect five to 10 letters of support. One must be from the nominee’s immediate supervisor and four from others who also work closely with the nominee, such as students, parents, colleagues or community partners.

4. Place the completed nomination form, essay, and letters of support in clear plastic sheet protectors and place in a 1/2-inch, 3-ring, white binder.

Nomination packages must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 29 to Sharon Hodges, Office of Talent Development, Oxon Hill Staff Development Center, Suite F, 7711 Livingston Road, Oxon Hill, MD 20745 (email photo to sharon.hodges@pgcps.org).

Nominations for non-school-based employees should be forwarded to Penny Hood, Records Management and Verification Office, Sasscer Administration Building, Room 127, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772 (email photo to penny.hood@pgcps.org)

Scholar of the Week

Cameron Keith, a senior at Frederick Douglass High School, who hopes to start his own software company one day, has a 3.92 grade point average.

Cameron’s extracurricular activities include participation in his school’s International Baccalaureate program and membership on the basketball team.

Cameron’s honors include the Harvard Book Award and National Mathematics Award.
He has been accepted to Bowie State, Prairie View A&M and Wichita State with pending applications at Stanford, Drexel, Maryland, Michigan and Notre Dame, one of which he plans to attend to major in electrical engineering or college management.

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Dorothy Rowley – Washington Informer Staff Writer

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