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PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY EDUCATION BRIEFS: Schedule Readjustments

The state superintendent of education has ordered all Maryland public schools to be closed temporarily through Friday, March 27 amid the coronavirus pandemic.

All school buildings and school buses will be cleaned and disinfected. There will be no school-sponsored field trips, extracurricular/athletic events or before/after care during this time. School officials have also suspended outside facility use until further notice.

Teachers have also distributed school assignments to ensure continuity of learning during the closure. Educators have been asked to be accessible to students by email in case they have questions related to assignments. In addition, adjustments will be made to the school calendar to extend the third-quarter grading period to ensure an accurate reflection of students’ work and skills.

“Grab and go” lunches will be provided at regional locations from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily during the closure. Students may get a sack lunch at one of the following locations:

• Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School, 4545 Ammendale Road, Beltsville
• William Wirt Middle School, 6200 Tuckerman St., Riverdale Park
• Nicholas Orem Middle School, 6100 Editors Park Drive, Hyattsville
• Kenmoor Middle School, 2500 Kenmoor Drive, Landover
• Benjamin Tasker Middle School, 4901 Collington Road, Bowie
• Walker Mill Middle School, 800 Karen Blvd., Capitol Heights
• Drew-Freeman Middle School, 2600 Brooks Drive, Hillcrest Heights
• Thurgood Marshall Middle School, 4909 Brinkley Road, Temple Hills
• Stephen Decatur Middle School, 8200 Pinewood Drive, Clinton

Classes are set to resume for students on Monday, March 30.

Principal of the Year

High Point High School Principal Nicole McClure has been named High School Principal of the Year by the Maryland Association of Secondary School Principals.

Basketball Champions

The Charles H. Flowers girls and Oxon Hill boys are this year’s county high school basketball champions. The teams are also the 2020 Willard Champions.

Rachel Ray Foundation Grant

Bladensburg High School is among eight high schools nationwide to have received a grant from the Rachel Ray Foundation to upgrade and expand their ProStart program.

The grants will provide funding for schools that are offering the program in an effort to engage and educate high school students interested in exploring restaurant and food service careers.

ProStart, a two-year career and technical education program focused on culinary arts and restaurant management, is offered in 1,900 schools across the country and currently enrolls 150,000 students.

“I am thrilled to see the incredible passion these schools, students and teachers have for ProStart,” said Ray, award-winning television personality and philanthropist. “They’re already doing amazing work every day and I’m excited to support their dreams to be future chefs, restaurant managers or entrepreneurs. I can’t wait to see what these students and their teachers ‘cook up’ next.”

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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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