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PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY EDUCATION BRIEFS: Scholar of the Week

Jeremy Kiggundu, a senior in the aerospace program at DuVal High School, is well on his way to pursuing his dreams.

With a job offer from the U.S. Department of Defense already on the table, a future in engineering is just around the corner.

Jeremy, who’s also interested in computer science, imagines a career in public service working for the United Nations or serving as an adviser to a future U.S. president.

A member of the National Honor Society, Mock Trial Team and an Aerospace Ambassador, Jeremy holds a 3.90 GPA with a course load including Advanced Placement English Language, government, human geography and world history.

After participating in the 2019 Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab ASPIRE internship program, Jeremy was invited to present his research at the 2019 Integrated STEM Education Conference at Princeton University.

In addition to excelling academically, Jeremy is a young entrepreneur and leader in his community.

Jeremy recently joined Schools CEO Dr. Monica Goldson in Annapolis to advocate for equitable school funding and share his experiences and aspirations.

He is also a creator of “Fiveable,” a website that helps students prepare for Advanced Placement exams.

Jeremy enjoys volunteering in his community, playing video games, and spending time with family and friends.

Grading Policy

The Distance Learning plan in place during COVID-19 is designed to keep students connected to school and to offer instruction in critical content required to be successful in the next grade/course pathway. With equity in mind, grading policy for the fourth quarter is designed to incentivize student participation in learning activities while “doing no harm” to students who are unable to fully participate.

For the fourth quarter, students in grades 2-12 will receive a grade of pass (P) or incomplete (I).

Schools Closed Through May 15

State Superintendent Karen Salmon announced that all Maryland public schools will be closed until Friday, May 15. Distance learning will continue.

Best High Schools

Five PGCPS facilities — Charles Herbert Flowers, Oxon Hill, Eleanor Roosevelt, Academy of Health Sciences at Prince George’s Community College and CMIT Academy high schools — recently landed on the 2020 U.S. News & World Report Best High Schools list.

Graduation Waivers, Key Dates

In response to the impact of the COVID-19, the Maryland State Department of Education has determined that graduating high school seniors are exempt from fulfilling service learning hours and from the following: MCAP tests for Algebra I, English 10, and American Government; the Maryland Integrated Science Assessment (MISA) and AVP project.

Waivers were also approved for Career and Technical Education (CTE) cosmetology, nail technician and barber programs among other areas. Parents and guardians should contact school staff for more information.

Meanwhile, don’t miss important key upcoming events and dates that include virtual college and career signing days, senior spirit week, last day of school and more.

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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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