Scholar of the Week Ma’kayla Cayard, a senior at Largo High School, speaks softly but carries a large stick — a drumstick to be exact.

Accomplished with a 4.167 grade point average, Ma’kayla takes Advanced Placement courses in world history, biology and American government/politics, and is a dual-enrollment student at Prince George’s Community College. Currently serving as a percussionist section leader, she also plays the cymbals and flute.

In addition, Ma’kayla is a member of the National Honor Society and the Class of 2020 Student Council.

Her love for helping and caring for others inspired her to pursue a career in nursing.

She plans to attend North Carolina A&T University and enjoys hanging out with her friends in her spare time.

CEO’s Listening Sessions

Prince George’s County Schools CEO Monica Goldson wants to hear from you and will be available at the following listening sessions.

Attendees can learn about the CEO’s plans for the school year as well as share their ideas, concerns and solutions:

Oct. 17
6:30-8 p.m.
Oxon Hill High School
6701 Leyte Drive
Oxon Hill, MD 20745

Oct. 21
6:30-8 p.m.
Laurel High School
8000 Cherry Lane
Laurel, MD 20707

Nov. 5
6:30-8 p.m.
Fairmont Heights High School
6501 Columbia Park Road
Landover, MD 20785

School Showcases

PGCPS’ high school program showcase is Wednesday, Oct. 16 and the pre-K-8 showcase is Thursday, Oct. 17. Meet program directors and teachers, watch student demonstrations, take away informational brochures and flyers and learn how and when to apply to programs of interest.

College Application Night

College Application Night will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 23 at Largo High School. The event serves as an opportunity for high school seniors and families to receive guidance applying to college and speak with college and university admissions counselors for possible on-site admittance and waived application fees.

The event is also being expanded to include a college fair where students can speak with more than 35 colleges and university admissions counselors.

The following colleges are providing onsite admissions:

University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Trinity Washington University
Morgan State University
Radford University
Lincoln University
Bowie State University

Interested students should bring the following documents:

– Official high school transcripts.
– Official SAT or ACT scores.
– Letters of recommendation.

National Blue Ribbon

Glenarden Woods Elementary has been named a 2019 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education after receiving the state blue ribbon last year.

The school also recently earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Gold certification through the United States Green Building Council.

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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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