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

Lindsay Blocker, a senior at Eleanor Roosevelt High School, is not waiting for high school graduation to begin pursuing her dreams. Armed with a 4.37 grade point average, Lindsay hopes to pursue a career promoting the ethical use of technology by focusing on public policy and artificial intelligence.

Her courses at Roosevelt include Advance Placement classes in Computer Science, Music Theory, Calculus AB, U.S. Government and Politics and English Language and Composition. Lindsay also scored 1580 on the SAT and scores of 4 and 5 on AP exams.

While attending the University of Maryland College Park’s Artificial Intelligence Program, she mastered AI concepts through Python programming and Jupyter notebooks. And during a Harvard University Pre-College program, she studied the history of digital media and analyzed the mass effects of technology on society.

A member of the National Science and Spanish Honor Societies, varsity lacrosse team and media team at her church, Lindsay loves music and has had the opportunity to showcase her talent in competitions including the NAACP’s Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics regional competition, where she earned a gold medal in the classical instrument category.

Volleyball Workshop

Through PGCPS’s Adapted Physical Education Program, high school CRI students from Charles H. Flowers, Frederick Douglass and Suitland recently participated in a Special Olympics volleyball workshop at Elizabeth Seton High School.

Report Card Ratings

More than 80 percent of the county’s schools received one of the top three ratings on the recently released Maryland school report cards.

The report cards use ratings on a one- to five-star scale and offer a snapshot of school and student performance.

Lottery Programs

PGCPS’s online application system for specified lottery programs is open with limited requests for seats for the 2020-21 school year.

While parents can complete an application for multiple programs, one application per child may be submitted. Parents will receive emails from notifying them of the application status.

For more information, contact: Prince George’s County Public Schools, Sasscer Administration Building, 14201 School Lane, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

Inclement Weather Notifications

PGCPS makes a concerted effort to inform parents and students of delays and closures with as much advance notice as possible.

“All official PGCPS communications channels are created equal,” the school system said in a statement. “We issue notifications in numerous ways (i.e., our website, email and text, phone bulletin board and local media). Some technology may be faster than others. A social media post with critical information will often be available sooner than a website update or email and text message. However, due to volume, school officials cannot respond to weather-related direct messages on social media.”

It is PGCPS’s long-standing practice to remain open as long as roads are safe, open and passable, and predicted to remain so, the school system said. In the event of inclement weather, the decision to open or close schools will be made prior to 5:30 a.m. on the day in question and communicated as soon as possible to the media, parents and staff.

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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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