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

Kilmar Marcia Guzman, a senior at International High School at Langley Park, holds a 3.76 GPA and has received more than $480,000 in scholarships.

Kilmar is an English-proficient student and takes Advanced Placement courses in English Language, World History and Spanish.

The Posse Scholar, who is captain of Peer Forward and a member of the National Honor Society, soccer and tennis teams, has been accepted to Goucher College, McDaniel College, Marymount University, Mount St. Mary’s University and Loyola University.

He plans to major in history because he has a deep interest in how past events can help others to solve current issues or problems.

In his spare time, Kilmar enjoys tutoring, volunteering and listening to music.

PGCPS Staffers Lost to COVID-19

PGCPS sends its deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Terrence Burke, professional school counselor and basketball coach at Northwestern High School, Eastern Stewart Jr., house manager at the Bowie Center for the Performing Arts, and Annis Creese, a Spanish teacher at Northwestern High School. All three died as a result of the novel coronavirus.

Distance Learning Update

Online instruction has begun with the reminder that the distance learning structure will not be equivalent to a six-hour day.

Students will receive invitations through their PGCPS student email to join classes online via Google Classroom.

Parents of PreKindergarten students will be contacted via phone with login information so they can access the link in their child’s newly created email address.

Distance learning will maintain key aspects of their classroom experience: collaboration with peers, daily lessons and experimentation with individualized and innovative techniques.

Learning activities will include independent, self-paced work, and teachers will have virtual office hours to check for understanding and submission of assignments.

Free Home Internet Access

Families new to Comcast Internet Essentials may be eligible for two months of free internet service if they live in an area where the service is available, qualify for public assistance and have not subscribed to Comcast Internet within the past 90 days.

Apply online or call 1-855-8-INTERNET (1-855-846-8376).

School Registrations for 2020-2021

Due to coronavirus-driven stay-at-home orders and continued school building closures, pre-kindergarten and kindergarten registration is postponed until students, staff and the community can safely return to buildings.

Registration for the transitional and lottery programs is also on hold.

PGCPS will continue to monitor the status of schools and provide updates accordingly.

Grab-and-Go Meals

The Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation is offering free grab-and-go meals Monday through Friday from noon to 2 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis for children younger than 18.

On Fridays, young people will be able to take three bags for food for the weekend.

This program is open to all children. Locations: Marlow Heights Community Center, Oakcrest Community Center in Capitol Heights and Glenarden Community Center.

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