The Maryland State Department of Education this week released its School Report Cards which focus on the five guiding areas of: academic excellence, high-performing workforce, safe and supportive environments, family and community engagement and organizational effectiveness.

According to interim Schools Chief Dr. Monica Goldson — who recently marked 100 days at the helm — since her appointment parents and students have continued to express the need for improved academic achievement, upgraded school buildings and safer facilities, as well as reliable school bus transportation and better communication and engagement with families.

“During this leadership transition, I have committed myself to students as the centerpiece of our work, strategies and improvements,” Goldson states in the introduction of her first quarterly report, “Building Pride in PGCPS,” which provides an update on her work and observations. “This is our roadmap to success and all roads lead back to the schoolhouse. All strategies must take into account the needs, interests and futures of more than 134,000 students. Each day has been different, but my commitment to do what is right for our students has not changed.”

High School Recognition

International High School at Langley Park is featured in a new Center for American Progress report as one of four “innovation” high schools nationwide.

Designed to address the needs of English language learners, International High School gets high marks for its unique learning community and success in preparing students for college and career. The school is also hailed as a model for other communities working toward high school redesign.

Scholar of the Week

Tamara Bethea, a senior at Dr. Henry A. Wise High School, has joined the ranks of students honored in the Scholar of the Week program.

Tamara has earned top scores in her class on both the Maryland High School Assessment and AP Language exam as well as received perfect grades in geometry each quarter of her high school career.

A member of the mock trial team, Tamara has also been named “Star Lawyer” 10 times.

In addition to academic honors and participation, she is a member of the Golden Elite Band Dance Group, school drama team, and serves as a peer mentor.
Outside of school Tamara enjoys cooking, shopping, and playing volleyball.

A Posse scholarship semifinalist, she plans to study political science, journalism or social sciences in college.

Season of Giving

District 7 Board of Education representative K. Alexander Wallace asks that during this season of giving, that the PGCPS family and friends consider supporting three worthy community outreach drives, sponsored by Imagine Lincoln Public Charter School in Temple Hills.
They include the “Fresh Start Shoeboxes Drive,” “Linen and Towel Drive” and “Toy Drive,” which will help many 7th District families in need.

Donations can be made through Jan. 31, 2019. Any help you can provide will certainly make a difference and be appreciated. Donations can be dropped off at 4207 Norcross St., Temple Hills.
For more information, call: (301) 808-5600.

Mentor Pairing

Mentorship is integral to the Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) at Frederick Douglass High School.

The 2018 Mentor Match ceremony recently paired 60 freshmen with industry professionals to embark on their early college journey.

Now in its second year, P-TECH allows students to earn their high school diploma, college credits up to an associate degree and relevant work experience at no cost.

Students begin college-level work by 10th grade for dual credit.

Applications for the 2019-20 group will be accepted through Dec. 14.

Deadline Extension

The deadline to apply to middle and high school specialty programs for the 2019-20 school year has been extended to Dec.14.
The deadline to apply to Creative and Performing Arts or Visual and Performing Arts programs is also Dec. 14.

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