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PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY EDUCATION BRIEFS: Student Journalism Program

The Princeton Summer Journalism Program is one of the only programs of its kind offering a free, innovative residential journalism and college prep institute for high achieving high school juniors from low-income backgrounds.

For 10 days every summer, up to 40 students from across the country explore current events and world affairs through workshops and lectures led by Princeton professors, professional journalists, and alumni on campus.

The summer program culminates in the publication of the Princeton Summer Journal, the student-produced newspaper.

During their senior year, students are matched with a personal college adviser, who will work with them on their college admissions process.

Early Class Dismissal

Jan. 28: Two-hour early dismissal for students for Teacher Professional Day

Blueprint Schools

Schools CEO Monica Goldson and the Prince George’s County Education & Community Partners have announced the creation of a $1 million endowed fund to support students and educators, along with student internships, mentoring opportunities and apprenticeships valued at $4.7 million as part of the school system’s Alternative Construction Finance Program, formally known as the PGCPS Blueprint Schools program.

Employee Vaccinations

PGCPS will work in collaboration with Kaiser Permanente to vaccinate its employees with a tentative start date of Monday, Feb. 1. All staff will be encouraged to get the vaccine.

As vaccination efforts ramp up, school officials are reassessing learning options and the timeline for implementation of in-person learning.

Among the factors under consideration are the percentage of coronavirus cases in Prince George’s County, the number of daily new cases, and the average daily case rate based on population.

Small Group Instruction

As PGCPS plans for a safe return to in-person learning, school officials will consider implementation of small group instruction by identified grade levels and/or designated populations of students based on several factors including: the percentage of positive COVID-19 cases in the county, number of new cases per day, and average daily case rate based on population.

Posse Scholars

Several PGCPS seniors have been named 2021 Posse Scholars and will receive four-year, full-tuition college scholarships from the Posse Foundation’s partnering schools.

Posse Scholars from across the nation will enter colleges and universities in multicultural groups of 10 known as “posses.”

Throughout their college career, they will support each other and receive ongoing assistance from The Posse Foundation.

Posse Scholars have a 90 percent college graduation rate and demonstrated potential to positively affect their professions. Each scholarship is worth approximately $140,000.

This year’s PGCPS Posse Scholars include:

Diego Benitez Rodriguez
International High School at Langley Park

Tino Cione
Bowie High School

JaJuan Hall
Largo High School

Ninah Jackson
Oxon Hill High School

Assiata Kamagate
Frederick Douglass High School

Matthew Miller
Chesapeake Math & IT Academy – South

Camoni Mullens-Warren
Oxon Hill High School

Rosebell Onuma
Academy of Health Sciences
Iman Osman

Samantha Peabody
Oxon Hill High School

Jasmine Robinson
College Park Academy

Maryama Thiam
Chesapeake Math & IT Academy – North

Cedric Wilkerson
Friendly High School

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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