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PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY EDUCATION BRIEFS: Student Page Program

Each year, 105 students and 36 alternates are selected by the state of Maryland’s local school systems to participate in the Maryland General Assembly Student Page Program. Each county is allocated a number of pages and alternate appointments based on its grade-12 student enrollment. PGCPS is allocated 14 pages and four alternates.

All high school seniors who are Maryland residents and 16 or older are eligible to apply. Student pages work for two non-consecutive weeks at either the House of Delegates or the Senate in Annapolis.

Interested students must complete the electronic application form, which can be accessed at www.pgcps.org/state-page, and email it to: Richard Moody, Supervisor, Office of Student Engagement and School Support, at rmoody@pqcps.org, or complete a hard copy of the application and mail it to the Office of Student Engagement and School Support, 7711 Livingston Road, Suite 202A, Oxon Hill, MD 20745. Applications are due by than Friday, Oct. 26.

‘Passport to Success Expo’

The “Passport to Success Expo” combines the annual Family Institute Conference and College and Career Readiness Summit in one big exposition.

The event, which will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 22 at Oxon Hill High School, is free and features more than 20 workshops for parents on topics such as helping students succeed in school, navigating the school system and securing funding for their college education.

Wanda Durant, mother of NBA champion Kevin Durant, will be the keynote speaker.

Representatives from more than 35 colleges and universities, local government and agencies, business and trade schools, and fire, police and EMT will be on site to share information about college and careers.

The EXPO also includes free breakfast, resources and child care (for children ages 6-12), and attendees can sample new and exciting options for school lunch at the “Taste of PGCPS.”

Program Mentors

PGCPS announces the induction of its second class of Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) programs housed at Frederick Douglass High School in Upper Marlboro.

This year’s two programs, which include Health and Technology and Hospitality and Management, serves 62 new P-TECH students in grades 9-12, and officials are working to ensure that each one has a mentor. People interested in becoming one of the 35 mentors needed can obtain information by email at ptech@pgcps.org or contact Tara Anderson, business liaison, P-TECH Mentor POC, at 301-669-6012 ext. 45595.

Attendance Awareness

September is Attendance Awareness Month and with the new school year just getting started, it’s important that students are in class every day ready to learn, county schools officials say.

Research shows students who were chronically absent in kindergarten and first grade were less likely to read proficiently at the end of third grade, officials said. And because absences add up, missing just two days out of school a month (about 18 days a year) adds up to 10 percent of the school year missed.

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