Prince George’s County Education Briefs: Teacher Recruitment Fair

Prince George’s County Public Schools will host a Teacher Recruitment​​ Fair next month in search of top educators from across the nation.

The event takes place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5 at Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. High School in Upper Marlboro.

PGCPS officials are specifically focused on hiring talent who are committed to making a difference in the classroom.

In addition to seeking teachers in all content areas, school officials will be hiring nurses, guidance counselors and library media specialists who are bilingual.

Pre-registration for the fair is required. For additional information, email hr.recruitment@pgcps.org.

Technical Careers Showcase

Technical Career Academy Night will be held Wednesday, Dec. 2 at Crossland High School in Temple Hills from 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Partnership Creates First Cricket Leagues

Through a partnership with the Bowie Boys and Girls Club students from Prince George’s County Public Schools are helping to popularize an uncommon sport in the United States.

As players in the nation’s first-ever elementary and middle school cricket leagues, 15 of the county’s elementary schools and four middle schools participated in the Bowie Elementary School Teams and Washington Area Middle School (WAMS) Cricket Leagues in 2015. The participating schools have also received a free cricket set from the United States Youth Cricket Association.

The leagues were established with the help of Kancham Chotoo, a Trinidad and Tobago native, and a radar scientist, who resides in Bowie. Chotoo played cricket as a child and is a current member of the Washington Cricket League.

“I have three children who played soccer, baseball, and volleyball with the Bowie Boys and Girls Club, and thought it would be fun to introduce them, as well as other children in the community to cricket,” Chotoo said. “It’s the second most popular sport in the world and I remember my own experiences and how valuable playing the sport was to me.”

Charter School Lottery

Online applications are being accepted through Jan. 29, 2016, for the 2016-17 charter school lottery.

Through the lottery process, parents and students have an opportunity to secure an available seat in a public charter school.

“The lottery process for our Public Charter Schools is an exciting time for students,” said Loretta White-Khaalid, executive assistant of the county Office of Charter Schools. “This process allows families to make an informed decision concerning the academic environment for their child’s education.”

The computerized lottery system will assign a random number to each application, sort them based on the randomly-assigned number and assign a sequential number.

The lowest random number is assigned number one, the next lowest number two, and so forth. Applications are then sorted by school.

Placements are determined by space availability, and submission of an application is not a guarantee of placement.

Because there are no attendance boundaries assigned to charter schools, all Prince George’s County families can apply to a Public Charter School.

Interested families must complete an online application at http://lottery.pgcps.org.

Scholar of the Week

Alyssa Marie Orozco Manio, a senior at Parkdale High School in Riverdale, has been named Scholar of the Week.

Alyssa has a cumulative grade point average of 4.0 and excels in Advanced Placement courses that include chemistry, English composition, biology, calculus and psychology. She is also enrolled in the Global Studies Program.

Alyssa, whose extracurricular activities include participation in the Asian Club, Book Club, Art Club, Marching Band and Jazz Band, plans to apply to the University of Maryland-College Park, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and Towson University. She wants to major in biochemistry to become a pharmacist, pediatrician or nurse.

In her spare time, Alyssa also enjoys arts and crafts and dreams of someday owning her own bakery. In addition to playing the flute, saxophone, guitar and piano, Alyssa speaks two languages — English and Tagalog — and Kapampangan dialect.

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