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PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY EDUCATION BRIEFS: Wise Athletics

This year, three former Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. High School athletes — Ryan Smith, Zach Pascal and Marcus Allen — participated in the NFL playoffs. The event culminated with Smith and Tampa Bay Buccaneers winning this year’s Super Bowl.

Bilingual Event

Students are encouraged to register for Estudios Universitarios (A College Education is Within Your Reach) on Saturday, Feb. 20.

This bilingual event caters to students in grades 6-12 and their families, providing them with more information about the college admission process. For more information about the program, go to http://go.umd.edu/estudios21.

Vaccinations for School Support Staff

PGCPS is working with the County Health Department and Kaiser Permanente on employee vaccinations. Support staff are receiving vaccinations by appointment only at Kaiser Permanente Lanham Rehabilitation Center in Lanham. This includes employees in building services, food and nutrition services, transportation and designated information technology staff.

Appointments are held from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Please note the following clinic location:

Kaiser Permanente Lanham Rehabilitation Center
4400 Forbes Blvd.
Lanham, MD 20706

Alternative Construction Program

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.

The project, which was finalized in mid-December, will build six new schools by July 2023 through an innovative approach to address aging schools that include Drew-Freeman, Hyattsville, Kenmoor and Walker Mill middle schools, as well as a new middle school and K-8 school in the Adelphi and southern areas of the county. Currently, more than half of the 208 schools are over 50 years old.

“It is vital that we continuously invest in our students’ future,” Goldson said. “Throughout this process, Prince George’s County Public Schools has remained committed to our goal of supporting our students at every stage of their educational experience, ensuring they have every tool needed for success.”

Meals

Students ineligible for free and reduced-priced meals will have to pay for breakfast and lunch. Food and Nutrition Services strongly encourages cashless transactions and encourages all households to deposit funds into their student account.

All schools, with the exception of Fort Foote, Glassmanor and Tayac elementary schools and Robert Goddard Montessori will serve as meal distribution sites.

Meals will be pre-packaged and distributed two days per week between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at school locations.

For more information, please call the Department of Transportation support telephone number at 301-952-6570.

CTE Achievements

Three recent PGCPS graduates have been hired full-time with W. L. Gary and will continue their apprenticeships with the Plumbers Local 5 or the Steamfitters Local 602 unions. A hearty round of congratulations to each of them.

100th Day

Staff collected 100 photos of students and put them on @ClassDojo. PGCPS had more than 50 students and staff participate in the party where they read 100 words, counted to 100 and danced.

This year has been tough, but it is days like this that make the best memories.

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