Wednesday, March 13, 2013
The congressman read to students and spoke to parents about possible cuts to Head Start.
House Minority Whip and Maryland Congressman Steny Hoyer (D-5th) met with teachers, parents, and support staff at Paint Branch Elementary School Tuesday morning to discuss the effects of federal spending cuts on Head Start services in Maryland. Paint Branch Elementary is one of 35 Head Start locations in Prince George’s County. The sites offers a wide array of services to 864 families throughout the county, including early childhood education, health support services, nutritional assistance, and family advocacy. “The comprehensive early childhood services provided through Head Start and Early Head Start are critical to closing the achievement gap and ensuring our students can succeed,” Hoyer said in a statement after Tuesday's visit. The…
Monday, August 20, 2012
For thousands of area students, Monday was a day of new grades, new books, and new faces.
Armed with backpacks, pencils, and a fresh set of summer memories, over 100,000 Prince George's County students returned to class Monday morning, marking the start of the 2012-13 school year. The opening bell rings at a time of change for county schools, with outgoing superintendent William R. Hite bound for a new job in Philadelphia. Officials announced Friday that Alvin Crawley, a veteran educator from District of Columbia Public Schools, will serve as his interim replacement. But on Monday, the focus was on thousands of personal transitions: new grades, new books, and new faces. At William Wirt Middle, the scene was a mix of excited students, encouraging family members, and a miniature traffic jam of SUVs and yellow buses—sure signs …
Friday, June 15, 2012
Prince George's County Public Schools announced a new principal at Paint Branch Elementary.
Emmett H. Hendershot was named the new principal of Paint Branch Elementary School in College Park Thursday. Prince George's County Public Schools announced eight other new principals to schools across the county. Hendershot had been the assistant principal at Carrollton Elementary School.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
City grant program to be overhauled next fiscal year.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
While College Park and the university await approval for their application to establish a public charter school in the city, other opportunities for College Park education could be just ahead as well. The budget for the next fiscal year more than doubles the money available for the Public Schools Education Grants, creating more opportunities for schools in and around College Park to apply for grants, The Gazette reported this week. Find the full story here.
Friday, April 6, 2012
Paint Branch Elementary School was selected by the Heart of America Foundation for its READesign program.
Friday, April 6, 2012
Paint Branch Elementary School students recently received more than 1,000 new books and a revitalized library nook, through The Heart of America Foundation READesign program and a $25,000 grant from FedEx. “It’s a real treasure for our students,” Curry Rose Hoskey, the school’s library media specialist told The Gazette. “It’s putting books in the hands of children, which is what my career is all about.” Read the full Gazette article. FedEx volunteers unveiled the redesigned corner of the library on Tuesday, March 27. The volunteers helped arrange new books on shelves and assembled furniture in the freshly painted reading corner before distributing books for students to take home.
Friday, March 23, 2012
Paint Branch Elementary School was selected by the nationwide READesign grant program, to receive a revitalized corner of its library and more than 1,000 new books.
When The Heart of America Foundation chooses schools for library revitalization and book donations, it looks for a staff dedicated to literacy. It’s impressive, then, that Paint Branch Elementary School in College Park was selected for the grant, because the library media specialist Curry Rose Hoskey spends only two days a week there, splitting her time between two other schools due to last year's budget cuts. “I’m glad they didn’t let that be a barrier,” Hoskey said. Perhaps it was Hoskey herself that mitigated the barrier. “The librarian in this case is very passionate,” said Janice Reardon, vice president of development for the foundation, also noting the dedication of the teaching staff to make up for Curry's part-time presence. “[…
Friday, February 3, 2012
Check out the posters created by area students honoring Martin Luther King Jr., decorating the Council Chambers of City Hall.
Artwork honoring Martin Luther King Jr. currently line the walls of the Council Chambers in City Hall. The posters were made by College Park youngsters, who studied King’s dream. Some even shared their own dreams: “I have a dream that people will stop fighting, killing, stealing and robbing and be friendly," one student wrote. And another: “I have a dream that people need to stop littering and donate clothes and donate food in cans.” Every year, the College Park's MLK Committee purchases materials and distributes them to elementary schools in the city, so that students can create works of art featuring the civil rights leader. The committee's goal is to help youngsters to understand King's philosophies, said City Councilman Monroe Dennis (…
Monday, January 30, 2012
Grant-funded, state-of-the-art technology enables local students to travel to China, both virtually and in reality.
This year’s kindergartners may be tomorrow’s international businessmen and women, thanks to a newly expanded Chinese immersion program at Paint Branch Elementary School. The school recently expanded its program to include a Chinese language lab, funded by a $35,000 grant from the Maryland State Department of Education, which covered technical equipment, resources, staff development and training. At a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday morning, teacher Katherine Chang demonstrated how students in three kindergarten classes will use the lab to practice their Chinese vocabulary: They’ll listen to Chinese language through headsets while watching supplementary video, then repeat what they hear. After just two weeks of vocabulary introduction, the …