Monday, May 6, 2013
Albert Lewis teaches language arts at Walker Mill Middle School.
A language arts teacher at Walker Mill Middle School in Capitol Heights was named Prince George's County Public Schools 2013 "Teacher of the Year" in a ceremony Thursday night in Greenbelt. According to the county's press release on the award, Lewis began teaching in PGCPS schools as a substitute teacher in 2006. After earning his teaching certificate through the school system's Resident Teacher Program, he began teaching language arts at Walker Mill in 2007. “Mr. Lewis brings a wealth of intellect, experience, and expertise to the job,” said Walker Mill Principal Nicole Clifton. “His dedication and passion for the craft and his community is evident in his instruction and other areas, as well.” In addition to teaching, Lewis serves as …
Monday, April 29, 2013
A look at the lunch menu this week in Prince George's County Public Schools.
Hungry for some school lunch this week? There are several options for Prince George's County Public Schools students in the menu attached to this post.
Friday, April 26, 2013
The interim superintendent said his last day would be June 3.
Prince George's County Public Schools Interim Superintendent Alvin L. Crawley has announced his resignation, effective June 3, the school board reported late Thursday. "“It is with mixed emotion that I submit my letter of resignation," Crawley told the Board. "I have enjoyed my tenure as Interim Superintendent of Schools and appreciate the support of our Board, staff, parents, students, and members of the community. I am very proud of the accomplishments we have achieved during my tenure.” Crawley was a finalist for superintendent of schools, however, he and the two other finalists decided to withdraw, citing significant changes in the school system's structure. Those changes were a part of County Executive Rushern L. Baker III's plan to …
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Jason Jamar Howard of Riverdale is accused of abusing a student at Glenn Dale Elementary.
Riverdale resident and Glenn Dale Elementary School employee Jason Jamar Howard, 30, has been arrested by Prince George’s County police (PGPD) and charged with sexually abusing a student at the school. Based on preliminary investigations—including notification from the victim’s parents—police believe that Howard sexually abused a child at Glenn Dale Elementary on April 17. Police said that during an interview, Howard admitted to abusing the child on multiple occasions during the current and previous school years. Howard was arrested and charged with sex abuse of a minor and other related counts. Persons with information about Howard or this case are asked to call the PGPD Children and Vulnerable Adult unit at 301-772-4930. Callers …
Monday, April 22, 2013
The new seats were created by the recent restructuring of county schools.
Prince George's County elected leaders are now accepting applications from county residents interested in serving on the Prince George's County Board of Education. The appointments come as part of a recently approved law which changed how the county school system is administered. Now, the county executive and the county council are able to appoint a total of four members to the board. The three county executive appointees are required to have significant experience in either education, business, higher education, or organizational management skills. The county council appointee is required to be a parent of a student current enrolled in the county school system. All appointees must be residents of Prince George's County. If selected, …
Prince George's County officials are seeking four more Board of Ed. candidates. What do you want to see out of them?
Prince George's County elected leaders are looking for a few good board of education candidates, four to be exact, to fill new seats created by the recent restructuring of the county school's administration. Now, the county executive will be able to appoint three members to the board, while the Prince George's County Council will be able to appoint a single member to the board. According to the restructuring law, signed by Gov. Martin O'Malley earlier this month, the candidates must have experience in either education, higher education, business, or organizational management. So we ask you, the readers, what is are the most important qualities or qualifications you want to see in the new board of education candidate? Post your thoughts …
Thursday, April 18, 2013
County schools received feedback on their earlier announcement of pushing back the last day of school.
Looks like Prince George's County Public Schools students won't have to be in class until the middle of June. After school officials announced Tuesday that they would be pushing back the last day of school to June 10, they received a lot of feedback asking them to reconsider. "After receiving input from our stakeholders, Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) has decided to make the last day for students Friday, June 7. This day will be a half-day," officials stated in a release Wednesday evening. The last day for teachers, however, will be June 10. School officials said that if schools are closed again due to inclement weather or other emergencies, make-up days may be required. For further information, contact the Office of …
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Last day of school now June 10.
Update, April 18, 11 a.m.: The last day of school for Prince George's County Public Schools has changed yet again to June 7. The updated story can be found here. Original Post, April 16. 12:30 p.m.: Students, teachers and parents, mark your calendars, the last day of this school year for the Prince George's County Public Schools has been pushed back slightly to June 10, 2013. The change was necessary to make up for education time lost on the freak early spring snow showers which closed county schools on March 6. Because of a waiver granted by the Maryland State Department of Education, county school officials will not have to make up the day lost when Hurricane Sandy swept past our region back in October of last year. If schools are forced…
Thursday, April 11, 2013
If the team is victorious in Tuesday's semifinal match, they will go on to compete in the final game.
The University Park Elementary School Science Bowl team has made it to this year’s Science Bowl semifinals and will face off against Cora Rice Tuesday for a spot in the final game of the season. Science Bowl the televised, award-winning quiz show Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS). More than 7,500 local children have appeared on Science Bowl in either its elementary or middle school competition since the programs inception in 1986, according to a PGCPS statement. Tuesday’s competition will be televised, from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Comcast channel 96 and Verizon channel 38. The winner of the final game will earn the title of 2012-2013 Elementary School Science Bowl Champion.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Automated cameras could snap pics of motorists who illegally pass stopped school buses.
Prince George's County police may soon have a new tool to catch motorists who overtake school buses as they take on and unload students at bus stops. Yesterday, the Prince George's County Council Health, Education and Human Services Committee unanimously approved a bill which would allow county school and law enforcement officials to install automated cameras which snap photos of motorists who illegally pass stopped school buses. "We're not looking to generate revenue from this," said Maj. Robert Liberati, of the Prince George's County Police Department. "There aren't enough violations. We look at this simply as a public safety matter." Called "stop arm cameras", the devices would only be active when the school bus driver has deployed …