Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Prince George's County Public Schools congratulates two of its own, Dante Cunningham alumni of Potomac High School(left) and Maurice Sutton alumni of Largo High School (right) and the entire Villanova University Men's Basketball team for reaching the 2009 NCAA Men's Final Four!
Monday, March 30, 2009
G. Washington, Principal
We are inviting all fathers, uncles, brothers, grandfathers, and other important male role models out to an evening of fun, food, and games! All you have to bring is a child and a smile!
When: Thursday April 2, 2009
(Please Use Cafeteria Entrance)
Where: William Hall Multi-Purpose Rm
If your child has more than one significant male in his or her life please consider sponsoring another child.
For more info contact Mrs. Reid @ 301-817-2933
Sunday, March 29, 2009
TO PREPARE FOR GRADUATION BY PASSING HSAs
According to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation American high schools and students face challenges to their persistence.
High Schools U.S. graduation and college-readiness rates are unacceptably low.
- Nationwide just over 70 percent of students graduate from high school.
- Graduation rates for African-American, Hispanic, and low-income students are lower still, hovering at slightly more than 50 percent.
- Even with a diploma, only half of graduates leave high school prepared to succeed in college, career, and life.
Every student in the U.S. deserves the opportunity to attend a good school.Today, whether moving directly into the workforce or going to college, students leaving high school need the same skills and knowledge to succeed in life. They deserve strong schools that expect, challenge, and support them to do their best—regardless of race, income, or family background.
Improving education is the best way to create equal opportunity for all.The failure to ensure that all young people learn what they need to succeed undermines equality and opportunity--the fundamental values of the United States. Young people risk becoming less engaged, less prepared, and less capable of leading the nation into a brighter future.
How is the Gates Foundation Proposing to assist the development of a solution to an American crisis? They are working to raise high-school graduation and college-readiness rates.We focus our efforts on improving student success for African-American, Hispanic, and low-income students. They believe that all students should graduate from high school prepared to succeed in college, career, and life.
For information visit the Gates Foundation page on their approach: http://www.gatesfoundation.org/topics/Pages/high-schools.aspx
Congratulations to Greenbelt ES Parent Liaison Jacob Novick for being selected for the 2009 ACE Educators Award. Mr. Novick was recognized for his exceptional contribution to the positive school experience of Greenbelt students. The ACE Educators Award is given by the Advisory Committee on Education - a community based organization whose members are appointed by the City of Greenbelt Mayor and Council. The Advisory Committee works to ensure that the schools attended by Greenbelt children are of the highest quality. Mr. Novick received the award at Greenbelt City Hall on March 23 during a reception for the co-workers, family, and friends of the award recipients.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Summer enrichment programs for students grades 6th to 12th. Please review the information below.
NASA sponsors the National Space Club Scholars Program, a 6 week summer internship at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. It is open to students who will be 16 years old and have completed the 10th grade by June 2009, have demonstrated high academic success, and have an interest in space science or engineering as a career. Applicants must be U..S. citizens. Applications are available in the Career Center or online at www.education.gsfc.nasa.gov/pages/placement.html
University of Maryland , College Park : Women in Engineering, E2@UMD, July 12-18 or July 19-25; rising juniors and seniors. Go to www.wie.umd.edu/precollege or call 301-405-3283
University of Maryland Young Scholars Program targets rising juniors and seniors who have a strong academic record and a desire to excel to experience college life while earning three academic credits. 14 courses are offered for three weeks from July 12 – 31, 2009. Visit www.ysp.umd.edu/pr
CITY YEAR, WASHINGTON DC (Americorps) - Graduating seniors who are not20sure what they want to do after high school should consider applying for a paid community service position with City Year, Washington, DC., a group of 17-24 year olds committed to full-time service for ten months in the Washington, DC community. Benefits include: living stipend ($200 per week), health care coverage, free metro pass, and $4,725 educational scholarship. For more info: www.cityyear.org or email: firstname.lastname@example.org/dc or call: 202-776-7780, Amanda Seligman. Recruitment open houses will be held once a month at their headquarters: 918 U Street, NW, 2nd floor, Washington
University of Maryland, College Park Summer Programs
Stepping Stones to Your Future Stepping Stones to Your Future is an annual summer engineering camp for rising 7th and 8th graders, offered by the University of Maryland, College Park. This one-week commuter camp is an excellent opportunity for young men and women who are interested in science and engineering to work with current University of Maryland students on a variety of fun and hands-on engineering activities.
Terp Engineers This program is an engineering summer camp for students entering the 9 th or 10th grade. This one-week commuter camp is an opportunity for young men and women who are interested in science and engineering to work on a variety of challenging and hands-on engineering activities.
S.P.I.C.E. Camp is co-sponsored by the Center for Minorities in Science & Engineering and the Women in Engineering Program. This four-day commuter program is for young women who will be entering the 9th and 10th grade and would like to learn more about engineering. Students will be introduced to the world of engineering through projects, tours, and guest speakers. Each activity is intended to highlight the relevance of engineering in our daily life and how engineering can work to improve societal problems. All activities will be supervised by current engineering students.
Discovering Engineering This program is an engineering summer camp for high school students (rising juniors and seniors). Find out if engineering is for you. Meet faculty, tour one-of-a-kind labs and facilities, and learn about the various engineering disciplines offered at the University of Maryland. You will live on campus and participate in a variety of activities including laboratory work and demonstrations, lectures, discussions, computer instruction and team design projects.
ESTEEM (Engineering Science and Technology to Energize and Expand Young Minds) Offered by the Center for Minorities in Science and Engineering for rising High School Seniors, ESTEEM is a two-week research methodology seminar with lab demonstrations, lab tours, lab experiments, a computer/internet workshop, and a SAT Workshop. Students who participate in the program will have the opportunity to have an academic year-long independent research project with an engineering faculty member.
http://www.wie.umd.edu/precollege/e2umd.html E2@UMD is a one-week summer program for high school women (rising juniors or seniors) who are considering engineering as a possible major and career. You will live on campus for one week and explore the world of engineering through fun hands-on activities, laboratory experiments, informative workshops, team LEGO challenges and seminars with professional engineers.
SAT Strategies Workshop This program is open to all rising 10th, 11th and 12th grade students. The focus of this workshop will be on successful test-taking skills and reasoning strategies to help students maximize their score on the SAT. Topics will be presented relevant to the math, verbal and new writing sections of the test. The program provides 40 hours of instruction, a pre-test and a post-test, as well as periodic evaluations to gauge student progress throughout the workshop. Choose from two sessions that will be offered, one in the morning and the other in the afternoon. Textbooks, supplemental materials and snacks are included.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
May 11 2009
A Celebration of Your Commitment to the Success of Students
Mothers, Grandmothers, Aunts, Sisters, Nieces And Significant Female Role Models
Are Invited To Visit Your Child’s Classroom
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
While the literature on parent involvement cites many examples of challenges to parent involvement and suggestions to overcome them, few models of extensive parent involvement in urban, public high schools have been described. The Boston Arts Academy is an example of a school in such a setting. It engages a vast majority of its parents in school-based activities through multiple entry points, a welcoming school environment, and frequent communication among staff and parents. By focusing on building a diverse, inclusive culture and encouraging parents to take part in the school community, BAA engages parents with varied prior experiences and dispositions toward involvement. This case study’s findings suggest several key approaches other schools may adopt. This study can be retrieved from:
One Dream, Two Realities
Perspectives of Parents on America’s High Schools
A report by Civic Enterprises in association with Peter D. Hart Research Associates for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation by: John M. Bridgeland John J. DiIulio Ryan T. Streeter James R. Mason (October, 2008)
A convincing body of evidence confirms what common sense suggests: The higher the expectations of parents, the steadier their guidance and support, and the greater their sense of partnership with teachers and other staff, the better their child’s chances of academic success. Perhaps at no stage of schooling is parental involvement more vital than in the upper grades. Regardless of a family’s socioeconomic status or background, young people with involved parents are more likely to attend school regularly, earn a high school diploma and continue to postsecondary education.1 But survey findings make clear that too few parents understand — let alone provide — the kind of involvement and support that matter most during students’ high school years. And relatively few state policies give schools and districts guidance on how to meaningfully involve parents of secondary-level students in their child’s education. This study can be retrieved from: http://www.ecs.org/clearinghouse/78/48/7848.pdf
We are living through a time of global economic challenges that cannot be met by half measures or the isolated efforts of any nation. Now, the leaders of the Group of 20 have a responsibility to take bold, comprehensive and coordinated action that not only jump-starts recovery, but also launches a new era of economic engagement to prevent a crisis like this from ever happening again.
- 4 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement
- 3 times more likely to be elected to class office within their schools
- 4 times more likely to participate in a math and science fair
- 3 times more likely to win an award for school attendance
- 4 times more likely to win an award for writing an essay or poem
- For many of America's youth, public schools serve as the major provider of formalized arts instruction.
For information about Americans for the Arts and the National School Board visit their website at http://www.americansforthearts.org/information_services/arts_education_community/default.asp
25 Ways Fathers and Significant Male Role Models Can Get Involved in the Academic Lives of Their Children
- Observe your child’s classroom
- Participate in at least one Parent-Teacher Conference
- Ensure the completion of your child's ILP (Individual Learning Plan) This should be an intense conversation with your child's school counselor
- Attend at least one extra curricular (non-sporting) event this school year
- Join and participate in your child’s school or any school’s formal parent organization (PTA/PTSA/PTO)
- Assist with homework assignments
- Volunteer at least seven hours at your child’s school
- Meet your child’s Principal
- Check your child’s backpack everyday
- Complete and review all forms sent home by school officials
- Meet your child’s Parent Liaison/Principal
- Consider becoming a teacher
- Ensure your child has school supplies for the entire school year
- Review the School Calendar and become familiar with activities and school closings
- Discuss current and future goals with your child
- Discuss with your child how education plays a role in reaching goals
- Become familiar when possible with the health conditions of your child
- Meet regularly with school counselor and together advise your child in making the correct choices in education
- Participate in a variety of activities with your children
- Understand your Rights as a Parents within the school system
- Learn to navigate the school system
- When possible attend a School Board meeting
- Sign up to receive e-mail news updates from the school system
- Visit the school system's Web site to remain informed
- Join your child school’s School Improvement Team (SIT) or School Planning Management Team Meetings (SPMT)
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Parent Liaison: Stephanie Simon-Flecther
Friday, March 20, 2009
Mentors only working with students in a supervised setting are required to have a commercial background check at a cost of $7. Anyone with unsupervised access to students must first submit to a full criminal history, fingerprint background check at a cost of $61. For more information, contact Michael Robinson at 301.925.2535. You are also welcome to complete an online mentor profile at http://www.kpscholars.com/become_a_mentor.php
- Ask The Expert
- Parent Corner
- Resources in Your Community
- Parental Engagement Cookbook
- Art Focus (parents submit art from their children in jpeg format)
“This Board of Education is committed to providing ongoing opportunities to get involved in public education,” said Board Chair Verjeana M. Jacobs, Esq. “Through such collaboration, we learn what is important to our stakeholders, and can use that input when developing school district policies.”
The first community meeting on March 2 is specifically geared towards students attending Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS). March 9 will begin the district meetings containing information of interest to all community members. All community meetings will begin at 7 p.m. For more information, call the Board Office at 301-952-6115. Spanish Interpretation will be available at the meetings. Meetings are scheduled as follows:
8500 Old Colony SouthUpper Marlboro
13725 Briarwood Dr.Laurel
8700 Allentown Rd.Ft. Washington
5200 Silver Hill Rd.District Heights
Parent Liaisons Host PAT Training
Parent Liaisons Dorothy Hampton of Northview ES and Sharon Breedon of Whitehall ES recently coordinated two very successful Parents Assisting Teachers (PAT) training classes. The first class was held on February 21 at Bowie City Hall, with more 50 parents in attendance. The class was conducted by Breedon and Johnna Lathan, a parent liaison at William Paca ES. The second PAT training was conducted at Northview ES on February 24, with an additional 15 parents attending the class. This session was led by Lathan and Sherlerina Garner of Hyattsville MS.
The Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) Fingerprinting Unit was on site to fingerprint more than 30 parent volunteers. Thanks to these collaborative efforts, 55 parent volunteers are now prepared to assist teachers in the classroom and help meet the needs of students Fred Lewis, Manager of Giant Food at Collington Plaza, and Kau Shik, Manager of the Subway Sandwich Shop at Bowie Town Center, aided in the success of the event by providing refreshments for participants.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Support for Employees, and Children Challenged by Poverty and Special Needs
The Prince George’s County Board of Education and Interim Superintendent Dr. William R. Hite, Jr. applauded Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards (D-4th) and Maryland’s Lieutenant Governor, Anthony G. Brown, today for their quick action to save jobs and continue driving academic reforms in Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS). Congresswoman Edwards and Lt. Governor Brown visited with some of the beneficiaries of the federal stimulus funding this morning at Seat Pleasant Elementary School, where both read to students and discussed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
“When school districts like ours were facing disastrous budget cuts that threatened to disrupt student learning, a lifeline was extended to our schools by President Barack Obama, Congresswoman Edwards, and our other federal and state partners,” said Board Chair Verjeana
M. Jacobs, Esq. “While these continue to be extraordinarily difficult financial times, the quick action of the O’Malley-Brown Administration and our state legislature has enabled us to use stimulus funding to reduce job losses and restore support for programs that help our most vulnerable children.”
Following Governor Martin O’Malley’s announcement on February 20 that federal stimulus funds for public education were coming to Maryland, the Prince George’s County Board of Education was able to make significant changes to its Fiscal Year 2010 Requested Operating Budget. Because of aid from President Obama's economic recovery and reinvestment plan, PGCPS employees were not furloughed and more than 300 jobs were restored, including 106 teaching positions. The Board of Education used stimulus funds to provide 21 new positions for special educators to help a growing number of students with autism in Prince George’s County public schools.
“In Prince George’s County public schools, student achievement has risen dramatically in every subgroup over the last two years. It is imperative that we keep effective teachers teaching and support even higher levels of student achievement,” said Interim Superintendent Dr. William R. Hite, Jr. “With stimulus funding, budget cuts are not as severe and we are better able to sustain the phenomenal progress being made by our teachers and students.”
PGCPS anticipates more than $142 million in total state aid restored for Fiscal Years 2010 and 2011, including $82.8 million in non-restrictive funds allowing Governor O’Malley to fully fund the Geographic Cost of Education Index at $39 million for each fiscal year. Supplemental grant funding will be restored to $19 million each year, and the formula for non-public placements of students will be returned to an 80/20 ratio, meaning PGCPS will continue to fund only 20 percent of the overall costs for students requiring special accommodations outside of the PGCPS school district ($10.8 million each year).
Additionally, $60.4 million will be received as restricted funds for the next two fiscal years, when approximately $14 million will be used to support students with special needs. Additionally, $15 million will be used to support schools with large numbers of children who qualify for federal Title I support to help overcome the challenges of poverty, and PGCPS will receive $600,000 for Education Technology grants each year.
Department of Family and Community Outreach
February 2009 Parental Engagement Data:
# of Participation Events Held at Schools
# of Men participating in non-sports related events at school (5,580)
# of Women participating in non-sports related events at school (10,303)
Total # of Parents participating in non-sports related events at school (15,883)
# of Classroom Observations (4,395)
Total # of Workshops (152)
# of Men participating in Workshops (1,159)
# of Women participating in Workshops (2,199)
Total # of Workshop Participants (3,358)
♦ Stay Positive
Show your child that homework is important to you. Avoid complaining about homework, or
agreeing that someone is “too hard.” Instead, when your child faces a challenge, show confidence in your child. Brainstorm together to find a solution.
♦ Show an interest in your child’s work
Ask your child about school and homework every day. Listen carefully to what your child says. Ask about friends and other aspects of school, as well. Good communication is the key to a positive relationship with your child.
♦ Change as your child changes
Each year, your child’s homework load will change. The work may seem more challenging as your child grows, but you can always play a helpful role.
♦ Give lots of encouragement
Praise your child for a job well done. For example, you can say: “Great job on your spelling homework! I’m really proud of your progress. I believe in you! What matters most is that you do your best.”
♦ Celebrate your child’s success
Take time to celebrate special achievements. You can share a special treat, play a game together or do something your family enjoys. But be sure not to use these rewards as bribes.