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New Principals in Place for Upcoming School Year

New Principals in Place for Upcoming School Year

Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) has recently approved the appointment of 44 new leaders to ensure that all principals are in place prior to the August 22 start of the 2011-2012 school year.

PGCPS develops its own pool of highly effective leaders by providing targeted professional development opportunities for principals and specialized training for teachers who are aspiring to be leaders. Currently, there is a pool of more than 200 qualified applicants seeking principal positions in Prince George's County.

Principals for Northview Elementary School, Yorktown Elementary School, James Duckworth Special Center, and Oxon Hill Middle School are expected to be named soon.

MCPS Summer Food Service Program Provides Free Meals To Montgomery County Children

Each summer Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) serves children throughout the county free nutritious meals as part of a variety of summer programs. This summer nearly 9,000 students will receive meals at 111 locations including six walk-in locations where any child 18 and under can come in for a free meal. 

The MCPS Summer Food Service Program, created in 1976, provides nutritious meals to children when school closes and is designed to bridge the summer vacation “nutrition gap.”  Slightly more than 32% of children in Montgomery County are eligible for free or reduced price meals during the school year and might otherwise go without those meals during the summer when school is not in session.  Last year, the Summer Food Service Program served more than 285,000 meals.

Police Adventure Camp!


The 4th Police Adventure Camp at Viers Mill Elementary School focused on teaching incoming 4th, 5th, and 6th graders skills like decision making, how to refuse drugs and alcohol, and resisting peer pressure. 

"It started out with 30 at-risk youth. They came in, we talked about making good decisions: resisting drugs, alcohol and gangs and gave them skills to be better students," said Officer Amy Daum.

The camp is a partnership between Montgomery County Police Department, Montgomery County Public Schools and Linkages to Learning. The Linkages to Learning Program assists students and their families with services to help children be successful in school, at home, and in the community.  

Eight Local High Schools Ranked among Newsweek’s Top 500 High Schools

Eight Local High Schools Ranked among Newsweek’s Top 500 High Schools

Of the 19 schools on the Maryland state list, eight were Montgomery County Public high schools. Seven of those MCPS schools were among the top ten in the state, according to a new measuring system created by Newsweek to rate the success of a high school in “turning out college-ready (and life-ready) students.” The results of the publication’s revamped national rankings were released online on June 20th, along with an explanation of the methodology used to rank the schools. Newsweek no longer publishes a national ranking based on Jay Mathew’s High School Challenge Index that appears in The Washington Post.

Community Events Welcome Dr. Joshua Starr to Montgomery County Public Schools


Catholic School Principal Has Pink Mohawk


How many school principal's do you know that have a pink Mohawk? We know of at least one.

We went to St. Peter’s School in Waldorf, Md. Thursday, June 9th to see Principal, J.R. West, shave his hair into a Mohawk and dye it pink for a lost bet before the kids summer vacation.

At the beginning of this school year, Mr. West challenged his students to read 4,000 books instead of the 2,300 they had read the previous year. He promised if they did this, he would shave his hair into a Mohawk and paint it pink.


“In January they were only around 1900 books and I thought I was in the clear but in the spring they kicked it up a gear. They read 4,300 books, averaging 30 books per child, which is great. They read a total of 68 million words this year, and I now have a pink Mohawk,” Principal J.R. West said with a smile on his face.


Public Schools Initiate High School Athletics Fee

 Public Schools Initiate High School Athletics Fee

This information comes to us from Prince George's County Public Schools:

Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS) has initiated a new annual athletics activity fee for students who are selected as members of an Interscholastic Athletic Team, in response to substantial revenue cuts for the 2011-2012 school year. The one-time fee of $50 will be collected prior to the beginning of each sports season, and will cover the student's participation in high school athletics for the entire year–even if they transfer to another PGCPS school or are selected to participate on multiple athletic teams.