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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.

Crossland High School Recognized for College-Going Culture

Crossland High School Recognized for College-Going Culture

The American Institutes for Research (AIR) selected Crossland High School in Temple Hills as an example of a comprehensive high school that has been able to create and maintain a college-going culture while raising academic rigor and improving academic achievement.

The video package highlights one of Crossland's Honor Roll Assemblies, Advanced Placement (AP), and College Summit classes. It also includes interviews with teachers, students, professional school counselors, a College Summit instructor, and principal Charles Thomas.

The package was produced as a companion to a document recently published by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) entitled “Helping Students Navigate the Path to College: What High Schools Can Do." According to Dr. Marlene Darwin, a Senior Research Analyst at American Institutes for Research, Crossland was selected in part because it already has in place the following five recommendations outlined in the publication: 

Prince George's County Superintendent Honored By French Embassy

Prince George's County Public School's Superintendent, Dr. William R. Hite, Jr., received the Ordre des Palmes Académiques (Order of Academic Palms)  at the residence of the French Ambassador. 

This award is an Order of Chivalry in France for academics and cultural and educational figures. This decoration was originally founded by Emperor Napoleon to honor eminent members of the University of Paris, and established as an order on October 4th, 1955 by President René Coty.

Prince George’s County Public Schools Agrees to Pay $4.2 Million for Violations


This information comes to us from Office of Public Affairs:

 The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division has obtained an agreement for Maryland’s Prince George’s County Public Schools system to pay $4,222,146 in back wages due 1,044 workers to resolve violations of the H-1B temporary foreign worker program.  Investigators from the department found that PGCPS illegally reduced the wages of the H-1B workers by requiring them to pay fees that the school system was required to pay. 

The H-1B program allows employers to hire foreign professionals in certain specialty occupations to work temporarily in the U.S.  Workers hired under the H-1B program must be paid at least the same wage rates and benefits as those paid to U.S. workers doing the same job in the same area,

Student Test Scores Show Improvement in Prince George's County


Prince George’s County has had its share of bad news in recent weeks, but student test scores were a silver lining.

Results of the 2011 Maryland State Assessments were released last week that showed significant improvement in elementary and middle school students over last year in both reading and math.

“The rate of growth in reading and math for Prince George's County has outpaced most other counties across the state which we are very excited about,” said Superintendent William R. Hite Jr.

Summer Food Service Program Ensures Students Don't Go Hungry

Summer Food Service Program Ensures Students Don't Go Hungry

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

 Although Maryland is home to three of the richest counties in the nation (Howard, Montgomery and Calvert), 11.1 percent of households in Maryland (or 1 in 9) face a constant struggle against hunger. When schools are closed during the summer months, students who receive free or reduced-price meals throughout the school year are at risk for not receiving the nutrition they need to learn, play, and grow.

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.