Weekly News Roundup: Immunizations and Backpacks on Aug. 15, Hogan’s Charter School Plans

Prince George’s County’s Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative is sponsoring a “Back-to-School Jam” at the Langley Park Community Center on August 15, from 10 am to 1 pm. Free immunizations, backpacks, and school supplies will be offered to children present at the event. (Click here for the flier. Read more about immunizations at PGCPS’s immunizations webpage.)

Thousands of students and parents attended PGCPS’s Back-to-School Fair, held in Upper Marlboro on Saturday, August 8. Attendees were offered free immunizations and school supplies. (Read More: Washington Post, WTOP)

Principals, assistant principals, and new teachers of PGCPS are participating in summer programs. The two Summer Leadership Institutes (SLI) for principals and assistant principals, respectively, are themed, “Striving For Academic Excellence Through a Lens on Literacy.” The Professional Educator Induction Program (PEIP) provides pre-service training for new teachers. (Read More: PGCPS)

The Baltimore City Paper explores how Governor Hogan’s plan to bring new charter schools to Maryland and change charter school laws might impact kids. (Read More: Baltimore City Paper)

Angelica Brooks, PGCPS Elementary Honors Chorus Director and choir director at the Benjamin D. Foulois Creative and Performing Arts Academy, has been selected as the new Youth Choir Director for the Southern Maryland Youth Orchestra and Choir. (Read More: The BayNet.com)

“Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker met privately late Monday afternoon with community leaders from Fort Washington to explain his side of an embarrassing budget situation that has produced a new $14 million dollar county police station with no funding for the officers to occupy it upon completion.” (Read More: WUSA 9)

“Today, Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards (MD-4), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, Katie Wilson, and Director of Food and Nutrition Services for Prince George’s County Public Schools, Joan Shorter, visited William Hall Academy in Capitol Heights, Maryland.  The visit highlighted the USDA’s “Team Up for School Nutrition Success” Initiative, a targeted technical assistance and peer-to-peer mentoring program for schools nationwide, aimed at improving the ability of schools to provide healthy meals to school children.  The group saw firsthand how the program is being implemented at William Hall Academy, ate lunch with students, and toured the kitchen facilities.” (Read More: Donna Edwards)

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