Friday, May 17, 2013
In a speech rich with historical references, the first lady reminded the Bowie State class of 2013 why education is important.
In a speech celebrating the history of Bowie State University and the struggles of African Americans forced to fight for their education, First Lady Michelle Obama told the class of 2013 on Friday that it was time to "feel hungry" again. “For generations, in many parts of this country it was illegal for black people to get an education,” Obama said, telling tales of students who were threatened, teachers who were beaten and schools that were burned when African American first sought education. “But despite the risks, students flocked to these schools in droves,” she said, speaking to a crowd of thousands at the University of Maryland's Comcast Center in College Park. Bowie State—Maryland’s oldest historically black university—was founded …
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Thursday, May 16, 2013
Laurel authorities have created multiple strategies to bring awareness and regulation to pedestrian safety.
There has been a decline in pedestrian accidents in the city of Laurel since 2007, which can be attributed to a combination of changes in enforcement and general traffic safety awareness, officials said. To address these incidents, the Laurel Police Department has utilized educational campaigns, stricter enforcement, improvements to pedestrian visibility and installments of speed and red light cameras, according to Richard McLaughlin, Laurel’s Chief of Police. “We’re treading into new territory,” McLaughlin said. “Obviously it’s an awareness that is practiced by the pedestrians and the vehicle operators also.” Much of the scenarios in pedestrian accidents involved people who didn’t wait for the traffic light to turn red or who didn’t use …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Three stations will be closed along the Green Line in Prince George's County the weekend of May 17-19, according to WMATA.
If you were hoping to avoid some of the traffic along Route 1 this weekend, when thousands of University of Maryland students and their families will be on campus for commencement, take note that three Metro stations will be closed along the Green Line. According to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, College Park metro station will be closed this weekend along with the Greenbelt and Prince George's Plaza stations while crews perform track upgrades—"including tie and insulator renewal, interlocking maintenance and work associated with construction of a new test track for 7000-series railcars." The stations will be closed from 10 p.m. Friday through Sunday and will reopen Monday morning. However, if you must use metro to …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The applicants are vying for four open seats on Prince George's County Board of Education, county officials told The Washington Post.
Interest in being on the Prince George's County Board of Education has peaked since County Executive Rushern L. Baker III's legislation passed to expand the school board and appoint the chief of the school district. According to The Washington Post, about 160 people applied for the four open positions on the school board. Baker's education liaison, Christian Rhodes, told the Post that applicants vary from active parents, CEOs, university professors and civic leaders. Read more about the school board applicants on The Washington Post.
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 …
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
The Prince George's County executive says he's dedicated to finding the 'best new leader' for public schools.
Following last week's announcement that interim Prince George's County Public Schools Superintendent Alvin Crawley would resign early, County Executive Rushern L. Baker III is pledging to help find "the best new leader" for the school district. Baker released the following statement: “Over the past school year, the Prince George’s County Public School System has been in transition of leadership. I respect Dr. Crawley and appreciate his work here; we wish him well in his future endeavors. I will work with the Board of Education to ensure a smooth transition and offer my top staff and the rest of County Government to assist in any way possible. I want to ensure the parents, students, teachers and employees of Prince George’s County that I am…
Notable accomplishments in and out of the classroom by Laurel natives.
Below, find a roundup of the latest honors, degrees, and extracurricular accomplishments from Laurel-area college students. Descriptions are courtesy of the institutions named and/or students' family members. Eastern Connecticut State University: Nana Ama Owusu-Agyemang '13 of Laurel was one of nine students who was recently inducted into Eastern Connecticut State University's local chapter of Alpha Delta Sigma, the national honor society for advertising students. Owusu-Agyemang's major is Communication. The society recognizes students who have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0, have a communication studies GPA of at least 3.25, are in the upper 35 percent of their graduating class, are enrolled in good standing and display a commitment to …
Monday, April 29, 2013
A look at this week's menu.
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.