• Welcome back 2017

    Dearest Charles Herbert Flowers High School Family,

    I greet you in the spirit of excellence as we prepare to commence another promising school year!

    On behalf of the Staff and Administration, I share with you the enthusiasm and promise that each new day will bring at our “Mecca of Excellence!”Our work during the past school year produced many triumphs, such as an increasing attendance rate and declining suspension rate. Performance data also reflected positively as our PARCC scores and AP scores in the area of Government and Calculus have markedly increased. We are committed to providing our families with clarity as it relates to the expectation of student outcomes; consistency in the application of our school and district vision and learning goals; and coherence to the promise of PGCPS where all students will graduate college and career ready. 

     The first day of school for all students is Wednesday, September 6th with the exception of 9th graders who will join us for a full day orientation on Tuesday, September 5th. All students will report to their administrative homerooms where they will receive their schedules. Additionally, we look forward to you joining us at Back to School night on Thursday, September 14th at 6:30pm.

    Our vision for CHFHS is to prepare all students to graduate college and career ready through a focus on culture, collaboration and critical thinking. Joining us to assist in engaging in this work is new resident Principal Ms. Mar-c Holland. The PGCPS Resident principal program allows an aspiring instructional leader to spend a year shadowing a supervising principal, then applying his or her learning to leading the school community over several months. I look forward to having Ms. Holland on board as she grows in her role and brings her wealth of knowledge as it relates to literacy and instructional leadership to our school community. More information regarding Ms. Holland’s instructional vision and educational experiences can be found on subsequent pages associated with this communication.

     As we continue to develop 21st century learners, the instructional emphasis will be on the National Common Core Standards, known in the state of Maryland as the Maryland College and Career-Ready Standards. These standards are established to ensure that all students have the opportunity to engage in rich learning opportunities within a rigorous curriculum framework. We will continue to focus on developing student’s literacy skills to ensure that they become effective communicators in the 21st century. In Mathematics, the shift will be in the engagement of students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) focused relevant learning experiences to create deep conceptual understanding of complex mathematical principles. Our STEM-based programs, the Academy of Science and Engineering (PLTW, Academy of Fire Science, Computer Science) and the Science and Technology Magnet program, will be joined by our new 3D scholars program designed to address the needs of our 21st century learners. We are pleased that our school has been chosen as the PGCPS “hub” for this program which, in conjunction with Prince George’s Community College and University of Maryland University College, promises to provide students with a rigorous academic program culminating with a Bachelor’s degree from UMUC.  We will also continue to offer a rich diversity of non-STEM programs and offerings, such as the Academy of Business and Finance, AFJROTC and the Pro-Start Culinary program. In addition, we have a plethora of learning opportunities for those who love to engage through the Visual and Performing Arts. If you require any information regarding admission to any of the academy programmatic options, please contact the assigned counselors, which can be found under the “Important Information” section of this newsletter.  

    Flowers High School will continue to be a mandatory uniform school.  Students attending Flowers will be able to be readily differentiated from non-attendees, which support our chief objective of providing your child with a safe and orderly environment. The uniform color assignments will remain consistent from the previous year and are as follow:

    • 9th grade students will wear WHITE, COLLARED UNIFORM SHIRTS
    • 10TH AND 11TH grade students will wear GREEN, COLLARED UNIFORM SHIRTS
    • 12TH grade students will wear BLACK, COLLARED UNIFORM SHIRTS 
    • Black Pants (SWEAT PANTS OR LEGGINGS WILL NOT BE PERMITTED. IF PANTS DO NOT HAVE POCKETS IN THE FRONT AND BACK THEY WILL NOT BE ALLOWED)
    • Skirts (must pass “finger tip” test and cannot be spandex in material).
    • Shoes can be any color, but must have a closed toe and heel (NO clogs, crocs or sandals). 
    • Hustle Harder” wear and other items with the flowers logo can be purchased to be worn on Friday’s only.

    Additionally, we have established a partnership with City-wide Promotions, who developed an online store for our student uniform needs. Information regarding this resource can be found at http://charlesherbertflowershs1.usa.clickpromo.com/Please ensure that your child is prepared to meet this requirement on the first day of school. 

     There will also be a 9th grade Orientation on Tuesday, September 5th from 7:45am to 2:25pm. The county will run the 2017-2018 bus schedules on that day to facilitate transportation to the orientation. Additionally, we will host a new student/ family social on Thursday, August 31st from 6:00pm-8:00pm. Please bring your family so that we may have the opportunity to meet and greet you in an informal setting. 

    Our children deserve an institution that will meet all of their individual needs. We have an organization in place that requires your support to help effect the change necessary to meet the needs of all of our young adults, The Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA). The PTSA meets on the 3rd Tuesday of every month with a goal of helping to cultivate our young adults.  Please join us for this year’s initial PTSA meeting on Tues, September 19th at 7pm.

    In closing, it is our school's vision to create college and career ready students through a commitment to culture, collaboration, and critical thinking.  Developing young people today with the tools necessary to be tomorrow's leaders is a tremendous undertaking. Though lofty, at our “Mecca of Excellence”, we are purposefully driven to ensure that our students not just meet, but exceed those expectations.

    Yours in Service,

    Gorman E. Brown III, Principal