PGCPS Is Gearing Up for the First Day of School

PGCPS Is Gearing Up for the First Day of School

August 16, 2011
For Immediate Release
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Forestville Military Academy and DuVal High School are getting incoming freshman ready for the first day of school. Forestville Military Academy conducted its annual New Cadet Orientation where more than 125 parents and 130 students were in attendance. Cadets were able to tour the school, receive their uniforms and identification cards, and partake in an overview of the core courses they will be enrolled in during their high school academic career.

“Many of our schools are conducting orientations and meet and greet opportunities before the start of school,” said Dr. William R. Hite, Jr., Superintendent of Schools. “Students and their parents are able to visit their future school and meet their principal and teachers.”

This two-day orientation provided expectations for each student, as well as their parents. The purpose was to show students and parents what it will take to be successful at Forestville Military Academy in the next four years.

At DuVal, more than 140 students participated in the Jump Start to Graduation summer program, which is part of the smaller learning communities’ schools. This program is also held at other high schools, including Crossland, Oxon Hill, Potomac, and Suitland, where in total more than 500 students have participated this summer. Students have been involved in persuasive writing lessons, algebra, analysis, reflection, and project-based learning around the topic of reducing, reusing, and recycling.

“Each group of incoming freshmen brings a new set of challenges and demands,” said Maya Bond, program coordinator at DuVal High School. “Students are getting used to the school culture, and making bonds with other students and staff that will sustain them throughout their high school years.”

DuVal students toured the school, met with the principal, and became familiar with the school culture and expectations. At the completion of the summer program, students put together digital posters with lessons learned known as a “glog”. As an added bonus, students and teachers went to University of Maryland’s challenge course where they learned about teamwork, as well as their strengths and weaknesses.



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Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS), one of the nation's 25 largest school districts, has 208 schools and centers, more than 130,000 students and nearly 19,000 employees. Under the leadership of Chief Executive Officer Dr. Kevin M. Maxwell, the school system serves a diverse student population from urban, suburban and rural communities located in the Washington, DC suburbs. PGCPS is nationally recognized for innovative programs and initiatives that provide students with unique learning opportunities, including arts integration, environmental and financial literacy, and language immersion.