Welcome to Mattaponi Elementary School!



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2015-2016 School Supply Lists for all grades please click HERE

2015-2016 Uniform Policy please click HERE




School Hours:   

Student Hours - 7:45am to 1:55pm   

Office Hours - 7:15am to 3:30pm  

Teacher Hours - 7:15am to 2:45pm   



 News Release: Classes In Session for All PGCPS Students and Staff on February 12

The Prince George's County Board of Education approved the revision of the 2015-16 school calendar that will change Friday, February 12, 2016 to a regular school day for all staff and students. The day was previously scheduled as a professional development day for teachers. 


The change was made due to the six inclement weather days that were used from January 21, 2016 through January 29, 2016 due to extreme weather conditions.

While the existing calendar currently has built in four (4) inclement weather make-up days, this request will assist us in limiting the number of additional days added to the end of the school year.



Dr. Janice P. Hay, Principal

Mr. Stephen I. Green, Jr., Acting Principal


We are now half way through our journey of the 2015 - 2016 school year.  The 3rd quarter began on Tuesday, February 2nd.  As we look to completing the latter half of the school year, it is necessary to review the uniform policy, check for the need to replenish school supplies, and set goals for personal and academic achievement.  I encourage you to discuss these matters with your children.


The 2nd quarter report cards were due to be released on February 4th but have been delayed due to the Blizzard of 2016.  The new release date is Thursday, February 11, 2016.  Our 2nd Quarter Awards Assembly will be held on Friday, February 19, 2016 at 8:30 a.m.


The month of February not only brings us Black History Month but in 2016 we will also have the pleasure of celebrating Leap Year on Monday, February 29th.  Look for the upcoming announcements on how Mattaponi Elementary will acknowledge both.


Science Fair for Students in Grades 3rd-5th

On Wednesday, January 20, 2016, Mattaponi had its 7th Annual Science Fair for students in grades 3-5.  We would like to commend the Science Fair participants for their hard work throughout this process.  The winners for this year’s Science Fair are as follows:


BEST IN SHOW-419-Cody Poisel


3rd grade                                                                         4th grade                                                                        5th grade                                                                       

Honorable mention                                                      Honorable mention                                                      Honorable mention

   334-Oluwapelumi Bukoye                                         409-Leilani Underwood                                                          547-Tahira Johnson

   328-Makenzie Walker                                                          432-Janae Curtis                                                        510-Victoria Spriggs

   316-Madison Walker                                                        404-Spencer Jackson                                                        519-Xavier Francis

3rd place-335-Stephen Green                                    3rd place-439-Micah Massey                                    3rd place-524-Davin Bovell

2nd place-347-Gianna Ozurumba                                    2nd place-406-Damontae’ Ashton                                    2nd place-530-Sidney Govier

1st place-340-Jamel Franklin                                    1st place-419-Cody Poisel                                                      1st place-506-Malachi Woods


PGCPS Now Accepting Applications for It’s Specialty Programs

Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) is now accepting online applications for the following specialty programs for the 2016-2017 school year:

·       French Immersion: Kindergarten only

·       Talented and Gifted: Grades 2 to 8 and student must be TAG identified or in screening process

·       Montessori: Pre-K; K-8 only with current, full-time cert. Mont. exp.

·       Creative and Performing Arts: K-5 only; Grades 6-8 must audition

·       Spanish Immersion/Dual Language: Kindergarten only 


Interested families can submit an online application by visiting  Families with children in grades 6-8 interested in the Creative and Performing Arts Program at Thomas Pullen, Benjamin Foulois or Hyattsville Middle, must apply here


Applications are due by March 14 at 5:00 p.m.  For additional information, please contact the Department of Pupil Accounting and School Boundaries at 301-952-6300.  PGCPS’ Charter School Office is also accepting online applications for the 2016-17 school year. All Prince George’s County families can apply to a Public Charter School and must complete an online application at by January 29, 2016


Brain STEM

Prince George’s County Memorial Library System is excited to partner with the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke/NIH to present fun hands-on programs promoting neuroscience education and awareness to students in Prince George’s County.  Please see the link with dates and times on our web page.


Dress for the Weather – Brrr!

As the cold weather arrives, we stand by our belief that children need fresh air and physical activity even during the winter months.  Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately for recess and P.E. class.  Remind your children to wear hats, gloves, mittens, scarves and thermal undergarments.  It is also advantageous to dress in layers, so students may adjust clothing according to the temperature at the time of the outdoor activity.  Generally, the students have outdoor recess when the temperature is between 35° to 40° or above.  The wind chill factor will be considered in the decision to have indoor/outdoor recess or P.E.


Box Tops for Education

We continue to raise money for our school by collecting Box Tops for Education!  Please remember to send in your Box Tops. 


Arrival Time

Children should arrive at school no earlier than 7:30 a.m. to enter the school building for breakfast or to report to class to prepare for the school day.  School begins at 7:45 a.m.



Very Important Reminder for Change in Dismissal Plans

Any changes in your child’s regular dismissal plan MUST be in writing.  We will no longer accept a phone call to make a dismissal change.  Also, no students will be called for early dismissal after 1:40 p.m.  Parents who need to pick up their child(ren) must do so before this time.  We will not remove students from school buses once dismissal has begun.  This is an unsafe practice and interrupts the bus schedules for our school and all subsequent schools serviced by our busses.  Thank you for your support in keeping all our students safe! 


How to Contact a Staff Member

Mattaponi’s school office hours are 7:15 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.  Teachers are available for phone calls from 7:15 a.m. - 7:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.  Calls will be sent directly to voicemail during instructional time and staff members are asked to return phone calls within 24 - 48 hours, if possible.  All conferences must be scheduled with teachers before coming to the school to discuss your child’s academic program or any issues that may need to be resolved.  Thank you for your understanding.


Lunch Accounts

The cost for lunch is $2.75 and $1.60 for breakfast.  If a student does not have lunch money, the cafeteria will provide a cheese sandwich and a drink.  Parents may pre-pay for school meals and monitor account balances at


Counselor’s Corner, Lucille Underdue

This week we celebrated National  School Counseling Week.  The focus of the week was on “The Recipe for Success.”  I have been talking with students about the ingredients for building a successful future, the challenges that many students will face, and what students can achieve if they believe in themselves.


Mattaponi‘s School Counseling Program is built on the principles of advocacy, leadership, collaboration and systematic change.  It is my goal to help develop confident, self-directed lifelong learners.  This happens through a comprehensive developmental guidance and counseling program that addresses academic, career and social emotional development of all students to ensure college and career readiness.  This occurs in a variety of ways with the support of teachers, administration and parents


Some of the Program Services provided:

Small Group Counseling                                                                                                                                                  

Individual Counseling                                                                                                                                                                    

Peer Mediation                                                                                                                                                          

Classroom Guidance                                                                                                                                                  

Parent and Teacher Conferences and Consultations                                                                                              

Facilitate and monitor 504-Plans                                                                                                                                          

Personal Education Plans                                                                                                                                          

Career Day                                                                                                                                                                    

Student Government Association                                                                                                                                                   

Pennies for Patients Projects                                                                                                                                            

Food and Fund Drives


Parents, thank you for the opportunity to impact the lives of your children.  I welcome your calls and visit.


Leukemia Lymphoma Society (LLS) Pennies for Patients Project

Your Child has the power to make a positive impact on the lives of kids with blood cancer!  Mattaponi Elementary School has joined 450 schools across the DC Metro Area in a program that will be instrumental in raising funds for lifesaving cancer research.  The project will kick off  Monday, February 8th.  During a 2 week period (February 9-23), students will collect spare change to support LLS’s mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma to improve the quality of life for patients and their families.


Your child will receive his or her own box for collecting spare change around the house and a parent letter explaining the project and how to set up your child’s own webpage to increase the number of donations they can collect. Blood cancer education will occur through morning announcements, posters, the sharing of a local youth patient story and an educational video.  The Pennies for Patient’s project helps students learn about service, leadership and philanthropy.


Thanks to you and your child in advance for helping LLS create a world without blood cancers.


PTO Corner – Mrs. Spencer, President

Back by popular demand is our "All Things Glow Dance".   On Friday, February 19th, from 6-830 p.m., students can come out and glow along with their favorite music.  More details to come, so stay tuned.


It is now time to allow other parents the opportunity to serve as the Mattaponi ES PTO Board Officer.  Nominations are due today, Friday February 5th.  We look forward to electing new faces to continue the excellence and success already established at Mattaponi.  For questions or comments please email the PTO at



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