• Friday, January 18, 2019 — PGCPS — Code Orange: PGCPS schools and offices will open with a two-hour delay.

    EMERGENCY PERSONNEL must report to work on time and are not eligible for liberal leave.

    • There will be no work-study transportation. (Those students should not report to school.)
    • There will be no half-day Early Childhood Center (ECC), half-day Special Education Programs, or half-day PreK.
    • Any other school program requiring transportation prior to 12 noon will NOT have transportation, including Howard B. Owens Science Center, JA Finance Park, and William S. Schmidt Center (Camp Schmidt)
    • All field trips will be cancelled.
    • Food Services will offer breakfast.

    Viernes, el 18 de enero — PGCPS— Código naranja: Las escuelas comenzarán dos horas después del horario normal.

    El personal de emergencia no es eligible para tomar licencia liberal, y debe presentarse a trabajar puntualmente.

    • No habrá transporte para el programa Work-Study. (Esos estudiantes no deben reportarse a la escuela).
    • No habrán programas de medio día, ni en los Centros de Educación Temprana (ECC), o ni los Programas de Educación Especial. Programas del día completo empezaran dos horas demoradas.
    • Todo programa escolar que requiera transporte antes del mediodía NO lo tendrá, incluido el Centro de Ciencias Howard B. Owens, el JA Finance Park y el Centro William S. Schmidt (Campamento Schmidt)..
    • Todos los viajes fuera de las escuelas (field trips) serán cancelados.
    • Se ofrecerá el desayuno
  • Parent Resource Center

    Welcome to the Parent Resource Center

    The administration and the school staff would like to extend an invitation to all FDHS parents and community partners to take an active role in the educational and development process of our students. Your comments, ideas, and support are welcomed.

    •  U.S. Department of Education - http://studentaid.ed.gov/PORTALSWebApp/students/english/index.jsp
    • Maryland Scholarships - http://www.scholarships.com/MD-scholarships
    Visit our  PTSO main page for information about our next meeting/workshop.

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    Prince George's One-Stop Career Center
    1100 Mercantile Lane, Suite 100, Largo, Maryland 20774
    (301) 618-8400


    Teenage Afterschool Enrichment Program
    World View Christian Center is sponsoring a Teenage After School Enrichment Program at the 3087 Old Washington Road, Waldorf, MD 20602.  You may contact World View at 301-372-0053 for additional information.  The Enrichment Program is targeted towards student in the 7th through the 10th grade.  Students in the 11th and 12th may sign up to be mentors and receive community service hours.

    All Students
    We have provided some suggested locations to visit during the Winter Break to help earn Service Hours. Students may volunteer to feed the homeless, read to seniors, take gifts to sick children, etc over the winter break. Some suggested locations are:

    So Others May Eat (SOME)
    71 "O" Street, NW
    Washington, DC 20001

    Fenwick Landing (Senior Community)
    11665 Doolittle Drive
    Waldorf, MD 20602
    Manor Care Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
    600 Largo Road
    Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
    Greater DC Cares
    1725 I Street, NW, Ste 200
    Washington, DC 20006


    SAT Information

    A vital part of your child's future career success is his/her performance on major standardized tests. One of the most prominent of those is the SAT. FDHS offers classes in preparing for the verbal and quantitative portions of the SAT. Your child can also access the College Board web site to find information about future tests, fees, and practice questions, as well as information on scholarships and many colleges or universities. We also provide daily SAT vocabulary at school and on our web site.

    The ACT is a national college admission examination that consists of subject area tests in English, Mathematics, Reading and Science. The ACT Plus Writing includes the four subject area tests and a 30-minute Writing Test. ACT results are accepted by virtually all U.S. colleges and universities. Parents and students may access information and register for the ACT at www.actstudent.org.

    What is the difference between the ACT and the SAT?



    *  ACT is an achievement test, measuring what a student has learned in school

    *  The SAT is more of an aptitude test, testing reasoning and verbal abilities.

    *  ACT has up to 5 components: English, Mathematics, Reading, Science, and an optional Writing Test.

    *  SAT has only 3 components: Verbal, Mathematics, and a required Writing Test.  

    *  ACT is scored based on the number correct with no correction for guessing.

    *  SAT has a correction for guessing, takes off for wrong answers

    *  ACT lets the student decide what set of scores they want sent.

    *  The College Board's policy is to send all scores.