• News Release: PGCPS Orientation Days Smooth the Way for a Successful School Year

    August 30, 2017
    For Immediate Release
    Office of Communications

    UPPER MARLBORO, MD In preparation for the 2017-18 school year, Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) will host an orientation day on Aug. 31 for students entering prekindergarten and kindergarten, and on Sept. 5 for students entering sixth, seventh and ninth grades.

    Prekindergarten and Kindergarten Orientation Day

    Prekindergarten and kindergarten students will participate in programs designed to help them transition to their schools. Parents of new students will receive details from their child’s school.

    Middle and High School Orientation Day

    Students entering sixth or seventh grades, depending on middle school configuration, and first-time ninth-graders will attend all-day programs at their schools. Students will receive breakfast and lunch. Students who ride buses will be picked up and dropped off at their regular time and bus stop location. Please visit the PGCPS website for bus stop locations and drop off and pick up times. Additionally, administrators will send a notification letter to students.

    Orientation Day allows students to participate in their regular school schedule, attend an information session designed to provide them with the resources needed for an academically and socially successful school year, and meet key staff members, student guides and peers.

    Students should arrive to school with their printed schedule from SchoolMAX, which will open to students and families on September 1. Students will attend classes throughout the day in accordance with their schedules and participate in information sessions about a variety of topics, including:

    • Middle/high school schedules

    • School bus transportation and rules for riding the bus

    • School policies

    • Lockers

    • Extracurricular activities

    • Tools for success, such as student handbooks and calendars

    • Strategies for success, including homework and student responsibilities

    • Important resources that help make the high school experience a success

    • Graduation requirements and information on SchoolMax, transcripts, testing and more

    Parents with questions about orientation days should contact their child’s school. The first day of school for all PGCPS students is Wednesday, Sept. 6.

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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. 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.