Our network

Schools

Catholic School Principal Has Pink Mohawk

 

How many school principal's do you know that have a pink Mohawk? We know of at least one.

We went to St. Peter’s School in Waldorf, Md. Thursday, June 9th to see Principal, J.R. West, shave his hair into a Mohawk and dye it pink for a lost bet before the kids summer vacation.

At the beginning of this school year, Mr. West challenged his students to read 4,000 books instead of the 2,300 they had read the previous year. He promised if they did this, he would shave his hair into a Mohawk and paint it pink.

 

“In January they were only around 1900 books and I thought I was in the clear but in the spring they kicked it up a gear. They read 4,300 books, averaging 30 books per child, which is great. They read a total of 68 million words this year, and I now have a pink Mohawk,” Principal J.R. West said with a smile on his face.

 

Public Schools Initiate High School Athletics Fee

 Public Schools Initiate High School Athletics Fee

This information comes to us from Prince George's County Public Schools:

Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS) has initiated a new annual athletics activity fee for students who are selected as members of an Interscholastic Athletic Team, in response to substantial revenue cuts for the 2011-2012 school year. The one-time fee of $50 will be collected prior to the beginning of each sports season, and will cover the student's participation in high school athletics for the entire year–even if they transfer to another PGCPS school or are selected to participate on multiple athletic teams.

Prince George's County Community College Goes Mobile

Prince George's County Community College Goes Mobile

Students, employees, alumni and the Prince George's County community can now find information at their fingertips. 

Prince George’s Community College located in Largo, Maryland, introduced a new fully integrated mobile application powered by MOX.

The application puts the higher education experience and technology in the palm of the user's hand. It provides easy access to important information about the college including a directory of contact information for key offices, an interactive Google map and a news and events feed.

MOX is currently available to iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, BlackBerry and Android users. Visit the App Store, BlackBerry App World, or Android Market to download MOX. Choose Prince George’s Community College from the list of colleges and universities.

Visit these websites to access the application:

 

Prince George's County Student Receives $2,000 Dollars

 

In August of 2010, WUSA 9 and HighSchoolSports.net teamed up to bring Washington, DC the best high school coverage in the area by selecting local students to report on their high school sport’s teams and become Campus Correspondents.

All students selected are given a free HD FlipCam to film highlights of varsity sports at their school, and invited to preseason and postseason luncheons at the WUSA 9 studios.

Additionally, they have the chance to meet and speak with media professionals including the WUSA9's sports team and the HighSchoolSports.net team. The best contributors at the end of the season are given a prize.

This year we caught up with Ashley Jones-Quaidoo, an aspiring journalist and ninth-grader at Dr. Henry A. Wise High School in Prince George’s County, Md. Ashley was awarded $2,000 dollars this Monday, June 6th for her outstanding coverage and overall performance in the program.

New Student Member of the Board Elected to Prince George's County Board of Education

 

This story comes to us from the PGCPS Office of Communications:

Scripps National Spelling B-E-E

Prior to The E.W. Scripps Spelling Bee Wednesday, June 1st at the National Harbor, 275 contestants took a written test that counted toward each speller's preliminary score. There were 138 boys and 137 girls who ranged in age from 8 to 15 from all over the world.

 

“This year at the Scripps National Spelling Bee we have 275 students competing and they come from all over the world. It’s not just a United States event but we draw spellers from Japan, New Zealand, and South Korea,” said  E.W. Scripps Communication’s Manager Lee Rose

 

Round 3 at the 2011 Scripps National Spelling Bee

 Round 3 at the 2011 Scripps National Spelling Bee

Things are heating up at The National Harbor as 275 students; ages 8-15 compete against each other at the Scripps National Spelling Bee at the Gaylord National Resort. Virginia, DC, and Maryland are represented as we advance to the last group in Round 3.  

Round 2 went quite swiftly except for when 14-year-old Marcus Tecarro of Loves Park, Ill., was stumped by the word “ineluctable,” an adjective that means something that’s not to be avoided or escaped. Marcus spelled the word correctly, but was not as lucky in Round 3 when he misspelled the widely used prescription drug, Penicillin. 

Potomac, Maryland's 13-year-old, Susana Yau, has represented her state very well today spelling noun's "pierrot" and "bombardier" correctly. Additionally, Howard University Middle School's Donovan Jordan has spelled both "schadenfreude" and "decorticate" accurately to keep D.C. in the game.