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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.


Graduates Earn More Than $232 Million in Scholarships

 Graduates Earn More Than $232 Million in Scholarships

Congrats MCPS!

Montgomery County Public Schools Class of 2011 has earned $232.8 million in college scholarships to date—significantly more than the Class of 2010 had accumulated as their commencement season began. The total value of scholarships earned is expected to grow over the next few weeks as final data are gathered.

There are many additional accomplishments of the Class of 2011. Among them are:

- 145 National Merit Finalists 
- 34 National Hispanic Recognition Finalists
- 16 National Achievement Finalists  
- 91 Maryland Distinguished Scholar Finalists  
- 152 Ivy League school acceptances


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:


#1 in Graduation Rate for a Third Straight Year

#1 in Graduation Rate for a Third Straight Year

According to a national report released Tuesday, June 7th, Montgomery County Public Schools has the highest graduation rate among the nation’s largest school districts for the third year in a row.

The annual Diplomas Count report, published by Education Week, calculated MCPS’ graduation rate at 85.7 percent. This is a 2.6 percentage point increase over last year’s report. It is significantly higher than the rate for the nation (71.7 percent) and the state of Maryland (76.8 percent). 


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:

Prince George's County Public Schools Reward Students

Prince George's County Public Schools will reward 20 honor roll students with an awards program on Wednesday, June 1st at The Mall at Prince Georges. The Scholar Dollar Program was created in 2006 through a joint effort of Prince George’s County Government Office of the County Executive and Prince George’s County Public Schools to reward students for academic excellence.

Throughout every school year, the program provides awards and special discounts and incentives to students who earn a 3.0 GPA, Honor Roll, or other significant achievement status at each report card period. To date, almost 900,000 PGCPS students have been rewarded through the Scholar Dollar program. At the end of each school year a number of students are honored with gift cards and airline tickets during an awards ceremony.