Show your support for a new building for HES

Thursday, March 19, at 6:30 pm
Come to Northwestern High School to show your support for a school-kids-schoolhousenew building for Hyattsville Elementary School.

The PGCPS Master Plan Support Project (MPSP) Community Meeting will be held in the media center at Northwestern at 6:30 pm. Prince George’s County Public Schools  invites students, families, and community members to attend this community meeting to learn how the district will prioritize future school construction and renovation projects for the entire county.

The portable classrooms on our playground and last month’s burst pipes are just two reasons why HES needs a new facility. By being present at this meeting, we can show the county our community’s support for putting HES at the top of the budget list for new construction funding. HES is already an incredible school, and our students deserve a safe, welcoming environment in which to learn.

HES is our community’s school, so please share this with other Hyattsville families and encourage them to attend as well. Dinner and child care for school-aged children (ages 4 and up) will be provided free of charge. Please call 301-952-6597 the day before the scheduled meeting to sign up for
child care services.

Print and share the attached MPSP Meeting Flyer to spread the word.

You can also view the presentation here:

What does your support of the PTA do for HES?

When you become a member of the HES PTA, make a donation, or make a purchase at a fundraiser, what happens to your money?

HES PTA works to improve the educational experience for all HES students. We work together with the teachers and Principal Julia Burton to identify opportunities for assistance that will positively affect all students and families.

So far this school year, the PTA has supported HES through these donations and activities:

In the classroom:
Kiln for art roomhandprints
Glue sticks and reams of paper for the art classroom
Games for indoor recess days
Worm bins for the 1st grade classrooms
Black History Month presentation of “The Birmingham Children’s March” for all students

At the school:
Paint, supplies, and painting of the indoor entry mural and blue retaining wall
Gardens & Grounds Day materials to beautify the school grounds in the fall (and snacks for volunteers)
Marquee board of Staff and Faculty photos (forthcoming, in hallway to cafeteria)
Help with the Ashley Swann donation fund
Teacher Appreciation Week coordination of food donations for faculty and staff

For students and families:
All the pumpkins for the Magruder Park pumpkin patch field trip (no cost to families this year)
Hispanic Heritage Night supplemental food and water
Coffee and snacks for First Day of School parents’ coffee
Popsicles with the Principal
Water and snacks for the 5th grade field trip to Camp Schmidt
Babysitting for all General PTA meetings
Gift bags for distributing knitted donations to the HES community
New winter coats and uniform pants for students
Fall Family Dance and Ice Cream Social
Ice Skating Day at Wells Ice Rink
Movie Night (forthcoming, March 20)


It’s not too late to become a PTA member this school year!

You can help the PTA support Hyattsville Elementary School as a great place to learn. If you’d like to become a member, or if you haven’t renewed your membership this school year, please join us. Membership forms are also available on the PTA bulletin board near the front door of the school, and cash or checks can be given to Mr. Swann in the office.

You do not need to have a child at HES to be a member of the PTA. Strong community support for our neighborhood school is one of the many reasons HES is strong.

PARCC testing begins in early March

This is the first year of PARCC standardized tests. Testing begins in early March for grades 3-5.

Maryland begins full implementation of the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) state assessments in reading and mathematics this school year (2014-15). The new assessments replace the Maryland School Assessments (MSA) in English and mathematics in grades 3-8.

The new PARCC assessments are aligned to the Maryland College and Career-Ready Standards, Testing mousedeveloped from the Common Core and fully implemented during the 2013-14 school year. PARCC will provide comparability across states, and be able to assess and measure higher-order skills such as critical thinking, communications, and problem solving. The assessments will be computer-based and include a mix of constructed response items, performance-based tasks, and computer-enhanced items.


The website of the Maryland Department of Education has information about PARCC tests for parents at You may also download an overview of PARCC for parents in English or Spanish.

prepareforparccThere are tutorials available online. The purpose of these is to familiarize students with the computer based testing format and to gain familiarity with the technology platform. See .

Students can also take practice tests. They are available at .

Today, February 11th from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (Secondary Schools) and from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. (Elementary Schools), academic specialists will provide students with testing strategies and answer questions about the upcoming PARCC exam. This will be live on 96 Comcast/38 Verizon. Tweet questions to @PGCPS #PrepareforPARCC

Neighbors in Need

The Portillos, a neighborhood family, with children at Hyattsville Elementary School, Frances Fuchs and Northwestern Senior High School lost all their belongings in a house fire in early January.

Please consider donating clothing, books, school supplies, toys, or money for groceries to help them as they get through this difficult time.

For a list of specific items needed by the Portillo family, visit . Cash donations for groceries and household goods can also be made online. Gift cards can be given to Mr. Swann in the office.

Please take a look at the list of needed items to help our neighbors in need.

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This Week is Peace Week

Peace crayons This week is Peace Week. Guidance Counselor Ms. Dawkins has a few activities planned.

Each day, Ms. Dawkins will read a “Peace Quote” on the morning announcements. If parents would like to send in child-friendly quotes, Ms. Dawkins would be delighted to read them over the air and of course give credit to the parent and their child for submitting it.


Every day during Peace Week will be “Random Acts of Kindness Day”. Staff, students, and parents may act as observers to record kind acts during the day and submit them to Ms. Dawkins to read over the air. Each person identified as having committed a “Random Act of Kindness” will receive a certificate.

If you have a quote or a nomination to submit, you may stop by the office or email Ms. Dawkins at .