Capital Improvement Report meeting, June 16

The HMS PTSO and the HES PTA are holding a joint meeting to discuss the findings of the final reportconstruction of the PGCPS Master Plan Support Project (MPSP).The purpose of this project is to improve the way school construction and renovation projects are prioritized.

The MPSP “creates a more comprehensive evaluation criteria where we look at the condition of our schools in three critical areas – mission, condition, and function,” said Dr. Kevin M. Maxwell, Chief Executive Officer for PGCPS. The project aimed to collect data from schools that not only looks at the physical aspects of the building, but evaluates how school buildings currently meet the academic needs of students and how they can support future PGCPS initiatives.

The data collected for this report will affect how reconstruction or renovation funding from the county is prioritized for our Hyattsville schools. Hyattsville residents and parents from both the Elementary School and Middle School are invited to attend to understand the report and the implications for our schools moving forward. Sarah Woodhead, the director of the PGCPS Department of Capital Programs, will attend to discuss the report. This meeting is a follow up to the April 14th meeting at HMS on the same topic. Notes from that meeting are available here.

When:  Tuesday, June 16, 2015, 6:30pm-8:00pm
Where: Hyattsville Elementary School
Who:     Aretha Heigh, Seiji Hayashi, organizers

Read more about the project that produced this report.

The MPSP presentation for this meeting is available online here.

The final report will be posted here soon.

PTA Meeting for budget review, June 2

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Please come to a PTA meeting on Tuesday, June 2, at 6:30 for a short meeting on budget changes. The meeting is to amend the 2014-2015 PTA budget to provide $3000 to support teacher training. The meeting will be in the school library.

Art Show, May 28

Coming up on Thursday, May 28, the students of Hyattsville Elementary will be having their spring art show. This show is not a contest but a celebration of the hard work all of our young artists have put in this year during art class. Each student has selected an art work to be featured on the walls of our wonderful school.

Beginning at 6:30 PM students and their families are invited to explore our “galleries” and discovery what other grades have been working on this year in art. We are so proud of all of our students’ work and the progress they have made this year. Ms. Yazvac hopes that all of our Hyattsville community will come out to celebrate our fabulous Hyattsville artists. See you at the Art Show!!

WHAT:     Art Show of all students’ art work

WHEN:    Thursday, May 28, 6:30-8:00

WHERE:  Hyattsville Elementary School

Art show 2015

Bake Sale for the Sole Sisters, May 16 at the Native Plant Sale

And here is yet another way you can help your school—bake something tasty!

Our elementary school’s running club, the Sole Sisters, will be selling snacks during the Native Plant Sale at HES this Saturday, May 16, from 8:30-1pm. Please donate baked goods, snacks, coffee, bagels, donuts, etc., and help support this great group of hard-working girls! Purchased baked goods are welcome, too!

You can bring your baked goods to the table when you arrive to do your plant shopping or for your volunteer shift (have you signed up yet to help?) You can also leave them in the staff lounge this week with a sign indicating that it is for the bake sale on Saturday.

This is a great way for your kids to contribute to their school as well.

Sole Sisters 2015

Field Days–Volunteers needed!

Field Days are coming! Please help make the days amazing for our students. Mr. Hook needs some parents to help run the games.

WHERE:

Parent volunteers should meet Mr. Hook at Magruder Park at 8:45 am. The individual events will run in the morning from 9:15-11:15. There will be a hot dog lunch, and then the class events will run in the afternoon until about 1:00. We need parents to be time keepers, heat organizers, and generals. Bring your own water bottle!

WHEN:

4th/5th Grades are May 14th (Rain date May 15)
2nd/3rd Grades are May 28 (Rain date May 29)
K/1st Grades are June 11 (Rain date June 12)

WHAT:

The individual events are:sack race

50 yard dash
100 yard dash
1 mile relay
Hurdles
Shuttle run

Class events:

Sack race
Playground obstacle course
Tire relay
Tug of war

Sign up here to volunteer! Contact Mr. Hook with questions.

 

 

Prince George’s County Council FY2016 Budget Public Hearing

The Prince George’s County Council will hold its final public hearing for the proposed FY 2016 County Budget on Monday, May 4, 2015, at 7:00 p.m.

This is our final opportunity to speak directly to the Council regarding the budget for schools. The amount of money in the county budget allocated to schools, particularly for capital improvements, will affect whether or not HES gets a new or improved building.

school buildingWHO:
Prince George’s County Council

WHAT:
FY2016 Budget Public Hearing

WHEN:
Monday, May 4, 2015, 7:00 p.m.

WHERE:
County Administration Building
Council Hearing Room, First Floor
14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive
Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772

Please come to speak for Hyattsville Elementary School. Sign up to speak to the Council for three minutes. Some suggested talking points are below. Select a few that are most important to you and make a case for better school buildings in Hyattsville.

 

  • Thank you council members for the opportunity speak
  • My name is __________, and I’m from Hyattsville.
  • I have children at Hyattsville Elementary/Middle
  • I’m here to advocate for our kids, public education, and especially our neighborhood schools.
  • There are 5 key characteristics to high performing schools, and they are
    1. Strong leadership
    2. Committed teachers who are supported by their administration
    3. Strong family and community engagement
    4. Using data to improve quality and performance
    5. Facilities and environments conducive to learning
  • Hyattsville has made tremendous strides in 4 of the 5 areas. One area lacking is in the facilities.
  • We have no space and the space we have is grossly inadequate.
  • Both Hyattsville Elementary and Hyattsville Middle are well over its capacity and the situation will get worse over the coming years.
  • We are advocating for better buildings and facilities because we know it makes a difference for learning.
  • Here are some of the ways buildings matter
    • Better facilities are associated with higher performance. This has been demonstrated by numerous research studies. In some studies, it has show 10-15% higher test scores.
    • Better facilities are associated with better teacher recruitment and retention
    • Ironically, poor facilities are associated with higher teacher absenteeism
    • Better facilities have lower physical and social disorders such as fighting and misconduct.
  • We understand that it takes money, and we also understand that capital improvement takes time.
  • But, we need a short term solutions as well as a longer term solution, so that means we have to start now to reinvest in our schools.
  • We are advocating for our kids now and we are advocating for the kids who will enter school in the coming years.
  • Please help us help our neighborhood schools.
  • Thank you.