Education

New principal joins Hyattsville Elementary

July 10, 2012

Principal Julia Burton started at Hyattsville Elementary School in July 2012. Photo courtesy Susie Currie BY SUSIE CURRIE — Anyone heading down Jefferson Street towards Route 1 can see that big changes are in store for Hyattsville Elementary School. By the time school starts next month, a new [read more]

Taking Notes: What’s happening at local schools

June 10, 2012

BY SUSIE CURRIE — This time next year, builders should be close to finishing a new elementary school at 3120 Nicholson Street, near Nicholas Orem Middle School. Scheduled to open in August 2013, it will serve local students as part of the Prince George’s County Public School system. A PGCPS [read more]

Students shine in area contests

April 10, 2012

BY SUSIE CURRIE — While much of the country was watching the NCAA basketball championships, Prince George’s County Public School students were vying for titles of their own. Here’s a look at what our local high school and middle schools have been up to this spring. NORTHWESTERN HIGH SCHOOL [read more]

Shalom School shut down

April 10, 2012

BY JULIA DUIN — Shalom School, a local after-school program well known for its focus on the arts, was suddenly closed down at the end of February. The 16-year-old school, which was housed in the education wing of the First United Methodist Church on Queens Chapel Road at East-West Highway, had [read more]

School loses federal funds, five staff members

March 10, 2012

BY JULIA DUIN — Hyattsville Elementary School is facing the loss of five crucial staff after the school’s Title 1 status was removed earlier this year, reducing its budget by $200,000. To receive Title 1 funds, 75 percent of a school’s students must be from families whose income qualifies [read more]

New year, new leaders at local schools

August 10, 2011

BY SUSIE CURRIE AND PAULA MINAERT — Nearly a quarter of Prince George’s County’s 198 schools are getting new principals this year, due largely to budget cuts that led to slashed positions and staff buyouts for the new fiscal year. In Hyattsville, Northwestern High School and Hyattsville [read more]

Farewell to a beloved principal

August 10, 2011

BY SUSIE CURRIE AND PAULA MINAERT — Nearly 1,000 mourners turned out to pay final tribute to Sr. Joyce Volpini, SND, who was principal of St. Jerome School for 33 years. Known to generations of Hyattsville children as “Sister Joyce,” Volpini, who had battled cancer for years, died on July 31 [read more]

New principal sought for Hyattsville Middle School – again

July 10, 2011

BY PAULA MINAERT — For the second time in two years, a search is on for a principal for Hyattsville Middle School. Students return to school on August 22. Principal Susie Long announced her retirement June 6 after serving for only one year. Principal Susie Long will leave Hyattsville Middle [read more]

Acclaimed DeMatha music director retiring

June 10, 2011

John Mitchell built DeMatha into a music powerhouse before leaving in 2011. Above: His final performance, on May 12, was directing the wind ensemble at the University of Marylandʼs Dekelboum Concert Hall. Photos courtesy DeMatha. BY PAULA MINAERT — On May 12, John Mitchell, Director of Bands at [read more]
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