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Background Checks & Fingerprinting for 2017-2018

Greetings Imagine Andrews Families,

It’s a great day at Imagine Andrews! The safety of our scholars is our top priority.  We certainly enjoy having you volunteer at our school and joining us on exciting field trips; however, any adult that would like to volunteer MUST complete a criminal history check through Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS).  Below is a brief description of the different types of background checks that are conducted coupled with contact information for the fingerprinting office.  Thank you for your continued support!

COMMERCIAL –BASED STATE CRIMINAL HISTORY CHECKS:

Commercial background checks completed through PGCPS involve a comprehensive court records search throughout the State of Maryland, based on written information provided by the applicant. No fingerprints are taken.

FINGERPRINT-BASED NATIONAL and STATE CRIMINAL HISTORY CHECKS:

Pursuant to Federal and Maryland law, PGCPS conducts a national and state fingerprint background check on all individuals who will have direct contact with children under the supervision of PGCPS. The process must be completed through PGCPS and involve a full fingerprint supported criminal records check through the CJIS (Criminal Justice Information System), a State of Maryland legal database. Criminal background results are usually received by PGCPS from the State of Maryland and FBI within seven working days. Employees and volunteers only need to undergo the full fingerprint background check one time, subject to the exceptions provided in Section IV. of this Procedure.

 

VOLUNTEERS:

  1. All volunteers – such as mentors, interns, tutors, chaperones, and volunteers working in concession stands and at gate receipts at athletic events – must undergo a fingerprint background check 14 days in advance of the day field trip, overnight trip or activity on or off school property.
  2. Any parent/guardian who needs assistance covering the cost of a fingerprint background check, and whose child(ren) qualify for free and reduced priced meals, may request waiver of the background check fee by providing a copy of their eligibility letter from the PGCPS Department of Food and Nutrition Services.
Contact Information Background Check Information
Hours of Operation
8:00 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Monday – Friday
Sasscer Administration Building
14201 School Lane, Room 128
Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772 

Telephone: 301.952.7831
hr.backgroundunit@pgcps.org

  • Cost of Fingerprint Background Check $56.57
  • Cost of Commercial Background Check $7.00 (not applicable for field trips)
  • Cost of Online Commercial Background Check $7.26 (not applicable for field trips)

Base Access for Families 2017-2018

Greetings Imagine Andrews Families,

It’s a great day at Imagine Andrews! Several families have reached out with questions regarding base access for the 2017-2018 school year. In the Spring, a grey base access form was sent home to families. Parents/Guardians were to complete the form and send it back to the main office. If you returned the form, your base access information is at the visitor’s center in the Imagine Andrews Base Access Binder. Please ask someone in the visitor’s center to look for your name in that binder. They will give you base access.

If you do not recall receiving or completing that document, please see the attached form, complete it, scan it and send it to cathy.hall@pgcps.org. Once your base access forms are completed and submitted to Ms. Hall, your access should be ready the next day.  If you have any further questions regarding base access, please reach out to Ms. Hall. Be sure to bring your driver’s license, up to date proof of insurance and registration of the vehicle.

It would be best if you obtain what you need to access the base before the first day of school. Ms. Hall will be there on the first day to greet families in the morning. That process tends to be hectic and lengthy when people wait until that day. I strongly encourage families to take care of the base access issue in advanced to avoid late arrival to class on the first day of school.

I look forward to seeing all of you on the first day of school. The big day is almost here! Enjoy the last days. Before we know it, school will no longer be out for summer!

 

H. Douglas Rice II, Principal

Imagine Andrews Public Charter School

 

base access form 2017-2018

PTA Officers & Meeting Schedule 2017-2018

The 2017-2018 PTA officers are:

  • President: Arnita Evans
  • Vice President: Amy Wenger
  • Treasurer: Alicia Collins
  • Secretary: Trisha Lindsey
  • Teacher Representative Primary: Cecily Cook and Bonita Gunn
  • Teacher Representative Intermediate: Paula McIlmail and Laura Warner

The Imagine Andrews PTA Meeting Schedule for the 2017-2018 School Year
Thursday, September 13th & 14th (Back to School Nights)
Thursday, October 12th
Thursday, November 9th
Thursday, December 14th
Thursday, January No Meeting
Thursday, February 8th
Thursday, March 8th
Thursday, April 12th
Thursday, May 31st (General Election Meeting)
Thursday, June No Meeting

Letter to Families 2017-2018 School Year

Greetings Imagine Andrews Families,

It’s a great day at Imagine Andrews! I hope all of our families arehaving a great summer. I would like to welcome all returning andnew families to the 2017-2018 school year. We are excited aboutimplementing several new initiatives and increasing the effectiveness of some of the expectations that are already in place.

I have listed below the “Big Rocks” for the 2017-2018 school year:

• Effectively Tracking Student Data
• Scholars Knowing Their Own Data School wide
• Effective Implementation of the Acceleration Model
• Emphasis on Restorative Practices
• Increasing Reading Proficiency & Learning Gains

In addition, there are some other school wide initiatives that weare working to put in place. I have listed them below:

• Classroom DOJO will be a school wide initiative. Teachers willuse classroom DOJO across all grade levels
• The middle school grades will have the option of an advancedclass. This class will be a pilot. The purpose of this is to exposeour middle school scholars to a curriculum that will better preparethem for middle school
• Success Time: Intervention & enrichment opportunities within theclassroom to meet the needs of diverse scholars
• We are updating our current website to a new mobile friendlyformat to increase effective communication

I am looking forward to an outstanding school year as wecollaborate and partner with families in order to provide the besteducational experience for our scholars. The first official day ofschool for all scholars is Wednesday, September 6, 2017. Scholarswill begin going to their classes at 8:05AM. Scholars whopurchase school breakfast will need to arrive no later than 8:00a.m. Breakfast will be served daily from 8:00 a.m. – 8: 15 a.m.Grades Kindergarten through 4th will dismiss at 2:40 p.m. Grades5-8 will dismiss at 3:10 p.m.

Listed below are important dates for the opening of the upcoming school year:

Open House
August 31, 2017 (5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.)

Kindergarten Orientation
August 31, 2017 (Begins at 5:00 p.m.)

First Day of School for Scholars: September 6, 2017

Back to School Nights
(Gr. 5-8) September 13, 2017 & (Gr. K-4) September 14, 2017

First PTO Meeting: September 14, 2017

Regards,

H. Douglas Rice II, Principal

Tentative Important Dates

Tentative Important Dates:

Open House for New Families: August 31, 2017  (5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.)

Kindergarten Orientation: August 31, 2017 @ 5:00 p.m.

Back to School Night: September 13 & 14 (6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.)

 

 

ED in the Field ~ School Visit: Imagine Andrews

It is not every day that ED staff is granted the opportunity to enter into a classroom and observe elementary students engaging in lesson plans and sharing thought-provoking discussions with their classmates. For several ED staff, the opportunity presented itself through the ED in the Field ~ School Visit program.

ED in the Field ~ School Visit

The ED in the Field ~ School Visits have become a staple engagement effort adopted by staff throughout the Department of Education who wish to learn more about the impact of their work through practice and theory. The program is intended to increase interactions among department personnel, school educators, and administrators to better inform decisions made on policy as it relates to real-world impact.

Imagine Andrews Public Charter School, located on Andrews Air Force base in Maryland, was among three school sites ED staff visited on a recent morning. St. Mary’s private school and Ashburton Elementary public school were the others. Led by Principal Howard Douglas Rice II, ED staff participated in classroom observations of kindergarten through eighth grade students, a roundtable discussion with parents from the Parent Teacher Association (PTA), and a discussion with Imagine School administrators.

The Experience

When ED staff looked along the hallway walls and noticed their measures of excellence, it was evident that Imagine Andrews exemplifies an environment that promotes student achievement and fosters educational excellence. During the classroom observation of a kindergarten class for five- and six-year olds, Ms. Cole’s students gathered together on the large alphabet carpet to sing alongside letters of the alphabet as they danced the Heads, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes dance.

In another observation, this time of a science class for 7th– and 8th-grade students, Mr. Green helped students understand gravity and matter. ED staff watched intently as students tested their predictions of the impact volume and weight would have on the time for a ball of paper, tennis ball, and rock to fall to the ground.

Not surprisingly, each group of about four or five students in the class of 23 used the learning activity to also build leadership skills. Members of each group assumed the roles of equipment manager, group leader, recorder, and spokesperson. The classroom observations allowed ED staff to gauge how well the students were learning, and the roundtable discussions gave ED staff profound insight into the groundwork that is required to positively impact the school system.

The Groundwork

The PTA roundtable discussion provided clear indication of the strong parental engagement at Imagine Andrews over the past six years. With a memberships base of 115, the parents work year-round to fundraise, put on special events with the surrounding community, leaders and partners, host social spirit nights, and perform outreach and recruitment efforts to engage families and offer a more innovative learning environment for their children. The school is fortunate to have parents who support it with the necessary resources and quality learning tools needed for the students to thrive.

The school administration recognizes that building a bridge between military families and civilians poses both challenges and benefits. The population is 65% military and 35% civilian, and, since Imagine Andrews is not a zone school, children throughout Prince Georges County have an equal opportunity in the lottery for admission to the school. Although military families rotate in and out of the school every few years, the teacher attrition rate at Imagine Andrews is low.

The overall visit granted ED staff more awareness of the real-world impact of their day to day work.

New Uniform Vendor: Flynn & O’Hara

Greetings Imagine Andrews Families,

I hope everyone is having a great summer! Imagine Andrews will be using Flynn & O’Hara as the vendor for uniforms moving forward. Please use the link below to access the details of purchasing uniforms for the 2017-2018 school year.

Best,

H. Douglas Rice II

Incident at Imagine Andrews (Updated 5.19.17)

Greetings Imagine Andrews Families,

As your partner in education, there is nothing more important than the safety and health of our scholars. That’s why I am writing to share with you a positive update on the threat made against our school earlier this week.

After a swift and thorough investigation conducted by local and federal law enforcement, it was determined that the threat made against our school was a prank. The person has been identified. We are working with law enforcement and within our district policies to determine appropriate disciplinary action.

Families, I want to reassure you that our campus has been thoroughly investigated by base security forces. Our building is clear of any safety concerns and our learning environment remains a nurturing, safe environment for all scholars. I encourage you to use these facts in answering questions or concerns your child may have.

Please also use this as an opportunity to remind your child that actions have consequences, and it is important we keep our school environment free from pranks and focused on academic success.

Should you have further questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me directly. As always, thank you for the privilege of partnering with you to educate your child at Imagine Andrews.

Sincerely,

H. Douglas Rice II, Principal

Update on the Imagine Andrews Incident (5.19.17)

May 19, 2017

Greetings Imagine Andrews Families,

I am writing to inform you about an incident at Imagine Andrews.

Parents and students alerted school administrators this morning to a social media post that included a threat to the Imagine Andrews Public Charter School community.

The safety of our students is our top priority. Prince George’s County Public Schools officials, school security and other law enforcement agencies were immediately informed. We spoke with students as well about any information they might be able to provide.

Social media sites do not audit content. Posts may often contain hurtful, inappropriate or distasteful messages. Internet postings generally occur outside of school because of the PGCPS filtering system. However, like most things that happen in our community, the effect of inappropriate online postings can disrupt our school environment.

Please use this incident as a teachable moment with your child. Take time to review the content on their cell phones, tablets and other electronic devices. Discuss the importance of using social media responsibly.

Please contact me at 301-350-6002 if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you for your continued partnership and assistance.

Sincerely,

H. Douglas Rice II, Principal