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FCPS Celebrates American Education Week
FCPS Celebrates American Education Week


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The Frederick County Board of Education will proclaim November 13-19 as American Education Week in Frederick County Public Schools. The annual theme is “Great Public Schools:  A Basic Right and Our Responsibility.”

Student board member Brandon Wharton will read the proclamation. Immediately following, Frederick County Teachers Association president Gary Brennan, Frederick Association of School Support Employees president Karen Blackwood, Frederick County Administrative and Supervisory Association president Mike Bunitsky, and PTA Council of Frederick County president Daphne Gabb will speak about the contributions of their association members.

During this week, FCPS will join schools across the country to honor education as the foundation of a free and democratic society. Schools welcome visitors and remind guests, including parents, to sign in at the main office before visiting classrooms.

Superintendent Dr. Terry Alban and Board of Education president Brad Young extended a joint invitation to elected officials to visit any of the school system’s 64 schools during American Education Week to “experience first-hand FCPS’ exciting work to reach, challenge and prepare our 40,487 students for successful futures.”

“FCPS is indebted to the many families and community members who support public education and to employees for expecting – and delivering – excellence everywhere in our school system,” according to Dr. Alban.


Here is a sampling of FCPS American Education Week activities


 Ballenger Creek Middle invites parents to join their student for lunch and classroom visits on Tuesday (grade 6), Wednesday (grade 7) and Thursday (grade 8).  On Friday, the school will celebrate Anti-bullying Day; students will wear school colors and buttons to show that they do not support bullying.  Students will decorate homeroom doors with anti-bullying posters, and the school will award 1st, 2nd and 3rd place honors in each grade.


Brunswick Elementary will host Dads & Donuts on Monday and Moms & Muffins on Tuesday from 8:30-9:30 a.m.  Parents are invited to visit classrooms on Thursday from 9:30-10:30 a.m. (grades PreK-2) and 1:30-2:30 p.m. (grades 3-5). 


Deer Crossing Elementary will kick off the week with a school-wide celebration on Monday at 9 a.m.; students and staff will dress in college or spirit wear.  Parents are invited to visit their student’s classroom during designated times on Tuesday.  Winners of the “School is cool because ...” essay contest will serve as assistant principal and principal on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively.  Family Library Night/Teachers Read Night is Thursday; the Scholastic Book Fair will be open.  Morning announcements throughout the week will feature student-created videos about education, and students can participate in a Teacher Baby Photo guessing contest. 


Glade Elementary invites parents for refreshments, courtesy of the PTA, and to visit their student’s classroom on Monday (grade K), Tuesday (grade 1), Wednesday (grades PreK & 5), Thursday (grade 2) and Friday (grades 3 & 4).  Students and staff will wear red, white and blue and start the day on Monday with a flag raising ceremony.  Tuesday is Drop Everything and Read Day.  Students and teachers will recognize educational support staff on Wednesday.  Thursday is Career Day, and Friday is School Spirit Day.  Morning announcements throughout the week will include student comments about why they like school, what they have learned and/or their favorite memory. 


 Kemptown Elementary students will start the week by sharing apple memories which they will display on bulletin board trees.  Parents are invited to visit the school on Tuesday; each grade has a special activity planned.  The school will celebrate Teachers/Administrators Day on Wednesday, Education Support Day on Thursday and Substitute Educators Day on Friday.  The school will also celebrate Kemptown Pride Day on Friday and announce the winner of the Kemptown banner design contest. 


 Lincoln Elementary invites parents to visit their student’s classroom on Monday from 2-3:15 p.m. (grade 2), Tuesday from 2:15-3:15 p.m. (grade 4), Thursday from 10:30-11:30 a.m. or 2:30-3:30 p.m. (PreK), 9-10 a.m. (grade K), or 1:30-3:30 p.m. (grade 3), and Monday, November 21 from 10:15-11:15 a.m. (grade 1).  Many of the classroom activities during these times will focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). 


New Market Elementary will host Breakfast and Books throughout the week; teachers will cook breakfast that students and parents may purchase from the cafeteria, and the school will provide books for families to read together while they eat.  Breakfast begins at 8 a.m. on Monday (grades PreK & 4), Tuesday (grade 3), Wednesday (grade 2), Thursday (grade 1) and Friday (grades K & 5). 


New Midway/Woodsboro Elementary invites families to visit throughout the week and enjoy grade-level student presentations that highlight visual arts, singing and dancing, and physical education.  The schedule is Tuesday from 9:30-10:15 a.m. (grade 3) and 2:30-3:15 p.m. (grade K), Wednesday from 9:30-10:15 a.m. (grade 4) and 2:30-3:15 p.m. (grade 1), and Thursday from 9:30-10:15 a.m. (grade 5) and 2:30-3:15 (grade 2). 


Oakdale Middle will promote higher education and raise college awareness throughout the week.  Staff members will decorate classroom/office doors with their college logo.  Kathy Tobery, 2009 FCPS Teacher of the Year, invites parents to visit her art room during the week where they will see 7th graders chalk still lifein the style of French impressionist Paul Cezanne (9:45-11 a.m.), 8th graders design faux stained glass like American artist Louis Comfort Tiffany (11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.), and 6th graders paint landscapes using watercolor to make a Chinese-style scroll (1-2:30 p.m.). 


 Parkway Elementary will start Monday at 8:30 a.m. with a ceremony at the school’s flag pole; students and staff will wear school shirts/colors.  Parents are invited to join their student for Thanksgiving lunch and classroom visits on Tuesday (grades K & 4), Wednesday (grades 1 & 5) and Thursday (grades 2 & 3).  Family Literacy Night is Thursday at 6:30 p.m.  Classroom fall festival parties are Friday afternoon from 2:15-2:55 p.m.; students and staff will once again dress in school colors.


Thurmont Middle invites parents for Take Your Parent to School Day on Monday (grade 6), Tuesday (grade 7) and Wednesday (grade 8).


Tuscarora Elementary will host guest readers throughout the week.  Parents are invited for Parents and Pastries on Monday (last name starting with A-M) and Tuesday (last name starting with N-Z) and to read a book with their student in the media center from 8-8:45 a.m.  At 8:45, parents can visit their student’s classroom and participate in the morning tune-up, whole-school exercise program.  Parents of students in grades K, 2 and 4 are invited to join their child for Thanksgiving lunch on Thursday.  On Friday, students will attend a school-wide assembly were they will sing the school song and watch video clips of staff sharing student achievements. 


  Twin Ridge Elementary invites parents to visit classrooms and join their student for lunch on Monday (grades PreK & K), Tuesday (grades 1 & 4), Wednesday (grade 2), Thursday (grade 3) and Friday (grade 5). 


  Urbana Middle invites parents to visit classrooms on Monday and Tuesday. 


  Walkersville Elementary has scheduled a Families and French Toast Breakfast on Tuesday from 8-8:30 a.m. and invites parents to join their student for lunch throughout the week.  Parents will share individual family interests in classrooms throughout the week. 


Walkersville Middle invites parents and community members to attend presentations on Internet safety and the Olwus Anti-bullying Program on Monday (8:30 a.m. & 7:00 p.m.).  On Wednesday, students will attend a program with author Edie Hemingway.  Parents and community members will pair up with a staff member for Teacher for the Day on Thursday.  On Thursday and Friday, students will participate in Hoops for Hearts, and on Friday, students will attend an honor roll ice cream social and a Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports social.  


  Wolfsville Elementary invites parents and family members for an open house and traditional turkey meal with all the trimmings on Thursday.  Classroom visitation times are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for grades K-5 and 10-11 a.m. for PreK.  The lunch schedule is 11:20 a.m. (grades K & 1), 11:50 a.m. (grade 2), noon (grade 3) and 12:40 p.m. (grades 4 & 5).  The cost of an adult lunch is $3.75/$2.05 for children, and lunch reservations are requested. 


Yellow Springs Elementary invites parents for Take Your Parent to School Day on Monday (grades K & 5), Tuesday (grade 2), Wednesday (grade 3), Thursday (grade 4) and Friday (grade 1).  The school will recognize support staff on Wednesday with a Sweets Shower because support employees make the school a “sweet place to be!”  




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