Frederick County Education Week

November 18, 2002

FREDERICK, Md.- The Frederick County Board of Education has adopted a resolution designating this week American Education Week in Frederick County public schools.

The theme this year is "Making Public Schools Great for Every Child."

Frederick County schools join others across the country in celebrating 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.

American Education Week activities include:

  • Ballenger Creek Elementary invites visitors to a breakfast program, followed by a brief choral performance by a different grade level each day, 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. Breakfast costs $2.65 for adults and 95 cents for students.

    Principal Larry Cassell can be contacted at 1-240-236-2500.

  • Brunswick Elementary invites parents to a number of activities that support the school's goals. Because this is also National Children's Book Week, many events will have a reading theme.

    On Marvelous Monday students will select poems to present at Friday assemblies and classes will list all the things kids read in a day. Totally Tuesday is "Body Language Day," when everyone wears clothing with words.


On Wonderful Wednesday, students will estimate the number of library books at the school. Thrilling Thursday's lunch will feature a Thanksgiving meal open to parents and relatives who have purchased tickets.

Fabulous Friday Classes present poems at an assembly in the cafeteria.

Principal Steve Lockard can be contacted at 1-240-236-2900.

  • Career & Technology Center teachers will submit nominations for the 2002-03 outstanding alumni awards. Nominees are graduates who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in careers related to their technical studies and those who have made contributions to the community or the Career & Technology Center.

    Principal Earl Miller Jr. can be contacted at 1-240-236-8500.

  • Catoctin High welcomes parents and visitors who want to see classrooms throughout the week, particularly urging parents of Catoctin students and of eighth-graders at Thurmont Middle to preview courses their children may wish to attend in future years.

    Principal Ann Bonitatibus can be contacted at 1-240-236-8100.

  • Kemptown Elementary invites families to visit. On Friday, students may dress as if they were in their future careers, and staff members are invited to wear shirts with their college insignia.

    Principal Steve Parsons can be contacted at 1-240-236-3500.

  • Lewistown Elementary students will wear particular colors to highlight each day's theme. On Monday, staff members and students will wear yellow to symbolize they are "happy to be in a school building a bright future."

    Tuesday's theme is "Education is Red Hot"; Wednesday's is "Go For Education" green. Thursday is "Reach For the Sky - Get a Good Education" day, and students will wear blue.

    Friday is "Career Dress-up Day."

    Principal Tess Blumenthal can be contacted at 1-301-898-8802.

  • Middletown Middle invites parents to visit throughout the week and to attend "coffee chat" Tuesday from 9 to 10 a.m. in the media center. The school is sponsoring a "community chat" that includes dinner and a program on family communication and teen friendship for sixth-graders and their parents (reservations required) Wednesday from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

    Principal Donna Faith can be contacted at 1-240-236-4200.

  • New Market Elementary celebrates the week with the theme "Paint Your World With Books," challenging students to reach 1,500 hours of reading time and hosting visiting readers throughout the week. If students reach the goal, the principal and other staff will have their faces painted in stripes.

    Principal Linda Hezlep can be contacted at 1-240-236-1300.

  • New Market Middle is combining American Education Week activities with Veterans Day recognition by inviting parents throughout the week and veterans to speak to students on Tuesday.

    Principal Carolyn Kimberlin can be contacted at 1-240-236-4600.

  • Oakdale Elementary classes are displaying favorite school memory stories Monday, recognizing support staff Wednesday, encouraging students to dress Thursday in a matter a future career would require and inviting parents to visit Thursday for a Thanksgiving meal, and celebrating school spirit Friday.

    Principal Dr. Judy Sherman can be contacted at 1-240-236-3300.

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