Media Advisory: PGCPS Celebrates American Education Week

Media Advisory

PGCPS Celebrates American Education Week
November 9, 2012
For Immediate Release
Office of Communications
American Education Week
Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS)
American Education Week
Monday, November 12 - Friday, November 16, 2012 (NOTE: School closed for students on Nov. 12)
Various school sites (see list below)
Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) will join school districts nationwide in celebrating American Education Week. Sponsored by the National Education Association (NEA), the goal of the annual event is to raise awareness of the importance of providing every child in America with a quality public education.

This year’s theme – “Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility” – encourages all Americans to get involved in education at their local schools. Through the support of families, businesses and communities, students will receive the support and resources they need to achieve in the twenty-first century.

American Education Week also provides an opportunity to honor teachers, leaders, parents and individuals for their efforts to ensure that every child receives a quality education. For more information, click here to visit the NEA website.

The following is a list of some American Education Week activities in PGCPS:

Date/Time School Activity
Nov. 12-16
7:45 a.m. - 1:55 p.m.
Barnaby Manor ES
2411 Owens Rd.
Oxon Hill
11/12 - Veterans’ Day - Veterans will share tea with the staff and principal.
11/13 (9-10 a.m.) - Parents’ Day - Parents will have coffee and conversation with the principal.
11/14 - Education Support Professionals Day - Public announcements will salute education support professionals.
11/15 - Educator for a Day - Parents and community members will be “teachers” for the day.
11/16 - Substitutes Day - Public announcements will salute substitutes.
Nov. 13-16
9:30-3:40 p.m.
James Ryder Randall MS
5410 Kirby Rd.
11/13 - Visitation Day/Salute to Parents/Guardians
Throughout the week, teachers, administrators, support staff, bus drivers, parents/guardians, students, and more will be highlighted each day. All students in grades K-5 will complete a writing assignment that details how their school is the best school on Earth.
Nov. 13-16
8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
North Forestville ES 11/13 - Education Support Professionals Day - Students will recognition support personnel with thank you notes and cards.
11/14 - Parent’s Day Open House
11/15 - Educator for a Day
11/16 - Teacher for a Day - students will be selected by the Educators for a Day to be teacher for the day
Nov. 13-16
7:45-8 a.m.
Panorama ES
2002 Callaway St.
Temple Hills
11/13-17 - American Education Board with Students' Essays - Students will read essays during the school’s morning news broadcast each day.
11/16 (8 a.m.-2 p.m.) - Parent Visitation Day - Parents will visit their child’s classroom.
Nov. 13-16
8:15 a.m. - 2:25 p.m.
Glassmanor ES
410 Marcy Ave.
Oxon Hill
11/13 - Hat Day - Students will wear hats to kick off and celebrate the HATS (Helping All To Succeed) Off to Education theme.
11/14 - Salute Support Professionals Day & Schoolwide Writing Day - Students will recognize support professionals and write about what education means to them.
11/15 - College Day - Teachers will wear their college or university t-shirt or colors and use technology to share information about their school with students. Students will also wear the colors of their teacher's school.
11/16 - Dress Up Day & Thanksgiving Luncheon - Students will dress up and parents will join them for lunch.
Nov. 13-16 William Wirt MS
6200 Tuckerman St.
11/13 - Writing Activity - Students will write about “What I like about my school... What I would do to improve my school...”
11/14 - Breakfast With Parents
11/15 - Thank You Cards for Teachers and Staff - students will make thank you cards for teachers and staff
11/16 - Give the School a Hug - Students and staff will circle the school during sixth period to give their school a hug.
Nov. 13-16
9 a.m. - 3:10 p.m.
Accokeek Academy
14400 Berry Rd.
11/13 - Fashion Disaster Day - Students will wear crazy clothes and write thank you letters to parents or a special adult for supporting their education.
11/14 - Crazy Hat Day - Students will write in word bubbles what it means to them to be college bound.
11/15 - students will dress to represent the careers they aspire to.
11/16 - Role Reversal Day - Selected students will take the role of a staff member for the day.
11/17 - College T-Shirt or Sweatshirt Day - Staff vs. students basketball game in the afternoon.
Nov. 13-17
7:45 a.m. - 1:55 p.m.
Lamont ES
7101 Good Luck Rd.
New Carrollton
11/13 - It's Cool To Be In School Day
11/14 - Wear Sunglasses Wednesday
11/15 - I Will Go to College Day - Students will wear college gear.
11/16 - I Am the Future Day - Students will dress to represent their future careers.
11/17 - Fall Into a Good Education Day - Students will dress down and participate in a Fall Turkey Trot on the school field.
Nov. 13
9:15 a.m. - 3:25 p.m.
Paint Branch ES
Media Center
5103 Pierce Ave.
College Park
Donuts With Dad, Muffins With Mom - Parents will enjoy a light breakfast and observe their students’ classes.
Nov. 13
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Baden ES
13601 Baden Westwood Rd.
Parent Visitation Day - Parents will visit their child’s classroom.
Nov. 13
6:30-8:30 p.m.
William Paca ES
7801 Sheriff Rd.
Books, Bears, & Blanket Literacy and Math Night - Parent will participate in reading and math activities that will enhance their ability to assist their child/children at home with reading and math.
Nov. 14
7:30 - 10 a.m.
Rose Valley ES
9800 Jacqueline Dr.
Ft. Washington
Parents Day - Parents will visit the classroom to experience firsthand what a school day is like for their child.
Nov. 14
8 a.m. - 1:55 p.m.
Oaklands ES
13710 Laurel-Bowie Rd.
Visit Your Child’s Classroom Day - Parents will visit their child's classroom.
Nov. 15
8:15 a.m. - 2:25 p.m.
Rockledge ES
7701 Laurel Bowie Rd.
Parent Day - Parents will visit their child’s classroom.
Nov. 15
9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Flintstone ES
800 Comanche Dr.
Oxon Hill
Principal for a Day - Community partners will participate in various school-wide activities, including participating in a Learning Walk.
Nov. 15
10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Valley View ES
5500 Danby Dr.
Oxon Hill
Educator for a Day - Community members, parents, family members, spouses and college students will shadow teachers to experience a day in the life of an educator.
Nov. 15
6:30 p.m.
Rosa Parks ES
6111 Ager Rd.

Crazy Hair and Hat Reading Night - In partnership with the University of Maryland, students and parents will participate in engaging reading and literacy activities! Students will wear "crazy hats and crazy hair" to show their love for reading.
Nov. 13 & 15
Turning Point Academy Public Charter School
7800 Good Luck Rd.
11/13 (8 a.m.-3 p.m.)- Parent’s Day -Parents will take part in a welcome reception in the front office, engage in classroom activities, get homework help tips, learn about SchoolMax and meet the School Guidance Counselor and Character Education Coordinator to gather resources for food, shelter and care groups.
11/15 (6:30-8 p.m.) - Parent Discovery Night (Character Education for Parents) - Parents will engage in activities about goal setting and Unique Potential which defines their Destiny. Parents will answer questions, network and be given tools which will equip them with the preparation for themselves on their job as well as with their childrens goals for the future. Gear Up For 60 will be highlighted that day also for Physical Fitness Demonstrations as well as eating healthy.
Nov. 15
7 p.m.
James Madison MS
Media Center
7300 Woodyard Rd.
Upper Marlboro
IB Showcase and Open House Night - The JMMS community will have the opportunity to visit the school and see the IB Project Exhibit featuring projects from first quarter. Extracurricular activities and clubs will also be featured.
Nov. 16
7:45 a.m.
Thomas Claggett ES
2001 Addison Road South
District Heights
Essay Contest Winners Announcement - Winners of the Essay Contest: "What Makes Thomas Claggett A GREAT Public School" will be announced. The top 3 essays will be read during the morning announcements.
Nov. 16
8-9:15 a.m.
Parkdale HS
6001 Good Luck Rd.
Donuts for Dads - Students will invite their fathers or mentors to school to enjoy a hot cup of coffee and tour their child’s classes before going to work.
Nov. 16
9:30-11:30 a.m.
Montpelier ES
9200 Muirkirk Rd.
Visitation Day - The school will host a visitation day with a red, white and blue patriotic-themed musical presentation from students followed by classroom visits. Parents and visitors will wear their favorite college gear.


Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS), one of the nation's 25 largest school districts, has 209 schools and centers, more than 129,000 students and nearly 19,000 employees. Under the leadership of Chief Executive Officer Dr. Kevin M. Maxwell, the school system serves a diverse student population from urban, suburban and rural communities located in the Washington, DC suburbs. PGCPS is nationally recognized for innovative programs and initiatives that provide students with unique learning opportunities, including arts integration, environmental and financial literacy, and language immersion.