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Schools welcome parents, hold special events for American Education Week
11/30/10

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The week of November 14, 2010 marked the 89th annual celebration of American Education Week, an educational week observed in all communities for the purpose of informing the public of the accomplishments and needs of the public schools and to secure the cooperation and support of the public in meeting those needs.

Baltimore County schools were open to parents and the general community, with tours, special events, and classroom visits putting the focus on educators and students.  The highlights below are just small sample of the celebrations that took place.

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Woodbridge Elementary School
On Wednesday, November 17, as part of American Education Week, Maryland author Jennifer Keats Curtis read to students and talked about helping animals of the Chesapeake Bay during a visit to Woodbridge Elementary School in Catonsville. Curtis is an award-winning author of many children’s books relating to Maryland’s environment, including “Oshus and Shelley Save the Bay” and “Turtles in My Sandbox.”

Chapel Hill Elementary School
Staying after school is the cool thing to do at Chapel Hill Elementary, during American Education Week and throughout the year. There are many opportunities for students to further develop personal interests and talents through after school clubs. Dedicated Chapel Hill faculty members organize, plan, and supervise the events and activities for the students so the learning and fun never seems to end. During the 2010-2011 school year, the following clubs are offered: Lego Club; Instrumental Club; Literacy Club; Black Saga; Kreative Kids; Music Sensations; Music and Movement; and Math 24 Club.

Bedford Elementary School
On Thursday, November 18, to coincide with American Education Week, Bedford Elementary School held its first ever Fall Festival. The theme of the festival incorporated elements of a carnival and the fall harvest time.

Rodgers Forge Elementary School
Parents and community members were welcomed to Rodgers Forge Elementary School in Towson during American Education Week, where they visited classrooms and participated in learning projects with students.

Jacksonville Elementary School
On Friday November 19, Jacksonville Elementary hosted Dr. Bindschadler.  The NASA Emeritus Scientist has spent 38 years studying Antarctica. His stories and findings fascinated all the Jacksonville students. In preparation for his visit, all library classes previewed the IMAX film “Antarctica,” in which Dr. Bindschadler is featured.

Vincent Farm Elementary School
Students at Vincent Farm Elementary conducted tours of the school for visitors and special guests, showing off technology and educational initiatives in the two-year-old building.

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