El Dorado Public Schools is observing American Education Week November 18-22. American Education Week celebrates public education and honors individuals who are making a difference in ensuring that every child receives a quality education. Mayor Veronica Smith-Creer kicked-off the week by proclaiming the city’s observance of the nationally recognized focus on education at El Dorado High School on Monday morning, then visited one of the school's science classes to participate in a demonstration on waves.
American Education Week allows teachers and students to specifically focus on the importance of their education and on furthering their education after high school. “With the unique El Dorado Promise Scholarship available to all EHS graduates, higher education is something that is talked about on a daily basis in our schools,” said Superintendent Jim Tucker.
As part of American Education Week, conversation about higher education will continue with teachers and students at all El Dorado Schools wearing college t-shirts and having teachers share about their college experiences on Wednesday, November 20. Additionally, students at all elementary schools will have opportunities to research college and careers and then write about what career paths interest them. Yocum and Hugh Goodwin Elementary will invite community members to talk to students about their college experience and their chosen careers. Students at Washington Middle School will be studying various STEM careers such as geologists, film-making, seismologist, and environmental engineering. Promise Director Sylvia Thompson will visit Retta Brown and Yocum to talk to students about how the El Dorado Promise will help further their education. Northwest Elementary students will write thank you notes to Murphy Oil for the El Dorado Promise.
Throughout the week, all El Dorado Schools will recognize teachers and support staff for their dedication to public education. Barton Junior High and El Dorado High School will encourage staff and students through artwork, educational testimonies and quotes that will be shared school-wide. Teachers at these schools will be appreciated throughout the week with school-wide recognition and luncheons.
Students at all levels will have a variety of opportunities to practice their writing skills and show their gratitude to teachers, school staff, community members and business partners by writing thank you notes. High School students will write paragraphs about their most inspiring teacher and selected ones will be read over the intercom.
American Education Week is a great time to express your appreciation to teachers and the great work they do.