El Dorado Public Schools will observe American Education Week November 12-16. American Education Week celebrates public education and honors individuals who are making a difference in ensuring that every child receives a quality education. Mayor Frank Hash will kick-off the week by proclaiming the city’s observance of the nationally recognized focus on education at the district’s school board meeting on November 12.
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 14. 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. Promise Director Sylvia Thompson will visit Retta Brown 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. Washington Middle School Students will do special units on study skills and preparation for college.
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 educational quotes and videos that will be shared school-wide. Teachers at these schools will be appreciated throughout the week with school-wide recognition and luncheons. Northwest will choose students to serve as Educators and Substitute Educators for the day and encourage students to write thank you notes to their teachers.
There will be a variety of opportunities for parents and community members to get involved in American Education Week at our elementary schools. Hugh Goodwin will host its annual Veteran’s Day Parade on Monday, November 12. Yocum will present their Arkansas Travelers program on Wednesday, November 14 at 9:30 a.m. at the Municipal Auditorium. Retta Brown will host its annual Thanksgiving Dinner at EHS for its students and their families.
To focus on the importance of reading and writing in education, students at Yocum will have a Book Character Parade and Hugh Goodwin students will enjoy a Book Fair throughout the week. Washington Middle School will recognize students for outstanding performance in reading and math.
American Education Week is a great time to express your appreciation to teachers and the great work they do.