County schools celebrate American Education Week


Prince George's County Public Schools are celebrating the National Education Association's American Education Week.

This year's theme, "Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility," encourages families, businesses and communities to get involved with their local schools.

According to county school officials, the week is also an opportunity to honor teachers, community leaders, parents and other individuals who work to ensure every child receives a quality education.

Several Laurel-area schools participated in the week's festivities. Wednesday, Nov. 14, was Visit Your Child's Classroom Day at Oaklands Elementary School, and Friday, Nov. 16, is Visitation Day at Montpelier Elementary School.

According to a school schedule, visitors to Montpelier are encouraged to wear their favorite college gear, and the day will kick off with a red, white and blue, patriotic-themed musical presentation from students. After the musical performance, parents will visit their children's classrooms.

Laurel High prepares for International Night

Students and staff at Laurel High School are preparing for International Night, scheduled for Nov. 30.

From 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., vendors will offer multicultural activities such as henna tattoos, along with refreshments, in the lobby of the school's auditorium. From 7 to 9 p.m., cultural groups from the school and community will perform on stage in the auditorium.

The event is sponsored by the Laurel High administrative team and the school's International Committee.

Admission is $5, and the community is encouraged to attend.

Deadline approaches for superintendent survey

The Prince George's County Board of Education continues to seek community input in its search for a new superintendent, but the deadline to take an online survey is fast approaching.

According to a news release from the school system, the survey will be available online until the close of business Tuesday, Nov. 20.

The survey, available at states its purpose as gathering "public perception on the importance of various characteristics commonly found in effective superintendents." All the information gathered will be used by board members to determine desired traits of the next superintendent.

Former Superintendent William Hite left Prince George's schools earlier this fall to take the top job with the Philadelphia School District. Alvin Crawley was named interim superintendent earlier this year, and will lead the school system until a permanent superintendent is named in the spring.

Laurel students participate in Teen Court

Laurel High students who take part in Teen Court are scheduled to journey to Upper Marlboro on Thursday, Nov. 15, to participate in an actual juvenile court case at Prince George's County District Court.

Working with volunteer attorneys from the Assistant State's Attorney's Office, the teen volunteers will perform the roles of defense counsel, prosecutor, bailiff, clerk and jurors at Teen Court, from 5 to 8 p.m.

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