Education briefs

October 14, 2002

Hickory Elementary holding Basket Bingo

The Hickory Elementary School PTA will hold a Basket Bingo on Sunday, Nov. 10 at the Williamsport Redmen's Club. The cost is $20 per person and includes a chicken dinner and 20 games of bingo.

The doors open at 11:30 a.m. with lunch at 12:30 p.m. Bingo begins at approximately 1:30 p.m. No one under the age of 18 will be admitted. Tickets are required. Call Hickory at 301-766-8198 for information.

Oct. 31 deadline to apply

Oct. 31 is the deadline to apply for a nomination for 2003 admission to one of the U.S. Service Academies.

Eligible and interested West Virginians should contact their Congressman or Congresswoman. Admission to all U.S. Service Academies - Air Force, Military (West Point), Navy, Merchant Marine - except Coast Guard, requires a nomination by a member of Congress.


Pangborn Elementary School holding special sessions for parents

Pangborn Elementary School will hold two special sessions for parents to learn about how to support their children's literacy development and reading skills.

Parents of Kindergarten students are invited to attend a "Kinder Coaches" program today beginning at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria. The session includes information about reading to children, explaining concepts of print, written language development, phonics and the We Love Books Reading Program.

Parents of first grade students are invited to attend the Partners in Print session on Wednesday, Oct. 23, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Parents will receive information on how they can support literacy development at home.

ACT Assessment registrations

College-bound high school students who want to take the ACT Assessment have two chances to register before the Dec. 14 test date. The postmark registration deadline is Friday, Nov. 8. There also is a late registration postmark deadline on Nov. 21 (an additional fee is required for late registration). Students can get information from their high school counselor or register online at

ACT scores are accepted by virtually all colleges in the nation, including all Ivy League schools. A student's ACT scores are considered by colleges for admissions and course placement, along with several other important factors including high school GPA, college prep courses taken in high school, extracurricular activities, personal background and other information. The test fee is $25 ($28 in Florida).

To learn more about the ACT Assessment, including registration forms and test locations, contact your high school counselor or go to the ACT Web site (, which also offers useful tips, sample tests and the opportunity to order inexpensive test prep materials.

Career education days scheduled

The Learning Community of Hagerstown Community College and Washington County Public Schools will host career education days for high school students during this academic year. Four half-day sessions will be held at HCC to introduce students to the educational requirements, financial aid possibilities, and career pathways available for students to pursue.

Educational careers, with an emphasis on teaching, will be the focus of the first career day on Friday, Oct. 25. It will address early childhood, elementary, and secondary education opportunities through speakers from HCC and the WCPS. Other career days include health occupations on Nov. 22, computer and information technology on Feb. 7, 2003, and law and administration of justice on April 11, 2003.

For information, contact any Washington County high school counselor or HCC at 301-790-2800, extension 320.

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