School briefs

January 20, 2003

Adult classes in English for Speakers of Other Languages

Adult classes in English for Speakers of Other Languages are being offered free through Washington County Public Schools on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Classes are held in the Alternative Learning Center, also known as H Building, at South Hagerstown High School and run continuously each week.

The classes are for everyone who would like to improve his or her command of the English language. For information, call Kimberly Brown at 301-766-2927.

The Western Maryland Regional Destination Imagination Tournament, sponsored by the public school systems in Frederick and Washington counties, has been set for Saturday, March 15, at South Hagerstown High School in Hagerstown.


Teams will perform from 9 a.m. until approximately 2:40 p.m. The awards ceremony will begin at 4 p.m.

Thirty-five teams will compete, including 19 from Washington County and 16 from Frederick County. Participants in the Western Regional Tournament include students in grades 2-12.

The purpose of the Destination Imagination program is to provide students the opportunity to expand in a nontraditional way on the skills and knowledge they have learned. The program fosters creativity and teamwork.

Eighth Graders' Day on the Job is Feb.3

The annual Eighth Graders' Day on the Job activity, co-sponsored the Washington County Board of Education and the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce, is scheduled Monday, Feb. 3.

Day on the Job is a business-education partnership program that gives eighth-grade students a chance to spend a workday on the job with their parents or an interested relative or other adult.

"Our Eighth Grade Day on the Job activity is modeled after Maryland's Ground Hog Job Shadow Day," said Sharon Chirgott, Academy and Career Connections Program resource teacher. "Locally, we targeted eighth graders for this activity because students chose career clusters as seventh graders and are now making scheduling decisions for high school based on their career interests."

Maryland's Ground Hog Job Shadow Day is part of a national movement that involves America's Promise, American Society of Association Executives and Junior Achievement.

Dr. Nancy Grasnick, state superintendent of schools, said job shadowing helps students connect classrooms to the workplace and provides a good understanding of training and education required for career advancement.

In Washington County, approximately 1,620 students will be involved in the Day on the Job activity. Nationally, more than 1 million students are expected to participate in a job shadowing experience.

For information or to volunteer to mentor a student for the day, contact Chirgott at 301-766-2956 or by e-mail,

Students may enter Black History contest

Area high school students may enter the 12th annual Black History Month Community Commitment Oratory Contest sponsored by WJZ 13 and The Baltimore Museum of Art.

Open to students in grades nine through 12, the Black History Month Community Commitment Oratory Contest pays tribute to Black History Month and accomplishments of African-American leaders. The deadline for submissions is Jan. 31.

Contestants are asked to choose one of the following quotations and write about its personal impact on them in an original essay:

  • "Remember your roots, your history and the forebearers' shoulders on which you stand." - Marian Wright Edelman.

  • "To deny any person their human rights is to challenge their very humanity." - Nelson Mandela

  • "It is not your environment, it is you - the quality of your mind, the integrity of your soul and the determination of your will - that will decide your future and shape your life." - Benjamin E. Mays

  • "Our strength is our diversity and so is America's." - Ron Brown

Three cash awards will be presented. The top finalist receives a Baltimore Museum of Art family membership. All finalists receive certificates and passes to The Baltimore Museum of Art.

Essays must contain an opening thesis supported by examples and a conclusion. They must be typed and double-spaced, and only one entry per student will be accepted.

A panel of judges will select up to 20 finalists who will have a two- to three-minute time limit on their oral presentations, which will be delivered before judges and an audience assembled on Sunday, Feb. 9, at 2 p.m. at the Baltimore Museum of Art. The snow date is March 2 at 2 p.m.

Entries should be mailed by Jan. 31 to: 2003 Black History Month Community Commitment Oratory Contest, c/o WJZ 13, 3725 Malden Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21211

For more information, call WJZ 13's public affairs office at 1-410-578-7571.

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