School briefs

June 02, 2003

Board of education seeks customer satisfaction grade

The Washington County Board of Education is seeking input on customer satisfaction during the 2002-2003 school year.

Customer satisfaction surveys are available at each school and department in the system.

To receive a "Give Us a Grade" satisfaction survey, visit any school or the Board of Education's administrative offices on Commonwealth Avenue or call 301-766-2996.

The "Give Us a Grade" survey cards provide parents and guardians the opportunity to rate departments and schools in several areas and also provide a space for written comments.

Schedule listed for end of school year

Washington County Board of Education officials have issued a listing for the final days of the 2002-2003 school year. The end of the year schedule is:


June 6: Last day for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students.

June 9: 2 1/2-hour-early dismissal for students in grades one through 12.

June 10: 2 1/2-hour-early dismissal for students in grades one through 12.

June 11: Last day for students in grades one through 12, 2 1/2-hour-early dismissal.

June 12 and 13: Graduation days.

June 13: Last day for teachers.

Teachers will participate in staff development activities during the afternoons of June 9 to 11. In addition, staff development activities will be held on June 12 and 13.

Universities at Shady Grove plan open house

The Universities at Shady Grove will host an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 17, for those interested in upper-level, undergraduate programs or graduate programs.

Daytime, evening and weekend classes are offered at USG from eight of the University System of Maryland's (USM) institutions. Admission and transfer counselors will be available to answer questions.

For information and directions, contact USM Shady Grove Center, 9630 Gudelsky Drive, Rockville, Md., 1-301-738-6023 or go to on the Web.

HCC testing center given national recognition

Hagerstown Community College's Information Technology Testing Center, administered by HCC Center for Continuing Education, has been recognized as one of the year's top 10 national sites by industry partner Certiport. The recognition reflects the center's overall level of IT test delivery and the college's commitment to student success in the classroom and on nationally sponsored technology exams.

The IT testing center proctors computer-based exams for Microsoft's Office Specialist certification. The office specialist designation from Microsoft helps document a student's skills through standardized testing on Office applications such as Word and Excel. The testing complements preparatory courses for the exams offered through the Computer Information System program and the Center for Continuing Education's schedule.

The testing center has also begun to offer the new Internet and Computer Core (IC3) certification, which serves as an introductory benchmark for student skills on computer basics, applications and the Internet. In addition, HCC has participated with Certiport on a pilot project with the American Council on Education and the IC3 exams. Several students from HCC who passed the exams applied to ACE through Certiport to receive college credit for the IC3, similar to the credit offered by ACE for the Office Specialist program.

For information on course offerings or the IT testing center, call Jack Drooger at 301-790-2800, ext. 453.

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