School briefs

August 11, 2003

Ceremony planned for Karen Worthington

In a ceremony Tuesday at 7 p.m., Karen Worthington will receive her diploma as a member of the class of 2003 at Clear Spring High School.

The 18-year-old missed graduating with her class on June 12 because of an automobile accident two days earlier that led to a monthlong stay at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

The public is invited to attend.

Dress code policy specifics available at retail stores

The Washington County Public Schools system is providing information about the new systemwide dress code policy to area merchants and families.

Fliers noting the specifics of the policy have been provided to Valley Mall, Prime Outlets, Target, Kmart and Wal-Mart stores in Hagerstown.


Merchants may request copies of the dress code by calling the Public Information Office at 301-766-2996.

In addition, families will receive information about the policy in the mail along with information from the Food and Nutrition Services department concerning free and reduced meal applications. The policy also is included in the countywide handbook, which will be provided to all families at the beginning of the school year.

Grace Academy will receive educational services from Bob Jones University

Grace Academy has become a BJ LINC school in the chain of educational services offered by Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C.

The school recently joined the Live Interactive Network Classroom, commonly known as BJ LINC. The service is an interactive learning system available to Christian schools nationwide.

BJ LINC uses digital and satellite technology to deliver daily lessons live from the Bob Jones campus to high school classrooms across the United States. Lessons are presented so material is available in each time zone, from east to west.

Grace Academy's administrator, the Rev. N. Lynn Wakefield, said the school will offer physics to its students through BJ LINC.

Some Frederick County schools plan earlier days

FREDERICK, Md. - As the result of a new, cost-saving bus transportation schedule being introduced Monday, Aug. 25, all Frederick County public middle and high schools and five elementary schools will start at least 30 minutes earlier than last school year.

All high schools, including the new Tuscarora High, will start at 7:30 a.m. and dismiss around 2:20 p.m. Middle schools - with the exception of Thurmont, which will start at 7:30 a.m. - will start around 8 a.m. and dismiss around 3 p.m. Thurmont Middle will dismiss at 2:30 p.m.

The following elementary and primary schools have new schedules starting this year:

  • Monocacy Elementary. 8:35 a.m. to 3:05 p.m. for grades one to five, 8:35 to 11:05 a.m. for morning pre-kindergarten and kindergarten, and 12:35 to 3:05 p.m. for afternoon pre-kindergarten and kindergarten.

  • Emmitsburg Elementary. 8:40 a.m. to 3:10 p.m. for kindergarten through grade 5, 8:40 to 11:10 a.m. for morning pre-kindergarten, 12:40 to 3:10 p.m. for afternoon pre-kindergarten.

  • Sabillasville Elementary. 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for grades one to five, 12:30 to 3 p.m. for kindergarten.

  • Thurmont Primary. 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for grades one and two, 8:30 to 11 a.m. for morning pre-kindergarten and kindergarten, 12:30 to 3 p.m. for afternoon pre-kindergarten and kindergarten.

  • Thurmont Elementary. 8:40 a.m. to 3:10 p.m.

All remaining elementary schools will stay on the same schedules as last year. Parents may direct specific questions to individual schools.

Students should arrive at school no sooner than 30 minutes before classes begin and leave the grounds within 30 minutes of dismissal.

For details about bus route and schedule changes, see the maps on display at all Frederick County public schools, or go to on the Web.

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