School briefs

September 01, 2003

Western Heights Middle school receives state award

Western Heights Middle School received a Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports Exemplar School Award from the Maryland State Department of Education.

The state's PBIS Leadership Team presented the award to Assistant Principal Jennifer Ruppenthal for outstanding work in implementing the program.

PBIS programs provide a schoolwide focus to behavior management to support positive learning environments for all students. Last year, more than 150 Maryland schools were implementing the PBIS process.

"Western Heights has completed its third year of implementing processes and systems that support the development and reinforcement of students' social skills," said Sharon Conley, school psychologist with Washington County Public Schools. "The measurable outcome is a significant reduction of office discipline referrals. Western Heights experienced a significant reduction of office referrals last year."

Open House planned at outdoor education center

An open house will be held at Fairview Outdoor Education Center on Saturday, Sept. 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


The event is open to the community but is aimed at fifth-graders and their parents.

Staff members will be available to answer questions about the programs at Fairview and the buildings will be open for everyone to see.

Fairview Outdoor Education Center provides curriculum and experiences for students to better understand and appreciate the environment in which they live.

Evening high school schedule changed at South High

A scheduling conflict at South Hagerstown High School has resulted in a change of the start date for the evening high school.

Classes will begin Thursday. The Monday/Wednesday class schedule will begin Monday, Sept. 8.

Weatherline forecast service available for area residents

Area residents can get free weather and school closing information by calling the Weatherline forecast service at 301-293-3939.

The service provides the time, temperature and area forecasts for the Hagerstown and Frederick, Md., areas 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The information includes severe weather watches and warnings when they exist.

The Weatherline forecast service also provides Washington County Schools closing information.

Hagerstown Trust sponsors the service in cooperation with Oldies 106.9 FM WARX.

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