School board briefs

October 20, 2004|by SCOTT BUTKI

More students taking advanced classes

The number of Washington County Public Schools students taking advanced courses at the elementary, middle and high school levels is increasing, the Washington County Board of Education was told Tuesday.

Overall, the school system is also offering more courses for advanced students, said Roger Giles, director of funded and special programs.

Students previously described as being "gifted" or "talented" are now called "advanced," Deputy Superintendent Patricia Abernethy said.

Advanced students are those who can learn content at a faster speed than most students, Giles said.

The school system has more classes for advanced students to give students more options as well as to meet the No Child Left Behind Act legislation, which requires school systems to challenge all students - even those already more advanced than others, Giles said.

Board members Tuesday also heard from Geoffrey Huntoon, 13, who was part of a pilot program last year in which seventh-grade students took algebra.


Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan asked how he would respond to critics who say schools are pushing students to learn too fast while still young.

Huntoon said only the more advanced students were allowed to participate in the algebra program.

Asked his career plans by one board member, Huntoon said he is considering a career as an astrophysicist.

Student enrollment talk set for Nov. 9

The next Evening with the Board, on Nov. 9, will be on the topic of increased student enrollment, Washington County Board of Education member Bernadette Wagner said.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. at North Hagerstown High School, he said.

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