School briefs

January 31, 2005

Young Authors' Contest winners announced

Washington County Public Schools listed the winners in the annual Young Authors' Contest.

The competition is sponsored by the State of Maryland International Reading Association Council, with local involvement by the Washington County Reading Council. All entries were scored by Washington County Public Schools Student Achievement specialists.

Grade 6

· Poetry - Kayla Anderson, Smithsburg Middle, "Those Who Listen."

· Short Story - James Firestein, Clear Spring Middle, "Opposite House."

Grade 7

· Poetry - Elizabeth Kramer, Northern Middle, "Broken Dreams."

· Short Story - Anna Baldasarre, Smithsburg Middle, "Lexie's Story."

Grade 8


· Poetry - Katherine Mittag, Smithsburg Middle, "Baby Blue is the Thought of Living Happily Ever After."

· Short Story - Laurel Keys, Springfield Middle, "Princess of the Night.

Honorable mentions:

Grade 6

· Poetry - Brooke Miles, Clear Spring Middle; Laura Wagner, Northern Middle.

Grade 7

· Poetry - Libby Henry, Boonsboro Middle; Evan Dennis, Smithsburg Middle; Laura Bell, Northern Middle.

County winners will be honored at the Washington County Reading Council's spring banquet. State winners are to be announced Feb. 26.

Lincolnshire Elementary receives Circuit City gift car

Martin's Food Markets recently awarded a $2,000 Circuit City gift card to Lincolnshire Elementary School.

The gift card was the grand prize in the A+ School Rewards contest. It will be used to purchase equipment for the school.

E.G. Marshall from the Wesel Boulevard Martin's store presented the gift card to Lincolnshire Principal Darlene Teach, Assistant Principal Amy Norris and several students, at a ceremony at the school.

Each participating school that generated at least 100 signups in the Martin's program automatically was entered for a chance to win the grand prize.

Lincolnshire also was awarded 2,000 A+ School Reward points. Pangborn Elementary was one of two schools in the region to receive second place prizes of 1,000 A+ School Reward points.

Schools in the program will receive a check for the total amount earned by May 21.

Eighth-graders Day-on-the-Job activity slated for Wednesday

The annual eighth-graders Day-on-the-Job activity, co-sponsored by the Washington County Board of Education and the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce, is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 2.

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

Approximately 1,600 students in Washington County will be involved in the activity.

Sharon Chirgott, Career Technology Education Resource Teacher, said school officials hope that Day on the Job activities are not adversely affected by inclement weather.

"A two-hour delay for inclement weather should not affect Day on the Job," Chirgott said. "Students are encouraged to accompany their parents on whatever the parents' work schedule would be. The same is true in the event that schools are closed."

She said there is no makeup date if inclement weather is a factor.

More information can be obtained by contacting Chirgott at 301-766-2956, or by sending e-mail to

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