School briefs

October 24, 2005

Cheer, dance competition scheduled at North High

North Hagerstown High School will host a cheer and dance competition for school, all-star, college and recreation cheerleaders and dancers Saturday, Nov. 12, beginning at 1 p.m.

The competition offers 99 divisions. Registration is necessary.

The event is sponsored by the Eastern Cheer and Dance Association.

All cheerleaders and dancers must have completed and signed the Eastern Medical Waiver and Release of Liability forms to participate.

For information, call the Eastern Cheer and Dance Association at 800-940-4322; send e-mail to; or go to

Bester Elementary students contribute art to bookplates

Bester Elementary School students, under the guidance of Library Media Specialist Diane Mentzer, recently provided drawings and writings to be placed on the bookplates of books being donated by Scholastic Inc. to the Humanity Plaza project in New York City.

Habitat for Humanity volunteers in New York City worked around the clock in Rockefeller Plaza, renamed Humanity Plaza, during the week of Sept. 26, building homes for families displaced by Gulf Coast hurricanes.


Scholastic Inc. donated 100 children's books, each featuring student drawings and writings, for each of those homes.

Bester students in grades one through five also wrote or drew "welcome home" messages. These letters will be placed in the books that are donated.

Nine Washington County schools receive $500 ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Grants

Nine local schools each have been awarded a $500 ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Grant for instructional programs, according to a Washington County Public Schools press release.

The ExxonMobil Corp. provides Exxon retailers such as Mark Fulton, vice president of AC&T, the opportunity to invest in the community through educational grants to neighborhood schools from the Exxon or Mobil stations that serve them.

Locally, the partnerships include:

  • Pangborn Elementary School and Dual Highway Exxon

  • Lincolnshire Elementary School and Travel Center (Halfway Boulevard)

  • Smithsburg Elementary School and Smithsburg Exxon

  • Boonsboro Elementary School and Boonsboro Exxon

  • Winter Street Elementary School and Burhans Exxon

  • Paramount Elementary School and Longmeadow Exxon

  • Williamsport Elementary School and Williamsport Exxon No. 1

  • Springfield Middle School and Williamsport Exxon No. 2

  • Hancock Elementary School and Big Pool Exxon

A total of 4,000 grants were made available to schools across the country through the program.

Evenings with the Board planned with Washington County Board of Education

The 2005-06 Evenings with the Board, an annual series of community meetings hosted by the Washington County Board of Education, will begin Tuesday at Williamsport Elementary School.

Parents, community members, teachers, administrators and support staff in the Williamsport, Hancock and Clear Spring area are invited to attend.

A light dinner will be served from 5:30 to 6 p.m., and child-care services will be available.

The schedule continues Feb. 28, 2006, at Western Heights Middle School for the North Hagerstown and South Hagerstown high school areas, along with Marshall Street School, Job Development Program at Marshall Street, Antietam Academy, Washington County Technical High School and Robinwood Early Childhood Center.

The final meeting will be April 11, 2006, at Smithsburg Middle School for the Smithsburg and Boonsboro high school systems.

Students and staff raise more than $62,000 in series of fundraisers for Katrina victims

Washington County Public Schools students and staff have raised $62,597 in a series of fundraisers to help victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Schools conducted coin collections, bike-a-thons, challenges and other events to raise the money.

Highlights of the efforts include $11,000 from Boonsboro Elementary School and $4,000 each from Funkstown and Williamsport elementary schools, according to a press release from the school system.

Other schools, such as Northern Middle School, collected bottled water and other necessities. Western Heights Middle School collected two truckloads of food, clothing and other essentials. Hancock Middle/Senior High School adopted a school in Purvis, Miss., and collected donations for that school.

Efforts continue throughout the school system, including a planned Nov. 2 choral concert at Boonsboro High School.

Fountain Rock students learn about dinosaurs through Maryland Science Center program

How do scientists know that dinosaurs ever roamed the earth?

A Maryland Science Center program answered that and other questions recently for kindergartners, and first- and second-graders at Fountain Rock Elementary School.

The program utilized puppets, fossils and interactive props to show the students how rocks, bones and tracks help scientists search for answers about these extinct creatures.

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