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Open-house event held at Antietam Academy

November 28, 2005

An open-house event Nov. 15 at Antietam Academy showcased and celebrated several strides forward, according to an academy press release.

Three months ago, there was little more than steel framework and dangling wires in the lower level of Western Heights Middle School. Antietam Academy's middle school program was relocated to that location over the summer from its home last year in the lower level of South Hagerstown High school.

Since that time, Antietam Academy, a program for Washington County at-risk and special needs students, has come further than having its drywall and painting completed.

Parents were invited by the faculty to celebrate the opening of the program's first library, attend its first annual book fair, share in exhibitions of creativity from the English Language Arts and Fine Arts departments, and also to talk about issues affecting at-risk youth.

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Washington County Schools Superintendant Elizabeth Morgan was on hand to speak to parents and students in the morning, kicking off a rotation of presentations from the school's staff and students.

Students in Language Arts classes played percussion instruments and gave selected readings, student artwork was displayed in a new gallery area, and a guidance counselor hosted brief presentations on bullying, harassment and teen suicide.

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