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School briefs

December 12, 2005

Greenbrier Elementary receives National PTA award



Greenbrier Elementary School has received the National PTA Parent Involvement School of Excellence Award.

The Maryland PTA recognized the school and its PTA on Nov. 17 during the annual state PTA conference at Turf Valley Resort.

Parents and school representatives were there to accept the award. Schools that are recognized have outstanding parent involvement practices based on the National PTA's Standards for Parents/Family Involvement programs.




Two schools receive Character Education awards



Hickory Elementary School and Western Heights Middle School have received Character Education School of the Year awards from the Maryland Center for Character Education.

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Each school showcased its activities at the awards luncheon held Dec. 1 in Timonium, Md., by preparing exhibits about character education practices at the schools.




Schools receive awards in communication contest



Washington County Public Schools received 4 awards in the 2004-05 communication contest sponsored by the Chesapeake Chapter of the National School Public Relations Association.

The contest recognizes outstanding communications produced by school districts in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia.

The local school system received the following awards:

  • Award of Excellence for the Internet Home Page in the Internet category

  • Award of Excellence for "Stewards of Change 2004," a back-to-school video message in the video category

  • Award of Merit for "Newsflash from the Superintendent" in the employee communications category

  • Award of Merit for "Advocacy Toolkit" in the financial publications category.


Carol Mowen, the school system's public information officer, accepted the awards at the association's fall conference.




Summer Reading Club members have ice cream party



Cheryl Valentine, media specialist at Winter Street Elementary School, hosted an ice cream party for the students who were finishers in the Washington County Free Library Summer Reading Club.

To earn the distinction, the children were required to read a minimum of 10 library books and complete a variety of reading-related activities on a library game board.

Reading Club Finishers were Dallas Burger, Breanne Carter, Abigail Chaney, Tyler Chaney, Anna Graver, Eric Hutzell, Heaver-leigh Kees, James Penley, Bathany Pruchinewski, Sara Saunders and Bridget Stevenson.

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