School briefs

January 30, 2006

Williamsport engineering programs certified by UMBC

WILLIAMSPORT - The University of Maryland-Baltimore County and the Maryland State Department of Education have recognized Williamsport High School with certification of the school's Project Lead the Way Pre-Engineering and Engineering Technology Program.

The program met the standards of quality set by UMBC, according to a press release from Washington County Public Schools.

Students benefit from the certification process by being able to apply for transcripted college credit and other forms of recognition at a variety of national affiliate colleges and universities if they excel in their pre-engineering courses and pass the appropriate end-of-course examinations.

Project Lead the Way is a national program offered in almost every state in more than 1,000 schools.

Students seek Math-a-Thon sponsors and donations

SMITHSBURG - Smithsburg Middle School students are asking for sponsors and donations for an upcoming Math-a-Thon to benefit St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.

Students will receive a Math-a-Thon Funbook or CD-ROM that includes 250 math problems to complete.


The deadline for completing the problems is Tuesday and donations will be collected by Friday.

Any student raising $35 or more through the event will receive a free pass to a Six Flags Theme Park, according to a press release from Washington County Public Schools.

College Fair scheduled for Saturday at Martinsburg Mall

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Eastern Panhandle Tech Prep Consortium will hold its annual College Fair on Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Martinsburg Mall.

Representatives from community colleges, technical schools, military programs and employment agencies have been invited to participate.

Financial aid overview sessions will be at noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Parents will have an opportunity to sign up for free sessions on financial aid to be held at a later date.

The consortium is comprised of schools in Berkeley, Jefferson, and Morgan counties, James Rumsey Technical Institute and The Community and Technical College of Shepherd.

For more information about Tech Prep, call Tech Prep/EDGE coordinator Peggy Talley at 304-260-4365 or go to

Next 'Fridays at the Library' is scheduled for Feb. 10

The next "Fridays at the Library" for home-schoolers will be Friday, Feb. 10, at the Washington County Free Library in the B/C meeting room.

The elementary program will be from 1 to 2 p.m. and the high school program will be from 2 to 3 p.m. in the B/C meeting room. Middle-school students may choose between the two sessions.

The topics will be book repair and how a book arrives on the shelf.

The library hosts a series of free programs for home-schoolers on the second Friday of each month during the school year. Registration is not required.

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