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School board briefs

April 05, 2006|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

Students honored with scholarships



Nine Washington County Public Schools students were honored at Tuesday night's Board of Education meeting.

The students each were awarded a $1,000 Carson Scholarship. They each wrote an essay which was reviewed by a panel.

The Carson Scholars Fund Inc. is a nonprofit charity founded n 1994 by Johns Hopkins pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson and his wife.

This year's winners were:

  • Amanda Crowl, eighth grade, Clear Spring Middle School

  • Anna Cueto, 10th grade, North Hagerstown High School

  • Allison Davenport, fifth grade, Boonsboro Elementary School

  • Rajon Imes, fifth grade, Lincolnshire Elementary School

  • Randi Leydig, fourth grade, Old Forge Elementary School

  • Aaron Mills, 10th grade, Clear Spring High School

  • Nathaniel Parchment, fifth grade, Potomac Heights Elementary School

  • Guy Thomas II, fourth grade, Winter Street Elementary School

  • Hope Wolford, fourth grade, Fountain Rock Elementary School





Language report results presented



Results from a survey completed by 31 Washington County world and classical languages teachers was presented Tuesday to the Board of Education.

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Teachers were asked about curriculum, confidence, challenges and professional development needs, along with other topics.

For the most part, surveyed teachers indicated that the curriculum they teach aligns with national standards.

Teachers indicated they faced several challenges, including lack of time, lack of effective use of technology, lack of student understanding of the structures of English and large class sizes, according to the presentation.

Teachers recommended students have more time to speak the language they are learning. Teachers also indicated that students should be grouped according to honors and nonhonors levels within foreign languages, among others.




Board approves gift to Boonsboro High



Boonsboro Athletic Boosters Inc. offered Boonsboro High School more than $5,000 to support its spring sports.

The gift was approved Tuesday night by a unanimous vote of the Washington County Board of Education.

The $5,200 will be distributed among baseball, softball, outdoor track and field, and tennis.

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