School briefs

September 11, 2006

Teacher of the Year awards gala planned

The Maryland Teacher of the Year awards gala will be held Friday, Oct. 6, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Martin's West in Baltimore. A reception will open the evening, followed by a procession of each county's Teacher of the Year. Nancy Souders from Smithsburg Middle School is Washington County Public Schools' Teacher of the Year.

Special guests will include Gov. Robert Ehrlich, U.S. Sen. Paul Sarbanes and Maryland Superintendent of Schools Nancy Grasmick.

Nancy Souders teaches sixth-grade social studies at Smithsburg Middle School and was named Washington County Teacher of the Year at the annual Educators of the Year banquet on April 26.

Academy Days scheduled in West Virginia

U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., will host two local Academy Days, including one in Hedgesville, W.Va., to give West Virginia high school students an opportunity to learn about admissions to the five U.S. service academies: Air Force, Military (West Point), Navy, Merchant Marine and Coast Guard.


At the meetings, a representative of each academy will make a presentation and answer questions from local prospective candidates, parents and school counselors.

The local meeting will be Sunday, Oct. 15, at 2 p.m. at Hedgesville High School.

Back-to-school nights on tap at Smithsburg Middle

Smithsburg Middle School's back-to-school nights are scheduled for three consecutive dates in September:

Tuesday, Sept. 19, grade seven

Wednesday, Sept. 20, grade six

Thursday, Sept. 21, grade eight

Each presentation will begin at 7 p.m.

Parents Night is Sept. 18 at James Buchanan

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - The faculty and administration of James Buchanan High School will sponsor Parents Night on Monday, Sept. 18, from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m.

The purpose of Parents Night is to familiarize parents with the subjects their children are taking this year and to meet their teachers.

All parents are invited to attend.

Preschool program at North High announces openings

North Hagerstown High School Child Development Department has openings in the afternoon preschool, open from 12:45 to 3:15 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Children must be 3 or 4 years old and toilet-trained. The session will begin the middle of October and run until January. There is a fee and parents need to provide their own transportation.

The preschool is developmental and includes a structured program. Lessons on numbers and alphabetical recognition, along with music, art and outdoor play, are included.

For information, call 301-766-8238.

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