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March 26, 2007

Williamsport senior named to high school scholars society



John E. Roberts Jr., a senior at Williamsport High School, has been selected for membership to the National Society of High School Scholars, according to a Washington County Public Schools press release.

The society recognizes academic excellence at the high school level. Since it was formed in 2002 by Claes Nobel of the Swedish Nobel family, the society has inducted more than 150,000 members representing 15,000 high schools in 20 countries, according to the release.

John moved to Washington County from Texas prior to this school year, according to the release.

Society membership entitles qualified students to benefits including scholarship opportunities, academic competitions, member-only resources and participation in programs offered by educational partners, according to the release.




Two county schools honored for character education



Hickory Elementary School and Clear Spring High School have been selected as Maryland Character Education Schools, according to a Washington County Public Schools press release.

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Both schools were selected for their schoolwide approach to teaching and reinforcing character; implementing a character-education program in partnership with parents and guardians to achieve, teach and reinforce character at home and school; implementing a noteworthy program of student service learning to the school and community; and demonstrating significant gains in student achievement and school climate that can be attributed to the implementation of character-education programming, according to the release.

Cathy Scuffins, principal at Hickory Elementary School, said many school activities emphasize and reinforce the element of character, including printed and posted materials, announcements acknowledging "random acts of character," community service projects and schoolwide Character Counts assemblies.

Clear Spring High School's "Pursuing Victory with Honor" program recognizes and rewards student-athletes for outstanding character and sportsmanship. Coaches nominate student-athletes for recognition. Athletic director Lisa Shives said games and competitions provide an excellent setting for student-athletes to display good character and sportsmanship.




Home-schooled students may take test in public schools



CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Home schooled students in Jefferson County are eligible to take WESTEST for grades three through eight and grade 10 during the week of May 14.

Parents should call the Department of Pupil Services for Jefferson County Schools at 304-728-9236 if they want their children to take the test.

For those grade levels not included, the student's academic achievement should be submitted in another way.

Results of the testing are due to Jefferson County Schools on or before June 30.

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