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Washington County Technical High School

August 17, 2007

50 W. Oak Ridge Drive
Hagerstown

Principal: Jeff Stouffer

Phone: 301-766-8050

Fax: 301-797-9743

Web site: www.washingtoncountytech.com

Start time: 9 a.m.

Dismissal: 3 p.m.

Grades: 11-12

Date of construction: 1972

Age of building: 35 years

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Latest renovation: 1996

Size of building: 106,373 square feet

State-rated capacity: 553

Projected 2006-07 enrollment: 334




From the principal



Q. What are your goals for the school year?

A. Currently, more than 50 percent of our senior graduates go on to college after graduation. Hopefully, this percentage will continue to increase over the next several years to provide graduates both the technology and the academic foundation needed in today's businesses.

All of our WCTHS students will develop lifelong career skills in their tech areas. WCTHS students will graduate with knowledge and competence that is usually taught in post-secondary educational institutions.

The primary goal for WCTHS is to effectively prepare students for real-world careers in Washington County, and surrounding counties/states.

WCTHS is adding additional Advanced Placement (AP) classes for 2007-08. For the first time in WCTHS's history, the school will offer the following ? AP biology, AP calculus, AP English language, AP English literature, AP psychology and AP United States history.

WCTHS will also initiate a new tech program, bio-medical science. Within this new high-tech "hands-on" program, students will learn the complex system of care and maintenance of the human body and human physiology. Students will investigate various medical interventions that extend and improve quality of life through pharmacology, prosthetics, rehabilitation, etc. Students will learn the principles of biomedical sciences and will investigate the human body systems and various health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, sickle-cell disease, hypercholesterolemia, etc. Students will have a capstone research topic and scientific paper to complete. Students will work together to engineer a medical product that could impact health care. WCTHS's Bio-Medical Science Program will be a reflection of HCC's new biotechnology degree program, which will start this fall.

Q. What will help ensure a successful school year?

A. WCTHS's dedicated and competent teachers, as well as our caring and involved parents. Many of our students will be receiving scholarships, state and national awards, prizes and a tremendous education that will last a lifetime. All of our WCTHS students will have a successful school year.

On a wonderful note, during WCTHS's end-of-the-year Awards Ceremony, dozens of awards and prizes are given to students. Prizes include one senior giveaway car each year. This year's giveaway car was a Mercury Cougar. Wow, a school that gives away a car to a lucky senior!

Q. Can students and staff expect any changes this school year?

A. In addition to the new AP and tech classes that WCTHS will be adding for 2007-08, this proud school has several other positive goals/changes WCTHS is moving toward, which include the following:

Designing and constructing a new state-of-the-art classroom/building.

Increased push for students to get college credits while still at WCTHS.

Increased push for students to do well on their first SAT & AP Tests.

Q. What message would you like to send as the school year begins?

A. As the vast majority of parents always do, it is very important to academically support your son/daughter up to, and including, graduation. Proper parental guidance is critical in any high school. At WCTHS, the better the communication between home and school, the better it is for everybody when it comes down to student success (good grades, good behavior and good attendance). A successful two years at WCTHS can save parents thousands of dollars through articulation college agreements (credits), AP college credits, computer certifications, professional technical training, Maryland state board licensing versus post-graduation enrollment payments and paid co-op programs with area companies and businesses.

Finally, WCTHS would like to see more student-athletes playing sports (football, basketball, soccer, track and field, volleyball, cheerleading, etc.) at their home schools while they are enrolled at WCTHS. Yes, students have been playing sports for years while they are enrolled at WCTHS.

Some students even stay active with band, show choir and orchestra.

Students also can request to have a dual-graduation from WCTHS and from their home schools. WCTHS is truly an outstanding school.

WCTHS's faculty and staff are very proud of our outstanding technology high school, as well as the wonderful students who are enrolled in this great school.

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