Tri-State education briefs

February 04, 2008

Hedgesville High School to host financial aid workshop

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. -- Hedgesville High School will host a financial aid workshop Tuesday, Feb. 12, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the school library.

Staff from the Shepherd University Financial Aid Office will be present to help assist in filing free applications for federal aid.

Those wishing to participate are asked to bring their personal identification number (PIN), completed 2007 federal tax forms, 2007 W2 forms and the total of any untaxed income for 2007.

For more information, call the Hedgesville High School Guidance office at 304-754-3354.

Maryland Teacher of the Year nominations being accepted

Nominations for the Maryland 2007-08 Teacher of the Year, or TOTY, are being accepted through April 30, according to the award's sponsor, Teachers' Insurance Plan.


The award will include $1,000 to the winning teacher and a $500 grant to that teacher's school. The Maryland winner will be eligible for the National TOTY Award, which includes a special recognition and a $2,500 travel certificate.

Teachers, students and parents can nominate any of the state's accredited teachers. TOTY nomination forms are available online at

To nominate an educator, or yourself, explain in 250 words or less why this teacher should be Teacher of the Year. Nominees will be judged on their ability to motivate students, their special talents and their contribution to their school, students or educational community.

Winners will be announced at the start of the next school year.

Teachers' Insurance Plan is a car insurance program exclusively for members of the educational community.

Montessori Academy of Chambersburg plans open house

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Montessori Academy of Chambersburg will hold Open House Week today through Friday at 875 Ragged Edge Road.

Montessori experts say the best way to begin to understand the Montessori experience is to observe a working classroom. In that vein, those interested may observe children in classes today through Friday. No reservations are necessary.

Classes may be observed on the following schedule all week:

· The Toddler Class (20 months to 2 years old) can be observed from 9 to 10 a.m.

· Children in Children's Houses A, B, C, D and full-day kindergarten (3- to 6-year- olds) can be observed from 9:30 to 11 a.m.

· The Elementary Classes can be observed from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. That includes El. I, grades one and two; El. II, grades three and four); El. III (grades five and six); and Middle School, grades seven and eight.

Officials of the nonprofit private school say parents who are considering enrolling children at the school will be able to more accurately observe without their child present.

More information can be obtained by calling 717-261-1110.

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