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April 16, 2008|By DARYLENE MOWEN / 301-331-5683

Happy birthday

Birthday wishes go to my brother, Jay, who is also my boss. Wow, what a combination!

I must admit, though, it is a good relationship. We at Jay's Transfer all wish Jay a wonderful birthday! From your family, wife Rose, Terry, Jackie, Scott, Bob, Darylene, your mother, Vanetta, Christopher, Shelley, Little Zachery and Dylan. We all wish the best for your special day. Happy birthday!

Cascade Elementary

From the Principal's Desk:

"Can you believe that the third marking period is already at a close?

"The fourth marking period has already begun. Report cards were distributed on Friday, April 11.

"Last week, students received copies of the 'Achievement Matters Most - A Parent's Guide' to take home. This guide is very helpful to parents in outlining Maryland's plan for prekindergarten through 12th grade education. If you wish, you can visit the Maryland Public Schools' Web site and read the following information about MSA: 'The Maryland School Assessment (MSA) is a test of reading and math achievement that meets the testing requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act.'

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"The test is given each year in reading and math at grades three through eight. Science grade five will be held in May. Scores from the MSA and other state tests are posted on the Web (just click on the testing menu at the top of the page.)"

- Rosemarie Pellegrino

Smithsburg Middle

Sixth-grade news: Congratulations to the sixth-grade classroom spelling bee winners.

These students include: Jamie Ewing, Jenny Fritts, Jessalyn Jorgensonm, Brien Kauffman, Randi Leydig,m Gino Stella, Emma Gerhold, Garrett Ghafir, Joanne Lee, Kailey Stracka, Joslyn Sartin, Jensine Edwards, Grant Stephens, Brandon Mose, Katie Skrabak, Elizabeth Kreun, Buddy Hopkins and Colby Messersmith.

Congratulations to the spelling bee winner - Joanne Lee; and runner-up, Jenny Fritts.

Leopard's Pride - Canned Food Drive - The SMS Student Council sponsored a holiday canned food drive to benefit the Smithsburg Food Bank.

The students exceeded their 2,500 can goal as they collected 2,583 food items. Five trucks and vans loaded with the donations were delivered recently to the food bank.

The PTSA generously provided a pizza party served by Mr. Kuhaneck, Mrs. Izat, Mrs. Nystrom and members of the Principal's Council to the homerooms collecting the most food items: Mrs. Newkirk (sixth grade), Mrs. Peperak (seventh grade), and Mr. Nystrom (eighth grade).

Don't forget MSA (Maryland State Assessment) test d ates: Science MSA, May 7 and 8.

Congratulations to Naomi Pettway and Hannah Cooper who completed the reading challenge. Reading is fundamental, that's why the school continues to encourage students to read 25 books and reward those who do.

The school is still in need of donations for Borders gift cards or the gift cards themselves that will be distributed to students who read 25 books. Contact Mrs. Smith if you are interested in helping the school celebrate the success of its students.

Thank you to Allegany Dental, Food Lion, Vicki Reed, Emily Rowan and family, Tracy Knight-Simane, My Favorite Place Inc., BJ Builders, Cavetown Auto Parts and Jamie Weinberg for their generous donations. Thank you for helping us provide rewards for readers!

Smithsburg High

Smithsburg High School would like to thank Mrs. Jen Perkins, junior class adviser, and the junior class parents and students for the Junior/Senior Prom held at Hagers-town Community College on March 29.

It was a wonderful event, the decorations were beautiful, and a great time was had by all!

The SHS PTSA is looking for people to run for vacant positions on next year's PTSA executive board. The PTSA welcomes anyone who can help. Please contact Effie Tiches at 301-667-3700 if you are interested.

Smithsburg High School presents Disney's "Beauty and the Beast!" Shows will be Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $8 for adults and $6 for senior citizens, students and children 12 and younger. The Thursday show at 5:45 p.m. will include a "Dinner with the Characters" to benefit the sophomore class. Tickets for that show and dinner will be $10 for adults and $8 for senior citizens, students and children 12 and younger. For advance reservations for all shows, call 301-824-2360.

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