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Education briefs

July 21, 2008

Frederick school to participate in fruit, veggie effort



FREDERICK, Md. - Lincoln Elementary is one of 25 schools in Maryland selected to participate in the U.S. Department of Agriculture Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program for the 2008-09 school year.

The selected schools will receive nearly $25 per child, per year, to provide those foods. Lincoln Elementary is eligible to spend up to about $4,300.

Principal Ann Reever said food service staff is attending special training in the financial processes, eligible foods and monitoring processes.

During the training, they will collaborate and share ideas with others in the program for successful implementation.




Frederick County schools recognized



FREDERICK, Md. - Six Frederick County schools - four more than last year - received awards for taking a positive approach to providing environments free of disruptions and conducive to learning, according to the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE).

Lincoln and Parkway elementary schools, which earned the awards last year, are joined this year by Green Valley Elementary, Lewistown Elementary, Oakdale Middle and Walkersville Elementary as "exemplars," or models, for using an approach called "positive behavioral interventions and supports" (PBIS) to eliminate problem behavior.

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"Teachers and students can work much more effectively when disruptive behavior is minimized. To prevent missed learning time and untold hours of administrative time handling behavior issues, 27 schools in Frederick County are using Maryland's PBIS approach, and it's working," Sharon Boettinger, Frederick County Public Schools supervisor of Counseling and Student Support, said in a prepared release.

One of the requirements for qualifying as an "exemplar" school is an acceptable score in a schoolwide evaluation process that includes interviews with school administrators, teachers and students. Boettinger said the process is rigorous.

In addition, Orchard Grove Elementary, Middletown Middle, Thurmont Elementary and Urbana Middle received MSDE recognition for their work with PBIS and data-based decision making.

More information can be obtained by contacting Boettinger at Sharon.Boettinger@fcps.org, by calling 301-644-5224, or by sending e-mail to Marie.Haney@fcps.org.




Concert series continues at HCC



The Hagerstown Community College Alumni Association will host the U.S. Army Materiel Command Band as part of its annual Red, White and Blue Concert Series, on Sunday, Aug. 10, at 4 p.m., in HCC's Alumni Amphitheater.

The AMC show band, Raw Materiel, performs a variety of lively rock and pop music. The group frequently plays at recruiting and community events, as well as for troop support missions.

For more information, contact HCC alumni coordinator Lisa Stewart at 301-790-2800, ext. 346.

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