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New teaching methods in place at Hagerstown's Grace Academy

September 08, 2008

Grace Academy students were greeted with a number of improvements to the academic program on the first day of school, Sept 2.

Grace Academy, at 13321 Cearfoss Pike, is being headed by a new leadership team. Jack Appleby, retired directory of secondary education at Greencastle (Pa.) Antrim Schools, is the new headmaster.

Brian Kelley is the principal and Nikki Bowers will be in charge of instruction in grades K4 to 12 as the instructional specialist.

Students in grades K4 to 12 will have access to two "COWS," Computers On Wheels. Each cart holds 20 student laptops, a teacher laptop, printer and projector. Students will integrate technology into all subject areas with assistance from a writing/integrative technology specialist, Ashley Evans.

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Evans will work with teachers and students in their classrooms to integrate technology at all grade levels.

The elementary program will begin a new REACH program for students in first and second grades. Students will receive enrichment or special help at individual levels every day.

The middle/high school program has a secondary resource lab with 15 computers to add to the existing lab.

Students will be able to complete research and other projects in this new lab. Teachers will use this lab to incorporate into their instruction.

To contact the school, call 301-733-2033 or e-mail ga@graceacademyonline.org.

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