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School's out for WCPS students

June 03, 2009|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

o Discover what time forgot -- in students' lockers

WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Washington County Public Schools students have a lot to do in only 11 weeks of summer vacation.

Students interviewed Wednesday -- the last day of the 2008-09 school year -- said they planned to frequent area pools, take trips, attend summer school and, most importantly, sleep in.

The 2009-10 school year begins Aug. 19 for students.

Jordon Russ, a Northern Middle School seventh-grader, said the school year was fun, but she's excited about summer vacation and a planned trip to California with her family.

Jordon said she was eager to "get out of school" but expected the last day to go by quickly.

"We usually watch movies ... no school work," she said.

Ryan Fraley says his sixth-grade year at Northern Middle School was a rocky one, and he is looking forward to improving in seventh grade.

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Ryan said he was disciplined several times during the year for bad behavior but wanted to "be good" next year.

He also was looking forward to the Renaissance fair at his school Wednesday. Principal Peggy Pugh said there would be a dunking booth, activities for students and an inflatable bounce.

"It should be a fun day," Pugh said, despite being signed up for a turn in the dunking booth and the stockade.

Emmanuel Fouchá, a seventh-grader at Northern Middle, transferred to the school from the Baltimore area halfway through the year.

He said the transfer made the year "a little hard," but he was able to make good friends. He said Northern Middle was very different than his previous school.

He had more fun here and did more school work than before, Emmanuel said.

Zachary and Joshua Brooks, both 6, said they were excited about their last day of kindergarten at Fountaindale Elementary School.

The twins said they had a good school year and "a lot of recess" but were happy that summer had arrived.

"We get to sleep in now," Joshua said.

Ryan Overacker, a Fountaindale third-grader, said the school year was a success because he mastered multiplication, which he called "fun and exciting."

He said the start of summer vacation means that his favorite neighborhood pool will be opening soon, and he planned to spend much of the summer swimming. Ryan also is planning a trip to Hersheypark with his family.

Autum Moats, 7, and her 6-year-old brother, Camern, plan to spend time fishing this summer. Autum is a second-grader at Winter Street Elementary, where her brother is in kindergarten.

"Now, summer vacation can start," Winter Street third-grader Derrick Hannah said.

For Derrick, the best moments of the school year took place on field trips. He especially enjoyed a trip to Antietam National Battlefield, where he saw weapons and a firearms demonstration.

Emily Trimmer, a second-grader at Winter Street, said Wednesday she was looking forward to getting a folder from her teacher containing all of the assignments she completed during the year.

"I get to see what I did all year," Emily, 8, said.

Emily rode her Barbie scooter to school Wednesday, accompanied by her 6-year-old brother, Steven, who is a Winter Street kindergartner, their parents and their dog.

Emily said she's looking forward to returning to school June 15, when she will begin a summer school program.

Principal Matthew Semler said the school is offering four weeks of summer school that will focus on language arts and math instruction. Emily's program will incorporate animals in lessons, and students will take trips to the Claud Kitchens Outdoor School at Fairview.

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