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Berkeley County briefs

June 05, 2009

Eagle School Intermediate a School of Excellence



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Eagle School Intermediate was named a 2009 West Virginia School of Excellence for 21st Century Learning, according to the West Virginia Department of Education.

The school north of Martinsburg was one of eight schools in the state that was recognized last month for making significant progress in closing the achievement gap, achieving at very high levels and incorporating 21st-century learning tools and applications into school programs.

"Being named a West Virginia School of Excellence for 21st Century Learning places the school in a very elite group," Steven Paine, West Virginia's superintendent of schools, in a press release. "This school is now a model for others and reflects the goals of our state's 21st Century Learning Initiative, including excellence in the core subjects, learning and thinking skills, information and communication technology literacy skills, life skills and excellence in 21st-century content and assessments."

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Margaret Kursey, principal of Eagle School Intermediate, and staff members will receive the award Aug. 12 at the Schools of Excellence awards banquet in Charleston, W.Va. The school will receive a plaque and a flag signifying the School of Excellence honor.

Educator to get Lifetime Achievement Award



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Longtime Berkeley County Schools educator Janet Cookus will receive the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award from the GED Testing Service of the American Council on Education, school officials said.

Cookus, a former principal at Inwood (W.Va.) Primary School, will receive the national award July 7 at the GED Administrators Conference in Savannah, Ga., according to a press release from Jaimee Borger, communications director for Berkeley County Schools.

The award honors those who demonstrate sustained and continued commitment to the GED testing program based on years of service, impact and scope of contributions, and level of commitment

Cookus started working with Berkeley County Schools' ABE/GED program in 1965.

Phil Miller, director of adult and community education for Berkeley County Schools, nominated Cookus for the award, Borger said.

Student registration schedules available



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Schedules for new student registration in Berkeley County Schools are available for the 2009-10 school year, according to a Berkeley County Schools press release.

All new students in kindergarten through eighth grade may register for the upcoming school year at the auxiliary meeting room at 446 Eagle School Road in Martinsburg, according to the release. Students in grades nine through 12 may register at the high school where they will attend classes in the fall, according to the release.

Parents who are not familiar with the school their child will attend may call 304-267-3510, ext. 3270, school officials said.

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