Cascade Elementary website a work in progress

March 29, 2011|Darylene Mowen | Around Smithsburg & Robinwood

Cascade Elementary School's technology team has worked this year on providing a customized website for the school. The website is a work in progress and the school hopes to have teacher pages added in the future.

A schedule of events, PTA information, staff listings, newsletters and links to websites that students can access from home are available. Don’t forget that students can access Study Island from home to practice reading and math in a fun way.

Smithsburg Middle School

Help support the 25 Book Challenge. If your child loves to read and you are looking for a way to purchase books and help the school at the same time, consider ordering books through Scholastic Book Club’s parent online ordering.

For every book you order, the school will receive a coupon for a free book. These coupons will enable the school to help purchase books for students who complete the 25 Book Challenge.

To participate, go to and click on the “parent” tab at the top of the page. Then click on “book club orders.” From there, you will need to create a login for yourself. You will also need to enter the class activation code, which is HK3QC.

For more information, call 301-766-8353 or email

Congratulations to the winners of the grade-level spelling bees. The first- and second-place winners from each grade advanced to the county-level bee.

  • Grade 6: Dmitry Podobreev and David McKee
  • Grade 7: Allison Schrader and Lindsey Naugle
  • Grade 8: Whitney Hines and Zach Wolf

Ballroom dance party

Jim Powers will hold his ballroom dance party Friday from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Maugansville Ruritan Club building on Maugans Avenue. Admission costs $4 per person.

TOPS 0462

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Chapter 0462 in Smithsburg enjoyed a week full of inspiration.

It began with the weight report from Thursday’s meeting, which included a net loss of 15.5 pounds for the chapter. Sandy was this week’s thinner winner with a 3-pound loss.
Members then enjoyed a motivational program to help them reach their personal goal weights.

On Friday and Saturday, eight chapter members traveled to Annapolis for State Recognition Days. Inspirational stories where told by TOPS members about how they lost weight. Some weight-loss facts where shared, including that TOPS members in Maryland and D.C. lost a total of 7,092.30 pounds last year.  

The Smithsburg chapter was well represented. John received a plaque on behalf of the chapter for it being a no-gain chapter in the state. Dale H. was a first-place winner in his weight group with a loss of 51.75 pounds last year. John M. was a second-place winner for his weight group with a loss of 46 pounds last year, and Richard M. was a second-place winner in his weight group with a loss of 19.5 pounds. Richard was also honored for reaching his goal weight again.

The chapter meets Thursdays at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 51 N. Main St. in Smithsburg. Weigh-in starts at 5:30 p.m. and the meeting starts at 6 p.m. For more information, call Ola at 301-824-7650 or John at 717-749-3023, or go to

Senior site

Smithsburg senior site calendar: 
  • Wednesday — Dominoes, 10 a.m.
  • Friday — “Eye Witness,” with Jackie Willison, 10:30 a.m.
  • Monday, April 4 — Blood pressure screening with Merry Gehr, 10 a.m.
The site is closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
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