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Washington County Board of Education briefs

September 01, 2013

PTA buying iPads for Williamsport Elementary
Williamsport Elementary PTA is donating $8,000 to buy 20 iPads and two Ipad carts for the school, according to Washington County Public Schools documents.
The board of education unanimously approved the donation at its Aug. 6 meeting.
The PTA raised money for field trips through its annual fall walkathon, and by selling pizzas and candy, PTA President Michelle Murray said.
PTA officials decided to use the money left over after the field trips to buy more technology for the school, Murray said.
This year’s walkathon, the PTA’s largest fundraiser, will be Oct. 17 at the school, she said.

BOE to update vision statement
The Washington County Board of Education will be working on updating its vision statement and welcomes ideas from the public, Board President Justin Hartings said.
Ideas people can submit could include what the next generation of public education should look like, what experiences they think students should have in school, and what they think people should think about Washington County Public Schools, Hartings said.
Hartings said at the board’s Aug. 20 meeting that the board would send letters, seeking feedback, to local organizations with which the school system partners regularly, but others are welcome to submit ideas.
Ideas can be emailed to vision@wcps.k12.md.us, or shared directly with a school board member or Superintendent Clayton Wilcox.
According to the school system’s website, a survey will be posted online soon to gather additional feedback.

Math exercises planned for students
After Washington County Board of Education members once again expressed concern about students knowing math facts, Schools Superintendent Clayton Wilcox said the school system was going to revisit the practice of quickly recalling math skills.
Wilcox said students are going to do some recall exercises and tests in which they will need to, for example, do 100 addition, subtraction, multiplication and division problems in less than three minutes, according to an online video of the board’s Aug. 20 meeting.
The statements came up during a discussion about new report cards for elementary school students. The issue also has come up during board members’ discussion about the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, assessment tests, which will be field-tested by some students this school year.
“We are going to do this. I wish our math people were here to hear this, but we are going to do this,” said a smiling Wilcox.

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— Julie E. Greene

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