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by SCOTT BUTKI | October 27, 2004
Editor's note: This is the last of a series of profiles on Washington County Board of Education candidates. scottb@herald-mail.com WASHINGTON COUNTY - Bernadette M. Wagner said she is seeking re-election to the Washington County Board of Education because she wants to continue the progress the board has been making as a collaborative body. Wagner, 47, of Hagerstown, said that progress includes adding seven new Advanced Placement courses, hiring an autism specialist to work with the increasing number of students with autism and increasing pay for teachers at the bottom and middle tiers of the salary scale.
NEWS
September 10, 2008
Hickory Elementary School has been named a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. Hickory was one of six Maryland schools nominated for the honor, and all of them were named National Blue Ribbon Schools, according to a press release. The National Blue Ribbon Schools program recognizes schools that make significant progress in closing the achievement gap or whose students achieve at very high levels. More than 300 schools were named as national winners.
NEWS
July 13, 2006
Washington County Board of Education President Edward Forrest, a Republican, has file for a seat on the Washington County Commissioners. Forrest, 43, of 20437 Old Forge Road in Hagerstown, is in the middle of his second term on the School Board. He would have to resign from the School Board if elected. "I'm very committed to public service and the timing is right for me," Forrest said of his decision to file for county commissioner. "The issues in front of the county are important.
NEWS
by ERIN CUNNINGHAM | June 15, 2007
WASHINGTON COUNTY - Maryland Superintendent of Schools Nancy Grasmick praised Washington County Public Schools during a visit to the area Thursday, saying student achievement is up and teachers, administrators and staff have a lot to be proud of. Grasmick spoke during the school system's annual leadership conference at Beaver Creek Country Club. The theme of the conference was "Succeeding in an Era of No Child Left Behind. " Carol Corwell-Martin, supervisor for the school system's Center for Peak Performance and Productivity, said the focus of the conference is on professional development.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | April 21, 2008
HAGERSTOWN - Siblings Leslie and Vincent Schoeck graduated a few years apart as salutatorians of their classes at North Hagerstown High School. Since then, the duo has left its academic mark at The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Leslie, 22, will graduate in May sporting a 3.5 grade-point average with a major in German and romance languages, and a minor in entrepreneurship and management. In the meantime, Vincent is on the fast track to earning his master's degree. Only a sophomore, Vincent has been accepted into the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at the Johns Hopkins campus in Washington, D.C. Vincent, 20, said the program admits only six students a year and will allow him to earn his bachelor's and master's degrees in five years instead of six. "That's what makes the program special," he said.
NEWS
by PEPPER BALLARD | December 5, 2003
pepperb@herald-mail.com Wayne Ridenour, a retired high school history teacher who is now a real estate appraiser, has filed to run for a Washington County Board of Education seat, saying that he wants more people to have a say in the decisions made at the central office. "I do hear a lot of people who still feel that they're not being heard for whatever reason," he said. "I'd like to act as a conduit for their concerns. " Ridenour filed Nov. 21 to run for a school board seat, Washington County Board of Elections Supervisor Dorothy Kaetzel said.
NEWS
August 20, 2006
21615 Old Forge Road Hagerstown Principal: John E. Festerman Phone: 301-766-8273 Fax: 301-745-6130 Web site: www.wcboe.k12.md.us/custom_pages/280/Main/index.html Start time: 7:55 a.m. Dismissal: 2:25 p.m. Grades: K-5 Date of construction: 1970 Age of building: 36 years Latest renovation: 1995 Size of building: 40,777 square feet State-rated capacity: 377 Projected 2006-07 enrollment: 379 From the principal Q. What are the biggest challenges this year?
LIFESTYLE
By SHADAE PAUL | Special to The Herald-Mail | July 26, 2012
For many kids in the area, summertime evokes thoughts of ice cream, local pools and school-free memories with their friends. Although summer can be more than vacation time for kids, parents can also spend time brushing up on math skills before the beginning of the new school year. According to the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA), there is a considerable achievement gap for students of all ages during the summer months. NSLA reports that when students aren't learning over the summer they lose some of their skills.
NEWS
by BOB MAGINNIS | June 12, 2005
Statistics can be scary. Just ask Mike Dunham and Shunika Hamilton. When the two South Hagerstown High School students saw a report showing the achievement gap between white and black students, they were concerned enough to give up part of their summer vacation to do something about it. They will spend one day every other week putting together something called the Diversity Achievement Council. The idea grew out of the work of the school system's Minority Achievement Task Force and a similar program in Shaker Heights, Ohio.
NEWS
by TAMELA BAKER | May 17, 2004
tammyb@herald-mail.com A sure sign that Brown v. Board of Education has finally achieved its desired result will be when Lynne Gober goes looking for a new job. But for now, the Sharpsburg resident said, "we still have a way to go in educating students" about the landmark court desegregation decision and the opportunities it provided. Though her children attend Washington County schools, Gober serves as diversity facilitator for Berkeley County Schools in West Virginia.
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LIFESTYLE
By SHADAE PAUL | Special to The Herald-Mail | July 26, 2012
For many kids in the area, summertime evokes thoughts of ice cream, local pools and school-free memories with their friends. Although summer can be more than vacation time for kids, parents can also spend time brushing up on math skills before the beginning of the new school year. According to the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA), there is a considerable achievement gap for students of all ages during the summer months. NSLA reports that when students aren't learning over the summer they lose some of their skills.
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NEWS
September 10, 2008
Hickory Elementary School has been named a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. Hickory was one of six Maryland schools nominated for the honor, and all of them were named National Blue Ribbon Schools, according to a press release. The National Blue Ribbon Schools program recognizes schools that make significant progress in closing the achievement gap or whose students achieve at very high levels. More than 300 schools were named as national winners.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | April 21, 2008
HAGERSTOWN - Siblings Leslie and Vincent Schoeck graduated a few years apart as salutatorians of their classes at North Hagerstown High School. Since then, the duo has left its academic mark at The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Leslie, 22, will graduate in May sporting a 3.5 grade-point average with a major in German and romance languages, and a minor in entrepreneurship and management. In the meantime, Vincent is on the fast track to earning his master's degree. Only a sophomore, Vincent has been accepted into the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at the Johns Hopkins campus in Washington, D.C. Vincent, 20, said the program admits only six students a year and will allow him to earn his bachelor's and master's degrees in five years instead of six. "That's what makes the program special," he said.
NEWS
by ERIN CUNNINGHAM | June 15, 2007
WASHINGTON COUNTY - Maryland Superintendent of Schools Nancy Grasmick praised Washington County Public Schools during a visit to the area Thursday, saying student achievement is up and teachers, administrators and staff have a lot to be proud of. Grasmick spoke during the school system's annual leadership conference at Beaver Creek Country Club. The theme of the conference was "Succeeding in an Era of No Child Left Behind. " Carol Corwell-Martin, supervisor for the school system's Center for Peak Performance and Productivity, said the focus of the conference is on professional development.
NEWS
August 20, 2006
21615 Old Forge Road Hagerstown Principal: John E. Festerman Phone: 301-766-8273 Fax: 301-745-6130 Web site: www.wcboe.k12.md.us/custom_pages/280/Main/index.html Start time: 7:55 a.m. Dismissal: 2:25 p.m. Grades: K-5 Date of construction: 1970 Age of building: 36 years Latest renovation: 1995 Size of building: 40,777 square feet State-rated capacity: 377 Projected 2006-07 enrollment: 379 From the principal Q. What are the biggest challenges this year?
NEWS
July 13, 2006
Washington County Board of Education President Edward Forrest, a Republican, has file for a seat on the Washington County Commissioners. Forrest, 43, of 20437 Old Forge Road in Hagerstown, is in the middle of his second term on the School Board. He would have to resign from the School Board if elected. "I'm very committed to public service and the timing is right for me," Forrest said of his decision to file for county commissioner. "The issues in front of the county are important.
NEWS
by BOB MAGINNIS | June 12, 2005
Statistics can be scary. Just ask Mike Dunham and Shunika Hamilton. When the two South Hagerstown High School students saw a report showing the achievement gap between white and black students, they were concerned enough to give up part of their summer vacation to do something about it. They will spend one day every other week putting together something called the Diversity Achievement Council. The idea grew out of the work of the school system's Minority Achievement Task Force and a similar program in Shaker Heights, Ohio.
NEWS
by SCOTT BUTKI | October 27, 2004
Editor's note: This is the last of a series of profiles on Washington County Board of Education candidates. scottb@herald-mail.com WASHINGTON COUNTY - Bernadette M. Wagner said she is seeking re-election to the Washington County Board of Education because she wants to continue the progress the board has been making as a collaborative body. Wagner, 47, of Hagerstown, said that progress includes adding seven new Advanced Placement courses, hiring an autism specialist to work with the increasing number of students with autism and increasing pay for teachers at the bottom and middle tiers of the salary scale.
NEWS
by TAMELA BAKER | May 17, 2004
tammyb@herald-mail.com A sure sign that Brown v. Board of Education has finally achieved its desired result will be when Lynne Gober goes looking for a new job. But for now, the Sharpsburg resident said, "we still have a way to go in educating students" about the landmark court desegregation decision and the opportunities it provided. Though her children attend Washington County schools, Gober serves as diversity facilitator for Berkeley County Schools in West Virginia.
NEWS
by PEPPER BALLARD | December 5, 2003
pepperb@herald-mail.com Wayne Ridenour, a retired high school history teacher who is now a real estate appraiser, has filed to run for a Washington County Board of Education seat, saying that he wants more people to have a say in the decisions made at the central office. "I do hear a lot of people who still feel that they're not being heard for whatever reason," he said. "I'd like to act as a conduit for their concerns. " Ridenour filed Nov. 21 to run for a school board seat, Washington County Board of Elections Supervisor Dorothy Kaetzel said.
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