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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | January 16, 2011
When Antietam Academy's students walk through the doors Wednesday, they'll find themselves in a new school with lots of sunlight and new classrooms built for smaller class sizes. “It provides a great environment to take care of students who need extra care, and having a very upscale, attractive environment that has technology and so forth shows we're looking to take care of our at-risk students and get them to graduation,” said Dave Reeder, director for secondary education. The new 45,000-square-foot building marks the first time Washington County Public Schools has constructed a school specifically for students in what has at times been called the alternative school program since it began in September 1977 in the North Street Community Center.
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November 11, 2012
On Oct. 25, the middle school students at Antietam Academy went on a field trip to Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpsburg.  In addition to learning about the battlefield, and in conjunction with their social studies and language arts classes, the students fulfilled student service-learning requirement hours for middle school.  In the morning, the students participated in three activities with Ranger Christie Stanczak. The activities were “Civil War Soldier,” “Angels of the Battlefield” and “Flags that Talk.” In the afternoon, the students worked with Rangers Andrew Landsman and Chris Tawney and planted a variety of seedlings.
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January 13, 2013
Art students at Antietam Academy and students at nearby Emma K. Doub Elementary School collaborated on a project titled “Dreaming Me,” which stresses mentoring, relationship building, creativity and imagination. For a few years now, two art teachers at the schools have been putting their minds and their students together for the project.  The collaboration is between Michael Maginnis' art students at Antietam Academy and Rachel Barnhart's students at Emma K. Doub Elementary School.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | June 11, 2013
Antietam Academy Principal Ike Williams said Tuesday that he is retiring from Washington County Public Schools to become assistant principal at the new Spring Mills High School in nearby Berkeley County, W.Va. Williams, 60, who lives in Berkeley County, has worked in Maryland education for 36 years. “I thought it was a neat opportunity to go back to my roots,” to a comprehensive high school, Williams said. Being involved with a new high school and helping to set the tone appealed to him, Williams said.
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October 2, 2012
Edcamp is coming to Washington County Public Schools for the first time, a concept described as an “unconference,” for educators. The professional development opportunity allows participants to bring their own topics and create discussion groups comprised of people with similar topic interests. Edcamp does not have featured speakers and paid presenters, and there is no charge for registrants. The conference will be held at Antietam Academy on Oak Ridge Drive in Hagerstown on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Attendees fill a discussion board with topics during the first hour of registration and organization, and then split into groups based on mutual interest in the posted topics.
NEWS
September 19, 2012
A Montgomery County Public Schools administrator has been hired to be an assistant principal at South Hagerstown High School. The Washington County Board of Education unanimously approved personnel moves Tuesday, including hiring John D. Shirk to be an assistant principal at South High. Shirk has been an assistant principal at Magruder High School in Montgomery County, Md., said Mike Markoe, associate superintendent for educational improvement and innovation. Magruder's website lists Shirk as an assistant school administrator.
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By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | May 31, 2013
Kevin Bowman said he was kicked out of North Hagerstown High School after getting into an altercation with another individual. Bowman then went to Antietam Academy, a school designed for students having trouble adjusting to traditional school settings, but later dropped out, he said. He then began thinking about his future, especially when a daughter came into his life. Bowman said he realized he needed to make some changes and be a good role model for his child. “I've got to get back in school and strive harder,” Bowman said he recalled telling himself.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | May 4, 2011
The Maryland Board of Public Works Wednesday approved $8.4 million in state funding for Washington County Public Schools' projects, including more than $500,000 for the Ruth Ann Monroe Primary School which was far from a sure thing earlier this year. The state funds include $3.261 million to finish covering the cost of the new Antietam Academy, which opened in January, and $3.947 million for Monroe Primary, which will open in August, according to state and school system officials.
NEWS
October 10, 2011
Washington County Public Schools received a “clean opinion” on its audit for fiscal 2010-11, Timothy Peters, a certified public accountant with Smith, Elliott, Kearns & Co. told school board members recently. The audit for the fiscal year that ended June 30 was presented to the school board during its Oct. 4 meeting. According to a copy of the audit, the financial highlights for the past fiscal year were: Overall revenues were $320.8 million, $21 million more than expenses.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | April 7, 2013
Some students at Western Heights Middle School have to walk through an empty room or a classroom with students to get to their own classroom. The school's Spanish and French teacher's desk is in a narrow storage room that exits onto the hallway. Her classroom is next door. Band class is held on the school's auditorium stage, said Principal Mike Kuhaneck, explaining the layout during a Wednesday tour of the 1300 Marshall St. school's ground floor. Those conditions will improve with renovations to the West End school's ground floor, expected to be substantially complete in time for classrooms to be ready for the first day of the next school year on Aug. 21, school system officials said.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | June 11, 2013
Antietam Academy Principal Ike Williams said Tuesday that he is retiring from Washington County Public Schools to become assistant principal at the new Spring Mills High School in nearby Berkeley County, W.Va. Williams, 60, who lives in Berkeley County, has worked in Maryland education for 36 years. “I thought it was a neat opportunity to go back to my roots,” to a comprehensive high school, Williams said. Being involved with a new high school and helping to set the tone appealed to him, Williams said.
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By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | May 31, 2013
Kevin Bowman said he was kicked out of North Hagerstown High School after getting into an altercation with another individual. Bowman then went to Antietam Academy, a school designed for students having trouble adjusting to traditional school settings, but later dropped out, he said. He then began thinking about his future, especially when a daughter came into his life. Bowman said he realized he needed to make some changes and be a good role model for his child. “I've got to get back in school and strive harder,” Bowman said he recalled telling himself.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | April 7, 2013
Some students at Western Heights Middle School have to walk through an empty room or a classroom with students to get to their own classroom. The school's Spanish and French teacher's desk is in a narrow storage room that exits onto the hallway. Her classroom is next door. Band class is held on the school's auditorium stage, said Principal Mike Kuhaneck, explaining the layout during a Wednesday tour of the 1300 Marshall St. school's ground floor. Those conditions will improve with renovations to the West End school's ground floor, expected to be substantially complete in time for classrooms to be ready for the first day of the next school year on Aug. 21, school system officials said.
EDUCATION
January 13, 2013
Art students at Antietam Academy and students at nearby Emma K. Doub Elementary School collaborated on a project titled “Dreaming Me,” which stresses mentoring, relationship building, creativity and imagination. For a few years now, two art teachers at the schools have been putting their minds and their students together for the project.  The collaboration is between Michael Maginnis' art students at Antietam Academy and Rachel Barnhart's students at Emma K. Doub Elementary School.
EDUCATION
November 11, 2012
On Oct. 25, the middle school students at Antietam Academy went on a field trip to Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpsburg.  In addition to learning about the battlefield, and in conjunction with their social studies and language arts classes, the students fulfilled student service-learning requirement hours for middle school.  In the morning, the students participated in three activities with Ranger Christie Stanczak. The activities were “Civil War Soldier,” “Angels of the Battlefield” and “Flags that Talk.” In the afternoon, the students worked with Rangers Andrew Landsman and Chris Tawney and planted a variety of seedlings.
NEWS
October 2, 2012
Edcamp is coming to Washington County Public Schools for the first time, a concept described as an “unconference,” for educators. The professional development opportunity allows participants to bring their own topics and create discussion groups comprised of people with similar topic interests. Edcamp does not have featured speakers and paid presenters, and there is no charge for registrants. The conference will be held at Antietam Academy on Oak Ridge Drive in Hagerstown on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Attendees fill a discussion board with topics during the first hour of registration and organization, and then split into groups based on mutual interest in the posted topics.
NEWS
September 19, 2012
A Montgomery County Public Schools administrator has been hired to be an assistant principal at South Hagerstown High School. The Washington County Board of Education unanimously approved personnel moves Tuesday, including hiring John D. Shirk to be an assistant principal at South High. Shirk has been an assistant principal at Magruder High School in Montgomery County, Md., said Mike Markoe, associate superintendent for educational improvement and innovation. Magruder's website lists Shirk as an assistant school administrator.
NEWS
October 10, 2011
Washington County Public Schools received a “clean opinion” on its audit for fiscal 2010-11, Timothy Peters, a certified public accountant with Smith, Elliott, Kearns & Co. told school board members recently. The audit for the fiscal year that ended June 30 was presented to the school board during its Oct. 4 meeting. According to a copy of the audit, the financial highlights for the past fiscal year were: Overall revenues were $320.8 million, $21 million more than expenses.
NEWS
June 20, 2011
Scheduled meetings this week of the Washington County Board of Education and Hagerstown Mayor and Council:   WASHINGTON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS   • No meeting Tuesday, June 21   WASHINGTON COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION   Board Conference Room 820 Commonwealth Ave., Hagerstown Tuesday, June 21, 10:30 a.m. Agenda • 10:30 a.m....
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | May 4, 2011
The Maryland Board of Public Works Wednesday approved $8.4 million in state funding for Washington County Public Schools' projects, including more than $500,000 for the Ruth Ann Monroe Primary School which was far from a sure thing earlier this year. The state funds include $3.261 million to finish covering the cost of the new Antietam Academy, which opened in January, and $3.947 million for Monroe Primary, which will open in August, according to state and school system officials.
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