July 21, 2009
A proposed walking trail program that helps children grasp basic learning skills was unveiled Tuesday afternoon to Hagerstown City Council members. The Born Learning Trails would be built at Staley, Wheaton and Pangborn parks in Hagerstown and the trails would feature 10 stations where children 5 years old and younger can learn basic skills about numbers, colors and shapes, officials with the project said. It is important that children have the opportunity to grasp those skills since some children are not academically prepared to enter kindergarten, said Kelly Redmond, a spokeswoman for the project.
March 3, 1997
Want your children to have a job after they finish school? Few parents would say no, but more than a few West Virginia parents are lining up to oppose a law they fear will begin slotting children into certain careers as early as elementary school. The Jobs Through Education Act was passed in the 1996 session of the legislature, after eight public hearings were held simultaneously around the state. Its proponents, including State Schools Superintendent Henry Marockie, say it refocuses attention on basic skills through grade four.
January 16, 2007
Some of the new courses that will be available at Washington County public high schools in the 2007-08 school year include: · Honors Chinese I: A functional-based secondary course in Modern Standard Chinese, or Pu Tong Hua, that incorporates and integrates topics, structures, grammar and cultural information within a framework based on a communicative approach to language learning. · Honors Italian I: Provides the basic skills of the language. The four areas of proficiency - reading, writing, listening and speaking - are included with special emphasis on listening and speaking.
April 27, 2011
Chambersburg Recreation Department is hosting a skateboarding clinic from 6 to 7 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, May 16 to May 26. Classes are held at Skate Park at the Municipal Swimming Pool, 261 E. McKinley St., Chambersburg. Participants learn basic skills, improve existing abilities and how to properly use the skate park obstacles. The clinic is for ages 5 and older. Bring skateboard, helmet, and knee and elbow pads. Cost is $35, $25 for Chambersburg residents.
August 25, 2011
Girls Hockey for Free Day for ages 6 to 16 is from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at Hagerstown Ice & Sports Complex, 580 Security Road, Hagerstown. Girls Hockey Day is an opportunity for girls of all ages to try ice hockey. They will be introduced to basic skills in hockey in a positive, fun and safe environment. They will also learn about opportunities in ice hockey in Hagerstown and learn about fair play, sportsmanship and teamwork. For more information or to register, call 301-766-9122 or go to www.hagerstownice.org .
November 12, 2009
The Washington County Free Library will host a free workshop on proposal writing basics for nonprofit organizations Dec. 2 at 10 a.m. "Proposal Writing Basics" will be led by Harry Sachs, business and government information center librarian, and is an overview of the basic skills needed for writing a proposal, especially for new proposal writers in nonprofit organizations. Janice Rosenberg, senior librarian at the Foundation Center's Washington office, will offer tips on the key components of writing grant proposals, including packaging and follow-up.
September 2, 2012
Cadet Mackenzie Riford, daughter of Maria Rubeling of Hagerstown and Tom Riford of Mercersburg, Pa., completed cadet basic training at the U.S. Military Academy. Riford entered West Point on July 2 and has successfully completed six weeks of cadet basic training. Also referred to as “Beast Barracks,” cadet training is one of the most challenging events a cadet will encounter over the course of their four years at the academy. The initial military training program provides cadets with basic skills to instill discipline, pride, cohesion, confidence and a high sense of duty to prepare them for entry into the corps of cadets.
December 17, 2008
MONT ALTO, Pa. - Fifty girls from the area attended Penn State Mont Alto's fifth annual cheerleading clinic hosted by the campus cheerleading squad Nov. 9. Girls, ages 3 to 18, worked with the Penn State Mont Alto cheerleaders to learn new cheers and dances and to perfect stunts, jumps and tumbling passes. At the conclusion of the clinic, the participants performed with the campus squad for their families and coaches. "I had so much fun cheering with my friends, said most-spirited award winner Jordan Seymore, 7, of Shippensburg, Pa. "The PSU cheerleaders even put me up in the air ... it was so cool.
November 10, 2000
Writing test controversy has citizens paying twice Is bad writing like a rotten piece of fruit - so obviously spoiled that anyone looking at it can tell that it's not worth consuming? Or are judgments about writing so subjective that it's impossible to say whether student writing samples are good or bad? That's the question facing the Pennsylvania Department of Education, which is being confronted by a court challenge to its new basic skills writing test. We have to side with the education department; writing can be functional without being a literary masterwork.
July 29, 1998
Too many students are being promoted through grades when they have not learned basic skills, Republican gubernatorial candidate Charles I. Ecker said Tuesday. Ecker faces Republican Ellen Sauerbrey in a primary election on Sept. 15. Ecker said the common attitude is that it's more important for students to feel good about themselves than about learning. "Show me a kid who can't read and I'll show you one who doesn't have any self-esteem," Ecker said in a faxed press release.