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By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | April 25, 2012
Christina Hammer-Atkins would be the first to say that she is rarely ever rendered speechless, but she was Wednesday night. Hammer-Atkins was named the 2012-13 Washington County Teacher of the Year before a crowd of about 200 people, including many of her colleagues, at the annual recognition dinner at Fountain Head Country Club in Hagerstown. The second-grade teacher from Boonsboro Elementary School was selected out of five finalists for the prestigious award, which is sponsored each year by the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce Foundation.
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April 17, 2006
Cascade auction raises more than $8,000 CASCADE - The Cascade Elementary School Parent Teacher Association recently announced its eighth annual fundraising auction, which was held March 10, raised $8,146.86. The money will be used for the association's annual budget, including field trips, student incentives, special programs, Character Counts bingo, classroom allotments and more, according to a PTA press release. The PTA thanked businesses for donations and all of the parent volunteers who helped make the classroom quilts, pillows and T-shirts and who solicited business donations.
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February 11, 2009
During January, Old Forge Elementary School collected items to be donated to the REACH Cold Weather Shelter. Old Forge collected a total of 178 items. The winning classroom, Mary Ann Robertson's second-grade class, collected a total of 41 items.
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April 28, 2008
Grace Academy held its geography fair for kindergarten through 11th grade students on March 27. The winners were as follows. Grades seven and eight: First place, Joshua Buwalda, "The Reclamation of Land in the Netherlands;" second place, Nick Colvin, "The Deforestation of the Amazon Rain Forest;" third place, Whitney Durr, "South Africa. " Grades nine through 11: First place, Clay Sprecher, "Characteristics of African Music;" second place, Kellie Hoffman, "Tourist Attractions of Paris;" third place, Jamie Shurnitski, "Ice of the Antarctica.
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By LISA PREJEAN | November 9, 2007
The salutation should have been my first clue to proceed with caution. Any letter that begins with "Dear Innovative Educator" typically should be filed with all the other junk mail that clutters a teacher's inbox. Yet there was something appealing about this packet, and I just couldn't quite put it down. "Turn your students into published authors! Everything you need is provided free ... each student will create a contribution to your very own classroom publication ... A real hardbound book that includes original color illustrations.
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by ANDREA ROWLAND | June 10, 2002
andrear@herald-mail.com Elena Rowe's love of music bloomed in Darleen Smith's classroom at Lincolnshire Elementary School, the South Hagerstown High School senior said. Smith - the first music teacher in Washington County elementary schools - taught Elena and her classmates more than basic musical concepts. She taught them to love all kinds of music, appreciate it for the creative outlet music offers and work hard to achieve their artistic goals, said Elena, 17. Smith, 57, will retire June 30 after 36 years as a music teacher in Washington County.
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by KAREN HANNA | November 4, 2005
karenh@herald-mail.com Growing enrollment in Washington County Public Schools has forced computers out of labs and into classrooms. About nine schools have converted computer labs into classrooms to make room for students in recent years, said Arnold Hamman, director of information management and instructional technology for the school system. Administrators said the changes, which have moved individual computers into teachers' homerooms, could give students more opportunities to use the technology.
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by SCOTT BUTKI | October 11, 2004
scottb@herald-mail.com HAGERSTOWN - As a social studies teacher at North Hagerstown High School without a classroom of his own, Sam Spinder said he feels like the proverbial man without a country. Spinder, 42, previously taught in Baltimore County for six years, where he had his own classroom. When interviewing for the job that started this fall, he said he knew that if he was hired he would become what teachers and principals call a "traveling teacher," or a "teacher with a cart.
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by SCOTT BUTKI | August 13, 2004
scottb@herald-mail.com Not only does Kim Adams, 22, of Middletown, Md., consider herself ready to start her first year as a teacher but she has been planning to do this job since she was in first grade. Adams said Thursday while setting up her kindergarten classroom that she decided in first grade that she wanted to teach kindergarten, she said. Adams said that while growing up, she used to "play school" with her sister, telling her: "You are going to be the student and I am going to be the teacher.
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October 4, 2006
Washington County Public Schools will receive more than $11,000 in a grant from the Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association. The Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve the grant. Board Member Russell F. Williams was absent. The grant will be used to purchase five milk coolers for the five new classroom breakfast schools in the school system.
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