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May 4, 2011
Last year's Washington County Teacher of the Year Jamie Mason had some good advice for this year's winner, Katherine "Kate" Long: Take a day and enjoy the award with your students, because "they are going to be just as excited... " No doubt. For all the time and energy we spend trying to assess the quality of teachers, the kids are the one sure barometer — they know a good teacher when they see one, and there is little question they were as happy as can be that "their" teacher was judged this year's best.
NEWS
June 20, 2012
AARP and the Washington County Commission on Aging has announced the AARP Driver Safety's 2012 Educator Appreciation program. Starting July 1, all current and retired educators and school personnel are eligible to take the AARP driver safety classroom course for $5. Class dates and locations are as follows. Thursday, July 19 - Somerford Assisted Living, 10114 Sharpsburg Pike, Hagerstown,  1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21 - Fahrney-Keedy Retirement Village, 8507 Mapleville Road, Boonsboro, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The program is offered to those individuals who have been an educator, or have worked for a school district or university in any capacity.
NEWS
January 23, 2012
Holly Place was the recipient of a $920 donation collected by members of the Washington County Retired Educational Personnel Association at its December holiday luncheon. Holly Place is a nonprofit organization that provides a safe and home-like setting for senior citizens.
EDUCATION
February 5, 2012
Fountain Rock Elementary School Principal Mike Telemeco and Fountaindale Elementary School teacher Matthew Tack have been nominated for Outstanding Educators Using Technology awards and will be saluted at the Maryland Society for Educators in Technology conference in Baltimore on April 18 and 19. Telemeco is nominated as an outstanding educational leader using technology and  Tack received a nomination as an outstanding educator using technology....
LIFESTYLE
November 4, 2011
Hagerstown Community College Educators' Career Fair is from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, in the Merle S. Elliott Conference Center, Career Programs Building, rooms 211 to 213, on the campus of Hagerstown Community College, 11400 Robinwood Drive, east of Hagerstown. HCC personnel continually recruit adjunct faculty members to teach credit and noncredit courses. Adjuncts are part-time, temporary instructors hired on a semester basis. Speed interview for available adjunct opportunities with academic division chairpersons/directors and faculty members.
NEWS
August 8, 2011
A group of area pastors and educators are planning a trip to Israel from Feb. 25 to March 9, 2012, with an optional extension to Jordan, Petra and Eilat through March 14. The Rev. William H. Harter, pastor emeritus of the Presbyterian Church of Falling Spring, Chambersburg, Pa.; the Rev. Lloyd Zimmerman, pastor of Mount Rock Brethren in Christ Church, Shippensburg, Pa.; the Rev. Russell Sullivan of Pine Street Presbyterian Church, Harrisburg, Pa.;...
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | November 7, 2012
With retired Washington County Public Schools educator Melissa Williams winning the seat on the Board of Education from member W. Edward Forrest - a pharmacist who did not run for re-election, five of the seven board members will be former school system educators. Some board members said Wednesday it's good to have diversity on the board, though that diversity can come within varied education careers. None of the people who will be sitting on the board after the Dec. 4 swearing-in were overly concerned about career diversity among the board's members.
NEWS
April 3, 2008
Laura Berkeley, right, was selected as Jefferson County's 2008 Teacher of the Year Wednesday night during an awards ceremony at Charles Town Races & Slots. Berkeley teaches deaf and hard-of-hearing students in grades pre-K through grade 12. Chris Walter, left, principal at Wright Denny Intermediate School was named Principal of the Year. Barbara Scott, center, a teacher's aide at T.A. Lowery Elementary School, received the Service Personnel of the Year Award. The dinner was sponsored by Charles Town Races & Slots and Roger Ramey, the racetrack's vice president of public affairs.
NEWS
by LAURA ERNDE | March 20, 2003
laurae@herald-mail.com Washington County educators stood in front of the State House on Wednesday and sang their message to lawmakers to the tune of "Battle Hymn of the Republic. " "Mine eyes have seen the glory of the 'No Child Left Behind.' It is mapping out the pathways to bring each school into line. It will cost a lot of dollars, so that's what's on our minds. We need the money now. Glory, glory, where's the funding?" Last year, the Maryland General Assembly approved substantial increases in the amount of state money going to public schools.
NEWS
February 28, 2006
A group of Washington County Public Schools educators met Gov. Robert Ehrlich and Lt. Gov. Michael Steele Tuesday, Feb. 14, while in Annapolis to attend a Maryland State Department of Education Maryland Initiative for New Teachers grant presentation (MINT). Rebecca Skrabak of Eastern Elementary School and Amy McKenzie of Fountain Rock Elementary School were awarded MINT grants.
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By ALICIA NOTARIANNI | alnotarianni@aol.com | September 7, 2013
Heather Elliott said her late husband had struggled with depression. Over the years, she said, in his darkest times, he had spoken of suicide. She listened to him, tried to support him, encouraged him to get professional help. Still, not yet two weeks ago, on Aug. 27, her worst nightmare became a reality when he took his own life. Soon after, Elliott, 25, of Hagerstown saw an ad in the newspaper for the Out of the Darkness Community Walk. Hosted by the Maryland chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the event aimed to raise awareness of suicide, help prevent it and provide support for survivors - meaning family members who have lost loved ones to it. Elliott and her two young sons participated in the event Saturday morning at City Park in Hagerstown.
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OPINION
By DAVID HANLIN | September 4, 2013
My children all attended Washington County Public Schools, and I am very happy with the overall education they received. But, public school may not be for every family. Some opt for private or homeschooling. What is important is that all children get an education that best prepares them to contribute to society and that gives them the best chance for happiness as adults. Traditionally, homeschooling and private schooling are viewed as being distinct from public schooling. However, I suspect these approaches to educating children are likely to become increasingly interconnected as education continues to undergo major reform.  The 2004 report to the National Governors Association (NGA)
NEWS
September 2, 2013
Educators have until Sept. 16 to apply for FirstEnergy Corp's education grants for the 2013-14 school year. Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, or STEM Classroom Grants of up to $500 will be awarded for creative, individual classroom projects for grades kindergarten through 12. The grants are available to educators and youth groups in communities served by FirstEnergy's 10 electric operation companies and in communities where the...
NEWS
September 1, 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.
EDUCATION
September 1, 2013
The 28th international convention of Alpha Delta Kappa, honorary organization for outstanding women educators, was held recently at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. More than 1,400 female educators from all 50 states, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Canada and Australia attended the convention. Representing Sigma Chapter of Maryland Alpha Delta Kappa were Bev Kriner, Sigma president; Peggy  Rohr, president elect; Mary Ann Kriner, Sigma historian; Sharon Chirgott, Maryland state recording secretary; Nina Wells, past Sigma president; Cathy Granthamz Maryland state treasurer; and Patricia Leonard, Maryland state Potomac District co-chairwoman.
NEWS
August 22, 2013
The executive director of the Eastern Panhandle Regional Planning and Development Council has resigned, Berkeley County Councilman Jim Barnhart announced Thursday at the council's weekly meeting. Carol A. Goolsby, whose resignation is effective today, said she is taking an opportunity to return to her passion in higher education and plans to teach.  Goolsby, who tendered her resignation Monday, is leaving after more than seven years in the position. In her tenure, the council's staff has grown from one full-time and one part-time position to seven full-time positions, she said.
NEWS
matthewu@herald-mail.com | August 20, 2013
Administrators and teachers in Berkeley and Jefferson counties have been experiencing what gunfire in their public school buildings sounds and feels like as part of a fledgling safe-schools initiative.  “Hopefully, we'll never need this, and they'll never hear it again, but at the same time, I think it helps. You can never be too prepared,” said Ron Stephens, Berkeley County Schools' assistant superintendent for pupil services. “And if it saves one life or makes people take things more seriously when we're talking about safety protocol, then it's well worth it.” The firing of blank ammunition inside the school buildings is part of the Eastern Panhandle Safe Schools Initiative, which is an ongoing collaborative effort of the FBI, West Virginia State Police, Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, Berkeley County Schools and Jefferson County Schools.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | August 13, 2013
Stephanie Jones and Sarah Burgan both knew they wanted to be teachers when they graduated from South Hagerstown High School and headed to Frostburg State University. Now Jones and Burgan, both 22, have come home to become teachers. The two were among about 120 new Washington County Public School teachers who attended a Tuesday reception sponsored by the business community. The Greater Hagerstown Committee and the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce co-hosted the Michael G. Callas New Educators Reception at North Hagerstown High in the middle of a three-day academy to help new educators.
OPINION
By BRAD SELL and MELISSA REABOLD | July 28, 2013
Editor's note: This is an update on the Strategic Community Impact Plan coordinated by the Community Foundation and United Way of Washington County.  The Impact Council determined that SCIP Focus Groups would reconvene to evaluate the status of the work in progress to achieve the goals published in November 2012 and to provide an update to the community. As of this update, all focus groups have met one or more times. Each has determined the relevance of the stated goals and reviewed the current information available for each subject.
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