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by ERIN CUNNINGHAM | July 13, 2007
HAGERSTOWN - Students often have the same reaction when they first read poetry. "They say, 'But this poem doesn't rhyme,'" Smithsburg High School English teacher Maya Montemurro said. "And they think that's bad. Kids often come to class and don't really know even how to read a poem. " Montemurro, who has taught English for about six years, gave 17 other teachers a lesson Thursday in ways to interest students in poetry and to help them understand it. That was one of several topics covered during a four-day Governor's Academy on English this week at South Hagerstown High School.
November 30, 1999
Sarah Morris, an English teacher at Berkeley Springs High School, has been named West Virginia's 2007 Teacher of the Year. Read the full story in Wednesday's Herald-Mail newspapers.
by LAURA ERNDE | October 14, 2002
A team from Boonsboro High School is scheduled to appear this morning on "It's Academic. " The match will air at 11 a.m. on WJZ-TV, Channel 13, unless it is pre-empted by breaking news, Sophie Altman, a spokeswoman for the television show, said. The team consisted of captain Nathan Leifer, a senior; Ben Cline, a senior; and Andrew Shifler, a junior. The team traveled to Washington on Sept. 15 to compete against teams from Glen Burnie (Md.) High School and Wilde Lake High School in Columbia, Md. "We were competitive," said Coach Steve Lemonakis, an English teacher at Boonsboro High School.
By RACHAEL JOHNSON / Pulse correspondent | April 21, 2009
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Maria Reyes, 27, grew up in Long Beach, Calif., as a third-generation gang member. Her initiation began with a beating by fellow gang members. Thanks to a high school English class, Reyes today is one of the 150 Woodrow Wilson High School students known as the Freedom Writers. Borrowing the name from the Freedom Riders who fought against segregation in the South, a group of Long Beach students published a book based on their journal entries. On April 17, Reyes talked to the eighth-graders at Martinsburg North Middle School.
By JANET HEIM | October 15, 2007
It was a request that Mary Fortson was unsure about. Even after she committed to being photographed in costume as Calpurnia, the housekeeper of attorney Atticus Finch and his children in "To Kill a Mockingbird," Fortson had second thoughts about her involvement. The photo shoot project was a partnership between students in Digital Communication and Cosmetology at Washington County Technical High School for The Big Read, a national reading initiative sponsored locally by the Community Foundation of Washington County.
December 27, 2010
SEPT. 30, 1906-DEC. 24, 2010 Gladys K. Arnold, 104, of Williamsport, Md., died Friday, Dec. 24, 2010, at Homewood at Williamsport in Williamsport, Md. Born Sept. 30, 1906, in Cumberland, Md., she is the daughter of the late Henry U. and Jessie B. Harrison Arnold. Ms. Arnold was a schoolteacher for many years in Morgan County schools. She retired as an English teacher at Berkeley Springs High School. She was a member of Francis Asbury United Methodist Church in Berkeley Springs, W.Va.
March 11, 2008
Ferree-Gingerich Katie Ferree and Derek Gingerich announce their engagement. Ms. Ferree is the daughter of Nancy Frame of Waynesboro, Pa., and Rob and Beth Ferree of Hagerstown. She is a 2002 graduate of Waynesboro High School and a 2006 graduate of Lebanon Valley College. She is employed with Conewago Valley School District as a 10th grade social studies teacher at New Oxford High School. Mr. Gingerich is the son of Chuck and Stacey Gingerich of Spring Grove, Pa. He is a 2000 graduate of Spring Grove Area High School and served with the U.S. Marine Corps from 2002 to 2007.
May 8, 2001
Romine named interim head of Jefferson schools By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer, Charles Town Former Jefferson County Schools Superintendent Jud Romine was selected Monday night to be interim superintendent. Romine will serve as superintendent until the Jefferson County Board of Education can find a replacement for former Superintendent David W. Markoe, who stepped down March 20. Board members agreed Monday night to make Romine superintendent until July 1, which is when they hope to have a new superintendent on board.
January 18, 2001
Greencastle senior earns journalism internship GREENCASTLE, Pa. - A Greencastle-Antrim Senior High School senior has been named the grand-prize winner in Scholastic TAB's Upfront Journalism contest, an honor that will win him a three-day, all-expense-paid trip to New York City. Matt Talhelm will be flown to New York to participate in a three-day internship with an editor from The New York Times Upfront magazine. He will interview and write about a celebrity for a story that will run in the magazine.
October 20, 2007
Thumbs up to Robert Petties, a retired police officer, for volunteering six to seven hours each day to keep the programs at Hagers-town's Memorial Recreation Center up and running. The center, at 109 W. North St., has been without full-time leadership since former director Kim Buchanan left to take another job in September. Petties, who joined the center's board this spring, said it was "a chance to try to make a difference. " Thank you, sir. Thumbs down to Michael Mukasey, a nominee for U.S. attorney general, for his refusal to disavow "waterboarding" and other harsh interrogation techniques.
June 13, 2013
Name: Alicia Drumgoole writing under the pen name Agnes Jayne Age : 35 City in which you reside: Harpers Ferry, W.Va. Day job: English instructor at Hagerstown Community College Book title: “The Problem with Power”  Genre: Paranormal Synopsis of book :  When her aunt's death brings her home to her family's estate in upstate New York, Emily VonPeer meets Nicholas Flynn, who arrives on her doorstep...
Lisa Prejean | June 6, 2013
The kids have decided to organize our house. Each day when I come home from work, another drawer or cupboard has a fresh, new look. I never know what to expect, and I never know what they are going to throw away. For a pack rat like me, the process is scary, and somewhat painful. However, I vow not to interfere because some of the stuff is theirs anyway. If they want to pitch it, sell it, donate it, who am I to stand in the way? I've also tried to avoid asking questions about the items that have been eliminated.
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | | February 5, 2013
Berkeley County Schools for the second year in a row had the most educators achieve National Board Certification among the state's 55 county school districts, officials were told Tuesday night. Nine educators, including the county's first national board certified counselor, were recognized by the Berkeley County Board of Education. With 44 National Board Certified Teachers now on staff, Berkeley County is tied for third with Monongalia County for having the most statewide, according to school officials.
October 5, 2012
Rhonda Holmes-Blankenship, of Cecil County, was named Maryland's Teacher of the Year Friday night during a dinner at Martin's West in Baltimore. She is an English teacher at Rising Sun High School in Rising Sun, Md. Christina Hammer-Atkins, Washington County's 2012-13 Teacher of the Year, was one of the seven finalists for Teacher of the Year. Hammer-Atkins is a second-grade magnet teacher at Boonsboro Elementary School, which is a magnet school for global awareness and world languages.
By JULIE E. GREENE | | August 22, 2012
The school year begins Wednesday for Washington County Public Schools' projected 22,195 students and 1,682 teachers. Many of those teachers are classroom teachers, several of whom spent the early part of this week getting training and preparing their classrooms for the first day. For some, that meant moving into a new classroom. With the help of his daughter, Emily, 15, Smithsburg High teacher Brian Getz was still moving into his classroom Monday. The high school got new windows this summer, then the floors were waxed, and some teachers were moving into new classrooms.
By JANET HEIM | | April 8, 2012
She's known as Sister Corda by the regulars at the REACH Day Resource Center. A five-year volunteer at the center, she buzzes visitors in, checks for their mail, directs them to the proper resources, answers phones, alphabetizes paperwork and offers a listening ear. “I'm really good at alphabetizing,” said the retired English teacher with a laugh. After a 60-year career as a Catholic school teacher, the nun shares some surprising insight. “This has really helped me as a person be more compassionate and caring,” Sister Corda said of her volunteer efforts at REACH.
September 11, 2011
Lincoln was not a white supremacist To the editor: On Aug. 25, Leonard Pitts intimated that the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is one of the greatest heroes of the 200-plus-year American experience. He is more than arguably correct. Pitts is also correct in stating that monuments to individuals do not well honor that individual's courage and tenacity on a daily basis, in the face of extreme adversity; these individuals including King and Abraham Lincoln. Pitts goes on to refer to President Lincoln as a white supremacist.
September 5, 2011
St. John's Catholic Prep celebrates the opening of another school year with three newly filled faculty/staff positions.    Andrea True begins her fifth year at the school as the athletic trainer, as well as teaching sports medicine, nutrition science and freshman girls health. True has been promoted to assistant athletic director, where she will serve in addition to her other positions. With 85 percent of the students at St. John's participating in sports, she will work closely with the athletic director to improve the athletic program.
By JANET HEIM | | May 30, 2011
It has survived the Civil War and the advent of radio, TV and a digital world. Having weathered vast cultural changes, The Rohrersville Cornet Band has played on and is proof that technology is no replacement for live music. It was first organized in 1837,  and even during the Civil War, band members continued to meet. The band just kicked off its 175th season with a concert at the Rohrersville Band Hall on Sunday, May 15. Memorial Day parades in Sharpsburg and Boonsboro and an annual July Fourth performance in Harper's Ferry, W. Va. are just a sampling of the band's upcoming appearances.
May 23, 2011
“This is in response to the teacher from Hagerstown who complained about the Greencastle school system having a dedicated copy machine operator. By the way he structures his sentences, I sure hope he’s not an English teacher.” — Smithsburg “I followed a mo-ped out Pennsylvania Avenue today — heavy traffic. I didn’t notice any tags on his mo-ped. I did, however, notice the string of traffic behind him because he was riding in the roadway. This is illegal, and it needs to be stopped.
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