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May 22, 2013
Washington County Free Library announced the winners of the 2013 Easy Picture Book Writing Contest. The contest offers five age divisions: grades two to three; grades four to five; grades six to eight; grades nine to 12; and adults. On May 15, parents and family members gathered at a reception at the Smithsburg Branch Library honoring the winners. First place winners in each category, Arione Heise, Stephanie Vicarte, William Stann Jr., Hannah Grim and Anna Olszewski will have copies of their books placed in the library collection.
LIFESTYLE
April 26, 2012
Washington County Free Library announces the winning and honorable mention entries in its annual poetry and short story contest. The contest was open to writers from second grade through adult. Residents of Washington County or people with a valid Washington County Library Card were eligible to enter. Winners were declared in five age divisions - grades two and three; grades four and five; grades six to eight; grades nine to 12; and adult. Two winners were chosen for each category and in most cases an honorable mention was also included.
EDUCATION
April 15, 2012
Washington County Free Library has announced the winners of the 2012 Easy Picture Book Writing Contest. The first-place winner in each division receives a certificate of recognition and a hardbound edition of his/her book. A copy of each winning entry will also be placed in the library's collection. First-place winners include Amy Hatcher (grades two to three) who wrote “The Happy Little Doll”; Rebecca Stell (grades four to five) author of “The Boy Who Cried Gum-Drop”; Quinn Wandalowski (grades six to eight)
EDUCATION
February 24, 2013
Heritage Academy held its annual in-school spelling bee Jan. 9. Students in grades four to eight competed for the privilege to advance to the district meet sponsored by American Christian Schools International. Winners from grades six to eight also participated in the Washington County Spelling Bee. The fourth-grade spelling bee lasted 47 rounds, with the top two students continuing for 40 rounds after all other spellers were out.
EDUCATION
September 2, 2012
Here are some of the things happening this week in Washington County Public Schools: Monday, Sept. 3 Labor Day - Schools and central office closed. Tuesday, Sept. 4    Washington County Board of Education Meeting - 1 p.m. (broadcast live on Antietam Cable Channel 99) Clear Spring Middle - PTSA meeting in media center, 6 p.m. E. Russell Hicks Middle - Band Boosters meeting, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5    E. Russell Hicks Middle - Flag squad meeting, 7 p.m.; grades seven and eight meet- the-teacher night, 6 p.m. Lincolnshire Elementary - Volunteer orientation in cafeteria, 9 a.m. Thursday, Sept, 6 Boonsboro Middle - Grades seven and eight meet-the- teacher night, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Fountaindale Elementary - Parent community meeting, 6 p.m. Friday, Sept.
EDUCATION
November 26, 2012
On Oct. 23 and Oct. 24, awards were given to the students who read the most pages for the Summer Reading Program at Grace Academy. Thirty-six students in grades one to five participated, and a total of 65,127 pages were read by those students.  The students who were the ravenous readers in grades one and two were Hanna Casto with 3,024 pages read and Lauren Leather with 2,604 pages read.  The ravenous readers in grades three to five were...
EDUCATION
August 4, 2013
Smithsburg Lions Club President Frank Schaller presented the Smithsburg Lions Club Scholarship to Kyle William Huntzberry  on May 22 at the Mountain Gate Restaurant in Waynesboro, Pa. Kyle recently graduated from Smithsburg High School, where he was on the distinguished honor roll in ninth and 10 grades, received the faculty distinguished honor award in 11th grade and was named to the STARS program in ninth and 12th grades.  Kyle has been involved...
NEWS
January 18, 2013
Washington County Free Library has announced its annual Poetry and Short Story Writing Contest is under way. The contest includes five age divisions: children in grades two and three; grades four and five; grades six to eight; grades nine to 12; and adult. Entrants must be a resident of Washington County, or have a valid Washington County Free Library Card. Writers may enter up to two poems and one short story. Short stories can be up to five pages long. All entries must be original work and can be on any topic.
NEWS
June 12, 2013
There are still some spaces left for the It's Your Game summer camps for middle-schoolers at Girls Inc. in Hagerstown:  Monday, June 17, to Friday, June 21, or Monday, June 24, to Friday, June 28, grade seven  Monday, June 17, to Friday, June 28, grades eight and nine These free camps are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for those going into grades seven to nine in the 2013-14 school year. It's Your Game - Keep It Real is a classroom and computer-based program on healthy relationships and refusal skills for saying “no” to harmful choices.
NEWS
January 14, 2008
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. (AP) - Showing up to school will exempt some Jefferson County students from taking finals this year. The county school board has voted 4-to-1 to allow students with an 80 percent grade average and no more than six absences to forgo final tests. Jefferson High School Principal Howard Guth says the incentive helps motivate students to show up to school, and keep up their grades.
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EDUCATION
August 4, 2013
Smithsburg Lions Club President Frank Schaller presented the Smithsburg Lions Club Scholarship to Kyle William Huntzberry  on May 22 at the Mountain Gate Restaurant in Waynesboro, Pa. Kyle recently graduated from Smithsburg High School, where he was on the distinguished honor roll in ninth and 10 grades, received the faculty distinguished honor award in 11th grade and was named to the STARS program in ninth and 12th grades.  Kyle has been involved...
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By KAREN MAWDSLEY | kmawdsley@schurz.com | July 26, 2013
The weeklong Washington County Ag Expo and Fair might be winding down for this year, but competition was still Grade A in Friday morning's 4-H/FFA Beef Heifer Show and Open Class Beef Cattle Show. Children ages 8 to 18 paraded around the show arena, showing off their best beef heifers to judge Ruth Boden. More than 80 onlookers watched Boden, 45, scrutinize the heifers. The Clear Brook, Va., resident, who has been judging heifers since she was 9 years old, knew what she was looking for: structural correctness, femininity, volume, depth of body and muscle, she said after the show.
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By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | July 4, 2013
Many Washington County lawmakers have earned high marks in a business advocacy group's annual scorecard that grades state legislators on the basis of how they voted on certain key measures related to the economic environment during the 2013 session of the Maryland General Assembly. The Maryland Business for Responsive Government, a nonpartisan group, this week released its scorecard, which is based on 10 Senate votes and 12 House votes, including an effort to raise the minimum wage in the state and another bill related to offshore wind energy.
EDUCATION
June 16, 2013
The following Saint James School students were awarded prizes on Prize Day, which was June 1: “It is customary to award scholastic prizes in recognition of achievement in the various subjects as evidenced by highest grades,” said the Rev. D. Stuart Dunnan, headmaster.   Middle school Leanne Taylor Ludwick of Chambersburg, Pa., (grade nine) was awarded the Prize for Excellence in English. Ludwick and Ryan Joseph Brown of Hagerstown (grade nine) received the prizes for All-Round Athletic Ability.
NEWS
June 12, 2013
There are still some spaces left for the It's Your Game summer camps for middle-schoolers at Girls Inc. in Hagerstown:  Monday, June 17, to Friday, June 21, or Monday, June 24, to Friday, June 28, grade seven  Monday, June 17, to Friday, June 28, grades eight and nine These free camps are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for those going into grades seven to nine in the 2013-14 school year. It's Your Game - Keep It Real is a classroom and computer-based program on healthy relationships and refusal skills for saying “no” to harmful choices.
LIFESTYLE
May 22, 2013
Washington County Free Library announced the winners of the 2013 Easy Picture Book Writing Contest. The contest offers five age divisions: grades two to three; grades four to five; grades six to eight; grades nine to 12; and adults. On May 15, parents and family members gathered at a reception at the Smithsburg Branch Library honoring the winners. First place winners in each category, Arione Heise, Stephanie Vicarte, William Stann Jr., Hannah Grim and Anna Olszewski will have copies of their books placed in the library collection.
EDUCATION
February 24, 2013
Heritage Academy held its annual in-school spelling bee Jan. 9. Students in grades four to eight competed for the privilege to advance to the district meet sponsored by American Christian Schools International. Winners from grades six to eight also participated in the Washington County Spelling Bee. The fourth-grade spelling bee lasted 47 rounds, with the top two students continuing for 40 rounds after all other spellers were out.
NEWS
By ALICIA NOTARIANNI | alnotarianni@aol.com | February 23, 2013
Jade Lee and Evan Reese have big shoes to fill when it comes to spelling. Each has an older sibling who has won the Washington County Spelling Bee and gone on to compete at Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. Saturday at the 2012-2013 Washington County Spelling Bee at Western Heights Middle School, the two not only filled the shoes, but to varying extents, followed in their footsteps. Jade, 13, of Leitersburg, won the eighth grade contest and will move on to compete in Washington, D.C. Evan, 13, of Greencastle, Pa., a student at Heritage Academy, was first runner-up.
NEWS
February 3, 2013
Listed are the names of those who placed in the Berkeley County Math Field Day last week at Musselman High School. The students are listed in the order they placed, followed by the name of their school.                         Fourth grade                                 1. Nina Saluja, Potomack Intermediate School                    2. Reese Luckwick, Orchard View Intermediate School                    3. Chloe Sanders, Orchard View Intermediate School            4. Cole Edwards, first alternate, Orchard View Intermediate School                    5. Kaiden Crawford, second alternate, Mountain Ridge School            6. Ethan Misera, third alternate, Tomahawk Intermediate School        7. Ava Kilmer,Orchard View Intermediate School                        8. Jordan Steward, Orchard View Intermediate School                    9. Isaac Roames, Potomack Intermediate School                        10. Emily Hott, Faith Christian Academy                                                        Fifth grade                                1. Rebekah Avey, Orchard View Intermediate School                    2. Korey Whitener, Potomack Intermediate School                    ...
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | February 2, 2013
Starting next fall, parents of Washington County Public Schools students will be able to get timely e-alerts with information about their child's grades and notifying them if their child didn't show up for school, according to the school system's director of information management and instructional technology. Parents can access their children's past report cards and school system benchmark assessment results online through a laptop or desktop computer now, Arnold Hammann said. Once the new, almost $1.2 million student information software is installed, parents can choose to be alerted instantly about grades - as soon as a teacher enters them in an electronic gradebook - and school absences with attendance information entered electronically, he said.
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