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November 28, 2005
An open-house event Nov. 15 at Antietam Academy showcased and celebrated several strides forward, according to an academy press release. Three months ago, there was little more than steel framework and dangling wires in the lower level of Western Heights Middle School. Antietam Academy's middle school program was relocated to that location over the summer from its home last year in the lower level of South Hagerstown High school. Since that time, Antietam Academy, a program for Washington County at-risk and special needs students, has come further than having its drywall and painting completed.
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NEWS
April 12, 2005
Clear Spring Middle School students, staff and alumni will suit up Friday, April 29, for two softball games to benefit the Washington County Counselors Scholarship. According to counselor Earl Meagher, a doubleheader to benefit the fund will begin at 2 p.m. at the Clear Spring High School baseball field. In the first game, the Clear Spring Middle School eighth-grade boys team will take on the Springfield Middle School eighth-grade boys team. In the second game, staff and alumni will play Washington County-area police officers.
NEWS
February 16, 2004
Catherine Siepielski Eighth-grade English/language arts teacher at Western Heights Middle School Family: Single Education: Bachelor's degree in elementary education from Shippensburg (Pa.) University, 2001 Mentor: Jodi Young and Chris Hutcher Favorite part of the job: "Seeing students succeed. " Biggest challenge of the job: "Maintaining an informative and interesting learning environment. " Favorite music: Pop/rock Favorite car: Volkswagen Passat Reading now: "The Cat Who Tailed a Thief" by Lillian Jackson Braun Last movie seen: "Big Fish" Favorite TV show: "Friends" Hobbies: Exercising, reading, cross-stitching and scrapbooking If you could meet anyone in history, who would it be?
NEWS
by ERIN CUNNINGHAM | November 10, 2006
Washington County Public Schools officials and one student spoke Thursday night about their experiences with a program that allows students to operate their own minicity. Curriculum in language arts, social studies and math are integrated into lessons for Exchange City, a hands-on learning experience sponsored by Junior Achievement of Central Maryland. Some of the county's fifth-grade students prepared for about six weeks, selecting jobs and political offices they would like to hold in their own minicity.
NEWS
March 7, 2001
BOE hires public information officer The Washington County Board of Education voted unanimously to appoint Carol Y. Mowen its public information officer Tuesday night. Mowen, of Greencastle, Pa., works as a literacy resource teacher at Springfield Middle School. She began working as an English language arts teacher in 1996 at the same school. Her salary will be $49,825 a year, which is the pay for Step One of the scale for administrator and supervisor. The position's top salary is $65,011.
NEWS
by JANET HEIM | January 24, 2005
janeth@herald-mail.com The power of the pen and voice were evident recently as six Washington County youths were honored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, William D. Byron Post 1936. On Jan. 14, a catered dinner and awards ceremony were held at the post on East Washington Street to recognize the top three finishers in two contests - Patriot's Pen, a patriotic essay writing contest, and Voice of Democracy, a patriotic audio essay competition. All students who participated - from E. Russell Hicks Middle and Boonsboro High School - and their families were invited to attend.
NEWS
By SCOTT BUTKI | January 21, 2004
scottb@herald-mail.com The Washington County Board of Education on Tuesday was presented with recommended steps to improve student performance. The recommendations were prompted in part by the results of last year's High School Assessments scores. County scores from the statewide tests administered last January and May were released last week and presented to the board Tuesday. The tests are a series of state standardized end-of-course exams in biology, government, algebra I, geometry and English 9. Sandra Graff, supervisor of secondary science, told the board some students will be encouraged to delay taking biology courses until 10th grade -- after they improve related skills, including language arts, in the ninth grade.
NEWS
by PEPPER BALLARD | September 15, 2003
pepperb@herald-mail.com Eight supervisors in Washington County Public Schools are taking on new roles this year. "These individuals bring expertise to the positions that will be well utilized as they replace retirees and others who have moved on to other positions," Schools Spokeswoman Carol Mowen said. Betsy Donohoe, new supervisor of advanced programs, most recently worked as a school improvement coach and coordinator for the Accelerated Schools Project National Center at the University of Connecticut.
NEWS
April 18, 2005
Nominations have been announced for Washington County Public Schools Teacher of the Year. All nominees will be honored at the annual Educators of the Year banquet, sponsored by the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce, on Thursday, April 21 at the Four Points Hotel in Hagerstown. A committee of school system and Chamber of Commerce representatives is selecting a list of finalists. The Teacher of the Year will be chosen from that list. The teacher chosen will advance to the statewide Teacher of the Year program in October.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | April 2, 2012
Rebecca Jean Ferguson, a former Berkeley County public school teacher, is facing up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty Monday to eight counts of identity theft in Berkeley County Circuit Court. Ferguson, 40, of 10245 Williamsport Pike in Falling Waters, W.Va., set up eight credit card accounts using her then-14-year-old daughter's name, according to testimony at a 2 1/2-hour pretrial hearing Monday before 23rd Circuit Judge Christopher Wilkes. The plea bargain calls for Wilkes to sentence Ferguson to serve a maximum of 10 years in prison.
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