February 19, 1997
By KERRY FRALEY Staff Writer CLEAR SPRING - A new school improvement grant program for elementary schools didn't make the cut Tuesday night, when the Washington County Board of Education trimmed a little over $4 million from Schools Superintendent Wayne F. Gersen's proposed $106 million budget. The program, designed to give schools funding for initiatives designed to improve students' math and language arts skills, had been budgeted at $1.3 million. It was one of several proposed programs and staff positions cut from the budget.
September 20, 1997
RANSON, W.Va. - The Jefferson County TeleCenter has begun office skills testing and certification for local businesses and individuals. The TeleCenter offers automated testing and certification in keyboarding and word processing, language arts and records management, financial record keeping and applications and 10-key/data entry. The tests are administered through a computer software package called Office Proficiency Assessment and Certification, so they can be taken individually, whenever the applicant or the employer needs it. The OPAC system tests speed and accuracy of typing and numerical data entry, grammar, punctuation, editing abilities, mathematical skills and proficiency in the use of particular software packages.
November 19, 2003
Proposed course changes for county high school students were made to the Washington County Board of Education during a work session Tuesday afternoon. Clyde Harrell, the school system's supervisor of secondary social studies, suggested that the sequence of high school social studies classes be changed from government being taught in ninth grade to U.S. history being taught in ninth grade. He said students learn about U.S. history in eighth grade and if they take the second part of U.S. history in ninth grade, they'll have a better understanding of government before going into 10th grade.
October 30, 2006
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Three Jefferson County schools were named exemplary for 2006-07 by the West Virginia Board of Education, according to a press release from Jefferson County Schools. The three schools were Shepherdstown (W.Va.) Elementary School, Harpers Ferry (W.Va.) Middle School and Shepherdstown Middle School, according to the release. Seventy-four schools in West Virginia received the accreditation and will be honored at a banquet Nov. 8 in Charleston, W.Va., according to the release.
May 4, 2012
Springfield Middle School will hold its Spring Celebration on Thursday, May 10, from 2:45 to 8 p.m. Parents, students and the community are invited to participate. There will be many interesting activities during the day, including: English Language Arts student-led conferences will begin at 2:45 p.m. Scholastic book fair will be open and items will be available for purchase until 8 p.m. Several colleges will...
February 3, 2003
Amanda Duffey Eighth-grade English Language Arts Teacher Springfield Middle School Family: Single. Education: Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education with a minor in English from Shippensburg University Mentor: "My family is my biggest mentor for life. My cooperating teachers during student teaching had a very positive influence on the way that I teach now. Many teachers at Springfield are both mentors and friends in and outside of the classroom.
July 22, 2012
Approximately 420 teachers and other educators from the region will meet for three days at South Hagerstown High School this week for an Educator Effectiveness Academy to learn more about the new curriculum for Maryland public schools, according to local and state education agencies. The Maryland State Department of Education is having academies throughout the state this summer to help teachers and principals learn about the more rigorous, in-depth Common Core curriculum, according to the state education department's website.
May 8, 2011
A team of students from Boonsboro Middle School was the top finisher of eight schools in Maryland participating in the 56th Knowledge Master Open, an academic competition held April 20. More than 17,000 students from the United States, China, France, South Korea and other international locations competed at their computers, vying for top scores by answering 200 touch-timed questions. Scoring was based on accuracy and speed. Boonsboro’s team correctly answered 178 of the 200 questions and scored 1,347 of a possible 2,000 points. The mean score for middle school participants was 1,148.
November 11, 2012
On Oct. 25, the middle school students at Antietam Academy went on a field trip to Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpsburg. In addition to learning about the battlefield, and in conjunction with their social studies and language arts classes, the students fulfilled student service-learning requirement hours for middle school. In the morning, the students participated in three activities with Ranger Christie Stanczak. The activities were “Civil War Soldier,” “Angels of the Battlefield” and “Flags that Talk.” In the afternoon, the students worked with Rangers Andrew Landsman and Chris Tawney and planted a variety of seedlings.
June 3, 2013
Steve Wernick, who was slated to become Cascade Elementary School's principal next school year, said Monday that he is leaving Washington County Public Schools to take a job with Carroll County (Md.) Public Schools. Wernick, who is the local director of elementary education, lives in Carroll County. He said he will become principal at Mechanicsville Elementary. A new principal for Cascade Elementary School has not yet been named. Cascade's current principal, Karen Palmer, will be principal at Boonsboro Elementary in the next school year.