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By CLYDE FORD | April 10, 1998
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Jefferson County teachers told the Board of Education on Wednesday they fear that a proposed policy will require them to spend too much time preparing lesson plans and not enough time teaching. The Jefferson County Board of Education delayed a vote on the new policy Wednesday to give members time to review comments about it. Under the new policy, teachers would have to list the objective for each day in the lesson plan and detail how they will reach it. Schools Superintendent David Markoe said the new policy will make sure that teachers are sticking with the course material and would help substitutes.
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January 27, 2013
Students at Boonsboro High School raised $1,722.72 to help fund blood cancer research and provide help and hope to thousands of patients and their families through the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's  Pennies for Patients program. The collection drive, in honor of third-grade leukemia patient Mackenzie McCarter of Hagerstown, was led by the students of Starlene Hamilton's first- period career- development class.  The National Honor Society at the high school worked in conjunction with the class.
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July 1, 2002
Registration is open for the 2002 Maryland State Conference on Gifted and Talented Education to be held in Ocean City on Friday, Oct. 11. The keynote speaker will be Joseph S. Renzulli from the University of Connecticut. A variety of sessions will be available for teachers, administrators and parents of gifted students. Registration materials are available from the Maryland State Department of Education Web site at www.msde.state.md.us or Howard County Public Schools Web site at www.howard.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | July 26, 2012
When the new school year begins, one of the first assignments Luanne Murphy's seventh-grade class at Smithsburg Middle School will be given is to read a biography of cyclist Lance Armstrong. Students will use the Internet to read more current information about Armstrong and allegations of doping, Murphy said. In addition to being a cancer survivor and a seven-time winner of the gruelingTour de France, Armstrong faces allegations that he used prohibited substances or methods to unfairly improve his performance.
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April 11, 2001
Schools' high-tech resources score well By TARA REILLY tarar@herald-mail.com While the Washington County school system is above the state average in technology resources, some individual schools have fallen below, according to a report from the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education. continued The report notes that some county schools are below average in Internet access and in the percentage of teachers who use computer applications in classroom instruction.
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By BRUCE HAMILTON | August 23, 1999
Students were not laughing, yelling or talking in the halls and classrooms of Washington County schools Monday, but their teachers were in the buildings preparing for the first day of classes. [cont. from front page ] Students don't return until Aug. 30, but educators use the stillness before the storm to plan and prepare. They set up their classrooms and work on their lesson plans. "This is our first official day, but many of us have been in, off and on, all summer," said Ann Marie Roulette, a third-grade teacher at Emma K. Doub Elementary School.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | August 20, 2010
Northern Middle School could get a solar-panel array on its roof this fall at no direct cost to Washington County Public Schools, school system officials said this week. The array is expected to generate about 30 percent of the school's electrical needs, according to project information provided to the Board of Education. On Tuesday, the school board unanimously approved accepting a proposal from Nautilus Solar to install the solar array system, to work on finalizing a power purchase agreement with the company and to proceed with the project under the terms of the grant that will help pay for the project.
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by CANDICE BOSELY | October 21, 2003
martinsburg@herald-mail.com Berkeley County Board of Education member Pat Murphy requested Monday night that any student who fails to turn in an assignment receive an automatic zero, but fellow board members voted against the proposed policy change. Because some teachers refuse to accept failure, such a policy would hinder efforts to have students succeed, Schools Superintendent Manny Arvon said as he argued against the idea. Murphy's motion failed by a 4-1 vote.
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BY BOB MAGINNIS | April 25, 2002
When it comes to accountability, how much is enough? During the 2002 session, the West Virginia Legislature said that teachers faced too much paperwork, and cut significantly the amount required for classroom educators. Unfortunately for them, the relief may be short-lived. During a previous session, the legislature added many reporting requirements in an effort to make the schools more responsible for students' success or failure. But like many well-intentioned pieces of legislation, it led some systems to add requirements that actually discouraged teachers from talking to parents.
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by JENNIFER FITCH | April 29, 2007
MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Two Mercersburg Elementary School girls talk enthusiastically about cell phones, iPods, the Disney Channel and math. In fact, math games will be a key part of a summer party that Carrington Baker and Kacie Hose, both 10, are planning. The guest list definitely will include three second-graders whom the youngsters have been tutoring, they said. "We feel like sisters," Kacie said. "We do," Carrington added. Carrington and Kacie spend 30 minutes every morning before school working with the younger students on skills such as subtraction.
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January 27, 2013
Students at Boonsboro High School raised $1,722.72 to help fund blood cancer research and provide help and hope to thousands of patients and their families through the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's  Pennies for Patients program. The collection drive, in honor of third-grade leukemia patient Mackenzie McCarter of Hagerstown, was led by the students of Starlene Hamilton's first- period career- development class.  The National Honor Society at the high school worked in conjunction with the class.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | July 26, 2012
When the new school year begins, one of the first assignments Luanne Murphy's seventh-grade class at Smithsburg Middle School will be given is to read a biography of cyclist Lance Armstrong. Students will use the Internet to read more current information about Armstrong and allegations of doping, Murphy said. In addition to being a cancer survivor and a seven-time winner of the gruelingTour de France, Armstrong faces allegations that he used prohibited substances or methods to unfairly improve his performance.
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December 21, 2011
Sean Maher, a web and multimedia instructor at Hagerstown Community College, competed in the 2011 Adobe Educators' Choice Awards. He was a runner-up in the category of Higher Education Digital Arts and Media. Educators submit projects, lesson plans, curriculum, presentations or tutorials for the contest. Maher's submission was a tutorial showing how to create a multi-page website using Dreamweaver's template system. His tutorial is available for viewing at www.you tube.com/watch?
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By DAN KAUFFMAN | kauffman@herald-mail.com | November 14, 2011
Ann Reynolds' first year as Hagerstown Community College's head volleyball coach has been a learning experience - for herself, her assistants and her players. But as they usually seem to do come November, the Hawks once again passed the Region XX test, winning the region title for the ninth straight year to earn one of 16 berths to the NJCAA Division II national tournament. HCC (27-7) started its season by losing all five of its matches at the Owens Express Classic at Owens Community College in Toledo, Ohio - the site of this year's national tournament, which begins Thursday and concludes Saturday.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | August 20, 2010
Northern Middle School could get a solar-panel array on its roof this fall at no direct cost to Washington County Public Schools, school system officials said this week. The array is expected to generate about 30 percent of the school's electrical needs, according to project information provided to the Board of Education. On Tuesday, the school board unanimously approved accepting a proposal from Nautilus Solar to install the solar array system, to work on finalizing a power purchase agreement with the company and to proceed with the project under the terms of the grant that will help pay for the project.
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April 16, 2010
The Funkstown School for Early Childhood Education has been celebrating a "Be Kind to Animals Month" that includes a collection drive for the Humane Society of Washington County and other animal-themed activities and lessons. The first-time event has been met with enthusiasm by both students and teachers. "We've basically been focusing on how we help animals and how animals help us," Principal Susan Burger said. Many lesson plans have been designed featuring animals, such as math problems and art classes focused on drawing furry friends.
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By LISA TEDRICK PREJEAN | August 22, 2008
"So, what do you do while Tristan is having his violin lesson?" my daughter asked. I could tell her mental wheels were turning. "I work. Since Mommy's moving from elementary school to high school this year, there are a lot of lessons to study and plan. I've been trying to prepare for my new job. " She pursed her lips, shook her head and aimed her pointer finger at me. "Not today," she said. "You've worked enough on those lesson plans this summer. Today you will not work.
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by JENNIFER FITCH | April 29, 2007
MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Two Mercersburg Elementary School girls talk enthusiastically about cell phones, iPods, the Disney Channel and math. In fact, math games will be a key part of a summer party that Carrington Baker and Kacie Hose, both 10, are planning. The guest list definitely will include three second-graders whom the youngsters have been tutoring, they said. "We feel like sisters," Kacie said. "We do," Carrington added. Carrington and Kacie spend 30 minutes every morning before school working with the younger students on skills such as subtraction.
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by LISA PREJEAN | March 16, 2007
"Did you enjoy your snow day?" I can't tell you how many times people asked me that this winter. Each time school was canceled because of weather, I could almost see the envy in people's faces when they asked about my "day off. " I can't say I blame them. Before I became an elementary school teacher three years ago, I felt the same way. It must be nice to be a teacher and have so much time off when it snows. Each time I was questioned, I answered the same, "Oh, yes. My snow day was very nice.
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by LISA PREJEAN | February 16, 2007
My students and I recently were discussing the classroom scene in E.B. White's "Stuart Little. " We read the chapter, closed our books and tried to remember the ideas proposed by Stuart's students as potential "classroom laws. " Stuart is a mouse, 2 inches high, who just happens into a substitute teaching job that day. He tosses out the arithmetic lesson, tells the students they should already know how to write, says he had never heard of such a thing as social studies and, for spelling, states that if they don't know how to spell something, they should open a dictionary.
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