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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | February 21, 2011
U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller met with Eastern Panhandle educators Monday to get their views on the connection between teaching math and science and the country’s economic future. Rockefeller, D-W.Va., held a roundtable discussion at Shepherd University’s Scarborough Library with 17 area educators, from kindergarten teachers to Shepherd University department chairs. Rockefeller said teaching math and science “is basic to the country’s future. Some 80 percent of the fastest-growing occupations depend on knowledge of math and science.
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NEWS
September 27, 2010
SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Shepherd University's Department of Mathematics has established a Research Guild and is looking for students who are interested in participating in applied research. Laboratory space in Stutzman-Slonaker, which was formerly a biology lab, will be used as classroom space and lab for students to do applied research, according to Christopher Elmer, assistant professor of mathematics and engineering. "Robbie Auld, a founding student member of the guild, has been instrumental in providing the students' perspective on many of our ideas," Elmer said.
NEWS
July 20, 2010
Selected students from Washington County middle and high schools are taking in a paid one-week internship at Washington County Technical High School through the Gains in the Education of Mathemetics and Science/Young Engineers and Scientist program. The GEMS/YES program is funded through the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command and U.S. Army Garrison Fort Detrick. For this year, 170 students were accepted as interns. The student interns are being taught by nine paid Near-Peer Mentors.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | October 19, 2009
WARFORDSBURG, Pa. - Fulton County's double-digit unemployment rate has renewed interest in a diploma program aimed at high school dropouts. The Southern Fulton School District started the program in better economic times, but began receiving more inquiries as unemployment climbed. At its worst, the county's unemployment rate was 16 percent in February. Applicants, who must be at least 21 years old and residents of the district, could have dropped out of school for any reason.
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By JANET HEIM | September 28, 2009
HALFWAY -- For almost 38 years, Greg Eversole has worked hard to build up the confidence of his Washington County students. "I've been blessed every one of those years with great experiences and great rapport with kids and teachers," said Eversole, who turns 60 on Sept. 30. As a math teacher, he also wanted to help students see that math wasn't as difficult as they've been led to believe. "I'm a very visual teacher. They have to be able to see it to understand it," said Eversole, of Halfway.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | September 15, 2009
Jamie Mason was recognized Tuesday as the Golden Apple Awards Teacher of the Year for 2009-10 during a Washington County Board of Education meeting. Mason is a math teacher at Clear Spring Middle School. Teacher of the Year finalists were: o Sara Belin, a fifth-grade teacher at Bester Elementary School o Amber Madigan, a math teacher at Smithsburg Middle School o Kevin Seburn, a science teacher at Washington County Technical High School o David Warrenfeltz, a math teacher at North Hagerstown High School o Tracey Wolbert, a first-grade teacher at Salem Avenue Elementary School o Amy Yingling, a French teacher at Springfield Middle School "These teachers represent the best of the best," Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan said during the meeting.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | August 29, 2009
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Students at more than 70 percent of Eastern Panhandle schools scored higher in math or reading on West Virginia's revamped standardized achievement tests than statewide averages this spring. But the WESTEST 2 results released last week by the West Virginia Department of Education also show only 19 of 44 schools exceeded state averages of proficiency in both subject areas. C.W. Shipley Elementary School near Harpers Ferry, W.Va., not only scored higher, but the 221 students tested there in grades three through five notched a pair of the highest proficient percentages statewide, according to the results.
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By KATE S. ALEXANDER | August 6, 2009
GREENCASTLE, Pa. -- While state lawmakers struggle to pass a budget in Harrisburg, the Greencastle-Antrim School Board managed to squeeze enough from its funds to buy K-6 grade students updated mathematics textbooks. In a 7-0 vote Thursday, the board agreed to spend $85,044 on a new math curriculum for its primary, elementary and middle school students through grade six. Assistant Superintendent Bob Crider said the program, enVision Math, will better prepare district students for state standardized tests.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | July 21, 2009
o Is standardized testing a good measure of whether students are learning? Cast your vote HAGERSTOWN -- Every public elementary and middle school in Washington County met this year's proficiency standard for state testing, school district officials announced Tuesday. Also, the school system set records for scores in 12 areas -- each grade from 3 through 8, in both math and reading. Several schools posted their best scores ever in reading, math or both. One was Smithsburg Middle School's 93.7 percent proficiency in reading and 92.5 percent in math, which are record highs for the county.
NEWS
July 15, 2009
Science, math focus of draft curriculum The Washington County Board of Education received a draft Tuesday of a five-year plan to improve science, technology, engineering and math instruction, also known as STEM. Sandra Graff, supervisor of secondary science for Washington County Public Schools, said those subjects already are part of the school system curriculum. However, the STEM five-year plan involves a more coordinated effort. "The plan reflects our intent to try to develop those connections and give students the strength of seeing those things at the same time," she said.
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