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May 10, 2012
A team of seventh-graders from Smithsburg Middle School recently finished first in the fifth annual 6th Congressional District Project Citizen Showcase at Hagerstown Community College. Springfield Middle School finished second in the event and Clear Spring Middle School placed third. The students presented a project about a local issue to a panel of judges comprised of educators and community leaders. All seventh-graders participated in the process, and each middle school selected one group for presentation at the district showcase.
EDUCATION
February 18, 2013
On Feb. 7, E. Russell Hicks Middle School held Parent Night at the school. Students brought parents, grandparents, other family members and guests from the community for an opportunity to explain their academic data and success this year. Students also set goals for the remainder of the school year. The staff at the school believes that open communication between parents, students and teachers helps increase academic and social achievement. A spaghetti dinner was part of the activities. 
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | April 19, 2012
Middle school might be a bit early for someone to decide on a career, but it's not too early to begin exploring. On Thursday, students from five county middle schools toured Washington County Technical High School, where they got a glimpse of courses ranging from cosmetology to carpentry, to computer game development and animation. “We were named the most outstanding science and technology program in the state of Maryland last year,” Sally Irwin, the Project Lead the Way biomedical science teacher told a group of eighth-graders from Boonsboro Middle School.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | April 7, 2013
Some students at Western Heights Middle School have to walk through an empty room or a classroom with students to get to their own classroom. The school's Spanish and French teacher's desk is in a narrow storage room that exits onto the hallway. Her classroom is next door. Band class is held on the school's auditorium stage, said Principal Mike Kuhaneck, explaining the layout during a Wednesday tour of the 1300 Marshall St. school's ground floor. Those conditions will improve with renovations to the West End school's ground floor, expected to be substantially complete in time for classrooms to be ready for the first day of the next school year on Aug. 21, school system officials said.
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By MARLO BARNHART | November 12, 1999
HANCOCK - The 181 students at Hancock's middle school were honored Friday for having the best attendance rate of all middle schools in Washington County. That attendance achievement earned the students a $250 check and an attendance banner from the Golden M Co. (McDonald's), according to Robert "Bo" Myers, principal of Hancock Middle-Senior High School. A steady increase in attendance by middle school students in the past five years is the result of efforts by parents, teachers and students who are committed to education, Myers said.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | December 23, 2012
One of the two men who died Friday after a head-on crash in Chambersburg, Pa., was a media specialist at Western Heights Middle School, Western Heights Principal Michael Kuhaneck confirmed Sunday. Dean Schroeder was the media specialist at the middle school in Hagerstown's West End, Kuhaneck said. “He was a great guy, loved kids. He worked very hard,” Kuhaneck said Sunday morning. “He did everything. He ran the (student) morning announcement crew for the school,” Kuhaneck said.
NEWS
March 7, 2001
Builder wins contract to build new middle school By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer, Charles Town CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The Jefferson County Board of Education agreed Tuesday night to pay a Martinsburg contractor $9.6 million, $2.2 million more than the state will provide, to build a new middle school. The board will ask for permission from the state School Building Authority on Friday to make up the difference with funds originally set aside for Jefferson High School's renovations, said Superintendent of Schools David W. Markoe.
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By JOSHUA BOWMAN | November 19, 2008
Washington County Public Schools saw a slight increase in total enrollment from September 2007 to September 2008, according to projections presented at a meeting Tuesday between the Board of Education and the Washington County Commissioners. Elementary school enrollment saw the largest increase, while middle school enrollment stayed almost even and high school enrollment declined slightly. In September, 10,029 elementary students were enrolled, up 107 students from the 9.922 students enrolled in September 2007.
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by DON AINES | May 13, 2005
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Chambersburg Area Middle School Principal Timothy Bowers said Wednesday he is resigning to become superintendent of the Northern Tioga School District. "It's the district I attended as a kid. I'm going home," said Bowers, 36, who has been principal of the middle school for two years. The district on the New York border has about 2,600 students attending three elementary and three secondary schools, according to Bowers, compared to more than 8,000 students in the Chambersburg Area School District.
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By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | September 4, 2013
Editor's Note: The Herald-Mail took a tour of the Greencastle-Antrim Middle School and High School during the first week of school with Schools Superintendent C. Gregory Hoover and building principals Mark Herman and Edward Rife. With a new school year under way, the Greencastle-Antrim School District continues to wrestle with the growing concern of how to handle an expanding student population, coupled with stagnant state funding and a tax-weary community. When Schools Superintendent C. Gregory Hoover said “there's no room” during last week's Greencastle-Antrim School Board meeting, he was not exaggerating.
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By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | August 29, 2013
Cramped quarters in the Greencastle-Antrim School District have caused the school district to take another look at a building project it shelved two years ago because of the economic downturn. On Thursday, the Greencastle-Antrim School Board held a work session to revisit a renovation plan for the middle and high schools. Mark Barnhardt, senior vice president of EI Associates in Harrisburg, Pa., who completed the district's original feasibility study, prepared a PowerPoint presentation on the project.
EDUCATION
August 28, 2013
The 2013-14 schedule of public programs at the William M. Brish Planetarium has been released by Washington County Public Schools. Programs are scheduled at 5:30 and 7 p.m. on the first and fourth Tuesdays each month, unless otherwise noted. If schools are closed or dismissed early that day, the planetarium program is canceled. Here is this year's schedule:   Sept. 3 and 24, and Oct. 1 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. - Finding Your Way Around Earth and Sky - Take a journey to the center of the Earth and find out how your location on the Earth directly affects the seasons you experience.  Recommended for upper elementary through adult audiences.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | August 26, 2013
The new faces at Waynesboro Area Senior High School on Monday were not just the freshmen. The school, which started classes Monday for the 2013-14 school year, has 11 new teachers, as well as a new principal and assistant principal. “Things seem to be going well,” Principal Steve Pappas said at lunchtime. Pappas, who is moving from York, Pa., said he appreciated hearing feedback from staff members who have been with the school district longer. He said that feedback about the start of school was positive, with the guidance office reporting fewer-than-average scheduling glitches.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | August 20, 2013
More than 22,300 Washington County Public Schools system students return to the classroom Wednesday, but their teachers have been busy for days setting up their classrooms ahead of time. Spanish teacher Lauren Ebersole said she was excited to have her own classroom this year at Northern Middle School in Hagerstown, after having to move from room to room last year, using a cart to haul her materials. Brian Cooper spent his first day in his classroom a week ago, when he began organizing desks into clusters.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | August 19, 2013
Spring Mills High School Principal Marc Arvon couldn't have been more pleased Monday about the start of the first day of classes at Berkeley County's newest high school. “I'm extremely, extremely, extremely happy with how things have gone this morning,” Arvon said while students ate lunch in the cafeteria. “The kids have been so cooperative and understanding, and the staff members - everyone's just really energized,” said Arvon, who addressed the student body in an assembly before the start of the day. Some students were wearing cardinal red T-shirts that they were given in homeroom Monday.
EDUCATION
August 12, 2013
The Springfield Middle School eighth-grade band traveled to Lindale Middle School in Anne Arundel County, Md., to participate in the Maryland State Band Festival on May 13. The band performed three prepared pieces and participated in a sight-reading portion. The band received a superior rating for its performance. Later that week, the band traveled to Hersheypark in Hershey, Pa., and competed in the Music in the Parks Festival, where it received second place in its group and a superior rating for the performance. 
NEWS
July 24, 2013
Waynesboro Area Middle School, Greencastle-Antrim Middle School, James Buchanan Middle School and St. Andrew School have become Pennsylvania Chesapeake Champion schools under the National Geographic Society's Chesapeake Bay Watershed Education Scale-up Initiative, an innovative project that uses 21st-century geospatial technology to engage students in investigations of watershed concepts. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) awarded National Geographic a nearly $1 million grant to support the program, according to a news release.
NEWS
June 28, 2013
Beaver Creek Church of the Brethren , vacation Bible school on the theme “SonWest Roundup.” School is July 7 to 12 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. For ages 2 to middle school. Boonsboro Bible Baptist Church , Boonsboro, vacation Bible school on the theme “Kickin' It Old School.” School is July 7 to 12 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. For ages 3 and older. Call 301-992-8324 or send an email to bbcbiblewarriors@gmail.com . Register at www.boonsborobible.org . St. John's Lutheran Church , Martinsburg, W.Va., vacation Bible school on the theme “Colossal Coaster World, Facing Fear, Trusting God.” School is July 7 to 12 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. For ages 3 to 13.
EDUCATION
June 14, 2013
Sixth marking period Distinguished honor roll Grade six - Kevin Bowen, Emily Burzinksi, Steven Cermeno, Cameryn Eichelberger, Maggie Elliott, Maliek Fuller Williams, Alyssa Getz, Amber Gordon, Alexander Gunther, Samuel Hardman, Jacob Hatcher, Alison Lee, Sintia Lemos, Gloria Lewis, Crystal Martinez, Michael Merrill, Zeina Mustafa, Jennet O'Donoghue, Jonathan Patterson, Alessia Regazzoni, Nathan Roberts, Angelle Robison, Jared...
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