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EDUCATION
December 2, 2012
On Nov. 9, seven area Christian schools came together for a professional development training day. The schools present were Broadfording Christian Academy, Grace Academy, Shalom Christian Academy, Heritage Academy, Cumberland Valley Christian School, Adams County Christian School and New Life Christian Academy.  A total of 140 classroom educators participated in the day's events. The presenter for the day was Pat Eger from Dover, Pa. Eger has a 30-year plus career in education.
NEWS
by LAURA ERNDE | June 7, 2003
laurae@herald-mail.com Washington County Public Schools will cut two positions in the professional development department as part of a plan to save money, school officials announced Friday. The department also will be reorganized for efficiency and renamed the Center for Peak Performance and Productivity, officials said in a news release. "Peak performance for students and staff" is the first goal in the school system's master plan, according to the news release.
NEWS
September 19, 2005
Oct. 7 Early dismissal Oct. 21 Association day, no school for students Oct. 28 Early dismissal Oct. 31 Professional development, no school for students Nov. 1 Professional development, no school for students Nov. 24-25 Thanksgiving break Nov. 28 Professional development, no school for students Dec. 23, 26-30 Winter break Jan. 2 New Year's Day holiday Jan. 16 Martin Luther King Jr. holiday Jan. 20...
NEWS
November 3, 2004
2004-05 Calendar Nov. 11 Veterans Day holiday Nov. 25-29 Thanksgiving holiday break Nov. 30 Professional development - no school for students Dec. 24-31 Winter break Jan. 17 Martin Luther King Jr. holiday Feb. 21 Presidents Day holiday March 24-28 Spring break April 12 Early dismissal April 22 Professional development -no school for students May 30 ...
NEWS
November 30, 1999
All teachers at two Washington County schools must reapply for their jobs next year under a restructuring plan the school system announced in a press release late Friday afternoon. Winter Street Elementary and Western Heights Middle schools are slated for restructuring for the 2006-07 school year as part of a plan to accelerate student performance and improve professional development of teachers there, schools' Public Information Officer Carol Mowen said. See Saturday's Herald-Mail for the full story.
BUSINESS
November 4, 2012
The Continuing Education and Business Services Division at Hagerstown Community College recently held a focus group for local banking executives on professional development services needed in the banking industry. Mary Ellen Waltemire, president of One Step Closer Coaching, facilitated the session. Topics included staffing challenges, business and training services available at HCC, and professional development needs. The session was attended by a number of representatives from area banks, as well by HCC staff and faculty in the business-services area.
NEWS
September 8, 1998
A first draft of a long-term plan for the Washington County Board of Education includes six main goals, along with recommendations to reach those goals, including: - Develop equitable, contemporary curriculum expectations, with measurable outcomes and goals that meet the needs of students. Recommendations include adopting policies and procedures on closely monitoring the curriculum, its management and its assessment. The report also asks that intervention procedures be provided to support improved achievement for all students.
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NEWS
By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | February 12, 2013
A bill introduced by a Washington County legislator during the current session of the Maryland General Assembly would make it compulsory for high school students to take an online course before they graduate. Sen. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, has filed the bill in the Senate, while a similar version of the bill has been filed in the House of Delegates by Del. Andrew A. Serafini, R-Washington. Shank, who is behind the bill, said the legislation was an attempt to harness the power of virtual and blended learning, referring to a mix of online learning and traditional teaching.
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NEWS
February 5, 2013
The Washington County Board of Education sent a proposed school calendar for next school year back to a committee to see if it could make changes to designate an entire week off for spring break in 2014. Some board members and the student representative on the board noted the proposed calendar for the 2013-2014 school year called for having schools closed the Thursday, Friday and Monday around Easter, which will be April 20, 2014. The calendar also listed schools to be closed for students on March 27 and 28 for professional development for employees.
EDUCATION
December 2, 2012
On Nov. 9, seven area Christian schools came together for a professional development training day. The schools present were Broadfording Christian Academy, Grace Academy, Shalom Christian Academy, Heritage Academy, Cumberland Valley Christian School, Adams County Christian School and New Life Christian Academy.  A total of 140 classroom educators participated in the day's events. The presenter for the day was Pat Eger from Dover, Pa. Eger has a 30-year plus career in education.
BUSINESS
November 4, 2012
The Continuing Education and Business Services Division at Hagerstown Community College recently held a focus group for local banking executives on professional development services needed in the banking industry. Mary Ellen Waltemire, president of One Step Closer Coaching, facilitated the session. Topics included staffing challenges, business and training services available at HCC, and professional development needs. The session was attended by a number of representatives from area banks, as well by HCC staff and faculty in the business-services area.
EDUCATION
February 5, 2012
Fountain Rock Elementary School Principal Mike Telemeco and Fountaindale Elementary School teacher Matthew Tack have been nominated for Outstanding Educators Using Technology awards and will be saluted at the Maryland Society for Educators in Technology conference in Baltimore on April 18 and 19. Telemeco is nominated as an outstanding educational leader using technology and  Tack received a nomination as an outstanding educator using technology....
NEWS
August 31, 2011
Aug. 24 - School began for students Sept. 5 - Labor Day holiday Oct. 3-5 - High school testing Oct. 7 - Early dismissal     Oct. 21 - Association day, no school for students Oct. 28 - Early dismissal Oct. 31 - Professional development, no school for students Nov. 1 - Professional development, no school for students      Nov. 24-25 ...
EDUCATION
March 7, 2011
Smithsburg Middle School Principal Michael Kuhaneck and Jamie Hade, fourth-grade teacher at Pangborn Elementary School, have been nominated for awards by the Maryland Society for Educational Technology. Kuhaneck was nominated for the Outstanding Technology Leader in Education Award and Hade was nominated for an Outstanding Educator Using Technology Award.  At Smithsburg Middle School, Kuhaneck has made the use of technology a priority, committing time, energy and resources in professional development for his staff, and providing a technology-rich environment to improve student learning and performance in the classroom.
NEWS
by TIFFANY ARNOLD | July 26, 2010
For Bill and Sylvia Hunsberger, part of happily living out retirement means helping Bill's fellow mental health professionals. "I know what it's like to be on the front lines," said Bill Hunsberger, 74, from his air-conditioned cabin paces away from his historic Leitersburg home, while his wife, Sylvia, 73, sat nearby. Bill Hunsberger is the former director of social work at Brook Lane Health Services, a mental health facility in Leitersburg. Seven years ago, he and his wife created the William and Sylvia Hunsberger Fund through the Community Foundation.
NEWS
By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | June 19, 2009
WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Washington County Public Schools expects to receive at least $9.4 million in federal money through the government's $787 billion economic stimulus package. That money will be spent during fiscal year 2010, which begins July 1, and fiscal year 2011, Chief Financial Officer Chris South said. The money will go to the school system's general fund in fiscal year 2010, to local Title I schools and to help students with disabilities. South said all spending must be approved by the Maryland State Department of Education.
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