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Cheryl Weaver | Around Clear Spring | April 11, 2011
Clear Spring High School’s softball field will be the site for the annual Washington County Schools Guidance Counselors’ Scholarship For Kids Softball Games. There will be three games. The first two will feature the girls and boys of Clear Spring Middle School against Springfield Middle School. The third game will pit the parents and eighth-grade students against the Clear Spring faculty and alumni. The opening ceremony will begin at 12:45 p.m. on Friday, May 27. The Clear Spring Middle School Band will play the national anthem and Richard Whisner, former superintendent of schools for Washington County, will be honored by throwing out the first pitch.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | November 14, 1999
SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia state legislators said Sunday they would look into providing funding for more guidance counselors, nurses and social workers at the state's schools in an attempt to make them safer. In previous hearings before the Education Subcommittee on Productive and Safe Schools, guidance counselors have said they don't spend as much individual time with students as they should since they have other duties such as helping students schedule classes, said Subcommittee Chairman Del. Dale Manuel, D-Jefferson.
NEWS
January 29, 2009
Washington County Public Schools will celebrate National School Counselor Week Feb. 2 to 6 in the schools, according to a press release. The school system will recognize the counselors who serve Washington County's students, families and school communities in each of the elementary, middle and high schools. School counselors are an important aspect of the students' success, the release states.
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By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | February 4, 2008
National School Counseling Week is this week. The theme for 2008 National School Counseling Week is "School Counselors: Creating Pathways to Success. " The American School Counseling Association states on its Web site, www.school counselor.org , that "This week helps focus public attention on the unique contribution of professional school counselors within U.S. school systems. National School Counseling Week highlights the tremendous impact that counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.
NEWS
February 3, 2003
How many school counselors are there in Washington County Public Schools and what do they do? There are 17 counselors assigned to the county's elementary schools; 14 assigned to the middle schools including the Alternative Learning Center; and 18 high school counselors including a counselor for Washington County Technical High School. Many of the elementary schools are served by a part-time counselor. Counselors work with three areas of student development: academic development, career development, and personal/social development.
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By TAYLOR ECKEL | taylor.eckel@herald-mail.com | May 27, 2011
Richard Whisner has a new experience to add to his memories of Clear Spring. Whisner, 85, threw out the first pitch Friday for the 21st Scholarship for Kids Softball event at Clear Spring Middle School. Teacher Tim Ackinclose introduced Whisner and used Whisner's own words in describing his 38-year career in education. "'Eight of the best years were spent at Clear Spring,'" Ackinclose quoted Whisner. "'In my book, Clear Spring is a very good memory. " Whisner, a World War II veteran who now lives in Hagerstown, said he first came to Clear Spring High School to teach math in 1949 after he finished college.
NEWS
February 11, 2009
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Martinsburg Police Department is accepting applications for the 18th Junior Police Academy program. Applications are available at all Berkeley County public schools by contacting school counselors and also can be obtained in the lobby at City Hall, 32 N. Queen St., at the dispatch window for the police department. The program, targeting ages 9 to 14, is slated to run from Feb. 24 to April 21. The academy covers a wide range of police-related topics and the day-to-day operations of the Martinsburg Police Department.
NEWS
November 14, 2005
Bullying program JEFFERSON, Md. - School counselors, Sharon Joseph and Dana Austin will share the hidden culture of emotional bullying from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, at Valley Elementary School, 3519 Jefferson Pike. The workshop entitled "Emotional Bullying: How Girls Harass," will focus on the aggression of girls that typically occurs within the dynamics of girl friendships. Child Care Choices continued training credit is available for Maryland childcare providers.
NEWS
September 22, 1997
By DON AINES Staff Writer, Martinsburg MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - In the aftermath of a tragedy such as the apparent slaying of Jessica Lynn Newell, schools in Berkeley County can look to a group of professionals to help with the emotional trauma that can result. The Berkeley County Crisis Intervention Team was created a decade ago to come into the schools and assist when a tragedy strikes. Community Relations Director Mary Jo Brown said the school system began the process Friday, the day after Newell disappeared from Pikeside Bowl.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | December 19, 2012
Smelly, dirty, greasy, men, noise. These are descriptions a few of the Washington County Public Schools guidance counselors gave when Volvo Group Trucks Operations Vice President Wade Watson asked what they think of when they hear “diesel engines.” Approximately 70 guidance counselors, from elementary to high schools, listened to Watson talk about changing perceptions of manufacturing, including job opportunities and workplaces. “We've really modernized the way of working, (we)
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | August 8, 2012
Berkeley County Schools is projecting it will hire about 130 new teachers, but substantially fewer long-term substitutes, for the coming school year, school officials said this week. As of Wednesday afternoon, Berkeley County administrators had placed 119 teachers, Assistant Superintendent Kim Hough said. The school district is projecting to a hire a maximum of 24 long-term, or “permanent,” substitute teachers, which would be a 50 percent reduction from last year's tally, Hough said.
NEWS
July 22, 2012
The West Virginia Department of Education is reminding parents that students entering seventh and 12th grades this fall will need to visit a doctor or health clinic before school begins to update their immunizations. State law and West Virginia Board of Education policy now requires seventh-graders to receive a Tdap vaccine booster, as well as a dose of the meningococcal vaccine. High school seniors also must show proof of a single dose of Tdap and a booster dose of the meningococcal vaccine if the first dose was given before the age of 16, according to a news release from the West Virginia Department of Education.
EDUCATION
June 4, 2012
The counseling department at Smithsburg Middle School has been named a Recognized ASCA Model Program by the American School Counselor Association.  As part of the recognition, school counselors Barbara Gift and Helen Huffer were honored for their role in planning and implementing the counseling program and successfully completing the extensive submission process that led to the recognition. The association establishes national standards for school counselors that focus on academics, personal and social growth, and career development.
NEWS
May 7, 2012
Boonsboro renames four alleys BOONSBORO - The Boonsboro Town Council on Monday approved names for four previously unnamed alleys in town. Alley 1, which intersects with North Main Street and the Boonsboro Historical Park, is now Blecker View. Alley 2, off Knode Circle, is now Josiah Lane. Alley 10, which connects Reeders Alley and Sinnesin Drive, is now Nyman Place. Alley 11, a “walking alley” off Park Drive, is now called Sgt. Rich Poffenberger Jr. Way, in honor of the town police officer who died unexpectedly in December.
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Cathy Grantham | Around Maugansville | February 24, 2012
The Maugansville Ruritan Club has announced this year's essay winners. The topic was “How Have the Events of 9/11/2001 changed America?” The winners are: First place, Elyssa Lou; second place, Luke Coulter; and third place Geraldine Betancur. All students who participated are fifth-grade students at Maugansville Elementary School. Approximately 95 students submitted essays. Teachers monitored, collected and submitted the essays to the Ruritan members before the winter break.
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By TAYLOR ECKEL | taylor.eckel@herald-mail.com | May 27, 2011
Richard Whisner has a new experience to add to his memories of Clear Spring. Whisner, 85, threw out the first pitch Friday for the 21st Scholarship for Kids Softball event at Clear Spring Middle School. Teacher Tim Ackinclose introduced Whisner and used Whisner's own words in describing his 38-year career in education. "'Eight of the best years were spent at Clear Spring,'" Ackinclose quoted Whisner. "'In my book, Clear Spring is a very good memory. " Whisner, a World War II veteran who now lives in Hagerstown, said he first came to Clear Spring High School to teach math in 1949 after he finished college.
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Cheryl Weaver | Around Clear Spring | April 11, 2011
Clear Spring High School’s softball field will be the site for the annual Washington County Schools Guidance Counselors’ Scholarship For Kids Softball Games. There will be three games. The first two will feature the girls and boys of Clear Spring Middle School against Springfield Middle School. The third game will pit the parents and eighth-grade students against the Clear Spring faculty and alumni. The opening ceremony will begin at 12:45 p.m. on Friday, May 27. The Clear Spring Middle School Band will play the national anthem and Richard Whisner, former superintendent of schools for Washington County, will be honored by throwing out the first pitch.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | April 5, 2010
BOONSBORO -- When David Spurrier was in high school, he didn't meet his guidance counselor until May of his senior year when he was asked if he had career or college plans. Spurrier did. He wanted to play professional football, but the guidance counselor never learned that because he didn't ask for specifics. Asked what he would say if a student walked into his office in Boonsboro High School's guidance center and told him he wanted to be a pro football player, Spurrier said: "I'd say shoot for your dream.
NEWS
February 11, 2009
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Martinsburg Police Department is accepting applications for the 18th Junior Police Academy program. Applications are available at all Berkeley County public schools by contacting school counselors and also can be obtained in the lobby at City Hall, 32 N. Queen St., at the dispatch window for the police department. The program, targeting ages 9 to 14, is slated to run from Feb. 24 to April 21. The academy covers a wide range of police-related topics and the day-to-day operations of the Martinsburg Police Department.
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