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By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | February 23, 2012
For the past five years, driving their tractors to school has been a way for some James Buchanan High School students to celebrate agriculture during National Future Farmers of America Week. But a telephone call has brought Drive Your Tractor to School Day to a screeching halt. James Buchanan Principal Rodney Benedick said Wednesday's event was the last time it will be held. “We were informed by the Pennsylvania State Police that this practice violates several Pennsylvania driving codes, and thus will not be repeated or supported in the future,” Benedick said.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | May 16, 2000
The length of the school day in some Washington County public schools could change as early as the 2001-02 school year. Board of Education members are expected to hear a budget proposal by next spring that would standardize the length of the school day at elementary and middle schools. County elementary schools do not have uniform school hours and the same is true for the county's middle schools. High school students go to school for six hours and 45 minutes. While the length of time the county's students spend in school is more than the minimum required by the Maryland Department of Education, the county ranks low when compared statewide to other public school systems, School Board officials said.
NEWS
By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | May 4, 2012
Livestock, plants and tractors took center stage Friday on Farm Day at Smithsburg High School. Some members of the school's Future Farmers of America even showed up on tractors as part of Drive Your Tractor to School Day, which was tied to the annual event. “If you have a tractor at home or somewhere that you want to drive to school, you can just hop on it and drive it to school,” Smithsburg High school FFA President Hannah Cooper of Smithsburg said. Cooper, a 17-year-old junior, said that setting up for Farm Day required a lot of preparation, but it was worth it. “We've been looking forward to it because we've put so much work into it,” she said.
NEWS
By JANET HEIM | October 13, 2008
As the sun was rising Wednesday, Western Heights Middle School students, and parent and teacher chaperones gathered in the parking lot of the 7-Eleven store on Salem Avenue for International Walk and Bike to School Day. The occasional blanket and scarf warmed chilly walkers, who looked forward to doughnuts and lemonade provided by the PTSA once they completed the almost three-quarter-mile trek to the school. Hagerstown Police Department Officer Helman, accompanied by McGruff the Crime Dog, provided a police escort for the group.
NEWS
BY KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI | May 28, 2002
kimy@herald-mail.com A 9-year-old boy playing outside during Williamsport Elementary School Field Day activities told school officials he was assaulted in a wooded area near the school Friday afternoon. The boy was not visibly injured and didn't require medical attention, Principal Carolyn Moore said. Moore said the child was shaking when he described how a male high school student told him "I'm going to kill you," she said. The assailant then ran off, she said. The student was one of 80 children, along with four teachers and parents, outside for the field day when the alleged assault was to have taken place.
NEWS
October 6, 2008
Wednesday is walk or bike to school day at Western Heights Middle School. The group will meet at the 7-Eleven store on Salem Avenue at 7 a.m.
NEWS
February 24, 2005
Shawn Wiles leads several tractors away from Clear Spring High School at the end of Drive Your Tractor to School Day on Wednesday. The event is part of the National FFA Week Celebration. Wiles is driving a 1970 Ford 8000. The other drivers are, from left, Paul Forsythe, driving a 1974 Ford 7000; Derek Wiles driving a Ford 6600; and Matthew McCauley, right, driving a 1985 John Deere 4250.
NEWS
October 29, 2007
The Broadfording Christian Academy secondary choir took time during the school day recently to sing in the entranceway of the school. Several faculty and staff members and students stopped to listen to the sounds as music teacher Pam Smith led the group in the school's entranceway. The choir group has been selected at perform at the National Christmas Tree music program in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 9.
NEWS
October 9, 2008
Western Heights Middle School students walked to school Wednesday as part of International Walk to School Day. The goal is to enhance the health of children, improve air quality and environment, and create safer routes for walking and bicycling. Sixty-three schools in Maryland participated in the walk. Read more about it on the Education page in Monday's Herald-Mail.
NEWS
by YVETTE MAY / Staff Photographer | December 23, 2006
Christmas activities were on the agenda Friday on the last school day before the holiday at Funkstown School for Early Childhood Education. Above, kindergartner Lexi Crim, who was dressed in pajamas for her class' Pajama Day, makes a handprint while making a present for her parents. Right, first-graders and mothers participated in their class' Holiday Store. Pictured are, from left, Beth McCook, Kaitlyn Wassel, Julie Hendershot and Anna Touhey.
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NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | June 5, 2013
Students and teachers exchanged hugs outside Hancock Elementary School Wednesday morning as the lyrics “What time is it? Summertime. It's our vacation,” blared from the school. Some students already on their buses waved and shouted out “Love you” and “See you in the summer” to teachers who had lined up on the sidewalk to wave goodbye to students leaving in buses, cars and sports utility vehicles for the summer. Except for seniors, whose school year ended earlier, Wednesday's early dismissal was the last school day of the academic year for Washington County Public Schools.
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NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | April 11, 2013
Heather Placie got choked up on Emma K. Doub Elementary School's stage Thursday afternoon as she looked out at about 270 students and dozens of teachers and staff while being honored for her volunteer work for the school. “I'm going to try to hold this together,” Placie told the crowd, while Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot and Washington County Public Schools officials looked on. “I have strived every day to be here for you,” Placie told the children. “The purpose, in my heart, of a volunteer is to do what needs to be done, when it needs to be done, even though you know that no one, or very few people, are going to notice,” Placie told the crowd.
EDUCATION
February 22, 2013
Washington County Public Schools' students and teachers will get more than a full week off for spring break next school year as a result of changes to the proposed school calendar. The Washington County Board of Education unanimously approved calendars for the next two school years during its Feb. 19 meeting, according to a video of the meeting. The board had asked the Calendar Committee to take another look at the proposed 2013-2014 calendar because it had long weekends for students in March and April 2014, but not a full week off for spring break.
NEWS
January 17, 2013
Grief counselors will be on hand at the Waynesboro Area Senior High School today to counsel those who might need help dealing with the death of a fellow student. Waynesboro Area School District Superintendent Sherian Diller said in a recorded message sent to parents that a high school student had died and that students were notified during the day of the student's death. Diller said in her message that a letter was sent home with all high school students. “It is important for you as parents to be aware that your child may need or want to talk about this situation,” Diller said in the message.
EDUCATION
By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | December 21, 2012
Boonsboro High School was named a Maryland Blue Ribbon School, one of six schools in the state to win the honor for 2013, officials announced Thursday. Schools are recognized by the Maryland State Department of Education after meeting a specific set of criteria. “This is a true community effort. We wouldn't have been considered if it wasn't,” said Peggy Pugh, Boonsboro High's principal. Pugh said that for Boonsboro High School to be considered for the award, it had to be among the top 15 percent of high schools in Maryland.
NEWS
By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | December 6, 2012
Despite being stalled in committee, state Sen. Rich Alloway said he will reintroduce legislation so students can drive their tractors to school during special annual events. Alloway, R-Franklin/Adams/York, introduced Senate Bill 1521 after Pennsylvania State Police put the brakes on James Buchanan High School's annual Drive Your Tractor to School Day last February. School officials were informed by police, at the time of the event, that the practice of driving tractors on the roadways for nonfarming purposes violated several state driving codes.
OPINION
June 29, 2012
“The Obama White House is twice as bad as the Nixon White House ever was at cover-ups. Everything that gets done, President Obama wants to cover it up, and then he tries to turn around and blame it on somebody else. He's the biggest con artist we've ever had in there.” - Sharpsburg “I'd like to say what a pleasant thing it was to read Sunday's paper, with the little editorial that the Miles family put in the letter to the editor, and Tamela Baker. I think both of those were just beautiful tributes to fathers.
NEWS
By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | May 4, 2012
Livestock, plants and tractors took center stage Friday on Farm Day at Smithsburg High School. Some members of the school's Future Farmers of America even showed up on tractors as part of Drive Your Tractor to School Day, which was tied to the annual event. “If you have a tractor at home or somewhere that you want to drive to school, you can just hop on it and drive it to school,” Smithsburg High school FFA President Hannah Cooper of Smithsburg said. Cooper, a 17-year-old junior, said that setting up for Farm Day required a lot of preparation, but it was worth it. “We've been looking forward to it because we've put so much work into it,” she said.
NEWS
April 9, 2012
State Sen. Richard Alloway II, R-Franklin/Adams/York, said Monday he plans to introduce legislation soon to support agriculture education by allowing students to participate in Drive Your Tractor to School Day. Current law only allows a tractor or truck with a farm vehicle registration plate to be used exclusively on a farm, on farms owned or operated by the registrant of the vehicle, or on highways between farms, according to a news release....
NEWS
By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | February 23, 2012
For the past five years, driving their tractors to school has been a way for some James Buchanan High School students to celebrate agriculture during National Future Farmers of America Week. But a telephone call has brought Drive Your Tractor to School Day to a screeching halt. James Buchanan Principal Rodney Benedick said Wednesday's event was the last time it will be held. “We were informed by the Pennsylvania State Police that this practice violates several Pennsylvania driving codes, and thus will not be repeated or supported in the future,” Benedick said.
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